New England Patriots

South Dakota State's Pierre Strong, Jr. avoids a tackle by North Dakota State's Michael Tutsie in the annual Dakota Marker game on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings. (Syndication: Argus Leader)

With one of their three fourth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected running back Pierre Strong Jr. out of South Dakota State.

Strong led the Football Championship Subdivision as a senior with 1,668 rushing yards. That production earned him a consensus All-America selection and his third straight all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors. Strong also caught 22 passes for 150 yards in 15 games during his senior year. He was a team captain in his final two seasons.

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