As many of you know, this past weekend was the NFL draft. And as it turns out, former NMSU cornerback Jonte Green became the second Aggie defensive back in two years to be drafted by an NFL team. Last year, it was Davon House, selected in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. Now, Green will get a chance to continue his football career with the Detroit Lions, who have a hole to fill at cornerback.
Green was the only Aggie who had his name called on draft day, but shortly after the draft concluded, safety Donyae Coleman (the Aggies’ leading tackler in 2010 and 2011) was contacted as a free agent by the Arizona Cardinals.
Wide receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers was added to the Cincinnati Bengals, also as an undrafted free agent. Rogers finished his NMSU career as the school record holder in kickoff return yardage, career kick returns, and kick returns for touchdowns.
Green finished 2011 with 70 tackles and 14 pass breakups, the latter putting him second in the WAC in that category. He also forced a fumble and recorded his first two career interceptions in his final two games at NMSU.
Coleman racked up 133 tackles, leading the team, in 2011, and he led the WAC with six interceptions. Coleman also recorded three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and seven pass breakups.
Rogers ended the 2011 season with 1,318 kick return yards and three touchdowns. He also led the Aggies in receiving (59 receptions, 1,048 yards, nine TDs) and even led the WAC and the nation in all-purpose yards per game (196.3).
Quotes from the day:
“I’m really excited, God is good. Right now it is a blessing to keep playing football. I want to thank Coach Walker too. He made me the player I am today.” ~Jonte Green
“It was a long, emotional day but when the draft was over an hour later I got the call. I was so happy and I thanked God for all the things He has done for me.” ~Donyae Coleman
“I’m very humbled and blessed to be able to continue my football career. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to being a member of the Bengals.” ~Taveon Rogers
Good luck and best wishes to all three of these special Aggie players!