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While in Mobile, Mississippi State DE Preston Smith has shown that he can be "effective against both the pass and the run," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although he doesn't have the natural burst like other pass rushers in Mobile, Smith has shown he can win in different ways, using every asset at his disposal to be effective against both the pass and the run," Brugler wrote. The Mississippi State prospect has the size many teams love, as he measured in measured in at 6-foot-4 3/4, 270-pounds, with a 10 5/8" hand and 34" arms. Brugler notes that Smith "lacks the natural twitch that is ideal on the edges, but he was still able to be effective during one-on-one's because of his length and point of attack strength."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 2:18 PM

Yahoo Sports’ Rand Getlin and ESPN’s Joe Schad are both reporting that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott will return to Starkville for his senior season.

Prescott will hold a press conference on Wednesday, but that's expected to be a mere formality to this announcement. The Bulldogs' star completed 61.6 percent passes for 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. Because of a weak QB class, Prescott could have heard his name called on Day 2, but a gigantic senior campaign could conceivably push him into Round 1 consideration.
Jan 13 - 10:25 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott will hold a press conference on Wednesday.

Rand Getlin reports Prescott is expected to announce his return to school. The quarterback class is very weak after the top two passers in this draft, and some might have ranked Prescott third on that list.
Jan 13 - 6:06 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior ILB Benardrick McKinney "moves well for his size with flexibility and natural bend to work around blockers," observed CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

McKinney will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "He is one of the strongest and most physical tacklers in this draft class and prefers it when he can battle the big bodies inside," Brugler wrote. "The question for McKinney is can he hold up in coverage? He struggles at times in space and lacks ideal range, which limits his ability as a pass defender. The instincts are there, but he might not be more than a two-down thumper in the NFL." The analyst cautions that McKinney is "not an elite burst/speed player." McKinney collected 71 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, three sacks and four passes defended in 2014. CBS ranks him as the No. 24 overall prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 7:05 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

Head coach Dan Mullen said as much on Dec. 20. McKinney is an imposing figure at linebacker, however, his projection could be different for certain teams. He might fit best as a strong side linebacker in a 4-3 under, which would place him at the line of scrimmage. McKinney certainly is physical and will attack lead blockers or offensive linemen.
Jan 8 - 12:07 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior CB Jamerson Love will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Love entered the starting lineup this season and broke out of the long shadows cast by stars Johnathan Banks and Darius Slay. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Love runs a 4.47 forty. "Love's height is an obvious detriment but the former high school running back boasts the athleticism and toughness to handle playing nickel," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He possesses impressive agility and speed and is highly competitive."
Jan 7 - 8:38 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott completed 33 of 51 attempts for 453 yards, three touchdowns and one interceptions in the school's 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech.

Theoretically Miss State should win when putting up 34 points, but the defense allowed the Yellow Jackets to score 49. Prescott's NFL decision is still to come, but he has a long way to go in terms of winning inside and outside of structure from what is termed a "conventional" offense.
Jan 1 - 1:06 PM

Miss State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott denied a report that said he is returning for the 2015 season.

"I don't remember making those remarks," Dak said. Now, this does not mean Prescott is declaring for the draft. Most likely he wants to take the time to think over his decision, which is due in about two weeks. After the top two, this quarterback class is barren, Prescott might receive advice saying he'd be third on the list. We are not so sure.
Jan 1 - 10:06 AM

Mississippi State junior RB Josh Robinson has declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Robinson's frame and game is eerily similar to Maurice Jones-Drew's. Because of that frame and unique style, do not expect Robinson to be mentioned among the top prospects at his position, but we bet he will be productive in the NFL. He ranks in Josh Norris' top 10 running backs.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 01:05:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott received a grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board but declined to disclose it to the media.

"I don't think it's any more round," Prescott said. "Just what I feel (is) best for me, what I feel more comfortable doing." The signal-caller said in October that he would enter the draft if he were projected as a first-rounder, and would consider it if he were projected as a Round 2 or 3 pick. He said his thinking has changed, now, though we're guessing the committee told Prescott that he isn't projected to go in the first- or second-round. "I still have another year to come back and improve, get better if I need to," Prescott said. The deadline to declare early for the draft is Jan. 15.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 07:39:00 PM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen said redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is "indeed likely to turn pro."

The announcement, long expected, will come after the Orange Bowl. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney is huge, athletic, and packs a punch in the trenches. You can criticize his deficiencies in space and pass coverage, though it's fair to point out that he has the athletic tools to improve in both categories. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this week that McKinney "is a good bet to be a first-rounder if the draft were tomorrow."
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:06:00 AM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney should return to school to work on his mobility, believes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"In today's NFL, you don't want to be a two-down linebacker," Davis wrote. "If McKinney is ready to play every down in the pros, then it's easy to see why he would be thinking about making the jump. At 249 pounds, though, he could reshape himself a bit in the college ranks to become a better fit for the NFL. Another strong year against tough SEC competition, this time at a lower weight where he's able to show off his athleticism a bit more, is worthy of his consideration." While Davis may be right, McKinney isn't likely to return to the Bulldogs. Yahoo! reported recently that the 6-foot-5, 245-pound linebacker is strongly leaning towards leaving for the pros. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this week that McKinney "is a good bet to be a first-rounder if the draft were tomorrow."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:36:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney "is a good bet to be a first-rounder if the draft were tomorrow."

It appears as though McKinney is working on similar intel, as we're hearing he's going to declare for the draft. The junior is graded by most as a late-first rounder to early-second rounder. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney is huge, athletic, and doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches, though he isn't elite in space or in pass coverage.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 08:02:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is considered a lock to enter the draft, according to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin.

Getlin additionally reports that McKinney's camp is already vetting potential agents. McKinney leads the Bulldogs with 61 total tackles. He also has eight TFL and 3.5 sacks this season. McKinney requested feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board earlier this week. Seen as a likely first-rounder with a floor of a high Round 2 pick, an AFC college scouting director told NFL.com last month that McKinney looks like a "Rolando McClain or a poor man's Brian Urlacher"
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 07:14:00 PM

Mississippi State junior CB Will Redmond is a "big riser," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The 6-foot, 182-pound Redmond is a former four-star recruit who has come on strong in 2014 after spending last season as the Bulldogs’ nickel back. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week that Redmond could be the second CB drafted if he declares early, though the paper hadn't heard if he was leaning one way or the other. "I'd say late first or second round," an NFL scout said. "He will be more of an off corner. I think he will run in the 4.3s."
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 06:15:00 PM


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