Chad Kelly’s career at Ole Miss is over following the season-ending ACL and meniscus tears he suffered during Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern.
It may not be the end of his football career, however. Although now that he has to undergo surgery, it could potentially affect where (and maybe even if) he gets selected in the NFL Draft.
According to this story by NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, fellow NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees the injury negatively impacting Kelly’s draft stock. Once projected as a middle-round pick, Jeremiah says he now sees the Ole Miss quarterback as a seventh-round selection at best.
“This is really tough luck for Chad Kelly. He wasn’t having a banner season but I thought he could’ve helped himself with a solid performance in a postseason all-star game,” Jeremiah told Goodbread. “I think his draft stock was mid-to-late round prior to this week, but I’ll be surprised if he’s anything other than a seventh-round pick after this unfortunate injury. Every NFL evaluator I’ve talked to viewed him as a backup at the next level. That was prior to this injury.”
Kelly is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. He may have a more difficult road in the NFL than his uncle now, however.
Prior to the injury, Kelly was listed on the Senior Bowl watch list, but he won’t be able to play in front of scouts there, or hold many pre-draft workouts.
Without him, the Rebels will have to figure out their quarterback situation as they try to end a disappointing season thus far on a positive note.