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Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer compared true freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford to Antonio Freeman on Monday.

A reporter asked Beamer at Monday's news conference to compare Ford to a previous receiver he'd coached. "Maybe an Antonio Freeman?" Beamer said. "He makes plays. He's got some height to him." Freeman, who played nine seasons with the Packers and Eagles, is a former Hokies' receiver. Ford (6-foot-1, 174 pounds) will start in Saturday's opener against FCS opponent William & Mary. He wants to walk on to VT's basketball team when the football season concludes. "There have been a lot of football guys that wanted to play basketball, but he's the first one I ever thought that actually could play basketball, too," Beamer said. "He's just a gifted athlete, he's got a great head on his shoulders, he's smart, he keeps everything in perspective. I think he's the real deal."
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 07:51:00 PM

The Bucs are "leaning toward" linking FSU QB Jameis Winston's off-field "problems" are due to immaturity, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"And not because he’s a bad guy," King writes. "That leads me to believe he’s the leader in the clubhouse with the draft two months away." From an NFL perspective, there is a big difference. Teams take many prospects off their boards due to questions that they think cannot be answered or fixed. It seems every outlet is linking, or even locking, Winston in at No. 1. Until something is definite, we would not count out Marcus Mariota.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 2:02 PM

The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas spoke with one coach who questioned his peers for not finding 32 QBs talented enough to start in the NFL.

"There are 300 million people in the U.S., but we can’t find 32 NFL quarterbacks? As coaches, we’re messing it up," the coach said. The lack of quarterback talent is a big argument against adding more NFL franchises, at least from an entertainment perspective. The question is if teams would start incorporating offenses that rely less on traditional quarterback types. The position seems near its low in terms of talent.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 1:53 PM

Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory is a better prospect than 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, according to NFL Films' Greg Cosell.

"He's a better athlete than Clowney. He's more flexible. He's more explosive in his movement," Cosell said. "Clearly, not as strong. Clowney could get inside and push back, but Clowney did not have the loose hips that this guy does. Gregory's a much more explosive mover, a much looser athlete." After what happened over the course of Clowney's injury-wrecked rookie campaign in Houston, it's easy to forget that some believed he was one of the most talented defenders to ever enter the league. Cosell, who calls Gregory a "definite" top-10 pick, clearly believes the Nebraska product is in the same league. We love Gregory's skills -- Josh Norris ranks him as the top disruptor in this class -- but his issues in keeping on weight are a bit alarming. The spindly 6-foot-5, 235-pounder dropped to 218 pounds just after the college season ended. Gregory said it's easy for him to gain and lose weight, but he must prove it at the next level by staying around 250.
Feb 25 - 7:02 PM

Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft explained how the Combine medical examinations of his previously injured ankle kept him out of on-field workouts.

Kroft opens by saying the injury usually takes 10 weeks to heal, and he was six weeks into recovery when Combine week arrived. Still, he was planning to participate fully. Kroft's ankle was examined by nearly every team. "The next day, I woke up and it was just kind of a blimp because everyone was twisting and doing their tests on it. It kind of blew up," he explained. Then on Friday, the day of tight end on-field activities, the swelling was even worse. He will work out on March 11.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 25 - 1:33 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham is the "best deep threat in the draft," according to Fox Sports' Joel Klatt.

Klatt moved DGB up to No. 23 from No. 45 on his personal rankings. "Listing him at 23 is not an indication of overall skill, as I am still a bit nervous about his off-field problems and overall maturity," Klatt writes. Green-Beckham is a big framed receiver with good straight-line speed for his size, but by no means is he an athletic specimen.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 12:48 PM

Iowa OL Brandon Scherff dropped from the No. 8 overall player in Joel Klatt's rankings to No. 17.

Scherff "will have to have great individual workouts to remain in the first round," according to Klatt. The reason? Apparently it is due to questions if Scherff can play tackle in the NFL, and Klatt said Scherff's stock "has dropped fast." Even if a team selects Scherff to play guard, we would put the odds at 90 percent he stays in the first round. In many cases, interior linemen are just as important as edge protectors.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 11:31 AM

Clemson EDGE Vic Beasley's trainer, Tony Villani of XPE Sports, revealed how much the prospect improved during pre-Combine preparation.

Per Bruce Feldman, Beasley improved his vertical eight inches (41), dropped his forty by .15 seconds (4.53) all while gaining 13 pounds. Clemson LB Stephone Anthony, who also worked with Villani, had a tremendous Combine that does not always stand out on tape. Some might think this is unfair or produces an unrealistic result, but all prospects now go through rigorous training so it is an even playing field.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 10:42 AM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman spoke to one NFL scout who questioned why Miami did not win at least nine games in 2014.

The scout called attention to multiple NFL prospects, including RB Duke Johnson, WR Phillip Dorsett, LB Denzel Perryman and DE Anthony Chickillo, along with freshman QB Brad Kaaya. "They had more front-line talent than half the teams in the SEC," the evaluator said. Multiple players told Feldman they do not blame head coach Al Golden for the losses, but the question lingers.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 25 - 10:28 AM

One NFL scout told Bob McGinn he is "not on board" with selecting Auburn WR Sammie Coates, and "wouldn't touch him."

"Once he runs fast they're all going to drool over him," the scout said of his peers in the NFL and then projected Coates to the late second-round. The hang up? Coates is "a large, explosive, stiff, inconsistent guy with big hands." The Auburn product was used as an example by Josh Norris prior to the Combine as someone who should not have their performance counted again as it is already a major part of their evaluation. We think Coates is better after the catch than credited for.
Feb 24 - 12:41 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with multiple scouts who do not think Michigan's Devin Funchess can play TE.

"He's a wide receiver," one scout said. "He's not physical enough as an inside blocker." Another scout added "He won't block. He's got good hands but he drops balls. He can't play tight end." There has been a constant debate on if Funchess will play tight end or wide receiver. It is a bit of semantics from an evaluation perspective, but will obviously matter in terms of a second contract. We just do not see Funchess playing inline in any formation, so that makes him a boundary or slot receiver.
Feb 24 - 12:12 PM

When asked what he would do with the No. 1 pick, NFL Media's Mike Mayock said selecting FSU QB Jameis Winston would scare him a bit.

"I take (Winston) No. 1 from a talent perspective," Mayock begins, which we think is the most important statement. "...But I would have to do more homework off the field because... he was the face of Florida State football, and he continued to make bad decisions off the field." We are guessing Mayock will continue to vet his NFL sources in order to come up with this information, unless he meets with Winston himself. Personality and character are always iffy subjects for us to comment on through second hand perspectives.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 11:28 AM




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