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ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. notes that Ole Miss freshman WR D.D. Bowie could potentially shift to corner.

While Bowie initially signed with Ole Miss as a wide receiver, Kahn relays that both Bowie and HC Hugh Freeze are open to a possible shift to cornerback. "The Rebels have an immediate need at the position (and plenty of help on defense)," Khan writes, "so even if he's green at the position, the 6-1, 187-pound Bowie could be contributing quickly." If Ole Miss does opt to use him at corner, he would enter the positional mix with Jaylon Jones and Jalen Julius come the start of August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 2:47 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that the ILB starting position is Ole Miss redshirt junior Detric Bing-Dukes' to lose with Rommel Mageo gone.

"His coaches praised him [this spring] for his improvement, and the redshirt junior has gotten much more comfortable in Wesley McGriff's new defensive scheme, which will allow him to play more in the box instead of having to cover as much as he did last year," Aschoff wrote. "Bing-Dukes showed better footwork, attacked his blocks better, and developed into more of a vocal leader this spring." Bing-Dukes began his career at Georgia before transferring to Ole Miss in 2015.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 12:30 PM

Ole Miss sophomore QB Shea Patterson completed 21-of-30 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

As far as spring numbers go, Patterson's are about as impressive as you will see. Said HC Hugh Freeze, "He’s settled in and everybody knows that. So he gives us a confidence." The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder threw for 880 yards with a 6/3 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 169 yards in three starts after Chad Kelly went down with a season-ending knee injury last November. Patterson's decision to stay on with the Rebs even with them being saddled with sanctions due to NCAA rules violations is the best thing that has happened to the program since the close of the season.
May 7 - 2:50 PM

Ole Miss redshirt junior RB Jordan Wilkins has been working with the first team offense this spring.

Wilkins missed the entire 2016 season due to an academics issue, but he appears to be back on track for a large workload in 2017. "Man, we just got to get him to the bus. I really, really like what I see in him," head coach Hugh Freeze said. Wilkins was slated for the starting role last season. He carried the ball 72 times for 379 yards and four touchdowns in 2015.
May 5 - 8:56 AM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Giants a "D+" for their draft.

Oh goodness. Silva believes that New York's first pick (Ole Miss TE Evan Engram at No. 23) should have been Miami TE David Njoku and that their second-round selection of Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson is "redundant behind in-place NT Damon Harrison as a two-down run stuffer with no pass-rush ability." The hits did not stop there, though, as Silva was a fan of neither fourth-round RB Wayne Gallman nor third-round QB Davis Webb (whom Silva refers to as "underwhelming"). All three of Silva, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke were disappointed that New York did almost nothing to shore up their significant offensive line issues.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 9:25 PM

Seahawks signed Ole Miss CB Tony Bridges.

Bridges (6’0/188) spent two years at Ole Miss after transferring from JUCO, making 17 starts and intercepting three passes as a junior. Demoted as a senior, Bridges ended his college career on a disappointing note after earning NFL notice his first year in Oxford. He is also old for a rookie, turning 24 in October. Not invited to the Combine, Bridges managed a 4.58 forty at the Rebels’ Pro Day, also struggling in the three-cone drill (7.12). Bridges looks like a long shot for a meaningful NFL future.
May 3 - 2:51 PM

Raiders signed Ole Miss DL Fadol Brown.

Brown (6’4/273) spent three years at Ole Miss after transferring from Florida International, managing four sacks across 21 starts for the Rebels. Brown sporadically flashed promise as a defensive end-tackle hybrid, but struggled to produce and is already 24 years old. He measured in with long arms (35") at the Combine, but clocked a sluggish 4.94 forty. Brown looks like a low-floor, low-upside NFL prospect.
May 1 - 5:49 PM

Ravens signed Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo.

Adeboyejo (6’3/197) was a 2 ½-year starter for the Rebels, finishing his career with a 106-1,454-11 (13.7 YPR) receiving line and seeing action both outside and in the slot. A complementary receiver throughout college, Adeboyejo’s calling cards are his height and vertical ability. He ran 4.42 at the Combine and crushed the three-cone drill (6.73), but struggled in the vertical (34 ½") and managed eight bench-press reps. Skinny and not particularly physical, Adeboyejo would do well to carve out a sub-package/red-zone role in the Kamar Aiken mold.
May 1 - 3:02 PM

Broncos selected Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly with the No. 253 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kelly (6’2/224) arrived at Clemson as a top-five quarterback recruit only to tear his left ACL as a freshman and clash with coaches, resulting in an ouster from the program. Kelly paid his dues at JUCO, then started for two years at Ole Miss, posting a 50:21 TD-to-INT ratio, 63.9% completion rate, and 8.5 YPA across 22 games, adding 15 rushing scores. At Ole Miss, Kelly encountered several more off-field issues and tore his right ACL last November, then underwent surgery on his throwing wrist before the draft. Still an intriguing long-term prospect, Kelly has has arm talent, toughness, and playmaking ability. While very much a project, Kelly has starter upside.
Apr 29 - 6:46 PM

Jets selected Ole Miss CB Derrick Jones with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones has good size (6'2/188) and showed explosive traits at his Pro Day (41-inch vert, 140-inch broad), but he has limited experience at corner and questionable strength. He should start out on special teams as the Jets attempt to develop his traits into an NFL corner.
Apr 29 - 4:51 PM

49ers selected Ole Miss DT D.J. Jones with the No. 198 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Jones (6’1/319) spent two years at Ole Miss after transferring from JUCO, tallying six sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. He was a rotational player in college, logging under 50% of Ole Miss' defensive snaps the past two years. A squatty nose tackle with a 32nd-percentile SPARQ score, neither Jones’ production nor his athletic attributes suggest he’s likely to become a high-impact NFL defender. Still, Jones’ motor runs hot enough that he could become a useful early-down role player in the Kyle Love mold.
Apr 29 - 4:36 PM

Giants selected Ole Miss TE Evan Engram with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Engram (6’3/234) was a four-year starter at Ole Miss, amassing 162 catches for 2,320 yards (14.3 YPR) and 15 touchdowns while earning All-SEC honors in all four seasons and first-team recognition from the conference’s coaches as a senior. He demonstrated wideout-level athleticism in Indy with a 4.42 forty and 6.92 three-cone time. Although Engram was listed at tight end in college, he was used as a slot receiver, H-back, and in-motion flanker on most snaps and was almost a complete non-factor as a blocker. Engram’s size and blocking deficiencies make him best fit for a "big slot" role. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris has compared him to Jordan Reed. Engram addresses a major need for the G-Men, adding yet another big-bodied pass-catching weapon to their offense.
Apr 27 - 10:53 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Ole Miss TE Evan Engram is "making a push to sneaking into the first] round."

Engram has been whispered as being on the periphery of the first round at various times during the process. He is an elite athlete for the position, though there are questions regarding his blocking. Fellow tight ends O.J. Howard and David Njoku are already considered lock first-rounders.
Apr 27 - 7:03 PM

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


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