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Patriots signed Mississippi LB C.J. Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/234) made 38 starts at Ole Miss, logging 27 career tackles for loss with 13.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He played defensive end before transitioning to middle linebacker as a senior. Undersized and not especially athletic, Johnson ran 4.81 with a lineman-like 8-foot-6 broad jump and 27-inch vertical before the draft. Johnson also has an ugly history of knee and ankle injuries. A very low-ceiling prospect, Johnson's path to an NFL roster spot will be on special teams.
May 3 - 3:29 PM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil admitted to taking money from a coach during his time at the university.

This won't particularly matter for Tunsil's future, but it could cause issue for Rebs HC Hugh Freeze and his staff. It initially came to light after copies of several texts requesting monetary support surfaced on the Internet. At Tunsil's introductory press conference with the Dolphins, the tackle said, "I'd have to say yeah" when asked whether he had taken money from a coach. Shortly thereafter, he was asked if he had spoken within NCAA investigators. At which point, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. Ole Miss is already facing charges of rule violations from the NCAA violations. In a statement following Tunsil's admission, the university said that they would "aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC." There should be more to come of this story as the summer unfolds.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 9:25 PM

Bengals selected Ole Miss WR Cody Core with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Core (6'3/205) book ended Laquon Treadwell as a two-year starter at Ole Miss, finishing his career with 83 catches for 1,297 yards (15.6 YPR) and ten TDs. Core ranked fifth in the SEC in yards per reception (17.4) as a senior and showed his long speed with a 4.47 forty in Indy. Core's other measurables don't impress, however, and his route running needs a lot of work. Core was a terrific gunner early in college and may fit best in the NFL covering kicks.
Apr 30 - 4:54 PM

49ers selected Ole Miss OT Fahn Cooper with the No. 174 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Cooper (6'5/303) spent two seasons at Ole Miss after a JUCO transfer, logging 26 starts -- 17 at right tackle and nine on the left side. He book ended Laremy Tunsil and filled in at left tackle during Tunsil's 2015 suspension. Cooper possesses long arms (34 3/4") and his versatile track record is a plus, but he is a pedestrian athlete with glaring pass-protection flaws. Lacking starter's skill set, Cooper might grow into a reliable swing tackle.
Apr 30 - 3:44 PM

Cardinals selected Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Nkemdiche (6'4/294) went to Ole Miss as the nation's No. 1 overall high school recruit, but managed only 6.5 career sacks in 34 starts. He was arrested for marijuana possession after drunkenly falling out of a hotel window last December. Nkemdiche was also accused of assault by a fellow student in 2014. An explosive athlete with plus arm length (33 7/8") and strength (28 bench-press reps), Nkemdiche looks like a potentially dominant interior pass rusher. His shortage of college production, suspect off-field decision making, and whispers of poor work ethic render him a classic boom-bust prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:37 PM

Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Treadwell (6'2/221) needed only three years at Ole Miss to set a school record for receptions (202), parlaying them into 2,393 yards (11.8 YPR) and 21 career TDs. He was a first-team All-SEC pick as a 2015 junior. Treadwell won't turn 21 until a month and a half after the draft and offers room for growth despite unimpressive workout metrics, running 4.64 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Rather than speed and athleticism, Treadwell wins with length, body control, ball skills, and physicality after the catch. An ultra-competitive player, Treadwell will be a playmaking possession receiver in the NFL.
Apr 28 - 10:51 PM

Dolphins selected Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tunsil (6'5/310) made 26 starts in three years at left tackle for Ole Miss, allowing zero sacks and five QB hurries in six games as a 2015 junior. He missed seven games last season due to a suspension for receiving improper benefits. Strong (34 bench-press reps) with 34 1/4" arms and blessed with elite left-tackle feet, Tunsil is ready to protect quarterbacks in the NFL and offers traits to develop into a high-level run blocker. Although he doesn't address an immediate need in Miami, Tunsil became a potentially great value from a talent standpoint when he slipped in the draft due to a social media mishap.
Apr 28 - 9:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will "look hard" at Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell if they trade back from No. 8.

It's no secret that Cleveland would like to trade back again to accumulate more mid-round picks. It's not a surprising strategy from an analytics-heavy front office. It's also a sage strategy this year in particular, with a deep draft class that isn't well respected at the top. The Browns badly, badly need a receiver.
Apr 28 - 6:51 PM

The MMQB's Peter King expects Titans GM Jon Robinson "to be active" on draft day.

