Van McAllister, one of Ole Miss' Chad Kelly's agents, says his client will travel to the NFL Combine unless the NFL explains why he wasn't invited.
"Until we get a written disinvite or whatever you want to call if from the league, we’ll be in Indy," McAllister said. "We’ll show up and they’ll have to tell Chad ‘no’ then because they’re obviously not willing to put it in writing to tell Chad ‘no’ now." Kelly was invited and then dis-invited to the Combine. While no explanation was given, it's believed that the NFL rescinded Kelly's invite because he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 2015 following a fight with two nightclub bouncers. With Kelly coming off ACL surgery, none of this is good news for his Draft stock. MMQB's Emily Kaplan says he's "at best ... a late-round flier," an opinion we agree with.
An NFC area scout says Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham is like a discounted version of Carl Lawson.
"He is similar to Carl Lawson but I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more," he said. "I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes Basham's attitude and versatility. "Basham has the strength and length to play as a 4-3 base end or as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but his pass rush approach will need to be sharpened as he lacks the flexibility to bend the edge and attack the pocket with athleticism alone," Zierlein wrote. "Basham may never produce a high sack total, but his alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential."
Ole Miss self-imposed a one-year postseason ban after receiving notice that the NCAA is accusing it of eight new athletic compliance violations.
Those eight allegations are in addition to the 13 that the NCAA charged Ole Miss with last year, making 21 total allegations. In addition, Ole Miss was charged with a lack of institutional control. Ole Miss received the original allegations on Jan. 30 2016. In response, the school self-imposed the loss of 11 football scholarships over a four-year period from 2015-2018. The NCAA re-opened the case when T Laremy Tunsil admitted he took money from Rebels' coaches during the last NFL Draft. Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported in August that the NCAA had granted immunity to players at Mississippi State and Auburn to speak openly about being recruited by Ole Miss.
Missouri WR coach Andy Hill said freshman WR O'shae Clark's size "won't matter if they can't touch him."
In other words, Clark is really, really fast. The 5-foot-8, 160-pounder averaged an eye-opening 24.8 yards per reception last year in high school. In only 10 games, he grabbed 70 balls for 1,736 yards and 18 touchdowns. Clark can also return kickoffs and punts.
Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Western Michigan WR Corey Davis as the No. 1 receiver in the class.
Norris describes Davis, whom he ranks just above Clemson's Mike Williams, as a "6-foot-3 receiver who can dominate in the small game: creating separation, sustaining it and picking up yards after the catch." Davis has been one of the nation's most dominant receivers over the past few years, topping 1,400 receiving yards in three straight collegiate seasons. "Has run practically every route from the outside and the slot, both sides of the field," Norris wrote. "Big frame allows him to naturally win contested in some opportunities. Aggressive for a receiver after the catch and on final contact."
The NCAA awarded Florida State redshirt sophomore WR George Campbell a medical redshirt waiver for the 2016 season.
The former five-star prospect had his designation rewound to redshirt sophomore after he missed all of last season with a core muscle injury. Campbell will be called upon to help ease the burden of Travis Rudolph's loss. Rudolph opted into the 2017 NFL draft.
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares LSU ILB Kendell Beckwith (ACL) to Benardrick McKinney.
"Productive full-time starter over last two and a half seasons on talented LSU defenses," Zierlein wrote. "Has the size and spirit to play for teams expecting physicality from their inside linebacker, but his game comes with some athletic and coverage limitations. Before his injury, he could have come off the board on Day 2, but may see his stock fall into the third day now. He has starter's ability when healthy." Beckwith is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. He was leading the squad with 91 tackles and six TFL before tearing up his knee against Florida.
Washington hired Baylor offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Matt Lubick as co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach.
Lubick replaces Bush Hamdan, the Huskies' former WR coach who was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' quarterbacks coach. Incredibly, this is Lubick's fourth job is three months. He spent last year as Oregon's OC, replacing Scott Frost, who was hired as UCF's HC. Just before Christmas, Lubick accepted an offer to become Ole Miss' WR coach. But reserved course in the New Year, joining Baylor's staff. Lubick resigned his post at Baylor to accept the Washington gig.