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Football: North alum Gossett drafted by the Minnesota Vikings
Colby Gossett blocks on a run play for the Appalachian State football team in a game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 2, 2017 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. Photo by Allyson Lamb, Appalachian State.

North Forsyth alum Colby Gossett was picked by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, becoming the first Forsyth County native to ever be drafted by an NFL team.

Gossett, who graduated from North in 2013 and played offensive and defensive line for the Raiders, started 46 straight games as a right tackle and right guard at Appalachian State, never missing a game after his redshirt freshman season. Gossett was named to the Sun Belt All-Conference First Team in his last two seasons and helped the Mountaineers to three bowl game wins in his career. 

Gossett, the 213th overall pick of the draft, participated in the Reese's Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine in the lead-up to the draft and was projected by to go on the third day. He earned high marks for his size and versatility, having played two positions in college.