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Cal head coach Sonny Dykes noted senior DL DeAndre Coleman needs to play better.

"Deandre’s a heck of a player. He’ll play better and we’ll coach him better," Dykes said. Coleman enters the season as a possible 5 technique projection in the NFL, which is always a position of value on draft weekend. He's a bit of a project but has great upside.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:38:00 AM

The Patriots are "incredibly high" on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage and "will consider using a pick to acquire the signal caller during the draft," reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline said he's known about New England's interest in Savage since the combine, and adds that "some in the organization" are calling Savage "Tom #2." If you need to ask who Tom #1 is, you're in the wrong place. "I’m told Savage impressed the franchise during combine interviews, especially when former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand," wrote Pauline. "Evidently Savage took responsibility for the 2011 situation when he left the Rutgers football program, which was then headed by Schiano. Both the Patriots and Schiano were impressed by Savage’s maturity in discussing his departure." The analyst believes evaluators sweetened to Savage when they divided his 2013 game tape into halves, putting great faith in his potential based on the decreased mistakes and improved accuracy in the latter half. Extrapolations like that can be terribly dangerous, but the Patriots have identified magic in unlikely places before.
Apr 22 - 4:57 PM

Alabama ILB CJ Mosley visited the Broncos on Monday and Tuesday.

The only reason Mosley should be available at pick No. 31 is if others teams fail Mosley due to medicals. He is a complete linebacker, in terms of progressing from his foundation his coverage to being stout against the run. The Broncos lost Wesley Woodyard in free agency.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 22 - 3:50 PM

Blake Bortles will not visit any more teams after travelling to Cleveland, capping his number at four.

The other three teams are the Jaguars, Texans and Raiders. Just because Bortles did not meet with a team, does not eliminate them from considering him. Visits and private workouts have somewhat meshed into one category.
Apr 22 - 2:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Notre Dame OL Zack Martin is a top 10 talent.

Kiper lists Martin as a tackle, while many evaluators (including this section) view his best fit at guard. "Lacks ideal length at left tackle, but his athleticism makes up for it," Kiper writes. We think Martin has extremely strong hands, but his wide base forces struggles against speed counter moves.
Source: ESPN
Apr 22 - 1:06 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Michigan T Taylor Lewan as the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2014 class.

"Long and athletic, he's also a very good run-blocker. Would he have gone No. 1 last year? It's possible," Kiper stated. We are not nearly as high on Lewan, noting he does not show the same lateral agility as he does in a straight line. In fact, we would have selected all three top tackles last year over Lewan. Kiper ranks the Michigan product over Jake Matthews.
Source: ESPN
Apr 22 - 1:00 PM

South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo edge rusher Khalil Mack will visit the Falcons on Wednesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

After adding strength and size up front, we feel the Falcons need to add one of these two prospects in this class. However, a trade up might be necessary, even all the way up to No. 2. Mack would fit nicely in Mike Nolan's multiple front defense, and Clowney could be immediately inserted on the edge.
Apr 22 - 12:33 PM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron is visiting the Browns on Tuesday, according to Albert Breer.

McCarron worked out for the team last week and is scheduled to do the same for the Rams on May 1. The Browns have somewhat of a similar talent in Brian Hoyer, so we doubt they pounce on McCarron. In fact, Hoyer could be the better player of the two. McCarron has had a very quiet draft process in terms of exposure.
Apr 22 - 11:35 AM

Stanford ILB Shayne Skov struggled to break 5.2 seconds in the forty when running for scouts, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Skov has never been a fast player, but did look much better in 2013 compared to 2012. That 2012 season was hampered by injury, but Skov is a physical player who can make plays despite his lack of long speed. He should not draw more than a day three pick.
Apr 22 - 10:34 AM

UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr and Auburn T Greg Robinson are visiting the Falcons on Tuesday.

Barr is more likely to be available at No. 6, but the Falcons have displayed the willingness to trade up in the draft in previous years. The team was having more success then, however. The Falcons need to focus on the offensive and defensive lines in this draft.
Apr 22 - 10:29 AM

Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert visited with the Jets on Monday, and has upcoming visits in Denver, Detroit and Atlanta.

The prospect announced this news himself on Twitter. The Jets appear to be deciding between taking a WR or a CB in Round 1. Gilbert's spectacular season last year made evaluators forget about his lackluster 2012. And the 6-foot, 202-pounder with a sub-4.4 forty didn't even have to say "hello" to scouts for them to fall in love.
Apr 21 - 8:58 PM

According to STATS, Inc., 21.7 percent of Fresno State QB Derek Carr's attempts last season were screen passes.

As the draft process drags into the home stretch, reality and theoretical possibility have been discussed so interchangeably that the definition of certain players begins to change in a way that makes it difficult to remember who they actually are. Carr is a good example using the statistic above. During the season, he was an efficient quarterback in an extremely QB-friendly system who posted great numbers (5,083 yards and 50 TDs) but didn't necessarily demand attention. Since the season has ended, he's been mythologized into a cannon-wielding West Coast disciple (due to one season under Pat Hill as starter) with NFL bloodlines. The reality and fantasy of the situation distort the prospect. Yes, Carr has a strong arm, but it is of equal note that either Tim DeRuyter was misusing him at FSU or Carr's weaknesses were being intelligently shielded. It's one or the other. And if the latter is true, it wouldn't much matter if Carr could throw 200 yards from his knees.
Apr 21 - 8:30 PM




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