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One NFL scout told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread that Texas A&M redshirt sophomore WR Mike Evans might fit better as a flex TE in the NFL.

"As good as Evans has been, one scout told College Football 24/7 that he may project better as a flex tight end in the NFL than as a receiver, which would allow him to more easily beat safeties and linebackers in coverage than pro cornerbacks," Goodbread writes. We think this is splitting hairs, since Evans will frequently be moved in the slot in the NFL as a matchup nightmare.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 04:42:00 PM

Texas A&M WR Mike Evans compared his playing style to Brandon Marshall's.

"I get a lot of Vincent Jackson comparisons, and that's a great comparison," Evans said. "But I think Brandon Marshall. He's vicious after the catch. A big, physical guy, can go up and get it, blocks real well. So I've modeled my game after him since high school." Evans (6-foot-5, 231 pounds) is bigger than the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall. NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks both project Evans to the Buccaneers with the No. 7 overall pick in their mock drafts.
Apr 21 - 12:55 AM

The Browns will "strongly consider" taking Auburn T Greg Robinson with the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Most mocks are dispersing Cleveland a flashy quarterback (Blakes Bortles or Johnny Manziel) or wide receiver (Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans), but adding Robinson to All-Pro LT Joe Thomas would make the team's offensive line downright scary. Cleveland is reportedly down on Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle and searching for a long-term solution. St. Louis, sitting at No. 2, reportedly likes Robinson as well.
Apr 20 - 9:25 PM

The Falcons had a private meeting with Auburn OT Greg Robinson last week and are likely to host him for a pre-draft visit, reports ESPN's Vaughn McClure.

It doesn't seem likely that the draft's elite OT prospect will be available at No. 6, but the Falcons are willing to trade up, as GM Thomas Dimitroff has been saying since the combine. The Birds, who famously swapped five picks to the Browns in 2011 in order to ascend 21 spots to pluck WR Julio Jones with the No. 6 pick, wouldn't need to pony up that much to jump four slots in a swap with the Rams (No. 2) to get a shot at the Tigers' mauler. Robinson would certainly help a porous offensive line, though Atlanta might prefer a pass rusher.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 8:14 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins worked out for a private group of Rams' evaluators on campus Friday.

St. Louis had already hosted Watkins for a pre-draft visit. The Rams, it might be worth noting, traveled to West Virginia to scout Tavon Austin last year and sent scouts to Appalachian State for a look at Brian Quick a few springs ago. The Rams own the No. 2 pick, though Rams' GM Les Snead is open for business.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 7:46 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage declined the NFL's invitation to attend the draft in New York.

The NFL doesn't invite players to the green room who are expected to get embarrassed. While it still seems a little far fetched that Savage could crack the first round, he's now regularly being mocked at the top of the second. Savage (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) has arguably the draft's strongest arm and is experienced taking snaps from under center.
Apr 20 - 6:46 PM

Former Bucs GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater's stock started to fall long before his lackluster pro day.

"There were things you saw on tape when you watched him," said Dominik, who did so as an employed general manager. "Something that scouts internally, we talked about it in Tampa with Teddy Bridgewater last year. Is he really the premiere quarterback? I like the young man, I think he's a quality individual, he's got character and leadership and those things. But this is a quarterback, and you're judged by what quarterback you draft, and I think Teddy Bridgewater might not have all the pieces you're looking for." Dominik isn't the only former NFL boss down on the Cardinals' star. Former Browns' GM Phil Savage said on Thursday: "I think the media has Teddy Bridgewater in the top 10, but around league circles he's more like a late first, early second-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:34 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick notes that North Dakota State OL Billy Turner has made "huge improvements this off-season" to his technique.

Riddick mentioned Turner while making a bigger point about how problematic it can be for decision makers to see great workouts from draft prospects that might show better than the game tape. "Given the info that teams have on players that goes well beyond film eval, nothing should surprise when player value 'fluctuates,'" Riddick wrote. It's a good report to hear about Turner, a mauler who needed refinement. That he's already displaying it is great for his draft stock. Whether he can transfer those gains to the field remains to be seen, of course.
Apr 19 - 4:39 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench said during a "NFL Draft Blitz" segment that Virginia T Morgan Moses is a "sleeper franchise left tackle."

"I think he's going to go pretty quick in that first round," Weidl said. Muench agreed, and pointed to Moses' work against GTU's Jeremiah Attaochu as evidence: While the explosive Attaochu abused Virgina's right tackle, whenever the Yellow Jackets' star lined up over Moses he was erased. Scouts Inc. draft guru Todd McShay moved Moses up to No. 14 overall earlier this month, and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is a known fan. His stock is rising.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:07 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Ohio State CB Bradley Roby should be a top 20 pick.

Roby (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) "had a couple of rough games" as a junior in 2013, according to Jeremiah, but is "as talented as any cornerback in this draft." Unfortunately for Roby, his worst day as a football player came in a big moment, and it has been difficult for some to forget. The Badgers' Jared Abbrederis famously slapped down 10 catches for 207 yards and a TD on Roby this past season, a performance so ugly that the Buckeyes' corner began grabbing and holding and receiving safety help. Roby admitted at the time that he "was kind of slacking," and his performance elevated from there on out.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:29 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage "has a very real shot of landing in the top of the second round," says NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

"When you just look at the number of visits he's had and number of workouts he's had, that's hard data you can tell that there's buzz and some excitement building on him," said Jeremiah. Savage (6-foot-4, 228 pounds) threw for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions in relative obscurity for Pitt last year. Scouts discovered a bazooka arm when breaking down tape, however, and Savage has taken on helium since the draft process began. "The arm strength is easy to notice. He's got a big arm and you see him make some drive throws you don't see other guys make," Jeremiah said. "When I watched him early in the year, he took so many sacks and I kind of worried about his ability to navigate in the pocket and get out of trouble."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden compares Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel to Brett Favre.

"Johnny has a lot of magic to him," Gruden said. "There's not a more exciting college football player I've seen in the last few years." Gruden, who taped a segment with the Aggies' star for his "Gruden's QB Camp" series, has also compared Manziel to Hall of Famer Steve Young. "I had more fun with Manziel than I did most guys," Gruden said. "I'd love to have him. It takes courage to pull the ball down and reverse field and do some of the crazy things that Favre and Manziel do. There's going to be consequences when sometimes it doesn't work out. But it takes a tremendous amount of guts and courage to go make a play when there's nothing there instead of throwing the ball away."
Source: USA Today
Apr 18 - 5:21 PM




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