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CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman talked to one NFL personnel man who believes Stanford junior QB Kevin Hogan will be a future first-round pick.

That evaluator notes Hogan has "great pocket awareness, anticipation and size. Good feet." Hogan took over for Josh Nunes last year and did open up the Stanford offense a bit more. The Cardinal lost their leading rusher in Stepfan Taylor but continue to deploy solid offensive line talent, which will only help Hogan's progression.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 03:22:00 PM

One NFC personnel director believes Utah redshirt senior Nate Orchard is best suited to play outside linebacker in the NFL.

The executive saying Orchard "is not a true defensive end" leads us to believe he see Orchard as a stand up pass rusher in an odd man front. As you can tell from listing these types of prospects as "edge rushers," we hate the DE/OLB designations. So many teams are multiple with their looks up front that in many cases there is no difference. And do not get use started with people ranking pass rushing OLBs and off line of scrimmage OLBs together. Orchard is mainly a straight-line players, but eh is already being moved around a lot and has a very good motor to make plays from the backside.
Oct 30 - 10:39 AM

USC junior WR Nelson Agholor was compared to a "young Reggie Wayne" by an NFC scout.

The comparison originated from Agholor's ability to get in and out of his breaks and route running. "One concern the scout expressed about Agholor was field awareness," NFL media writes, citing the receiver stepping out of bounds before converting a fourth down play. The receiver class is shaping up to be another great one, which is noteworthy since last year's group is already making an immediate impact.
Oct 30 - 9:46 AM

One AFC scout told NFL media he has zero concerns or questions regarding USC junior DL Leonard Williams' motor.

"You always worry about motor with defensive linemen... When I watch Leonard Williams play, I see Richard Seymour," the scout said. You will see Williams listed as a defensive end in many rankings, but he will almost certainly play a 5 or 3 technique role for an odd or multiple front. If everything checks out, look for Williams to be a top 10 or 5 selection.
Oct 30 - 9:35 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls USC junior DL Leonard Williams a "physical mismatch" who could entice the Raiders at the number one pick.

The Raiders are set at quarterback with Derek Carr. Rang sees as Williams as a "physical mismatch too quick for interior lineman and too powerful for offensive tackles" to handle. Rang previously noted that scouts were comparing the 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior to such current NFL studs as J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. A prime example of Williams' ability to dominate came several weeks back, when he recorded eleven tackles and a sack against Stanford, earning him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 29 - 4:46 PM

Miami junior OT Ereck Flowers underwent a surgical procedure on his knee on Wednesday.

It's uncertain how long Flowers will be out of duty for the Hurricanes. Head coach Al Golden didn't have an update on Flowers' status beyond "as soon as we get information, we'll get it to you." He'll almost certainly miss Saturday's tilt against North Carolina and it remains to be seen if the tackle will return this season. Jon Feliciano is expected to start in his place for as long as he's out. In his time starting (he has started all seven games this season), Flowers has impressed NFL scouts with his base strength. As CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes, "another year at the college level could elevate his draft projection" for the 2016 NFL Draft, as Flowers still needs to improve in his "hand use, patience and overall timing."
Oct 29 - 4:14 PM

An NFL scout who spoke to Sports Illustrated's Inside Read, notes how "weird" that Utah junior RB Devontae Booker "is just like Arian Foster."

"He runs just like (Foster), same number, not a lot of [expletive] when he scores," the scout said."... He's good. It's weird how much he's like Arian Foster. Just wait until they give him the rock more." The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker recently rushed for 102 yards and a score on 26 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win against USC. According to the scout, the Utes prospect is "probably at best a late third- to fifth-round pick if he entered the NFL Draft after this season." Booker signed with Washington State out of high school but academic concerns sent him to American River College, where he rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He's been a revelation for the Utes, rushing for 844 yards on 146 attempts.
Oct 29 - 3:57 PM

Colorado State HC Jim McElwain has earned admirers in NFL circles, according to Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

"Scouts are impressed by McElwain’s ability to develop talent," the duo writes, citing Weston Richburg and Crockett Gillmore as examples from last year. Offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo will likely be a day two selection, according to one NFL scout. "He’s done a hell of a job," the scout said. "He’s a great coach." McElwain does have NFL experience as the Raiders quarterbacks coach in 2006.
Oct 29 - 12:10 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel spoke with one NFL scout who questioned if Oregon redshirt junior is an "alpha male."

"Like if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you," the scout said. "I just don’t know if he’s that alpha male that you’re looking for. This kid’s a kind of fly on the wall kind of guy." The scout went on to say he thinks the Duck is a competitive player, but does not believe Mariota will be a franchise "savior" from year one and will take some time in the NFL. We have never spent time playing in the NFL, but these comments are such rubbish if they are graded equally with on-field skill. These "personality" assessments were brought up with Teddy Bridgewater last year, and other prospects were criticized for having opposite personalities in previous years. With how many real concerns teams are faced with when evaluating prospects, a quarterback being "too nice" is a manufactured one.
Oct 29 - 11:58 AM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Anderson, who has an NFL future, caught 22 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns this season. He mainly played the slot in Utah's multiple receiver offense and was able to get vertical or use fluidity to work in the intermediate areas of the field. His season might not have built on a breakout 2013 campaign, but Anderson should still get a look in the NFL.
Oct 29 - 11:53 AM

Texas A&M OC Jake Spavital said the best way for a QB to learn is putting him with the second team offense.

Interesting. "You’re going to have protection issues, and you get to see how creative you can be by extending that play or finding your hot answers," Spavital told the media. "You also get a feel for when your run game isn’t working, what you need to do on the perimeter." Working inside and outside of structure and showing comfort with both is something we always discuss. Spavital just re-opened the team's starting quarterback competition between Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen.
Oct 29 - 10:09 AM

When asked for his response to the first set of CFB Playoff rankings, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said "none of it matters."

"I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end," Saban began. "So I don't even care, to be honest with you. Don't know and don't care." The Crimson Tide still face LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn, so obviously their season is not even close to being over. Alabama was slotted at No. 6 in the first set of rankings.
Oct 29 - 9:36 AM

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