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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

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Mississippi DT Breeland Speaks is "probably a Pro Bowler"

The scout continued by saying, "He can be a really good player in the right setting under the right coach. On run downs he’s a base left end, that's the tone-setting, stout guy that you want. On third down put him over the guard and let him go. He’s a good power-leverage rusher. He doesn’t have the body twitch for backward movement." Another scout was equally bullish on Speaks and said he "Has big-time flashes. Burst, power, plays hard, disrupts a lot. He’s a versatile guy who can fit different fronts." Despite the optimism from these scouts, Speaks is projected to be a late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection.
Apr 27 - 1:51 PM

Ole Miss junior RB D’Vaughn Pennamon's injury is "the biggest unknown for this offense heading into the summer."

Pennamon is recovering from a dislocated knee he sufferred in November against Texas A&M. He was carted off the field and the timetable for his return is still a question mark. Prior to being injured, he rotated in off the bench and rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns. A former four-star recruit out of high school, the Rebels would love to have Pennamon at full-health playing a significant role in their offense.
Apr 25 - 6:02 PM

Ole Miss has received the response to their appeal of sanctions from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Ole Miss sent in their appeal to the governing body in February. While they've now received the NCAA's response, the specifics have not yet been released. Among the sanctions levied which they are trying to reverse, a bowl ban for 2018 as well as a limit on official recruiting visits. The Rebels are attempting to argue that the COI has "abused its discretion" with what's being brought against them as punishment. It should be noted that while the eligibility waiver requested by Michigan QB Shea Patterson very much ties into the alleged shady doings at Ole Miss -- he and other transferring Rebs claim they were misled by former HC Hugh Freeze -- the outcome of this sanctions appeal will not impact the signal-caller's own case one way or another.
Apr 20 - 3:20 PM

Ole Miss received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Diwun Black.

Black (6'3/210) is another big get for the Ole Miss class. He ranks 31st on ESPN's list of the top 300 prospects in 2019, and 71st overall on 247 Sports composite rankings. He could play either at wide receiver or defensive back at the next level, but many project him on the defensive side of the football because of his size and athleticism. Whatever position he plays, he's a potential impact player. This could be a special class for the Rebels.
Apr 10 - 9:44 PM

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