Pro Football Focus recently released a ranking of the top 101 college football players heading into the 2016 season, a list that includes two Ole Miss Rebels. It won't surprise you to learn that one of those players is Swag Kelly, who drops in at No. 53.
What probably will surprise you is the other Rebel on the list: senior defensive tackle D.J. Jones actually comes in two spots in front of Kelly at No. 51. Following that logic, PFF is asserting that Jones, who started just three games as a junior, is the best player on Ole Miss' roster this season.
In fairness, the advanced stats are surprisingly good. From PFF:
After transferring from junior college, he graded at +32.6 overall on 514 snaps in his college debut last season, good for 27th in the nation among interior defensive linemen and sixth among those returning in 2016. Jones was strong against the run at +21.5 and he provided four sacks, four QB hits, and 18 hurries on his 310 pass rushes.
Jones really came on a the end of the season, balling out in the Egg Bowl and playing a major role in the Sugar Bowl with Robert Nkemdiche suspended. He's expected to start at nose tackle this season, where he'll share time with Issac Gross.
PFF's criteria for the rankings is ambiguous, though they're careful to note that they "are not projecting for the NFL or any future drafts." Clearly the advanced stats love Jones, but listing him as the best player on a roster that includes Kelly, Tony Conner, Evan Engram and Marquis Haynes is pretty damn bold.
For the purposes of our Tuesday Question, let's expand it out a bit: