Sioux Falls and greater South Dakota have never had a gigantic impact on the National Football League, but it's very safe to say that the impact is growing each and every year.

This year, Sioux Falls has a ton of NFL Draft hopefuls, and could see at least three players drafted over the weekend in Detroit.

South Dakota's colleges have been sending a lot more players to the NFL these days, as last year we saw South Dakota State Tight End Tucker Kraft get drafted in round 3 by the Green Bay Packers.

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Recently, we also had Chris Oladokun (SDSU) and Jack Cochrane (USD) win a Super Bowl with the Chiefs, and many others make it to the pro level.

Here in Sioux Falls, our current most obvious link to the NFL is C.J. Ham, who played his college ball at Augustana, and has had a nice long career to this point with the Minnesota Vikings.

Beginning on Thursday, it's likely that we see at least three other Sioux Falls natives make the jump to the league. It's a very exciting time for South Dakota as well as our great city.

Let's meet them!

Mason McCormick - Sioux Falls Native, Roosevelt Grad - Offensive Guard - SDSU

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Tip Reiman - Sioux Falls O'Gorman Grad - Tight End - University of Illinois

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Cooper DeJean - Born in Sioux Falls - Cornerback - University of Iowa

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There are a ton more local connections in this year's draft, and we could have upwards of 5 South Dakota college athletes selected.

According to NFL.com, here are the South Dakota college athletes highlighted as potential pros:

Myles Harden - Cornerback - USD

Jadon Janke - Wide Receiver - SDSU

Jaxon Janke - Wide Receiver - SDSU

Zach Heins - Tight End - SDSU

Mason McCormick - Guard - SDSU

Garrett Greenfield - Tackle - SDSU

Isaiah Davis - Running back - SDSU

There could be others, but this is a HUGE year for South Dakota collegiate athletes making the move to the NFL.

The NFL Draft is Thursday through Saturday from Detroit. Listen to live coverage on ESPN 102.3 AM 1000 KSOO on Thursday and Friday Night, and best of luck to all of our local athletes!

Sources: NFL.com

South Dakota Born NFL Players of this Century

While not a traditional powerhouse Nation Football League feeder, South Dakota has produces a fair number of football players that went on to the big time in the NFL.

Here are some that have played on various teams over the last couple of decades.

13 Famous Iowans

It's a great day for Iowans. The first ever Major League Baseball game was played in Dyersville, Iowa last night (August 12) in The Field of Dreams game and it was awesome!

What a great way to showcase a beautiful state and celebrate the hospitality of Iowans.

Iowa may seem far away from Tinsel Town, but The Hawkeye State has produced many famous actors, musicians, and athletes!

The following 13 are just the tip of the iceberg!