Ole Miss had a strong showing in the 2016 NFL Draft, as five former Rebels, including three first-round draft choices, heard their name called over the past three days in Chicago.
Despite the drama surrounding former offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil on Thursday night, it was a huge weekend that should pay dividends down the road for coach Hugh Freeze’s program, which has lacked an NFL identity until now.
To put things into perspective, Ole Miss has had just two players — Donte Moncrief (2014) and Senquez Golson (2015) — drafted during Freeze’s tenure as coach. However, this was Freeze’s first year where players he signed were draft-eligible, and the uptick in talent over the past few seasons was apparent over the past few days.
Check out where all the draft-eligible players ended up:
- Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle – No. 13 overall (first round) to Miami Dolphins
- Laquon Treadwell, wide receiver – No. 23 overall (first round) to Minnesota Vikings
- Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle – No. 29 overall (first round) to Arizona Cardinals
- Fahn Cooper, offensive tackle – No. 174 overall (fifth round) to San Francisco 49ers
- Cody Core, wide receiver – No. 199 overall (sixth round) to Cincinnati Bengals
Undrafted Free Agents
(all listed signings are according to reports)
- Trae Elston, safety – New Orleans Saints
- Woodrow Hamilton, defensive tackle – New England Patriots
- Mike Hilton, safety – Jacksonville Jaguars
- C.J. Johnson, linebacker – New England Patriots
- Channing Ward, defensive end – Tampa Bay Buccaneers