Ole Miss began the 2009 season ranked in the top 10 and harboring thoughts of a national championship. The Rebels rose to as high as No. 4 in the polls before everything came crashing down with a 16-10 loss to South Carolina in their third game.
Despite a somewhat disappointing year in which Ole Miss finished 9-4 and ranked outside the top 15 in both polls, there are still several talented Rebels from that team generating interest in this year’s draft class.
They were on display at Mississippi’s pro day on Tuesday. All 32 teams had representatives in attendance to watch a total of 22 players work out indoors on FieldTurf.
Here are the most noteworthy prospects:
DE Greg Hardy (6-foot-4, 277 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 and 4.79 seconds, had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.64-second short shuttle, a 7.13-second three-cone drill and did position drills. Hardy is still working his way back from the wrist injury that ended his 2009 season in November, and did not bench press for that reason.
QB Jevan Snead (6-3, 223) stood on all of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just did passing drills. Former NFL QB Jerry Rhome ran the drills and told me that Snead missed on only two of his 42 attempts.
OT John Jerry (6-5, 335) did 31 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds and did position drills.
RB Dexter McCluster (5-8 1/2, 170) ran 4.44 and 4.45 in the 40 and had a 6.73 three-cone drill.
WR Shay Hodge (6-1 1/2, 214) ran 4.55 and 4.58 in the 40, had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump.
S Kendrick Lewis (5-11 5/8, 194) ran 4.65 and 4.69 in the 40, had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 4.48 short.
CB Marshay Green (5-8 3/4, 175) ran 4.52 and 4.59 in the 40, had a 36-inch vertical jump, a 10-3 broad jump, a 4.76 short shuttle, a 6.80 three-cone drill and 13 bench press reps.
RB Cordera Eason (5-11 1/2, 226) ran 4.56 and 4.49 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump, a 10-8 broad jump, a 4.55 short shuttle, a 7.32 three-cone drill and 21 bench press reps.
Mississippi College QB Adam Shaffer (6-0 7/8, 223) was one of 11 prospects from smaller schools to work out and has the most promise. He ran the 40 in 4.95 and 4.96, had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.65 short shuttle, a 7.85 three-cone drill and did not lift. He throws the ball well.
– Gil Brandt