LUBBOCK, Texas - One of the most consistent secondary players in school history, safety Darcel McBath will take his talents to the next level as the Denver Broncos made him their second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft on Saturday.
McBath joins teammate Michael Crabtree in the draft after the latter was taken with the 10th overall pick by San Francisco.
"I'm excited. I'm excited about the future," McBath said. "I'm excited about what's going to happen. I'm going to try to fit in and do my part on the team."
McBath totaled 75 tackles in 2008 after posting 75 and 73 in 2006 and 2007, respectively. More impressive are the seven interceptions last season, including two for touchdowns. An All-Big 12 Conference first team pick, McBath totaled 12 career picks and 20 pass breakups.
McBath's selection in the second round is a testament to the strength of the Red Raider secondary in 2008. Led by McBath, the Red Raiders accounted for 18 interceptions, including 12 from the safety positions. The total is the most in the Mike Leach era.
The selections of Crabtree and McBath in the first and second rounds are the highest a Tech duo has ever been drafted in the same year in the NFL Draft.
McBath was selected with the 16th pick in the second round, making him the third-highest drafted defensive player in school history behind Ted Watts, who was taken in the first round of the 1981 draft by Oakland, and Roland Mitchell, who was selected with the 33rd overall pick by Buffalo in 1987.
The last Texas Tech defensive back taken in the draft was Kevin Curtis by San Francisco in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.