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Steelers selected Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Golson (5'9/176) made 33 starts for Ole Miss, amassing six tackles for loss and 16 interceptions. By leading the nation with ten picks as a senior, Golson earned consensus first-team All-American accolades. Golson ran 4.46 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Golson is small with short arms (29 3/4"), but a good enough tackler with enough quickness to become a playmaking slot corner. His shortcomings as a boundary corner were exposed in 2014, allowing five touchdown passes into his coverage. Still, Golson will immediately slide in as Pittsburgh to corner.
May 1 - 9:09 PM

Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson is "undersized at 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, but he's fearless in coming up in run support," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Occasionally he'll simply get outmuscled by bigger receivers -- this was the case against Auburn's Sammie Coates -- but for the most part, he plays much bigger than his size," McShay wrote. "He's also a big-time playmaker, having come down with nine interceptions in 2014 and 16 for his career. He's really good at jockeying for position and has excellent ball skills for a corner." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Golson, who led the SEC with 10 interceptions in 2014, to Brent Grimes. The analyst ranked Golson No. 9 amongst corners but wrote that "Golson has Pro Bowl potential."
Apr 23 - 9:58 PM

Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson "has the twitch, ball skills and instincts to be an outstanding cornerback in the NFL," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein compares Golson, who led the SEC with 10 interceptions in 2014, to Brent Grimes. "Golson has the twitch, ball skills and instincts to be an outstanding cornerback in the NFL," Zierlein wrote. "Despite playing so much zone in college, there is no reason to believe he can't transition to any coverage asked of him. He's well put-together, but his lack of height could force some teams to view him as a slot-only corner. Golson has Pro Bowl potential." The analyst ranks Golson No. 9 amongst corners despite the proclamation. "He has that love of football we look for. He turned down big money as a baseball player to lock in on football, and he plays with passion and with explosive talent," said an AFC South regional scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:10 PM

Ole Miss JUCO QB signee Chad Kelly has completed his community service hours after agreeing to a plea deal in January.

Kelly was given 50 hours of community service and asked to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation. Kelly was dismissed last April from Clemson and spent a year at the JUCO level before signing with Ole Miss.
Source: Sun Herald
Mar 10 - 11:38 AM

Ole Miss senior CB Senquez Golson "is effective in run support for his size," wrote ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl.

"Golson is another undersized cornerback who has the versatility to slide inside to the nickelback position," Weidl wrote. "He has above-average fluidity along with strong playmaking instincts and ball skills." Golson led the SEC with 10 interceptions in 2014. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler adds that Golson's "lack of height and length will push him down draft boards."
Feb 15 - 3:48 PM

ESPN.com's RecruitingNation compares WR DaMarkus Lodge, the No. 57 ranked player in the ESPN 300, to Justin Hunter of the Tennessee Titans.

"Both players are long, lean, flexible and have a penchant for making acrobatic catches look easy," wrote Gerry Hamilton and Tom Luginbill. "They are similar in size and structure as well. Hunter was lean and lanky coming out as a prep star, but with great body control and flexibility to make very difficult grabs when elevated and in contested matchups downfield. This is also where Lodge shines." Lodge has also been compared to Oklahoma's Jaz Reynolds. "Lodge is ahead of the curve in the small nuances it takes to be a productive college receiver," added Hamilton and Luginbill. "His hands are excellent and he has the length to create vertical mismatches. Route running can be sharper and speed is not elite but we expect him to contribute as a freshman, perhaps in red zone personnel packages early on."
Feb 8 - 9:20 PM

Ole Miss senior QB Bo Wallace wasn't invited to the 2015 NFL combine.

Wallace has a very slim chance of getting drafted. This news, obviously, won't help. Dr. Bo has a sturdy frame and a big arm. Bad Bo, his alter ego, panics in the face of pressure, is easily rattled, allows mistakes to multiply, and doesn't understand the limits of his ability. We're sad we won't get to watch him anymore.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 3:14 PM

Mississippi CB Tony Bridges "is lean but also has the skills to play safety if needed," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.

