Mississippi State Football UDFA Tracker: Which former Bulldogs have signed deals?

With the 2024 NFL Draft having come to a close, teams are now signing undrafted free agents. Which undrafted Bulldogs have signed deals?
Mississippi State's Marcus Banks (1) gains yardage during a punt return against Ole Miss during
Mississippi State's Marcus Banks (1) gains yardage during a punt return against Ole Miss during / Barbara Gauntt/Clarion Ledger / USA

The 2024 NFL Draft has come and gone, and three Mississippi State football players had their names called. Cornerback Decamerion Richardson went in the 4th Round to the Las Vegas Raiders. Defensive tackle Jaden Crumedy went in the 6th Round to the Carolina Panthers. And linebacker Nathaniel "Bookie" Watson went in the 6th Round to the Cleveland Browns.

Though State didn't have any early round selections, it was a successful draft for MSU. Their three selections were their most since having five players drafted in 2020.

Now that the draft has come to a close, NFL teams are beginning to sign undrafted free agents, and Mississippi State football has several players who could end up signing UDFA deals.

Last season, four former undrafted Bulldogs played in the NFL, headlined by DL Denico Autry and Safey/Special Teamer JT Gray, both of whom have put together great careers in the league.

Which Bulldogs have signed UDFA deals in 2024?

Defensive back Marcus Banks signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bulldog defensive back Marcus Banks became the first Mississippi State player to sign a UDFA deal, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Banks played multiple spots in the secondary during his Mississippi State career. The former Alabama-transfer came to MSU as a corner before moving to safety for his final season, though in MSU's scheme, he was often playing nickel.

Banks' biggest highlight of his career by far came in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl when he ran a fumble back for a TD as the clock expired to secure a 19-10 win over Illinois as State honored the late Mike Leach.

Wide Receiver Tulu Griffin signs with the Las Vegas Raiders

Many expected WR and kick returner Tulu Griffin to be taken in the draft. Instead, he's signing a UDFA deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Griffin was an electrifying player during his Bulldog career. An explosive play-maker, he was great at taking quick passes long distances. Over his final two seasons, he caught 90 passes for 1160 yards and eight TDs. He was even better as a kick returner, with a pair of KR TDs at State.

Tulu gets to remain teammates with former Bulldog CB Decamerion Richardson in Vegas, and he has a great chance to make it in the league as special teams superstar.

Shawn Preston gets rookie camp invite

MSU safety Shawn Preston is getting a NFL opportunity as well. The hard-hitting DB has been invited to the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp.

It doesn't appear that Preston is officially signing a deal yet with the Saints, but he will get the opportunity to earn a deal at the minicamp.

Linebacker Jett Johnson signs with the New York Jets

Jett is a Jet! Fan favorite linebacker Jett Johnson has signed a UDFA deal with the New York Jets.

The Tupelo-native spent the last three seasons patrolling the middle of the field alongside Bookie Watson, and he made just as much of an impact for the Bulldog defense as his running-mate. Johnson's career is a great story. He grew up wanting to be a Bulldog, signed with MSU, and then waited for his opportunity to play rather than transfer out. When he did play, he made the absolute most of it. Now he's getting a chance in the NFL.