Another one bites the dust. Mississippi Left Tackle Greg Little has announced his intent to leave school and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Little was widely regarded as a top offensive tackle prospect entering the 2018 CFB season, given his size, athletic abilities and status as a highly coveted recruit (a former 5-star prospect).
Depending on your resources, Little is regarded as anywhere from a first-round pick to a top-100 prospect. We here at The Draft Network prefer more of the latter than the former. Only one of our analysts (Benjamin Solak) regards Little as one of the top-5 offensive tackle prospects eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft as things currently stand.
Our concerns? They're mainly centered around Little's lack of refinement as a left tackle. He's much more promise than he is product, at this juncture. Whichever NFL franchise chooses to invest in Little will have to understand that his selection is exactly that: an investment. But the league hasn't gotten gun-shy at the prospect of raw tackles. In recent memory we've seen Brian O'Neill (Vikings at 62 in 2018) and Le'Raven Clark (Colts at 82 in 2017) drafted high despite a complete lack of technical development.
Little will fall into that same category, as he's a listed 6-foot-5 and 325 pounds and yet impressively nimble and mobile for his stature. People of this nature don't exactly grow on trees.
His biggest competition for a physical freak up front? That honor could belong to Wisconsin's David Edwards, a former HS quarterback and TE convert who plays with similarly freakish athletic qualities. Edwards has yet to announce his intent for the 2019 NFL Draft, so Little's value could be boosted should Edwards return to Madison for another season.
For the Rebels, this is the latest in a mass exodus of offensive talent this offseason. The Mississippi program has already endured the losses of QB Jordan Ta'amu and WR DaMarkus Lodge (graduation), as well as WRs D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown (Draft declarations).
The good news for Ole Miss? There's only one more potential departure left to endure: that of TE Dawson Knox. Knox is an athletic specimen in his own right, but grossly underutilized is the Rebels offense. Will he follow his teammates to the NFL? Or hope he can claim the spotlight as a senior next season? We'll know soon enough, as the declaration deadline is just weeks away (January 14th).