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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
Dec 20 - 7:39 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."
Dec 20 - 12:06 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
Dec 18 - 4:36 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.
Dec 17 - 8:02 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"
Dec 17 - 7:14 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."
Dec 17 - 6:15 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney requested feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

McKinney is being graded as a late-first rounder to early-second rounder by most analysts. 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. "Probably after the bowl game, I'll talk with my family and just talk it over with them," McKinney said. "If it's the best decision for me to leave, then I'll leave. If not, I'm staying."
Dec 15 - 8:18 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott requested feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Prescott is listed as a second-round pick by CBS, so there's definitely a chance that the board grades him the same. We see in Prescott a developmental prospect who ought to return to school next year to work on his passing mechanics. "Even Cam Newton had to prove himself as a passer, and Prescott's arm isn't close to Newton's," ESPN's Mel Kiper recently wrote. "Staying in Starkville would let the junior refine his throws and be better positioned for the 2016 draft." The deadline to declare early for the draft is Jan. 15.
Dec 15 - 6:58 PM

Mississippi State junior RB Josh Robinson applied for draft feedback.

"You just have to play it by ear," Robinson said. "I get on my knees and pray about it daily and whatever happens, happens." It's extremely likely that Robinson will be told he isn't viewed as a Round 1 or 2 prospect, though that doesn't mean he'll return to school. "It's just going to have to come to me. I'm not really worried about it," Robinson said. "I'm just playing ball. I'm just enjoying this time in my life. You don't get this opportunity, you don't get this too much." NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reported that the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Robinson is drawing comparisons to Maurice Jones-Drew.
Dec 15 - 5:41 PM

Mississippi State senior C Ben Beckwith accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The former walk-on wasn’t even rated by Rivals.com coming out of high school. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Beckwith was one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on, though he lost out to ECU WR Justin Hardy.
Dec 10 - 8:34 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Mississippi State junior CB Will Redmond could be the second CB drafted if he declares early, but "there are no indications he will."

"I'd say late first or second round," said an NFL scout. "He will be more of an off corner. I think he will run in the 4.3s." 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.
Dec 9 - 11:01 PM

Mississippi State and Georgia Tech will play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.

Tech's (potentially) best prospect, receiver DeAndre Smelter, will not play after having surgery on his knee. Mississippi State on the other hand has a number of prospects, including Dak Prescott, redshirt junior running back Josh Robinson, defensive end Preston Smith and linebacker Benardrick McKinney.
Dec 8 - 10:55 AM

Mississippi State redshirt senior C Dillon Day accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Day is one of the nation’s top centers, entering this season as a candidate for the Rimington Trophy. Size and athletic limitations limit his pro projection. CBS Sports ranks the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder as a potential Round 7 prospect.
Dec 4 - 4:36 PM

Mississippi State senior DL Kaleb Eulls accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Eulls has collected 33 tackles (three for loss) and three sacks so far this season. He remains best known for something he did prior to arriving on campus. In 2009, Eulls saved a school bus full of elementary and high school students when he tackled a girl wielding a gun, eventually wrestling the .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun away from her.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 9:09 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's setback versus Ole Miss.

He added 48 yards rushing and a ground score. Earlier this season, Prescott was one of the draft's fastest-rising prospects. That talked has cooled, and now Prescott is viewed as what he is: A developmental prospect who ought to return to school next year to work on his passing mechanics. "Even Cam Newton had to prove himself as a passer, and Prescott's arm isn't close to Newton's," ESPN's Mel Kiper recently wrote. "Staying in Starkville would let the junior refine his throws and be better positioned for the 2016 draft."
Dec 1 - 6:59 PM


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