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One NFL scout compares Ole Miss TE Evan Engram to former Saints WR Marques Colston.

"Not as fast or quick-footed as Marques but more of a big slot receiver," he said. "He could probably be 245 but he’ll never be a point-of-attack guy. He’ll have to be a back-side flex guy if you want to get any kind of production out of him." At the NFL Combine, Engram led the tight end field in the 40-yard dash with a 4.42. "He’s a receiving tight end, not an in-line blocker," another scout said. "He can play slot. Smooth athlete, good speed. This is where the modern-day offense is going." Pro Football Focus likens Engram to Miami Dolphins TE Joseph Duarte.
Mar 15 - 6:24 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly's off-field baggage is "considerably worse than what has been reported."

If you're wondering why Kelly hasn't been discussed much despite his NFL bloodlines, howitzer arm and solid athleticism, look no further than his character concerns and ACL injury. That confluence of factors may make him a Day 3 steal. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, for one, believes Kelly might have the strong arm in the Draft class.
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 14 - 1:39 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Ole Miss TE Evan Engram to Miami Dolphins TE Joseph Duarte.

"Duarte entered the draft process in a very similar position to Engram, viewed as someone in-between a wide receiver and a tight end," notes the PFF analysis team, who sees the 6-foot-3, 234-pound Ole Miss product as a potentially "useful chess piece in the receiving game" when matched against linebackers and safeties. They do offer a word of caution on Engram, though, writing that he "offers little as a blocker" and could have issues staying on the field early in his career due to this deficiency.
Mar 12 - 2:43 PM

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly may have the biggest arm in the Draft.

"He's got a cannon," Mayock said. "He might have the biggest arm in the draft." Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes might argue with Mayock on this one, but regardless, Kelly's arm strength ranks near the top of the QB class. Unfortunately, so do his off-field issues.
Source: Draftwire
Mar 4 - 4:58 PM

Ole Miss TE Evan Engram clocked an unofficial 40-yard dash of 4.43 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Engram is just one of a number of scary-good athletic tight end prospects in this class. In addition to his 4.43-second breeze through the 40, the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder also notched a vertical leap of 36 inches and a broad jump of 125 inches. He has drawn multiple comps to Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 3:24 PM

Ole Miss redshirt sophomore CB Jalen Julius will miss six weeks after fracturing his left arm on Tuesday.

Julius posted 21 tackles and two TFL for last season as a second-year freshman. He'll miss spring football but will be back in the summer.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 1 - 7:06 PM

Ole Miss freshman DT Tae-Kion Reed was arrested and charged with burglary.

The police say Reed (6-foot-4, 298 pounds) attempted to burglarize a home. The 19-year-old is a three-star prospect, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings. "We are gathering facts on the matter," an Ole Miss spokesman said. Recruitniks will recognize Reed as the prospect who threw a Mississippi State hat across the room on National Signing Day and put on Ole Miss hat.
Mar 1 - 1:57 PM

Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio considers Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly a top three prospect at his position based on talent.

Waldman did not reveal the other two passers that make up the top three, but it certainly breaks groupthink. As of now there are a standard four atop boards: Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes. Waldman compares Kelly's on-field style to Brett Favre, even looking "bored" at times on the field with what he was asked to do. Waldman cites a coaching clinic where Hugh Freeze discussed Kelly's A.D.D., and Ole Miss' process in shifting their verbiage to fit his style.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 1 - 9:36 AM

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly will not travel to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, according to his agent Vance McAllister.

Kelly's agents McAllister and Duray Oubre previously considered sending Kelly to the Combine, but have decided against it. McAllister says his appeal letter to the NFL has gone unanswered. The NFL initially included Kelly on its list of Combine invitees, only to reverse course in a second draft. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told Kelly's agents that their client fell within the letter of the NFL's rule that bars players from attending "if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault." Kelly was charged with multiple misdemeanors following an altercation with officers in 2015. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Kelly hopes to work out for scouts at Ole Miss' Pro Day in Oxford on April 3.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 27 - 4:48 PM

Despite Ole Miss' self-imposed bowl ban due to NCAA rules violations, sophomore QB Shea Patterson does not plan on transferring.

