Scouting the SEC: Mississippi State

Sylvester Crooms now takes over the reins in Starkville and hopes to right the ship after several poor seasons helped finish Jackie Sherrill's career at MSU. As is a case almost every year the Bulldogs offer several solid NFL-prospects on the lines of scrimmage.

Right tackle David Stewart is a hard working blocker who plays with a good degree of intelligence.  Patient at the point, Stewart works to bend his knees and immediately gets his hands up into opponents, turning them off the line on running downs or anchoring in pass protection.  A solid position blocker, Stewart lacks footwork and adjustment in space and is marginally effective off the line of scrimmage.  He does offer solid size and is a potential late round pick as a backup at the next level.  Two years ago Darnell Jones was one of our highest rated fullbacks but injuries and uninspired play has considerably knock him down draft boards.  A good athlete, Jones displays the ability to get outside around tackle and create space the ball carrier.  Possessing good blocking vision, he also bends his knees and plays with leverage.  Jolting opponents at the point of attack he plays with explosion yet does not have a killer instinct and slows into blocks which adversely effects his ability to finish off defenders.  Previously Jones displayed himself to be a solid offense threat yet  must now improve every facet of his game to make people once again believe  that he is a draftable commodity.  Senior receiver Ray Ray Bivines is a hard working pass catcher with good hands yet marginal size/speed numbers.  He could get a look next year in camp as a team's fifth wide out.

On the defensive line Ronald Fields is a solid athlete plays who plays with good lean and leverage.  Working his hands against opponents,  he displays strength in his upper body and works to get off blocks.  Not very tall Fields could be considered by a team who desires a three technique lineman.

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