Two more Golden Eagles taken in NFL draft

Two more Golden Eagles taken in NFL draft
Source: WDAM

University of Southern Mississippi running back Ito Smith and defensive back Cornell Armstrong were both selected Saturday on the third and final day of the 2018 National Football League draft.

Smith, who became the 10th back in Division I-A history with 4,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a career, was drafted as the 126th overall pick in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons.

Armstrong, a three-year starter for the Golden Eagles, was the 209th player selected. He was taken in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins.

The duo's selection gave USM three players drafted over the three-day event. Safety Tarvarius Moore, the team's leading tackler in a 2017, was selected Friday in the third round (95th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers.

There were four players drafted from Mississippi State including offensive lineman Martinas Rankin, third round (80th overall), Houston Texans; tight end Jordan Thomas, sixth round (211th overall), Houston Texans); long snapper Hunter Bradley, seventh round (239th overall), Green Bay Packers; and punter Logan Cooke, seventh round (247th overall), Jacksonville Jaguars.

The University of Mississippi also had four players including defensive lineman Breeland Speaks, second round (46th overall), Kansas City Chiefs; outside linebacker Marquis Haynes, fourth round (136th overall), Carolina Panthers; running back Jordan Wilkins, fourth round (169th overall); and guard Rod Taylor, seventh round (252nd overall), Cincinnati Bengals.

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