Sitting at home with his family, Dalton Keene witnessed a dream become a reality. The Chatfield alum and former Virginia Tech tight end is headed to the NFL after he was selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Keene went to the New England Patriots with the 101st overall selection.
Keene joins a long list of Colorado high school products to be taken by an NFL team. Two were taken last year as Wiggins' Dalton Risner went to the Denver Broncos in the second round and Bear Creek's Olabisi Johnson was a seventh-round selection of the Minnesota Vikings.
A hybrid tightend/H-back style player at Chatfield, Keene ended his high school career with 2,093 rushing yards and 479 receiving yards. He scored 31 offensive touchdowns.
He is the third Chatfield alum to be drafted, following LenDale White in 2006 and Zac Robinson in 2010.
He made his way to Blacksburg where he totaled 748 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He made his way to the NFL Combine and has been working out at home recently due to the unique circumstances surrounding this year's draft.
"This year is kind of new for everyone," Keene told CHSAANow.com this week. "I don't know what to expect to be honest with you, but I'm really excited to have this opportunity and to be able to spend time with my family. My parents, brother and sister will all be here."
Keene becomes the 170th Colorado high school football player to be drafted into the NFL.