Following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft, which saw five Bulldogs drafted, nine more former Mississippi State players have joined an NFL team as an undrafted free agent.
The list includes defensive lineman Lee Autry, offensive lineman Tommy Champion, tight end Farrod Green, wide receiver Stephen Guidry, safety Jaquarius Landrews, linebacker Leo Lewis, defensive end Chauncey Rivers, offensive lineman Darryl Williams and wide receiver Isaiah Zuber.
Autry, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive lineman from Albemarle, North Carolina, has signed a contract with the Chicago Bears. In 18 career games, Autry served primarily as a run-stopper. He finished with 23 tackles, 2 1⁄2 tackles for loss and half a sack. In his senior season, he started all four games he played, but he missed eight games due to violation of team rules. He accumulated 12 tackles, including 2 1⁄2 for loss and half a sack.
Champion, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman from Jackson, Mississippi, has signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. He played in 18 games and started six times in two seasons with the Bulldogs. Champion redshirted his first year on campus in 2017 and was a reserve blocker in 2018 before becoming a big part of things as a senior. He started in six games as a senior, which included two starts at left guard and four starts at right tackle.
Green, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end from Wesson, Mississippi, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Green spent five years with the Bulldogs, appearing in 51 games. He was a key blocker for the Bulldog running game, but he also caught 52 balls for 633 yards and two touchdowns. As a redshirt senior, Green recorded career highs in catches (21) and yards (257).
Guidry, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Morganza, Louisiana, has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. He played in 25 career games with the Bulldogs, including 14 starts. In those games, he hauled in 49 receptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns. As a senior, he finished third on the team in receiving yards (387), second in receiving touchdowns (5) and tied for first in catches (30).
Landrews, a 6-foot, 200-pound safety from Summit, Mississippi, has signed with the New York Giants. In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Landrews played in 23 games with 16 starts where he compiled 98 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception and 13 pass breakups. As a senior, he started all 13 games at strong safety and was second on the team in tackles with 77. He also recorded one interception, broke up eight passes and forced six total pressures, including one quarterback hit.
Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound linebacker from Brookhaven, Mississippi, has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs where he tallied 235 tackles, including 96 solo, and 14 tackles for loss in 51 games played. As a senior, Lewis finished fourth on the team in tackles with 65 and recorded a career-high 5 1⁄2 tackles for loss to go with one sack, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Rivers, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Rivers played in 26 career games with the Bulldogs, including 13 starts at defensive end. He recorded 67 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7 1⁄2 sacks, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. As a senior, he started 13 games at defensive end and he finished with 43 tackles. He also led the team in tackles for loss with eight and sacks with five,
Williams, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman from Bessemer, Alabama, has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a three-year starter at Mississippi State who played in 45 games with 38 starts (25 at left guard, 13 at center). As a senior, Williams was voted as a team captain. He played 755 snaps from scrimmage, which was the second most on the team. He surrendered just nine total pressures, including six hurries, two quarterback hits and one sack, in 365 pass-blocking snaps. He also anchored an offensive line that ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game with 220.6 per game.
Zuber, a 6-foot, 190-pound receiver from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has signed with the New England Patriots. He spent just one year at Mississippi State as a graduate transfer from Kansas State. He played in all 13 games with three starts in his only season with the Bulldogs. He caught 14 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Before coming to Mississippi State, Zuber tallied 127 career receptions for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdown catches in three seasons with the Wildcats.
Good luck, Bulldogs!