Let's connect the dots here. King broke the Titans trade our of No. 1 story. He then had a separate interview with Robinson after the deal. They talk, likely often. King previously mocked the Titans moving into the Top 10 to draft Laremy Tunsil. Expect the Titans to move up for Tunsil or Taylor Decker or Jack Conklin. If not, Mike Florio suggested the Titans could draft a receiver at No. 15.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 28 - 10:38 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline confirmed reports that the Vikings are not locked onto a WR in Rd. 1 and says they will consider Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche if he's available when they pick.

In recent years, the Vikings have adopted an effective strategy of mostly either taking the best player on their board or trading down -- the Teddy Bridgewater trade-up being one exception) -- so this flexibility is not a surprise. If the Purple find that several attractive options have dropped to them, they'd presumably be happy to trade back to accrue a few extra picks. But keep the mercurial Nkemdiche in mind. He could be special if he finds the right coaching staff, and one fronted by Mike Zimmer sounds like just the ticket.
Apr 27 - 2:06 PM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil's stepfather filed a lawsuit against him Tuesday alleging Tunsil attacked him and then defamed him.

This action stems from an incident last June in which Tunsil allegedly attacked his stepfather, Lindsey Miller. Shortly thereafter, Miller and Tunsil levied domestic violence charges against one other. Those criminal charges were mutually dropped, but Miller is now seeking compensatory and punitive damages because of "past, present, and future bodily injury, pain & suffering, severe emotional distress, medical costs, damage to reputation, and/or other types of damages that he has incurred (and will likely continue to incur)." Miller's story regarding the June incident is that he and Tunsil’s mother, Desiree Polingo, had a "heated conversation" about Tunsil’s relationship with agents, after which Tunsil attacked him. Tunsil's story is he was defending his mom. "I don't know anything about it," Tunsil said Wednesday when asked about the lawsuit. He's in Chicago for the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday night.
Apr 27 - 1:49 PM

Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche "is not going to fall too far," according to the Ringer's Kevin Clark.

Clark notes this "despite best efforts of every front office with a late (round one) pick," and that teams prioritize pass rusher too much for Nkemdiche to drop. The Ole Miss product certainly offers outstanding athleticism from the interior pocket and can really penetrate and get upfield. ESPN ran a great story detailing Nkemdiche's life off the field, and it is certainly something worth seeking out.
Source: Kevin
Apr 27 - 11:43 AM

Ole Miss T Laremy Tunsil said that the Rams' acquisition of the No. 1 overall pick "hurt."

""I'm human — it hurt. Because (Nashville's) the place you thought you would be going. Plus, it's the No. 1 pick and they needed a left tackle," Tunsil said. "Your goal growing up is to be the first pick, so when they traded it, it hurts. But hey, it's football." The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder remains a probable top-10 pick, but top-5 is no longer a guarantee. He could still be selected as high as the Chargers at No. 3.
Apr 26 - 11:47 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche to Chester McGlockton in that he's a "great talent" who "can do anything he wants to do" but "takes time off."

"He’s definitely a top-10 talent," a different scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he’s got character (issues) so he’ll slide." Nkemdiche, a former No. 1 overall recruit, had the fastest 40, best vertical jump and tied for the largest hands in this year's DL class. "Since his freshman year you’ll see plays where he’ll bull right through the guard," a third scout said. "Biggest issue I have with him is he’s the same guy now. You wonder why he’s not more developed and not more productive." A fourth scout concluded: "He’s a different breed. He marches to his own drummer. When he had the (drunken) fall at the hotel it confirmed a lot of suspicions that people had. Last week, he talked about having a panther as a pet. It’s strictly personality. You wonder, ‘Is he a true football player? Is he dedicated to his craft? Or is he just out in la-la land somewhere?'"
Apr 26 - 6:16 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn indicated that on their draft board, the team has assigned Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche their equivalent of a red flag.

"If they have a red flag -- and that's not what we use on our draft card, that's just a generic term that we spoke about, I think it was at the combine," Quinn said. He went on to indicate that while Nkemdiche might have earned a demerit from the Lions, that doesn't mean he has been scrubbed off their board completely. As Quinn explained, "You just got to manage the risk and the reward of taking a guy like that." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks (among others) thinks the 6-foot-3, 294-pounder needs to find a draft home with a strong locker room and name-checked the Seahawks as a nice fit on his Move the Sticks podcast with colleague Daniel Jeremiah. The Ravens and Steelers would also likely fit that locker room bill given their veteran casts. Those two teams have hosted Nkemdiche for visits.
Apr 23 - 7:06 PM


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