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Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake was arrested and charged early Saturday morning on one count of obstructing government operations.

No details of what led to the charge and arrest have been disclosed at this time. Drake's bond was set at $1,000 and AL.com reports he has secured a bondsman. On the field, the running back is the third in a great stable of ball carriers, with Derrick Henry and TJ Yeldon leading the way. Each offers their own set of positive traits from an on-field perspective.
Source: AL.com
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 10:31:00 AM

The sixth season of Jon Gruden’s "QB Camp" will feature five quarterbacks.

Participants include Jameis Winston of Florida State, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Bryce Petty of Baylor, Brett Hundley of UCLA, and Garrett Grayson of Colorado State. The show, which featured nine quarterback prospects in 2014, premieres Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. No word on why the network cut back on profiles, but Sean Mannion, Brandon Bridge, Cody Fajardo, Bryan Bennett and others would probably like an explanation.
Mar 5 - 12:01 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell called Georgia RB Todd Gurley "the best back in the draft."

"I like Gurley more (than Melvin Gordon)," Cosell said. "Gurley, to me, has elements of Steven Jackson in his prime and Marshawn Lynch. He's that kind of runner. He's got an excellent combination of size, power, short-area quickness and burst, and top-end acceleration. I like Gurley a lot. And he looks like an NFL foundation back. I think he can be the starting point of an NFL offense." You already know we're on the same page, as perhaps no analyst or news organization is as high on Gurley as Rotoworld, which ranks the 20-year-old No. 5 overall. "A complete back who can be the foundation of an offense," wrote lead site draft analyst Josh Norris. "Will pick up the yards blocked for him and also create on his own, both after contact and beating defenders' angles. Agility to weave between lanes without wasted movement is a plus. Comfortable as a receiver on screens with patience to make most of blocks."
Mar 4 - 11:16 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt clocked a 4.37 second 40 and a 3.96 second short shuttle at his pro day Wednesday.

"Hunt was very impressive today," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline wrote. In addition to his stopwatch times, Hunt leaped to a vertical jump of 37 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10-2. "During drills, he looked outstanding at catching the ball," Pauline wrote. "Like Corey Grant of Auburn, Hunt is a legitimate triple-threat skill player with the ability to carry the ball around the perimeter, catch the ball out of the backfield, or line up and return kicks or punts. Someone will get a steal in the late rounds or as an undrafted FA with him." Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Hunt "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner.
Mar 4 - 10:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that "scouts were very impressed" with Auburn WR Sammie Coates pro day workout.

"Especially the consistency of his hands, which has been an issue since the season," Pauline wrote. The analyst additionally passed along that both Coates and RB Cameron Artis-Payne met privately with the Browns on Wednesday. The dispatch about Coates' hands is great news for the prospect. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has 4.4 speed, but NFL.com's Lance Zierlein previously wrote that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Mar 4 - 10:27 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney "looked good in pass-rush drills" at Wednesday's pro day, noted TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The analyst reported earlier that McKinney met with the New York Jets, who reportedly have great interest in the Bulldog prospect and have a potential ILB vacancy with David Harris testing free agency. Connecting the dots a bit more, New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers was on hand to watch McKinney's workout. Almost 30 teams in all were represented at the scouting event.
Mar 4 - 9:45 PM

According to CBS Sports, Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah's fumble rate of once every 35.4 offensive touches is worst amongst running backs in this year's class.

"It should be noted that his fumbling totals decreased every year, but a concern nonetheless," added Dane Brugler. This comes as no surprise to draftniks. Abdullah is a stellar running back prospect, but he has two major weaknesses: His pass protection is shoddy due to his lithe frame, and he has major ball security issues. As a pure runner, though, Abdullah has few equals.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 4 - 9:13 PM

Texas A&M T Cedric Ogbuehi (ACL) announced he will be healthy in time for the start of training camp.

Ogbuehi ripped an ACL in the Aggies' bowl game and had surgery about six weeks ago. He has maintained throughout that he'd be ready to play in the 2015 season, and today's news doubles down on that confidence. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder is graded as a first-rounder by many, including Rotoworld. He is our No. 17 overall prospect, though we don't factor injuries into the evaluation. "Ogbuehi has enough strength, length and athleticism to hold up on the outside. There are real flashes of the complete package, he needs to win more often on first contact in order to sustain success," Josh Norris wrote.
Mar 4 - 8:29 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel ranks Indiana RB Tevin Coleman as the top prospect at his position in the 2015 class.

"Coleman has a complete game. He can run with power between the tackles, is creative, and consistently gets yards after contact," Gabriel writes, adding the Hoosier can already pass protect and is an asset in the return game. We are shocked to see this ranking, but it does break groupthink on the Todd Gurley (who Gabriel would rank No. 1 if healthy) and Melvin Gordon III discussion.
Mar 4 - 11:34 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says the Falcons will select a pass rusher with pick No. 8.

Jeremiah mentions the likes of Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Dante Fowler Jr. and Randy Gregory all as options at No. 8. In fact, Jeremiah believes the team should double dip with one of those four and Nate Orchard in the third round. It seems like the talent at the top of the draft matches up with the Falcons' biggest need.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 11:26 AM

FSU WR Rashad Greene posted a low drop rate of 3.88 percent in 2014, according to PFF.

Of the top receivers last year, that would have only ranked behind Jarvis Landry's final season of college football. A great drop rate might not stay exceptional, but rarely will you see it turn into an issue. That is the takeaway here. Greene might not be the best at contested catches, but teams should not rely on a 5'11/182 lbs receiver who has not shown that ability to win in that area.
Mar 4 - 10:57 AM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with Oregon OC Scott Frost about QB Marcus Mariota's ability and freedom to alter plays and blocking schemes pre-snap with the Ducks.

On play call changes, Mariota "did so three or four times a game," and altered the blocking up front "maybe one out of every seven plays" per Frost. Oregon moved at a blistering tempo early in games or when behind, and Mariota coupled that speed with quick decision making before and after the snap. We are of the belief that he made his offense look much more simple and easier than it actually is. In fact, Mariota did work through progressions in the pocket, including some west coast offense principles and plays used in the NFL. All the time? No, but those exposures are there.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 4 - 10:28 AM




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