An NFL scout doesn't view Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel as an NFL starter.
"He’ll be a good pro," the scout said. "Fourth round, maybe third. I don’t see him as a starter but I see a good role player." Biegel was a highly disruptive college player who posted 39.5 TFL and 21.5 sacks over the past three seasons. "High-effort guy," said another scout. "I didn’t think he was that good of an athlete. I saw him on the ground a lot. His pass-rush production was due more to effort and technique than skill. Overachiever." Pro Football Focus compares Biegel to Seattle Seahawks LB Cassius Marsh.
An NFL scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes is better than Dak Prescott.
"You can say he’s better than Dak Prescott," the scout said. "Total winner. Highly poised. Top intangibles. ... Going to need a lot of work, like all these guys from the spread." A longtime favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, Mahomes' stock has skyrocketed during the pre-Draft process. He's currently being projected between the Cardinals' pick at No. 13 and the Texans' pick at No. 25. "I may be crazy but when I watch his tape, just as a scout, I get excited," a personnel man said. "He’s a guilty pleasure. We all have biases. Going in, Texas Tech, dink, dunk, dink, dunk, this guy cannot translate. I left saying, ‘Love this guy. He’s so much fun.’ He pulls plays out of his (expletive) like you wouldn’t believe. It’s not dink and dunk. He believes in his arm so much that it’s a problem sometimes. He’s not ready right now. I’m not comparing him to Aaron (Rodgers), but that natural sense of making plays when they break down is unusual."
Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd transferred to Baylor.
This is a big-time acquisition for new HC Matt Rhule, who has already navigated, in addition to the ongoing scandal at Baylor, a change in offensive philosophy and a large migration of NFL talent to the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd left Tennessee after complaining about the offensive philosophy. Hurd, a former five-star recruit, also cited unspecified injuries. Perhaps because of those injuries, Hurd wants to change positions at his new school. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that he will play receiver at Baylor. At his listed dimensions, Hurd would be one of the largest receivers in the NFL (to say nothing of college). He is one inch shorter and eight points heavier than Plaxico Burress' listed playing size. Hurd was a gifted receiver out of the backfield who had 67 receptions across 33 career games in Knoxville. Hurd will sit this season to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining in 2018.
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens UNC RB T.J. Logan to Akeem Hunt.
Logan was stuck behind Elijah Hood for much of his time in Chapel Hill, but he showed explosion when given an opportunity last season. In 120 carries, he ran for 675 yards and seven touchowns while posting a 29-244-3 line receiving. He also took two balls to the house on kick returns. At the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Logan ran the forty in 4.37 seconds. "Sleek athlete with excellent short area burst and the finishing speed to hit home runs in all three phases if the opportunity is right," Zierlein wrote. "Logan will likely be considered flex player on the roster who can compete for duties as a kick returner and third down back."
An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called Temple OL Dion Dawkins "a big mauler."
"He’s got some power and tries to finish you," said the scout, who proceeded to offer up a few bullet points: "He has some edge issues. Not going to be a great second-level guy. Not a bad athlete. Love his length." Another scout questioned his Wonderlic result (we see no need to post the exact number beyond gossip's sake), saying that it "will hold him back a little bit." That same scout believes that the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder has the ability to work his way in as a starter early, though, calling him "a big, square dude that I can see walking in and starting Day One."
Pro Football Focus compared Michigan State DL Malik McDowell to Bengals DE Michael Johnson.
"Like Johnson, McDowell uses his length to win well. While he will hope to be a better pro pass rusher than Johnson, who was inconsistent in that role, there is a definite similarity in their playing styles and how they win," explains the PFF analysis team of their comp. The outlet believes that the 6-foot-7, 290-pound McDowell -- who played both defensive tackle and defensive end with the Spartans -- is best suited to work as an edge rusher at the next level. There is plenty to love on the athleticism front, here, but he is far from a slam-dunk prospect due to concerns over his consistency and demeanor. According to multiple reports, he flamed out during the interview portion of the Combine equation. At the same time, we would not be floored if he is drafted in the teens come Day 1. A pick in the 20's or early in Round 2 might be a touch more realistic, though.