Three MSU players selected in first round of NFL Draft

Alabama and Clemson were the only other two schools with three players selected in the first round.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 10:12 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2019 12:18 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVA) - A school-record three Mississippi State football players were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was the first Bulldog drafted. The Noxubee County native was selected by the Tennessee Titans as the 19th overall pick.

MSU had back-to-back selections later in the first round, with defensive end Montez Sweat going No. 26 overall to the Washington Redskins, and safety Johnathan Abram going No. 27 overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Simmons totaled 163 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, seven pass breakups, five forced fumbles and three blocked kicks during his three-year career. He ranks sixth in MSU career history in tackles for loss.

Sweat led the Bulldogs in sacks for the second consecutive season, tied for sixth nationally with 11.5 sacks along with 14 tackles for loss, which ranked second on the team.

Abram recorded 99 tackles with three sacks and two interceptions as a senior while being named first-team all-SEC and a third-team AP All-American.

The NFL Draft continues with the second and third rounds on Friday and rounds four through seven on Saturday. It airs both days on ABC-WTVA.

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