The Egg Bowl may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but it hasn’t featured two premiere teams in a long time.
Ole Miss takes a 4-7 overall mark and a 3-5 conference record into today’s game at Mississippi State, which sports an equally unimpressive 5-6, 2-5 record.
But that doesn’t mean the contest is absent of any potential NFL draft prospects.
On the contrary, the game will feature more than a dozen players who will be drafted or make an NFL training camp roster next season, according to Fanspeak estimates.
The top prospect to watch in tonight’s game is Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler (6-2, 185), the No. 55 prospect in the latest Fanspeak-Jake big board (he’s ranked No. 134 in the Fanspeak-Steve big board, while interior lineman Darryl Williams is ranked No. 122).
Dantzler is the only player from either team to make The Athletic’s Dane Brugler’s latest top 100 list, ranked as Brugler’s 64th-best prospect.
Dantzler was not among ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper’s top-10 cornerbacks in what’s shaking out to be a deep draft at that position. But his teammate, Brian Cole II, checked in as Kiper’s 10th-best safety, while Williams was rated as the No. 9 center.
Overall, Dantzler is generally thought of as a fringe second-rounder who will likely hear his name called on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL draft. Scouts and analysts alike say NFL teams will love Dantzler’s size and length, but they have questions about his athleticism and speed.
“… Dantzler is a solid corner who is big and physical, but his speed and athleticism make him more of a second-day prospect.”
“Dantzler has good size, and the questions will be how well he runs and if he is fluid enough to maintain coverage and prevent separation.”
Cameron Dantzler vs LSU pic.twitter.com/fKjl1S91Pr
— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlassClips) November 13, 2019
Prospects to watch tonight include:
Lewis indirectly has a major impact on the upcoming draft. He was among the Mississippi State players who tackled Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, leading to the dislocated hip, broken nose and concussion.
In the game of football things happen, my prayers go out to Tua and Tagovailoa family 🙏🏾 ..
— † (@LeoLewisIII) November 16, 2019