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UNC redshirt sophomore RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 262 yards on 23 carries, including one touchdown, in Saturday's win over Virginia Tech.

The total is a record against Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Bernard also added three catches for 10 yards. He is draft-eligible and not many backs have been more productive in a two year span, but even more impressive is the way Bernard runs the football. His balance, base, and short steps translate very well to the NFL.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 06:02:00 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says the Falcons will select a pass rusher with pick No. 8.

Jeremiah mentions the likes of Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Dante Fowler Jr. and Randy Gregory all as options at No. 8. In fact, Jeremiah believes the team should double dip with one of those four and Nate Orchard in the third round. It seems like the talent at the top of the draft matches up with the Falcons' biggest need.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 11:26 AM

FSU WR Rashad Greene posted a low drop rate of 3.88 percent in 2014, according to PFF.

Of the top receivers last year, that would have only ranked behind Jarvis Landry's final season of college football. A great drop rate might not stay exceptional, but rarely will you see it turn into an issue. That is the takeaway here. Greene might not be the best at contested catches, but teams should not rely on a 5'11/182 lbs receiver who has not shown that ability to win in that area.
Mar 4 - 10:57 AM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with Oregon OC Scott Frost about QB Marcu Mariota's ability and freedom to alter plays and blocking schemes pre-snap with the Ducks.

On play call changes, Mariota "did so three or four times a game," and altered the blocking up front "maybe one out of every seven plays" per Frost. Oregon moved at a blistering tempo early in games or when behind, and Mariota coupled that speed with quick decision making before and after the snap. We are of the belief that he made his offense look much more simple and easier than it actually is. In fact, Mariota did work through progressions in the pocket, including some west coast offense principles and plays used in the NFL. All the time? No, but those exposures are there.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 4 - 10:28 AM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman had a drop rate of 12.96% in 2014, according to PFF.

That is terrible. The sample size might be smaller than others, as Perriman dropped seven of 54 catchable passes, but PFF has a tendency to side with the receiver on what exactly is "catchable." Perriman would have generated more buzz if he worked out at the Combine and still has a shot at being a late first-round selection, but very poor drop rates tend to carry over to the NFL - at least early on.
Mar 4 - 10:13 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes FSU TE Nick O'Leary is a fourth- or fifth-round value.

He suggests O'Leary might be a fit for the Falcons in that area. "Catches everything, he's very instinctive," Jeremiah says. "Didn't run all that fast at the Combine, that doesn't bother me." Tight end was a waste for the Falcons after the team lost Tony Gonzalez to retirement. Expect the position to be targeted in free agency and the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 9:46 AM

The Patriots have "shown a lot of interest" in Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst additionally reported that New England also likes Auburn's other back, Corey Grant. As for Artis-Payne, who Pauline calls a "fast-rising ball-carrier," he stood on his combine 40 time. "During drills, he was quick-footed and caught the ball exceptionally well," Pauline wrote. "Expect Artis-Payne to solidify himself as a top-100 pick." ESPN's Todd McShay believes Artis-Payne "could hear his name called in the middle or later rounds" next month.
Mar 3 - 11:51 PM

Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams "looked good in pass catching drills" at Monday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While I don't consider Williams a first-round selection, a number of teams disagree," Pauline wrote. "Last night, I was informed every team between picks 26 through 32, except for the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, will consider selecting Williams late in Round 1." It's not a terribly surprising report, as most think Williams is going to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2, but it's fun to guess who might pull the trigger. Teams in the range Pauline is discussing include the Ravens, Broncos, Packers, and Seahawks.
Mar 3 - 10:50 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Auburn RB Corey Grant "sealed himself as a late-round pick" with his pro day performance.

Outside of SEC country, Grant was a little known backup before today, but the rest of the country is learning about him quickly. That's because Grant ran a stupid 4.27 forty at Auburn's pro day Tuesday (some had him at 4.25). Pauline reports that the Falcons, Dolphins and Patriots "have shown great interest" in the speedy ball carrier. "Grant is an explosive open-field runner with return skills and someone who should've received a combine invite," Pauline wrote. In other drills, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Grant leaped 37 inches in the vertical, 10-7 in the broad and posted 22 reps on the bench.
Mar 3 - 10:22 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein spoke with one NFC North scout who said a number of positive things about Clemson DT Grady Jarrett.

"Grady will take you on a ride when he gets into you," the scout says, adding grades among teams will vary at a high rate due to scheme fit and height/weight minimums. "Someone is going to get a good football player with him." Our own Josh Norris agrees, ranking Jarrett as a top 30 prospect in the class. Jarrett did add 16 pounds between the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:35 PM

One AFC National scout does not believe a team can rely on UCLA EDGE Owamagbe Odighizuwa for pass rushing productivity.

"He's not Courtney Upshaw, but he could be used kind of like that," the scout begins. "You have to know that he will be limited to just being a run stopper." We are shocked to read this. Owa converts speed to power better than most in this class and also wins while lining up inside. There is a history of hip injuries, but Owa has a lot of talent.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:22 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes a strong pro day workout will help Missouri EDGE Shane Ray solidify a top 20 selection.

Ray is seen by many as a locked in top 20 selection, so we applaud Weidl for breaking groupthink here. The evaluator senses there are questions about Ray's position fit. The Missouri edge rusher was held out of Combine workouts with a toe injury. Ray's pro day is on March 19.
Source: ESPN
Mar 3 - 11:32 AM




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