Kristjan Sokoli Selected by Seattle in the NFL Draft

Kristjan Sokoli Selected by Seattle in the NFL Draft

BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo, the State University of New York defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 214th pick in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. It marked the third straight year a UB player was selected in the NFL Draft, joining Khalil Mack last year and Steven Means in 2013.

Though he played defensive tackle for the Bulls, reports out of Seattle are that the Seahawks intend to convert Sokoli to an offensive lineman and play him at guard. Listed at 6-5, 300 lbs, Sokoli made a name for himself after an outstanding pro day in March.

As a senior last season, the Bloomfield, NJ native served as a team captain and started all 11 games.  Often double-teamed, Sokoli had 32 tackles, including three tackles for loss on the season.

Sokoli is the 13th player in school history to be selected in the NFL Draft. Here is a list of UB players taken in the NFL Draft in the Bulls FBS era (since 1999).

Year Rd Pick Player Team Pos.
2000 7 233 Drew Haddad Bills WR
2008 6 169 Trevor Scott Raiders DE
2008 7 236 Jamey Richard Colts C
2010 6 193 James Starks Packers RB
2011 5 143 Josh Thomas Cowboys CB
2013 5 147 Steven Means Buccaneers DE
2014 1 5 Khalil Mack Raiders LB
2015 6 214 Kristjan Sokoli Seahawks G