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Pro Football Focus believes the Titans' selection of Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed at No. 253 could be the biggest steal of the draft

Not only was Reed drafted on Day 3, he has the distinction of being Mr. Irrelevant for this pool of players. PFF ranked him as their No. 54 prospect. "He allowed just 48.3 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be caught," analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote, "coming away with four interceptions and 14 pass breakups in 2015. He has a real chance to make a big impression in Tennessee, and become one of the most relevant Mr. Irrelevants in recent memory." We likewise see his skill-set as one that could allow him to start in the NFL.
May 2 - 9:39 PM

Titans selected Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed with the No. 253 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Reed (5'11/192) started three-plus years at Southern Miss, logging eight career interceptions and breaking a single-season school record for pass breakups (19) as a senior. A surprising Combine snub, Reed ran 4.49 with a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump at his Pro Day. Experienced in both zone and man coverage, Reed was slept on during the pre-draft phase but has NFL-starter-level traits.
Apr 30 - 6:49 PM

Rams selected Southern Miss WR Mike Thomas with the No. 206 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Thomas (6'1/193) spent two years at Southern Miss after transferring from community college, posting a 112-1,983-19 (17.7 YPR) receiving line and setting single-season school records for receiving yards (1,391) and receiving TDs (14) as a senior. Shockingly snubbed for a Combine invite, Thomas ran 4.54 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-6 broad jump at the Golden Eagles' Pro Day. A terrific route runner who won 50:50 balls and dominated after the catch in Conference USA, Thomas has a Marvin Jones-like skill set with No. 2 receiver upside.
Apr 30 - 5:03 PM

The Steelers recently met with Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed.

Those sneaky Steelers slipped this in before the draft but weren't able to keep this one from the media. We don't know when the meeting took place or where, but we know why Pittsburgh is interested. In need of a corner, Reed is the type of underrated cover man that could appeal to the Steelers in the middle rounds. Pro Football Focus has been banging the drum on Reed for months and believes he's a second-round talent.
Source: Penn Live
Apr 27 - 5:59 PM

Pro Football Focus continues to tout Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas as an early-round talent.

PFF ranks Thomas as the No. 7 receiver overall. "He plays bigger than his 6-1 height on tape, making contested catches better than any of the other top receivers in the class," Steve Palazzolo wrote. "Thomas will also dabble with the spectacular catch, turning poor throws into productive plays. The wide receiver class features a healthy mix of skillsets and Thomas’ ball skills and upside as a route-runner should have teams eyeing him as early as the second round." Thomas caught 72 balls for 1,319 yards and 14 touchdowns on 19.3 yards per reception last year.
Apr 15 - 10:00 PM

Pro Football Focus likes Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed "a lot as a prospect who brings athleticism and scheme-diversity to the secondary."

Reed ranked third in this draft class in both PFF's coverage grades and passes defensed last year. "He intercepted or defended over 20 percent of his targets on the year, and those ball skills put him in the second-round range on the latest PFF Draft Board," Steve Palazzolo wrote. "NFL teams may overlooked Reed since he’s 'only' 5-foot-11, but he’s proficient in man or zone coverage and may end up as one of the steals of the draft." Reed had 56 tackles (4.0 for loss), four interceptions and two forced fumbles last year.
Apr 15 - 3:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the New York Jets are "very high" on Southern Miss T Norman Price.

The analyst reported on Monday that Price has moved himself onto the draft line because of a great senior season and an exceptional Pro Day workout. If the Jets -- or any other team -- are inclined, Price figures to be available on Day 3.
Apr 5 - 6:06 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Southern Miss T Norman Price is "moving up draft boards."

Pauline adds that while Price was "not graded by scouts prior to the season," he's put himself on boards with a big senior season and a great Pro Day workout. At that event, Price posted 32 reps on the bench, had a 30 inch vertical and clocked 4.88 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Price has four team visits coming up, according to Pauline, who adds that "some teams have stamped him as an early third-day pick."
Apr 4 - 5:16 PM

Southern Miss WR Casey Martin recorded 23 bench press reps during the program's Pro Day on Thursday.

