Underclassmen Tracker: December 12

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

There’s a lot of news coming out of the state of Mississippi in our most recent version of the Underclassmen Tracker. Two more receivers could be headed to the draft, and I’m told another safety from the ACC will make himself eligible for the next level once his season is complete.

Mississippi State players have not reacted well to the news that Dan Mullen is leaving the program for Florida. Mullen was highly respected and well-liked by players, and a number of juniors are now considering entering the draft based on his departure.

I’m told three starting linebackers for the Bulldogs are considering making the junp to the draft. Juniors Montez Sweat and Gerri Green as well as redshirt sophomore Leo Lewis are exploring their next level options. Some have interviewed agents for possible representation, though none have made a final decision that we know of. Sweat led the defense with 12.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, while Green posted 9.5 tackles for loss and three passes defensed. Lewis finished the year with 43 tackles.

Across the state, sources tell me Ole Miss defensive lineman Breeland Speaks will enter the draft. Speaks has met with several agents and is finishing up the process.

The third-year junior -- who we stamped with a third-round grade -- is coming off a career season, finishing the year with 67 tackles, eight tackles for loss and seven sacks. He has the size and skill to line up at multiple spots on the defensive line.

Rumor -- and I stress rumor -- is that Buffalo receiver Anthony Johnson is in the final phases of selecting an agent and will enter the draft. Johnson, who redshirted last season after transferring from Iowa Western, comes off a monster season finishing the year with 76 receptions, 1,356 receiving yards and 14 TDs. Forty times in predraft workouts are critical for Johnson, whose cousin is Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans.

Sources tell me Nebraska receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. is giving serious consideration to making himself eligible for the draft. 

Morgan was one of the few bright spots in a dreary season for the Cornhuskers. The wideout doubled almost all of his receiving totals from a year ago, finishing the season with 61 receptions, 986 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Finally, those close to the Clemson program expect the exodus of several underclassmen, and I’m told Van Smith will be among those who enter the draft. The true junior finished the season with 50 tackles and one interception in 2017.