DENVER, Colo. (WAND) -- It's a journey that began in Springfield and now ends in Denver.
Sacred Heart-Griffin graduate Albert Okwuegbunam has been drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round at No. 118 overall.
Okwuegbunam (pronounced oak-ooh-AYY-boo-nomm) turned the heads of scouts when at 6-5, 258 pounds he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, among the fastest times for a tight end of all time.
He also was productive at Missouri: an All-SEC pick dating back to 2017 and a Mackey Award finalist after the 2018 season.
That's notable because Okwuegbunam's top production came with current Broncos quarterback Drew Lock under center. He caught 17 touchdowns between his freshman and sophomore seasons combined.
Okwuegbunam's selection is part of a wider passing game upgrade the Broncos are attempting in this year's draft, taking Alabama star receiver Jerry Jeudy in the first round and Penn State receiver KJ Hamler in the second.