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An NFL offensive assistant said of Ole Miss TE Evan Engram, "He’s like [Jordan] Reed to me, without the injury history, but he’s not quite as gifted or dangerous."

That being said, the offensive assistant believes that "it’s easy to see him being a productive pro." Engram is a top-tier athletic talent, but his ability as a blocker (or lack thereof) has led to some speculation that a shift to receiver might be in the best interest of the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder. Evans is a probable Day 2 selection, though NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah did float the possibility in March that he could receive some interest on Day 1.
Apr 24 - 4:02 PM

Ole Miss sophomore WR D.K. Metcalf (foot) has been practicing without pain this spring.

Metcalf was sidelined for the 2016 campaign with a broken foot suffered against Wofford in the second game of the season. "I didn’t look at the negative aspect of it," said the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder. "I really looked at it as a time to grow and perfect my mental game." Metcalf was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle (ESPN ranked him as their No. 242 prospect) and could emerge as one of the favored targets for super-soph QB Shea Patterson during the coming campaign. Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze said this spring that Metcalf has "got the potential to be a special player."
Apr 18 - 10:30 PM

The Bills hosted Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

Kelly's uncle, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl berths once upon a time. The Bills sure seem set on drafting a quarterback early next week, but Kelly makes for an intriguing late-rounder -- or even priority UDFA -- if they choose to wait. Kelly is coming off a torn ACL and wrist surgery. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has said that Kelly has perhaps "the biggest arm in the draft," but health and character concerns have decimated Kelly's NFL Draft stock.
Apr 18 - 1:21 PM

Though an AFC East scout believes Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly has the potential to become a low-end NFL starter, he won't go to bat for Kelly on Draft Day.

"He's okay," the scout said. "I think he could be a low-end NFL starter. I just wouldn't want to put my name behind him because I think it will come back and bite you with on-field and off-field mistakes. We value leadership at quarterback and I don't trust his." Kelly is coming off a torn ACL, but his off-field concerns, as noted by the evaluator, concern the NFL more than his knee. He was kicked off Clemson early in his career, then charged in 2015 with multiple misdemeanors following an altercation with officers. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, an incident that prevented him from participating in the NFL Combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Kelly to Andy Dalton. "He's hardly a scouting favorite based on reputation and inconsistency, but Kelly has attributes that could make him an eventual starter in the league if his personal and football character are kept in check," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 1:21 PM

An SEC offensive coach says Ole Miss DT D.J. Jones "moves around like a fullback but he didn't make that many plays."

"That worries you as a coach," he said. The coach also questioned Jones' stamina. "Go back and watch his tape from early in the season and then from late in the season and you will see a different player," the coach said. "I just thought he looked like he kind of ran out of gas later in the year." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Jones to a bigger Grady Jarrett, one who disappears too often. "Jones has a freaky combination of power and athleticism that isn't seen all that often," Zierlein wrote. "Despite his impressive play attributes, Jones failed to generate the production that his flashes on tape would indicate he's capable of. If a coach can unlock more consistency, Jones has a chance to flourish as a one-gapping nose with three-down ability." As for Pro Football Focus, they liken Jones to Panthers DT Vernon Butler.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 12:24 PM

Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow had an official pre-Draft visit with the Raiders this week.

Next up, he will visit the Jets, Rams, Titans, Chargers and Seahawks. In part, he's a popular pre-Draft circuit prospect because Stringfellow wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to past legal issues. He's a possession receiver who figures to hear his name called on Day 3.
Apr 12 - 2:19 PM

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly recently underwent wrist surgery to repair ligament damage in his throwing wrist, according to Tom Pelissero.

Kelly is not allowed to throw for three months. This obviously clouds his evaluation, an evaluation that was not clear in the first place. Teams have background work to do on Kelly, and he missed a good portion of the draft process due to injury. He has his fans in the draft media, however.
Apr 11 - 10:17 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah speculated that a shift to wide receiver might be in the best long-term interest of Ole Miss TE Evan Engram.

