Former Mississippi State safety Nickoe Whitley and running back LaDarius Perkins missed hearing their names called during the 2014 NFL Draft.
But the duo did not have to wait long for their phones to ring following the draft’s conclusion. Whitley agreed to a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns while Perkins has caught on with the Green Bay Packers.
Gabe Jackson was the only Bulldog selected during the NFL Draft being selected in the third round by the Oakland Raiders.
Whitley appeared in 46 games during his time in Starkville including 42 starts in the secondary. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder was the active NCAA career interceptions leader this past season and his 15 pickoffs rank third in school history.
The Jackson native finished his career with 229 tackles, eight for loss, forced five fumbles and broke up 19 passes. Whitley was a Freshman All-SEC selection in 2010 and was a second team All-SEC pick this past season.
Perkins saw action in 50 games during his Bulldog career earning 23 starts in the backfield. He ranks second in school history with 4,253 all-purpose yardage and the program’s fifth-leading rusher.
The Greenville native carried 530 times for 2,554 yards and 15 touchdowns while also grabbing 68 passes for 714 yards and 10 more scores. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder was an All-SEC second team selection in 2013 by the Associated Press and ESPN.com.
Perkins (@DarioPerkins27) tweeted Saturday night “Headed to Green Bay in the a.m. with a big chip on my shoulder can’t wait to get there ready to show what I can do #hungry #humble #dreamstillalive”