Greg Gabriel: Ole Miss vs. Georgia offers look at future NFL talent

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File-This Sept. 17, 2016, file photo shows Georgia running back Nick Chubb, right, running past Missouri defensive back Aarion Penton during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, Mo. Chubb is averaging 121 yards rushing per game and he has scored three touchdowns. Solid work, but not exactly stuff that will get him into the Heisman Trophy conversation. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File) — L.G. Patterson

Now that we are entering Week 4 of the college football season, we will start seeing some good matchups as teams fight for conference titles and perhaps a berth in the College Football Playoff. Good teams, without a doubt, have good players, and when we are studying players for the next NFL Draft, these games come in handy.The big SEC game to watch this week with a focus on the NFL Draft is Ole Miss vs. Georgia.


Mississippi had a tough loss last week versus Alabama, but they have to come back strong this week against Georgia if they have any hope of getting to the SEC title game. As usual, Ole Miss has some very good NFL prospects.

QB Chad Kelly

Kelly went into the season as one of the top-rated QB prospects. Even though he can be a bit erratic and inconsistent, NFL scouts still like him. He has the size, arm strength and ability to improvise. When you figure in the underclassman quarterbacks who may enter the draft, Kelly has to rank in the top four quarterbacks available. That very well get could him drafted in the first round.

TE Evan Engram

While Engram is listed as a tight end, he is more like a big wide receiver. At about 6-3, 230 pounds, Engram is far from having prototypical tight end size. He is athletic, has speed, catches the ball cleanly and can run after the catch. At the next level, he will be more of a move-type tight end. Like most of these smaller athletic tight ends, he has to improve his blocking.

WR Damore’ea Stringfellow

Stringfellow is a redshirt junior who keeps improving. At 6-2, 211 pounds, he has very good size to go along with excellent overall athleticism and speed. To date, he has 12 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

DT D.J. Jones

At 6-0, 315 pounds, Jones is more of a nose-tackle type. He is strong at the point and can be disruptive in the run game.

OLB Marquis Haynes

Haynes is a junior who most likely needs another year in school to physically mature. He is tall and long but lacks bulk (225). To date, he has 15 total tackles and 2.0 sacks


RB Nick Chubb

Two years ago, we all thought that Chubb was destined to become a possible top-10 running back. Last year in game six, he suffered a horrific knee injury and some thought he might never be the same. This year in Georgia’s opening game, Chubb ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina. In the past two games, he has totaled 143 yards. So far, Chubb hasn’t looked quite as explosive as he was before the injury, but he keeps getting better. Where he gets drafted might be determined by the medical staffs of the 32 NFL clubs.

S Dominick Sanders

Sanders is a junior safety with range and ball skills. He had six interceptions in 2015 and has one so far this year. While Sanders has ball skills, he lacks ideal size at about 6-0, 188 pounds.

OG Greg Pyke

Pyke is a big, strong interior offensive lineman who right now is better in the run game than he is as a pass blocker.

OLB Davin Bellamy

Bellamy is tall and long, similar in stature to Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd. Bellamy, who is a fourth-year junior, doesn’t have Floyd’s great athleticism and is still developing his pass rush skills. He should stay in school another year.