23 bench reps -- even for a wide receiver -- normally wouldn't be cause for much of a note, but they become all the more impressive when you factor in Martin's size. Or lack of it. He measures in at just 5-foot-8, 178 pounds. In addition to turning home all those reps in the weight room, he also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds. Said Martin, "I was real happy with all test things. I’ve always been strong, so I was pretty confident with my bench. I was also happy with my 40. I practiced that a lot and ran a good one, for sure." While he notched a nice 80-925-7 receiving line last season, he is likely looking at undrafted free agency at the close of the draft.
Mar 27 - 6:39 PM

Southern Miss CB Kalan Reed ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds during Thursday's Pro Day.

In addition to that shiny 4.38 mark in the sprint, Reed also logged a truly stellar vertical jump. His 41 1/2 inches would have tied for the best mark at the NFL Scouting Combine had it occurred in Indianapolis. As you might expect, the 5-foot-11, 192-pounder was stoked by all this excitement. Said Reed, "People weren’t expecting me to be as explosive or run that fast. So all in all, I think I did pretty well and showed them what they had questions about. That they were plusses and not minuses." Last season, Reed was a busy man, registering 56 tackles (4.0 for loss), four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Mar 27 - 6:14 PM

Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial time of 4.40 seconds during Thursday's Pro Day.

While Thomas should be proud of his 40-yard time, he understands that being able to sprint in a straight line without football gear says little about his overall ability as a receiver. "The game tape never lies. (Scouts) told me I did pretty good today, but game film tells the tale," he said. Last season, he caught 72 passes for 1,319 yards and 14 touchdowns with a smooth 19.3 yards per reception on the ledger. Bleacher Report's Luke Easterling noted in mid-February that Thomas "could easily outplay" his late-round status, while the Pro Football Focus analysis team believes that he "has the ability to really surprise some people down the road."
Mar 26 - 3:11 PM

Pro Football Focus grades Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas as a better NFL prospect than well-known prospects like Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Tyler Boyd.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Thomas, inexplicably snubbed from the Combine, posted a monster 72-1,391-14 last year on an average of 19.3 yards per reception. He also forced nine missed tackles over the course of the year. "It’s understandable to question the level of competition, but Thomas was tied with [Laquan] Treadwell in terms of receiving grade, and warrants consideration on Day 2," Gordon McGuiness wrote. PFF ranks Thomas as the No. 7 receiver overall and a second-round value.
Mar 16 - 3:27 PM

Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas is a "fluid accelerator with vision and savvy to create yards after the catch," according to CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

On Saturday, Rang posted an article offering various draftable receiving options the Steelers might look at as they seek to at least partially mitigate the loss of the suspended Martavis Bryant. Thomas is one possible option he tosses forward. While Rang loves the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder Southern Miss product's fantastic ability to produce yardage--Thomas led the FBS with 19.6 yards per catch last season--it's not all gumdrops and rainbows. Wrote the draft analyst, "[He] has struggled with consistency over his career and will drop an occasional pass -- elements, unfortunately, which make it possible that Thomas is too similar to the enigmatic Bryant for some Steelers' fans." That line of reasoning seems a bit of a stretch. If you told the Steelers they could just draft a trouble-free version of Bryant, they would surely be open to that.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 13 - 4:01 PM

Combine snub Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas "could easily outplay" his current late-round projection, believes Bleacher Report's Luke Easterling.

The sturdy-framed 6-foot-1, 200-pounder led FBS receivers (minimum 65 catches) with 19.6 yards per reception last season. He finished a monster senior campaign with 71 catches for 1,391 yards and 14 touchdowns, but was spurned from the scouting combine anyway. "Thomas has the size to survive in the NFL, and his combination of technique and ball skills allows him to play even bigger," Easterling wrote.
Feb 18 - 3:10 PM

Southern Miss WR Michael Thomas did not receive an invitation to the NFL Combine.

Thomas will likely earn the "biggest snub" label in the days leading up to the Combine. Many were surprised Thomas participated in the NFLPA game instead of the East West Shrine or Senior Bowl, but it is time to take a step back and ask "does the NFL know something we do not?" Thomas boasts a plus 6-foot-2 200-pound frame and produced a 71-1391-14 touchdown receiving line last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:09 AM


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