Three Mississippi State players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft

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Of the 23 players committed to attending the NFL Draft, two of them played their college football in the Magnolia State. Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat and DK Metcalf out of Ole Miss, but that doesn’t mean they’d be the first two players from Mississippi to hear their names called.

With the 19th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Jeffrey Simmons of Mississippi State University. It was only a matter of time for the All-SEC Team selection who saw his draft stock fall after tearing his ACL during a pre-draft workout. As a result, Simmons never got to take part in MSU’s Pro Day and wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine because of an off-the-field incident prior to his freshman year.

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But, at the end of the day, it’s hard to deny his junior year numbers with Simmons leading all SEC defensive lineman with 59 tackles in 2018. Simmons also took home this year’s Conerly Trophy, going to the top collegiate football player in Mississippi.

Montez Sweat was drafted by the Washington Redskins with the 26th pick and Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram was selected 27th overall by the Oakland Raiders.