The All-Time Mississippi State NFL Team
Dak Prescott, Fletcher Cox and more
When NFL teams think big at the NFL draft, they think of Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs have a history of producing the wide bodies that populate NFL defensive fronts. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has gone to six Pro Bowls for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Chris Jones the last three for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2018, Jones collected 15 ½ sacks and Cox 10 ½.
Edge rusher Preston Smith collected 12 sacks for the Green Bay Packers in 2019 and now has 40 ½ in his six-year career. Pernell McPhee picked up a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens and has 38 sacks in his 11 NFL seasons.
Tackle Jeffery Simmons and edge rusher Montez Sweat were both first-round picks in 2019, Simmons by the Tennessee Titans and Sweat by Washington. Simmons went to the Pro Bowl in his third season in 2021 and Sweat has 21 sacks in his three seasons.
Ends Ellis Wyms and Robert Young and tackles Ron Fields, Antonio Johnson and Alvin McKinley all left the Mississippi State campus to enjoy NFL careers of at least six seasons. Wyms picked up a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here is Mississippi State’s all-time NFL team:
*-QB–Dak Prescott, 2 Pro Bowls, 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
HB–Jerious Norwood, 6 years, 2,056 yards rushing, 10 TDs
FB–Hoyle Granger, 2 Pro Bowls, 3,653 rushing yards, 19 TDs
WR–Eric Moulds, 3 Pro Bowls, 4 1,000-yard seasons, 49 TDs
WR–Chuck Gelatka, Pro Bowl, 4 seasons, NFL champion 1938
TE–Donald Lee, 10 years, 209 catches, 19 TDs
OT–Tom Neville, Pro Bowl, Boston Patriots 1960s all-decade team
OT–David Stewart, 8 seasons, 116 starts
OL–Gabe Jackson, 7 seasons, 99 starts
OL–Randy Thomas, 11 seasons, 143 starts
C–Kent Hull, 11 seasons, 3 Pro Bowls, Bills’ 50th anniversary team
*-Edge–Preston Smith, 49 ½ career sacks, 12 for Green Bay in 2019
*-Edge–Pernell McPhee, 11 seasons, 38 sacks, Super Bowl ring
*-DT–Fletcher Cox, 6 Pro Bowls, 58 sacks, Super Bowl ring
*-DT–Chris Jones, 3 Pro Bowls, 49 ½ sacks, Super Bowl ring
OLB–Joe Fortunato, 1950s NFL all-decade team
MLB–D.D. Lewis, 13 seasons, 134 starts, 2 Super Bowl rings
*-OLB–K.J. Wright, Pro Bowl, 992 tackles, Super Bowl ring
*-CB–Darius Slay, 4 Pro Bowls, 23 career interceptions
CB–Walt Harris, Pro Bowl, 35 career interceptions
S–Steve Freeman, 13 seasons,, 134 starts, 23 INTs, 3 TDs
S–Bill Stacy, Pro Bowl, 3rd overall pick of 1959 draft, 5 seasons, 20 INTs
*-P–Logan Cooke, 4 seasons, Led NFL in net average in 2019 at 46.5 yards
KR–Ode Burrell, 33 career KR, 25.4-yard average, TD
ST–Fred McCray, 15 special-teams tackles in 1999
LS–Hunter Bradley, 4-year deep snapper for the Packers