There were several players selected in the NFL Draft from teams that will share a conference with Rice football next season and more have signed since.
Even without considering selections from outgoing members, AAC football was well represented in the 2023 NFL Draft, earning five selections from its 2023 membership through seven rounds. Once the draft ended, many other players latched on with NFL teams, signing as undrafted free agents. Those players will report to training camp and compete for a spot on rosters just the same.
2023 AAC Football NFL Draft Picks
2nd Round (No. 55) – WR Rashee Rice, SMU – Chiefs
3rd Round (No. 81) – RB Tyjae Spears, Tulane – Titans
3rd Round (No. 91) – LB Dorian Williams, Tulane – Bills
7th Round (No. 222) – RB Dwayne McBride, UAB – Vikings
7th Round (No. 255) – WR Grant DuBose, Charlotte – Packers
Undrafted Free Agents
- RB Keaton Mitchell – Ravens
- OT Noah Henderson – Bills
- TE Ryan Jones – Giants
- QB Holton Ahlers – Seahawks
- WR CJ Johnson – Seahawks
- P Joe Dyle – Texans
- SAF Quindell Johnson – Rams
- DE Ikenna Enechukwu – Falcons
- CB Starling Thomas V – Lions
- OT Kadeem Telfort – Packers
- OL Brad Cecil – Lions
- CB Corey Mayfield Jr. – Ravens
- OG Jaylon Thomas – Ravens
- LB Jimmy Phillips – Packers
- WR Jose Barbon – Cowboys
- SAF Macon Clark – Bears
- SAF Larry Brooks III – Bengals
- WR Duece Watts – Packers
- TE Trick James – Chiefs
- LB Nick Anderson – Saints
- WR Shae Wyatt – 49ers
- RB Deneric Prince – Chiefs
Additional signings could continue to trickle in over the next few days. Training camps are still weeks away. For now, it’s safe to say there will be a new crop of AAC football players off to make their mark on the league. We’ll find out soon enough who will stick.
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