It hasn't been the best week for the Rebels, as the NCAA hit them with eight additional violations on top of the 13 that were already being levied against them. The program self-imposed a bowl ban for 2017. However, Patterson's decision not jump from the currently burning, sinking ship is at least one cause for a sigh of relief in Oxford. "I love my school, coaches, teammates and our fans and I can't wait for the 2017 season together! Let's go!" wrote the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder on Twitter. Patterson, a five-star recruit in the 2016 cycle, started three games last season. He threw for at least 300 yards in two of them and posted a 6/3 TD/INT ratio in that space. If Ole Miss is to have any chance of extricating themselves from this mess in the near future, Patterson figures to be a key piece of the puzzle.
Feb 26 - 2:30 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ole Miss DE Fadol Brown to Martin Ifedi.

"While his size and length will immediately appeal to some defenses, his inability to generate a consistent pass rush will turn others off," Zierlein wrote. "Provided his medicals check out, Brown's physical traits could get him a late look on Day 3, but his ceiling may be as a backup defensive end for either a 4-3 or 3-4 front." Brown missed four games with a foot injury last year. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder made 39 stops with six TFL and 2.5 sacks in eight games last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 4:00 PM

An AFC national scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Ole Miss TE Evan Engram is "just like Jordan Reed."

That national scout views Alabama TE O.J. Howard as the best tight end prospect out there, but he sees Engram as just a step behind. "He's going to get open against everyone they put on him and that guy competes, too," the scout said. Howard and Miami TE David Njoku are both receiving plenty of first-round buzz. Engram less so, but he figures to be taken off the board early on Day 2. Zierlein sees a potential second-round selection, here.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 4:09 PM

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel writes that Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze "most certainly won’t" survive his program’s ongoing scandal.

The NCAA charged Ole Miss with a lack of institutional control along with 21 total allegations. Among them, giving a former recruit access to two boosters who provided "between $13,000 and $15,600" in impermissible cash benefits. As for Freeze, he's been charged with violating "head coach responsibility legislation." To this point, Chancellor Jeff Vitter and AD Ross Bjork have stuck by him. Though Freeze continues to maintain his innocence, it seems to be only a matter of time before his bosses reverse course and hit the reset button.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 23 - 11:28 AM

Van McAllister, one of Ole Miss' Chad Kelly's agents, says his client will travel to the NFL Combine unless the NFL explains why he wasn't invited.

"Until we get a written disinvite or whatever you want to call if from the league, we’ll be in Indy," McAllister said. "We’ll show up and they’ll have to tell Chad ‘no’ then because they’re obviously not willing to put it in writing to tell Chad ‘no’ now." Kelly was invited and then dis-invited to the Combine. While no explanation was given, it's believed that the NFL rescinded Kelly's invite because he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 2015 following a fight with two nightclub bouncers. With Kelly coming off ACL surgery, none of this is good news for his Draft stock. MMQB's Emily Kaplan says he's "at best ... a late-round flier," an opinion we agree with.
Source: MMQ
Feb 22 - 6:44 PM

Ole Miss self-imposed a one-year postseason ban after receiving notice that the NCAA is accusing it of eight new athletic compliance violations.

Those eight allegations are in addition to the 13 that the NCAA charged Ole Miss with last year, making 21 total allegations. In addition, Ole Miss was charged with a lack of institutional control. Ole Miss received the original allegations on Jan. 30 2016. In response, the school self-imposed the loss of 11 football scholarships over a four-year period from 2015-2018. The NCAA re-opened the case when T Laremy Tunsil admitted he took money from Rebels' coaches during the last NFL Draft. Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported in August that the NCAA had granted immunity to players at Mississippi State and Auburn to speak openly about being recruited by Ole Miss.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM


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