NASHVILLE, Tenn. (MSU Athletics) - The nation's No. 1 total defense of 2018 left one last indelible image. Mississippi State football shattered a school-record for the most defensive players selected in one draft with four as edge rusher Gerri Green was taken in the sixth round by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs finished with a three-day 2019 NFL Draft overall total of five picks, their most since the 2015 draft that produced five. The previous school record for most defensive draft picks in a modern draft was three on several occasions, including most recently in 2015.
Green, a native of Greenville, went pick No. 199 overall and will join former Bulldog defensive lineman Denico Autry in Indianapolis. A team captain, Green tallied 161 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumble and three interceptions during his four-year career. A leader in the locker room and community, Green made the most of his Senior Bowl opportunity, which led to an NFL Combine invite and an outstanding Pro Day on campus.
"They came out and worked me, I had a pre-draft workout with them and I talked to them during that time," Green said of the Colts. "We kind of kept in contact between now and then. I didn't know, but I am happy to be a part of Colts Nation and ready to get to work. I come out ready to work every day, ready to work every game. My effort, I give my all every snap. It's just how I play, how I always play and how I plan to continue to play."
Green was one of three starters on the defensive line selected in the draft, joining Jeffery Simmons (pick 19) and Montez Sweat (pick 26). Fellow defender Johnathan Abram was chosen right after Sweat at No. 27. Together, this group formed a unit that led the nation in total defense (263.1) and finished second in scoring defense (13.2), second in rushing defense (95.08) and seventh in passing defense (168.0).