Scouting the SEC: Mississippi State

The pressure is on Jackie Sherrill in a big way, and after going winless in the conference last year the dean of SEC coaches was forced to let many of his position coordinators go. As usual, State is strong on the defensive line with several solid secondary prospects.

Offensively, Justin Jenkins turns in the big play at receiver on occasion and is sized well for the next level. Jenkins has teased with ability but never really stepped forward and became the force many think he's capable of being. He could end up anywhere from the middle rounds to an undrafted rookie.

Center Blake Jones is solid on the pivot for the college level but has minimal upside for the pro-ranks.

One young player to watch is fullback Darrell Jones, a player we feel is one of the best lead blockers in the nation. A terrific athlete both fast and explosive, Jones did a great job filling in for the oft-injured Justin Griffith and besides his blocking skills, is not a bad offensive ball handler.

On the other side of the ball, MSU comes up with yet another defensive line prospect in Tommy Kelly. Kelly, a nice sized athlete that can be used at end or tackle, makes plays in all directions of the field and redirects to the oncoming action. Though not dominant, he holds his own against blocks and makes the play. Kelly struggled with injury last season yet is still more potential than production and needs a big senior campaign.

End Lennie Day does not have the size of Kelly but plays with great speed and suddenness. He makes a lot of plays in the backfield and could be used as a situational pass rusher.

Finally, corner Demetric Wright shows explosion to his game but lacks the playing speed one wants in a smaller defensive back, though he may be an effective zone corner at the next level.

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