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Alabama OC Doug Nussmeier has taken the same job with the Michigan Wolverines under Brady Hoke.

Michigan fired Al Borges today. Per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports, Nussmeier will become a top-5 paid assistant in college football. Nussmeier was Michigan State's QB coach from 2003-2005, then moved on to the St. Louis Rams, Fresno State Bulldogs, and the Washington Huskies. He joined Nick Saban's staff in 2012. Expect to hear Lane Kiffin's name in connection to the Alabama opening. Yes, you read that correctly.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 9:49 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay said on the "First Draft" podcast that he was "blown away" by Indiana WR Cody Latimer's game tape.

The analyst mentioned Latimer's size, burst, sticky hands and route running amongst his numerous strengths. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Latimer clocked forties ranging from 4.39 to 4.44 at his pro day despite not being totally healed from a broken foot. "I watched five full games of him, and he didn't drop a pass," McShay gushed. He concluded: "I think Latimer is one of the sleepers in this class. ... He belongs in the top 50 picks." McShay believes he'd be a good fit in a West Coast system such as Kansas City's.
Apr 17 - 9:14 PM

BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy made his debut at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board.

If you follow Kiper, you know he's fallen head over heels for the Cougars' product. "Exceptional in pursuit both against the run and when he's asked to rush the passer, Van Noy plays fast and consistently makes the right read, which puts him in position to make plays," Kiper wrote. "When he has the ball in his sights he's explosive and can both change directions quickly and pursue with great pace. He can attack the backfield and chase plays down." In Thursday's published mock draft, Kiper slotted Van Noy to the Vikings at No. 40, writing: "One of my favorite players in the draft, the instinctive and explosive linebacker goes to a team that needs to add at least one in the draft."
Apr 17 - 8:57 PM

"Don't be surprised" if Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers slots into the second round, warns NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"It's hard to believe a guy of McCullers' dimensions -- a mammoth at 6-foot-7, 352 pounds -- blends into the woodwork, but he's barely making a blip on the radar screen in most draft talk," Davis wrote. "He's being projected as a third-round pick, but don't be surprised if he goes in the second round. I think a coach will look at McCullers and find his potential hard to pass on. On tape, you'll see him make plays that will take your breath away. There's just no consistency. If someone finds a way to mold him into an every-down disruptor, look out. Teams that need a 3-4 nose tackle will be taking a hard look at him." McCullers' technique needs a ton of work, which is why we're not on board with Davis here. If you think your coach can correct poor posture, bad balance, and a propensity to let OLs get under his pads and push a man of his size backwards, be our guests and swing for the fences. But that's more about a belief in a teacher than in a player.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 8:04 PM

Towson RB Terrance West should "get mentioned among Carlos Hyde, Bishop Sankey and the other top backs in this year's draft," according to NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Davis is presumably speaking to the public, here, as many experts have been espousing West's virtues for months now. "He has the tools to be an effective workhorse in the NFL," Davis wrote. West is a one-cut, downhill runner who flashes good vision and power, which was apparent as he slapped down 2,578 yards and 41 touchdowns last season. The 5-foot-9, 225-pounder ran an impressive 4.54 second 40-yard dash in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 7:34 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL tear on April 23.

In the cruelest story of this year's process, Thomas wrecked his knee while performing a noncontact drill during a private workout for the Saints. He'd received some late first-round pick buzz, but at this point it'd be a slight upset if he even goes on Day 2. Because of the talent, the fourth round is a decent prediction for his destination next month.
Apr 17 - 5:43 PM

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward recently visited the Ravens, per beat writer Aaron Wilson.

The team previously met with Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Washington State's Deon Bucannon. The Ravens are expected to look for a rangy free safety opposite Matt Elam, and Ward has the necessary versatility to win in a variety of sets. Ward is still recovering from foot surgery after screws were inserted to shorten the healing process.
Apr 17 - 1:37 PM

Florida State RB Devonta Freeman is visiting the Vikings on Thursday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson adds Freeman previously visited the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. We see Freeman as the best running back in this draft, due to his no-nonsense running style and experience as a pass protector and a receiver. He fits best in a heavy zone blocking scheme, but is not limited to one.
Apr 17 - 12:46 PM

Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman is visiting the Steelers on Thursday.

Hageman's projection is an interesting one. Many teams could see a fit next to, or over, the center in a one-technique role, since this is what he played last season. Others could see Hageman has a five-technique outside of the tackle because he offers an outstanding blend of athleticism and size. Expect him to be the second defensive tackle selected after Aaron Donald.
Apr 17 - 11:23 AM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo visited the Patriots earlier this week, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

New England has interestingly devoted at least three of their 30 in-house visits to quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, in addition to Garoppolo). Tom Brady, of course, turns 37 before the season, while the team's only other rostered QB, Ryan Mallett, is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. When he has a smooth target and an open primary receiver, Garoppolo will look like a first-rounder, getting the ball out super quickly and generally on the money. However, when the pass rush gets in his face, Garoppolo's play tends to disintegrate. If that was happening at a non-elite level of college football, in the happiest of spread/shotgun QB systems, we're curious why so many seem to believe it'll be coached away against far, far superior defenders.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 16 - 5:19 PM

The New York Times blasted Florida State and the Tallahassee police on Wednesday, reporting that its examination of QB Jameis Winston's sexual assault case found that "there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."

State Attorney Willie Meggs was quoted as saying that the police "just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do." Specifically, Meggs was perturbed that the cops waited two weeks to contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker -- and then they did so by phone. "It's insane to call a suspect on the phone," Meggs said. An internal Tallahassee police e-mail stated that the department had "received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case." The Times also reported that a second woman -- who did not accuse the QB of rape -- sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston. The reigning Heisman winner declined comment, and his attorney, David Cornwell, said, "We don't need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady."
Apr 16 - 5:02 PM

UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr was told by Cowboys' defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli that he could play defensive end on a 4-3 team.

"I spoke with him at length today. He showed me a lot of tape of (Julius) Peppers and Simeon Rice and (Warren) Sapp, so I think he wants me playing that defensive right end position to go after the quarterback, and that's something I'm all for," Barr, who is visiting Dallas, said. For that transition to occur, Barr would have to pack muscle onto his frame, and, perhaps more importantly, be taught how to disengage and use counter moves in close quarters. It doesn't sound like the best idea, as using his speed in space is Barr's primary strength right now. UCLA coach Jim Mora, however, agrees with Marinelli. "For a 3-4 team, he's definitely an outside linebacker," Mora said. "I do think he could weigh 260 pounds and maintain his speed and quickness, to play defensive end for a 4-3 team. He was our right end in nickel. He didn't feel comfortable going down (with a hand in the ground) and just rushed from a two-point (stance). He'll get better at that."
Apr 16 - 4:38 PM




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