Two UCF receivers selected in 2021 NFL draft

UCF wide receivers Jacob Harris (87) and Tre Nixon (16) celebrate after the former scores a touchdown against South Florida in November. Both Harris and Nixon were selected on the third day of the 2021 NFL draft, with Harris going to the Los Angeles Rams and Nixon to the New England Patriots.

Two former UCF wide receivers heard their names called on Saturday, the third and final day of the 2021 NFL draft.

Jacob Harris, who also played tight end at UCF, was the first to go off the board when the Los Angeles Rams selected him in the fourth round with the No. 141 overall pick.

Harris spent four seasons at UCF after transferring from Western Kentucky. His best season came in 2020, when he finished third on the team in receptions, 30, and receiving yards, 539. Harris also hauled in eight touchdowns, the second most of any Knights receiver.

Harris became a regular in UCF’s receiving corps in 2019, when he finished with 448 receiving yards. Before 2019, he primarily played on special teams.

Hours later, Tre Nixon was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round with the No. 242 overall pick.

Nixon dealt with a shoulder injury that limited him to four games in 2020, but started all 26 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In his UCF career, Nixon caught 108 passes for 1,652 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Like Harris, Nixon came to UCF via transfer. He spent two seasons at Ole Miss, redshirting in 2016. In 2017, he caught his first and only career pass for the Rebels for a 19-yard gain.

Nixon was the fifth UCF player taken in the 2021 draft, breaking the record for most picks in a single draft in school history, according to UCF Athletics. The previous record, four, was set in 2003 and tied in 2018.

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