STARKVILLE, Miss. – All-American offensive guard Gabe Jackson and running back LaDarius Perkins lead a solid group of former Mississippi State Bulldogs who are prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft, which gets underway at 7 p.m. CT Thursday live on ESPN and the NFL Network from New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
The 79th annual NFL Draft continues with rounds two and three on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds four through seven will be held Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT. All rounds will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
"They are going to have a chance to get on the field," said head coach Dan Mullen. "Whatever round they get taken in, that is fantastic. Our guys have that work ethic that when they get to the NFL, they will be ready."
Jackson (NFL.com profile) has been listed as a potential late first to early second round pick by scouts. Scouts and several mock drafts project the 6-foot-3, 236-pounder as one of the top three guard prospects in the entire draft. A durable and tough player, Jackson started all 52 games of his Bulldog career.
“I am looking forward to the draft and have prepared hard,” said Jackson. “A team is going to get someone who is consistent and is a hard worker. I am mentally and physically prepared for whatever situation I am put in. I became a student of the game at Mississippi State and learned a lot coming in from Derek Sherrod.”
Perkins (NFL.com profile) notched one of the top 40-yard dash times in the combine at 4.46. He finished his MSU career ranked second in school history in all-purpose yards (4,253) and fifth in rushing yards (2,554).
MSU has produced at least three NFL Draft selections in each of the past three years under head coach Dan Mullen, including three last season when Darius Slay, Johnthan Banks and Josh Boyd were taken.
The Bulldogs have produced 12 total NFL Draft picks under Mullen since his arrival. Since 2010, that total ranks eighth in the Southeastern Conference, surpassing Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Kentucky.
Other possible NFL Draft selections from MSU are safety Nickoe Whitley, quarterback Tyler Russell, defensive lineman Denico Autry and linebacker Deontae Skinner.
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