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After one report stated that RB Montee Ball ran an unofficial 4.48 forty at Wisconsin's Pro Day, draft insider Tony Pauline is hearing the time is actually around 4.57 seconds.

Either way, both are an improvement over his 4.66 time in Indianapolis. As we stated early, Ball's game is more about making the most of his blocks and slicing through lanes at the second level.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 02:25:00 PM

TCU coach Gary Patterson compared TCU senior WR Kolby Listenbee's versatility and precision in running routes to Odell Beckham Jr.

"Patterson is obviously expecting big things from Listenbee, who was given a shot to star in the spring after an injury to vertical threat Josh Doctson," ESPN's Travis Haney wrote. "With experience at every position on offense, Patterson hinted that co-OCs Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie will be able to implement additional formations and ideas in the second year of the spread at TCU. Expect Listenbee to be a huge part of that next chapter." The analyst named Listenbee the No. 2 breakout candidate in the nation. At last year's Big 12 Championships, Listenbee ranked fifth in the 100 meters and finished fourth in the 200 meters. He's arguably the fastest player in the country.
May 6 - 8:42 PM

Texas A&M freshman QB Kyler Murray has opted out of the MLB draft and will play football and baseball for the Aggies instead of pursuing professional baseball out of high school.

This means Murray will be able to join the Aggies in the first summer session and compete for the starting job, which is currently being held by Kyle Allen. Murray was one of the nation's top recruits and chose Texas A&M over Texas and other programs.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Cowboys signed Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Greenberry (6'1/211) went to Houston as a five-star recruit and started each of his three years on campus, parlaying 201 catches into 2,612 yards (13.0 YPR) and 20 TDs. Not invited to the Combine following a disappointing 2014, Greenberry ran 4.50/4.52 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Cougars' Pro Day. Greenberry dropped 11 passes last season -- second most in the country -- and is neither a vertical stretcher nor a dominator at the short or intermediate section. He still has an intriguing enough track record to be worth monitoring in Dallas, where the team lacks world beaters beyond Dez Bryant.
May 5 - 1:33 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Bills the lowest draft grade of any club this season, slapping them with a "C-."

In the world of Kiper draft grades, a "C-" reads more like an "F." The analyst also criticized the Bills' last class because he felt they gave up too much for Sammy Watkins when they could have stayed put and drafted either Mike Evans or Odell Beckham, Jr. That mistake was also factored into this grade, as it cost Buffalo their Round 1 pick. "I thought Ronald Darby was a reach in Round 2 at No. 50. There's a lot of natural ability with him, but I didn't have CB as nearly the biggest need, and I don't think he was the best player available, either," he wrote. "I'm a lot higher on the third-round selection of John Miller, a physical force in the run game." Rotoworld's Evan Silva similarly hated the class, giving it an identical "C-" grade. "Only Miller and Darby can reasonably be expected to make impacts long term," he concluded.
May 4 - 11:54 PM

49ers signed Utah WR Dres Anderson.

Anderson (6'1/187) graduated fifth all-time in receiving yardage for the Utes, parlaying 134 catches into 2,077 yards (15.5 YPR) and 17 TDs. He is the son of ex-Rams WR Flipper Anderson. Dres tore his left meniscus last October and required year-ending surgery, preventing Anderson from testing at the Combine. He did clock 4.43 at the Utah Pro Day. The reddest flag on Anderson is an 18.6-percent drop rate between his final two college seasons. He is a leggy, straight-line burner who may have to make his NFL living as a low-volume vertical streaker.
May 3 - 9:59 PM

Only 60 of the 84 underclassmen who declared early for the 2015 NFL Draft were drafted.

In other words, 24 (at least) made major mistakes in jumping early. The 28.6 percent of underclassmen who went undrafted this year actually represents a decline from last year's 36.7 percent mark. Amongst the biggest notable names who will have to begin their careers as UDFAs after declaring early: SS Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, WR DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame, DE Deion Barnes, Penn State, TE Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts, WR Deontay Greenberry, Houston, DT Ellis McCarthy, UCLA and WR George Farmer, USC.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 8:55 PM

Jaguars signed Auburn CB Nick Marshall.

Marshall (6'2/207) played quarterback at Auburn, but practiced at cornerback during Senior Bowl practices and will try to make it as a defensive back in the pros. He has adequate arm length (32 1/8") for the position and ran 4.54 at the Combine, also impressing in the vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'4") jumps. Marshall obviously needs a lot of technical work, but held his own in Mobile and has ideal dimensions for a big, perimeter press corner.
May 3 - 6:42 PM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's $3 million injury insurance policy was triggered when he wasn't taken on Day 2.

ESPN.com reported that International Specialty Insurance projected Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 12 overall pick when they signed the policy with Oregon and the prospect. For falling out of Round 1, IEO was set to recoup a portion of that policy. When he tumbled out of Day 2, it guaranteed he'd get it all. Ekpre-Olomu, who tore his ACL last December, went No. 241 overall to the Browns.
Source: NFL.com
May 3 - 2:57 PM

Despite having slipped to the Vikings in the fourth round, NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock maintains that Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings "is a starting right tackle in this league Day 1."

It's high praise, and a non-subtle hint to Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt that they better get ready for competition, but Mayock did add that Clemmings has "a lot of work to do, especially in technique." Clemmings has a stress fracture in his foot, probably the primary reason that he fell from potential Round 1 pick into Day 2. "He played extremely well as an offensive tackle at Pitt in games," Mayock said. "Went to the Senior Bowl and got undressed. Why? Because he's only been an offensive player for two years. He's very raw from a technique perspective." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah added that Clemmings is "a right tackle who can really help you in the run game. That's going to take a lot of pressure off their young quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater)."
Source: NFL.com
May 3 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora argues that LSU OL La'EL Collin is better off having gone undrafted as opposed to getting taken on Day 3.

Collins, who will meet with Baton Rouge police Monday to discuss the murder of his ex-girlfriend (he's not a suspect), tumbled out of the draft as teams shied away from a prospect who didn't get an opportunity to exonerate himself in advance. "Collins is actually in excellent shape to dictate the start of his career and bear considerable fiscal rewards as well," La Canfora wrote. Collins lost out on millions in not going in the first round, as expected, but he can now choose his own team if he's indeed cleared in the case (in that scenario, all 32 teams would be interested). He will also be granted free agency after three years, one year sooner than had he been drafted. Collins won't get a bonus and will be locked into salaries of $435,000 in 2016, $525,000 in 2017 and $615,000 in 2017, but La Canfora breaks down how he can recoup that money in the long-term in the column below.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 1:42 PM

Dolphins selected Boise State RB Jay Ajayi with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A day-two talent based on tape, measurables and stats, Ajayi plummeted due to concerns over his right knee, which NFL Network's Mike Mayock has reported is "bone on bone." Ajayi (6'0/221) turned 678 college carries into 3,796 yards (5.60 YPC) and 50 TDs, adding 73 catches. He ran 4.57 at the Combine, also impressing in the vertical (39") and broad (10'1") jumps with one of the fastest 20-yard shuttle times (4.10) by a running back. On tape, Ajayi looks like Marshawn Lynch with a compact, muscular build but isn't quite as physical. More of a loose-hipped finesse back, Ajayi is an extremely aggressive runner with light feet and an ability to change speeds on a dime. Ajayi fumbled 11 times at Boise and must tighten up his pass protection, but could eventually be a three-down back if he works out the kinks and stays healthy. He's competition for Lamar Miller, but perhaps not an immediate 2015 threat.
May 2 - 2:28 PM




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