Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State EDGE Johnathan Calvin is scheduled to visit the Dolphins, 49ers and Raiders.

Calvin saw the field as a junior, but really broke out in 2016 while playing 60 percent of the school's snaps. He projects as a hybrid linebacker and defensive end, and seemed to draw plenty of attention at the NFLPA game. His best game this season came against South Carolina.
Mar 28 - 8:51 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein pans Mississippi State C Jamaal Clayborn as a prospect, writing that his "lack of winning-play attributes could make it hard to hear his name called during the draft."

"Looks the part when squatting over the ball in preparation to snap, but once the ball is snapped there just aren't enough plus plays," Zierlein wrote. "His battle is often lost with slow hand placement that allows defenders to get into his frame early in the rep and he doesn't have the bend or athletic ability to overcome." The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder may have to travel the UDFA highway to the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 12:29 PM

Mississippi State finalized a four-year contract extension with HC Dan Mullen.

Mullen will make $4.5 million this season. Heading into his ninth season in Starkville, Mullen holds a 61-42 record. He's 12 wins away from tying Jackie Sherrill's school record.
Feb 27 - 6:58 PM

ESPN's Greg Ostendorf reports that three-star linebacker Aaron Odom will play either defensive end or outside linebacker once he gets to Starkville.

The 6-foot-3, 256-pound under-the-radar gem is listed by ESPN as an ILB. Odom, who chose the Bulldogs over Louisville, had been committed to Mississippi State since last April. He re-opened his recruitment with less than a month to go before National Signing Day when DC Peter Sirmon left for Louisville. Mississippi State won the day in the end, however, because of the extra attention Odom was paid by HC Dan Mullen and new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "He’s going to do a great job of adding pass rush and help us immediately as a pass-rusher coming off the edge," Mullen said. The Bulldogs are losing their top two pass-rushers, A.J. Jefferson and Johnathan Calvin, to the NFL.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 3:51 PM

Mississippi State OLB Richie Brown was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder is being punished for a lack of athleticism and quickness. It certainly has nothing to do with production. Brown finished No. 5 in the SEC with 102 tackles last year. That made 211 stops in total over the past two seasons.
Feb 15 - 5:17 PM

Mississippi State WR Fred Ross "will be a steal on the draft’s final day," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

On Day 3, in other words, or Rounds 4-7. "He’s not really big and not super fast but runs great routes, separates from defenders and catches everything in sight," Pauline wrote. "Ross will produce as a rookie lining up as a fourth receiver." We always appreciated the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ross' body control.
Feb 13 - 5:03 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Mississippi State will hire Georgia assistant D.J. Looney to serve in an undetermined capacity.

Per Feldman, Looney will "help with" Mississippi State's tight ends and offensive tackles. Beyond that, we don't yet know what Looney's official title with the Bulldogs will be. He is well-acquainted with Starkville, having played on the offensive line for Mississippi State from 2007-2010.
Feb 7 - 7:42 PM

Mississippi State signed three-star JUCO DT Deion Pope.

ESPN ranks him as the No. 42 JUCO prospect in the land. "Pope is a prospect that shows some flashes that can catch your attention, but at times can also frustrate you a bit in his lack of consistency," the World Wide Leader opined. "Enough ability to contribute to a D-Line unit, but needs to be more consistent with play and technique." The Bulldogs hope Pope can develop a complete game off of his nice combination of quickness and leverage.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 2:10 PM

Mississippi State senior CB Jamoral Graham was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge on New Year's Eve.

Graham is scheduled to appear in court on February 27. The arrest did not make the headlines when it initially occurred, same as a similar New Year's Eve DUI case currently pending against S Samuel Bryant. Mississippi State has indicated that they are aware of these arrests and has handled the players' discipline internally. This past season, Graham recorded 28 tackles (0.5 for loss) and three interceptions -- one of which he returned for a touchdown -- over the course of 10 games played.
Feb 2 - 9:00 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called Mississippi State's signing of four-star 2017 LB Willie Gay the "biggest in-state grab" on National Signing Day.

"Mississippi State did a good job with Gay, considering he seemed likely to leave to either LSU or Michigan at different points," Farrell writes. "While he is talented enough to produce anywhere he went, in Starkville he’ll also have the ability to contribute immediately." Not only is the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder a native of the state of Mississippi, he already lives in Starkville. Rivals ranks Gay as the No. 73 overall prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 2 - 8:05 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star JUCO G/T Tommy Champion.

Champion originally committed to the Bulldogs as part of the Class of 2015, but he's been at Copiah-Lincoln Community College for the past two seasons. "Champion was a prospect that showed promise coming out of HS and has since added size and shown improvement," ESPN noted. "Still room to improve, but big man that can come in and compete and contribute to an OL with his ability and versatility." Champion has experience at tackle and guard. ESPN believes guard "could be the better fit."
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 3:06 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star JUCO DT Lee Autry.

Autry was ESPN's No. 25 overall JUCO recruit in this cycle. "Lee is a big body that can hold ground and help stuff the run, but can also move well for size and be an active presence in the trenches and make some plays," the site noted in a scouting report. ESPN believes Autry could contribute early if he improves his technique.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 1:16 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star 2017 DT Noah Elliss.

Elliss was also considering Colorado and Nebraska. He earned his football stripes living in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. That in and of itself was not enough to sway him over to the Buffs, though. Instead, the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder will be taking his talents to the SEC. His size is self-evident and he knows how to use it, particularly in playing the run. Rivals ranks him as the No. 20 defensive tackle prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 1 - 7:12 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star LB Tyler Dunning.

Dunning was a Miami commitment this time a year ago, but he subsequently stepped off that plane near the end of February, 2016. The 6-foot, 217-pounder went on to commit to Mississippi State in mid-April and stuck by that for the remainder of the 2017 cycle. ESPN loves his sideline-to-sideline range and notes that Dunning "wins with instincts and effort and should be productive in college despite lacking ideal measurables." They believe he could see early work as a special-teamer with the Bulldogs.
Feb 1 - 7:07 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star 2017 LB Willie Gay.

Gay chose the Bulldogs over LSU, Ole Miss and Michigan. In so doing, he became the school's highest-rated incoming recruit. Gay decommitted from Ole Miss in October and eventually decided to stay in Starkville, his hometown. He was no doubt enticed by the prospect of playing for havoc-loving new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Gay He is the No. 3 outside linebacker in the class, per the 247Sports composite, and the No. 73 overall prospect. "In a scheme that uses outside linebackers frequently in coverage, he’ll thrive," wrote Alex Kirshner. "He’s a good, edge-setting run defender, and he’s got some old-fashioned pass-rushing shops, too."
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 10:31 AM


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