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Chris Prosinski joined some elite company Saturday.

The former Buffalo High School and University of Wyoming standout was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft Saturday -- the highest a UW player had been selected since Steve Scifres was selected in the third round in 1997.

Prosinski, who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 121st pick overall, is also the first Cowboy selected since John Wendling (Rock Springs) was taken in the seventh round in 2007.

"I would think that Chris was happily surprised with where he was picked," Cameron Foster, Prosinski's agent, said. "We didn't think he was going to be a fourth-round draft pick, but his Pro Day numbers were better than those of any other safety ... and teams took note."

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound free safety ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 39.5 inches at his Pro Day last month at UW.

Based on those numbers, Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com wrote of Prosinski: "He can immediately contribute as a core special teamer and backup safety, and has potential to be groomed."

Foster said that Jacksonville was one of six NFL teams that Prosinski visited in the last few weeks.

Foster, who runs the Foster & Easley Sports Management Group based out of Seattle, added that Prosinski is the first Wyoming athlete his company has represented.

"I realized Chris Prosinski at about this time last year," Foster said. "I usually look at players in the Northwest -- Washington, Oregon and Idaho -- and we've never represented a player from Wyoming.

"But Chris jumped up on our radar as a talented young man out of Wyoming. I spoke to his parents and then met Chris as soon as the season was over."

Prosinski first starred on the football field for Buffalo High School, leading the Bison to back-to-back Wyoming state championships in 2004-05.

He then moved on to UW, where he was a three-year starter at free safety and finished his career as the Cowboys' No. 4 all-time tackler.

Now Prosinski will join a Jacksonville team that finished 8-8 last season.

However, with Friday's ruling that an NFL lockout is back in effect, Prosinski, like all players, will have to wait before he can report to Jacksonville.

"All we know right now is that Chris will be a Jacksonville Jaguar and that's about it," Foster said. "As soon as they figure out the numbers with the collective bargaining agreement then we can talk about a contract."

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