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One NFL scout believes USC junior WR Marqise Lee remains a first-round pick.

"Teams are really going to like the person when they talk to him," the anonymous scout said. "He's had enough tape over the last couple of years where you can see the talent. He's an impressive player. He's got some savvy to him." Our own Josh Norris has compared Lee's game to Reggie Wayne, and a late first-round selection is a definite possibility. The Trojans play Fresno State on Saturday.
Source: LA Times
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 10:31:00 AM

USC redshirt junior QB Cody Kessler announced after Saturday's bowl win against Nebraska that he will return to school in 2015.

Outstanding news for the Trojans. Kessler said he wants to compete for a national championship, and he should have an opportunity to do so with next year's loaded USC squad. Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio this year. Next season, he'll throw to a deep receiving corps featuring JuJu Smith and perhaps Nelson Agholor, who is still mulling a jump to the pros. Star RB Javorius Allen is also considering opting into the draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Kessler as the No. 7 draft-eligible signal-caller. An evaluator speaking with the OC Register earlier this month said Kessler is a fourth-round prospect and cited a lack of "elite" physical traits.
Dec 28 - 2:46 PM

NFL scouts have questioned South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis' conditioning and focus, calling it the "Clowney syndrome," reports to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Davis failed to crack 1,000 rushing yards in his final collegiate season and last broke the century mark two-and-a-half months ago. We've also been disappointed by the on-field sluggishness we've seen. "Davis has the compact, physical build for the NFL, running behind his pads and low to the ground to violently work off contact and finish runs," Brugler wrote. "He carries the ball with easy burst and an aggressive mentality, but runs into his own blockers too often and his vision and anticipation showed some rust as a junior. Davis has a versatile skill-set to be an effective receiver with soft hands and experience running routes. However, his work ethic and durability need vetting before a team invests a pick as high as his talent says he should go." The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis grades out as as the No. 7 RB in the 2015 class by, which projects him to go in the top-75. We wouldn't be shocked if he slips into Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 28 - 1:26 PM

Miami junior RB Duke Johnson officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Of the many poorly-kept early-entry decisions, Johnson's may have been the worst. Nobody expected him to return for his senior season, and his mother revealed he would jump to the pros on Saturday. Johnson said he made his decision before the team left for the Independence Bowl, and we think it's possible his mind was made up before the season even began. The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Johnson had 1,652 rushing yards on a 6.8 YPC average and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He also chipped in as a receiver with 38 receptions for 421 yards and three scores. Johnson owns several Miami records, including most career rushing yards (3,519), career yards per carry (6.69), and career all-purpose yards (5,526 yards). He has the look of a Day 2 pick.
Dec 28 - 12:56 PM

Notre Dame junior G Nick Martin will return to school for the 2015 season.

"I’m coming back to Notre Dame, there’s no doubt about that," Martin said, adding it was a "simple decision." Martin, Zack's younger brother, asked for an evaluation from the draft advisory board.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 27 - 8:46 PM

Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder caught seven passes for 102 yards and returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in the school's 36-31 loss to Arizona State.

Crowder makes plays from multiple alignments: out wide, in the slot and as a returner thanks to agility and body control. He could put on a show in Mobile at the Senior Bowl thanks to precise route running. Still, the earliest we expect him to be drafted is the second day.
Dec 27 - 7:20 PM

Jason Cole cites two 49ers staff members and one other NFL source who say Jim Harbaugh will accept a six-year, $48 million contract to become Michigan's next HC.

Pardon us for going ahead and placing Harbaugh's name in a Michigan shell, but we thought it was better than using Brady Hoke's. "That's what everybody on staff believes is going to happen this week," one of Cole's sources said. "Jim has figured out that his style is best-suited for the college game. His shtick works better with young guys who are gone after three or four years." It had previously been reported that Harbaugh's management will meet with Michigan and Raiders officials as soon as the season is over, which is Sunday. Harbaugh has collegiate coaching experience at Stanford and San Diego.
Dec 27 - 6:03 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught seven passes for 103 yards in the school's 36-31 win over Duke.

It was Strong's final collegiate performance, and some believe he is due for a top 50 selection. Strong's name is apt, as one of his bets traits is winning in contested situations. The Combine will also be a meaningful event for Strong's evaluation.
Dec 27 - 5:50 PM

Cincinnati redshirt sophomore QB Gunner Kiel suffered an apparent head injury and will miss the remainder of the game against Virginia Tech.

Prior to leaving, Kiel completed 14 of 26 attempts for 244 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, barely missing a few other gains. Kiel took a sack and his head hit the turf hard, and he will almost certainly not return. Cincy is already without Munchie Legaux, so senior Michael Colosimo will finish this game. Kiel has been injured on multiple occasions this season.
Dec 27 - 4:01 PM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel is exploring a possible graduate transfer to Duke, according to Laura Keeley.

Driskel is considering multiple schools, so it is not as if Duke is the only option. He would be able to play immediately. After two poor seasons, Driskel has lost more and more playing time and most recently was overtaken by Treon Harris. Driskel's previous competition, Jacoby Brissett, transferred to NC State a few offseasons ago. Duke's current starter, Anthony Boone, is set to graduate.
Dec 27 - 2:12 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly told reporters he has still not determined who will start at QB for the school's bowl game against LSU.

"Both are getting quality reps. I probably have to make it here in the next 24 hours," Kelly explained. "They’re both going to play, and I’m just going to have to just get a feel for it and the flow of the game." Notre Dame faces the Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Everett Golson was the school's starter all season long, but Kelly frequently commented on the number of turnovers Golson contributed to and inserted Malik Zaire in the blowout loss to USC.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 27 - 12:57 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams will declare for the NFL draft, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

"Barring an injury in the Citrus Bowl vs. Missouri, an official announcement is expected soon thereafter," Wolfson writes, adding Williams and his family are already in talks with agents. Tight end might be the least talented position in the 2015 class, and Wolfson notes the "expectation is that Williams can go as high as the late first or second round." The latter end of the expectation might be his actual ceiling.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Dec 27 - 10:27 AM

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