NFL Prospect Matchups: Auburn vs. Miss State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Thus far it’s been a disappointing season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are coming off consecutive conference losses and badly need a win. The MSU defense has a lot of talent, including seven draftable prospects on our board. Auburn signal caller Jarrett Stidham has also been underwhelming this season, and this will be the toughest front seven he’s faced in 2018.

Stidham showed a lot of progress in his game since stepping on the field for Auburn in 2017. He’s a nice-sized pocket passer with a next-level arm and the ability to make all the throws. Stidham mostly stayed away from poor throws last year but has struggled with some of his decision-making this year. 

He has first-round potential but will need some big performances during the last two months of the season if he intends to enter the draft.

Scouts love much of the defensive talent on the Bulldogs depth chart and grade many of the starters much higher than what you see on our board.

Jonathan Abram is graded as a potential top-45 choice by scouts, and while we love his physicality and smarts, I believe he’s limited and better playing downhill or in a restricted area.

Montez Sweat is also graded as a potential early second-day choice, and though he shows a lot of pass rush skill, his long, thin build is a concern projecting his ability to stop the run at the next level

I’ve written about Jeffery Simmons numerous times and he grades as a top-40 pick on the field, but off-field red flags will have to be sorted out by teams once he enters the draft.

Stidham will have to stare down the pressure brought by Mississippi State and be cognizant of the talented prospects in the secondary throughout this contest.

NFL Prospects: Auburn vs Mississippi State

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

School

Pos

Yr

#

4.12

1st

Derrick Brown

Auburn

DT

3Jr

5

3.92

1-2

Jarrett Stidham

Auburn

QB

4Jr

8

3.79

2-3

Elgton Jenkins

Mississippi State

C

5Sr

74

3.68

3rd

Johnathan Abram

Mississippi State

S

4Sr

38

3.67

3rd

Darius Slayton

Auburn

WR

4Jr

81

3.64

3rd

Javaris Davis

Auburn

CB

4Jr

13

3.59C

3-4

Jeffery Simmons

Mississippi State

DT

3Jr

94

3.49

4-5

Montez Sweat

Mississippi State

DE

4Sr

9

3.42

5th

Cory Thomas

Mississippi State

DT

5Sr

34

3.42

5th

Nate Craig-Myers

Auburn

WR

3Jr

3

3.41

5th

Darrell Williams

Auburn

ILB

4Sr

49

3.39

5-6

Nick Fitzgerald

Mississippi State

QB

5Sr

7

3.38

6th

Gerri Green

Mississippi State

OLB

5Sr

4

3.37

6th

Dontavius Russell

Auburn

DT

5Sr

95

3.35

6th

Jamel Dean

Auburn

CB

4Jr

12

3.35

6th

Marlon Davidson

Auburn

DE

3Jr

3

3.33

6th

Jamal Peters

Mississippi State

CB

4Sr

2

3.32

6-7

Darryl Williams

Mississippi State

G

4Jr

 

3.28

7th

Deshaun Davis

Auburn

ILB

5Sr

57

3.28

7th

Deion Calhoun

Mississippi State

G

5Sr

61

3.27

7th

Fletcher Adams

Mississippi State

DE

4Jr

43

3.20

FA

Leo Lewis

Mississippi State

ILB

4Jr

10

3.10

FA

Andrew Williams

Auburn

DT

5Sr

79

3.07

FA

William Hastings

Auburn

WR

4Sr

33

3.06

FA

Mark McLaurin

Mississippi State

S

4Sr

41

3.05

FA

Chandler Cox

Auburn

FB

4Sr

27

3.05

FA

Ryan Davis

Auburn

WR

4Sr

23

3.05

FA

Aeris Williams

Mississippi State

RB

5Sr

22

3.02

FA

Montavious Atkinson

Auburn

OLB

4Sr

48

3.00

FA

Chris Rayford

Mississippi State

CB

5Sr

24

3.00

FA

Farrod Green

Mississippi State

TE

4Jr

82

2.78

FA

Braxton Hoyett

Mississippi State

DT

5Sr

95