St. John’s tackle Ben Bartch became the first Division III player taken in five years in the NFL draft.

Bartch was chosen Saturday in the fourth round, 116th overall, by Jacksonville.

He’s the first MIAC player taken since 2003.

Bartch, a 6-6, 309-pounder weighed about 75 pounds less just a couple of years ago when he moved from tight end.

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His two-year ascension since captured the attention of NFL scouts.

It started nearly every morning with a strange concoction that we showed you back in early March. 

To add weight, Bartch loaded a blender,  five days per week, with seven scrambled eggs, “a big tub” of cottage cheese, quick grits, peanut butter, a banana and Gatorade.

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