After four Rebels were selected on the second day in Nashville, two more joined them in the selection circle, making it six total Ole Miss players taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. Offensive lineman Javon Patterson was selected in the seventh round, 246th overall by the Indianapolis Colts and Kendarius Webster was taken in the seventh round as well, 252nd pick.
Patterson, a native of Petal, Miss., was one of the highest-rated players coming out of high school in 2015. He was the No. 3-rated guard, 52nd overall, and a U.S. Army All-American. At Ole Miss, Javon started 42 games in four years, mostly at offensive guard. He has experience at all three interior positions but will probably have his best shot at finding a home center due to lack of length (6’3).
He should be able to compete right away on the inside with a team that is committed to running the football with a trio of dudes, one being a familiar face, former Ole Miss running back Jordan Wilkins.
Man I serve a mighty God, he sat me down and told me “It’s your time‼️”... Beyond blessed to be joining the Colts Organization. ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/IksdmNIep9— Javon Patterson (@JPatterson__8) April 28, 2019
And just six picks after Patterson went to the Colts, Webster heard his name called to the Super Bowl Champion Patriots. Although rated as just a three-star in high school, the Stockbridge, Ga. native held offers from elite programs like Clemson, Georgia, and Florida State when he ultimately decided to choose the Rebels. They apparently saw what the NFL teams began to see once Webster hit the field in Oxford.
After showing promise as a freshman, he started all 13 games as a sophomore and was quickly becoming one of the best cover corners, not only in the Southeastern Conference, but in the country.
Then came the 2016 opener.
While defending a pass downfield early against Florida State, Webster came down awkwardly and tore several knee ligaments, ending his season early and missing the rest of the season. In doing so, he never seemed to be the same player he once was his final season in Oxford, looking a step slow and not as explosive.
Then the 2019 NFL Combine happened.
Ken shocked a ton of NFL scouts and general managers with his impressive sub-4.5 40-yard dash times and things quickly shifted for him and his career. With his 5’11, 203-pound frame, I see Ken making an impact in the NFL as a nickel cornerback, playing close to the line of scrimmage or as a dime safety/linebacker hybrid, utilizing his foot speed while also not compromising his lack of height on an island.