The NFL draft begins Thursday, April 25, and several Ole Miss Rebels have NFL hopes.
While Ole Miss produced four draft picks in the 2010 NFL draft (Dexter McCluster, John Jerry, Kendrick Lewis and Greg Hardy), a Rebels name hasn't been called in Radio City Music Hall for the past two years.
However, guys that fight to even make rosters can often end up having solid NFL careers.
Former Rebels Michael Spurlock, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Brandon Bolden are living proof. While none of these players were drafted, each has made the very most of free-agent opportunities in the league.
If an NFL prospect isn't drafted by, say, the fifth round, it's actually advantageous to instead sign as a free agent.
Free agents have the freedom of signing contracts with NFL clubs that could most likely benefit from their services. In general, there are simply more options in the later circumstance.
While you won't likely hear any Rebel names called until very late in the draft (if at all), undoubtedly several former Rebs will soon sign free-agent deals in hopes of making rosters.
Let's take a look at five Ole Miss Rebels with good chances to make NFL rosters.