NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Four Rebels were selected during the second day of the NFL Draft on Friday, in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the fourth consecutive year that Ole Miss has had at least four draft picks chosen.
Ole Miss offensive lineman Greg Little, along with receivers A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf all heard their names called during the second round of the draft, while tight end Dawson Knox was selected in the third round.
Metcalf and Brown are the first pair of wide receiver teammates to be selected in the first two rounds since 2014 when LSU’s Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry accomplished that feat.
The Carolina Panthers traded up early in the second round to take Little with the No. 37 pick overall. The Allen, Texas, native anchored the Ole Miss offensive line for the last three seasons, appearing in every game at left tackle since arriving on campus.
Little allowed a pressure on just 2.8 percent of his pass-blocking snaps since 2017, the fourth-best in the class among offensive tackles. He garnered second team All-America from the Sporting News, Walter Camp Foundation, FWAA and Phil Steele. He was also a first team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press and the league coaches.
Little was one of six finalists for the 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, becoming the first offensive lineman ever to be named a finalist for the Texas-specific award.
Brown, a second team 2018 All-America by multiple publications, was scooped up by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 51 overall pick. He became the first Ole Miss player ever to be selected by the Titans since the franchise moved to Nashville in 1997.
A junior out of Starkville, Mississippi, Brown re-wrote the receiving record books in his three years at Ole Miss. He stands as the all-time leading receiver in Ole Miss history with 2,984 yards. He had 12 100-yard receiving performances during his career, also a program record.
Brown amassed 1,320 yards in 2018, breaking his own single-season school record of 1,252, set last season. He's the only player in Ole Miss history with two 1,000-yard seasons to his name. Brown also set the Ole Miss single-season receptions record with 85 catches this year.
Metcalf became the second member of the Nasty Wideouts (nWo) drafted when the Seattle Seahawks traded up to grab the Oxford, Mississippi, native with the last pick of the second round and No. 64 overall.
The Oxford, Mississippi, native appeared in 21 games during his career at Ole Miss and hauled in 14 career touchdowns. Metcalf tallied 26 catches for 569 yards and five scores before suffering a season-ending injury vs. Arkansas in the seventh game of the 2018 season.
During his redshirt freshman campaign, Metcalf recorded career-bests in both receptions (39), receiving yards (646) and touchdowns (seven) on his way to being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
The Buffalo Bills also traded up in the draft to add a Rebel, moving up the board to select Knox with a compensatory pick at No. 96 overall.
Knox, a former walk-on and high school quarterback, appeared in 28 career games for the Rebels, including 20 starts at tight end.
For his career, Knox hauled in 39 receptions for 605 yards. Knox, from Brentwood, Tennessee, appeared on the Mackey Award watch list in 2018 and was a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy as a sophomore.