ArkLaTex natives selected for 2021 NFL Draft
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - It was a record day for the young men around the ArkLaTex. Several athletes heard their names called in the 2021 NFL Draft while others received phone calls after the draft.
Terrace Marshall Jr. was selected in the second round on Friday, April 30. The 6′ 2″ 205-pound receiver played in 32 games for the Tigers. With 20 starts, he finished his career with 104 receptions for 1,594 yards and 23 touchdowns. Marshall’s 23 touchdown receptions rank fourth in school history.
During LSU’s Pro Day, Marshall ran a 4.38 40-yard dash with a 38″ vertical. Draft analysts say Marshall is a big-framed receiver with great hands and precise route running.
On Saturday, May 1, he checked out the Panthers’ facilities; he was all smiles, and interviewed with the media in Carolina. Terrace says he’s just ready to get back to work.
Next off the board for the ArkLaTex was Robert Rochell, with the last class of Fair Park High School to have a guy in the league. With athleticism off the charts, he proved himself at his pro day at Central Arkansas.
He ran a 4.39 in the 40, jumping 43″ in the vertical. He can cover, tackle, and find the ball in the air. With 10 interceptions in college, his skill set could make him a steal for the Rams in the fourth round.
But he doesn’t have to just play outside. He can also give the Rams options in the secondary as a slot corner too, rotating with Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams, who can also move inside to cover certain receivers.
Iron sharpens iron, and Robert is cut like that.
Not long after Robert came Rodarius Williams. The older brother of Greedy Williams heard his name called for the New York Giants. His mom, Kiesha, is proud, with two boys in the league now.
LeeLee has been training in the city at Hard But Fair, preparing for the league.
LeeLee set a school record for the Cowboys with 48 consecutive starts, finishing as a second-team Big 12 selection, with seven pass breakups and 18 tackles in nine games in his senior season.
He’s smooth in and out of his breaks, but only scratching the surface. His size and speed are mind-blowing, and he’s going to make an impact right away. The former Calvary Cavalier helped lead them to a state title. Now, he’s ready to help bring the Giants back on the defensive side of the ball.
Marquez Stevenson was drafted by the Bills two spots later.
Stevenson will be joining a guy from his neighborhood, Tre’Davious White, in the NFL and on the same team.
White instantly tweeted and said, “Let’s get to work bro.”
Stevenson went on to Houston and suffered a few injuries that delayed, but didn’t deny, his journey. He went on to shine despite different coordinators, quarterbacks, and coaches taking over.
It’s like he was destined for the league. He never stopped giving back and coming back to Northwood.
Israel Mukumau spent a year at Parkway and went on to play at South Carolina; he heard his name called by the Dallas Cowboys.
After the draft ended, Artayvious Lynn and Ar’Darius Washington had their phones ringing off the hook. Both found new homes. TayMike, the former Panther, chose an opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys, while Washington chose an opportunity with the Baltimore Ravens.
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