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ESPN's Todd McShay would "have a hard time" drafting UCLA edge player Anthony Barr in the top 25 picks.

It's a jarring opinion to hear about a player talked about as a top-five probable during the season, but it's not at all surprising coming from McShay. The analyst dropped Barr from No. 16 to No. 28 overall in late February. Barr is supremely athletically gifted and collected 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons, but some question his ability to adapt his game when everyone around him is also an all-pro athlete. Despite his ample gifts, he's a one-trick pass-rushing pony who can get pushed around. "Any team that spends a top 15 pick on Anthony Barr is going to be very disappointed by what it gets," McShay said. He mentioned Aaron Maybin when discussing Barr, which should make the fans of his future team shudder.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 07:57:00 PM

In a Walter Football poll asking six NFL teams whether Alabama T Cam Robinson will slide into the late first-round, three said yes and three said no.

The three that answered in the affirmative are concerned that Robinson's "inconsistencies from his junior season could cause him to slide." They were also concerned that Robinson could slide due to off-the-field concerns, namely a gun arrest roughly a year ago (the charges were eventually dropped). On the other side of the debate, one team picking in the early teens didn't believe Robinson would be available when they got on the clock. A personnel director of a playoff team said: "For selfish reasons, I would love it if he did slide and was an option for us, but I just don't think it will happen." A director of college scouting for an AFC team picking in the top-20 said his team has a top-15 grade on Robinson as a Russell Okung- or Ryan Clady-type left tackle. "He is top 15 easily. Who else will go before? Bolles? Ramczyk? Not even close."
Feb 20 - 3:03 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline maintains that Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon "won’t be selected at any point in the draft for obvious reasons."

The obvious reason being that Mixon was caught on tape punching a woman at a restaurant in 2014. That incident got Mixon suspended for a season and deprived him an invite to the NFL Combine. We'd currently predict that Mixon is taken early on Day 3, but his range of potential outcomes varies wider than any other prospect in the Draft. "The tape on Mixon is astounding at times," Pauline wrote. "He dominates as both a ball carrier and pass catcher for entire drives at a time. Looking at it solely from a football perspective, I would stamp a late first-round grade on Mixon."
Feb 20 - 2:48 PM

Baylor starting offensive tackle Dominic Desouza has left the program after choosing to retire from football.

Desouza decided to leave the program after graduating in December. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder started all 13 games for the Bears in 2016. Baylor now returns three starting OL in Blake Blackmar, Ishmael Wilson and Patrick Lawrence.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 20 - 2:10 PM

Four-star 2018 LB Palaie Gaoteote, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country, committed to USC.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder ranks as ESPN's No. 41 overall prospect and Rivals' No. 24 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle. He held offers from most of the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, UCLA and Washington. The Trojans have been on an epic recruiting heater since the end of the 2017 cycle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 1:55 PM

UNC Charlotte redshirt senior QB Kevin Olsen was arrested on rape charges Sunday.

Olsen, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, was charged with felony second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex. Charlotte HC Brad Lambert confirmed that Olsen has been suspended indefinitely. The 22-year-old Olsen threw for 842 yards and six touchdowns last season for the 49ers.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 1:07 PM

One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's pass protection skills are "awful."

"Our coaches won't put him out there if they think he'll get the quarterback killed," the NFL personnel man said. There will be some disagreement with this statement, as Pro Football Focus charted Foreman with zero sacks in pass protection at some point this season. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and Texas' offensive style plays a big part. Many pass were off play action and were quick throws, either outside breaking routes versus off coverage or downfield shots. Foreman's pass pro reps do not tranlsate easily to many NFL offensee.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 11:14 AM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Camron Davis.

Davis was committed to Oregon State over the summer, but reopened his recruitment at the end of October. Miami is currently crushing the 2018 cycle. Davis (No. 176 overall on Rivals) isn't even their highest ranking running back commitment to date -- that would be Lorenzo Lingard (No. 16 overall on Rivals). Scout.com's analysis team notes that the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Davis "runs a little upright for a back his size and he shows a little stiffness, but he is a strong runner with a burst and vision."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 2:49 PM

247Sports' Ryan Bartow reports that 32 teams have contacted transferring Clemson graduate DT Scott Pagano.

Well that didn't take long. News of Pagano's transfer intentions broke on Friday. Almost immediately, a veritable wave of programs contacted him in the hopes to lure him over. Among the teams name-checked by Bartow, LSU, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia (among many, many others). Bartow passes along that Pagano plans on making a few visits before he decides on his final collegiate home. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder registered 31 tackles (4.5 for loss) and two sacks in 12 games played. He started four of those contests.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 19 - 12:39 PM

Chattanooga AD David Blackburn indicated that he is interested in the vacant athletic directorship at Tennessee.

Speaking on radio station WNML FM 99.1, Blackburn said, "It would mean the world to me to be able to lead the institution that led me, by all the people that allowed me the opportunity to do what I do." With the installation of new chancellor Beverly Davenport at Tennessee, their AD search figures to heat up in the very near future. In mid-January, ESPN's Chris Low reported that former Vols HC Phillip Fulmer was a prime candidate for the position. Unlike Blackburn -- who has served as Chattanooga athletic director since April of 2013 -- Fulmer has no prior experience as an athletic director.
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Colorado has hired a pair of the lawyers from Pepper Hamilton to investigate the assault allegations against former secondary coach Joe Tumpkin.

Pepper Hamilton crashed into the headlines early last summer, when the law firm was brought in to provide an investigation of Baylor's sexual assault scandal. In this particular case with Colorado, lawyers Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith are looking into whether HC Mike MacIntyre, AD Rick George and school president Phil DeStefano took the appropriate steps after they were made aware of the assault allegations being made by Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend. MacIntyre and George were made aware of these allegations in December, but Tumpkin was still allowed to coach in bowl action. He stepped down in January. For the time being, the approval of an extension for MacIntyre has been put on hold while this Tumpkin case is investigated. "We are looking at what occurred and when, if our policies were violated, or whether those policies should be modified to better explain the reporting," said Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego.
Feb 19 - 12:13 PM

Michigan State approved a one-year contract extension for HC Mark Dantonio.

This was something of a formality, as the six-year contract Dantonio signed last January had a provision for annual renewal. His new deal will run through January, 2023. After the extension was approved, school president Lou Anna K. Simon addressed the off-field turmoil surrounding the Spartans -- three players and a staffer have been indefinitely suspended pending an investigation into an alleged sexual assault -- saying, "My sense is that, if we had anything to be concerned about, we wouldn’t have moved forward with the action today. We’re still looking at everything, because it’s in his interest, as well."
Feb 18 - 2:45 PM




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