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Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes an argument could be made that Florida senior DT Dominique Easley "has been the most dominant defensive player in college football" this season.

And that is without registering a sack. "He's only about 284 pounds, so he's not huge for the position, but his ability to penetrate and disrupt opposing backfields is really impressive," writes McShay. We are so glad that Easley is finally getting his due after moving into a full-time role on the interior. His jump off the snap and hand use from the 1 or 3 technique has been excellent. Our own Josh Norris believes he's a possible first-rounder.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 12:04:00 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compared Clemson senior edge rusher to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes.

A couple of years ago this might have read like a criticism, but Hughes is now a very good player after landing in a scheme that fits his strengths. Beasley took criticism earlier in the season, mainly from those focused on production, but when watching the tape he is able to work through his man in pass protection and frequently faced a second blocker. Beasley could be more consistent, however, a rotation in the NFL will help that.
Oct 23 - 11:40 AM

Washington redshirt senior edge rusher Hau'oli Kikaha is leading the FBS in sacks with 12.5.

Only the half sack is assisted and all are a part of 15.5 tackles for loss. Kikaha has a number of knee injuries in his past, but we and many others have sung his praises since the beginning of the season. Production on its own does not offer a lot of merit, but how that production is achieved is most important. Kikaha offers disruption and production across multiple games.
Oct 23 - 10:57 AM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said freshman QB Deshaun Watson will remain the starter as long as he's healthy.

"Yeah. Yeah. Deshaun’s the starter. Whenever he’s healthy, he’ll be back out there," Swinney said. "Guys don’t lose their jobs because they get hurt. Something unusual would have to happen for that to be the case." Watson, currently sidelined with a broken right hand, will return no later Nov. 15 against Georgia Tech. If he's healthy enough, Swinney will send out Watson, the nation's top-rated dual-threat QB in the 2014 class, on Nov. 6 versus Wake Forest. Cole Stoudt will continue to play until Watson's return.
Oct 22 - 8:10 PM

Ohio State senior TE Jeff Heuerman reminds ESPN's Todd McShay of former Stanford standout Zach Ertz.

"Heuerman has an excellent blend of height and weight (6-5, 250) and top-end speed," McShay wrote. "He has work to do as a route-runner, but he can stretch the seam and come down with 50-50 balls. He does a good job as a blocker." The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Heuerman has only five catches for 82 yards this year after grabbing 26 receptions and 466 receiving yards last season. ESPN's Steve Muench wrote earlier this week that Heuerman "has the tools to be a more productive player at the professional level than he has been for Ohio State."
Oct 22 - 7:01 PM

University of Texas athletics director Steve Patterson announced the school will soon begin paying its student-athletes $10,000 a year apiece to cover cost of attendance and likeness rights.

The figure, set by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in her O’Bannon trial ruling in August, will be split evenly, so that $5,000 will go towards cost-of-attendance and $5,000 will serve as payment for UT’s use of the athlete’s name and likeness. In all, the school will be on the hook for about $6 million. "If we begin to [further] remunerate the participants, that’s going to break that model," Chris Plonsky, director for women’s sports at Texas, said. The school hasn't announced when it will begin to make these payouts, though next fall seems like a reasonable guess. Texas is the first school to announce it will compensate its athletes beyond scholarships following August's O'Bannon ruling. Presumably, all Power Five program will follow suit.
Oct 22 - 5:56 PM

Sports Illustrated writers Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans expect Florida AD Jeremy Foley to make another run at Oklahoma HC Bob Stoops.

"But there’s nothing to indicate Stoops will take the job this time," the two write. Hugh Freeze is another name brought up, but Foley reportedly has concerns about the NCAA looking into Ole Miss' athletic department. Rich Rodriguez is another coach Thamel and Evans bring up.
Oct 22 - 12:57 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper admitted to dropping FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "a little too far" following his suspension for saying an obscene statement in the student union.

Kiper dropped Winston to No. 25 overall after ranking him at No. 1 to open the season. Winston then jumped to No. 16 and now sits at No. 14. The first drop was "based on a lot of initial feedback regarding his suspension earlier in the season," Kiper writes, adding the quarterback "needs time to prove doubters wrong." This story line will continue throughout the draft process, so buckle up.
Source: ESPN
Oct 22 - 12:33 PM

West Virginia DC Tony Gibson explained his school's defensive success versus Baylor by saying "we just went all in with the blitz game."

"Gibson’s logic in blitzing Baylor was two-pronged. First, he wanted to make Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty uncomfortable, which West Virginia did with four sacks," Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans wrote. "...West Virginia’s pressure was also meant to keep its defenders from being stressed by having to both play pass coverage and stop the run." This is not a good sign for Bryce Petty, a quarterback prospect who is used to throwing to open receivers from a clean pocket. Evaluators will point to this game and hope he can improve from it.
Oct 22 - 11:47 AM

Florida freshman QB Treon Harris will start over Jeff Driskel against Georgia.

However, Driskel will have a role in the game, head coach Will Muschamp announced. Harris, who was briefly suspended while being investigated for a sexual battery accusation, returned in a non-starting capacity against Missouri and completed 8 of 12 attempts for 98 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Oct 22 - 11:32 AM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong has the makings of a late first- or early second-round pick, according to one NFL scout.

"He’s big physical and competitive with great hands," the scout told the SI duo of Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel. "He’s not a burner. He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI cites sources saying Strong is expected to declare. Strong is another member of a great receiver group, along with DGB, DeVante Parker, Devin Funchess and Kevin White. Rotoworld's Josh Norris would take those four over Strong at this time.
Oct 22 - 11:21 AM

According to SI's Inside Read, Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi is expected to declare for the NFL draft.

Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans cite industry sources. "He’s something to look forward to," one scout said, calling the running back a second-day pick. The SI duo has heard some scouts prefer Ajayi over former Boise State first-round pick Doug Martin.
Oct 22 - 10:31 AM




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