April 29, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown All-American senior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) was drafted by the New York Giants as the 116th pick overall in the NFL Draft, choosing DeOssie with the 17th pick of the fourth round.
"I'm ecstatic to be drafted by the Giants. It's now a family tradition," said DeOssie, whose father, Steve, played for the New York Giants from 1988-1992, winning the Super Bowl in 1990. "I'm excited to be playing football at the next level and playing in the Big Apple."
DeOssie is the first Brown player to be drafted by the NFL since Sean Morey '99 was the 241st pick in 1999, going in the seventh round to the New England Patriots. He is the highest drafted Brown player in 27-years when John Sinnott was taken on the third round (60th pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.
DeOssie, a two-time All-American at Brown, improved his draft stock after excelling at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The three-time first team All-Ivy selection opened the eyes of many NFL Scouts with his performance at the East-West Shrine game in Houston, Texas. Competing for the East Team, DeOssie was a standout at outside linebacker and on special teams (long snapper), making eight tackles.
A two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, DeOssie was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, and a second team All-American by the Football Gazette.
DeOssie, who made 315 career tackles for the Bears, is a three-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection. A tri-captain for the Bears, DeOssie led the Bears' defensive unit in 2006 with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation.