Dan Vitale Drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dan Vitale

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For the second straight year, two Northwestern Wildcats have been selected in the NFL Draft.

With the 197th overall pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used a sixth-round selection on superback Dan Vitale.

Vitale is the first Northwestern superback selected in the Draft since the Buccaneers drafted Drake Dunsmore in the seventh round of the 2012 Draft.

ESPN’s Mel, Kiper, Jr. compared Vitale to Ravens tight end (and Harvard graduate) Kyle Juszczyk during ESPN’s draft coverage.

Vitale contributed 135 receptions as a Wildcat and 11 touchdowns, including two against Ball State in 2015 and the game-winning score against Nebraska in 2015.

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