Gabe Jackson became the first player from a Mississippi university to be taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jackson was selected in the third round (81st overall) by the Oakland Raiders Friday night becoming the 13th player to be taken under Dan Mullen’s watch.
“He was a four-year starter, a big-time player, and I am proud of him,” Mullen said in a release from the university. “He’s first-round talent. He led the nation’s toughest conference in career starts. He will have a long, successful career.”
The 6-foot-4, 336-pounder from Liberty started all 52 games of his college career at left guard and was a two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC selection. Jackson was also a SEC All-Freshman pick in 2010 and won the Conorly and Hull trophies as the top overall and offensive lineman in Mississippi respectively.
Jackson is just the second player ever drafted by the Raiders franchise joining wide receiver Olanda Truitt, who was taken by Los Angeles in the fifth round in 1993. Jackson is also the first Bulldog offensive lineman picked since Derek Sherrod was selected 32nd overall by Green Bay in 2011.
“I am thankful to be an Oakland Raider,” Jackson said in a statement. “I am mentally ready for the next level. I am not going to let anyone outwork me. I thank all of our coaches and fans for all of the support the last four years. I will always be a Bulldog.”
The final four rounds of the NFL Draft begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.