Chad Kelly, Ole Miss Rebels
Age: 22 (3/26/1994)
Height & Weight: 6’2″ & 224 pounds
2016 Season Statistics: 2,758 YDS, 62.5% CMP, 19 TD, 8 INT; 81 ATT, 332 YDS, 5 TD
The process could come full circle for the New York Giants with the selection of yet another Ole Miss Rebels quarterback. The name on the front of a college jersey isn’t relevant during the NFL Draft, but Chad Kelly is a low-risk prospect with a high ceiling.
According to Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has been told by executives around the league that Kelly will be a seventh-round draft pick following a season-ending knee injury.
"“I think his draft stock was mid-to-late round prior to this week, but I’ll be surprised if he’s anything other than a seventh-round pick after this unfortunate injury.”"
In other words: if the Giants have already filled their positional needs, they can take a low-risk chance on Kelly.
Kelly, the nephew of NFL legend Jim Kelly, has the size, talent, and athleticism of an NFL-caliber quarterback. His on-field decision making has been an issue, however, which is why he was a mid-to-late round round prospect prior to his injury.
Considering the Giants are firmly committed to starting Eli Manning in 2017, however, that would give Kelly at least one full season to learn and develop.
The knee injury is what could spoil this plan, as it’s unlikely that Kelly will be ready for training camp or the preseason. Nevertheless, he could learn from Manning and Ben McAdoo about how to better manage an NFL game.
If the Giants can get Kelly in the sixth or seventh round, it would be hard to fault general manager Jerry Reese for doing so.