With the primary spherical of the NFL qualifiers going down this weekend, we spotlight a few of the former rebels who’re vying for an opportunity to beat Lombardi. The Ole Miss soccer present has amassed a few of the high NFL skills in recent times, and a few of Insurgent’s largest stars can be featured on the Tremendous Wild Card this weekend.
Dawson Knox, Tight Finish, Buffalo Payments
Knox spent three years with Ole Miss from 2016-2018, the place he caught 39 passes for 605 yards in his 18-game profession with the Rebels. Surprisingly, Knox has by no means scored in school, however he has caught 20 of his 4 seasons with the Payments, together with six this season.
He has been a key a part of the high-powered Payments offense, a high contender within the NFL qualifiers in recent times.
Mike Hilton, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Hilton is an inspiration for the Ole Miss soccer program in recent times. Hilton was a driving pressure for the rebels’ success from 2013-2015, as he received the Chucky Mullins title final season.
Hilton was not drafted within the 2016 NFL Draft, however was finally signed earlier than being reduce by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’ll end making a reputation for himself within the league as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 4 years he has earned a spot on the pitch, turning into Steeler’s foremost nickelback.
In 2021, Hilton will signal with rivals Cincinnati Bengals, the place he performed a key function in final yr’s NFL qualifiers, serving to the Bengals to an unattainable Tremendous Bowl run.
Sam Williams, Defensive Finish, Dallas Cowboys
Williams performed at Northeast Mississippi Neighborhood School earlier than transferring to Ole Miss soccer in 2019. In 2021, he broke the Ole Miss report single season-sacks with 12.5 sacks.
He was chosen within the second spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft by Dallas within the 56th place and he has been a constant contributor for the Cowboys this season.
Snoop Conner, Operating Again, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Mississippi native and former Ole Miss operating again was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars within the fifth spherical, a complete of 154 of the 2022 NFL draft. Whereas Conner has not seen a lot exercise this season, he scored his first NFL objective in Week 17 towards the Houston Texans.
Evan Engram, Tight Finish, Jacksonville Jaguars
One other necessary issue contributing to the success of the Hugh Freeze Engram period was the NFL profession. After a stellar profession with the soccer program Ole Miss Engram was drafted for the twenty third time by the New York Giants in 2017.
Engram spent 5 years with the Giants earlier than turning into a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars final season, the place he had the perfect season of his profession, in line with statistics.
Accumulating 73 instances for 766 yards and 4 touchdowns this season, Engram helped the Jaguars attain the playoffs for the primary time since 2017.
Greg Little, Offensive Offensive, Miami Dolphins
Greg Little spent three years as a member of the Ole Miss soccer program, turning into among the finest offensive prospects in school soccer. Little was drafted by the Carolina Panthers within the second spherical with a thirty seventh general choose within the 2019 NFL Draft.
He performed in a complete of 4 video games, together with three begins on the left flank for Carolina, earlier than the damage subsided in his 2019 and 2020 seasons.
In 2021 Little was traded to the Miami Dolphins, the place he served as a left-back for the previous few years.
DK Metcalf, Huge Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
DK Metcalf is likely one of the high basketball gamers within the NFL since being drafted in 2019. The Oxford, MS native was one of the distinguished gamers in his place in school soccer earlier than a neck damage reduce quick his school profession.
Metcalf was a second-round choose by the Seattle Seahawks, the place he instantly turned their finest offensive weapon when becoming a member of the staff. In his four-year profession with Seattle Metcalf, he has by no means been lower than 900 yards away and has scored 35 touchdowns in that area.
The Seahawks are one of many longest gamers to succeed in the playoffs this yr, and Metcalf has helped maintain their post-season hopes alive with a variety of large performances.
Laquon Treadwell, Huge Receiver, Seattle Seahawks
Any Ole Miss soccer fan can be near former Insurgent Laquon Treadwell. He helped convey the Ole Miss soccer program again to prominence in 2014 and is taken into account among the finest offensive gamers within the staff led by Hugh Freeze.
Though he couldn’t replicate his school success within the NFL, he continued his six-year profession up to now.
A member of six totally different groups, he had his finest season statistically with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, posting 51 hits for 434 yards and touchdowns earlier than partnering Insurgent DK Metcalf in Seattle earlier this yr.
Deane Leonard, Cornerback, Los Angeles Chargers
Leonard spent two years as a member of the Rebels soccer program from 2020-2021. In 2021, he turned a full-time starter and a greater nook of the SEC.
The Native Canadian was a seventh-round draft choose within the 2022 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers and has served as a reserve defender this season.
* AJ Brown, Huge Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
There was a star on Brown as a consequence of his lack of enjoying approach this weekend as his Philadelphia Eagles aspect acquired a first-round farewell after they snatched the primary spot within the NFC.
Nevertheless, no checklist of rebels enjoying within the NFL may be full with out mentioning him.
Brown spent three years with the Tennessee Titans after being chosen within the second spherical in 2019 and nearly instantly turned the league’s finest receiver. He helped the Titans make a number of NFL qualifiers.
He has greater than 1,000 yards in every season, however one in 2021 when he missed 4 video games.
After being traded final season to the Philadelphia Eagles, Brown was simply embarrassed to get 1,500 yards, which is sweet sufficient to complete fourth within the NFL. He additionally added 11 receiving touchdowns that certain him for a complete of three.
The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be prepared for subsequent season’s deep playoffs with Brown as their foremost weapon.