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MSU QB Dak Prescott lands with Cowboys, Southern Miss CB Reed is Mr. Irrelevant

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott throws the ball against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 25-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott throws the ball against Alabama during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 25-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) AP

Former Mississippi State star quarterback Dak Prescott was picked Saturday by the team he grew up cheering for and Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed turned out to be Mr. Irrelevant.

"Mr. Irrelevant" is a label given to the final player selected in the NFL Draft. It's been around for decades and considered a term of endearment. Most players wear the tag with pride.

Prescott was made the 37th pick of the fourth round in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys .

Prescott was one of five players from Mississippi schools drafted on the final four rounds that took place Saturday. In total, 10 from the Magnolia State were selected in this year's draft with Ole Miss leading the way with five.

Prescott's selection by the Cowboys mostly drew praise from the experts.

"He's got elite leadership skills and the right makeup for the position," ESPN's Todd McShay said during Saturday's broadcast. "I thought he took a big step forward functioning as a passer from inside the pocket this past year. He's got to continue to work on quickening his whole process through his form, his release to his footwork and anticipation as a passer. But he's got a strong toolbox to work with."

Prescott will look to climb the depth chart and become veteran starting quarterback Tony Romo's backup.

The other players from Mississippi schools selected Saturday were Ole Miss receiver Cody Core, Ole Miss offensive tackle Fahn Cooper, receiver Michael Thomas of Southern Miss and USM's Reed.

Reed was the 253rd and final selection of this year's draft, landing with the Tennessee Titans.

Reed was projected as high as the second round among countless mock drafts, but he instead all the way to the final spot overall.

Reed had an attention grabbing Pro Day at USM with a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 4.38-second 40-yard dash. The Birmingham, Ala., native had four interceptions, 56 tackles and 19 pass break-ups as a senior.

Thomas, a Chicago native, was the 31st selection in the sixth round by the Los Angeles Rams, giving USM at least one player selected in each of the last five drafts.

Thomas had a breakout senior season at USM in 2015 with 71 catches for 1,391 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set the school records for touchdown catches and receiving yardage in a season.

Cooper was the 174th overall selection, landing with the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Cooper started all 26 games during his time at Ole Miss. He is a native of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Core was 199th overall selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round. He had a total of 78 catches for 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final two seasons with Rebels.

Core is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of Auburn, Ala.

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