The 2015 NFL Draft is here, and Mississippi State has taken a player into the most popular league again. After an exciting football season, and one of the most successful senior classes in history, we reward the men that were on the team by watching them on one of the grandest stages in football. That’s right, the NFL Draft is where we get to see our former players finally reap the rewards of their hard work and determination.
Every day, Maroon and White Nation will break down the day’s draft picks that feature Mississippi State players. We will tell you where they got drafted, when they got drafted, and what to expect from their NFL careers in the future. This will be your one-stop shop for the everything you could ever want to know involving Mississippi State players in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Oct 11, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) steps out of the pocket and is chased by Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman Preston Smith (91) during the game at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
According to reports, Smith will be moved from his position at Mississippi State as a Defensive End to an Outside Linebacker to suit Washington’s 3-4 scheme. I see it as a good move for Smith, as it will give him a great position to use his speed and elusiveness to get to the passer. Also, his recent burst of interceptions will allow him to get back into some short coverages when need be. Smith is the 2nd highest ever drafted Defensive End for Mississippi State since 1983.
Sep 20, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Benardrick McKinney (50) during the second half of a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mississippi State defeated LSU 34-29. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans traded up to the 43rd slot to pick up the leader of the defense last year in Benardrick McKinney. If you wanted a loaded and stout defense, look no further than Houston next year. Houston’s defensive front 7 will feature the likes of JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. You want a great leader in the middle to call out plays and recognize coverages in that situation, and they got just that in McKinney. Look for him to have an immediate impact on this team.