Three Rebels Selected in First Round of NFL Draft
April 28, 2016
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Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was taken 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was selected 23rd by the Minnesota Vikings, and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was chosen 29th by the Arizona Cardinals. All three declared for the draft following their junior seasons at Ole Miss.
There have now been 22 first-round draft picks in Ole Miss history.
Ole Miss is the third Southeastern Conference team in the last five years with three first-round picks in a single draft, joining Alabama and Texas A&M.
Tunsil is the highest Rebel draft pick since Patrick Willis went 11th overall to the San Francisco 49ers in 2007. He is the first Ole Miss player to be chosen by the Dolphins since offensive guard John Jerry in 2010.
A native of Lake City, Florida, Tunsil was one of the most dominant offensive tackles in college football throughout his three-year career and garnered a number of accomplishments throughout his time in Oxford.
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Treadwell is the first Ole Miss wide receiver to be selected in the first round. The previous highest-drafted Rebel receiver was Dexter McCluster in 2010 (second round, 36th overall pick).
The most recent Rebel drafted by the Vikings before Treadwell was safety Jamarca Sanford in 2009.
A native of Crete, Illinois, Treadwell was one of the most accomplished offensive players in Ole Miss football history.
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Nkemdiche is the first Ole Miss defensive lineman to be drafted since Jerrell Powe went to Kansas City in 2011. He is the first Rebel to be chosen by the Cardinals since offensive tackle Bobby Massie in 2012.
A native of Loganville, Georgia, Nkemdiche received a bevy of accolades during his career as a three-year starter in the middle of the Rebels’ defensive line.
NKEMDICHE’S COLLEGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Ole Miss has a great tradition of producing NFL talent, including 284 draft picks and 22 first-round selections. Last year, there were 19 Rebels in the league, including Super Bowl 50 participant Michael Oher of the Carolina Panthers.
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