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Florida sophomore DL Dante Fowler registered three tackles for loss, including a sack, and forced two fumbles against Tennessee.

Fowler is a member of the top defensive line in the country, as senior Dominique Easley and edge rusher Ronald Powell certainly deserve attention as well. The sophomore has plenty of upside and could be moved to the interior after this season. The Gators face Kentucky this weekend.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 11:24:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Charley Casserly thinks FSU QB Jameis Winston is an inferior prospect to Matt Stafford and Sam Bradford.

"I think he's better than RG3, better than Cam Newton, better than Blake Bortles," Casserly said. "I do not think he's as good as Matt Stafford or Sam Bradford, who were also picked first." Winston is all but assured of going No. 1 to the Bucs. "If you think this guy has the talent, to me, you say to ownership that you know there's an element of risk about maturity, but this guy has the talent -- take him," Casserly added. "If it doesn't work out, the next year you do the same thing, and you're paying for a backup quarterback at that point. To me the decision has changed dramatically when you're not paying the guy $50 million guaranteed."
Apr 2 - 12:12 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock is not convinced FSU QB Jameis Winston is worthy of the No. 1 pick.

"I'm not there yet," Mayock said. "Tampa Bay may be. I keep going back to the point that he throws too many interceptions, and ball security is the most important thing to me for a quarterback. Off the field, do you trust him or not? There's still some homework to do on that." Mayock does rank Winston as the No. 1 QB, ahead of Marcus Mariota. "If Marcus Mariota is in the same ballpark, if you're an NFL franchise, then you take Marcus Mariota because you don't have any issues off the field," Mayock added. "If there's a bigger disparity, then it's a different answer." Colleague Kurt Warner is in a similar boat. "For me, if you're comfortable with him off the field, I think he's hands down the No. 1 pick," Warner said. "But that is the big question."
Apr 1 - 11:36 PM

The 24-year old accuser recanted allegations that led to former Alabama DL Jon Taylor being charged with domestic violence III and criminal mischief.

Taylor, who was previously dismissed from Georgia following an aggravated assault/family violence charge and arrest was also dismissed from Alabama following the most recent charges. The accuser now says she lied about the incident and was charged with false reporting. Taylor's charges are now under review.
Apr 1 - 1:56 PM

UCF WR Breshad Perriman is visiting the Lions on Wednesday.

We would be shocked to see Perriman go to Detroit in the first-round, with the team drafting Eric Ebron last year with money invested in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Perriman posted a ridiculous forty time at his pro-day (4.25) and should be consistently projected in the first-round.
Apr 1 - 12:42 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker will visit the Browns, according to Tony Grossi.

No date was attached. The Browns will absolutely be in the market for a receiver this year after failing to address the position last year and banking on Josh Gordon. There have been reports the team was interested in Brandin Cooks, but obviously that did not happen. Parker excels in contested situations and in the red zone.
Apr 1 - 12:30 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will not attend the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Adam Schefter.

"Marcus Mariota told NFL it is important to him, personally and culturally, to be in Hawaii to celebrate next step in life. No draft for him," Schefter tweeted. Jameis Winston has also said he is leaning towards not attending the draft, as he wants to stay close to home to be with his grandmother. The top two picks in the draft might not attend the event.
Apr 1 - 9:39 AM

FSU EDGE/DL Mario Edwards Jr. was put through a private workout by the Cowboys and has one scheduled with the Panthers.

Edwards is one of this draft's biggest conundrums, and his projection shows that. Some buzz has linked the defensive lineman in the first round, but that is attributed to "upside" and not his play. Edwards has lost a considerable amount of weight and seems certain to stay on the edge.
Apr 1 - 9:22 AM

Stanford WR Ty Montgomery will visit the Seahawks, according to Rand Getlin.

We doubt Montgomery is selected prior to the fourth round, as he struggles with many of the basic receiver skills. There are drop issues as well as sustaining speed in his routes. But Montgomery can make plays with the ball in his hands with straight-line speed and power on contact. He is a manufactured touch player at this point in his career.
Apr 1 - 9:12 AM

West Virginia WR Kevin White said he should be chosen over Alabama's Amari Cooper because "I think I bring a lot more to the table."

"Amari Cooper is a great receiver, a great competitor, but I think I bring a lot more to the table," White said. "He's at Alabama with Nick Saban. They have a whole bunch of other tools that help him out where he's not getting double-covered. A lot of attention is not just strictly on Amari Cooper. ... On West Virginia, it's just, 'OK, let's shut Kevin White down.' They have a lot of attention toward me." The comments likely won't be well received in Morgantown and they certainly won't be received well by WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, but you can't easily argue when he cites his time at JUCO in saying "I haven't learned or been taught the little secrets" about being a wide receiver. Of course, Cooper could just as easily say that the Mountaineers threw on 48.7 percent of their plays against 44.3 percent passes for the Tide. White also only had one good collegiate season, which is why Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score ranked him as the No. 8 receiver.
Mar 31 - 10:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranks FSU QB Jameis Winston as the No. 5 quarterback in the past five years.

This is quite a different opinion than that of ESPN's Todd McShay, who has said all winter that he grades Winston behind only Andrew Luck amongst QB prospects that came out in the past 10 years. Zierlein said the following prospects all would have been drafted ahead of Winston: Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Luck and Robert Griffin III. Colleague Gil Brandt called Winston "an elite talent" and said he was one of the top 10 quarterback talents of the past decade. "Outside of the perceived negativeness about his character, it's very hard to find something negative about the guy," Brandt says. Daniel Jeremiah mentioned Winston's comparisons range from former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "You've got JaMarcus Russell on the bust end and then you've got Ben Roethlisberger as the ultimate of what he could be with his skill set," Jeremiah said. "I'm not concerned with him being another JaMarcus Russell."
Mar 31 - 7:33 PM

FSU QB Jameis Winston is "the clear choice for the No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay, as you might already be aware, grades Winston behind only Andrew Luck amongst QB prospects in the past 10 years, and on the same level as Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan as prospects. "To me, Winston has the look of a No. 1 overall pick based on what he's done on the field, and I consider him the most likely player to go with the first choice, unless the Bucs feel like they can't trust him off the field," McShay wrote.
Mar 31 - 6:17 PM

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