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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

ESPN analyst KC Joyner says Ole Miss can easily replace DL Robert Nkemdiche.

The top-rated recruit in 2013 logged 19 TFL, seven sacks and 10 hurries over three seasons. "Some of the top defensive line prospects in this year's draft posted numbers of that caliber last season alone, but it took Nkemdiche 35 games to reach these totals," Joyner wrote. "Ole Miss has a five-star defensive tackle recruit in its 2016 class (Benito Jones) to take Nkemdiche's place from a talent perspective, and it won't need much from any of its defensive linemen to take Nkemdiche's place from a production standpoint."
Feb 1 - 3:12 PM

The comparison to Alshon Jeffery "doesn't do" Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell "justice," according to Matt Harmon of NFL.com.

Harmon produces some of the best work on receivers via his #ReceptionPerception brand, and he believes Treadwell is clearly the top receiver in the class. The reason Harmon believes Treadwell transcends the Jeffery comparison is the Rebel's ability to create separation and not just rely on contested catches. "Treadwell has no major holes in his game," Harmon concludes.
Feb 1 - 11:29 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that he sees Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell as "a classic WR1 with the size and ball skills to do the dirty work between the hashes."

This is a down receiving class on the whole, but Treadwell's a legitimate stud in the making. Not only does he have the requisite frame at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he's also proven himself to have a tremendous work ethic, as he returned from a terrifying broken leg suffered in 2014 to catch 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris has written that Treadwell "can win at every level of the field."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 7:14 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that the bulk of the NCAA violation charges against the Ole Miss football program under HC Hugh Freeze stem from former tackle Laremy Tunsil's situation.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported earlier on Friday that the NCAA had charged Ole Miss with approximately 30 rule violations in football, track and field and women's basketball. Feldman's shed a bit more light as to the nature of the allegations, noting that the university wasn't surprised by the Notice of Allegations issued. He also reports that of the charges that apply since HC Hugh Freeze took control in 2011, the situation with former tackle Laremy Tunsil figures prominently. Tunsil was suspended for the first seven games of the 2015 campaign for accepting impermissible benefits. A statement from AD Ross Bjork read, in part, "[W]e take compliance, NCAA and SEC rules very seriously. We are working hard to seek a resolution to this matter."
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 29 - 9:48 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reports that the NCAA has charged Ole Miss with "dozens of rule violations in three sports."

Per Forde, the NCAA's dug up around 30 allegations of rule violations in football, women's college basketball and track/field. While the exact charges have not been made public, the university will have 90 days to respond to the NCAA's claims. If there's no resolution, there would be a Committee on Infractions hearing, which would be followed by an infractions report six-to-eight weeks later (detailing penalties and such). In terms of football, Forde indicated that "multiple SEC coaches and administrators have voiced concerns about Ole Miss [recruiting practices]." Adding a bit of smoke to the potential fire, this past season, star tackle Laremy Tunsil was suspended seven games for accepting impermissible benefits. Yahoo Sports first reported the NCAA's investigation in October, 2014. Stay tuned, as more information should surface in the coming days.
Jan 29 - 3:28 PM


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