Ole Miss QB prospect Chad Kelly has had a bit of a star-crossed college career full of highs and lows. A big-armed QB with some impressive wins on resume is counter balanced by a pair of ACL knee surgeries and some off the field character concerns. He was dis-invited to the NFL combine a couple of weeks ago due to the league’s recent policy allowing them to restrict players with convictions to violent crimes. Whether Kelly’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct applies has been up for debate. Either way NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says teams better figure out who Kelly is as a person and have a plan in place to keep him on the right path if they draft him.
“I’ve said several times that if he didn’t have medical (two ACL surgeries) and if he didn’t have off the field character concerns he’d be in the conversation with the top five quarterbacks,” said Mayock of Kelly. “I think worst case talent-wise he’s a second-round guy. He might even sneak into the first round in some drafts, if we didn’t factor in the medical or the off the field concerns.
“Teams have to figure the kid out. I haven’t met him. All I know is there is a bunch of stuff about him off the field. You better figure the kid out and you better have an infrastructure in place with the coordinator and the quarterback coach and the quarterback room that’s going to take care of this kid and make sure he makes the right decisions.
“He had 22 starts. I think he was 14-8. He’s a 64 percent (completion) guy. What I liked, he beat Alabama at Alabama and that tape was good. He beat LSU. In 2015 his tape against LSU was really good. He can push the ball down the field. He’s got a big arm. He’s a tough guy. My one on the field criticism is like a lot of big arm quarterbacks he likes to wait and see the route come open rather than have the anticipation to put it out there early. But I think that’s something that big arm guys learn later.”
There were reports last week that Kelly may choose to travel to Indianapolis to meet with teams on his own accord to sell himself to NFL clubs.
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