"While he shows some competitiveness as a blocker, I don't think he'll ever be a dominant in-line player in the run game," Jeremiah wrote, later adding that the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder "already runs pristine routes from the slot" and "could start out there before eventually kicking outside." DJ has been as high on Engram as any analyst out there, writing in late March that the speedy athlete (4.42s 40-yard dash in Indianapolis) has "entered the discussion" as a potential first-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 3:22 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Ole Miss DT D.J. Jones to Panthers DT Vernon Butler.

"Jones' build and foot quickness and ability to stunt and generate pass-rush pressure is similar to a shorter Butler," writes the PFF analysis team. "Jones won’t be drafted as highly as Butler was selected by the Panthers but he can provide rotational snaps with a similar style of play." For a refresher, Carolina drafted Butler out of Louisiana Tech at pick No. 30 in the 2016 draft. The outlet believes that the 6-foot-1, 319-pound Jones should be able to work his way into a rotational role early in his NFL career and that "if he can generate a more consistent pass-rush [he] could possibly push for a starting role down the line." Pro Football Focus sees Jones as worth a Day 3 selection.
Apr 8 - 2:27 PM

The Oakland Raiders will run Ole Miss CB Derrick Jones through a private workout.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along word of this workout. He also passes along word of an absolutely gorgeous pro day showing by the 6-foot-2, 189-pounder. In athletic testing, Jones seared the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds and additionally notched a vertical jump of 41 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet. All of these are elite marks. The fun didn't stop there, as Pauline writes that in positional drills, Jones "looked exceptional." Jones has draft mobility toward Day 2.
Apr 4 - 9:59 PM

Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo met with the Bengals, Lions and Raiders on Sunday.

This according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who further relays that Adeboyejo has thus far been put through private workouts by two of those squads (Cincinnati and Detroit). He has also gone through a private workout with the Saints. Pauline writes that the 6-foot-3, 197-pounder "looked outstanding running routes and caught the ball very well" during his pro day positional drills. Adeboyejo recorded one of the fastest 40-yard dash times among wideouts at the Combine with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that he "has intriguing potential as a field stretcher or big vertical slot receiver." Zierlein views him as an interesting Day 3 deep cut.
Apr 4 - 8:32 PM

Ole Miss WR Damore'ea Stringfellow ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67s and 4.66s during his pro day.

Stringfellow did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine due to past legal troubles (he plead guilty to assault in 2014), so this was his moment in the spotlight for testing purposes. During positional drills, the Ole Miss product did well in places, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, but was far from perfect. The evaluating guru wrote that Stringfellow "looked terrific running intermediate and short routes," but couldn't sustain that brilliance on routes past 20 yards. Those, Pauline writes, were "a struggle." Stringfellow caught 46 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns during the past campaign. Should he see interest in the draft, it would probably come near the end of Day 3.
Apr 4 - 7:19 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Ole Miss RB Akeem Judd "looked very good in (pro day) drills, easily moving his large frame around and catching the ball well."

Judd turned in a 4.53s 40-yard dash, a 32.5-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder put his best statistical foot forward this past season, rushing for a career-high 826 yards (5.0 YPC) and six touchdowns while catching 15 passes for 116 yards and an additional score. He is a likely undrafted free agent when the dust settles later this month.
Apr 4 - 6:41 PM

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock called Ole Miss TE Evan Engram's pro day performance "highly impressive."

"He's a matchup nightmare," Mayock said. Mayock and fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah have both said that they view Engram as a first-round possibility. The second round is more likely, but don't tell that to Engram. "I believe I’m a first round pick," Engram said. "Just what I bring to a table, what I bring to a team on day one, I believe I am." Engram (6-foot-3, 234 pounds) stood on his Combine numbers, no surprise considering he blazed a 4.42s 40-yard dash in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 4 - 2:26 PM

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly told reporters on Monday that he has a "couple" pre-Draft visits scheduled with NFL teams.

Interestingly, Kelly wouldn't name those franchises because he said they didn't want to be identified. Kelly cut his pro day throwing session short because he re-aggravated a sprained wrist he suffered in training. He's no sure thing to get drafted.
Apr 4 - 1:58 PM


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