Zach Strief has the opportunity to become the third Clermont County high school graduate to play professional football in the National Football League.
Strief, a 2001 Milford High School graduate, was drafted April 29 as the second overall pick in the seventh round. He was 210th of all players drafted. The New Orleans Saints made the selection.
If Strief makes the regular season roster he will join Dwayne Woodruff, a 1975 New Richmond High School and University of Louisville graduate who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Napoleon McCallum, a 1981 Milford High School and United States Naval Academy graduate who played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
Mike Sylvester, a Milford resident and a 1971 Moeller High School graduate, also played for the Raiders. All three are members of the Clermont County Sports Hall of Fame.
Amelia resident Eddie Biles coached the Houston Oilers and the Saints. His children graduated from Amelia High School in the 1980s.
Strief played offensive tackle at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. His talents were well known. He received indications of interest for the draft from the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New England Patriots.