Three Bulldogs and one Rebel taken in NFL draft Saturday

By Tim Booth/The Associated Press

Seattle grabs Mississippi State’s Wright in middle of graduation

RENTON, Wash. — When John Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks connected with K.J. Wright on the phone Saturday, he expected a reaction of excitement from the Mississippi State linebacker.

Instead, Wright was quiet and very reserved, an odd reaction for someone just taken in the fourth-round of the NFL draft.

The reason: Wright was in the middle of his graduation ceremonies at Mississippi State when the Seahawks called.

Wright was the first of two fourth-round picks for the Seahawks. Later in the round, Seattle grabbed tall Georgia receiver Kris Durham, who has spent part of the offseason working out with Charlie Whitehurst, the only quarterback the Seahawks have under contract.

Seattle had five remaining picks in the final three rounds.

Ravens take DE McPhee in 5th round of NFL draft

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens have selected Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

McPhee, a former Itawamba Community College standout, was taken Saturday with the 165th overall pick. It was a compensatory selection.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound McPhee was a standout in junior college before playing the final two years of his college career at Mississippi State.

He started in all 25 games at MSU. He had seven sacks, caused two fumbles and deflected four passes.

Bills select LB White in sixth round

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills selected linebacker Chris White out of Mississippi State in the sixth round of the draft.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder’s 110 tackles this past season led the Bulldogs, and were the fourth most in the SEC.

Buffalo earlier picked safety Da’Norris Searcy, Clemson offensive tackle Chris Hairston, and North Carolina running back Johnny White.

The Bills opened the draft by selecting Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus with the third overall pick on Thursday, then selected cornerback Aaron Williams and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard on Day 2.

Chiefs take defensive tackle Powe in sixth round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs, seeking to upgrade their defensive line, have picked tackle Jerrell Powe of Ole Miss in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

Powe, 6-1, 335, could be a candidate as a run-stuffing nose tackle, a position that many fans hoped would be addressed much sooner. Incumbent Ron Edwards has been inconsistent in the 3-4 defense.

Bulldog Derek Sherrod was picked by the Green Bay Packers first round on Thursday.

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