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NFL Media draft analyst and NBC Notre Dame football broadcaster Mike Mayock doesn't rank Stephon Tuitt as one of the best five DE prospects in the draft.

Most experts disagree with the sentiment. ESPN's Mel Kiper, for instance, ranks Tuitt as the No. 3 DE. This particular evaluation is notable because Mayock is NBC's Notre Dame broadcaster. Mayock believes the 6-foot-6 1/2, 312-pound Tuitt has grown into a five-technique defensive lineman, a DE in a 3-4 alignment. "I think Tuitt, if he went somewhere between 25 and 50, it wouldn't surprise me," Mayock said. However, it's clear that the analyst himself wouldn't invest a pick that high were he employed by an NFL franchise.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 03:05:00 PM

The Ravens' 2016 Draft class earned a perfect A grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome was up to his old tricks, adding an immediate starter in Notre Dame LT Ronnie Stanley in Rd. 1 before fortifying his pass rush with Boise State OLB Kamalei Correa and BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi. Correa's selection came after a few trades down the board, which gave Newsome extra ammo to clean up on Day 3. "He selected two corners [Temple CB Tavon Young and Virginia CB Maurice Canady] and couldn't resist the value offered by deep threat [WR Chris] Moore, underrated DT/DE [Willie] Henry, and all-purpose back [Kenneth] Dixon in a dominant fourth round," Silva wrote. "Baltimore's roster has gotten old and stale and needed a major youth injection. This draft accomplished that and then some."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 2:46 PM

Baylor HC Art Briles says no NFL teams have called about edge rusher Shawn Oakman.

Such is the life of a radioactive prospect. Oakman's pariah status was well-earned. First, he converted top-five NFL Draft physical ability into a mediocre collegiate career through a lackadaisical compete-when-I-want-to attitude. Next, his do-me disposition got him kicked off Penn State and then arrested on a sexual assault charge weeks before the Draft. It's been a swift, cinematic fall off the map for a person who must have been repeatedly told over the years that getting his act together would net millions of dollars in the very near future. A scintillating dream of unrealized potential in his teenaged and early-20 years, Oakman is now, just out of college, a fully actualized failure.
May 4 - 2:19 PM

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that an analytics firm found that adding two teams would increase the league’s odds of reaching the four-team College Football Playoff by 4-5 percent.

Bowlsby and the Big 12 hired Navigate Research, a Chicago-based analytics firm, to conduct the study, which included running 40,000 simulations. "This was the best outcome," Bowlsby said. At this point, it's a matter of time before the Big 12 adds a pair of schools to get back up to 12 teams. Who will those schools be? The American Athletic Conference's Memphis, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston have all been discussed, as has the independent BYU. Memphis and Cincinnati in particular are known to be lobbying hard for Big 12 membership. University of Memphis president M. David Rudd has sent pro-Memphis material to Big 12 higher-ups, namely Texas administrators. The Longhorns have reportedly held up expansion for financial reasons and influenced Texas Tech and TCU to do the same. Texas AD Mike Perrin publicly states that he's keeping an open mind.
May 4 - 1:39 PM

SI's Peter King reports that the Ravens had "reliable information" that the Patriots would try to draft Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds in Rd. 6 before Baltimore beat them to it.

Baltimore plucked Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick. New England had a pair of sixth-rounders later in the stanza. King reports that the Ravens will likely as Reynolds to be an "all-purpose weapon ... returning, rushing, receiving, sort of a latter-day Antwaan Randle-El ... receiver/returner, and maybe a direct-snap back." GM Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta found out that Reynolds was learning how to return from Brian Mitchell, one of the all-time greats at it. HC John Harbaugh called Mitchell, a former player, and was told that Reynolds "could be a gifted returner." The rest was history.
Source: MMQB
May 3 - 10:46 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that the team unsuccessfully tried to trade back into Rd. 1 for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch and further admitted that he regretted not having met Seattle's asking price.

