Beat Story #3: Rebels try to impress at Pro Day
The National Football League draft is approaching and the Ole Miss Football players entering the draft and have one last chance to impress the NFL scouts. The combine is over and all that is left for the seniors and other eligible players entering the draft is to compete in various drills and competitions. The annual Ole Miss Pro Day will be held in the Ole Miss Indoor Practice Facility and will be broadcasted by the NFL Network. This year’s draft class will be one of the best in Ole Miss History. It could be led by the number one overall pick in Laremy Tunsil if the Titans so chose him.
Barney Farrar the assistant A.D. / High School and Junior College relations recruiter here at Ole Miss had this to say about the event “It’s a chance for some of the guys who don’t get the exposure of the NFL combine to show out and impress some scouts. It means a lot to watch these guys grow in front of all of our eyes. I was a main part of recruiting these guys out of high school and they have come so far in the football filed”. Coach Farrar loves to interact with the players after making a big play as seen below.
Shay Hodge, a former Ole Miss Rebel football player participated in the Ole Miss Pro Day. Hodge who is now a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders had a huge career at Ole Miss and is one of the best wide receivers to ever play the position here at Ole Miss. When asked about the Pro Day Ole Miss has to offer he said “It was a huge opportunity to get to showcase my talent to other teams. I went undrafted so it was crucial that I made an impression on as many of the scouts that I could. I ended up getting picked up by the San Francisco 49ers and I got cut but was immediately picked up by the Washington Redskins. It didn’t work out in the NFL for me so I am now In the CFL which is the Canadian Football League”.
The pro day is a huge deal to these players who feel they have a future in the game of football and haven’t had a fair chance at showing their skills and assets. Drew Rhodes who is an assistant in the high school relations recruiting department has a busy job here at Ole Miss. Drew’s job is to take the talent around and help them fall in love with the campus. I caught up with Drew and got his opinion on the upcoming Pro Day here at Ole Miss. Drew said “I think it’s a great thing to have for the guys. They have all worked so hard and earned this opportunity to try to earn a spot at playing professional football. They will never have an opportunity like this ever in their life again so I think they should go all out for this moment coming up.
The Rebels that are participating in the Ole Miss Pro Day are projected first overall pick in the draft Laremy Tunsil, projected first round pick Laquon Treadwell, projected first round pick Robert Nkemdiche, Cody Core, Jaylon Walton, Trae Elston, Mike Hilton and many more of the Rebels from this past year’s Sugar Bowl Championship team. Coach Hugh Freeze has done wonders in Oxford with this football team and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Ole Miss be a top contender in the SEC next year. The Ole Miss Pro day will take place March 28th on the NFL Network.