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Jackrabbit quarterback Chris Oladokun picked by Pittsburgh Steelers in seventh round

Oladokun was taken 241th overall and was the seventh quarterback drafted.

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South Dakota State University's Chris Oladokun (6) passes the ball during the Jackrabbits' game against Dixie State University during the Beef Bowl game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings.
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LAS VEGAS — For the first time in the modern seven-round draft era, multiple South Dakota State players have been announced as NFL Draft picks.

After running back Pierre Strong Jr. was selected in the fourth round,127th overall by the New England Patriots, Jackrabbit quarterback Chris Oladokun was among the final names called in the seventh and final round late Saturday afternoon.

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Oladokun with the 241st overall pick, making the signal caller the seventh quarterback taken. Pittsburgh also took the first quarterback of the draft, selecting Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall selection in the first round.

Oladokun spent one season in Brookings following prior stops at South Florida and Samford. As a Jackrabbit, Oladokun helped guide SDSU to a national semifinal berth in 2021 while throwing for 3,164 yards and 25 touchdowns to seven interceptions on 62.3% completion percentage.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at ldierks@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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