SMU had four players taken in this year’s NFL Draft, making it the most Mustangs selected in one year since the Pony Express days of the mid-1980s.
Offensive guard Josh LeRibeus was the first Mustang off the board, going 71st overall (eighth pick of the third round) to the Washington Redskins. Defensive end/tight end hybrid Taylor Thompson went next, 145th overall (10th pick of fifth round) to the Tenessee Titans, then cornerback Richard Crawford followed at No. 213 (sixth pick of seventh round) to the Redskins and then went offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum at No. 248 (41st pick of seventh round) to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The four selections are the most since 1985, when Reggie Phillips, Dale Hellestrae, Ron Anderson and Chris Jackson were chosen.
“It feels amazing,” LeRibeus said. “As soon as I got that call, my heart was pounding a million miles a minute.”
Wide receiver Cole Beasley has also found a home in the NFL, not too far from his current one, as the Dallas Cowboys took him undrafted.
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