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Knoxville native OL Cole Strange selected 29th overall in NFL Draft by the New England Patriots

Strange graduated from Farragut High School and then played college football at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
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Tennessee-Chattanooga offensive lineman Cole Strange runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

LAS VEGAS — Knoxville native and offensive lineman Cole Strange was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Strange was a Farragut High School graduate before playing college football at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

He started all 11 games in his final season and was selected as a first-team All-Southern Conference selection with the Mocs. Strange spent six seasons with Chattanooga, in which he won the conference's award for his final two seasons for best offensive lineman.

 He was invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl to showcase his skills before the NFL Draft. The lineman was invited to the NFL Draft Combine as well.

"Man, it's a dream come true honestly," he said after being introduced by the team on Friday inside Gillette Stadium. "I really don't know what to say other than that. I'm just so happy to be here."

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