'06 NFL Draft Watch: Mississippi

After one losing season the Rebels fired David Cutcliffe and eventually settled on USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron to lead them into the future. The Rebels short string of first round selections will come to an end next April.  

Scouting the SEC: Mississippi  

Offensively the team has a pair of lineman who bear watching.  Trè Stallings is an explosive blocker who quickly gets off the line and jolts opponents at the point of attack.  A solid athlete, he stands out in pass protection.  Lacking the dominant base Stallings is an average run blocker and could be moved into guard at the next level.  Left tackle Bobby Harris is a fundamentally sound blind side protector who effectively uses angles.  Strong, Harris controls opponents at the point of attack and gets movement from run blocks yet lacks top range and is not effective in motion.  Not possessing the top height for an NFL tackle his ultimate position at the next level could also be guard.  Receiver Mike Espy has displayed flashes of ability as a pass catcher and return specialist yet has never taken his game to the next level.  Espy possesses solid size and athleticism but needs a breakout season to be considered for the late rounds.   

Defensively the team possesses two underrated prospects.  Tackle McKinley Boykin is an explosive lineman with outstanding first step quickness.  Getting tremendous momentum up the field, he also displays the ability to be used in space.  Boykin does have size limitations and will be handled at the point of attack.  He is a solid late round pick next April and has opportunities as a three-technique lineman or in a system that rotates the front four.  Cornerback Travis Johnson is a nice sized coverman and good athlete.  Possessing top-ball skills, Johnson quickly reads receivers eyes and positions himself against the opponent to make a play the pass.  A potential mid-round selection, Johnson could move into the draft's first day with a good senior campaign. 

Mississippi Prospect List 

Name Pos Yr #
McKinley Boykin DT 5Sr 68
Mike Espy WR 5Sr 11
Bobby Harris T 5Sr 75
Travis Johnson CB 5Sr 9
Tre' Stallings T 5Sr 70

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