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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Eastern Illinois' Andrew Manley could be a "wild card" in the 2015 QB class.

Brandt does list Manley at New Mexico State, however. "He's a pro-style passer who isn't playing a lot at New Mexico State because the Aggies' system doesn't quite match his skills," Brandt writes. "He is a strong-armed, drop-back quarterback playing on an option team." Brandt also called NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, a Florida transfer, a wild card in the class as well.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 02:21:00 PM

One NFL scout believes Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley is a one year wonder.

The comment came up when discussing Dante Fowler, as the scout said the Florida edge rusher is "not a one-year wonder like (Clemson's Vic) Beasley." We do not know how Beasley can be termed this - by any definition. In fact, Beasley was even more productive, in terms of sacks, in 2013 (13) compared to 2014 (12). We consider Beasley a top 10 prospect in this class.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 1:55 PM

The DUI case involving FSU CB P.J. Williams has been dismissed.

"From paperwork just filed in PJ Williams’ dismissed DUI case, signs of impairment claimed by the officer was not corroborated on video," Ian Rapoport tweeted. The initial arrest took place in early April, so the news of the case being dismissed obviously eases Williams' tensions during draft week, and perhaps NFL teams' as well.
Apr 27 - 1:45 PM

Longtime Titans' beat writer Jim Wyatt does not see USC DL Leonard Williams being the pick at No. 2.

"He's a great player, but I don't see that happening," Wyatt tweeted. We agree with Wyatt, for what it is worth. Williams was commonly mocked to the Titans early in the process, but the smart money is on the team selecting Marcus Mariota, trading back or drafting Amari Cooper.
Apr 27 - 11:49 AM

Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who called FSU DL Mario Edwards Jr. a "phenomenal athlete."

"He's similar to Sheldon Richardson coming out from a measurable standpoint. He ran better, he's taller, his arm length was a little better," the scout said. We disagree with the statement that Edwards is a great athlete, at least from a testing standpoint. Even after dropping somewhere between 20 to 30 pounds, Edwards tested in the 45th percentile for edge rushers in the NFL per SPARQ. Average is not bad, but average is not "phenomenal." Some teams could ask the 279 pounder to add weight and move back inside.
Apr 27 - 9:30 AM

Jets beat writer Manish Mehta spoke with "several personnel directors" who said the team has "an affinity for" Stanford T Andrus Peat.

Let's talk through the selection. Peat has only played left tackle at Stanford, a spot now occupied by D'Brickashaw Freguson of the Jets. From a cap perspective, the Jets can move on from Ferguson following the 2015 season. So Peat could start his career on the right side, and then move to the left following his rookie season. New decision makers are in place, so changes should be expected despite veterans and recent signings at the position. We think Peat makes a lot of sense with the Giants at nine.
Apr 27 - 9:19 AM

"Multiple teams" have Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson as the top prospect at the position, according to Mike Florio.

The news makes sense. Johnson has plenty of experience in off coverage, something that Trae Waynes isn't built to do. Teams who prioritize two press corners might prefer Waynes, Byron Jones or Marcus Peters, but if a team wants a corner with more change of direction fluidity to occupy receivers in a variety of coverages, they likely lean Johnson. Corner can be a very scheme specific position.
Apr 27 - 8:54 AM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner cautions that only six of the 38 receivers who have run sub-4.4 forty since the 2009 combine are currently top-two receivers on their respective NFL teams.

"With Dorsett, we didn't see much besides elite speed," he wrote of PFF's tape and stat investigation. "He's undersized at 5-10, 185 pounds, and is still an unrefined route runner. Of his 67 targets last season, 40 came on deep routes (go, deep crosser, post and corner). He'll have to run a much more varied route tree at the next level. DeSean Jackson goes deep as often as anyone in the NFL, and even he was targeted on downfield routes only 37 percent of the time last season." The analyst concedes that there is "a lot of potential here" but believes that "taking Dorsett in the first round would be a substantial gamble." We think Dorsett is either going to sneak into the latter stages of Round 1 or get popped quickly on Day 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 2:35 AM

"Several teams" have removed Boise State RB Jay Ajayi from their board or "backed way off" due to medical questions, according to Bob McGinn.

The medical in question is Ajayi's knee as he underwent knee surgery in 2011. One beat writer previously described the knee as "shredded" during the time of injury. "I just don't know if he'll hold up physically," one scout told McGinn. We think Ajayi is extremely talented with long speed, occasionally breaking tackles and comfort in space as a receiver, but keep the injury in mind of more talented backs go off the board before Ajayi.
Apr 26 - 9:44 AM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Iowa OL Brandon Scherff to perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson.

"He's better than anyone that's come out of there (Iowa), and they've had a bunch of good guys," a scout said. "I know everyone wants to make a guard out of him, but I'd have him disprove he can't play tackle. He didn't even play healthy this year. Had his knee scoped (torn cartilage) and the guy missed one practice. You watch the year before. I like (Bryan) Bulaga but I think this guy is better. I didn't think Bulaga could play left tackle but I think this guy can." A second scout added: "Alert, aggressive, finishes, athletic. Anchor is just OK. He'll be really good in a zone scheme because he has a really good feel for angles. When you line up with him you know what you're going to get." A third scout was lower on Scherff, advising a team wanting a tackle to take Andrus Peat. We disagree that Scherff can't stick at LT.
Apr 25 - 9:24 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay compares East Carolina WR Justin Hardy to Jarvis Landry "in that he's a fierce competitor who isn't afraid to do the dirty work over the middle."

"He fights for yards after contact and is an aggressive, scrappy blocker," McShay wrote. "His draft stock is hurt by his lack of breakaway speed and average overall athleticism, but he has the chance to succeed as a Day 2 pick because of his elite ball skills and knack for getting open." Hardy recorded 121 catches, 1,494 yards and 10 scores in 2014. The 6-foot, 188-pounder has never been terribly fleet of foot and also posted only a 9-foot-6 broad jump at the combine, indicating his athletic explosion is lacking. He's reliable and willing to take a shot over the middle, though.
Apr 25 - 5:21 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora keeps hearing "from evaluators who know what they hell they are doing" that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is the "second-best receiver in the draft."

"Some think the gap between him and Amari Cooper isn't exactly massive," La Canfora further added. "Not saying he is the second one taken -- Kevin White's measurables probably still make him second to Cooper, but could be more interesting than some think." In a study of numbers, Parker disappoints. A football analytics director recently agreed with Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projection -- which called Parker the No. 9 WR -- that Parker should have been more productive in college. "It is hard to see him living up to this rating," the director said, referencing Mel Kiper's No. 9 overall grade. That said, Parker's catch radius is as large as a black hole. We're fans.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 3:50 PM




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