There’s no denying Ole Miss should lose a ton of talent to the 2016 NFL Draft in April, but Rebels junior tight end Evan Engram is “still kinda up in the air” about his decision to return or declare following the season, according to coach Hugh Freeze.
There has’s also been speculation around junior defensive back Tony Conner’s future.
Conner was projected as a first-round draft pick before the season, but a torn meniscus limited Conner throughout the season. Freeze said he thinks Conner “for sure is coming back.”
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell are projected as potential top-10 overall picks in the draft, so there’s no real drama surrounding the decision for the trio of juniors.
Engram and defensive end Fadol Brown have both submitted paperwork so that they can a draft grade before deciding.
“The new grading system predicts you to the first round, second round or come back to school,” Freeze said Monday. “I think that’s good because the last few years you’ve had 50 percent of the kids that declare for the draft not get drafted. Talk about a slap in the face or a cold bucket of water. That’s a different animal.
“A kid needs to know that it said come back to school. If he still makes that decision (to declare for the draft), I think that’s much better than the old way of saying you could go in the third, maybe the seventh or not at all. You didn’t know what to tell the kid. I think some kids just do that to see where they are.”