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Vikings signed Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson.

Robertson (6’1/212) turned pro as a redshirt junior after breaking out for a 76/1,106/14.6/12 receiving line in 2017. PFF College charted Robertson with a 122.3 passer rating when targeted, second best in Conference USA. Robertson showed mediocre athleticism at the Combine with 4.56 speed and a 34-inch vertical. Robertson’s calling cards are his play strength and ability to win at the catch point and in traffic. He offers some potential as a physical possession receiver.
May 2 - 8:28 PM

Dolphins selected Southern Miss CB Cornell Armstrong with the No. 209 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

A four-year player at Southern Miss, Armstrong recorded five interceptions and 110 tackles in his college career. He was not invited to the Combine, but he measured in at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds at his Pro Day with 4.45 wheels, a 37.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-5 broad jump, and a 7-flat three-cone.
Apr 28 - 5:16 PM

Falcons selected Southern Miss RB Ito Smith with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (5’9/201) was snubbed for a Combine invite despite setting Southern Miss’ all-time record for yards from scrimmage (5,984) with 49 all-purpose TDs, a 5.53 career yards-per-carry average, and 140 receptions. In 2017, PFF College charted Smith with the fifth-most missed tackles forced (50) among draft-eligible backs, and a tackle-busting 2.98 yards-after-contact average for his career. Smith ran 4.45/4.54 at the Golden Eagles’ Pro Day, adding a 37 ½-inch vertical and 22 reps on the bench. Smith is undersized for a feature back role, but his versatility and tackle-breaking prowess give him a shot to become an RBBC contributor.
Apr 28 - 1:24 PM

49ers selected Southern Miss S Tarvarius Moore with the No. 95 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Moore (6’1/195) spent two years at Southern Miss after transferring from JUCO, logging five interceptions but never earning all-conference recognition and getting no all-star-game or Combine invites. Moore sprung himself onto the NFL scouting map with a 4.32 forty, 38 ½-inch vertical, and 11-foot-1 broad jump at the Golden Eagles’ Pro Day. A big-time athlete with ball skills but not a tone-setting imposer, Moore is a late-rising, late-blooming prospect with starting potential at free safety.
Apr 27 - 10:44 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Southern Mississippi S Tarvarius Moore to former NFL safety Michael Huff.

Moore has really seen his stock rise as of late, and Zierlein believes he'll go on Day 2. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defender ran a "verified" 4.32 second 40-yard dash twice at his pro day with a 38.5-inch vertical leap and 11-foot-1 broad jump, and Zierlein notes that he has a "superior combination of size, speed and explosiveness." He also calls him a willing hitter and that he has a knack for finding the football. This could be one of the most underrated defenders in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 7:53 PM

Southern Miss S Tarvarius Moore took an official predraft visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler passes along this little nugget. Moore (6'2/190) could hear his name called as early as the second round come the draft next week. The athletic safety prospect draws a comp to former Broncos S Michael Huff from NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.
Apr 20 - 4:15 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson as a potential "sleeper" in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Robertson had a big season for the Golden Eagles, catching 12 touchdowns and going for 1,106 yards on 76 catches. Easterling notes that he has "ideal size" (6'1/210), and that he can make plays over the top or after the catch. As Easterling notes: "He’s a versatile prospect who should make an immediate impact in any offense, regardless of his draft slot."
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 7 - 12:47 PM

Southern Miss RB Ito Smith ran the 40-yard dash in the range of 4.45 seconds and 4.54 seconds during Thursday's pro day.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Smith surprised scouts on-hand with those sprints -- the expectation was that he would run slower. The 5-foot-9, 201-pounder added to his testing resume a 37.5-inch vertical jump and 22 reps on the bench press. These results are impressive, but wait, there's more. Pauline notes that Smith "looked good in drills, especially catching the ball, and ran terrific routes." He met with the Patriots and Dolphins this week and earlier went through a private workout with the Tennessee Titans. According to Pauline, the Panthers have shown heavy interest in Smith. We liked the Southern Miss product as a sneaky upside option for Day 3 and Thursday's results very much reinforce that view. Smith profiles as a third-down back in the pro ranks.
Mar 29 - 7:58 PM

Southern Miss moved DL coach Derek Nicholson to linebackers coach.

All sorts of shuffling going on at Southern Miss as they tidy up their staff positions in advance of spring practice. The most notable move they've made has been to shift safeties coach Tim Billings to defensive coordinator. For his part, Nicholson had coached up the defensive line for the past two campaigns prior to seeing this move to the linebackers room.
Mar 20 - 5:39 PM

Southern Miss promoted S coach Tim Billings to defensive coordinator.

Billings, who has been on staff as safeties coach for each of the past two seasons, earns the promotion with former DC Tony Pecoraro jumping ship for FAU earlier this month. While Billings has not worked as a solo defensive coordinator since 1999, when he was with Marshall, he has a wealth of experience nonetheless, having been a part of the coaching fraternity for over 35 years.
Mar 20 - 5:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says that Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson has "looked great" in training ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Robertson (6'1/210) was outstanding for the Golden Eagles despite their quarterback issues in 2017, catching 76 passes and 12 touchdowns while going for 1,106 yards in his redshirt junior season. "[Robertson] has looked very good in training," Pauline writes. "I’m told he’s been running the 40 under 4.45 and expects a vertical jump at or near 38 inches." If Robertson can do that in Indianapolis, he might solidify himself as a Day 2 pick this April, with a chance to go in the second round.
Feb 18 - 3:06 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney ranks Southern Miss RB Ito Smith as the top running back who wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Smith performed reasonably well in the Senior Bowl game, but wasn't a standout in practices, and won't get a chance to test in Indianapolis. The former USM star was one of the most productive tailbacks when you consider his rushing prowess and ability as a receiver, but his size (5'9/201) and lack of breakaway speed is likely to limit him to a late Day 3 pick, which is what NFL Draft Scout currently views him.
Feb 9 - 9:50 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that both the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts presently have Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson stamped with a Day 2 grade.

Robertson (6'1/210) has already received his invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, which figures to be key to whether he's able to climb into the conversation for Round 3. The Southern Miss standout logged a 76-1106-12 receiving line during the 2017 campaign.
Jan 31 - 5:47 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 35 yards on nine carries for the South in a 45-16 victory over the North on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Smith (5'9/201) also caught two passes for two yards on the game. The former USM star wasn't mentioned as a standout this week during Senior Bowl practices, but he had a nice game in Mobile, albeit mostly in the "garbage time" portion of the contest. Teams are going to be concerned about his size and lack of breakaway speed, but the vision is obvious, and he's a good receiver. His third-down abilities make him a late-round candidate.
Jan 27 - 6:35 PM

Southern Miss DL Draper Riley met with the Packers, Browns, Cowboys, Jets and Raiders during the College Gridiron Showcase.

The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Riley was an honorable mention All-Conference USA pick last season after posting 4.5 TFL with a half-sack. Riley has the frame to handle either 4-3 DT duties or 3-4 DE responsibilities at the next level.
Jan 23 - 9:12 PM


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