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Clemson senior edge rusher Corey Crawford will miss the school's season opener against Georgia due to suspension.

The suspension was handed down in March, but this is just a helpful reminder. Also sitting out the game are offensive lineman David Beasley and backup cornerback Garry Peters for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Crawford and Vic Beasley make up one of the top edge rushing tandems in the country.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:28:00 PM

Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett ranks as Gil Brandt's No. 5 receiver.

This is a wildly optimistic ranking from the veteran evaluator. In order, Brandt ranks Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Breshad Perriman Nos. 1-4. Grading Lockett No. 5 means Brandt prefers him to a spate of potential first rounders such as Dorial Green-Beckham, Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Jaelen Strong, and Devin Funchess, as well as Round 2-probabilities Sammie Coates, Nelson Agholor and Rashad Greene. We can't say we agree.
Mar 2 - 2:10 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that UCLA QB Brett Hundley has "got a lot of flaws in his game."

"I don't think he can mentally process," the scout said. "His arm and talent are OK." The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder has 4.63 wheels, a strong arm and a career 75-25 TD-INT ratio, but, as the scout indicates, we've never seen the tools coalesce on the field. "The physical tools are there," another scout said. "He's going to need time. He's going to have to go to a team that will need to have patience with him and just continue teaching him the game. A team at the top of the second (round) that needs a quarterback might throw him to the fire too early, and he's not ready for that."
Mar 1 - 7:11 PM

Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley compares himself to Denver Broncos LB Von Miller.

"A lot of teams saw me with my hand in the ground, comparing me to guys like Cameron Wake," Beasley said. "But I like to compare myself to Von Miller. He's able to drop in coverage, and we have the same body size, so I try to compare myself after him." As with regular human beings, it's extremely difficult for prospects to perceive themselves accurately. That said, Beasley might be on to something here. Miller measured 6-foot-3, 246 pounds at the 2011 combine, identical to Beasley's measurements, and both ran 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Miller is a bit quicker and more agile, beating Beasley in the 3-cone (6.70 to 6.91) and 20-yard shuttle (4.06 to 4.15), while Beasley is stronger (35 reps to Miller's 21) and more explosive (41 inch vertical to 37).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

Chris Landry, who works with the NFL Combine, told 620 WDAE that Texans HC Bill O'Brien prefers Bryce Petty to Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

Landry adds O'Brien, and many other coaches, were inclined to like Mariota on film more than Jameis Winston, but the real story is Petty. In the link below, fast forward to 36:00 to hear the quotes. We aren't sure why it is appropriate to pass on news like this, as coaches and coordinators rarely speak this candidly to the media on their own. O'Brien does have an interesting history with quarterbacks thus far in the NFL, as reports have stated he was interested in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, traded for Ryan Mallett and drafted Tom Savage. He could have traded up for Teddy Bridgewater as well. This is no slight to Chris Landry, as many people who work close to the NFL are not widely known outside of the league, but we have not heard of Landry until this moment.
Source: 620 WDAE
Mar 1 - 11:57 AM

FSU RB Karlos Williams posted the best Speed Score of all 2015 running backs.

He ran a 4.48 forty at 230 pounds. Williams' Speed Score of 114.2 was the only one in the class at the combine above 110 (Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman didn't run), typically viewed as the benchmark of a first-round pick. The brother of Steelers LB Vince Williams is a favorite of Football Outsiders scouting writer Matt Waldman. "Karlos is a former five-star recruit who played safety originally, then gradually transitioned to running back in his 2013 junior season, averaging 8.0 yards per carry (730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries)," wrote ESPN's Aaron Schatz. "However, he disappointed a bit with only 4.6 yards per carry as a full-time running back in 2014, and has had some off-the-field issues that teams will need to consider."
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

Oregon redshirt senior T Andre Yruretagoyena has retired from football.

The offensive lineman said he plans to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating" in the coming months. Yruretagoyena was one of the linemen injured for the Ducks last season, in this case a leg injury. That means four OL from last year will not be on the roster in 2015.
Source: Go Ducks
Feb 28 - 12:57 PM

The NFL will consider making changes to the drills prospects go through at the NFL Combine, according to Matt Birk.

"Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards," Birk said. "We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done." That is the point though, Mr. Birk, to compare the trends in results across years and even decades. Each prospect is a blip, and data is added each year. These Combine results have been effectively used by the Seahawks and many other teams. This might punish those teams even though the goal is to help create a better experience. As Zach Whitman put it, continuing to run the 40 would preserve past data.
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

One AFC scout noted "in theory" Clemson LB Stephone Anthony Combine performance "changes his scouting report from a two-down guy to a possible three-down linebacker."

Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20 yard short shuttle. That is outstanding. Our issue, Anthony does not play even close to that speed due to the angles he takes when facing lineman and trash at the second level. He makes himself look like a much lesser athlete.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

One NFL scout told the MMQB's Robert Klemko that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "did much better on the board than expected."

"His football IQ was surprisingly good," the scout said. Expectations can lead to disappointment or surprise in a positive way. One question is why would Mariota performing well in this area be a surprise? He ran his offense at Oregon masterfully and displayed understanding and traits that transcended play calls. The whole "pro style" system has so much grey area to it, as there is more overlap in the NFL now than in recent memory. Fit schemes to the top talents on the team instead of being a stubborn coach stuck in your ways.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word the Titans and Jaguars have shown "a lot of interest" in Missouri Shane Ray.

It makes sense. Ray missed Combine due to an injury, and teams will have extra homework to do because of it. Still, the spectrum of his projection will be more clear after his pro day workout. Ray could easily be a top 10 pick.
Feb 27 - 9:53 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota climbed five spots in Daniel Jeremiah's latest rankings and now sits at No. 7.

Jeremiah also mock Mariota to the Rams in his latest projection of the first 32 picks, saying "The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel." We must say it: Mariota does not receive enough credit for his foundation quarterback traits of poise, patience, movement inside of structure and eye level in the face of pressure.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 9:12 AM




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