OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) - Four Ole Miss Rebels will be among the 326 official invitees to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, the league announced Tuesday.
Defensive ends Marquis Haynes and Breeland Speaks, offensive lineman Rod Taylor and running back Jordan Wilkins will go through an extensive series of drills, workouts, interviews, testing and measurements in front of league scouts and personnel as they pursue a professional football career and the hopes of being selected in April's NFL Draft.
The annual combine will be held from Feb. 27 until March 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis. Exclusive coverage will be available on the NFL Network.
Haynes led Ole Miss with 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He finished as Ole Miss’ modern era career-leader in both sacks (32.0) and TFLs (47.5). Haynes wrapped up the season with 45 tackles and a team-leading three forced fumbles.
Speaks, who elected to bypass his senior season to enter the draft, was second on the team in both tackles (67) and sacks (7.0). After spending time at the nose tackle position for the first five games of the season, Speaks started the last seven contests at defensive end. The junior from Jackson, Mississippi, finished the season with eight tackles for loss.
Taylor started all 12 games at right tackle in 2017, helping block for a Rebel offense that led the SEC and ranked 11th nationally with 328.4 passing yards per game. Taylor appeared in 44 games, making 23 starts on the right side of the offensive line for Ole Miss during his four-year career.
Wilkins rushed for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns. He became just the fifth Rebel to go over the 1,000-yard mark and the first to do so since Dexter McCluster did it in 2010. His 1,011 yards rushing are the fourth-most all-time on the Ole Miss single-season rushing charts. His 6.52 rushing yards per carry ranked second in the SEC and 14th nationally.
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