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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Senior Bowl scuttlebutt among NFL executives had the Titans taking Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil with the No. 1 overall pick.

At this time, Tunsil is the clear favorite to go No. 1. Of course, plenty could change in the next few months and Tennessee would presumably love to trade down if given the chance. In Tennessee, Tunsil would push LT Taylor Lewan to right tackle. Pauline further reported that in his canvassing of NFL executives in Mobile, the top-five after Tunsil played out like this: 2.) Browns - Jalen Ramsey; 3.) Chargers - Jared Goff; 4.) Cowboys - Myles Jack, 5.) Jaguars - Joey Bosa. It's intriguing that this informal exercise leaves Cleveland and Dallas without a quarterback while slotting one to San Diego, presumed to be far less desperate to add a signal-caller with a premium pick.
Feb 11 - 2:15 PM

NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock called defensive tackle the draft's most loaded position.

"I could go 12 names deep where you might have, conceivably, a first-round grade," Mayock said. "There are going to be some good defensive tackles that get pushed down a round or two this year, because it's so deep." One candidate to fall is Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche. "If he played every week like he did against Alabama, and had no off-the-field concerns, we'd be talking about him potentially being the first pick of the entire draft," Mayock said. "That's how much talent this kid has. But he's inconsistent on the field, he's had well-publicized issues off the field, and it's going to be intriguing to watch where this kid lands. NFL teams have a lot of homework to do on this kid." Mayock ranks him No. 2 at the position behind Oregon's DeForest Buckner. Rounding out the top-five, Mayock lists Louisville's Sheldon Rankins and then the Alabama duo of Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 2:01 PM

NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks say the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams provide ideal situations for Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell to fill into.

"Give Philip Rivers a true No. 1," Jeremiah said. "He hasn't had that there in quite some time. They need some more weapons for him there to get that offense rolling again." Brooks, on the other hands, sees a potential splash pick for the Rams in their first year in Los Angeles. "I believe the L.A. Rams would be a nice fit for him. ... Tavon Austin can do some things in the slot," he said. "You have other playmakers like Kenny Britt who can stretch the field. Laquon Treadwell can be the anchor of that passing game. He can play the 'X' (receiver), you can build it around him and allow him to be the focal point of that passing game."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 1:14 PM

Ole Miss redshirt sophomore QB Ryan Buchanan has decided to leave the program to focus on academics.

Said Buchanan, "I came to the conclusion a few months ago that football would not be my future and it was time to start applying myself 100% to my future." The 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt sophomore also indicated that he would not be pursuing a transfer, as he "would not take that kind of dedication with me anywhere else." In his limited action with the team, the former four-star recruit completed 20-of-35 passes for 171 yards and a 2/2 TD/INT ratio across 26 contests. The offshoot of Buchanan's decision to step away is that the Rebs now have just three quarterbacks under scholarship--redshirt junior QB Chad Kelly, three-star redshirt freshman QB Jason Pellerin and five-star signee for the 2016 cycle Shea Patterson. Patterson's already enrolled at the university and if Kelly stumbles or suffers an injury, look out.
Feb 9 - 9:15 PM

The Associated Press reports that 13 of the 28 violations levied against Ole Miss by the NCAA are in relation to their football program.

According to the AP's report, nine of the 13 charges occurred in HC Hugh Freeze's stint with the university, which began in 2011. The violations include Level I charges--the most serious--as well as some lesser accusations. Ole Miss will have 90 days to respond to the Notice of Allegations. At least some of the violations are said to involve former tackle Laremy Tunsil, who was suspended the first seven games of the 2015 campaign for accepting impermissible benefits. Apart from the charges against the football program, women's basketball and track and field are also coming under fire here. Stay tuned.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 9 - 8:50 PM

NFL personnel executives polled by ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated that the Titans will likely take Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil if they remain at No. 1 overall.

Doing so would upgrade a horrific offensive line into a unit that could have Tunsil and Taylor Lewan as Marcus Mariota's bookend tackles for years. Schefter reports that Tennessee will continue to explore options to trade down from the No. 1 overall pick, with Cleveland (No. 2), San Diego (No. 3), Dallas (No. 4) and San Francisco (No. 7) lining up as potential partners.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 1:29 PM

Ole Miss signed four-star S Jaylon Jones.

HC Hugh Freeze had to extend his reach to the Lone Star State for this one, as Jones calls Allen, Texas, home. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder "flies to the football effortlessly and closes ground extremely fast, whether he is tracking a ball in the air or a ball carrier," according to Scout.com. They see him transitioning from safety to corner at the collegiate level. ESPN 300's breakdown notes that he doesn't have much experience playing man-to-man defense, something that will obviously have to change if he's truly going to move to corner.
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 8:50 PM

NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell told The Mighty 1090 AM (in San Diego) that if Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil is available at the third pick, "you have to take [him]."

