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UCF redshirt junior QB Blake Bortles completed 20 of 24 attempts for 286 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 62-17 win over UConn.

Bortles added 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground. UConn isn't much of a test for Bortles, who has faced more talented defenses, but he moves in the pocket well and has an arm to hit targets at any level. We don't expect him to enter this year's draft, but Bortles could enter the 2014 season as one of the bigger names.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 03:31:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks would select Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas over Pittsburgh's Tom Savage and SMU's Garrett Gilbert "because he is more talented, athletic and experienced than those players."

The analyst passes on that QB guru George Whitfield, Jr. compared Thomas' talent to former pupils including Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger. "He told me the Virginia Tech standout was on par with the Pro Bowlers from a physical standpoint and just needed some seasoning to become a viable option as a quarterback at the next level," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Thomas tested as the class' fastest, highest leaping, longest jumping and strongest-armed QB. "I believe San Francisco, Carolina, Kansas City and Philadelphia would be ideal spots based on their experience developing young, athletic quarterbacks," Brooks wrote. "Although those aforementioned teams aren't in need of a quarterback, the opportunity to bring along an intriguing developmental prospect in a low-pressure environment could pay huge dividends down the road."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 10:35 PM

South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney's agent, Bus Cook, said it was totally his decision to shut down Clowney's private workouts.

Clowney drew heat for terminating any future individual workouts, but the Gamecocks' star is criticized for anything he does that doesn't conform to the idea that he's the next Lawrence Taylor. That's more a function of the way the media works than anything else. Some journalists attempted to tie the workout decision to Clowney's choice to sit out a game against Kentucky with sore ribs, but that was a flimsy argument made more suspect by Cook's assertion that he was behind the workout decision. For the record, it was an astute move. Clowney, the favorite to go No. 1, won't drop below No. 2 under any circumstances; the only way he could have affected his stock one way or the other was to shred a knee like Clemson's Brandon Thomas.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 9:28 PM

ESPN's Merril Hoge called South Carolina edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney a "very average football player."

It's great to see analysts come strong with opinions based on film study, and Hoge does that with the best of them. However, if he isn't careful with hyperbolic diction like this, people are going to stop taking his opinions seriously (if they haven't already, that is). "His fundamentals and technique really struggle," Hoge said, throwing it to the tape (available at the link below). He proceeded to show cherry-picked clips displaying "atrocious" pad level, and argued that superior NFL lineman will knock Clowney backwards. Hoge apparently believes that Clowney is only "a star" and "famous" because of his celebrated helmet-popping hit in the Outback Bowl. These are the words of a caricature.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 8:59 PM

Auburn T Greg Robinson grades out as ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's No. 11 overall draft prospect over the past five years.

"Robinson is the most dominant offensive lineman at the point of attack that I've ever evaluated, and I gave him one of the highest grades I've ever given an O-lineman," McShay wrote. "He has elite size, strength, length and power. He has some mechanical work to do as a pass protector, but he has very good change-of-direction skills for his size." The analyst gave Robinson a "97" grade, which he also assigned to WR A.J. Green, CB Patrick Peterson, DT Marcell Dareus, and S Eric Berry, for point of reference. "The Rams look like a possible fit for Robinson with the No. 2 overall pick, but if he does make it past St. Louis he won't last long," McShay wrote.
Apr 23 - 8:25 PM

The Bucs will consider drafting Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel at No. 7, reports ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

McClure's source, identified only as a "league source," did not divulge other players Tampa Bay is considering. With Mike Glennon at starter, McCown as his backup, and numerous holes elsewhere on the roster, it doesn't seem probable that Tampa Bay will tab a QB, but if they fall in love with a prospect like Manziel, all bets are off.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said on the "First Draft" podcast that Virginia T Morgan Moses "is one of the 15 best players in the draft."

"Write that down," McShay said. "He's got power, he's got the long, long arms, almost 36 inch arms... not many guys like that." Moses played some of his best football against top-notch rushers such as Vic Beasley, Jeremiah Attaochu and Kyle Van Noy. Mel Kiper, however, believes Moses plays too high. Kiper scoffed at McShay's assertion that Moses is better than Notre Dame's Zach Martin. "Talk about overrating an offensive tackle," Kiper said.
Apr 23 - 7:07 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay says that NFL teams are concerned about Notre Dame NT Louis Nix's desire based on his playing shape and social media usage.

"They're just concerned that his focus and desire aren't where they should be," McShay said. Nix, known as "Irish Chocolate" online, produced a YouTube series called "Chocolate News" which included such segments as going to Costco. He also made fun of Brian Kelly to the coach's face. SB Nation asked Nix about what he was asked about during the interview process of the combine: "Maybe they thought I was too laid back, I don't know, but I just like being laid back and friendly and a cute person, but like I said I can be mean when it's time to," he said. "I just be myself, I'm not changing for anybody." The 6-foot-2 3/8 and 331-pounder could go as high as the mid-first round, or he could drop into the second.
Apr 23 - 6:40 PM

Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford visited the Falcons on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson adds Ford previously visited the Texans and privately worked out for the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and the Falcons. Ford might stick to a sub-package pass rushing role early, until he learns how to anticipate run blocking angles.
Apr 23 - 11:36 AM

The Panthers are "very high" on Nevada OL Joel Bitonio, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Per Pauline, the Panther have visited Bitonio on two separate occasions and the Bucs are "enamored" with his skills. Bitonio projects at tackle or guard, and he did very well on an island this year against Anthony Barr and Demarcus Lawrence. The end of the first-round is a real possibility.
Apr 23 - 11:18 AM

The Panthers are working out Fresno State WR Davante Adams for a second time, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"I’m told the top two receiver targets for the Panthers are Brandin Cooks of Oregon State and Marqise Lee of USC," Pauline added. Adams has also visited the Falcons, Lions and Chargers, as well as being worked out by the Titans. He should be a second-round pick.
Apr 23 - 11:15 AM

The Patriots are "incredibly high" on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage and "will consider using a pick to acquire the signal caller during the draft," reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline said he's known about New England's interest in Savage since the combine, and adds that "some in the organization" are calling Savage "Tom #2." If you need to ask who Tom #1 is, you're in the wrong place. "I’m told Savage impressed the franchise during combine interviews, especially when former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano was on hand," wrote Pauline. "Evidently Savage took responsibility for the 2011 situation when he left the Rutgers football program, which was then headed by Schiano. Both the Patriots and Schiano were impressed by Savage’s maturity in discussing his departure." The analyst believes evaluators sweetened to Savage when they divided his 2013 game tape into halves, putting great faith in his potential based on the decreased mistakes and improved accuracy in the latter half. Extrapolations like that can be terribly dangerous, but the Patriots have identified magic in unlikely places before.
Apr 22 - 4:57 PM




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