Kelly (ACL) Cleared To Participate In Ole Miss Pro Day

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NFL scouts will get their first look at former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly at the Rebels Pro Day on April 3, after he did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine due to his “off-the-field” incidents. Kelly missed the final three games of the 2016 season after suffering a torn ACL against Georgia Southern, but has been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to participate in the Ole Miss pro day. 

Kelly will be able to complete a 35-45 play script at the workout, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

In a draft that many believe doesn’t have a deep pool of talent at the quarterback position, Kelly could’ve been a highly regarded prospect. However, due to those off-field issues and the injury, Kelly is now expected to be late round pick despite the noticeable talent on the field. Draft analyst Mike Mayock is among the belief that Kelly has the talent, but an early selection is not in the QB’s future.  

 “I think worst-case scenario, he’s got second-round talent. But when you throw the medical and off-the-field in there, I don’t think he’s going in the first two rounds,” Mayock said in February. 

With Ole Miss’ pro day still on the horizon, the NFL Draft process is far from over. Kelly still has a chance to prove to teams that he has matured and recovered from his injury. The 2017 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 27. 

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