Not since 1980 and Neil Lomax has a Portland State football player been drafted as high as former basketball player Julius Thomas was on Saturday.

The Denver Broncos plucked the 6-5, 245-pound Thomas in the fourth round on Saturday with the 129th overall pick.

Lomax was selected in the second round by the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to star at quarterback in the NFL.

Thomas played only one season of football at PSU, earning a role at tight end in 2010, after four years of Viking basketball. He caught 29 passes for 453 yards and two touchdowns and was named all-Big Sky Conference.

He played in the East-West Shrine game and caught a touchdown pass and two-point conversion. He also took part in the NFL combine in February.

The native of Stockton, Calif., became the first Vik selected since Tampa Bay nabbed linebacker Adam Hayward in the sixth round in 2007.

"I haven't really tapped out my potential," Thomas says.

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