FORT COLLINS - Colorado State University offensive tackle Clint Oldenburg became the 51st player during football coach Sonny Lubick's tenure in Fort Collins to be either drafted or sign an NFL free agent contract when he was chosen in the fifth round Sunday by the New England Patriots.
Oldenburg, a 6'5", 300-pound native of Gillette, Wyo., was excited to be chosen.
"It's been quite an exciting day," said Oldenburg following his selection.
Oldenburg was a three-year starter in the offensive line for the Rams, starting 34 games in a row since 2004.
He was an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference pick in both 2005 and '06. He was also a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and earned his degree in Technical Journalism last winter.
Two other former Ram's signed free agent contracts with NFL teams on Monday.
Josh Day, a 6-foot-4, 304-pound offensive lineman, signed with the Minnesota Vikings, while wide receiver Dustin Osborn joined the New York Jets.
Day was a three-year starter and letterwinner during his career. He played both guard and tackle for the Rams. Day came to Colorado State after earning prep honors at Aurora's Overland High. Day started 11 games in 2006, and 33 in his career.
Osborn is a 6-foot, 185-pound native of La Junta who originally joined CSU's program as a walk-on and later earned a scholarship. Osborn played in 10 games last season, missing two contests due to an ankle injury. He led the team in yards per reception, 15.3. Osborn was third on the team with 397 receiving yards, and fourth with 26 catches including two for touchdowns.
He finished his career with 78 receptions for 1,289 yards and 11 touchdowns.