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Raiders selected Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick.

Wilson (6-foot-2 1/8, 215) succeeded Ryan Mallett and started for two seasons, looking like the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2011 before regressing in 2012 as Arkansas' program fell apart. He finished with a career completion rate of 62.6 and a 52:26 TD-to-INT ratio. Wilson's accuracy can be scattershot and his arm strength isn't overwhelming, but he is the toughest pocket passer in this draft and loves to challenge defenses vertically. He's a gunslinger with good mobility. Current Raiders starter Matt Flynn could lose his spot to a rookie named Wilson for the second year in a row.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:58:00 PM

247 Sports reports that transferring Clemson graduate DT Scott Pagano has narrowed his list of finalists to Arkansas, Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

Pagano graduated in December, making him immediately eligible to play with one year of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder bench presses 470 pounds and reps 225 pounds 38 times. CBS Sports lists Pagano as one of the top 10 defensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft Class.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 21 - 3:00 PM

An NFC scout says Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes "definitely has the tools to be a No. 1."

"He's big and athletic with big-time arm talent," the scout said. "I know his numbers are inflated but he can make all of the throws. I think the kid can play. ... I like him a lot!" The 6-foot-3, 230-pound gunslinger threw for over 11,000 yards with a 93/29 TD/INT ratio across three seasons. Because he's coming from an Air Raid offense, even Mahomes' staunchest supporters see him as a developmental prospect in need of a long-term development plan. But Mahomes does have support, but inside and outside of the NFL. Ian Rapoport told the Setting The Edge podcast recently that several evaluators have pegged Mahomes as their "favorite quarterback" in the NFL Draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 1:43 PM

The NCAA awarded Florida State redshirt sophomore S Derwin James a medical redshirt waiver for the 2016 season.

After suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in Week 2 of last season, James will now enter the 2017 season as a redshirt sophomore instead of a junior. This waiver is mostly a contingency plan -- James isn't expected to actually use this fifth season of eligibility. "He’s not staying for a fifth year anyway," HC Jimbo Fisher said with a smile. "You hope he stays for a fourth." FSU’s spring game is scheduled for April 8. It is not yet known if James will be healthy enough to play in it.
Feb 21 - 1:29 PM

Per Bovada, USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold is now the favorite to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

Darnold opened at 9/1 late last month, behind JT Barrett (6/1), Lamar Jackson (7/1) and Baker Mayfield (11/2). But Darnold surged to the head of the pack in Bovada's most recent odds, released Wednesday. Now, Jackson, the 2016 winner, is tied with 2016 finalist Mayfield for second at 13/2 odds. Alabama running back Bo Scarborough (9/1) and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (10/1) round out the top five. Barrett's odds fell to 12/1.
Feb 21 - 12:59 PM

Joe Mixon will participate in Oklahoma's pro day on March 8.

The date is a quick turnaround for NFL evaluators, since the Combine ends on March 6. This is Mixon's best opportunity to impress evaluators during the draft process, since he was not invited to the Combine. Expect Mixon to have a ton of team visits and private workouts during the process.
Feb 21 - 10:58 AM

Clemson QB Deshaun Watson plans to do participate in every part of the NFL Combine.

"Run, throw, meetings, everything," Watson said. Watson declined an invitation to the Senior Bowl, and we expect every other healthy quarterback to join him in fully participating in Indianapolis. The quarterbacks will work out on Saturday, March 4.
Feb 21 - 10:43 AM

Washington WR John Ross told the MMQB's Emily Kaplan he recently ran a 4.30 laser-timed forty while training for the NFL Combine.

That is fast. "You could argue he’s just an exceptional slot guy," one NFL evaluator told Kaplan. "But smart offenses will figure out ways to incorporate him everywhere." Ross did create big plays from anywhere, including as a kickoff returner. The obvious comparison is to Desean Jackson. Ross' medical history on both knees will be crucial, plus he has a shoulder surgery scheduled, but he is still ridiculously explosive after those injuries and surgeries in 2016.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 21 - 10:27 AM

Miami sophomore S Cedrick Wright will transfer.

Wright, a native of Dade County, appeared in nine games as a true freshman last season, mostly on special teams. Rated as a four-star safety prospect by ESPN in the class of 2016, Wright picked the Hurricanes Miami over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others. Wright will sit the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS school. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Feb 20 - 6:04 PM

Alabama hired Philadelphia Eagles director of personnel operations Joe Pannunzio as tight ends and special teams coach.

The 57-year old Pannunzio was the Tide's director of football operations from 2011 to 2014. Pannunzio previously coached tight ends and special teams as a combination at TCU (1990-91), Minnesota (1992-94), Ole Miss (1995-98), Auburn (1999) and Miami (2006-10). He was the head coach at Murray State from 2000 to 2005. Pannunzio replaces Mario Cristobal as TE coach.
Source: AL.com
Feb 20 - 5:49 PM

An AFC college scouting director says Michigan S Jabrill Peppers "is a better offensive player than defensive prospect."

"I'm concerned about the lack of interceptions and his lack of physicality," he said. "He is more of a run-and-chase defender to me. He might have a chance as a 4-3 (weakside) linebacker but I believe he might be better with the ball in his hands." A different AFC college scouting director also had concerns about Peppers' NFL positional fit. "He is a box safety or nickel linebacker. He doesn't play well in the back end and is just OK in man coverage. He does have a knack for blitzing and finding the ball in the box. I think you need to have a plan for him because he is good in the return game and he loves playing football. ... I just struggle with him as a defensive player." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks compares Peppers to Eric Weddle, writing: "I believe Peppers' positional flexibility has hurt his value on some draft boards, but astute evaluators and creative defensive minds will appreciate his multi-faceted game as an intriguing chess piece."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 5:29 PM

Utah RB Joe Williams explained that he retired from football briefly last year in part due to years of guilt and grief over the death of his sister in 2007.

His 7-year-old sister, Kylee, died of acute myocarditis -- a heart muscle inflammation -- after getting misdiagnosed with a a viral syndrome and discharged from the hospital. "People make it a big deal that I quit on the team. To me, it was necessary," Williams said. "I was learning to come to grips with the fact that it wasn't my fault. I'm 23 years old now, and I can't blame myself for something that occurred 10 years ago, no matter how painful or traumatic it was. It would be bigger to honor her in a much more meaningful way." Williams rushed for 1,017 yards in only five games after rejoining the team following his four-game retirement in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 4:43 PM




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