Jevan Snead's big mistake

The Ole Miss QB should have stayed, but what about USC RB Joe McKnight?

Updated: January 10, 2010, 10:30 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Jevan SneadJohn Reed/US PresswireAnother year in Oxford might have been a good idea.

I think Jevan Snead made a mistake by jumping. Let me say this first: It's not because of talent.

Snead has talent, and when his performance lives up to his good size, great arm and pretty instinctive ability to move, you have a potentially really good quarterback. I'll admit I was really high on the kid at one point; I even said his arm could remind Ole Miss fans of Eli Manning.

Good thing I only said "arm." That's because Snead is coming out when his stock is at the lowest point it's been. The circumstances of his departure aside, he needed another year in Oxford. Desperately.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst