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Draft insider Tony Pauline believes South Carolina junior DE Jadeveon Clowney is "marginally instinctive."

This is one of the two red flags Pauline sees in Clowney's tape. The defensive end "too often pins his ears back and rushes up field, overrunning plays," Pauline tweeted. The latter could be chalked up to his assignment or defensive scheme if coaches wanted Clowney to disrupt the backfield and wreak havoc more than making tackles at the line of scrimmage.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 01:35:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Ohio State redshirt senior OL Billy Price is "one of the best center prospects I’ve seen in the past decade."

"I gave Price the same grade I gave (Nick) Mangold when he entered the league, and Mangold ended up being a first-round selection," Jeremiah writes. The analyst also grades him higher than Vikings C Pat Elflein, who is currently in the midst of a rock-solid rookie season. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was a unanimous All-American for the past season and won the Rimington Trophy (given to the nation's best center) for his fine efforts. He's going to be selected in the first round come the spring draft -- it's just a matter of how high he climbs.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 17 - 4:49 PM

USC received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Markese Stepp.

Stepp (6'0/228) sided with the Trojans after taking an official visit this weekend. He'll be signing come Wednesday's early signing period. He had been a Notre Dame pledge dating back to the summer of 2016 prior to opening his recruitment back up at the beginning of December. ESPN's No. 226 overall prospect in the 2018 class is a bruising prospect who offers fantastic vision and plenty of promise as a blocker. USC has a history of closing strong in recruiting. They are a program to watch for Wednesday.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 4:38 PM

USC four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Mychael Salahuddin reopened his recruitment.

Salahuddin (5'11/190) is not completely discounting the Trojans from his thoughts, but North Carolina, Pitt, Clemson and Maryland are also in the mix, here, with all four of the latter programs offering a more comfortable landing spot in terms of proximity for the Washington D.C. native. This weekend, he is checking out Maryland in unofficial capacity. Syracuse is another east coast program to keep an eye on. While the tough runner's decommitment comes just days before the start of the early winter signing period (Dec. 20-22), that is mere coincidence -- the all-purpose back does not plan on inking with his eventual program until the more traditional February opportunity. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 4 all-purpose back in the 2018 class.
Dec 17 - 1:53 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 DE Kayode Oladele.

Oladele (6'5/236) will be putting pen to paper with the Tigers on Wednesday, the first day of the early winter signing period. He opted for Auburn over Ole Miss. A native of Nigeria currently plying his trade at Champagnat Catholic High School (Miami), the defensive end ranks as ESPN 300's No. 159 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He is still quite raw as a prospect, but flashes plenty of upside for down the road, particularly in terms of his strength and range. Oladele is a prime candidate to receive a redshirt during his inaugural campaign with Auburn. He'll be enrolling at the program in the summer.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 17 - 1:41 PM

Nebraska freshman WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. will transfer.

Johnson (6'1/195) did not play for Nebraska this season, as he left the team over the offseason to deal with the repercussions of a marijuana citation arrest. Nebraska -- then under the guidance of HC Mike Riley -- kept the door open for him to potentially return in January, something which both he and his father, Keyshawn Johnson Sr., indicated on several occasions during the fall would be in the cards. Just how much of Johnson's about-face, here, is related to the hire of UCF's Scott Frost to replace Riley is not yet known. Johnson ranked as the No. 43 wideout in the 2017 class by Rivals metrics.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 17 - 1:28 PM

Middle Tennessee redshirt junior QB Brent Stockstill completed 19-of-35 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 35-30 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl.

It wasn't always pretty for Stockstill, but he did enough for the Blue Raiders to win on Saturday night. The turnovers were particularly ugly, as they kept the Red Wolves in the game. He also had a few gorgeous passes, including a back-shoulder throw on third down late in the game that allowed MTSU to use much of the clock. Stockstill missed much of the year with injuries, and even when healthy, it was an inconsistent season. He's still one of the more talented quarterbacks coming back in Conference-USA, and if healthy, he should lead the Blue Raiders to another bowl game next season.
Dec 17 - 12:09 AM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore QB Demry Croft is transferring to Tennessee State.

Croft made the announcement on Twitter. The redshirt sophomore quarterback started the last six games of the season for the Gophers, and completed just 42 percent of his passes while throwing four touchdowns and six interceptions. Because he's transferring to an FCS team, he'll be eligible to play immediately.
Dec 16 - 8:45 PM

Boise State senior WR Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 38-28 win over Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Just a masterful performance by Wilson, who repeatedly shredded the Ducks deep while showing an almost preternatural connection with QB Brett Rypien. The showing was all the more impressive for the fact that Wilson was hobbled at several points in the contest by an apparent leg injury. It didn't slow him one bit. The 6-foot-3, 183-pounder's 1,512 receiving yards for the season set a new single-season program record, toppling the mark set by Thomas Sperbeck during the 2015 campaign. Wilson is one of the more intriguing under-the-radar receiving prospects in the draft pool. Not only does he pique interest as a potential fifth wideout, he also should receive some looks as a return man. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes a strong evaluating process -- particularly in terms of his 40-yard dash time -- could help to push him into the middle rounds come the spring.
Dec 16 - 7:26 PM

Troy junior WR Damion Willis had 11 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 50-30 victory over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.

Willis (6'4/194), a JUCO transfer, patiently bided his time as a rotational receiver earlier this fall. His time to step into the spotlight happened to come in the bowl game on Saturday, with Troy's receiving corps decimated by injuries (Deondre Douglas, Emanuel Thompson and Tray Eafford were all injured). Willis looked like he should have become a featured receiver far earlier, making several slick catches that were contested. Willis should enter 2018 as an undisputed starter. He posted a 42-620-3 line in 2017, two two-quarters of those scores coming today.
Dec 16 - 6:08 PM

Troy redshirt senior QB Brandon Silvers completed 24-of-31 passes for 306 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 50-30 victory over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.

He also had a rushing touchdown. In our bowl preview series, we mentioned that Silvers could have a monster day to cap off what had been a disappointing sophomore campaign because North Texas' pass defense is atrocious. Silvers -- who entered with an underwhelming 13/6 TD/INT rate and less than 3,000 yards passing despite big preseason expectations -- looked like an NFL prospect once more on Saturday, calmly slicing up North Texas on all three levels. The 6-foot-2, 208-pounder will now embark upon a pre-draft process voyage in which he'll have much to prove. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline currently grades him as a UDFA, but that could change. "Silvers is well liked in some scouting circles," Pauline wrote earlier this week. "He’s a high-percentage passer who makes proper choices in the pocket and minimizes mental errors. A strong postseason could push him into the late rounds."
Dec 16 - 5:51 PM

Troy redshirt senior RB Josh Anderson rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 50-30 victory over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.

With starting RB Jordan Chunn unable to go, Anderson flashed in his final collegiate game. The 5-foot-11, 251-pounder played fullback for a large part of his Trojans' career. He's not really an NFL prospect, but if Anderson were to audition for professional work, he'd have to make it as a FB.
Dec 16 - 5:39 PM




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