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A league source tells The Sideline View that Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope is currently carrying a fourth-round grade from NFL teams.

The same source likened Swope to Julian Edelman more than Wes Welker "in terms of play style." In November, SI draft analyst Tony Pauline suggested Swope could be drafted in the third round with a playing style similar to Broncos receiver Eric Decker's. Whereas Edelman and Welker are primarily slot receivers, Decker mostly plays on the outside. Swope is listed at 6-foot and 206 pounds.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 03:11:00 PM

The MMQB's Andy Staples ranks Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

"Though NFL teams are looking for taller corners these days, Ekpre-Olomu plays bigger than his listed 5-10, 195-pound size," Staples writes. "He can jam receivers at the line and smother them once they recover." We believe Ifo is squatting on routes more often in the hopes of baiting his opponent. That has resulted in allowing downfield completions when receivers run past him in his boundary corner spot. He is also getting caught in trash and allowing separation when working in the slot.
Source: The MMQB
Nov 21 - 10:56 AM

Sam Farmer spoke with one NFL scout who is not sure if UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks is a starter at the next level.

"I think he's a special-teams player and a good depth linebacker, but these guys tend to make their way onto the field," the scout ended. Another scout stated Kendricks will be a starting weakside linebacker on a team. All three evaluators shared the belief Kendricks is a bit undersized. Perhaps "undersized" is now common at the position in the NFL.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 10:41 AM

The LA Times spoke with one NFL scout who believes USC junior Nelson Agholor is a perfect No. 3 WR.

The scout adds " slot receiver, and return specialist" to Agholor's projection. The evaluator highlighted slot targets who can win over the middle, find windows in zone, separate versus man, and the run after the catch. "He's got some of that to him," the scout concluded. Unless a number of USC eligibles return for one final season, expect Agholor to declare for this spring's draft.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 9:38 AM

Three NFL scouts expressed their reservations with QB Brett Hundley's professional projection.

"We need to see better accuracy from him, especially throwing from the pocket," scout No. 1 said. "He tends to hold on to the ball too long, and he's not as quick going through his progression as he should be at this stage of his career. … I think he relies on his feet at times to bail him out." Scout No. 2 questioned if sitting behind an NFL starter during his first year would be more beneficial than returning to UCLA for one more season. Scout No. 3 praised Hundley's dual-threat capabilities and placed him in the late first- to second-round range.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 9:24 AM

One NFL scout called USC junior DL Leonard Williams "the real deal" after watching him in person.

"He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength," the scout said. "He's got tremendous upside, and he's definitely a consideration for that top pick." He then highlighted the Arizona tape as the one to watch. We are not saying he is a comparable prospect skill wise, but look for Williams to play a J.J. Watt type role for an NFL team.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 8:49 AM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett tore it up in Morgantown on Thursday night, catching 10 passes for 196 yards in a 26-20 win over West Virginia.

That wasn't all. He had over 100 return yards, including a 43-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime. It's nice to see him excelling so much as a returner, as that aspect of his game is Lockett's ticket into the NFL. Lockett eclipsed his father's school record for career receiving yards earlier this month. Now Junior is hoping to put that mark out of reach for his own son. The diminutive receiver (5-foot-11, 178 pounds) doesn't project neatly as a next-level receiving threat, so we're a bit pessimistic on the overall assessment, despite his stellar collegiate showing. Lockett's return ability, however, makes him a Day 3 lock.
Nov 20 - 10:48 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson No. 23 overall on his most recent Big Board.

"A bright spot amid another sour year for Wake, Johnson offers good length at about 6-1," Kiper wrote. "He is a fluid mover with really quick feet, and he has impressive transition speed out of his backpedal. I like his ability as a playmaker, and the ability to shine in different types of coverage. He's not going to deliver the huge hit and is just OK against the run, but he's an effective tackler on receivers in space." Johnson may at first blush appear to be a fast-riser who has overnight established himself as a first-rounder, but he actually began to take on helium over the summer. Among several glowing reports from media sources, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that scouts "love[d]" Johnson in August.
Nov 20 - 9:25 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke his lower left leg against USC, not his ankle, which was previously reported.

Halliday snapped his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg during Nov. 1's game. The senior's collegiate career is over, and he understands his legacy will be those gorgeous video game numbers. "It shows I was an explosive quarterback," Halliday said. "When we got rolling there was not too much other people could do to stop it."
Nov 20 - 8:24 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman ranks No. 5 overall on the MMQB writer Andy Staples' big board.

"The Seminoles can thank Goldman for the fact that they’re still undefeated," Staples opens, which is a massive statement but used in the context of the Clemson game. FSU's defense has a ton of individual talent, but miscues and offensive turnovers have not helped. Goldman and Mario Edwards Jr., who ranks at No. 11 for Staples, form a nice duo on the Noles' front four.
Source: The MMQB
Nov 20 - 11:45 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is the best prospect not receiving enough praise from evaluators.

"One of the most impressive defensive performers I have watched regardless of position," Norris writes. "We know Kendricks can recognize running lanes and read the triangle, but where he can be most beneficial to a team early on is in coverage. Turn on the Virginia game to find out." In fact, Norris ranks Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in this class.
Source: Rotoworld
Nov 20 - 11:36 AM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker was listed at No. 9 overall on Todd McShay's latest big board.

"He has an above-average size-speed combo with the ability to run under the deep ball and make defenders miss and pick up extra yards after the catch," McShay says. "He has good separation skills and can pluck the ball out of the air and make over-the-shoulder catches." Parker recently returned from a broken foot and has picked up right where he left off. The Cardinals face Notre Dame on Saturday. For McShay Parker checks in after Amari Cooper (No. 5), but before Kevin White (No. 14), Devin Funchess (No. 19), Jaelen Strong (No. 26) and Ty Montgomery (No. 29).
Source: ESPN
Nov 20 - 11:10 AM




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