By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
For each of the past three years, Mississippi State has had at least three players taken in the NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Josh Boyd became the third this year when he was selected late in the fifth round by Green Bay on Saturday.
Boyd was the 34th pick of the round, 167th overall. On Friday, former Bulldogs Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks were both taken in the second round.
It’s the first time since 1999-2001 that State had at least three players drafted three consecutive years. Under coach Dan Mullen, who’s been at the helm four years, MSU has had 12 players drafted by NFL teams.
After a strong junior season in which he recorded career highs in tackles (51), tackles-for-loss (8.0) and sacks (5.5), Boyd saw his numbers go down as a senior without former linemate Fletcher Cox – a first-round pick last year – by his side.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Boyd had 33 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks last season.
“For a big guy, he’s got some pretty nimble feet,” Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac told the Milwaukee Journal.
Undrafted Bulldogs can go the free agent route. Receiver Chad Bumphis, of Tupelo, signed with Miami on Saturday, while linebacker Cam Lawrence is headed to Dallas. Shannon’s Arceto Clark signed with Seattle.
Bumphis led the SEC in touchdown catches last season with 12, while Lawrence made a team-leading 120 tackles, which ranked fourth in the league.
For the first time since 2008, Ole Miss did not have a player selected in the draft. The SEC had an NFL-record 63 players selected.
Murphy Holloway, the Rebels’ career rebounding leader in basketball, signed as a free agent tight end with Super Bowl champion Baltimore soon after the draft ended. Rebels DE Gerald Rivers signed with St. Louis and DTGilbert Pena signed with Green Bay.