Mississippi State Bulldogs

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FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman calls Mississippi State junior Benardrick McKinney "the SEC's most underrated star player."

"Perhaps the SEC's most underrated star player, the NFL scouts know plenty about the 6-5 linebacker's outstanding athleticism," Feldman wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245 pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34 inch vertical. McKinney was even a former star prep basketball player, and even his high school's starting quarterback his senior year. Last year McKinney came into his own, leading the Bulldogs with 71 tackles, recorded seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and recovered two fumbles for the Bulldogs.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 9 - 6:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay notes Mississippi State sophomore DT Chris Jones keeps showing up on tape when watching redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney.

Jones is a "young guy (with a) bright future if he keeps grinding," McShay tweeted. Jones played in 13 games during his first season with the Bulldogs, but only started three contests. In that span he totaled seven tackles for loss and three sacks.
Jul 1 - 11:17 AM

Mississippi State junior Benardrick McKinney grades out as Mel Kiper's No. 1 preseason underclassman inside linebacker.

"McKinney has great length and athleticism for the position," Kiper wrote. "He stands at a full 6-5 and will run well. Given his explosiveness and style, there will be debate for some teams about moving him out on the edge." At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, has been measured at 34 inches, and was a high school QB. Today, he's arguably the SEC's best defender. The NFL is watching closely.
Jun 15 - 4:02 PM

Mississippi State junior OLB Benardrick McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty.

The Tunica product is a rangy 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and a "high-caliber athlete who might -- might -- be the best defensive player in the SEC this fall," opines NFL.com. McKinney's vertical jump has been measured at 34 inches -- is it any surprise that he was a star prep basketball player? -- and he was a QB as recently as his senior year in high school. The NFL will be watching this Bulldogs' defender closely.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 8:16 PM

Packers signed Mississippi RB LaDarius Perkins.

Perkins (5-foot-7 1/8, 195) was a 23-game starter for the Bulldogs, finishing his career with 530 carries for 2,546 yards (4.80 YPC) and 15 touchdowns. He added 68 receptions and has kickoff return experience. Perkins offers 4.46 jets and some explosion in his legs (10-foot-2 broad jump), but lacks size to carry the load and is more straight-linish than elusive. He's like LaMichael James without the fanfare. He'll have to show well as a pass blocker to become a useful third-down back and will struggle to find snaps in a crowded Green Bay backfield.
May 11 - 3:02 PM

Packers signed Mississippi State DE Denico Autry.

Autry (6-foot-4 3/8, 266) is a 24-year-old JUCO transfer who spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, starting as a junior and senior and amassing 16 tackles for loss to go with six sacks and three forced fumbles. Autry wasn't a big-time college pass rusher and may wind up having to gain weight to play five-technique end in Green Bay 3-4 base scheme. He's got an edge-player body at the moment, but lacks edge-threatening skills.
May 11 - 2:59 PM

Raiders selected Mississippi State G Gabe Jackson with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Jackson (6-foot-3, 336) made 52 starts for the Rebels, all at left guard, and earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2013. He wasn't charged with a single sack allowed as a junior or senior. A limited athlete, Jackson ran 5.51 at the Combine with a 29-inch vertical, but repped 225 pounds 30 times and has good arm length (33 3/4") for pass protection. Although Jackson is a pro-ready technician and looks the part of a mauler, he didn't play with consistent power in college. He still projects as an early-career starter with upside.
May 9 - 10:26 PM

Mississippi State DE Denico Autry has had pre-draft visits with the Lions and Patriots, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

In his second year as a starter for the Bulldogs, Autry collected 31 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks last season. He's going to have a hard time sticking in the pros, as Pauline notes: "Autry was solid on the college level but is a "tweener" who lacks the playing size to be an every down defensive end or the speed to move to linebacker."
Apr 27 - 10:35 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports that Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell "put on a passing clinic" in a private workout for the Patriots, Packers and Chiefs on Thursday.

"His deep passes were on the money and Russell was also accurate with short and intermediate throws," Pauline wrote. Because Russell's senior season was ruined by a concussion and a torn labrum, he may not be drafted. However, the 6-foot-4, 221-pounder has intriguing tools and is a decent developmental option due to his size and arm strength. Pauline adds that running back LaDarius Perkins was a "beneficiary" of the workout because he "really impressed scouts with his pass catching skills."
Apr 25 - 7:25 PM

The Patriots, Packers and Chiefs put Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell through a workout on campus.

Russell's senior season was wrecked by an early concussion and then a torn labrum late in the season. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder has intriguing tools, however, and has a fan in draft insider Tony Pauline: "Russell was underrated coming into this season before injuries derailed his development. He possesses the size and arm strength to play at the next level and at the same time shows good wherewithal for the position. He's a practice-squad prospect that could compete for a job in the NFL if healthy."
Apr 24 - 10:52 PM

Mississippi State OT Charles Siddoway was arrested on burglary charges on Wednesday.

Based on his play -- and his play alone -- CBS Sports' Dane Brugler allocated a "draftable grade" to Siddoway earlier this month as "a late round flier." The legal troubles probably end that chance. The 6-foot-5, 301-pound OT will be a priority free agent if his legal troubles are resolved.
Apr 24 - 7:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler allocated a "draftable grade" to Mississippi State OT Charles Siddoway.

"He has skills worth molding and is worth a late round flier," Brugler tweeted. Siddoway visited the Bills last week. The 6-foot-5, 301-pound OT, who began his career at Cal, didn't attend the combine. It's possible he'll be moved inside at the next level.
Apr 14 - 7:38 PM

Mississippi State G Gabe Jackson posted an official 5.51-second forty at the NFL Combine.

He posted two unofficial forty times of 5.43 and 5.57 seconds. Jackson wasn't expected to post a blazing time, and he didn't disappoint. He logged unofficial 10 yard splits of 1.78 and 1.81 seconds. The MSU offensive lineman is Mel Kiper's top-rated guard prospect.
Feb 22 - 2:18 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper lists Mississippi State senior G Gabe Jackson first amongst draft-eligible guards.

Kiper's OG rankings vary greatly from NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock's recent list. Kiper lists Mayock's top guard, Stanford's David Yankey, second, while Mayock's No. 2 OG, UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo, is slotted fourth by Kiper. Both analysts see Baylor's Cyril Richardson fifth amongst guards. Kiper ranks Clemson's Brandon Thomas as the No. 3 guard, while Mayock doesn't perceive him as a Top-5 talent at the position. Mayock, meanwhile, ranks Kiper's No. 9 guard -- Notre Dame's Chris Watt -- fourth. Mayock is very familiar with the Fighting Irish, and it's impossible to know if that access makes him biased or more insightful towards Notre Dame players.
Feb 19 - 12:46 PM

Mississippi State senior G Gabe Jackson "emerged as the best guard" at the Senior Bowl, according to the game's Executive Director Phil Savage.

"He's really an anchor on the interior, can set the bottom of the pocket," said Savage. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Jackson is blessed with premier size, strength and awareness. We also appreciate the big fella's flexibility and knee bend, but Jackson sometimes appears to be less than the sum of his parts. He might be ticketed for the middle rounds despite top-notch talent because he doesn't play as explosive as his gifts suggest he should. Jackson's motor and aggressiveness have both been questioned by evaluators.
Source: YouTube.com
Feb 4 - 10:53 PM


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