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Cardinals selected Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Nkemdiche (6'4/294) went to Ole Miss as the nation's No. 1 overall high school recruit, but managed only 6.5 career sacks in 34 starts. He was arrested for marijuana possession after drunkenly falling out of a hotel window last December. Nkemdiche was also accused of assault by a fellow student in 2014. An explosive athlete with plus arm length (33 7/8") and strength (28 bench-press reps), Nkemdiche looks like a potentially dominant interior pass rusher. His shortage of college production, suspect off-field decision making, and whispers of poor work ethic render him a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:37 PM

Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Treadwell (6'2/221) needed only three years at Ole Miss to set a school record for receptions (202), parlaying them into 2,393 yards (11.8 YPR) and 21 career TDs. He was a first-team All-SEC pick as a 2015 junior. Treadwell won't turn 21 until a month and a half after the draft and offers room for growth despite unimpressive workout metrics, running 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Rather than speed and athleticism, Treadwell wins with length, body control, ball skills, and physicality after the catch. An ultra-competitive player, Treadwell will be a playmaking possession receiver in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 10:51 PM

Dolphins selected Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tunsil (6'5/310) made 26 starts in three years at left tackle for Ole Miss, allowing zero sacks and five QB hurries in six games as a 2015 junior. He missed seven games last season due to a suspension for receiving improper benefits. Strong (34 bench-press reps) with 34 1/4" arms and blessed with elite left-tackle feet, Tunsil is ready to protect quarterbacks in the NFL and offers traits to develop into a high-level run blocker. Although he doesn't address an immediate need in Miami, Tunsil became a potentially great value from a talent standpoint when he slipped in the draft due to a social media mishap.
Apr 28 - 9:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will "look hard" at Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell if they trade back from No. 8.

It's no secret that Cleveland would like to trade back again to accumulate more mid-round picks. It's not a surprising strategy from an analytics-heavy front office. It's also a sage strategy this year in particular, with a deep draft class that isn't well respected at the top. The Browns badly, badly need a receiver.
Apr 28 - 6:51 PM

The MMQB's Peter King expects Titans GM Jon Robinson "to be active" on draft day.

Let's connect the dots here. King broke the Titans trade our of No. 1 story. He then had a separate interview with Robinson after the deal. They talk, likely often. King previously mocked the Titans moving into the Top 10 to draft Laremy Tunsil. Expect the Titans to move up for Tunsil or Taylor Decker or Jack Conklin. If not, Mike Florio suggested the Titans could draft a receiver at No. 15.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 28 - 10:38 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed reports that the Vikings are not locked onto a WR in Rd. 1 and says they will consider Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche if he's available when they pick.

In recent years, the Vikings have adopted an effective strategy of mostly either taking the best player on their board or trading down -- the Teddy Bridgewater trade-up being one exception) -- so this flexibility is not a surprise. If the Purple find that several attractive options have dropped to them, they'd presumably be happy to trade back to accrue a few extra picks. But keep the mercurial Nkemdiche in mind. He could be special if he finds the right coaching staff, and one fronted by Mike Zimmer sounds like just the ticket.
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil's stepfather filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday alleging Tunsil attacked him and then defamed him.

This action stems from an incident last June in which Tunsil allegedly attacked his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. Shortly thereafter, Miller and Tunsil levied domestic violence charges against one other. Those criminal charges were mutually dropped, but Miller is now seeking compensatory and punitive damages because of "past, present, and future bodily injury, pain & suffering, severe emotional distress, medical costs, damage to reputation, and/or other types of damages that he has incurred (and will likely continue to incur)." Miller's story regarding the June incident is that he and Tunsil’s mother, Desiree Polingo, had a "heated conversation" about Tunsil’s relationship with agents, after which Tunsil attacked him. Tunsil's story is he was defending his mom. "I don't know anything about it," Tunsil said Wednesday when asked about the lawsuit. He's in Chicago for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night.
Apr 27 - 1:49 PM

Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche "is not going to fall too far," according to the Ringer's Kevin Clark.

Clark notes this "despite best efforts of every front office with a late (round one) pick," and that teams prioritize pass rusher too much for Nkemdiche to drop. The Ole Miss product certainly offers outstanding athleticism from the interior pocket and can really penetrate and get upfield. ESPN ran a great story detailing Nkemdiche's life off the field, and it is certainly something worth seeking out.
Source: Kevin
Apr 27 - 11:43 AM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil said that the Rams' acquisition of the No. 1 overall pick "hurt."

