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Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks ran an unofficial 4.59 forty at the NFL Combine.

Banks' 10 yard split clocked in at 1.59 seconds. The long corner was featured in a lot of cover 3 in college, so his speed was hidden quite often. However, Banks has a great frame and loves to take chances undercutting routes, and the combination resulted in a lot of success.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 11:04:00 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has heard of a scenario where the Patriots trade down from the 32nd pick to take South Carolina G A.J. Cann.

"This would fill a big need at guard for the team," Pauline wrote. "I’ve been skeptical of Cann’s movement skills but was told the big offensive lineman, who has been struggling with a calf strain since the end of the season, worked out for several teams on Monday and ran both the short shuttle and 3 cone at the request of coaches." Cann clocked an outstanding 4.51 in the short shuttle and a great 7.37 in the 3-cone. Only Jake Fisher and Ali Marpet posted better times at the combine amongst offensive lineman.
Apr 24 - 8:11 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "more than a dozen teams in fact rank [Oregon State QB Sean Mannion] number three on their quarterback board."

We're sure Mannion is a swell dude, and we're sorry to be so consistently negative when writing about him, but we just threw up a little bit in our mouths. Pauline, checking into Rotoworld's blurb via a Charles Robinson report that Mannion was rated as the No. 3 QB prospect by some, found out that the original dispatch wasn't as shocking as reality by half. We bag on Mannion for his immobility, his tendency to get flustered under pressure and his downright mediocrity in the three seasons Brandin Cooks wasn't destroying the Pac-12, but this report is potentially outstanding news for teams hoping Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley will drop to Round 3. We still have no idea how the QB class will shake out after Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Mannion, by the way, recently worked out for the Rams and Cowboys.
Apr 24 - 7:56 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper visited 10 teams who hold picks in the top 12, per Aaron Wilson.

Those 10 teams include the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Bears, Falcons, Giants, Rams and Browns. The two in the top 12 who did not bring Cooper in were the Raiders and Vikings. Many have mocked Cooper to the Raiders, including us. Amari will not be waiting long on draft day.
Apr 24 - 2:17 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pitt T T.J. Clemmings discovered that he had a stress fracture in his foot during a team visit.

"Pitt OT TJ Clemmings had a stress fracture in his foot discovered on a team visit, sources says. He didn’t feel pain, didn’t know it existed," Rapoport tweeted. Bad timing for the Pitt prospect, as the stress fracture could cause him to slide a bit in the draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Clemmings has been gaining interest from teams selecting in the back end of the first.
Apr 24 - 2:07 PM

Ohio State WR Devin Smith visited the the Cowboys, Dolphins, 49ers, Saints and Panthers, according to Aaron Wilson.

All of these names are fascinating, especially the Panthers and Cowboys at the end of round one. We doubt Smith ends up in the first round unless it is with the Baltimore Ravens, but Smith won't be waiting long in the second round. Smith is a role player right now, purely a vertical threat who succeeds at the catch point. But the question is if he can expand his game beyond that.
Apr 24 - 1:28 PM

The Redskins are taking a last minute visit to see Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Redskins' staff is traveling to Macon, GA, close to Dupree's home. Few prospects are generating as much buzz as Dupree. Would could see him taken as early as No. 4 with the Raiders and as late as the Falcons at No. 8. He has ridiculous measurables and teams are fond of his personality, but Dupree's tape is a bit underwhelming.
Apr 24 - 9:12 AM

A longtime NFL personnel executive told Bob McGinn he sees JaMarcus Russell in Jameis Winston.

"I see the body. I see the lack of focus," the executive said. "I see the same coach and system. Only Winston's not as good an athlete and his arm isn't as strong as JaMarcus'." With every single anonymous scout or executive comment, it is worth noting it is a singular opinion. Do not extrapolate one opinion as something the entire NFL believes. The NFL's track record on quarterbacks (and their implementation) is not great. With that said, the NFL does have more information on prospects than those on the outside, but we aren't applying the executive's reasoning here.
Apr 24 - 8:43 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Saints will "consider trading up if they feel they are in striking distance" of Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley.

"Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan loves Beasley’s pass rushing ability and potential in a 3-4," Pauline wrote. The Saints sit at No. 13, but are one of two teams that own two first-round picks (the Browns are the other). ESPN's Kevin Weidl noted the great fit between Beasley and the Saints last month. New Orleans finished 25th in the league with 34 sacks last year and desperately needs a gifted rusher. Beasley ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at 246 pounds at the combine.
Apr 23 - 11:15 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein reminds an NFL scout "a little bit of Jon Runyan."

"He played in the league a long time and was a tough guy," the scout said. "Havenstein competes. He's got to get a little stronger. I think he's a third- or fourth-round guy. He'll be a make-it guy and play in the league for a few years." A different scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a different comparison. "He's like Tony Pashos," another scout said. "He's going to play because he's too damn big. He stays up on his feet pretty good. His problem is going to be quickness. I like him. Ricky Wagner is a way better athlete. This guy is tough." A third scout highlighted Havenstein's inconsistency. "One game, I said, 'Wow, this guy's a good player,'" he said. "Then he went three or four games and was just kind of flopping around. He's going to be a big mauler type. He's third, fourth round, something like that."
Apr 23 - 10:45 PM

An NFL scout said Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' 10-foot-2 broad jump "was the most amazing thing I've ever seen."

"He's almost as high in the air as he jumped," the scout said. "He looks like he's flying. He's big, got pretty good feet and can run. He's quick, and a good kid." Waynes had six interceptions and 13 passes defensed in college. "A little bit slight for the position," another scout said. "He reminds me of Tracy Porter the way he plays. Man, he's got good speed, some length and he can cover." Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo recently criticized Waynes' change-of-direction skills.
Apr 23 - 8:16 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray met with a foot specialist who recommended the prospect will not need toe surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is big news for Ray, who recently returned for a medical re-check which found the toe had not healed as much as hoped. The injury was described "like turf toe." Per Rapoport, it was discovered during a team visit. "Thought surgery was his reality. Instead, simply rest," Rapoport said of ray.
Apr 23 - 2:36 PM




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