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Michigan junior RB Fitzgerald Toussaint will miss the remainder of the seaosn following surgery to fix his broken left leg.

Toussaint suffered the injury during the early part of Saturday's game against Iowa. The junior was immediately taken to the hospital in an air cast. This has been a somewhat disappointing season for Toussaint, who never got going after an early season suspension. Expect Denard Robinson to see more snaps at running back.
Source: MLive
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 08:46:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks UNI RB David Johnson over Boise State RB Jay Ajayi.

With the latest news on how some teams view Ajayi's knee, we thought the ranking was noteworthy. Granted, Johnson is listed at 66 overall and Ajayi is at 67 overall, placing them as running backs seven and eight respectively. We view Johnson as a receiving threat before a running threat.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 11:40 AM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler has "Robert Quinn like ability," according to one scout.

Wow. "He has the ability to accelerate his feet as he works his hands. Those guys are rare. He'll have to be taught to play the run," the scout said. This evaluator loves him some Fowler and so do many others. It should be pointed out Fowler tested like an average athlete (which is not bad), but compensates with active hand use to create separation.
Apr 28 - 11:16 AM

Bob McGinn spoke with "several teams" who said Washington edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha's knee isn't an issue now.

Kikaha tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011 and 2012, but it did not impact his play or production in the last two seasons. Kikaha loves to use his hands and length to win with balance and separation. He is ahead of the game in that area and will need to use it effectively to compensate for a lack of top athleticism. He will be a role player early on, and might stick as one his entire career.
Apr 28 - 10:38 AM

One scout passes along that TCU HC Gary Patterson "really likes" LB Paul Dawson despite the prospect's tardiness while in school.

"You've got to be disciplined to play for Gary Patterson, who's probably the best defensive coach in the country," the scout said. "Gary really likes this guy, and Gary doesn't say very many nice things about people." Dawson has even admitted to immaturity and tardiness during his time at TCU. Each scout polled by McGinn brought up Dawson's "instinctive" style. "It's like he reads every play before it happens," another said. Dawson will likely end up in the late second or third round.
Apr 28 - 10:05 AM

One team failed UCLA LB Eric Kendricks medically due to a knee issue, according to Bob McGinn.

"Tough, quick, sudden, plays fast," one scout told McGinn. "Just hurt all the time." This is the first time we have read anything regarding Kendricks' medicals. He made 42 starts during his time at UCLA. Many quotes cited by McGinn discuss Kendricks' lack of size. Excuse our bias, but we don't see the issue. He is 6'0/232 lbs. We think Kendricks should be a first round pick, but a top 50 selection is more realistic.
Apr 28 - 9:59 AM

"I don't understand why [Oregon QB Marcus Mariota] isn't the No. 1 player in this draft on Mel Kiper's Big Board," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"I don't know anybody in this draft that can do for a football team what Mariota can do," Gruden said. "He can read the field. That whole thing about Oregon being a no-huddle, dive-option team, that is just a narrative resulting from a lack of information. The Ducks run a lot of pro-style concepts. Mariota does a lot with the protections. I've seen him throw the ball with touch and timing in tight windows." The former Bucs coach points out that Mariota is the same size as Jameis Winston but runs 4.52 forty. "He is incredibly elusive, and man, is he a playmaker and a great competitor," Gruden said. "I see him functioning in the pocket, out of the pocket, and if you want to run a zone-read, he'll rip the defense apart. He is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6-4."
Apr 28 - 12:57 AM

NFL Media analyst Ian Rapoport reports that Mississippi State edge rusher Preston Smith and Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips "could sneak into the back of the 1st round."

It's not a surprise that RapSheet mentions Phillips (6-foot-5, 329 pounds) as a first-round possibility -- he is currently slotted in the first round in mock drafts by NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Charley Casserly -- but Smith hasn't been mentioned much as a Round 1 option. We're not surprised that teams are coming around on Smith, a prospect we love. Josh Norris ranks him as a top-20 talent. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein believes Smith "could be an interesting prospect inside or in a hybrid 3-4 front."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 10:38 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has great zone awareness, and he understands routes," Gruden said. "He can line up off the tight end, see the checkdown and make the play. College football is not producing players like this anymore. He has instincts, he has leadership, he has communication, and if he sees something, he will run through a backside swap combination and get a tackle for a loss. If he doesn't fit your defense, fire your defensive staff." We appreciate the former coach stumping for an old-school prospect, but we still don't see Perryman as a fit for all 32 teams. Asking him, as some schemes would, to traverse huge swatches of field regularly is a good way to guarantee he won't reach his potential.
Apr 27 - 10:23 PM

Per NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, Miami TE Clive Walford hurt his draft stock with a poor attitude during the interview process.

"He acted like he was doing us a favor by even talking to us," one NFL tight end coach told Zierlein. "We asked about an issue he had and he got pissy." This year's week tight end class just can't get out of its own way. Zierlein noted that three of the four TEs have been labeled as potential attitude problems, with Minnesota's Maxx Williams and South Carolina's Rory "Busta" Anderson joining Walford.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:41 PM

An NFL executive believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson could end up as the class' best quarterback.

"I wouldn't be surprised if (Colorado State's Garrett) Grayson was better than all of them," the executive said. "I just think he's got the intangibles. He's got a good presence about himself in the pocket. He's got the physical traits. His arm's strong enough, and I think he's got the right temperament." That said, Grayson isn't going higher than Round 2, and he may even fall into Day 3. Representatives from three NFC teams told said they had mid- to late-round grades on Grayson. The St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have worked him out.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:10 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was cited for possession of marijuana Monday morning, according to Brandon Kiley.

Ray was in possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana. Draft week citations and arrests are always relevant on some level. No one will ever top Tharold Simon's arrest the day before he was drafted. During the 2015 draft process, Ray has been held out of the Combine due to medicals, displayed poor athleticism during testing and now has been cited for marijuana.
Apr 27 - 7:47 PM




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