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An NFL general manager told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the 2014 quarterback class reminds him of the QBs in the 2011 draft.

Ladies and gentleman, that isn't a compliment. After Cam Newton, the 2011 class was filled with duds such as Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Of course, that doesn't mean that the 2011 draft class was subpar. On the contrary, the top 15 included: Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, Aldon Smith, Tyron Smith, J.J. Watt, Nick Fairley, Robert Quinn and Mike Pouncey. This year's quarterback group is very deep, but some believe that it doesn't possess a blue-chip prospect.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 06:59:00 PM

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

The Seattle Seahawks would "love to grab" Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham if he’s available at No. 63, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At least Seattle is being realistic, as "they expect the receiver to be off the board during the initial fifteen picks of round two." DGB has taken all sorts of character shots this offseason, but we were interested in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that stated the Oklahoma staff "vouches" for and "loved" Green-Beckham.
Apr 25 - 3:05 PM

Texas A&M T Cedric Ogbuehi has dealt with "back issues his whole career," according to an anonymous scout.

"Just during games you'd see him stretching, and in practice he was always doing some maintenance on the back. There's got to be some legitimate concerns about the back," the scout concluded. A previous quote in early March from a scout, also via McGinn, stated Ogbuehi rarely practiced due to always being hurt. The athletic left tackle is coming off an ACL injury sustained in the school's bowl game but is on track to help in year one.
Apr 25 - 12:15 PM

One scout who spoke with Bob McGinn compared South Carolina G A.J. Cann to Larry Warford and Chance Warmack.

"He'll need a little work in pass pro. He's a little bit shorter and a little bit slow-footed," the scout added. Cann could be selected as early ad picks No. 31 and 32, but most likely will be a second round selection. Just speaking of personal preference, we graded both Warmack and Warford as superior prospects out of school.
Apr 25 - 11:33 AM




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