Rebels Ready to Hear Names Called in the NFL Draft
April 25, 2017

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OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss has a long and proud of history of developing players for the National Football League, and that reputation has only grown in recent years.

Seven Rebels have been selected in the last three versions of the NFL Draft, and several more are hoping to hear their names called this Thursday-Saturday.

The 2017 NFL Draft gets underway with the first round on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT (ESPN, WatchESPN, NFL Network,, NFL Mobile app). The second and third rounds will take place Friday at 6 pm. (ESPN/ESPN2, WatchESPN, NFL Network,, NFL Mobile app). The final four rounds will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. (ESPN, WatchESPN, NFL Network,, NFL Mobile app).

Last year, five Rebels heard their name called in the draft, including a program-record three first-rounders in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (No. 13, Dolphins), wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (No. 23, Vikings) and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (No. 29, Cardinals). Offensive lineman Fahn Cooper and wide receiver Cody Core were also selected in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively.

Among this year’s hopefuls is tight end Evan Engram, who has been projected by outlets to be drafted late in the first round or early in the second. The first team All-American and four-time All-SEC Rebel finished as the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions (162), receiving yards (2,320) and touchdowns (15) by a tight end. As a senior in 2016, he won the Ozzie Newsome Award (nation’s best tight end), Pop Warner College Football Award (excellence in football and community service) and C Spire Conerly Trophy (top college football player in Mississippi). 

Other Rebels who could be drafted this weekend include (but are not limited to) wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo, defensive end Fadol Brown, defensive tackle D.J. Jones, quarterback Chad Kelly and wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow.

Here are some facts about Ole Miss and its history with the NFL and the NFL Draft.

  • 286 professional draft picks all-time
  • 22 NFL first-round draft picks
  • 27 Pro Bowl players (66 selections)
  • 2 Pro Football Hall of Famers
  • 13 Super Bowl winners (17 titles)
  • 23 former Rebels were on NFL rosters in 2016
  • Ole Miss has had multiple first-round picks on three occasions:
    • 2016: Tunsil, Treadwell, Nkemdiche
    • 2009: Michael Oher (23rd overall, Baltimore), Peria Jerry (24th overall, Atlanta)
    • 1966: Stan Hindman (11th overall, San Francisco), Mike Dennis (Buffalo – AFL)
  • The school record for most pro draft picks in a year is 15 (1960 and 1962)
  • Since the draft was reduced to seven rounds in 1994, the Rebels have had five selections once (2016) and four selections on four occasions (1995, 2004, 2009, 2010)

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