LAS CRUCES — Former New Mexico State cornerback Jonte Green went to the Detroit Lions on Saturday in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
“God is good right now. It is a blessing to keep playing football,” said Green, the 196th overall selection. “I want to thank (New Mexico State) coach (DeWayne) Walker, too. He made me the player I am today.”
New Mexico, meanwhile, was shut out of the draft, but not out of the action. Shortly after the final selection on Saturday, linebacker Carmen Messina also said he is going to Detroit, he as a free agent. Strong safety and Carlsbad native Bubba Forrest has accepted an offer from Cincinnati, and defensive end Jaymar Latchison tweeted that he will sign with the Green Bay Packers.
Forrest reportedly had an impressive pro day, including 22 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that ex-Aggie receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers also has struck a deal with Cincinnati, and safety Donyae Coleman with Arizona.
Green, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native who said he has 4.3-second 40 speed, becomes the second New Mexico State Aggie in as many years to be drafted by an NFL team. Last season, Green Bay selected cornerback Davon House in the fourth round.
Green recorded 70 tackles in the 2011 season and had two interceptions, which came in his last two games as an Aggie.
Detroit’s weakness, meanwhile, is at cornerback, the only position it doesn’t have a starter returning from its first 10-win team since 1995.
“I’m aware of that,” Green said.