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Oregon junior TE Colt Lyerla did not travel with the team to Colorado.

This is becoming a trend. Lyerla made national news after exchanging words with his head coach through the media, which followed another game that Lyerla was held out of. No reason was given for this absence, but we did not see Lyerla listed among the Ducks' injuries this week.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 05:00:00 PM

In regards to the rumor the Eagles have a trade lined up with the Bucs for the No. 1 pick, ESPN's Pat Yasinskas says to "scrap that rumor -- for now."

Yasinskas spoke with two members of the Philadelphia media who also heard rumblings that a trade was "imminent." The trade rumor involved: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and three first-round draft picks to the Bucs for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Unless it is for the first or second pick in the draft, we doubt Foles will be included. The Eagles would be moving up from pick No. 20, but we doubt they will match the Redskins 2012 trade of swapping 1sts, two more first-round picks and a second-round pick. The price is only as much as a team is willing to give up.
Source: ESPN
Mar 2 - 11:13 AM

Minnesota RB David Cobb will not participate in the school's pro day on Monday due to the quad injury he suffered at the Combine.

"As I understand the situation, he will have an individual workout sometime in early April," Cobb's father wrote. The running back pulled the muscle during his first forty and hobbled to the end of a 4.81 time.
Mar 2 - 9:34 AM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett ranks as Gil Brandt's No. 5 receiver.

This is a wildly optimistic ranking from the veteran evaluator. In order, Brandt ranks Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Breshad Perriman Nos. 1-4. Grading Lockett No. 5 means Brandt prefers him to a spate of potential first rounders such as Dorial Green-Beckham, Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Jaelen Strong, and Devin Funchess, as well as Round 2-probabilities Sammie Coates, Nelson Agholor and Rashad Greene. We can't say we agree.
Mar 2 - 2:10 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that UCLA QB Brett Hundley has "got a lot of flaws in his game."

"I don't think he can mentally process," the scout said. "His arm and talent are OK." The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder has 4.63 wheels, a strong arm and a career 75-25 TD-INT ratio, but, as the scout indicates, we've never seen the tools coalesce on the field. "The physical tools are there," another scout said. "He's going to need time. He's going to have to go to a team that will need to have patience with him and just continue teaching him the game. A team at the top of the second (round) that needs a quarterback might throw him to the fire too early, and he's not ready for that."
Mar 1 - 7:11 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley compares himself to Denver Broncos LB Von Miller.

"A lot of teams saw me with my hand in the ground, comparing me to guys like Cameron Wake," Beasley said. "But I like to compare myself to Von Miller. He's able to drop in coverage, and we have the same body size, so I try to compare myself after him." As with regular human beings, it's extremely difficult for prospects to perceive themselves accurately. That said, Beasley might be on to something here. Miller measured 6-foot-3, 246 pounds at the 2011 combine, identical to Beasley's measurements, and both ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Miller is a bit quicker and more agile, beating Beasley in the 3-cone (6.70 to 6.91) and 20-yard shuttle (4.06 to 4.15), while Beasley is stronger (35 reps to Miller's 21) and more explosive (41 inch vertical to 37).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

Chris Landry, who works with the NFL Combine, told 620 WDAE that Texans HC Bill O'Brien prefers Bryce Petty to Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Landry adds O'Brien, and many other coaches, were inclined to like Mariota on film more than Jameis Winston, but the real story is Petty. In the link below, fast forward to 36:00 to hear the quotes. We aren't sure why it is appropriate to pass on news like this, as coaches and coordinators rarely speak this candidly to the media on their own. O'Brien does have an interesting history with quarterbacks thus far in the NFL, as reports have stated he was interested in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, traded for Ryan Mallett and drafted Tom Savage. He could have traded up for Teddy Bridgewater as well. This is no slight to Chris Landry, as many people who work close to the NFL are not widely known outside of the league, but we have not heard of Landry until this moment.
Source: 620 WDAE
Mar 1 - 11:57 AM

FSU RB Karlos Williams posted the best Speed Score of all 2015 running backs.

He ran a 4.48 forty at 230 pounds. Williams' Speed Score of 114.2 was the only one in the class at the combine above 110 (Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman didn't run), typically viewed as the benchmark of a first-round pick. The brother of Steelers LB Vince Williams is a favorite of Football Outsiders scouting writer Matt Waldman. "Karlos is a former five-star recruit who played safety originally, then gradually transitioned to running back in his 2013 junior season, averaging 8.0 yards per carry (730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries)," wrote ESPN's Aaron Schatz. "However, he disappointed a bit with only 4.6 yards per carry as a full-time running back in 2014, and has had some off-the-field issues that teams will need to consider."
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

Oregon redshirt senior T Andre Yruretagoyena has retired from football.

The offensive lineman said he plans to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating" in the coming months. Yruretagoyena was one of the linemen injured for the Ducks last season, in this case a leg injury. That means four OL from last year will not be on the roster in 2015.
Source: Go Ducks
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

The NFL will consider making changes to the drills prospects go through at the NFL Combine, according to Matt Birk.

"Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards," Birk said. "We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done." That is the point though, Mr. Birk, to compare the trends in results across years and even decades. Each prospect is a blip, and data is added each year. These Combine results have been effectively used by the Seahawks and many other teams. This might punish those teams even though the goal is to help create a better experience. As Zach Whitman put it, continuing to run the 40 would preserve past data.
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

One AFC scout noted "in theory" Clemson LB Stephone Anthony Combine performance "changes his scouting report from a two-down guy to a possible three-down linebacker."

Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20 yard short shuttle. That is outstanding. Our issue, Anthony does not play even close to that speed due to the angles he takes when facing lineman and trash at the second level. He makes himself look like a much lesser athlete.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

One NFL scout told the MMQB's Robert Klemko that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "did much better on the board than expected."

"His football IQ was surprisingly good," the scout said. Expectations can lead to disappointment or surprise in a positive way. One question is why would Mariota performing well in this area be a surprise? He ran his offense at Oregon masterfully and displayed understanding and traits that transcended play calls. The whole "pro style" system has so much grey area to it, as there is more overlap in the NFL now than in recent memory. Fit schemes to the top talents on the team instead of being a stubborn coach stuck in your ways.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM




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