Minnesota Gophers right tackle Daniel Faalele had his name called in the fourth round of the NFL draft Friday, selected at No. 110 overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
Faalele earned All-Big Ten first-team honors, as voted by the coaches, in 2021 after starting 12 of 13 games at right tackle and paving the way for an offense that totaled 4,681 yards.
In three seasons for the Gophers, Faalele competed in 34 games (31 starts) and helped his team to a 23-11 record. He opted to sit out during the pandemic-affected campaign in 2020.
In his final college game, Faalele lived out a big fella’s dream, taking a handoff and plunging into the end zone from two yards out in Minnesota’s bowl victory over West Virginia.
Faalele is the first Gophers offensive lineman picked in the NFL draft since 2006 when Greg Eslinger and Mark Setterstrom were selected in the sixth and seventh rounds and the highest selected since Brian Williams went in the first round in 1989.
You can read more about Faalele as a prospect, here.