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Baylor’s Rico Gathers selected in NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys

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Former Baylor standout Rico Gathers was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, a sentence that is only weird because Gathers hasn’t played a snap on the gridiron since he was 14 years old.

The 6-foot-6, 275 pound power forward was one of the nation’s best rebounders the last two seasons for Scott Drew, averaging 11.2 points and 9.0 boards for the Bears. But in a day and age where the NBA is moving away from lumbering big men, Gathers’ earning potential was higher if he switched sports.

Gathers was picked by Dallas, where he hopes to be the next in the long line of former college basketball players-turned-star tight ends: Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas.