Thursday, April 22, 2010
The burly offensive lineman was selected with the 17th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night by the San Francisco 49ers.
Iupati is the highest pick from Idaho since Ray McDonald was the 13th taken in the first round by the Washington Redskins in 1967.
The 6-foot-5, 331-pound Iuapti paved the way for the Vandals turnaround season in 2009, when Idaho went 9-5 and won the Humanitarian Bowl. Iupati was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press among a slew of other honors.