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Former LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu did pass his drug test at the NFL Combine.

This is a step in the right direction for Mathieu and a positive sign for his future. Even if he lasts until the later part of the second day, the defender formerly known as the "Honey Badger" will be one of the prominent story lines of draft weekend.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 09:08:00 PM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Lions on Wednesday.

We would be shocked to see Perriman go to Detroit in the first-round, with the team drafting Eric Ebron last year with money invested in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Perriman posted a ridiculous forty time at his pro-day (4.25) and should be consistently projected in the first-round.
Apr 1 - 12:42 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker will visit the Browns, according to Tony Grossi.

No date was attached. The Browns will absolutely be in the market for a receiver this year after failing to address the position last year and banking on Josh Gordon. There have been reports the team was interested in Brandin Cooks, but obviously that did not happen. Parker excels in contested situations and in the red zone.
Apr 1 - 12:30 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will not attend the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Adam Schefter.

"Marcus Mariota told NFL it is important to him, personally and culturally, to be in Hawaii to celebrate next step in life. No draft for him," Schefter tweeted. Jameis Winston has also said he is leaning towards not attending the draft, as he wants to stay close to home to be with his grandmother. The top two picks in the draft might not attend the event.
Apr 1 - 9:39 AM

FSU EDGE/DL Mario Edwards Jr. was put through a private workout by the Cowboys and has one scheduled with the Panthers.

Edwards is one of this draft's biggest conundrums, and his projection shows that. Some buzz has linked the defensive lineman in the first round, but that is attributed to "upside" and not his play. Edwards has lost a considerable amount of weight and seems certain to stay on the edge.
Apr 1 - 9:22 AM

Stanford WR Ty Montgomery will visit the Seahawks, according to Rand Getlin.

We doubt Montgomery is selected prior to the fourth round, as he struggles with many of the basic receiver skills. There are drop issues as well as sustaining speed in his routes. But Montgomery can make plays with the ball in his hands with straight-line speed and power on contact. He is a manufactured touch player at this point in his career.
Apr 1 - 9:12 AM

West Virginia WR Kevin White said he should be chosen over Alabama's Amari Cooper because "I think I bring a lot more to the table."

"Amari Cooper is a great receiver, a great competitor, but I think I bring a lot more to the table," White said. "He's at Alabama with Nick Saban. They have a whole bunch of other tools that help him out where he's not getting double-covered. A lot of attention is not just strictly on Amari Cooper. ... On West Virginia, it's just, 'OK, let's shut Kevin White down.' They have a lot of attention toward me." The comments likely won't be well received in Morgantown and they certainly won't be received well by WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, but you can't easily argue when he cites his time at JUCO in saying "I haven't learned or been taught the little secrets" about being a wide receiver. Of course, Cooper could just as easily say that the Mountaineers threw on 48.7 percent of their plays against 44.3 percent passes for the Tide. White also only had one good collegiate season, which is why Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score ranked him as the No. 8 receiver.
Mar 31 - 10:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranks FSU QB Jameis Winston as the No. 5 quarterback in the past five years.

This is quite a different opinion than that of ESPN's Todd McShay, who has said all winter that he grades Winston behind only Andrew Luck amongst QB prospects that came out in the past 10 years. Zierlein said the following prospects all would have been drafted ahead of Winston: Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Luck and Robert Griffin III. Colleague Gil Brandt called Winston "an elite talent" and said he was one of the top 10 quarterback talents of the past decade. "Outside of the perceived negativeness about his character, it's very hard to find something negative about the guy," Brandt says. Daniel Jeremiah mentioned Winston's comparisons range from former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "You've got JaMarcus Russell on the bust end and then you've got Ben Roethlisberger as the ultimate of what he could be with his skill set," Jeremiah said. "I'm not concerned with him being another JaMarcus Russell."
Mar 31 - 7:33 PM

FSU QB Jameis Winston is "the clear choice for the No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay, as you might already be aware, grades Winston behind only Andrew Luck amongst QB prospects in the past 10 years, and on the same level as Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan as prospects. "To me, Winston has the look of a No. 1 overall pick based on what he's done on the field, and I consider him the most likely player to go with the first choice, unless the Bucs feel like they can't trust him off the field," McShay wrote.
Mar 31 - 6:17 PM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler reports that Miami RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) is expected to be a full participant at Wednesday's pro day.

In other words, Johnson intends to take part in all tests in addition to position drills. Priority No. 1 for the talented runner is improving upon his combine 40-yard dash after posting a disappointing 4.54 in Indianapolis. That number, of course, could have been affected by a right hamstring strain. Because of that injury, Johnson didn't run the shuttles or the three-cone drill at the combine. Expect all 32 teams to simply migrate south after taking in FSU's pro day on Thursday. They'll also check out OT Ereck Flowers, LB Denzel Perryman, TE Clive Walford, DE Anthony Chickillo, WR Phillip Dorsett, DB Ladarius Gunter and OL Jon Feliciano.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 31 - 5:43 PM

FSU QB Jameis Winston said the Buccaneers should make him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

"Because I'm the best player in the draft," Winston said. Tuesday's pro day in Tallahassee was a star-studded affair, attended by such luminaries as Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton. Of course, Tampa Bay sent just about everyone on the payroll, including coach Lovie Smith, general manager Jason Licht, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian. "He had a great day," Licht said. "He threw a full nine innings." When asked if he made a good impression, Winston said: "I know I did." Barring an 11th-hour change of heart, Winston will be announced as the No. 1 pick in roughly 30 days, three hours and thirty minutes.
Mar 31 - 5:27 PM

QB "guru" George Whitfield said he was told by one NFL source Jameis Winston was "shadowed on a Combine flight" by another team.

Never change, NFL. For real, the NFL thinks they have no limits, critiquing every prospects' "character" like they have been trained for it and pulling off amateur spy tactics like this. There have been other stories of teams wanting to put players in social situations to observe behavior. We wonder how the people making these decisions would react in such situations.
Mar 31 - 2:36 PM

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