LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - In terms of where players played high school ball, no state was represented more than Texas at this year’s NFL draft. Thirty-three former Friday night heroes were selected over the seven rounds. More former standouts had their dreams fulfilled through unsigned free-agency.
Unsigned Free Agents
JaMycal Hasty, Baylor RB from Longview picked up by San Francisco.
Blake Lynch, Baylor LB from Gilmer picked up by Minnesota.
LaDarius Hamilton, North Texas DE from Corrigan picked up by Dallas
Kendric Rogers, Texas A&M WR from Frankston picked up by Dallas
Jonathan Hubbard, Northwestern State OL picked up by Miami
In Round 5 of the draft, the Baltimore Ravens picked Texas Tech defensive tackle Broderick Washington as their 170th overall pick. Washington, who played for Longview High School, was a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, and he started all 37 games for Texas Tech during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He had 124 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, and two pass breakups.
At the end of Day 3 of the NFL Draft, three undrafted players with East Texas roots signed with teams.
- Longview native JaMycal Hasty, who played running back for Baylor, signed with the San Francisco Forty-Niners.
- Gilmer native Blake Lynch signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
- Corrigan native LaDarius Hamilton, a defensive end, signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
Robert Hunt - Miami
Robert Hunt was the first to go getting drafted by Miami with the 39th overall pick. The Burkeville native was a beast at Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference. A groin injury cut Hunt’s senior season after seven games. Still, he was named first-team All-SBC.
J.K. Dobbins - Baltimore
While not from East Texas, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins earned the respect fro the “Tyler Rose” Earl Campbell. Dobbins won the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award for the best college senior with Texas ties this past season. The La Grange native was one of just three FBS running backs to gain at least 2,000 rushing yards this past season and had 21 touchdowns.
Denzel Mims - New York Jets
The New York Jets picked up Daingerfield native and Baylor Wide Receiver Denzel Mims with the 59th pick in Round 2. In his final season with Baylor Mims racked up 1,020 receiving yards on 66 catches, 15.5 yards for 12 receiving touchdowns which was enough to earn first-team all-conference honors.
Brandon Jones -Miami
Brandon Jones becomes the first player from Nacogdoches drafted since 2001. Jones was the top safety coming out of high school when he signed with the University of Texas. A torn labrum kept him out of the Alamo Bowl and Senior Bowl but his off-the-field work impressed the scouts in meetings at the NFL combine.