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Rams select Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee with 110th pick in NFL draft

Tyler Higbee

Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee, right, makes a catch despite tight coverage by Southern Mississippi’s Deviant Foster during the CUSA championship game on Dec. 5, 2015.

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The Rams selected Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee in the fourth round of the NFL draft with the 110th overall pick.

Higbee, 6-foot-6 and 249 pounds, caught 38 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“It’s an exciting day,” Higbee said during a conference call with reporters. “Probably the best day of my life.”

Higbee was arrested on April 10 after an incident outside a bar in Bowling Green, Ky. He was booked on suspicion of second-degree assault, evading police and public intoxication.

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He is scheduled to be arraigned next week.

“It’s a kind of legal matter right now, so I’m not really supposed to speak on it,” Higbee said. “I’m just excited to try to be a Los Angeles Ram.

“It’s an incident that I can’t let define me. I’ve just been trying to keep my mind focused and stay working.”

Western Kentucky had a prolific passing offense. Higbee caught 68 passes for 1,054 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career.

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Lance Kendricks and Cory Harkey are also tight ends on the Rams roster.

The Rams selected California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick.

“I think I can create some mismatches with linebackers and safeties,” Higbee said. “I’m just looking forward to getting out there, getting to work with Jared and looking forward to the future.”


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