Six Bulldogs sign free agent deals

Ben Beckwith signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers, one of six Bulldogs to sign a free agent contract. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Ben Beckwith signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers, one of six Bulldogs to sign a free agent contract. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Mississippi State tied a modern era record with five players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Immediately following the conclusion of the draft, six more Bulldogs signed free agent contracts and will join their teammates at the next level.

Guard Ben Beckwith signed with the San Diego Chargers, tackle Blaine Clausell with the Baltimore Ravens, center Dillon Day with the Denver Broncos, defensive tackle Kaleb Eulls with the New Orleans Saints, safeties Justin Cox with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jay Hughes with the St. Louis Rams.

Beckwith played in 49 career games and started the final 25. The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder was a first team All-SEC selection and a third team All-American. He was also selected SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week three times and participated in the East-West Shrine Game.

The former walk-on from Benton Academy started all 13 games for the Bulldogs last fall.

Clausell also appeared in 49 games during his career with 38 starts at left tackle. The 6-foot-7, 315-pounder from Mobile, Ala., started all 13 games this past fall.

The former two-star prospect from Baker High School also played in the Senior Bowl.

Day saw action in 51 games during his career including 46 starts at center. The 6-foot-4, 299-pounder from West Monroe, La., started 12 games last season and served as a team captain.

The former two-star prospect was invited to both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.

Eulls started all 52 games of his career, tying the school record. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Yazoo City made 118 career tackles, 8.5 for loss, four sacks and recovered a fumble.

The former four-star Yazoo County standout made 34 stops as a senior including three sacks. Eulls earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in 2014 and played in the Senior Bowl.

Cox played in 22 games and drew nine starts at MSU after transferring in from East Mississippi Community College. The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder made 52 career tackles, one for loss, broke up nine passes and made two interceptions.

The former three-star prospect played in nine games as a senior for the Bulldogs including eight starts before being suspended indefinitely following an arrest. He made 21 tackles, 0.5 for loss, five pass deflections and an interception in 2014.

Hughes, the son of MSU safeties coach Tony Hughes, was also a team captain for the Bulldogs last season. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Hattiesburg played in 40 games during his career and made 16 starts. He finished his career with 70 tackles, three for loss, six pass break-ups and two interceptions.

The former three-star prospect from Oak Grove High School started 12 of 13 games in 2014 making 26 tackles, broke up two passes and picked off two more. Hughes also returned a blocked field goal 68-yards for a touchdown in the season opener against Southern Miss.

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