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Former El Capitan and SDSU quarterback, Ryan Lindley, was picked in the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals during last weekend’s annual NFL draft.

Meanwhile, Tommie Draheim, also of the Vaqueros and Aztecs, reached a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.

The school’s all-time leading passer, Lindley heard his named called with the 15th pick (185th overall) of the sixth round.

Former El Capitan and SDSU quarterback, Ryan Lindley, was picked in the sixth round by the Arizona Cardinals during last weekend’s annual NFL draft.

Meanwhile, Tommie Draheim, also of the Vaqueros and Aztecs, reached a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.

The school’s all-time leading passer, Lindley heard his named called with the 15th pick (185th overall) of the sixth round.

He was a four-year starter for the Aztecs, setting SDSU career records for passing yards (12,690), touchdown passes (90), total offense (12,415) and completions (961).

The Alpine native also holds the program record for most quarterback starts with 49 and most consecutive starts by a QB with 45.

Lindley threw for over 2,500 yards in each of his four campaigns, including three-straight 3,000-yard seasons, which is a first for an Aztec.

The El Capitan High graduate had 14 career 300-yard passing games, highlighted by a 528-yard effort against then No. 25 Utah in 2010.

Lindley is the second consecutive Aztec starting quarterback to be tabbed in the NFL Draft, joining Kevin O’Connell, who was picked in the third round by the New England Patriots in 2008.

This is the also the second season in a row the Cardinals have drafted an SDSU player with wideout DeMarco Sampson going in the seventh round.

Draheim 6-4, 305), was named to the 2011 All-Mountain West First Team (by the coaches)OL Tommie Draheim, was also selected All-Mountain West Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the eight head coaches and select media panel.

Draheim, meanwhile, becomes the first Aztec offensive lineman to be named first-team all-league since Brendan Darby in 2003.

It is the first all-conference selection for the senior in his collegiate career.

Draheim helped SDSU rank 10th in the country in fewest sacks allowed (0.83 per game) and tied for 15th in fewest tackles for a loss allowed (4.42). Draheim, who has started 29 consecutive games, also blocked for Ronnie Hillman, the No. 3 rusher in the nation.

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