Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is "likely" to enter the draft early, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"McKinney considered the 2014 draft from arm’s length and as of two weeks ago the word from the program was 'he’s gone' in 2015," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney isn't elite in space, and he's not great in pass coverage, limitations that may keep him out of the first round. If so, he'll get plucked in the second stanza. The Bulldog's prospect is huge, athletic, and doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches.
Oct 24 - 6:16 PM

Mississippi State senior DE Preston Smith "projects best as a five-technique end," similar to Cardinals' 2014 3rd round selection "Kareem Martin as a prospect," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Despite lacking quick-twitch movements, he looks the part with his tall, long build and is playing with the nonstop motor that makes him tough to block for very long. The Bulldogs need him to complete the undefeated season and he projects best as a five-technique end, similar to Kareem Martin as a prospect," Brugler wrote. In the last four games, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Smith has had 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss, while rushing off the edge and lining up inside as the one-technique on passing downs.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 3:15 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is "lacking a natural feel for pass defense at this point."

"However, there are still areas where he needs to show improvement before NFL scouts will stamp a first round grade on him. McKinney isn't as natural in space or when asked to retreat in coverage, lacking a natural feel for pass defense at this point," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney's limitations may keep him out of the first round, but, if so, he'll get plucked in the second stanza. The Bulldog's prospect is huge, athletic, and doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches. Brugler still questions if McKinney has the "requisite skills to be an every down pro linebacker."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 2:26 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak "has evolved into a much better passer than last season," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Entering the season, I was lukewarm on Mississippi State, mostly because I wasn't sure if the offense could score enough points. But Prescott has evolved into a much better passer than last season and his confidence level is sky-high at the helm of the Bulldogs," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott "is poised in the pocket with a throw-first mentality to work through his reads and manipulate defenders with his eyes, showing a much deeper understanding of how to beat defenses with his arm," according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 23 - 2:18 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak told Sports Illustrated he would declare for the 2015 NFL Draft "if he’s projected as a first-round pick."

"He’d also strongly consider going if he’s a second- or third-round pick," the duo of Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel write. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott added that he "wouldn’t risk it if (he) had a chance to go first round. I’m graduating college, and my time here will be done, I’ll do exactly what I wanted to do." The SI team spoke to one NFL scout who said Prescott is a better thrower, athlete and has a better motion than Tim Tebow. The biggest question we have is if Prescott can sustain success against pressure. He has not had to face it very often. The Miss State quarterback will only continue to earn buzz, however, as his Heisman campaign continues.
Oct 15 - 2:05 PM

Mississippi State sophomore WR De’Runnya Wilson is a "Kelvin Benjamin clone who may be a three-and-done NFL prospect after next season," writes Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel.

Wilson didn’t play football as a sophomore or junior at Birmingham’s Wenonah High, instead winning a Mr. Basketball award in Alabama. He is one of the best examples of HC Dan Mullen's recruiting philosophy of finding three-star recruits and coaching them into five-star talents. Wilson collected 26 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns as a raw true freshman last year. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has 18 catches for 219 yards and six touchdowns during the Bulldogs' 6-0 start.
Oct 14 - 8:15 PM

Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN.com named Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott as their midseason Heisman Trophy winner.

"[Prescott] has some work to do as a passer but has good enough arm strength and very good placement on shorter and intermediate throws, and he is very effective as a runner and shows good mobility within the pocket," McShay wrote. "He's been very productive, as well, throwing for 1,478 yards and 14 TDs (against four interceptions) on 62 percent passing, while running for another 576 yards and eight touchdowns. But it's more than just stats with him; he's a great leader and teammate, and he's an easy guy to pull for. He didn't have his best game against Auburn, but still ran for two touchdowns and threw for another." Added Kiper: "Mississippi State's offense averages 265 yards passing and 264 yards rushing per game. Prescott isn't just the biggest reason for the balance, he's a symbol of it thanks to his own abilities. He's fifth in Total QBR, and he has already accounted for 22 TDs and is the Bulldogs' second-leading rusher."
Oct 14 - 12:13 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott has NFL scouts "buzzing."

