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No South Dakota player has been selected in the first seven rounds of an NFL draft in 43 years and none has been taken in any round since 1986. Compton might end that drought for his alma mater after helping his chances with a strong performance at the NFL combine. He finished in the top 10 among offensive linemen in five categories, and was in the top five in the broad jump (9 feet) and the 40-yard dash (5.11). Compton was also a four-year starter for the Coyotes, a three-time all-Great West Conference honoree and a first team All-American in 2011. He was also named the conference's offensive lineman of the year after helping South Dakota produce the second-highest rushing average in the league (158.2 yards). In each of his first two seasons, he helped the Coyotes finish among the top six FCS teams in total offense. One of Compton's greatest attributes is his NFL-ready size but there are some questions about the lower level of competition he's faced. He got to answer some of those with an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game and helped lead the West squad to a 24-17 victory in that game. Compton's team outgained the East team 377-316, including 171-57 on the ground. That could help him become the first South Dakota player to get drafted since the Los Angeles Rams took running back Chul Schwanke in the 11th round in 1986. The Coyotes player taken earliest in the draft was John Kohler, selected in the third round by Denver in 1969.