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NFL GMs, coaches excited about Mizzou Tigers, and we can’t blame them!

This past weekend was #good for the Mizzou brand, as the Tigers put five new players in the NFL by the way of the draft. As BK (and many others) pointed out yesterday, it’s the most prolific draft for Mizzou since 2015.

By all accounts — though this is likely heavily biased coach/GM speak — the teams that drafted these former Mizzou stars seem pretty happy about their choices. The Kansas City Star put together a helpful collection of pull quotes from the drafting teams of Mizzou alumni. A few standouts are below, but feel free to visit the story to see the rest.

Here’s Raiders GM Mike Mayock on Tyree Gillespie.

“Going into today, we had no intention of trying to get Tyree Gillespie. But at a certain point he stood out like a sore thumb on our draft board. It wasn’t about need. It was about what we thought was a really good football player available much longer than we thought he’d be available

I have to say, I didn’t think any teams would have Gillespie that high on their board, but hey! At least someone sees the value being a Tiger brings to the NFL!

Sticking with the AFC West, Chargers’ GM Tom Telesco had some high praise for Larry Rountree III, who he said was a favorite of the Chargers’ scout team.

“This is one the scouts liked a lot. Played very well in the Senior Bowl. A lot of production at Missouri. Built well, strong, good body type, very good pass protector, catches the ball out of the backfield, and ran for a lot of yards.”

For some bonus content, Blair Kerkhoff collected a quote from the Vikings’ brass on their fifth-round pick, Central Missouri’s Zach Davidson, who participated in Mizzou’s pro day.

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