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Mel Kiper Jr. high on Ole Miss DE Breeland Speaks

We're one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft. Ole Miss defensive end Breeland Speaks is moving up the boards after a successful NFL Combine and Pro Day. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. praised the Rebel in a Wednesday conference call.

He says the Callaway alum is the most underrated defensive player in the draft.

"Breeland Speaks is a defensive lineman from Ole Miss, who when you look at all the other defensive linemen, it's a very subpar year for defensive ends," Kiper said. "He played that very effectively late in the year. You go back to the LSU, the Texas A&M game, the Mississippi State game, he was dynamic. 6-3, 283 pounds with long arms, runs well. Quick, athletic. Didn't have a lot of production until this year, went from 1 sack to 7 sacks, from 28 tackles to 61 tackles. Really like Breeland Speaks from Ole Miss as a 2nd or 3rd round pick."

The 2018 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 26th. The first 3 rounds will be televised on FOX 40.

2018 NFL Draft

Thursday, April 26th 7:00pm CT - 1st Round (FOX 40)

Friday, April 27th 6:00pm CT - 2nd & 3rd Round (FOX 40)

Saturday, April 28th 11:00am CT - 4th-7th Round

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