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ESPN's Mel Kiper held firm with Florida State junior T Cameron Erving's ranking as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2013 class.

"I wrote in May that Erving was one of the darlings among evaluators I'd spoken with, and now that I've been able to go back and see a lot of him, I can see why," Kiper writes. "He moves so easily, has good instincts and should be more comfortable in 2013. Could challenge the top tackles in the draft class." This puts Erving at the fifth prospect at the position, ahead of Tennessee's Antonio Richardson.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 01:00:00 PM

On the Stick to Football podcast, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported that five teams have taken Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch off their draft boards because of a "neck" and/or "spine" issue.

Miller explains: "It's a spine problem where they feel like it's narrowing. And for some teams that's just too much of a problem. It's too scary for them, they're not going to take that risk." Miller was unequivocal in his report. This dispatch mirrors news first reported by Walter Football's Charlie Campbell a little over a week ago. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom reported that Vander Esch's medical report included a concussion, a c-spine nerve injury and a minor knee injury. The concussion and pinched nerve occurred on the same play in 2016, injuries that ended his season prematurely. Whether the "narrowing" that Miller vaguely alludes to has anything to do with that injury or not is not yet known. Expect for this to be a storyline all day Thursday. Vander Esch has been considered a consensus Round 1 prospect throughout the process. We'll find out on Thursday night whether this news effects that status.
Apr 25 - 9:28 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to former NFL QB Michael Vick.

Obvious comp is obvious, but that doesn't make it any less accurate. As Zierlein notes, Jackson has "rare speed and athleticism" for the position, but he can also drive the football with velocity while also putting "feathery" touch on the deep ball. Zierlein also notes that there will have to be significant changes to his footwork, and he needs to improve his pocket awareness. Jackson will probably need to sit for a year as a "redshirt," but the upside provided by his legs and arms is quite palpable.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 3:35 PM

UMass redshirt junior OT Jack Driscoll transferred to Auburn as a graduate.

Driscoll (6'5/294) started all 12 games for the minutemen in 2017 and was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team as well as the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Second Team. Driscoll is a good addition for the Tigers who not only lost four starters from last year's offensive line but Nick Brahms, Kaleb Kim and Tucker Brown struggled through injuries this spring. Driscoll should have a good chance to start right away.
Apr 25 - 12:19 PM

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot states the team's choice at No. 1 could be down to Wyoming QB Josh Allen or Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

There are a lot of "coulds" and "seems to" in this report, but this statement is clear. "Sources say the Browns have cooled on the USC passer in recent days and that Allen and Mayfield have surpassed him," Cabot writes. We expect Dorsey to reveal to his staff who will be the selection at no. 1 overall, and we think it is Sam Darnold. But any of the three names make sense.
Apr 25 - 10:36 AM

NFL Media's Peter Schrager believes the Giants will select NC State pass rusher Bradley Chubb at No. 2 overall.

From a Dave Gettleman team philosophy standpoint, Chubb makes total sense. But the buzz around Saquon Barkley is just too strong to deny. "The defensive front seven is where Gettleman's made his bones...this makes too much sense," Schrager writes. Again, we agree, but Saquon is the easy projection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 10:18 AM

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero interviewed one anonymous Offensive Cooradintor who said Louisville's Lamar Jackson "will not be able to play (quarterback) in this league, mark my words."

"When he throws, he hopes," the coordinator concluded. Pelissero's piece is outstanding, and you should check it out. Jackson checks in as the fifth quarterback. "They had a progression-based offense. You can see it. But then, when you talk to him, he can't verbalize it for you," a quarterback coach added, anonymously.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 10:01 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Florida WR Antonio Callaway failed his drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine; testing positive for marijuana with a "diluted sample."

Callaway's told reporters that the sample was diluted because he was "over-hydrated" and that he would address the issue with teams. A failed drug test is a big deal with any prospect; a failed drug test for a player who had as many off-field issues as Callaway did at Florida is a major red-flag. He was likely to go on Day 3 before, but it's real, real tough to see a team investing a third-round pick or higher on him now after this news.
Apr 24 - 8:54 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst reminds him of Greg Olsen.

"He’ll be 25 starting this year (Aug. 24)," the scout said. "You’ll get seven years out of him. You get seven years out of somebody, that’s a pretty good player. Reminds me of Greg Olsen. He’s quicker and more maneuverable than (Mike) Gesicki." The biggest concern for scouts seems to be that age -- Hurst was a minor league pitcher for the Pirates before enrolling at South Carolina -- but the lack of projection can be both a blessing and a strength, particularly when it comes to his blocking. Hurt will go in the first two rounds, and there's a real chance he'll be the first tight end off the board.
Apr 24 - 8:25 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the San Francisco 49ers "covet" Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds.

Pauline notes that the 49ers have also shown interest in Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch and could trade down to select him, but that they won't do that if Edmunds (6'5/253) is still on the board on Thursday. The 49ers have an obvious need at linebacker, and Edmunds is seen by many as one of -- if not the -- best at the position the class.
Apr 24 - 6:31 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compares WR Calvin Ridley to Keenan McCardell "but probably with more speed."

"He reminds me of like Keenan McCardell but probably with more speed," said Saban. "He’ll make a lot of plays in the league." This is a pretty strong comp. McCardell was a very crafty route runner who came into the league with mediocre testing numbers (6'0/175 with a 4.55 forty and a vertical of 36 1/2). McCardell ranks No. 23 all-time in receptions (883), but he was never a dominant No. 1 receiver. Ridley (6'0/189), who likewise underwhelmed during the pre-Draft process, could be headed for the same career path.
Apr 24 - 3:50 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football panned Maryland WR D.J. Moore as "not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu."

Moore finished WR2 behind Calvin Ridley in McGinn's annual poll of NFL evaluators. "I didn’t think he’d run that well," said the scout of Moore's 4.42 40 time at the NFL Combine. "I thought he’d be 4.6. He’s a good little player. Good hands. I just thought he was really slow. You didn’t see a whole lot of quickness and speed. More of a third receiver, to be honest with you. Not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu." Other scouts polled by McGinn were higher on the Terps star. "He earns your respect because he has excellent hands, he’s fast enough, he’s big enough and he’s a really good route runner," another scout said. "Plus, he doubles as an effective punt returner." Said a third: "He can go deep and catch over the shoulder. He’s really good at that. He will go over the middle and go get the football. He snatches it out of the air. Off the film he looks like a 6-2 or 6-3 kid."
Apr 24 - 3:24 PM




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