One of the more unlikely position changes in college football has resulted in what we hope is a long and decorated professional career.

University of Montana Sports Information tells that today (Tuesday) former Griz offensive lineman Dylan Cook made the 53-man roster for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers. Teams had to make their final roster cuts this afternoon.

Dylan came to the Griz by way of Butte High School and started his college career at MSU Northern in Havre, where he was a quarterback at both schools. Yes, a quarterback!

At 6-feet-6 and just over 300 pounds, it became obvious that he was more suited to the offensive line at the Division 1 college level, where hard work and a tremendous attitude kept his stock on the rise at Montana. He walked on with the Griz, earned some All-Big Sky recognition as a senior, and was a two-time Academic All-Big Sky honoree.

Dylan signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2022 season, and was one of 16 players on their practice squad. He signed with the Steelers in May and held his ground as the roster was whittled down.


In trimming their roster to 53 today, the Seattle Seahawks waived standout Grizzly linebacker Patrick O'Connell. There is some talk that Patrick played well enough to stay with the team on their practice squad.

And over the weekend, former Griz wide receiver/kick returner Malik Flowers was also released by the 'Hawks. Prior to his attempt to make Seattle's roster, Malik was a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.

Another bright side for former Griz: wide receiver Samori Toure, who transferred to Nebraska for his final year of college eligibility, is ready for a bigger role in his second season with the Green Bay Packers, as he is part of this year's 53-man roster as well.

Congratulations to all those Griz greats and here's hoping Patrick O'Connell and Malik Flowers will have other NFL opportunities in the near future.

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