Mississippi quarterback/interception machine Jevan Snead is going pro. Wait, let me re-phrase and remove the delusions of grandeur:
After throwing 20 interceptions in 13 games and completing only 54 percent of his passes for 2,632 yards and then “after much prayer and deliberation,” Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead is entering the NFL Draft.
I don’t want to be a jerk or anything (though that’s kind of my job) but what part of this season left Jevan Snead with the impression that he’s ready for the NFL?
Just his last game against Oklahoma State leaves a hell of a lot of doubt in my mind: 13-23 168 yds, (56.5 completion percentage), 0 TD, 3 INT, 2 sacks. Not the best numbers ever. Hell, Colt McCoy’s last collegiate game was better than that.
Anyone who watched an Ole Miss game knows that two things held the Rebels back from being a better team and maybe, possibly living up to the hype this season: Houston Nutt and Jevan Snead. Houston Nutt is who he is at this point. 9-4 is about the most success a team coached by him is going to have and that’s only IF he’s got an NFL prospect or two on the squad.
Nutt is a field-position/rushing offense obsessive. He only ever runs easy passes for little yards or max-protect deep routes with two options on the entire play. So some of Snead’s crap numbers are definitely the fault of the scheme.
But let’s do a side by side comparison of the last two quarterbacks under Houston Nutt’s tutelage:
Jevan Snead (2009, Ole Miss): 191-351, 54.4 comp. percentage, 2,632 yards, 7.5 ypa, 20 TD, 20 INT, 124.82 qb rating
Casey Dick (2007, Arkansas): 150-262, 57.3 comp. percentage, 1,695 yards, 6.47 ypa, 18 TD, 10 INT, 126.6 qb rating
I think we all know Casey Dick sucked, though the disparity between their attempts and passing yards is easily explained by five words: Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. I’d say a coach would de-emphasize the pass with that personnel. Even so, Snead did have Dexter McCluster and Brandon Bolden to hand the ball to, and they don’t totally suck.
But look at the completion percentages and quarterback ratings. Casey Dick is better in both categories! And Dick sucked! I apologize. I couldn’t resist saying that, sorry. I swear it’s the last time.
Point is, I have no idea who told Jevan Snead to go pro because he’s got his degree, but I’m thinking it wasn’t God. Could it be…Satan?!?!?!
Actually, that’s a fair theory because the Raiders are going to have a high pick again and the chances are pretty good that Al Davis will be wowed by Snead’s arm strength and draft JaMarcus Russell’s replacement.
Your 2010 Oakland Raiders!