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Mississippi received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 T Nick Broeker.

Broeker (6'6/283) adds to Ole Miss' 15th ranked recruiting class in 2019. He is ranked as the No. 96 overall tackle in the country and in addition to Mississippi he was deciding between Michigan State, Kentucky, Missouri, and Minnesota.
Jun 14 - 5:12 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler ranked Ole Miss junior WR A.J. Brown 11th overall on his list of 2019 draft prospects.

Brugler expects Brown to run a 4.53 at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and was impressed by his ability to produce even with instability at quarterback. He explained "Brown emerged as one of the SEC's best offensive skill players last season, posting 75 catches for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Ole Miss juggled two quarterbacks last season (now-departed Shea Patterson and Jordan Ta'amu), but Brown's production didn't fall off." Brown is the top receiver on most early draft boards so far, and another productive season would likely make him a lock to be selected in the first round.
Jun 12 - 3:42 PM

An anonymous scout questioned whether or not Ole Miss junior WR A.J. Brown will be able to get open against better cornerbacks.

The full quote, given to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller: "I think he would have been the top wide receiver in this year's class if he could have declared. The biggest question is can he produce against top cornerbacks?" Miller says that Brown his early favorite for his "draft crush" of the 2019 class, but also admitted that he has to show up more often against the better programs. Still, it's clear that the draft analyst is a fan of the 6-foot-1, 225-pound receiver. "Brown's ability to separate with size or speed makes him a different prospect than former Ole Miss standout Laquon Treadwell—who has struggled to get away from NFL coverage," he writes. "Brown's 2017 tape showed a player with a better skill set to create space in the pro game."
Jun 11 - 2:49 PM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little would have been the best offensive line prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft.

"He's a big, mean, nasty SOB who probably projects best to the right side," the scout told Miller. "But he's better than any of the guys from the 2018 draft." We assume he means tackles, but either way it's a compliment. As Miller notes, even if Little has to play right tackle it doesn't mean he can't be a high pick; we saw Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame go ninth to San Francisco, and he's likely going to play on the right side. "The position has more value now than in years past because of the number of teams running talented pass-rushers off the right side of the line," writes Miller. There's a real chance that Little (6'6/325) is the first tackle taken in 2019.
Jun 11 - 1:00 PM

An NFC Scout told Walter Football's Charlie Campbell that Ole Miss junior T Gregory Little needs to show more tenacity.

Little (6'5/318) starts the year as one of the more divisive tackle prospects in the class. The quote from this scout helps illustrate why. "I'm holding my breath on Little. He could soar or topple, but no question he has the talent," said the scout. "He's not Laremy Tunsil as a player, even though Little is two inches taller and 20 pounds bigger with great length. Little is a typical five-star kid who needs to develop the tenacity that Tunsil had. Little would be a top-five pick if he showed that." This is a class that is loaded with top tackles, but if Little does show the necessary "mean streak" and plays well, he easily could be one of the first players -- not just tackles -- off the board.
May 21 - 1:23 PM

Mississippi received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 T Eli Acker.

Acker (6'5/260) only has the Ole Miss offer at this point, but considering that his class is two years away from enrolling, the offers are likely going to start piling up. He also reportedly was considering Arkansas and Mississippi State. He currently ranks 29th among offensive tackles in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and sixth among 2020 players in the state of Mississippi.
Source: 247 Sports
May 20 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Ole Miss junior WR A.J. Brown fourth on his way-too-early 2019 NFL Draft rankings.

Brown is the first offensive player on the list, as he's followed the usual three defensive lineman: Houston's Ed Oliver, Ohio State's Nick Bosa, and Michigan's Rashan Gary. Kiper notes that Brown isn't "long by today's standards," but he reminds him of Anquan Boldin with his strong hands and ability to make plays through contact. Assuming he has another big season in 2018 -- he's coming off a 75/1252/11 season for the Rebels -- he's going to be one of the first offensive players off the board.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 6:20 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Jets to take Mississippi junior LT Gregory Little with the second pick in his 2019 NFL mock draft.

