Nine Undrafted Rebels Join NFL Clubs
May 8, 2017
OXFORD, Miss. – After four Ole Miss players were selected in the recent NFL Draft, nine more Rebels have been given an opportunity to further their football career in the professional ranks.
Seven Rebels signed with NFL clubs as undrafted free agents:
Two more were invited to NFL rookie mini-camps:
The group of 13 total Rebels – including draftees TE Evan Engram (first round, New York Giants), DT D.J. Jones (sixth round, San Francisco 49ers), CB Derrick Jones (sixth round, New York Jets) and QB Chad Kelly (seventh round, Denver Broncos) – look to bolster what is already a significant Ole Miss presence in the league.
Twenty-three former Rebels were members of NFL teams last year, including four who earned roster spots after going undrafted – DB Trae Elston (Buccaneers/Browns), DT Woodrow Hamilton (Patriots), CB Mike Hilton (Patriots/Steelers) and DE Channing Ward (Buccaneers).
Playing in 51 games throughout his four years as a Rebel, Adeboyejo finished his career ranked top 20 with 106 receptions. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native caught 11 passes for touchdowns, which sits in a tie for 11th in the Ole Miss record book. He totaled more than 1,000 yards receiving over his final two seasons in Oxford, including his junior year in which the speedy wide receiver hauled in 38 catches for 604 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bridges played two seasons at Ole Miss after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He made an immediate impact in the Rebel secondary, starting in 11 games at cornerback as a junior and finishing second on the team with three interceptions. His most memorable interception was a pick-six in the 2015 Egg Bowl, going 45 yards to the end zone to give Ole Miss a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
A three-year letterman, Brown racked up 109 tackles during his Ole Miss career, including 16.0 TFLs. He made 21 starts over three seasons, battling a foot injury from the end of his 2015 season and into his senior year. The Charleston, South Carolina, native finished his Rebel career strong by tallying 28 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and a sack over the last four games of the 2016 campaign.
A special teams star as one of the fastest players on the team throughout his career, Davis earned four letters at Ole Miss. He tallied 980 return yards as a Rebel and earned All-SEC second team honors as a senior. Davis also played cornerback, making five starts in 2016.
After transferring from Georgia Military College, Judd spent two seasons in the Ole Miss backfield and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. He played in every game as a junior and earned the starting nod at running back throughout his senior season. Judd piled up 826 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in 2016, putting together three 100-yard games throughout the year.
Liggins played multiple positions in his three years as a Rebel, finishing up as an offensive tackle his senior year. He played in 29 total games, seeing time as a 300-pound tight end and backup quarterback during his tenure. He scored a pair of rushing touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014.
After transferring from the University of Washington, Stringfellow played two seasons in the Red and Blue, finishing tied for 11th in school history with 11 career touchdown catches. He totaled 1,219 receiving yards on 82 catches over his two-year tenure, ranking top 12 in the SEC in receiving yards (59.7/game), yards per catch (15.6) and TDs (6) in 2016.
Conner enjoyed a fantastic four-year Ole Miss career, although his final season-and-a-half were marred by knee problems. As the Rebels’ versatile “Huskie” nickel back, he started 42 of his 43 career games played, totaling 193 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 13 passes defended and two interceptions. He was an All-SEC second team pick in 2014 and a Freshman All-America selection in 2013.
Thurley played in all 25 games as a Rebel after walking on to the team following a transfer from Wofford. The intelligent and versatile tight end helped Ole Miss to some gaudy offensive numbers as a blocker and a receiver, while also serving on special teams. He totaled four catches and six tackles in two years.
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