Said Cosell, "Since I've started doing college [evaluations], 10-12 years, [Tunsil]'s as good an offensive tackle prospect as I've seen come out." The NFL Films veteran sees the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder as a "way better prospect" than previous offensive line draftees Greg Robinson, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. "If he's there at three, my card would be up in about a second," Cosell told the San Diego radio show. Should the Titans draft Ohio State DE Joey Bosa with the first pick, the Browns could well select a quarterback, leaving Tunsil there for Cosell's scenario to play out. Last week, NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein predicted that he could be a Top-3 tackle at the NFL level within three years.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 7:05 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein said that Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil, "is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Said Zierlein on the The Pick Is In podcast, "He's got the good arm length, that certainly helps, but what I love about him is that he came in as a five-star prospect and played at that level from the very moment he came into the SEC." He went on to say that he believes the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder's upside is the highest he's seen since former Trojan tackle Tyron Smith, who was drafted by the Cowboys with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft. "With Tunsil," Zierlein said, "he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 7:54 PM

In his most recent mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay argued that the Titans should select Ohio State DE Joey Bosa rather than Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil.

McShay wrote, "Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil would fill the team's biggest need," then added "but the move is to pull the trigger on Bosa, the best player in the class." It's understandable logic, but probably a sight more tricky if you're in the Titans' war room. Last season, Tennessee allowed 54 sacks, most in the NFL. QB Marcus Mariota's not going to do them a ton of good if he's broken in half. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Tunsil is probably the safer pick for that reason, even with Bosa's prestigious talent out there for the taking.
Feb 4 - 11:38 PM

College Football 24/7 analyst Chase Goodbread wrote that five-star Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson "could be the heir apparent to [redshirt junior QB] Chad Kelly."

Patterson sitting for a year behind Kelly (or even redshirting) would be the most logical course of action for the Rebs, but don't be shocked if some corners of the Internet call for the five-star phenom to start immediately. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound dual-threat was the cream of the 2016 crop of quarterbacks, ranking as the No. 3 overall player on Rivals. This is all well and good, but Kelly threw for 4,042 yards (65.1% completions) with a 31/13 TD/INT ratio in 2015. So that's right now. A few years in the future, it's very possible that both Patterson and five-star Georgia QB Jacob Eason could be lighting the SEC aflame or at least trying their darnedest.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 4:01 PM

Four-star S Deontay Anderson signed with Ole Miss.

Anderson did, indeed, sign with the Rebels, after jumping out of an airplane in a commitment stunt. The linked video's worth watching. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder made minor headlines several days ago when he asked HC Hugh Freeze about charges of rule violations by the NCAA. "I knew he would be honest with me," Anderson said. He also indicated that Freeze was already talking up his potential as an NFL player. Scout.com applies the vaunted "nose for the football" label to the newest Reb and notes that he's had the benefit of facing off with stiff high school competition at Manvel High in Texas.
Feb 3 - 6:08 PM

Ole Miss signed four-star WR A.J. Brown.

Brown ranks as the No. 7 wideout on ESPN 300 (No. 66 recruit overall). The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder out of Starksville was also considering Mississippi State and Alabama. Now in the fold with the Rebs, he's a dynamic receiver. ESPN calls him a "big target [who] positions his body well against the defender." The Worldwide Leader sees him as a potential No. 1 wideout once he's acclimated in college, due to his "rare blend of height, weight and athleticism." And oh, hey, Laquon Treadwell's not around anymore. Don't be surprised if Brown makes noise in 2016.
Feb 3 - 2:25 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil is "a polished technician with quick feet and exceptional body control."

No surprise there, as many (including fellow NFL Media writer Lance Zierlein) view Tunsil not just as the No. 1 offensive line prospect in the 2016 pool, but as the best player, period, regardless of position. Brooks calls the 6-foot-5, 305-pound anchor a ""plug and play" blocker capable of stepping into the starting line up from Day 1" while Zierlein wrote in January that his "feet, technique and instincts could make him an all-pro and one of the top pass protectors in the NFL." If he's not a Top-5 selection in the draft, that would be a story.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 11:41 PM

Four-star S Deontay Anderson said of his Ole Miss visit, "It felt like home away from home honestly. I loved the visit."

"Coach Freeze said ‘Get ready if you come here because you have got to play. We need you, we want you and can help you get to the league," said Anderson, who's also made official visits to LSU and Texas since the start of the New Year. Beyond this boilerplate "great visit" talk, the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder also addressed whether current NCAA charges of rule violations against Ole Miss have clouded his view. They have not. "I talked to Coach Freeze about [potential violations]," Anderson said, adding that "he said it was about things that had happened in the past before he got to Ole Miss. I knew he would be honest with me. When I first heard it, it didn’t shake me up."
Feb 1 - 9:46 PM


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