Ole Miss in the NFL
Six Ole Miss football players were drafted this year, and dozens more former Rebels are currently playing for NFL teams all over the country.
Written by Sarah Hooper
The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville turned out to be an exciting one for Ole Miss fans. In total, six players signed NFL contracts, more than UM Athletics says the team has had in one season since 1971.
For Gregory Little, the second-team All American left tackle out of Allen, Texas, it was a very big day. Little was the first Rebel to hear his name announced in the NFL draft when the Carolina Panthers traded spots to select him fifth in the second round and 37th overall.
“Greg is a player that I recruited and coached as both his position coach and head coach, so it was special to see him drafted so high,” Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke said. “His best football is ahead of him.”
A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, the highly-touted pair of Rebel wide receivers went slightly later in the same round. A.J. Brown was chosen 19th in the second round by the Tennessee Titans and is the first Ole Miss player to go to the franchise since it moved to Nashville. Oxford native Metcalf was selected 64th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.
The pair of wide receivers made a significant impact during their time in Oxford. Brown now boasts the record as the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 2,984 yards in just three seasons in Oxford. Metcalf, who played only two seasons after a medical redshirt due to a broken foot his freshman year, left before the end of the 2018 season with a neck injury.
In a July 29 news conference, Metcalf said he is enjoying his time back on the field and working with the experienced players on the team.
“I feel great just learning from all the vets in our room and just getting out here and being able to play football again,” Metcalf said. “It still hasn’t hit me that I’m in the NFL. It’s great just being out here. I feel like the Seahawks organization is a great organization to be a part of.”
Dawson Knox, the tight end out of Brentwood, Tennessee, was selected in the third round by the Buffalo Bills. On day two of the draft, Javon Patterson got a call from the Indianapolis Colts to play offensive tackle, and Ken Webster a talented cornerback, signed with 2019 Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots.
“It’s really exciting to see that many guys drafted in one season, and so many others are getting their chance to play at the next level as free agents,” Luke said. “As a Mississippian, I was very proud to see A.J., D.K. and Javon hear their names called, and I look forward to seeing them represent our university and our state on that stage for years to come.”
Floyd Allen | Wide Receiver | #82
A.J. Moore | Safety | #33
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Brandon Bolden | Running Back | #38
Ken Webster | Cornerback | #61
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Fadol Brown | Defensive End | #98
Javien Hamilton | Cornerback | #47
A.J. Brown | Wide Receiver | #11
Cody Core | Wide Receiver | #16
John Jerry | Guard | #64
Trae Elston | Safety | #35
NEW YORK GIANTS
Evan Engram | Tight End | #88
Eli Manning | Quarterback | #10
Woodrow Hamilton IV | Defensive Tackle | #78
Marquis Haynes | Defensive End | #98
Greg Little | Offensive Tackle | #74
Mike Hilton | Cornerback | #28
Lavon Hooks | Defensive End | #95
Donte Moncrief | Wide Receiver | #10
NEW YORK JETS
Derrick Jones | Cornerback | #31
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
D.J. Jones | Defensive Tackle | #93
Chad Kelly | Quarterback | #6
Javon Patterson | Center | #65
Jordan Wilkins | Running Back | #20
Dawson Knox | Tight End | #88
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
DaMarkus Lodge | Wide Receiver | #18
Bobby Massie | Offensive Tackle | #70
Bradley Sowell | Tight End | #85
D.K. Metcalf | Wide Receiver | #14
C.J. Moore | Safety | #49
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Breeland Speaks | Linebacker | #57
Laquon Treadwell | Wide Receiver | #11
Laremy Tunsil | Offensive Tackle | #78