sportsApril 27, 2024
Isaiah Collins ~ Sports Editor
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Former SEMO wide receiver Ryan Flournoy was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 216th pick in the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft on April 27.

The selection caps off a memorable draft season for Flournoy, in which he became only the second SEMO player to compete in the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the third to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Flournoy finished his redhawk career with 118 catches, 1,823 receiving yards and 16 total touchdowns, while being named first team all-OVC in his two seasons at SEMO. analyst Lance Zuerline praised Flournoy for his character and size, but said he must improve as a route runner.

“Flournoy offers size and football character that is pro-caliber but has areas where he must improve. Against off-man, Flournoy utilizes his size and ball skills to stack catches. The route running is undisciplined but can be sharpened with work,” Zuerline said.

According to Bleacher Report Scouting Department’s Derrik Klassen, Flournoy’s ability to track the ball will be his path to success at the NFL level.

“Flournoy's best trait is his ball-tracking. Flournoy is such a natural pass-catcher,” Klassen said. “When trying to snag throws outside his frame and when asked to adjust to the ball, Flournoy is as reliable as any.”

Flurnoy joins a Dallas offense that includes 2023 all-pro selections in fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and quarterback Dak Prescott.

Although getting drafted fulfills a childhood dream, Flournoy said it is not the end of his journey.

“Getting drafted is not even the end of my journey, it’s just a stepping stone,” Flournoy said.