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One NFL personnel executive would be "scared to death" to take South Carolina junior DE Jadeveon Clowney with a top-10 pick.

"The source, who asked not to be named, said Clowney was one of the best collegiate talents he'd ever seen," Yahoo Sports' Eric Adelson writes. "Yet he has 'major concerns' about consistency." We still think only a small portion of NFL evaluators have doubts about Clowney, but they certainly will do their homework on the rare talent. He is still impacting games at a high level despite a dip in production.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 10:49:00 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote, "it’s not unreasonable to think that [Alabama RB Kenyan Drake] might actually have a better pro career [than teammate Derrick Henry].

McGuinness broke down potential draft prospects for the Broncos and Panthers on Monday. He sees the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Drake as a nice fit for Denver, noting that he "could provide a welcome boost to an offense that will likely have plenty of question marks given the quarterback situation." One of the immediate advantages Drake has over Henry in this conversation is that the latter is almost certainly going to cost a higher draft pick. One immediate downer? Drake's never been given more than 92 carries in a collegiate campaign. Whether he has the durability to hold up to a full workload remains to be seen--something that's not true for Henry, who swings to the opposite extreme (possibly to his detriment). Another early demerit for Drake: During the Senior Bowl practice week, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang observed that he had his issues with drops and struggled to perform in pass-blocking drills.
Feb 8 - 9:32 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that former Houston HC Tom Levine will join the Western Kentucky staff as an offensive assistant and special teams coordinator.

Levine, 43, served as Houston's head coach from 2011-2014. He held a 21-17 record in his time with the Cougars before the axe fell in December of 2014. He already has a connection to Hilltoppers' HC Jeff Brohm, as the two worked together as assistants at Louisville in the early 2000's. He should fit like a glove with Western Kentucky's high-octane attack. In 2011, his Houston team became the first in NCAA history to accumulate more than 8,000 total yards.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 8 - 8:38 PM

In a Monday mock draft, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler slotted Memphis QB Paxton Lynch to the Eagles with the 13th selection.

"With the Eagles begin[ning] a new era this off-season and, assuming they move on from Sam Bradford, need[ing] a fresh face at quarterback. Lynch is very young in quarterback years, but he checks several boxes to develop into a quality NFL starter," Brugler believes The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder does, indeed, check at least the "athleticism" boxes, though there are legitimate questions about his accuracy and decision-making that could cause him to slide come April. Brugler's Monday mock--as a whole--is among the more favorable we've seen for the quarterback position. Not only does he have Carson Wentz (No. 2 to the Browns), Jared Goff (No. 7 to the 49ers) and Lynch (No. 13 to the Eagles) as Top-15 names, he's also slotted Michigan State QB Connor Cook to the Texans at No. 22.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 6:00 PM

2017 five-star LB Dylan Moses indicated that Alabama is currently the leader in the clubhouse for his services.

Moses committed to LSU as an eighth-grader. That's perhaps the most frightening sentence ever written in the history of mankind. Predictably, he's re-opened the recruiting process, as it was never realistic that he would hold to that LSU commitment for four years (though he could circle back around to it). For the time being, he's leaning toward the Tide. "Alabama is still my leader because they are more structured. They have very good discipline over there so they get their kids doing what they have to do," said the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder. In addition to Bama, he listed Texas, Florida, Georgia, UCLA and USC as potential schools to watch. Rivals ranks Moses as their No. 4 overall prospect for the 2017 class.
Feb 8 - 4:41 PM

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas "had trouble picking up the offense early in his career," according to his scouting report on CBS Sports.

Thomas redshirted the 2013 season after playing as a true freshman in 2012, which is very uncommon. The reason? Thomas struggled "with consistency and academics" according to Dane Brugler who wrote the scouting report. However, since the redshirt season, Thomas continued to develop and was arguably the Buckeyes' second best offensive player in 2015 behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers who struggle with nailing down the playbook as a rookie tend to have limited playing time, so it is worth monitoring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:03 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.

"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:39 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly expects second year QB Brandon Wimbush to redshirt in 2016.

"We sacrificed his redshirt season (in 2015) by playing," Kelly said of Wimbush. "That’s why it was very important to get Ian Book out of California." The move makes plenty of sense, as Notre Dame will head into the season rostering two quarterbacks with starting experience in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:11 AM

In his most recent mock draft, Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo pegged North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz to the Jets with the 20th pick.

While we've seen Wentz fly as high as No. 2 in several mocks, Palazzolo takes a more conservative approach. "He has the big arm to play in a vertical passing system, driving the ball down the field," wrote the analyst, "but that will be paired with some questionable decision-making, perhaps expected for a QB with so little experience." The giant wave of hype that had been building for the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder has received some expected backlash over the last week, with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein noting that one NFL personnel executive told him that Wentz is "way overrated," while another texted him to say he wouldn't select the quarterback in the first round. Wentz might well slide, but in order for him to reach the 20th pick, several teams with glaring needs at the position would have to pass him up.
Feb 7 - 3:13 PM

Louisiana Tech hired Boston College WR coach Todd Fitch to serve as offensive coordinator and WR coach.

Fitch had been Boston College's offensive coordinator for the 2015 campaign, but after the season, the team hired Scott Loeffler for that role. In effect, demoting Fitch. With Louisiana Tech, he'll take over for Tony Peterson, who himself left the Bulldogs this offseason for the green pastures of East Carolina. Fitch and HC Skip Holtz have much experience working together, as the former acted as the latter's OC in previous stops at South Carolina, East Carolina and USF.
Feb 7 - 12:22 PM

Illinois graduate LB T.J. Neal will visit Auburn and West Virginia as he mulls his transfer options.

It's a given that Neal will transfer--news of it broke in late January--but his landing spot hasn't been determined yet. West Virginia will earn a visit from the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder on Monday, while he'll check out Auburn on February 15. At least from his public comments, it would seem he's leaning strongly toward joining the Tigers. Said Neal, "From my high school, I never thought I'd play at a big-time school like Auburn. To have a chance now, it's exciting to play against some of the top players in the country." Last season, he recorded 109 tackles (15 for loss) with a pair of sacks.
Source: al.com
Feb 6 - 7:18 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn indicated that he called in the neighborhood 50 prospects in the 2017 class on Wednesday.

In case you had any doubt that coaches are completely insane, take it away, Coach. Said Malzahn, "[Wednesday] was a really good day. They got me on the phone with close to 50 guys coming up and I think that's a great thing. I'm excited to recruit those guys and I know our coaches are too." To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey, recruiting is a flat circle. As for the 2016 class, Auburn finished with Rivals' No. 9 class, highlighted by five-star DT Derrick Brown.
Feb 6 - 4:28 PM




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