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Two OTs and two DTs make up Scouts Inc.'s top tier of draft prospects.

Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are the two offensive tackles, with Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei as the two defensive tackles. Joeckel and Floyd hold the top two grades of 97, with Fisher and Lotulelei both registering grades of 96. The second tier has four prospects with grades of 95.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 01:33:00 PM

An NFL scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes is better than Dak Prescott.

"You can say he’s better than Dak Prescott," the scout said. "Total winner. Highly poised. Top intangibles. ... Going to need a lot of work, like all these guys from the spread." A longtime favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, Mahomes' stock has skyrocketed during the pre-Draft process. He's currently being projected between the Cardinals' pick at No. 13 and the Texans' pick at No. 25. "I may be crazy but when I watch his tape, just as a scout, I get excited," a personnel man said. "He’s a guilty pleasure. We all have biases. Going in, Texas Tech, dink, dunk, dink, dunk, this guy cannot translate. I left saying, ‘Love this guy. He’s so much fun.’ He pulls plays out of his (expletive) like you wouldn’t believe. It’s not dink and dunk. He believes in his arm so much that it’s a problem sometimes. He’s not ready right now. I’m not comparing him to Aaron (Rodgers), but that natural sense of making plays when they break down is unusual."
Apr 23 - 10:44 AM

Tennessee senior RB Jalen Hurd transferred to Baylor.

This is a big-time acquisition for new HC Matt Rhule, who has already navigated, in addition to the ongoing scandal at Baylor, a change in offensive philosophy and a large migration of NFL talent to the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Hurd left Tennessee after complaining about the offensive philosophy. Hurd, a former five-star recruit, also cited unspecified injuries. Perhaps because of those injuries, Hurd wants to change positions at his new school. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that he will play receiver at Baylor. At his listed dimensions, Hurd would be one of the largest receivers in the NFL (to say nothing of college). He is one inch shorter and eight points heavier than Plaxico Burress' listed playing size. Hurd was a gifted receiver out of the backfield who had 67 receptions across 33 career games in Knoxville. Hurd will sit this season to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rules. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:24 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is "still under serious consideration by the Browns at No. 1."

Talk of Trubisky to the Browns at No. 1 simply refuses to die. These rumblings kicked off in earnest on April 11, when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that there were "split opinions" as to whether to select Myles Garrett -- viewed as close to a consensus No. 1 throughout the process -- or Trubisky. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora dumped even more fuel on this divided fire, passing along word that Hue Jackson and the Browns' coaching staff was "all in" on Garrett, but that the front office was leaning toward Trubisky. With the Cleveland Plain Dealer's fresh report that Trubisky remains in play for the Browns at No. 1, it is becoming increasingly difficult to just dismiss this as idle talk. We still ultimately think that Browns will take Garrett. One other note from Cabot's report -- she was told "don't be surprised" if the 49ers select Trubisky at No. 2, something that the Browns are almost certainly factoring into their decision.
Apr 22 - 3:17 PM

Washington WR John Ross' agent, Brad Cicala, released a statement detailing his client's injury history.

Cicala released his statement after NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported on Friday that several teams were scrubbing Ross from their draft boards due to concerns over his health and durability. Said Cicala in the statement, "Despite recent reports, John Ross III has never sustained 2 ACL injury’s nor has he had 2 ACL surgeries. In January of 2015 he endured surgery on his right lateral meniscus and in April of 2015 he had surgery on his left ACL." He went on to say that Ross is ahead of schedule in his recovery from the shoulder surgery which he underwent following the Combine and will be healthy for training camps. Cicala also included this rather pertinent note: "I have confirmed with numerous NFL teams that John’s recent medical rechecks have come back positive." Ross is a top-20 possibility come Day 1 of the draft on Thursday.
Apr 22 - 12:40 PM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly hears from an NFL general manager that two quarterbacks will be drafted before the Bills pick at No. 10.

"Two quarterbacks in the top nine. That'd be a shocker," Casserly said. We would be shocked by the rumor, but seeing quarterbacks pushed up the board is nothing new. Perhaps the most tangible part of Casserly's little nugget is that the Bills -- whom met with Deshaun Watson on Friday and have been linked to him by multiple reports throughout the offseason -- might have to maneuver if they are truly coveting the Clemson star. We expect Watson and UNC's Mitchell Trubisky to be the first two quarterbacks selected in one order or another.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 12:27 PM

Washington junior QB Jake Browning (shoulder) has been throwing without pain this spring.

