Scouting the SEC: Mississipi

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The abrupt resignation of Hugh Freeze as Ole Miss coach threw the program into turmoil. There are a handful of second-day prospects still on the roster though, and most can be found on the defensive side of the ball.

Junior defensive tackle Breeland Speaks is a slightly undersized but explosive lineman who quickly moves his frame in every direction of the field. He fires off the snap, uses his hands well and shows a closing burst. He’s agile and explodes through the line of scrimmage to make plays in the backfield, but his lack of bulk is an issue.

Speaks struggles getting off blocks and is controlled at the point. My concern? He has scheme limitations.

Pass rusher Marquis Haynes is all over draft boards, but we have him pegged as a third-round prospect.

Primarily coming out of a three-point stance for Mississippi, Haynes is fast and agile and makes plays in every direction of the field. He quickly gets out to the action in lateral pursuit and has a closing burst. I don’t believe he’s scheme-limited but feel Haynes will have to get more accustomed to playing in space to have a productive NFL career.

I like returning cornerback Ken Webster, as he showed terrific ball skills and the ability to shut down opponents in 2015. Obviously the health of his knee from the devastating injury he suffered during the season opener last year will be the X-factor for Webster.

Junior guard Javon Patterson ranks as our top draft-eligible prospect on the offense.

The big-bodied guard displays terrific blocking vision, quickness and skill in motion. He’s strong and plays with a nasty attitude.

Patterson just needs to improve the nuances of his game such as blocking balance.

Mississippi

Grade

Rod

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.80

2nd

Breeland Speaks

DT

9

3Jr

3.72

3rd

Marquis Haynes

OLB

10

4Sr

3.64

3rd

Javon Patterson

G

79

3Jr

3.63M

3rd

Ken Webster

CB

5

4Jr

3.61

3rd

Zedrick Woods

S

36

3Jr

3.52

4th

DeMarquis Gates

ILB

3

4Sr

3.39

5-6

Van Jefferson

WR

12

3So

3.38

6th

Daronte Bouldin

G

76

4Sr

3.36

6th

Roderick Taylor

T

73

4Sr

3.33

6th

Victor Evans

DE

14

4Jr

3.25

7th

Jordan Sims

G

70

4Jr

3.00

FA

Gary Wunderlich

K

97

4Sr

2.84

FA

Markell Pack

WR

11

4Sr

2.80

FA

Jordan Wilkins

RB

22

4Sr