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ESPN's Trent Dilfer believes, when eligible, Florida State freshman QB Jameis Winston will "be the first pick of the draft if the first pick goes to a team that wants to run the pistol, zone-read, (and) have a passer."

Winston "will be an absolute rock star," Dilfer said. That is lofty praise for a quarterback that has yet to take a snap for a college program. With EJ Manuel jumping to the NFL, Winston is set up to possibly start for the Seminoles in 2013.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 02:05:00 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will likely drop to the fourth- or fifth-round after his ACL injury, according to insider Tony Pauline.

Thomas injured his knee while working out for the Saints, and is expected to have surgery in the immediate future. he will almost certainly have to redshirt next season for whichever club takes him. We consider Thomas a top 50 talent, as he displays an athletic lower half and powerful punch.
Apr 18 - 12:37 PM

Utah FB Karl Williams has visited the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Fullbacks are a rare breed in the NFL these days, especially ones with minimal receiving experience. Williams caught 19 passes for 115 yards during his three years of playing time. He did record a 4.50 forty at the school's pro day, however. The Colts only have five draft picks, so maybe they are evaluating undrafted free agents even more than usual.
Apr 18 - 12:23 PM

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is scheduled to visit the Texans next week, along with a workout for the Jaguars, according to Tania Ganguli.

Bridgewater has already visited the Jaguars once, so the team is likely getting to know him on a personal level. The first issue teams are seemingly propping up is Teddy's lean frame, but if they can get past that the next question is his "quiet personality." We think he is deserving to be the top quarterback off the board, but Bridgewater has a chance of being an early second-round pick.
Apr 18 - 12:02 PM

Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence has visited, or is scheduled to travel to, the Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, 49ers, Jets and Saints.

Lawrence is a legitimate dark horse for the end of the first-round, and any of these teams (other than the Redskins or Vikings) could trade up to the early part of the second day to nab him. He did not test overly well in terms of lateral athleticism, but Lawrence shows more movement skills on tape than he did at the Combine.
Apr 18 - 11:36 AM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has visited the Patriots, Colts and Ravens this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon also has the Eagles, Jets and Giants scheduled before the visit deadline. The aggressive safety has drawn plenty of interest as of late. He might lack lateral agility, but Bucannon takes tight lines and closes in a hurry. He could wind up in the second-round.
Apr 18 - 11:21 AM

Nebraska G Spencer Long has visits with the Dolphins, Falcons, Chargers and Eagles, according to insider Adam Caplan.

Long suffered a knee injury in October, so the visits could be medical related. Teams will be searching for third day offensive linemen that are worth investing in, and Long is a name to keep in mind.
Apr 18 - 11:08 AM

Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced that his fractured foot has completely healed.

The 6-foot-5 1/2, 262-pound prospect, who went under the knife to repair a stress fracture in late February, is two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery. Seferian-Jenkins won't crack Round 1, but this injury won't drop him out of Day 2. The reigning Mackey Award winner doesn't plan to work out prior to the draft on May 8-10.
Apr 18 - 12:50 AM

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater dropped to the Texans at the top of the second round (No. 33 overall) in Mel Kiper's mock draft published on Thursday.

"Let me be clear: This is the top-rated quarterback on my Big Board, a player I have rated higher than Bortles, Manziel or Carr," Kiper wrote. "But my reading of the tea leaves in speaking with many evaluators around the league is that Bridgewater could drop if he slides past a couple of points early on. If I could project trades, I'd have someone taking him later in Round 1 having moved up. Obviously, he's a steal at this point." The saga of Teddy B has been fascinating to watch as the process drags into its final stretch. The Cardinals' star could absolutely be a top 10 pick in May, just as everyone thought during the season. But he could also just as easily drop into the very end of Round 1, or even into the second stanza. No elite prospect has a range of draft outcomes as wide as that of Bridgewater.
Apr 17 - 11:08 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper projects Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas to go late in Round 2, or early in Round 3.

On the "First Draft" podcast, Kiper and Todd McShay discussed how the three highest-rising QBs during the process -- Derek Carr, Tom Savage and Zach Mettenberger, in their estimation -- all had huge arms, and Kiper brought up perhaps the toolsiest prospect, Thomas. The Hokies' star is strangely rarely discussed despite the NFL's obsession with size, speed and arm strength. This kid has those attributes in spades: At 6-foot-6, 250-pounds, Thomas had the fastest QB forty (4.61) at the NFL Combine, the best vertical (35.5''), the best broad-jump (9'10''), and the best throwing velocity at 60 mph (Savage finished second at 57). Thomas might be able to shift to TE if the light never comes on as a signal-caller. Kiper's prediction passes the smell taste, even if many don't think the bulb works.
Apr 17 - 10:52 PM

"There's a lot of excitement over" Clemson QB Tajh Boyd right now, writes NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) looked spectacular at his pro day exhibition, leading to a renewed interest in his gifts. "I'm not sure he's put himself in the second day, but definitely in the third day, and he could go as high as the fourth round," wrote Brandt. Boyd worked with QB coach Ken Mastrole and NFL great Dan Marino this offseason in an attempt to adopt a more pro-style passing motion.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:59 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said on the "First Draft" podcast that he was "blown away" by Indiana WR Cody Latimer's game tape.

The analyst mentioned Latimer's size, burst, sticky hands and route running amongst his numerous strengths. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer clocked forties ranging from 4.39 to 4.44 at his pro day despite not being totally healed from a broken foot. "I watched five full games of him, and he didn't drop a pass," McShay gushed. He concluded: "I think Latimer is one of the sleepers in this class. ... He belongs in the top 50 picks." McShay believes he'd be a good fit in a West Coast system such as Kansas City's.
Apr 17 - 9:14 PM




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