Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State junior DT Chris Jones "is still developing, so [his draft evaluation] could go either way," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Jones, who arrived in Starkville as a defensive end, is now well over 300 pounds," Kiper wrote. "But that hasn't affected his quickness; he carries the weight well on his long frame." Kiper didn't seem to know what to do with this ball of clay, so he ended up ranking him as the No. 4 underclassmen DT. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound junior figures to play Preston Smith's old position this fall. Jones enters the 2015 season as Scout's No. 20 overall draft prospect; as you can see, some are buying his stock early.
Jul 20 - 8:31 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes this is finally the year that former five-star recruit Mississippi State junior DT Chris Jones breaks out as a national star.

"After flashing big-time talent as a freshman in 2013, Jones didn't quite have the national breakthrough expected last season, despite the success of the team as a whole," Brown wrote. "Part of the reason was the competition around him, as the Bulldogs boasted a formidable defensive front." Indeed, Jones didn't even start one game last year, posting 26 tackles and three sacks in a rotational role. The scribe ranks him as the No. 16 defensive tackle in the country. "Now's the time for the real breakout, as the Bulldogs lose five starters in their front seven, including both tackles," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-5, 308-pound junior is moving into the starting lineup this fall and CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks Jones' role will be similar to Preston Smith's old one.
Jul 14 - 5:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Mississippi State senior CB Will Redmond as the best senior cornerback prospect in the nation.

"Has lockdown skills, but needed the extra seasoning in 2015 as he was often in a nickel role in 2014," Kiper wrote. "Has decent size, plays physical and gets bonus points for ball skills evident in return game." The former four-star recruit (6-foot, 185 pounds) posted 51 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups last year.
Jul 12 - 3:21 PM

Last year, Mississippi State junior WR De'Runnya Wilson's "play was erratic much of the season, [but] he starred late in the year," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Wilson is a good candidate for breakout national star this year. "Dak Prescott became a star last year, and the biggest beneficiary was Wilson, a physical 6-foot-5, 225-pound former basketball player," Brown wrote. "He emerged as the top target last year, in an offense that revolves around Prescott's read-option game and play-action passes." The analyst ranked Wilson as the No. 24 wide receiver in the country. Wilson, who had 47 receptions, 680 yards and nine touchdowns last season (70 percent of his catches resulted in a first down or touchdown), was arrested on marijuana charges in March. He's going to have to keep his nose clean if he hopes to enter the draft process early.
Jul 12 - 1:56 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott "is an excellent fit for Dan Mullen's offense, succeeding as a runner and a play-action passer," believes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Mississippi State lost three of its last four games, but it wasn't as if Prescott played poorly down the stretch," Brown wrote. "However, repeating last season's success does present some challenges, as the line has to be rebuilt and tailback Josh Robinson left for the NFL." The draft expert ranks Prescott as the No. 5 signal-caller in the land. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio last year.
Jul 6 - 1:37 PM

Mississippi State senior CB Will Redmond "is in the strange position of being a hyped, NFL-coveted senior who has never started a game" but has "[turned] heads with his exceptional speed and explosiveness," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The former four-star recruit has thrived as a nickel back, which might as well be listed as a starter in modern football," Brown wrote. "Now, he'll likely move into a more prominent rule, coming a long way in a career that started with having to forfeit his redshirt season, then serve a five-game NCAA suspension in 2013." Brown ranks Redmond as the No. 14 defensive back in the country. Redmond posted 51 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups last year.
Jun 27 - 7:11 PM

Miss State redshirt sophomore T Kent Flowers has transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Cliff Furr first reported the news. Flowers will be eligible to play immediately. The former three-star recruit was listed as the backup left guard in the school's most recent depth chart. Miss State is replacing a number of offensive linemen for the 2015 season.
Jun 25 - 10:12 AM

Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott is a "bruising runner who was quietly quite efficient as a passer last season," writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Prescott's challenge is to show enough growth as a passer to make the Tim Tebow comparisons go away," Kiper wrote. "Because while Tebow was a first-round pick, the comparison won't do much for Prescott's stock." The analyst ranks Prescott as the No. 5 senior quarterback prospect in the NCAA. Prescott threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio last year.
Jun 24 - 9:41 PM

