St. John's lineman Ben Bartch selected in fourth round of NFL Draft

The "Smoothie King" will be heading to Jacksonville.
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Ben Bartch

St. John's offensive lineman Ben Bartch was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, becoming the 116th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bartch becomes the first D-III player to be drafted in five years, but his claim to fame during the draft process came with his protein shake that helped him gain 75 pounds during his collegiate career.

Converting from tight end, Johnson made a shake that contained seven scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, a banana and Gatorade.

Bartch helped bolster his draft stock with his performance at the senior bowl, but was unable to participate in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a knee injury. But his athletic profile as a former tight end, helped the Jaguars take the leap.

"Bartch is a high-end developmental OT prospect who, with some additional time in an NFL strength and conditioning program, should become a quality starter at the NFL level," The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs said of Bartch. "He has wonderful fundamentals for a small school prospect and, with a bit more added functional strength to his frame, should be a well-rounded pass protector."

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