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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jeff Schultz reports "at least" 10 teams have had visits or private workouts with Georgia LB Alec Ogletree.

"At least 10 teams already have private workouts or visits set up with Ogletree, including the Falcons. Others: New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Buffalo," Schultz writes. The news comes as no surprise, as teams want to figure out Ogletree's character issues. He also has an abundance of talent, offering the range that teams are looking for at the position.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Oregon redshirt senior T Andre Yruretagoyena has retired from football.

The offensive lineman said he plans to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating" in the coming months. Yruretagoyena was one of the linemen injured for the Ducks last season, in this case a leg injury. That means four OL from last year will not be on the roster in 2015.
Source: Go Ducks
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

The NFL will consider making changes to the drills prospects go through at the NFL Combine, according to Matt Birk.

"Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards," Birk said. "We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done." That is the point though, Mr. Birk, to compare the trends in results across years and even decades. Each prospect is a blip, and data is added each year. These Combine results have been effectively used by the Seahawks and many other teams. This might punish those teams even though the goal is to help create a better experience. As Zach Whitman put it, continuing to run the 40 would preserve past data.
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

One AFC scout noted "in theory" Clemson LB Stephone Anthony Combine performance "changes his scouting report from a two-down guy to a possible three-down linebacker."

Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20 yard short shuttle. That is outstanding. Our issue, Anthony does not play even close to that speed due to the angles he takes when facing lineman and trash at the second level. He makes himself look like a much lesser athlete.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

One NFL scout told the MMQB's Robert Klemko that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "did much better on the board than expected."

"His football IQ was surprisingly good," the scout said. Expectations can lead to disappointment or surprise in a positive way. One question is why would Mariota performing well in this area be a surprise? He ran his offense at Oregon masterfully and displayed understanding and traits that transcended play calls. The whole "pro style" system has so much grey area to it, as there is more overlap in the NFL now than in recent memory. Fit schemes to the top talents on the team instead of being a stubborn coach stuck in your ways.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word the Titans and Jaguars have shown "a lot of interest" in Missouri Shane Ray.

It makes sense. Ray missed Combine due to an injury, and teams will have extra homework to do because of it. Still, the spectrum of his projection will be more clear after his pro day workout. Ray could easily be a top 10 pick.
Feb 27 - 9:53 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota climbed five spots in Daniel Jeremiah's latest rankings and now sits at No. 7.

Jeremiah also mock Mariota to the Rams in his latest projection of the first 32 picks, saying "The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel." We must say it: Mariota does not receive enough credit for his foundation quarterback traits of poise, patience, movement inside of structure and eye level in the face of pressure.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 9:12 AM

West Virginia WR Kevin White reminds Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar of Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald.

"White's college tape ... showed over and over that while he doesn't yet run a full route tree, he's got the speed to beat defenders downfield, the vertical ability to make contested catches and should be a real threat in the NFL," Farrar wrote. "Still, some questioned White's separation ability, and whether he was a true No. 1 receiver ... or simply a guy who benefited from West Virginia's wide-open offense. One 4.35 40-yard dash later, and after he looked spectacular in the receiver drills, White showed me that he's more route-savvy and quicker in short spaces than I imagined." The analyst believes White could be a top-five pick. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Feb 26 - 11:21 PM

TCU redshirt junior QB Trevone Boykin will undergo surgery in April to repair a fractured wrist.

Before Horned Frogs fans keel over, we should be clear on two things: Surgery will repair the injury to Boykin's left (non-throwing) wrist that he sustained in October, and the fracture is being described as small. He didn't miss a snap because of the injury, though he will miss a portion of spring practices while rehabbing, a process that is expected to take five weeks. Boykin, fortunately, is expected be 100 percent by voluntary summer workouts.
Feb 26 - 11:05 PM

Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar wrote that he hasn't "seen better overall tape from any player in this draft class" than that of Washington DT Danny Shelton.

Shelton, "despite the fact that he was double-teamed on nearly every one of the snaps he took," posted nine sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss while playing over 80 percent of Washington's defensive snaps in 2014. "Shelton can destroy pockets, he'll use his surprisingly quick feet to get past blockers and he works very well from multiple gaps," Farrar wrote. "I don't think there's an NFL team that wouldn't benefit tremendously from Shelton's addition, and in my opinion, there isn't a player in this draft with more overall value ... once you take the quarterback value equation off the board. And once his NFL team teaches him a wider array of hand moves, Shelton will be absolutely lethal."
Feb 26 - 10:16 PM

The Bucs are "leaning toward" linking FSU QB Jameis Winston's off-field "problems" are due to immaturity, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"And not because he’s a bad guy," King writes. "That leads me to believe he’s the leader in the clubhouse with the draft two months away." From an NFL perspective, there is a big difference. Teams take many prospects off their boards due to questions that they think cannot be answered or fixed. It seems every outlet is linking, or even locking, Winston in at No. 1. Until something is definite, we would not count out Marcus Mariota.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 2:02 PM

The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas spoke with one coach who questioned his peers for not finding 32 QBs talented enough to start in the NFL.

"There are 300 million people in the U.S., but we can’t find 32 NFL quarterbacks? As coaches, we’re messing it up," the coach said. The lack of quarterback talent is a big argument against adding more NFL franchises, at least from an entertainment perspective. The question is if teams would start incorporating offenses that rely less on traditional quarterback types. The position seems near its low in terms of talent.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 1:53 PM




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