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NFL Films' Greg Cosell prefers Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin to Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

"I thought that he had a little more natural quickness and athleticism than Evans," Cosell said. "I thought that Benjamin brought a lot of the same attributes to the table as Evans, but I thought he was just a little more athletic." Cosell believes Benjamin runs faster than his 40 time. "You want to see a burst when the ball is in the air," Cosell said, mentioning Jerry Rice as one example of a WR who ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash in shorts but appeared far faster once donned in pads. Benjamin is massive, and his speed might sneak up on NFL DBs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, for the record, likes Evans significantly more than Benjamin (No. 11 overall compared to No. 32).
Feb 14 - 12:57 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has visited the Patriots, Colts and Ravens this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon also has the Eagles, Jets and Giants scheduled before the visit deadline. The aggressive safety has drawn plenty of interest as of late. He might lack lateral agility, but Bucannon takes tight lines and closes in a hurry. He could wind up in the second-round.
Apr 18 - 11:21 AM

Nebraska G Spencer Long has visits with the Dolphins, Falcons, Chargers and Eagles, according to insider Adam Caplan.

Long suffered a knee injury in October, so the visits could be medical related. Teams will be searching for third day offensive linemen that are worth investing in, and Long is a name to keep in mind.
Apr 18 - 11:08 AM

Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins announced that his fractured foot has completely healed.

The 6-foot-5 1/2, 262-pound prospect, who went under the knife to repair a stress fracture in late February, is two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery. Seferian-Jenkins won't crack Round 1, but this injury won't drop him out of Day 2. The reigning Mackey Award winner doesn't plan to work out prior to the draft on May 8-10.
Apr 18 - 12:50 AM

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater dropped to the Texans at the top of the second round (No. 33 overall) in Mel Kiper's mock draft published on Thursday.

"Let me be clear: This is the top-rated quarterback on my Big Board, a player I have rated higher than Bortles, Manziel or Carr," Kiper wrote. "But my reading of the tea leaves in speaking with many evaluators around the league is that Bridgewater could drop if he slides past a couple of points early on. If I could project trades, I'd have someone taking him later in Round 1 having moved up. Obviously, he's a steal at this point." The saga of Teddy B has been fascinating to watch as the process drags into its final stretch. The Cardinals' star could absolutely be a top 10 pick in May, just as everyone thought during the season. But he could also just as easily drop into the very end of Round 1, or even into the second stanza. No elite prospect has a range of draft outcomes as wide as that of Bridgewater.
Apr 17 - 11:08 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper projects Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas to go late in Round 2, or early in Round 3.

On the "First Draft" podcast, Kiper and Todd McShay discussed how the three highest-rising QBs during the process -- Derek Carr, Tom Savage and Zach Mettenberger, in their estimation -- all had huge arms, and Kiper brought up perhaps the toolsiest prospect, Thomas. The Hokies' star is strangely rarely discussed despite the NFL's obsession with size, speed and arm strength. This kid has those attributes in spades: At 6-foot-6, 250-pounds, Thomas had the fastest QB forty (4.61) at the NFL Combine, the best vertical (35.5''), the best broad-jump (9'10''), and the best throwing velocity at 60 mph (Savage finished second at 57). Thomas might be able to shift to TE if the light never comes on as a signal-caller. Kiper's prediction passes the smell taste, even if many don't think the bulb works.
Apr 17 - 10:52 PM

"There's a lot of excitement over" Clemson QB Tajh Boyd right now, writes NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) looked spectacular at his pro day exhibition, leading to a renewed interest in his gifts. "I'm not sure he's put himself in the second day, but definitely in the third day, and he could go as high as the fourth round," wrote Brandt. Boyd worked with QB coach Ken Mastrole and NFL great Dan Marino this offseason in an attempt to adopt a more pro-style passing motion.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:59 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




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