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Southern Miss DT Khyri Thornton "is light on his feet and has TONS of raw power," writes Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"Explosive initial punch and constantly jarring blockers on tape," Weidl tweeted. "Thornton has the physical tools to develop into a steady contributor or potential starter. However must become more consistent with effort and finish." The interior defensive lineman weighed in at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 316 pounds at the school's pro day, running forties of 5.04 and 5.09 seconds. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Thornton could be a possible late-second (Rds. 2-3) to early-third day (4-7) selection. We think the middle of the third day is probably more realistic.
Mar 22 - 6:00 PM

Southern Miss DT Khyri Thornton recorded forty times of 5.04 and 5.09 seconds at the school's pro day.

The interior defensive lineman weighed in at 6-foot-2 5/8 and 316-pounds. NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Thornton could be a possible late second to early third day selection. We think later in the third day is more realistic.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 11:02 AM

Former Cal senior QB Allan Bridgford still intends to transfer to Southern Miss.

Bridgford will join the Golden Eagles during the last part of summer activities. The cause of the delay is academics, as Bridgford is taking online courses in order to graduate, which means he will not have to sit out the 2013 season. There's a chance he claims the starting spot this year.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says evaluators should familiarize themselves with Southern Miss senior DT Khyri Thornton.

Weidl tweeted Thornton has "impressive tape," specifically highlighting the defensive tackle's quickness, range, and explosive upper body. Thornton accounted for 36 tackles in 2012, 9.5 for loss including one sack.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Former Cal senior QB Allan Bridgford will transfer to Southern Miss.

Bridgford cited head coach Todd Monken and offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo as reasons for choosing Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles had a very difficult season in 2012, but Bridgford will be able to play immediately in 2013.
Mon, May 6, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Patriots selected Southern Miss OLB Jammie Collins with the No. 52 overall pick.

Collins (6-4, 250) played defensive end at Southern Miss and led C-USA in tackles for loss (20) as a senior while ranking third in sacks (10) and forcing four fumbles. A long-armed pass rusher (33 3/4"), Collins ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 1.56 ten-yard split and insane 11-foot-7 broad jump. (The broad jump is Megatron territory.) Collins' down-to-down consistency was an issue on college tape, but he is an explosive, highly athletic edge presence with big upside. His scheme versatility only helps the Patriots pass rusher, with Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, and Rob Ninkovich all possessing the ability to rush from a two point stance.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:56:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah gave Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins a late second- to early third-round grade.

Jeremiah noted that Collins is athletic, and a "better as blitzer than pure pass rusher." The lean rush linebacker "can hold point of attack" versus tight ends. There's a lot to like about Collins' natural game, but he needs to be stronger on first contact on a consistent basis.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins will visit the Steelers.

Collins is likely a second-round target as a pass rushing outside linebacker. He's a super athletic "upside" type but failed to generate consistent force on first contact. If the Steelers don't nab a pass rusher in the first-round, Collins would be a great fit.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 01:45:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein tweeted that Southern Miss pass rusher Jamie Collins "has got Steelers OLB written all over him."

Zierlein warns to not let Collins fall to Pittsburgh in the second-round. That is the range in which we see Collins being selected, but some are projecting the athletic pass rusher in the first-round. He has the tools, but Collins needs to put them to use on a more consistent basis.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Cal backup QB Allan Bridgford has notified team officials that he does intend on transferring from the program.

"Today I asked for my release from the CAL football team," Bridgford said via Twitter. "I plan on graduating this summer and transferring 2 another school 2 play football." That other school is unknown at the moment, but since Bridgford plans on graduating he will not have to sit out next season under NCAA rules.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 09:31:00 AM

The New Orleans Saints sent four scouts to watch Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins at the school's pro day.

The team is moving to a 3-4 defense this off-season under newly hired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and will be looking to add edge-rushers. The National Football Post's Russ Lande recently stated that teams are fine with Collins as a 3-4 defender but are struggling to figure out where he plays in a 4-3 defense. The Saints wouldn't appear to have this issue if they draft him.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Cal's backup QB Allan Bridgford has left the football team, "to decide if he wants to remain part of the program."

The junior was apparently told that his spring snaps would diminish compared to previous seasons. "He kind of got some news from us that he was going to get some reduced reps. Decided he's going to take a day or two to kind of assess things some things," head coach Sonny Dykes said.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 08:30:00 AM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes 4-3 defensive teams are unsure where to play Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins.

"NFL personnel are trying to get a feel for Collins football instincts to get more comfortable with his playing up as a linebacker full time in the NFL," Lande writes. "Most 34 teams that I have spoken to have no concerns in this area, but teams that play 43 schemes are trying to figure out if Collins is best as an under-sized defensive end or a linebacker and if so which linebacker position."
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:30:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Southern Miss OLB Jamie Collins is more of an athlete than a player at this time.

Weidl says Collins has average football intelligence and not naturally physical or aggressive. The strong side linebacker put on a great showing at the Combine, but he wins with that athleticism rather than technical skills in games. Expect Collins to be a sub-package rusher during his first year.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 01:47:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranked Southern Miss' Jamie Collins over LSU's Barkevious Mingo at the pass rushing linebacker position.

Both are slotted behind Dion Jordan but head of Illinois' Michael Buchanan and Auburn's Corey Lemonier. Collings and Mingo put up excellent workouts, but we believe both have so much more to offer than what they showed throughout their college career. We prefer Mingo due to his more violent hands at the line of scrimmage.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 05:16:00 PM


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