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ESPN's Mar Schlabach was told junior WR Malcolm Mitchell had the best camp of any Georgia player.

Mitchell started his career at cornerback, but shortly started working as a two way player for the Bulldogs. He's now Aaron Murray's top receiver and does his best work in the open field thanks to quickness. Mitchell did try a bit too hard last season, juking east and west rather than getting north and south, but we attribute that to his inexperience on the offensive side of the ball.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:49:00 AM

"I don't understand why [Oregon QB Marcus Mariota] isn't the No. 1 player in this draft on Mel Kiper's Big Board," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"I don't know anybody in this draft that can do for a football team what Mariota can do," Gruden said. "He can read the field. That whole thing about Oregon being a no-huddle, dive-option team, that is just a narrative resulting from a lack of information. The Ducks run a lot of pro-style concepts. Mariota does a lot with the protections. I've seen him throw the ball with touch and timing in tight windows." The former Bucs coach points out that Mariota is the same size as Jameis Winston but runs 4.52 forty. "He is incredibly elusive, and man, is he a playmaker and a great competitor," Gruden said. "I see him functioning in the pocket, out of the pocket, and if you want to run a zone-read, he'll rip the defense apart. He is like Russell Wilson, only he is 6-4."
Apr 28 - 12:57 AM

NFL Media analyst Ian Rapoport reports that Mississippi State edge rusher Preston Smith and Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips "could sneak into the back of the 1st round."

It's not a surprise that RapSheet mentions Phillips (6-foot-5, 329 pounds) as a first-round possibility -- he is currently slotted in the first round in mock drafts by NFL Media analysts Bucky Brooks and Charley Casserly -- but Smith hasn't been mentioned much as a Round 1 option. We're not surprised that teams are coming around on Smith, a prospect we love. Josh Norris ranks him as a top-20 talent. NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein believes Smith "could be an interesting prospect inside or in a hybrid 3-4 front."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 10:38 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has great zone awareness, and he understands routes," Gruden said. "He can line up off the tight end, see the checkdown and make the play. College football is not producing players like this anymore. He has instincts, he has leadership, he has communication, and if he sees something, he will run through a backside swap combination and get a tackle for a loss. If he doesn't fit your defense, fire your defensive staff." We appreciate the former coach stumping for an old-school prospect, but we still don't see Perryman as a fit for all 32 teams. Asking him, as some schemes would, to traverse huge swatches of field regularly is a good way to guarantee he won't reach his potential.
Apr 27 - 10:23 PM

Per NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, Miami TE Clive Walford hurt his draft stock with a poor attitude during the interview process.

"He acted like he was doing us a favor by even talking to us," one NFL tight end coach told Zierlein. "We asked about an issue he had and he got pissy." This year's week tight end class just can't get out of its own way. Zierlein noted that three of the four TEs have been labeled as potential attitude problems, with Minnesota's Maxx Williams and South Carolina's Rory "Busta" Anderson joining Walford.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:41 PM

An NFL executive believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson could end up as the class' best quarterback.

"I wouldn't be surprised if (Colorado State's Garrett) Grayson was better than all of them," the executive said. "I just think he's got the intangibles. He's got a good presence about himself in the pocket. He's got the physical traits. His arm's strong enough, and I think he's got the right temperament." That said, Grayson isn't going higher than Round 2, and he may even fall into Day 3. Representatives from three NFC teams told said they had mid- to late-round grades on Grayson. The St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have worked him out.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:10 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was cited for possession of marijuana Monday morning, according to Brandon Kiley.

Ray was in possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana. Draft week citations and arrests are always relevant on some level. No one will ever top Tharold Simon's arrest the day before he was drafted. During the 2015 draft process, Ray has been held out of the Combine due to medicals, displayed poor athleticism during testing and now has been cited for marijuana.
Apr 27 - 7:47 PM

One NFL scout believes Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is a one year wonder.

The comment came up when discussing Dante Fowler, as the scout said the Florida edge rusher is "not a one-year wonder like (Clemson's Vic) Beasley." We do not know how Beasley can be termed this - by any definition. In fact, Beasley was even more productive, in terms of sacks, in 2013 (13) compared to 2014 (12). We consider Beasley a top 10 prospect in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 1:55 PM

The DUI case involving FSU CB P.J. Williams has been dismissed.

"From paperwork just filed in PJ Williams’ dismissed DUI case, signs of impairment claimed by the officer was not corroborated on video," Ian Rapoport tweeted. The initial arrest took place in early April, so the news of the case being dismissed obviously eases Williams' tensions during draft week, and perhaps NFL teams' as well.
Apr 27 - 1:45 PM

Longtime Titans' beat writer Jim Wyatt does not see USC DL Leonard Williams being the pick at No. 2.

"He's a great player, but I don't see that happening," Wyatt tweeted. We agree with Wyatt, for what it is worth. Williams was commonly mocked to the Titans early in the process, but the smart money is on the team selecting Marcus Mariota, trading back or drafting Amari Cooper.
Apr 27 - 11:49 AM

Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who called FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr. a "phenomenal athlete."

"He's similar to Sheldon Richardson coming out from a measurable standpoint. He ran better, he's taller, his arm length was a little better," the scout said. We disagree with the statement that Edwards is a great athlete, at least from a testing standpoint. Even after dropping somewhere between 20 to 30 pounds, Edwards tested in the 45th percentile for edge rushers in the NFL per SPARQ. Average is not bad, but average is not "phenomenal." Some teams could ask the 279 pounder to add weight and move back inside.
Apr 27 - 9:30 AM

Jets beat writer Manish Mehta spoke with "several personnel directors" who said the team has "an affinity for" Stanford T Andrus Peat.

Let's talk through the selection. Peat has only played left tackle at Stanford, a spot now occupied by D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the Jets. From a cap perspective, the Jets can move on from Ferguson following the 2015 season. So Peat could start his career on the right side, and then move to the left following his rookie season. New decision makers are in place, so changes should be expected despite veterans and recent signings at the position. We think Peat makes a lot of sense with the Giants at nine.
Apr 27 - 9:19 AM




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