Mississippi State underclassmen apply for draft grades
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will bid farewell to 19 seniors when this season ends, but their greatest loss could come in the form of a few talented juniors who may bypass a fourth year at MSU in favor of the NFL.
Three Mississippi State underclassmen — linebacker Benardrick McKinney, quarterback Dak Prescott and tailback Josh Robinson — have filed paperwork with the NFL to receive grades from its Draft Advisory Board before making a decision about their futures, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
Filing for draft grades does not constitute a declaration for the draft, but it will provide the players feedback regarding where they are projected within the potential 2015 draft class. Those grades do not take into account depth at a position, team needs or off-field issues (a.k.a “red flags), but they do rank players by position and give a projected round in which that player may expect to hear his name called.
Underclassmen had until Monday to file for draft grades, and they have until Jan. 15 to officially declare for the draft or announce a return to school. The results of the NFL’s draft grades remain unknown, but other draft experts have shared their own opinions regarding all three players.
CBS Sports ranks McKinney as its No. 1 draft-eligible middle linebacker and pegs him as a first round selection in this spring’s draft. CBS also ranked Prescott fourth among its draft-eligible quarterbacks, slotting him as a late-second round selection, and it did not include Robinson in its tailback rankings.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks McKinney as his No. 1 inside linebacker and Prescott as his No. 7 quarterback.
All three players will likely hold off on making a decision until after Mississippi State’s showdown with Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31.