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47 Outback Bowl Alumni to Join NFL Teams Following 2019 Draft

April 30, 2019

Over its 33-year history, the Outback Bowl has played hostto some of the best college football players in the sport. This year's NFL draft featured 22 athletes that have played in recent Outback Bowl games, including eight from the 2019 game and six first-round picks.

T.J. Hockenson, a tight-end from Iowa, became the OutbackBowl's highest drafted Bowl alumni for 2019 after being selected at pick 8 bythe Detroit Lions. Hockenson is already drawingcomparisons to the recently-retired Rob Gronkowski.

There were also twenty-five Outback Bowl alumni that were signed as undrafted free agents this past weekend. To date, more than 950 alumni of the Bowl,including more than 100 first-round picks, have gone on to the NFL over thehistory of the game.

2019 Picks by round(overall selection):

1st Round

T. J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa, by Detroit (8)

Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan, by Pittsburgh (10)

Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan, by Green Bay (12)

Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State, by Tennessee (19)

Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State, by Washington (26)

Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State, by Oakland (27)

2nd Round

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida, by Jacksonville (35)

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina, by San Francisco (36)

Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State, by Green Bay (44)

3rd Round

Jachai Polite, DE, Florida, by New York Jets (68)

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan, by New England (77)

David Long, CB, Michigan, by L.A. Rams (79)

4th Round

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida, by New Orleans (105)

Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa, by Tampa Bay (107)

Amani Hooker, S, Iowa, by Tennessee (116)

5th Round

Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan, by Pittsburgh (141)

Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida, by Buffalo (147)

Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida, by Carolina (154)

Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern, by Philadelphia (167)

6th Round

Gerri Green, OLB, Mississippi State, by Indianapolis (199)

Rashad Fenton, CB, South Carolina, by Kansas City (201)

Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina, by Carolina (212)

7th Round

(no picks)

Undrafted Free AgentSignings:

Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State, by Tampa Bay

Mark Mclaurin, S, Mississippi State, by N.Y. Giants

Aeris Williams, RB, Mississippi State, by Indianapolis

Chris Rayford, CB, Mississippi State, by Indianapolis

Cory Thomas, DT, Mississippi State, by Miami

Justin Johnson, TE, Mississippi State, by Seattle

Jamal Peters, CB, Mississippi State, by Indianapolis

Deion Calhoun, OL, Mississippi State, by Miami

Braxton Hoyett, DT, Mississippi State, by Tennessee

Nick Easley, WR, Iowa, by Buffalo

Matt Nelson, DT, Iowa, by Detroit

Ross Reynolds, OG,, Iowa, by San Francisco

Keegan Render, C, Iowa, by Philadelphia

Khairi Clark, DL, Florida, by Jacksonville

Fred Johnson, OL, Florida, by Pittsburgh

Tyree Kinnel, DB, Michigan, by Cincinnati

Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan, by Houston

Lawrence Marshall, DL, Michigan, by Chicago

Wilton Speight, QB, Michigan, by San Francisco

Juwann Bushell-Beatty, OL, Michigan, by Washington

Brandon Watson, DB, Michigan, by Jacksonville

Zach Bailey, OL , South Carolina, by Tampa Bay

Blake Camper, OL, South Carolina, by San Diego

Keisean Nixon, DB, South Carolina, by Oakland

About the Outback Bowl:

The Outback Bowl creates a lasting, positive impact on the Tampa Bay region and college football. Over its 33-year history,the 501(c)3 organization has contributed $149 million to universities and generated an estimated $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area.The Outback Bowl also generates millions of dollars in national and international exposure for the region each year. Often referred as a "Tampa BayTreasure", The Outback Bowl has donated more than $1 million to local charitiesand non-profit organizations since 2016 as part of their Charitable Giving Initiative.