Atogwe, Kaczur get the call

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

O.J. Atogwe's business is to disrupt an opponent's offence while Nick Kaczur's job is to keep it running smooth. Now the two prospects will get a chance to perform their tasks in the NFL after a big day for Canadian-born players.

Both Atogwe, a safety from Windsor and Kaczur, a guard from Brantford, were third-round selections in the annual NFL draft last night.

Atogwe, who played NCAA ball at Stanford, was grabbed by the Rams as the second pick in the round (66th overall) while Kaczur, a Toledo product went 37th in the round (100th overall) to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

"It's definitely a dream come true," Atogwe told the Toronto Sun last night. "It has been a long road coming from Canada, going to Stanford and finally making it (to the NFL).

ANYTHING POSSIBLE

"It shows that anything is possible. I'm just going to have to take advantage of the situation."

The 23-year-old, who played high school ball at Windsor's W.F. Herman Secondary School, was seen as a sleeper pick.

But the Rams, who are thin at safety, didn't want to risk losing out on the player billed in the official NFL draft report as "one of the best-kept secrets in college football."

Atogwe, who was a three-year starter and a defensive captain for the Cardinal, had caught the eye of the Rams at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine.

"I'm definitely excited," Atogwe said. "I knew they were interested. I think I can go (to St. Louis) and be effective right away. "I'm very versatile and can fit into any scheme."


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