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SMU Wide Receiver James Proche Selected by the Baltimore Ravens in Sixth Round of NFL Draft

James Proche will begin his professional football career with the Baltimore Ravens. Photo credit: Julia Depasquale

By Julia DePasquale and Olivia Pitten

The Baltimore Ravens chose James Proche, a fourth-year Mustang wide receiver, with the 22nd pick of the sixth round of the NFL Draft on April 25, 2020.

Proche played four seasons with the Mustangs, contributing an SMU record of 39 career touchdowns. Throughout his time, he set five additional SMU records for career receptions, career receiving yards, career all-purpose yards, season receiving touchdowns and consecutive games with a receiving touchdown. His senior season, Proche had 1225 receiving yards for 15 touchdowns.

Wide receiver James Proche set six SMU career records during his time on The Hilltop.
Wide receiver James Proche set six SMU career records during his time on The Hilltop. Photo credit: Julia Depasquale

Following the Mustangs’ historic 10-win season, Proche was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team for the second consecutive year and was honored as a FWAA Second-Team All-American.

At the NFL Combine in February, the DeSoto native recorded a 34.5 inch vertical jump, 7.27 second three cone drill, 4.4 second 20-yard shuttle and 20 bench press reps. During scouting, described Proche as “average size, quickness and speed, but extraordinary ball skills that allow for viral-caliber catches throughout his game tape.”

James Proche set six SMU career records during his time on The Hilltop.
James Proche recorded 60 receiving yards and a touchdown against Navy in Annapolis last November. Photo credit: Julia Depasquale

Proche follows in the footsteps of previous SMU great wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders. Sutton was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 40th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Sanders was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 82nd pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Now, as the sole Mustang selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, Proche begins his professional football career in Baltimore.

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