Amassing 1,000 yards in his senior season put Jordan Wilkins in the record books for Ole Miss football — only the fifth player ever to do so.
And now he’ll join the ranks of the best in the world as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
Wilkins was selected with pick No. 169 (nice) in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Colts. He trotted for 1,011 yards in 2017 for the Rebels with nine touchdowns, finishing with more than 1700 yards in his college career.
Rebel fans will remember Wilkins for his tough running style, rarely willing to dodge contact and sometimes dishing out more punishment than was taken.
The Colts have five RBs on the roster with none that are massive contributors, giving Wilkins a chance to make the roster in 2018. Marlon Mack will most likely have the starting role, but Wilkins could be a solid backup or situational back for Indianapolis.
The senior out of Cordova, Tenn. didn’t run a 40 yard dash at the Combine, but reportedly clocked a 4.55 at Ole Miss’ pro day. His 6’0 frame carries 216 lbs. with ease, and his patient running style could pay off as a great value pick this late in the draft.
Wilkins is the third Rebel selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Breeland Speaks (second round) and Marquis Haynes (fourth round) were selected on Friday and Saturday, respectively.