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Ole Miss pro day: Chad Kelly misses chance to impress


What was supposed to be a step forward for Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly on Monday turned out to be another step backward.

And time is running out.

Kelly aggravated a wrist injury several throws into what was already going to be an abbreviated pro-day throwing session due to his rehabilitation from a knee injury.

"It continues to really make it difficult to make a strong case for him to be a draftable guy late in the draft," said NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks on Path to the Draft. "He has talent, but (with) the character and the talent, and you factor in the injuries, I don't know if the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to a draft situation."

Kelly's path to the NFL has been a tough one, and often by his own doing. He was dismissed from Clemson early in his college career, then spent a season at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to Ole Miss. He was also arrested after an altercation at a nightclub in Buffalo, giving NFL clubs all the more pause about his character issues. An NFL conduct policy prevented Kelly from attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which placed even more emphasis on his pro-day performance Monday.

Kelly re-scheduled another pro day workout for April 22, just five days before the draft begins in Philadelphia, but for a draft prospect who is considered a third-day  (Rounds 4-7) selection at best, that won't draw nearly the scouting contingent that Monday's workout did (48 NFL personnel, 31 teams, per the school).

"Only teams that like him (will go). The teams that like him will go and they'll want to see him throw, but I think teams who already were shaky with him, to make a separate trip, no," said analyst Lance Zierlein. "The only teams that would send decision-makers back there would have to really like him enough to take him on the third day."

Here are a few other things we learned Monday from the Ole Miss pro day:

2. Engram looks strong. Both NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock and analyst Daniel Jeremiah see Ole Miss TE Evan Engram as a first-round possibility, though the second round is the more likely scenario. Mayock attended the Rebels' workout, and came away with a strong impression.

"He's a matchup nightmare, caught everything today, highly impressive," Mayock said.

Engram could be a strong second-round fit for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who traded TE Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins in February, per Jeremiah.

3. Stringfellow gets his chance. Kelly wasn't the only Ole Miss Rebel to miss the NFL Scouting Combine under the conduct policy. WR Damore'ea Stringfellow was another, which meant pro day carried all the more importance for him. Stringfellow (6-foot-2, 219 pounds) clocked unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.62 and 4.65 seconds, according to the school, along with a 10-10 broad jump, and 17 reps on the bench press.

4. The Kelly Watch. Kelly told reporters he has multiple pre-draft visits lined up with NFL teams, but said those teams didn't want to be identified, per the Daily Journal. Even though he's not expected to be drafted high, it's no surprise that NFL teams are completing their homework on him -- character issues aside, quarterbacks with the raw arm talent of Kelly aren't easy to find.

5. Adeboyejo improves. WR Quincy Adeboyejo re-tested in the vertical jump, and after recording a mark of 34.5 inches at the combine a month ago, he jumped 37 inches on Monday, per the school.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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