CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — Southeast Missouri State University offensive tackle Drew Forbes can now call Cleveland, Ohio home.
Forbes was drafted by the Cleveland Browns was the 16th pick of the sixth round, or 189th overall, of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
The Bonne Terre, Missouri native played football at North County High School before signing with Southeast for the 2015 season. He has played in every game in his four-year career as a Redhawk. At SEMO’s pro day on March 26, he posted a 40 -yard dash time of 4.87 seconds, which was faster than any offensive linemen at this year’s combine.
This is the second highest draft pick for a Southeast football player. The highest pick was Tony Walker in 1990, who was the 148th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.
Cleveland had five additional picks before selecting Forbes: LSU cornerback Greedy Williams in the second round, BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki in the third round, Miami safety Sheldrink Redwine in the fourth round, Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson in the fifth round and Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert in the fifth round.
The last player to be drafted from SEMO was linebacker Kendall Donnerson, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers at the 248th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.