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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ole Miss DE Fadol Brown to Martin Ifedi.

"While his size and length will immediately appeal to some defenses, his inability to generate a consistent pass rush will turn others off," Zierlein wrote. "Provided his medicals check out, Brown's physical traits could get him a late look on Day 3, but his ceiling may be as a backup defensive end for either a 4-3 or 3-4 front." Brown missed four games with a foot injury last year. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder made 39 stops with six TFL and 2.5 sacks in eight games last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 4:00 PM

An AFC national scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Ole Miss TE Evan Engram is "just like Jordan Reed."

That national scout views Alabama TE O.J. Howard as the best tight end prospect out there, but he sees Engram as just a step behind. "He's going to get open against everyone they put on him and that guy competes, too," the scout said. Howard and Miami TE David Njoku are both receiving plenty of first-round buzz. Engram less so, but he figures to be taken off the board early on Day 2. Zierlein sees a potential second-round selection, here.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 4:09 PM

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel writes that Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze "most certainly won’t" survive his program’s ongoing scandal.

The NCAA charged Ole Miss with a lack of institutional control along with 21 total allegations. Among them, giving a former recruit access to two boosters who provided "between $13,000 and $15,600" in impermissible cash benefits. As for Freeze, he's been charged with violating "head coach responsibility legislation." To this point, Chancellor Jeff Vitter and AD Ross Bjork have stuck by him. Though Freeze continues to maintain his innocence, it seems to be only a matter of time before his bosses reverse course and hit the reset button.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 23 - 11:28 AM

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 While no explanation was given, it's believed that the NFL rescinded Kelly's invite because he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 2015 following a fight with two nightclub bouncers.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.
Source: MMQ
Feb 22 - 6:44 PM

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.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly as a "a sandlot quarterback with marginal next-level potential" and agrees with the decision to snub Kelly from the NFL Combine.

"I don’t think [not inviting Kelly to the NFL Combine is] that big of a deal because I don’t believe Kelly is a good pro prospect," Pauline wrote. Even before the news about his combine snub broke, I graded him as a sixth-round choice with little chance of making a final roster next fall." Of quarterbacks expected to go on Day 3, Kelly is perhaps the most divisive prospect. Bill Polian of ESPN last week that Kelly is probably "the most talented QB in the draft." For the record, the Rotoworld draft team leans closer to Pauline's opinion of Kelly than Polian's.
Feb 20 - 12:48 PM

Ole Miss DE Fadol Brown was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine despite making just four starts in 2016.

Brown requested an evaluation from the advisory board two Decembers ago as he weighed a potential draft decision. Rather than jump into the 2016 pool, he opted instead to return to Oxford for his final season of collegiate eligibility. That didn't work out so hot. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder appeared in eight games this past season but started only four of them for HC Hugh Freeze, registering 39 tackles (5.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. Should he receive any draft love, it likely wouldn't come until the tail end of Day 3. Undrafted free agency is very much in play, here.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 3:23 PM

Appearing on ESPN Radio, Bill Polian said Ole Miss' Chad Kelly is likely "the most talented QB in the draft."

"But he has a ton of baggage, so that is another issue," Polian said. The former Colts GM was the person to report Kelly's initial invitation to the NFL Combine being pulled due to a new rule implemented by the event. We aren't sure how Chad Kelly is the most talented passer. Sure, he displays great moments, even against Alabama, but he is the definition of a high variance player. Kelly will be a third day pick, at best.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 9:50 AM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Ole Miss will hire Alabama director of player development Freddie Roach to serve as DL coach.

Roach has held the off-field role of director of player development at Alabama for the past two years. With Ole Miss, he will take the place of DL coach Tray Scott, who jumped over to Georgia for the same position earlier this month. There has been a fair bit of turnover with the Crimson Tide since they fell to Clemson in the National Championship Game last month.
Feb 16 - 7:45 PM

Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow was not on the NFL Scouting Combine's invite list.

MMQB's Albert Breer was out in front of this one, reporting Stringfellow's snub last week. Like Joe Mixon and Ishmael Zamora, Stringfellow was omitted from consideration because of past legal trouble. In Stringfellow's case, he pleaded guilty to assault in 2014 prior to his transfer from Washington to Ole Miss.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 4:02 PM

Bill Polian of ESPN reports that Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly (ACL) was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine before the league office reversed course and rescinded his invite.

Polian reports that Kelly's family isn’t sure why his invitation was rescinded. The reason has to do with the NFL's new rule to not invite players who've been convicted of a violent crime. Two years ago, Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar and resisting arrest. Kelly was dismissed from Clemson prior to that for "conduct detrimental to the team." This past fall, he charged the field and was involved in a benches-clearing brawl at his younger brother's high school football game. Kelly is likely in for a fall into the deep part of Day 3.
Feb 15 - 2:58 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly (ACL) was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to off-field concerns.

Kelly's NFL Draft process has gotten off to a shaky start. First, Jim Kelly's nephew tore his ACL in his final season of eligibility. That injury kept him off the field during the Senior Bowl. Kelly met with teams in Mobile, and indicated down there that he'd do more of that at the NFL Combine. He had also hoped to throw in Indy. Now, neither will happen. Kelly was involved in a benches-clearing brawl at his younger brother's high school football game in October. Prior to that, Kelly was dismissed from Clemson for "conduct detrimental to the team" in April 2014. Eight months later, he was arrested after being accused of punching a bouncer, threatening to open gun fire in the bar and getting into an altercation with police. Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Teams will be forced to conduct the brunt of his evaluation at the Rebels' Pro Day this spring.
Feb 15 - 12:51 PM

Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow "shows little to no quickness or speed in his game and cannot separate," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Pauline likes the way that Stringfellow catches the ball, but that's about it. MMQB's Albert Breer reported last week that Stringfellow was not invited to the NFL Combine. Stringfellow is a Day 3 prospect. "One name kept popping into my mind as I watched him: De'Runnya Wilson," Pauline wrote.
Feb 13 - 4:12 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo "could be considered a Day 3 height-weight-speed flyer based on his ability to attack down the field."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Adeboyejo (add-ah-BOY-joe) could probably add some more muscle to his frame. He spent the past two seasons as a secondary option, with his numbers falling off slightly between his junior (38-604-7) and senior (35-456-1) seasons. "He is raw and is currently lacking the skill level needed to compete for NFL playing time, but has intriguing potential as a field stretcher or big vertical slot receiver," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 2:59 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports that Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Stringfellow plead guilty to assault in 2014 prior to his transfer from Washington to Ole Miss. With the NFL cracking down on those with violent misdemeanor or felony cases in their pasts -- neither Ishmael Zamora nor Joe Mixon will be attending the Combine due to this crackdown -- Stringfellow has been sidelined for the annual testing event in Indianapolis. The former Rebels wideout should be viewed as a potential Day 3 selection for the draft itself.
Feb 10 - 7:25 PM


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