In MMQB's look into Dallas' War Room, we learned that Dallas was prepared to move from No. 4 to No. 6 if Baltimore gave them a third-rounder. The Ravens would only offer a fourth, so that deal was scuttled and Dallas took Ezekiel Elliott. Jones' next goal was to find a way to get Lynch, who Dallas ranked No. 12 overall. Dallas offered Nos. (Rd. 2) 34 and (Rd. 3) 67 to teams in the late-teens and early-20s before amending the offer to a second and fourth in the mid-20s. In the end, the Broncos beat the Cowboys to the No. 26 pick and Lynch by offering Seattle 31 and 94, whereas Dallas' best offer was 34 and 101. "If I had to do it all over again?" Jones said. "I’d give the three." Dallas took Jaylon Smith at 34. The story also includes the tidbit that the Cowboys slightly preferred Connor Cook to Dak Prescott and tried to trade up one spot to get him, ultimately losing out to Oakland's offer to Cleveland.
Source: MMQB
May 3 - 8:36 PM

Bucs signed Auburn RB Peyton Barber.

Barber (5'10/228) spent one season as the Tigers' starting tailback, managing 1,017 yards and 13 TDs on 238 carries (4.27 YPC). He only caught 11 passes in his college career. A grinding plodder with scant passing-game experience, Barber ran 4.64 with a sluggish 9-foot-3 broad jump in Indianapolis. Barber has drawn glass-half-full comparisons to Alfred Morris, but ultimately is likely to struggle to carve out a substantial NFL career.
May 3 - 7:36 PM

Marshall senior S Tiquan Lang faces multiple charges following a Saturday morning arrest.

Lang is charged with driving under the influence, possession of a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors. Police found him passed out in a running car. Once they woke him, they discovered a Glock 27 under the seat. Xanax and the odor of marijuana were also found, though the pot itself couldn't be located and Lang said the Xanax had a prescription (the police will drop that charge if he presents it). Lang returned two interceptions for scores and was second on the team with 91 tackles last year.
May 3 - 6:11 PM

Utah State dismissed redshirt junior G Tyshon Mosley.

The Aggies wouldn't say why, outside of a violation of unspecified team rules. This isn't the first time that Mosley has gotten in trouble. He lost the first two games of last season to suspension, for instance. His latest indiscretion leaves Utah State minus a starting, All-Mountain West Conference-caliber guard.
May 3 - 4:34 PM

49ers signed Oregon DT Alex Balducci.

Balducci, 2014 first-rounder Arik Armstead and 2015 first-rounder DeForest Buckner all played on the same defensive line at Oregon. Balducci (6'4/309) made 29 starts at defensive tackle for the Ducks, finishing his career with 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He was selected honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior. Balducci showed passable athleticism for his size at Oregon's Pro Day, running 5.01 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump and 33-inch vertical. In the NFL, Balducci best projects as a rotational early-down run stopper.
May 3 - 4:20 PM

Thirty players who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft early went undrafted.

In the end, 107 players left college with remaining eligibility, with 28-percent of them ultimately going undrafted. That list is headlined by names like DL Darius Latham, S Tyvis Powell, RB Peyton Barber and WRs Roger Lewis, Marquez North, Jalin Marshall and De’Runnya Wilson. Some players were running from disciplinary or academic issues, while some just badly misjudged their value.
May 3 - 4:03 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that former Alabama DL coach Bo Davis is being investigated by the NCAA for impermissible contact with recruits.

Davis tendered his resignation on Friday. There were rumors of possible recruiting violations in the air and those rumors took on extra heft with AL.com's report. Per Zenitz, "Davis is accused of visiting multiple out-of-state recruits during a period when coaches aren't allowed any contact with recruits." He went on to write that none of the recruits in question ultimately signed with Alabama. The NCAA got in touch with Bama's compliance office and spoke with Davis regarding these allegations -- Zenitz hears that they caught him being dishonest -- after which he resigned.
Source: al.com
May 2 - 11:14 PM




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