By: Steve Johnson
Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi
6’2 220, *estimated, invitation for combine was rescinded
*suffered wrist injury during pro day
2012: Redshirted at Clemson
2013: 5 games. 10/17 (58.8). 58 yards.
2014: 12 games. 303/453 (66.9). 3906 yards. 47 TD. 8 int. *At East Mississippi Community College
2015. 13 games. 298/458 (65.1). 4042 yards. 31 TD. 13 int
2016: 9 games. 205/328 (62.5). 2758 yards. 19 TD. 8 int.
Misc. Stats: 202 att, 963 yards, 16 TDs (FBS). 69/446/4 at EMCC. Fumbled 18 times during career.
Accodolates: 2015 Sugar Bowl MVP.
Injuries: Left ACL tear in Spring of 2013. Sports hernia surgery in Spring of 2016. Right ACL tear and lateral meniscus in 2016
History: The nephew of Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. Has been a major red flag since high school. Also played basketball and lacrosse. Was kicked off his high school team as a sophomore and had to transfer. Won the state championship as a junior and went to a second game his senior year. Four-time National Punt, Pass & Kick winner. Originally committed to Clemson but tweeted (below) regarding the Tigers backup QB Cole Stoudt. Redshirted in 2012 and transferred in 2014 after an incident with a Clemson football intern, where he was a passenger in the car of that backed into the intern. Kelly became “very agitated” and “extremely disrespectful” when the intern tried calling the police to file a report. Dismissed from the team. Went to East Mississippi Community College and won the NJCAA national championship. Committed to Ole Miss in 2015, and was arrested shortly afterwards after an incident at a Buffalo bar. Per the police report Kelly was asked to leave, when he refused he fought bouncers and threatened to come back and “spray this place with AKs” Kelly pleaded guilty to non criminal disorderly conduct and served 50 hours of community service. Ran onto the field of his younger brother’s high school football game after a late hit, and got into a fight. Was trolled (see below) on social media by porn star Mia Khalifa as he attempted to slide into her DMs not once but twice
Strengths: NFL Pedigree. Very good arm talent, steps and drives into his throws. Has been a winner from high school to JUCO to FBS, very competitive and fiery. Hard football worker despite his character issues. Good touch on intermediate throws. Decent runner.
Weaknesses: Red flag character concerns that remind you of Johnny Manziel. Seems to be entitled, and has made a lot of bad decisions stemming back to high school. Gun slinger with mechanics that need work. Doesn’t have elite size, might be under 6’2″. Has 2 torn ACLs and might have to start the season on the PUP. Accuracy issues step from poor footwork.
Overview: A talented but immature gunslinger that has NFL bloodlines. Kelly is coming off his 2nd ACL injury and likely won’t be ready for training camps. Huge risk that maybe could be groomed into an NFL starter. But could have Manziel written all over him.
Draft Projection: Day 3 Pick/Undrafted Free Agent
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.4