There Were 11 Former Independence Bowl Players Drafted In 2021
The NFL landscape is full of players who've participated in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. Players like New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones (Duke, 2018 Independence Bowl), Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M, 2009), Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (Florida State, 2017), and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels (NC State, 2016) among others.
It's not just currently players either, the NFL has welcomed dozens of Indy Bowl alumni over the last few decades. Including players, like Daniel Jones, who went in the First Round of the NFL Draft. Which makes another list this year's NFL Draft added too. Not only did almost a dozen players who played in the Indy Bow get drafted, one of those players went in the first round.
Here are all of the Indy Bowl alumni who were taken in the 2021 NFL Draft:
Gregory Rousseau (DE - Miami, 2019): 30th overall by the Buffalo Bills
Milton Williams (DT - Louisiana Tech, 2019): 73rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles
Tre' McKitty (TE - Florida State, 2017): 97th overall by Los Angeles Chargers
Chris Rumph II (EDGE - Duke, 2018): 118th overall by Los Angeles Chargers
Janarius Robinson (EDGE - Florida State, 2017): 134th overall by Minnesota Vikings
Joshua Kaindoh (DE - Florida State, 2017): 144th by Kansas City Chiefs
Michael Carter II (CB - Duke, 2018): 154th by New York Jets
Noah Gray (TE - Duke, 2018): 162nd by Kansas City Chiefs
Hamsah Nasirildeen (SAF - Florida State, 2017): 186th by the New York Jets
Victor Dimukeje (EDGE - Duke, 2017): 210th by the Arizona Cardinals
Quincy Roche (EDGE - Temple, 2018): 216th by the Pittsburgh Steelers
In addition to the drafted players, 5 other former Indy Bowl players signed Undrafted Free Agent deals with NFL teams. Including Deon Jackson (RB - Duke, 2018) who signed with Indianapolis Colts, Tim Jones (WR - Southern Miss, 2017) who signed with Jacksonville Jaguars, Branden Mack (WR - Temple, 2018) who signed with Denver Broncos, Marvin Wilson (DT - Florida State, 2017) who signed with Cleveland Browns, and Kenny Yeboah (TE - Temple, 2018) who signed with New York Jets.