This is sort of a home game for Mississippi State who outclass the Rice Owls on paper. Then again Rice has been one of the best stories in college football this season. MSU owns the lions share of pro-prospects in this contest.
Gabe Jackson/G/Mississippi State: Jackson made the decision to forego the NFL for another season of college ball last January and heads towards the draft with a slightly lower draft grade. Regardless, he’s a dominant blocker with the body type and strength to start at the next level. Jackson is scheme diverse and will get consideration from power running offenses as well as teams who employ a zone blocking system. 3rd Round
Benardrick McKinney/LB/Mississippi State: McKinney is another Bulldog who fared better in 2012 than he did during the recent campaign. On film the red-shirt sophomore is an imposing figure who flashes dominance and the ability to force the action. He’s likely to stay in school for another season, which would be his best option, yet at the top of his game McKinney grades as a first round pick. 3rd Round
Jordan Taylor/WR/Rice: The Owls offense is predicated on the run yet when the ball’s in the air chances are Taylor is the intended target. The junior lead Rice with 54 receptions this season, more than twice the amount of his closest teammate. He’s a reliable pass catcher with excellent size and sneaky speed. Taylor is one of those prospects whose draft grade will rise the faster he runs. 5th Round
LaDarius Perkins/RB/Mississippi State: Perkins productivity from a year ago was cut in half for a variety of reasons but make no mistake about it; the Mississippi State running back is legitimate NFL material. Perkins lacks great size yet plays big and comes with a versatile game. He’ll do well as a third down back at the next level. 5th Round