The NFL Draft Day may have not gone the way the Ole Miss Rebels imagined it would, especially not for Laremy Tunsil, but I believe this was one of the best NFL Draft classes as far as the numbers go for the Rebel football players.
Certainly, there will be lessons learned from the 2016 NFL Draft, but down the road the NFL football fans could be talking more about the Rebels’ athletic talents rather than their past off-field antics.
Overall, here’s how it went down for the Rebels who declared for the NFL Draft.
Rebels Drafted in Round One:
No.13 Overall to the Miami Dolphins – Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle
No.23 Overall to the Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, wide reciever
No.29 Overall to the Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle
Rebels drafted in Later Rounds:
No.174 Overall (Fifth Round) to the San Francisco 49ers – Fahn Cooper, offensive tackle
No.199 Overall (Sixth Round) to the Cincinnati Bengals – Cody Core, wide receiver
Undrafted Free Agents
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
Across the board, the Rebels made a statement with the drafted players and free agents all going into top NFL football teams. I am sure that we will be hearing a lot about these former Rebel athletes.
This NFL Draft class will also help bolster Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze’s recruiting efforts. I’m glad to see that more Rebels have the opportunity to play at the next level and help form the foundation for future Rebels in the NFL.
Now, we’re around 118 days from the football season and I have one question: “Are you ready?”
Hotty Toddy, y’all.
Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo is a HottyToddy.com contributor, veteran SEC sports journalist and Brown University graduate. She loves good cigars, good games and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.