""I'm human — it hurt. Because (Nashville's) the place you thought you would be going. Plus, it's the No. 1 pick and they needed a left tackle," Tunsil said. "Your goal growing up is to be the first pick, so when they traded it, it hurts. But hey, it's football." The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder remains a probable top-10 pick, but top-5 is no longer a guarantee. He could still be selected as high as the Chargers at No. 3.
Apr 26 - 11:47 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche to Chester McGlockton in that he's a "great talent" who "can do anything he wants to do" but "takes time off."

"He’s definitely a top-10 talent," a different scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he’s got character (issues) so he’ll slide." Nkemdiche, a former No. 1 overall recruit, had the fastest 40, best vertical jump and tied for the largest hands in this year's DL class. "Since his freshman year you’ll see plays where he’ll bull right through the guard," a third scout said. "Biggest issue I have with him is he’s the same guy now. You wonder why he’s not more developed and not more productive." A fourth scout concluded: "He’s a different breed. He marches to his own drummer. When he had the (drunken) fall at the hotel it confirmed a lot of suspicions that people had. Last week, he talked about having a panther as a pet. It’s strictly personality. You wonder, ‘Is he a true football player? Is he dedicated to his craft? Or is he just out in la-la land somewhere?'"
Apr 26 - 6:16 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn indicated that on their draft board, the team has assigned Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche their equivalent of a red flag.

"If they have a red flag -- and that's not what we use on our draft card, that's just a generic term that we spoke about, I think it was at the combine," Quinn said. He went on to indicate that while Nkemdiche might have earned a demerit from the Lions, that doesn't mean he has been scrubbed off their board completely. As Quinn explained, "You just got to manage the risk and the reward of taking a guy like that." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks (among others) thinks the 6-foot-3, 294-pounder needs to find a draft home with a strong locker room and name-checked the Seahawks as a nice fit on his Move the Sticks podcast with colleague Daniel Jeremiah. The Ravens and Steelers would also likely fit that locker room bill given their veteran casts. Those two teams have hosted Nkemdiche for visits.
Apr 23 - 7:06 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell is "in the mix" for the Giants at No. 10.

No. 10 for Treadwell would be a bit higher than the mid-to-late first-round projection most analysts have pegged him for. Pauline went on to offer an interesting piece of speculation, writing, "I could see the Giants trading down, collecting extra picks then getting Treadwell in the middle of Round 1. The Tennessee Titans could be the perfect trading partner, as the team has a host of extra selections, thanks to the trade with the Los Angeles Rams, and have stated their desire to move back into the draft's top 10 selections." If the Titans did pull off a move in the vain of Pauline's mental framework, it would likely be to draft a tackle -- be it Michigan State's Jack Conklin, Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley or even Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil should Tunsil see a Day 1 slide.
Apr 23 - 5:42 PM

An NFL personnel executive who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel compared Ole Miss T Laremey Tunsil to Hall of Fame T Walter Jones.

The executive offered the Jones comparable, then tossed another one out there just for good measure. "Good kid. About the same as Tyron Smith. [Tunsil] has a chance to be in a bunch of Pro Bowls." Another scout who spoke with the outlet wants to see a more physical game from the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder, saying, "I didn't see him as dominating because he must get stronger to handle big, physical edge guys in the run game. The Orlando Paces, the Joe Thomases are rare, but that's the definition of a dominating player." Tunsil could be drafted as high as No. 3, by the Chargers, though recent draft machinations by the Rams and Eagles have barred him from his once more/less assumed position as a potential No. 1 pick.
Apr 23 - 4:48 PM

An AFC college scouting director was thrilled that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell ran terrible 40-yard dashes during the pre-draft process.

"I loved seeing those [40] times," he said. "I was glad he ran that. Let him fall to us. He's a 4.6 receiver all day, always was. But that's how he plays too, that's the difference. He also plays hot. He wants to get after you. We drafted [name redacted], and it was the same thing: They killed him for the 40s and when we got him we just smiled because we knew we had something special. [Treadwell] is old school. I'll take him." It is true that Treadwell's lack of speed will prevent him from being a home run threat. It also makes it harder for him to seperate. But Treadwell figures to be an elite possession receiver, which is very, very valuable in and of itself.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell barely won a three-man race for best receiver in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's scouting poll.

Treadwell scored eight first-place votes and 70 points. Josh Doctson (64, six) and Corey Coleman (60, three) finished just behind him. There was a bit of a drop-off until fourth-place finisher Will Fuller (43, two). After Fuller, there was a huge gulf to the next tier. From fifth on it was Michael Thomas (17), Tyler Boyd (16) and Sterling Shepard (13). Braxton Miller and Keyarris Garrett rounded out the poll with one vote apiece. The MSJ reported that scouts called this WR class "yuck," "awful," "bad" and "poor." An NFC personnel director described it like this: "It's just a bad group. There's not one sure thing."
Apr 22 - 12:52 PM


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