The Rebels desperately need Bridges to be as good as his hype says he is. With CB Senquez Golson and FS Cody Prewitt both NFL-bound, Bridges will compete for a starting gig immediately. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder grades out as the No. 7 JUCO recruit, according to 247Sports.com.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 12:20 AM

Mississippi commit DT D.J. Jones ranks as 247Sports.com's No. 5 junior college transfer.

"During spring, he will be looking to get into the tackle rotation for the Rebels, who are losing two senior tackles, though neither was a starter," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Jones, who went to East Mississippi CC, is expected to see time at both tackle spots -- Ole Miss also uses a nose tackle -- and is considered stout at the point of attack." The 6-foot-2, 315-pounder already enrolled. He originally committed to Florida State before signing with the Rebels.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 11:05 PM

High school WR DaMarkus Lodge, the No. 57 ranked player in the ESPN 300, "seemed like almost a slam dunk for Ole Miss a few weeks back, and it still might be," reported ESPN.com's RecruitingNation.

"But Texas made a major push after the well-documented unofficial visit Lodge made two weeks ago with No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray," reported ESPN. "Lodge could easily end up in Austin, but the Rebels have made him a big priority from day one and that's left a lasting impression on him." Lodge decommitted from Texas A&M in September. The site says Lodge is similar to Oklahoma's Jaz Reynolds. "Lodge is a potential high BCS prospect with a breakout junior year," according to his scouting report. "Added speed and additional size will determine how productive he will be at the next level. Has the natural skill set to develop into a go-to college receiver."
Feb 3 - 10:52 PM

Ole Miss S Cody Prewitt "ended the notion that he's a run-defending safety who struggles in coverage" at the Senior Bowl, noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Prewitt's solid play in coverage will enhance his draft stock," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Prewitt "is someone who keeps getting better every time I watch him on tape," an AFC player personnel director told NFL.com during the regular season. That evaluator compared Prewitt to former LSU S Eric Reid, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Prewitt "this year's Deone Bucannon."
Jan 29 - 8:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes a good week in Mobile will help scouts "look past [Ole Miss senior CB Senquez Golson's] lack of height and focus on his cover skills."

"One of only two FBS players to reach double-digit interceptions in 2014, Golson led the SEC with 10 pick-offs and put together a strong senior campaign," Brugler wrote. "But measuring below 5-9 on the scale, how high do NFL teams take a player who can be so over-matched on the outside?" Some analysts believe Golson will be relegated to nickel duties at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 12:36 AM

Ole Miss senior QB Bo Wallace reminds Bleacher Report's Matt Miller of Tom Savage.

"Especially in that he could see a rise up draft boards based on his size and arm strength, but also in that his hype is greater than his traits or production from those traits," Miller wrote. The analyst believes Wallace could be drafted. For the record, we absolutely don't think he's worthy of a pick. "If accuracy is the most important trait for a quarterback prospect, then Wallace will struggle to find a home in the NFL," Miller wrote. "Wallace's draft position can't be predicted right now, but his talent grade is as a late-rounder."
Jan 11 - 10:36 PM

NFL Media spoke with one NFC scout who expects to see more S prospects convert to WLB once entering the league.

"According to the veteran evaluator, NFL teams are casting their eyes to big, athletic safeties as possible replacements at the position because there are so few prospects at the position," NFL media writes. With how often NFL teams are in nickel personnel on defensive, teams have decided to go "big" with their fifth defensive back and add a safety instead of a corner. Or, teams just replace one linebacker with a safety and a dd another corner and go dime. Look at Deone Bucannon in last year's class, who went in the first-round and played most of his snaps in linebacker territory.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 10:13 AM

Ole Miss JUCO QB signee Chad Kelly took a plea deal to a non-criminal charge of disorderly conduct after being arrested in mid-December.

Kelly agreed to 50 hours of community service. Kelly was initially charged with resisting arrest, menacing and several other counts following an altercation with a bouncer and police. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said he would talk with Kelly and his family soon to discuss the quarterback's future with the rebels.
Source: ESPN
Jan 6 - 10:35 AM


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