April 24, 2010
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Former University of Michigan football team standout punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) and safety Stevie Brown (Indianapolis, Ind./Columbus East HS) joined first-rounder Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical HS) as draft picks during the final day of the 2010 NFL Draft held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The remaining undrafted Wolverines may begin signing free agent contracts.
The first punter selected in the draft, Mesko was the 150th overall pick by the New England Patriots. He was plucked off the board with the 19th choice of the fifth round. Mesko joins former Wolverines Tom Brady, Shawn Crable and Pierre Woods with the Patriots organization. Mesko is the first Michigan punter to be selected in the NFL draft since the Minnesota Vikings chose Hayden Epstein with the 247th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
Brown followed Mesko two rounds later with his selection by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round. He was chosen by the Raiders with the 251st overall pick of the draft and the 44th selection in the final round. He is the only Wolverine in the Raiders organization.
Mesko was one of the nation's top punters the past two seasons and was a 2009 second-team All-American from virtually every major organization. Mesko led the Big Ten and finished eighth nationally in punting with a U-M season-record 44.5-yard average as a senior. He was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. Mesko earned All-Big Ten first team honors his final two seasons (2008-09) and collected Academic All-Big Ten accolades four years (2006-07-08-09). He became the first Wolverine ever named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Danny Wuerffel Trophy in 2009. Mesko completed his career as Michigan's all-time leader in career punts (252) and yardage (10,703), and ranks second with a 42.5-yard career average.
Brown led the team with a career-best 80 tackles in 2009. He was named the Roger Zatkoff Award winner as the team's top linebacker as a senior after playing safety his first three seasons. Brown added eight tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, one interception and four pass breakups in 2009.
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