"In the day and age of read option quarterbacks, Prescott is drawing a lot of attention," Pauline wrote. "He’s a physically gifted prospect that’s displayed consistent progress as a quarterback and improved his passing skills. Prescott has delivered better accuracy this season while reducing the number of misreads and poor passes thrown. He’s also developed into a field general and has scouts buzzing." The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott was sensational on the ground in Saturday's 38-23 win over Auburn, but just mediocre through the air. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares him to Tajh Boyd.
Oct 13 - 9:57 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott's pocket presence has been impressive, according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Prescott has some accuracy/anticipation issues. But his pocket presence has been impressive. Great poise and toughness vs pressure on Saturday," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott completed 18 of 34 attempts for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the school's 38-23 win over Auburn. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Prescott to former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd.
Oct 13 - 2:58 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott received a - 1.9 grade in the passing game against Auburn, according to Pro Football Focus.

Dak's total grade was a + 0.9 thanks to a + 2.6 grade in the running game. "Prescott is going to get all of the hype, and deservedly so given his dominance on the ground, but it’s hard to ignore some of the questionable passes he threw throughout the game," Steve Palazzolo writes, citing a back shoulder interception and endzone interception. This is the biggest question mark in Prescott's game, and evaluators will need to conclude if Dak can consistently succeed from the pocket.
Oct 13 - 11:22 AM

Mississippi State senior S Justin Cox intercepted a Nick Marshall pass in Saturday's 38-23 victory over Auburn.

It was his first pick of the season. Cox is a former highly regarded JUCO prospect who joined the Bulldogs last season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Cox "possesses good flexibility and acceleration to handle coverage duties." He added that Cox is a better fit at corner in the NFL.
Oct 12 - 5:03 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott completed 18 of 34 attempts for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the school's 38-23 win over Auburn.

Prescott added 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. A downpour occurred just before halftime, which did impact the game in the second half. Prescott hit a number of throws while facing pressure, especially early on. He is still not a consistent pocket passer, but Prescott certainly has traits evaluators will like. Do not go crazy with Cam Newton comparisons, though. Expect Prescott to be pressured again in their next game against Kentucky.
Oct 11 - 7:48 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott's "unwavering poise, confidence and leadership are what really impress scouts," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

For those reasons, Prescott is often compared to Tim Tebow. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Prescott has 1,232 passing yards and 455 rushing yards during Mississippi State's 5-0 start. For comparison, Cam Newton had 928 passing yards and 474 rushing yards in the first five games of his run to the Heisman in 2010. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this week that he would "feel comfortable" labeling Prescott as a third- or fourth-rounder. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Prescott to former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 9 - 9:33 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn calls Mississippi State senior DE Preston Smith "a very active, big athlete," according to Al.com.

"He's a big, athletic guy," Malzahn said. "I think he's intercepted a pass, he's knocked down balls, sacked quarterbacks. He's good against the run. He's a very active, big athlete." In just five games this season, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Smith, has been quite the playmaker for the Bulldogs defense, as he's racked up 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, three passes batted down, two blocked kicks and a forced fumble.
Source: Al.com
Oct 9 - 3:40 PM

Fox Sports' Coy Wire believes Miss State QB Dak Prescott showed he could be "a wicked-good vertical passer" in the game against Texas A&M.

Wire opens with an awesome statistic, noting 15 of the 26 passes (57 percent) Prescott attempted were thrown within six yards of the line of scrimmage. He completed 20 passes on the day. Wire then focuses on the times Dak tested downfield, and praised the quarterback for holding coverage with his eyes and hitting receivers on their back shoulder. Prescott "certainly showed that he has the potential to be as dynamic through the air as he is on the ground," Wire concluded. We are excited to see Prescott pressured on a more consistent basis, both up the middle and on the edge, and that should occur against Auburn Kentucky and Arkansas.
Source: Fox Sports
Oct 9 - 11:11 AM


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