The Jets have -- or hope they have, anyway -- their long-term quarterback in Sam Darnold. Now they have to figure out how to keep him upright. A player like Little could do just that, as he's considered one of the best pass blockers in the country. "I’m tempted to put one of the higher-rated pass rushers in this spot," writes Pauline, "but if the Jets want Sam Darnold to be the centerpiece of the franchise, they better protect him."
May 5 - 4:35 PM

Athlon Sport's Rob McVey said Ole Miss junior LT Gregory Little's athleticism is "off the charts."

Little (6'5/318) has started since his freshman year in 2016 and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. McVey believes "he could be the first offensive lineman to have his name called at the 2019 NFL Draft" if he shows that athleticism off at the combine. His pass-blocking ability was Little's biggest strength last season, and if he can improve on run-blocking it wouldn't be surprising to see him selected in the first round.
Apr 30 - 2:13 PM

Athlon Sport's Rob McVey said Ole Miss junior WR A.J. Brown has "all the tools NFL scouts look for in an elite receiver."

McVey also mentioned Brown "has linebacker size, the skill set of a top-tier running back after the catch." Brown is coming off a 75/1252/11 campaign as a sophomore in which he led the SEC in touchdowns catches and receiving yards. McVey believes Brown is "poised to better those numbers in 2018 as a key component of Ole Miss’ high-octane passing attack." If he is able to do that and produces a good athletic composite score, Brown has a good shot to be selected in the first round.
Apr 30 - 1:41 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Kansas City Chiefs a "D-" grade for their work in the draft.

The Chiefs traded picks Nos. 54 and 78 to move up and select Mississippi DT Breeland Speaks with pick No. 46. Kadar thought this was a reach and said, "It makes some sense because the Chiefs need another edge rusher and he can play outside and inside. However, that was really early for him." Speaks was largely viewed as a late Day 2 pick with the potential to drop to Day 3 heading into the draft. The Chiefs also failed to address their secondary until Day 3, selecting safety Armani Watts and cornerback Tremon Smith. Kadar viewed this as a huge mistake especially with cornerback talent still available during some of their earlier picks.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 5:01 PM

Bengals selected Mississippi OG Rod Taylor with the No. 252 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Taylor (6’3/320) was a two-year starter but four-year contributor on the Rebels’ line, manning right guard as a freshman and sophomore, left tackle as a junior, and right tackle last year. Taylor’s supremely long arms (34 ¼") for his height gave him flexibility across positions, and he showed good-enough athletic traits at the Combine. Taylor offers immediate swingman value with starting potential at guard down the line.
Apr 28 - 6:50 PM

Colts selected Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins with the No. 169 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Wilkins (6’1/216) emerged as the leader of Ole Miss’ backfield committee as a senior, amassing an explosive 155/1,011/6.5/9 rushing line with 26/241/1 receiving. PFF College gave Wilkins its fourth-highest pass-blocking grade in this running back class. Wilkins unfortunately bombed the Combine, running 4.71 and 9-foot-9 broad jump. A tweener finesse back short on athleticism, Wilkins’ versatility gives him some appeal as a swiss-army-knife type contributor who can play special teams. He's old for a prospect, turning 24 in July.
Apr 28 - 3:25 PM

The Panthers traded up to select Ole Miss DE Marquis Haynes with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Panthers sent picks No. 147 and 197 to the Rams for this selection. Haynes (6’2/235) broke Greg Hardy’s school record for sacks (32) and Derrick Burgess’ school record in tackles for loss (47.5) for the Rebels, also tallying 12 forced fumbles. Haynes showed passable athleticism at the Combine with 38th-percentile SPARQ results and 4.67 speed. Old for a rookie, Haynes turns 25 later this year and is a one-trick-pony speed rusher. Still, Haynes’ one trick is valuable and gives him a shot at an extended NFL career as a sub-package edge player.
Apr 28 - 1:57 PM

Chiefs traded up with the Bengals to select Ole Miss DT Breeland Speaks with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Chiefs gave up the No. 54 and No. 78 picks to move up eight spots. Chiefs are also receiving the No. 100 pick.
Apr 27 - 8:13 PM


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