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Gregory Little | Tackle

Team: Mississippi Rebels
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 325

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Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Little (6'6/325) was viewed as one of the best tackle prospects in the class coming into the year, and he didn't do much to change that opinion. He's considered a strong athlete, and reports have indicated that he's made improvements with his footwork and technique to help as a pass-blocker in 2018. He'll have to test well in order to be so, but Little profiles as a first-round pick, with a decent chance of being the first tackle off the board in 2019. ESPN's Todd McShay currently grades Little as the eighth best player on his board, so top-ten consideration is certainly possible. Dec 10 - 2:22 PM

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The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard has not seen important developmental strides from Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little this season.

"[He] has a great tool set, but hitting his set points, cleaning up his footwork and setting the tone earlier in pass protection are all things that needed to happen at a better rate for him this season, and they just haven’t," Ledyard writes of the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Little's work this year, adding that "more savvy rushers have taken advantage of his technical lapses to beat him 1v1 this season." Given that Little has received plenty of top-10 pub to date, these are intriguing critiques to keep in mind for the spring evaluation period (assuming a declaration). Ledyard is reminded a little bit of Germain Ifedi when it comes to the Ole Miss standout. That's not a compliment, though Ifedi has at least been playing competently in spots this season after early career struggles.
Nov 9 - 2:15 PM

In a short mock draft exercise posted this week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tabbed the New York Jets to take Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little with the No. 4 pick.

Mock drafts at this juncture should be viewed as a taking of the temperature of the draft waters, nothing more substantive than that. That said, there's still usable information, here. For comparison's sake, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller does not have Little coming off the board until No. 12 in his own mock draft released earlier this week, while CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso swings the other way and actually has Little being selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Ed Oliver and Nick Bosa are the two names that should be considered lead contenders for that first pick, by most estimations.
Oct 4 - 5:10 PM

Draft Analysts Tony Pauline gave Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little the highest 2019 draft grade among all SEC players.

Little (6'3/325) received a high first-round grade from Pauline and edged out Alabama LB Raekwon Davis for the top spot in the SEC. Little has a lot of upside and is getting plenty of love from draft analysts early in the process. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller went as far to mention that Little would have been the best offensive line prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. A lot can change between now and the 2019 NFL draft, but Little looks to be headed towards a first round selection.
Aug 22 - 6:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little is "a legitimate first round left tackle with great potential for the next level."

"Little blocks with great leverage, can slide off the edge or get out to the second level and annihilate defenders," Pauline writes, noting that the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder "easily rides opponents from their angle in pass protection" while also showing tremendous upside in run-blocking. Fellow NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler would like to see Little polish up his game by degrees over the coming season as he gears toward a potential winter declaration.
Aug 14 - 12:01 PM's Dane Brugler writes that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little is "still gaining experience and needs to show better polish to earn the high draft grades his natural talent suggests."

"His hand placement tends to get wild mid-kickslide, and he needs to better anticipate pass rush moves to counter -- he is routinely in correct position, but can be a tick late reacting," Brugler writes of the 6-foot-3, 325-pound Little. One anonymous scout who spoke with Bleacher Report's Matt Miller earlier this summer is less cautious on the tackle's pro prospects and is of the belief that he has more upside than any of the tackles from this most recent draft class.
Jul 28 - 2:43 PM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little would have been the best offensive line prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.

"He's a big, mean, nasty SOB who probably projects best to the right side," the scout told Miller. "But he's better than any of the guys from the 2018 draft." We assume he means tackles, but either way it's a compliment. As Miller notes, even if Little has to play right tackle it doesn't mean he can't be a high pick; we saw Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame go ninth to San Francisco, and he's likely going to play on the right side. "The position has more value now than in years past because of the number of teams running talented pass-rushers off the right side of the line," writes Miller. There's a real chance that Little (6'6/325) is the first tackle taken in 2019.
Jun 11 - 1:00 PM

An NFC Scout told Walter Football's Charlie Campbell that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little needs to show more tenacity.

Little (6'5/318) starts the year as one of the more divisive tackle prospects in the class. The quote from this scout helps illustrate why. "I'm holding my breath on Little. He could soar or topple, but no question he has the talent," said the scout. "He's not Laremy Tunsil as a player, even though Little is two inches taller and 20 pounds bigger with great length. Little is a typical five-star kid who needs to develop the tenacity that Tunsil had. Little would be a top-five pick if he showed that." This is a class that is loaded with top tackles, but if Little does show the necessary "mean streak" and plays well, he easily could be one of the first players -- not just tackles -- off the board.
May 21 - 1:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Jets to take Mississippi junior LT Gregory Little with the second pick in his 2019 NFL mock draft.

The Jets have -- or hope they have, anyway -- their long-term quarterback in Sam Darnold. Now they have to figure out how to keep him upright. A player like Little could do just that, as he's considered one of the best pass blockers in the country. "I’m tempted to put one of the higher-rated pass rushers in this spot," writes Pauline, "but if the Jets want Sam Darnold to be the centerpiece of the franchise, they better protect him."
May 5 - 4:35 PM

Athlon Sport's Rob McVey said Ole Miss junior LT Gregory Little's athleticism is "off the charts."

Little (6'5/318) has started since his freshman year in 2016 and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. McVey believes "he could be the first offensive lineman to have his name called at the 2019 NFL Draft" if he shows that athleticism off at the combine. His pass-blocking ability was Little's biggest strength last season, and if he can improve on run-blocking it wouldn't be surprising to see him selected in the first round.
Apr 30 - 2:13 PM

Five-star OT Gregory Little committed to Ole Miss last month.

Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the country by ESPN, Little decommitted from Texas A&M in July and was pursued by the rest of the country until he pledged to the Rebels. The 6-foot-5, 318-pounder may take over for Laremy Tunsil, the player to whom he is most often compared, in the fall. "Has long arms which helps keep defenders from getting inside position," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Very quick feet for his size and moves well laterally. In pass pro displays good punch with ability to lock out and displays smooth mirror and slide once locked on. Demonstrates mature poise and awareness." As for areas of improvement, the site thinks Little could play a bit lower and attack more aggressively in run blocking.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 05:10:00 PM