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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

Southern Miss DB coach Dan Disch is leaving the Golden Eagles to become a head coach in the German Football League.

Disch will be the head coach of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes. Prior to leaving for USM, he served as the defensive coordinator for the club. He's also served as an assistant coach for Illinois, North Carolina and Florida.
Source: Sun Herald
Jan 6 - 4:50 PM

Southern Miss redshirt junior WR Korey Robertson will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Robertson caught 76 passes for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017. The pass catcher said the NFL feedback he received placed him in the "mid-rounds," however designations now are first round, second round and "go back to school." The latter seems to be Robertson's designation. 2017 was easily Robertson's best season, and he was on the field for 87 percent of the school's snaps.
Jan 2 - 11:44 AM

Southern Miss senior WR Allenzae Staggers caught one pass for two yards in Wednesday's 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Independence Bowl.

Staggers (6'1/190) ended his collegiate career on a decided flat note with this showing. His lone highlight moment came on a trick play, when he completed an 18-yard pass to QB Kwadra Griggs. A year after putting in a 63-1165-7 receiving line, Staggers has dropped off in disappointing fashion to the tune of a 44-470-5 line for the current campaign. He's a likely UDFA candidate come the draft.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Southern Miss senior RB Ito Smith rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries while chipping in with four catches for 26 yards in Wednesday's 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Independence Bowl.

Smith (5'9/195) was Southern Miss' most effective weapon in the Independence Bowl, but his fine efforts just weren't enough to keep the Golden Eagles in the game in face of an up-for-it FSU squad. Of note for his NFL future, Smith had four kick returns for 72 yards in the contest, an area of the game that can serve as a draft-stock kicker. He had not been utilized heavily in that aspect over the past two seasons but did have 21 kick returns to his name over his first two seasons at Southern Miss. The speedster will inevitably be knocked for his size during the evaluating process, but he possesses lovely vision when the ball is in his hands and offers a true versatility which should suit him well as a potential third-down back at the next level. He'll be attending the Senior Bowl in January as he attempts to work his way into the Day 3 conversation.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Southern Miss RB Ito Smith accepted an invite to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Smith has been a dual-threat for the Golden Eagles since his enrolling, and is one of ten players in FBS history to finish with 4,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. He's also been clocked with a 4.40 40 time, and while he doesn't possess elite size (5'9/195) his versatility will certainly give him a chance to be drafted come 2018.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 08:18:00 PM


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