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NIU football: Golladay picked by Lions in third round of NFL draft

Kenny Golladay didn’t have a Division I offer coming out of Chicago St. Rita and now he’s going to the NFL.

The former Northern Illinois star receiver was selected by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, taken with the 96th overall pick.

In only two years with the Huskies, Golladay is sixth all-time in career receptions (160), fifth in career receiving yards (2,285) and tied for eighth in touchdown receptions (18). A first team all-Mid-American Conference player last year, he had 87 catches for 1,156 yards to become the only player in school history with back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards.

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound receiver garnered little attention coming out of high school and played two seasons at North Dakota before transferring to NIU, where he delighted fans with his highlight-reel, one-handed catches.

He was the third pick for Detroit in the draft and he joins a Lions team that went 9-7 last season and lost, 26-6, to Seattle in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

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