While Mississippi State senior CB Will Redmond is plenty physical, he "is an inconsistent tackler and can be overaggressive in coverage; scouts will want to see improvements in those areas before anointing him a top-50 value," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Though Redmond (6-foot, 185 pounds) didn't start a game last year, he posted three interceptions, including two which sealed games in the fourth quarter. "He can snatch the ball out of the air to create turnovers, has adequate size and good length, as well as the necessary straight-line speed for the position," Reuter wrote. "His speed is especially evident when hustling to chase down ball carriers from behind (usually not the man he was assigned to cover)."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott "has plenty of arm strength to launch the ball around the field and from difficult throwing positions," observes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

The analyst believes Prescott could join Tim Tebow and Cam Newton as large dual-threat SEC quarterbacks who won the Heisman, a national championship and went in Round 1. "Prescott has been very productive with scrambles and designed runs, but we might see less of that this season as he prepares to transition to the NFL," he wrote. "Prescott needs to get through progressions more quickly and throw with better accuracy."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 1:30 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that Mississippi State's Preston Smith "went from relative unknown to the 38th overall pick in the 2015 draft, and [edge rusher Ryan Brown] has the natural ability to do the same."

Smith (6-foot-5, 271 pounds) had 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2013 and jumped to 15 and 9 last year. Brown (6-6, 262), meanwhile, posted 7 TFL and 3.5 sacks in 2014 and is looking for more this fall. "Brown's frame is more slender than Smith's, and his agility as a stand-up rusher might be better than Smith's, even though Smith was selected by Washington to play linebacker in its base 3-4 scheme," Reuter wrote. "Brown has active and strong hands, and flashes physicality -- if he continues to improve his ability to stay low at the point of attack and his mixing up of a bull rush with counter moves, the Bulldogs will have another star in the making."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 8:36 PM

The National Football Post's Austin Morris writes that he doesn't think Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott will succeed in the NFL.

"Prescott reminds me way too much of Tim Tebow due to the type of offense he came out of, his better running ability than throwing ability, and his body size," Morris wrote. "Prescott is a much better runner than he is a passer, and he should consider choosing one or the other to work on. As of now, I see Prescott going in the 6th Round. I don’t see enough instinctive talent as a QB to see him lasting in the league because athletic talent will only last you so long." The analyst criticized Prescott's performance against pressure, the tightness of his spiral, his point of release, his ball placement and his decision making. Precott is a divisive prospect.
Jun 7 - 3:48 PM

It's reasonable to expect Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott to post career-best numbers in 2015, believes ESPN's Alex Scarborough.

Prescott threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio last year to finish eighth in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He added 986 rush yards and 14 scores on the ground. "It's important to note that in a lot of ways he's just getting started," Scarborough wrote. "Remember last year was his first full season as a starter. The former three-star prospect had to wait behind Tyler Russell before he won the job, and even then he showed some room for improvement. With more experience and some tweaks to his game in the pocket, we could see an even better Prescott in 2015." Prescott could become the seventh quarterback in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards this fall.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 3:57 PM

Miss State WR De'Runnya Wilson has shown signs of maturation this offseason.

Wilson, who had 47 receptions, 680 yards and nine touchdowns last season (70 percent of his catches resulted in a first down or touchdown), was arrested on marijuana charges in March. He also missed the first day of spring practice while recovering from a torn meniscus he suffered during offseason conditioning. "Even being banged up was a positive for him this spring," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "He had to deal with an injury. He’s a guy that kind of grew up in AAU basketball and hadn’t played a lot of football. So all of the sudden, he has to deal with the toughness issue of football, which is something different." The coach concluded: "A lot of guys in life you have to learn," Mullen said. "He made a mistake this spring. But I think he learned from that mistake and I think that’s going to help him a lot in the future. He’s matured. It’s a growing up process."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 3:52 PM

NFL Media ranks Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott as the No. 4 Heisman contender.

"He stars for a 'non-traditional' program, and how Mississippi State plays this season will have a huge bearing on whether Prescott is a viable Heisman guy," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Prescott threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio last year, adding 986 rush yards and 14 scores on the ground. He nearly became the seventh quarterback in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards, and we suspect he will complete the trick this year.
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 1:09 AM


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