Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State redshirt senior CB Jamerson Love is "possesses impressive agility and speed and is highly competitive," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Love is ready to break out from the long shadows of stars Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay. He's been a frequent contributor through the years for the Bulldogs, but has made just 12 career starts because of the studs in front of him on the depth chart. "Love's height is an obvious detriment but the former high school running back boasts the athleticism and toughness to handle playing nickel," Rang wrote. "He possesses impressive agility and speed and is highly competitive." The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Love runs a 4.47 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 2:52 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott "has a live arm and good field vision."

The dual-threat no longer has to share signal-calling duties with pocket passer Tyler Russell, so he'll have an opportunity to iron out his mechanical flaws and break out this year. "Prescott is a work in progress as a passer but has a live arm and good field vision," Rang wrote. "His footwork is inconsistent and he loses accuracy when his feet are not set. When he does step into his throws, however, Prescott can deliver strikes. He's a very dangerous runner, combining aggression, agility and the power to break arm tackles." Prescott, who has collected 14 throwing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns in sporadic playing time over the last few years (seven starts, 23 appearances), is "expected to emerge as one of the SEC's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in 2014," writes Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 8:04 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that "size limitations" is going to limit Mississippi State redshirt senior WR Jameon Lewis'"upside" in the NFL, but scouts will love Lewis' "versatility and playmaking ability."

"Size limitations is going to limit Lewis' upside in the NFL but scouts love versatility and playmaking ability and there is no question that this Bulldog possesses both," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 187 pound Lewis enters his last year with 2,819 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns and is the only Bulldog with touchdown as a wideout (six), rusher (four), passer (three)and kick returner (one). Lewis is considered one of the SEC’s top slot receivers and is MSU’s primary weapon on special teams.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 12:14 PM

Mississippi State senior FB/TE/H-back Malcolm Johnson "will have to make an NFL team based on his jack-of-all-trades game."

"He possesses a strong, well-built frame and sticky hands to make tough grabs. He does not, however, possess the explosive start off the snap or straight-line speed to generate consistent separation and therefore will have to make an NFL team based on his jack-of-all-trades game," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 231 pound Johnson has spent time at both receiver and tight end as a Bulldog, and "possesses good hands and a knack for the big play," Rang added. If scouts are looking for a versatile pass catcher at the next level, Johnson could be an intriguing option.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 11:34 AM

Mississippi State senior S Justin Cox "possesses good flexibility and acceleration to handle coverage duties," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He possesses good flexibility and acceleration to handle coverage duties, though his straight-line speed is a question," Rang Wrote. Cox was a highly regarded JUCO prospect, before joining the Bulldogs last season. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound Cox started in one game at cornerback, but played in all 13 games. This season the coaching staff has asked the Bulldogs prospect to move to free safety as a senior. Rang adds that Cox "looks more like a traditional cornerback than a safety, possessing a lean, athletic frame."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 20 - 5:51 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Mississippi State redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney's "value lies with his versatility and raw athleticism."

"McKinney's value lies with his versatility and raw athleticism. He lines up all over the field for the Bulldogs, taking snaps at middle linebacker, as well as rushing off either edge," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245 pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34 inch vertical. The "well-built and fluid athlete" has ideal size and shows "good lateral agility and very impressive acceleration" tracking down ball-carriers from behind, Rang notes. The Bulldogs prospect lead the team with 71 tackles, with seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and recovered two fumbles last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 20 - 4:12 PM

Mississippi State coaches have been impressed with sophomore DL Chris Jones' improved practice habits and technique.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel write Jones could be Miss State's best defensive line prospect in recent years, which is a nice compliment. Jones had an outstanding first season and expect to frequently hear his name at this time next year when evaluators list prospects for the 2016 draft.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 19 - 12:49 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior T Damien Robinson will miss the 2014 season after tearing his ACL.

Robinson was the team's starting right tackle. Justin Senior, Rufus Warren and Cole Carter will likely compete for that starting job now. Robinson practically started every game over the last two years. It is unclear if he will attempt to gain a sixth season of eligibility.
Aug 18 - 10:28 PM

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


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