“It continues to really make it difficult to make a strong case for him to be a draftable guy late in the draft,” said NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks on Path to the Draft.
An NFL conduct policy prevented Kelly from attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which placed even more emphasis on his pro-day performance Monday.
Kelly re-scheduled another pro day workout for April 22, just five days before the draft begins in Philadelphia, but for a draft prospect who is considered a third-day (Rounds 4-7) selection at best, that won’t draw nearly the scouting contingent that Monday’s workout did (48 NFL personnel, 31 teams, per the school).
Both NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock and analyst Daniel Jeremiah see Ole Miss TE Evan Engram as a first-round possibility, though the second round is the more likely scenario.
Kelly wasn’t the only Ole Miss Rebel to miss the NFL Scouting Combine under the conduct policy.
Kelly told reporters he has multiple pre-draft visits lined up with NFL teams, but said those teams didn’t want to be identified, per the Daily Journal.
Even though he’s not expected to be drafted high, it’s no surprise that NFL teams are completing their homework on him — character issues aside, quarterbacks with the raw arm talent of Kelly aren’t easy to find.