Russell Confident He'll Get Opportunity in NFL

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

As day two of the NFL draft came to a close, a Meridian native calmly watched and waited to see if his name would get called.

Mississippi State senior and former Meridian High School quarterback Tyler Russell is not expected to be drafted, but that could change Saturday.

Russell told me over the phone Friday that he has been contacted by over 25 NFL teams, and -before our conversation- had just spoken to the quarterbacks coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Russell suffered a torn labrum in right throwing shoulder in MSU's November win over Arkansas but has recovered quickly. He worked out in Starkville for the Patriots, Packers and Cheifs on April 24th, and he told Newscenter 11 the San Diego Chargers' QB coach was shocked to see him recover so quickly.

The former Wildcat said there's a chance he could get taken on Saturday, but even if he's not drafted, he's "100 percent" sure he'll get invited to a camp.

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