Browning is on the mend from right shoulder surgery which he underwent following Washington's Playoff loss to Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 206-pounder initially injured his wing in a win over Arizona State on November 19. He indicated that his current goal is to rebuild the strength in that shoulder. All signs point toward him being a go for August camp. Browning figures to land squarely in the 2017 Heisman conversation if healthy. He threw for 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns this past season.
Apr 22 - 12:14 PM

Illinois HC Lovie Smith named junior QB Chayce Crouch the team's starter for 2017.

No waiting around for Smith and the Illini, here. Said Lovie of Crouch, who will replace the departed Wes Lunt, "He's our starting quarterback, undisputed leader of our team. I can't wait to get him back out there." The "back out there" portion of the equation is in relation to the 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior's recovery from season-ending shoulder surgery which he underwent near the end of October. Crouch did not take contact this spring, but has been medically cleared and should be ready to assume his spot atop the depth chart come the start of August camp. Prior to going down injured last season, Crouch had completed 18-of-32 passes for 249 yards and a 1/1 TD/INT ratio over the course of four games played.
Apr 21 - 7:09 PM

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith said that the team does not feel pressure to select a quarterback at No. 25.

"I don't feel pressure. At some point, we're going to add a quarterback," Smith said, adding (very rightly) that "[i]t's difficult to play quarterback as a rookie in this league." Smith's comments would seem to echo a report from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline earlier this week, when Pauline wrote that according to little birdies "close to the organization" quarterback is not truly on the radar for Houston at pick No. 25, as the team is apparently comfortable with trotting Tom Savage out there in 2017 while in a (perhaps fatally-flawed) win-now mode. The offshoot of Smith's comments is that it at least sounds like they could add a quarterback later in the draft even if they don't pull the trigger on the position with their first-round selection.
Apr 21 - 6:43 PM

While speaking on a conference call on Friday, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Alabama LB Reuben Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."

Draft pundits near and far are in scramble mode as they try to assess how news of Foster's failed Combine drug test on a diluted sample might affect his stock. Said Mayock, "I don't see him sliding all that far. I think he's a top-20 pick all day long in any draft. Could he have been a top-10 pick? He still might be a top-10 pick." Mayock also offered a little insight on Foster's boot from the Combine for his confrontation with a hospital worker, calling it "way overdone" and saying that "I think the [C]ombine incident has been wiped clean by almost every team." Mayock refers to the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder as "a top-20 pick all day long," but not all pundits are so convinced that Foster is still in play for the top-10 -- or even the first round. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi tweeted earlier on Friday that he believes that Foster will be on the board come the start of the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:46 PM

Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) went through a workout with veteran WR coach Jerry Sullivan on Friday, who relayed to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Davis "didn't have any limp."

Davis has mostly been a been bystander during the draft process due to a minor ankle surgery he underwent in February. Sullivan told Rapoport that in Friday's workout, "I thought he was very explosive, even on his foot. Remember, he hasn't really done much in three and a half months." Sullivan additionally said that Davis is probably about 75% of the way back to full health. There has been talk of the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder slipping to Round 2, but we think he still has a solid chance of landing on Day 1 next Thursday, when he will jostle with Mike Williams and John Ross for the privilege of being the first receiver off the board.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:33 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon reached a settlement agreement in the civil suit for his punching Amelia Molitor in the summer of 2014.

"From our private discussions I am satisfied that we are going to put this behind us and work towards helping others who may have found themselves in similar circumstances," Molitor said. She added that, "I’m finished talking about what happened that night with Joe. It’s time to move on from that. I wish Joe the best of luck in his future." For all intents and purposes, this settlement puts the troubling incident in Mixon's mirror (at least legally), though he may still have to face the professional consequences come the draft next week. Even his draft outlook is looking relatively solid at this juncture, though, as the general consensus has gradually swung toward Mixon as a potential Round 2 selection.
Apr 21 - 5:20 PM




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