This fall, three standout ole miss football players are making their debuts in the NFL.
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With the 34th overall pick in the 2021 draft, the New York Jets selected wide receiver Elijah Moore. Moore played three seasons at Ole Miss, earning First Team All America and All SEC accolades in 2020. During the season, he hauled in a school-record 86 receptions for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns and led the country in receiving yards per game (149.1) and receptions per game (10.8).
Royce Newman, offensive lineman, was picked by the Green Bay Packers with the No. 142 pick. A redshirt senior, Newman was on the Rebels roster for five seasons. He started all 10 games of the 2020 season at right tackle, enabling the Rebels offense, including in the Jan. 2 Reese’s Senior Bowl victory over No. 7 Indiana. In all, he had more than 40 career appearances on the field.
The New York Jets also signed tight end Kenny Yeboah as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 draft. A redshirt senior who transferred from Temple University as a graduate student for the 2020 season, Yeboah finished second on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (524). He had six receiving touchdowns, ranking him No. 7 among Division I tight ends, and 244 yards after the catch, the fifth-most by a tight end.