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A "high-level executive" told Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley has the "potential to be the best running back of the last decade."

That would mean better than Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott, among many others. In March, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported from the NFL Draft Combine back that several NFL sources expected Barkley to be a top-5 overall pick. The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Barkley racked up 1,496 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry last season. He's a Heisman Trophy frontrunner.
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Thu, May 18, 2017 03:29:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Florida WR Antonio Callaway failed his drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine; testing positive for marijuana with a "diluted sample."

Callaway's told reporters that the sample was diluted because he was "over-hydrated" and that he would address the issue with teams. A failed drug test is a big deal with any prospect; a failed drug test for a player who had as many off-field issues as Callaway did at Florida is a major red-flag. He was likely to go on Day 3 before, but it's real, real tough to see a team investing a third-round pick or higher on him now after this news.
Apr 24 - 8:54 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst reminds him of Greg Olsen.

"He’ll be 25 starting this year (Aug. 24)," the scout said. "You’ll get seven years out of him. You get seven years out of somebody, that’s a pretty good player. Reminds me of Greg Olsen. He’s quicker and more maneuverable than (Mike) Gesicki." The biggest concern for scouts seems to be that age -- Hurst was a minor league pitcher for the Pirates before enrolling at South Carolina -- but the lack of projection can be both a blessing and a strength, particularly when it comes to his blocking. Hurt will go in the first two rounds, and there's a real chance he'll be the first tight end off the board.
Apr 24 - 8:25 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the San Francisco 49ers "covet" Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds.

Pauline notes that the 49ers have also shown interest in Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch and could trade down to select him, but that they won't do that if Edmunds (6'5/253) is still on the board on Thursday. The 49ers have an obvious need at linebacker, and Edmunds is seen by many as one of -- if not the -- best at the position the class.
Apr 24 - 6:31 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compares WR Calvin Ridley to Keenan McCardell "but probably with more speed."

"He reminds me of like Keenan McCardell but probably with more speed," said Saban. "He’ll make a lot of plays in the league." This is a pretty strong comp. McCardell was a very crafty route runner who came into the league with mediocre testing numbers (6'0/175 with a 4.55 forty and a vertical of 36 1/2). McCardell ranks No. 23 all-time in receptions (883), but he was never a dominant No. 1 receiver. Ridley (6'0/189), who likewise underwhelmed during the pre-Draft process, could be headed for the same career path.
Apr 24 - 3:50 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football panned Maryland WR D.J. Moore as "not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu."

Moore finished WR2 behind Calvin Ridley in McGinn's annual poll of NFL evaluators. "I didn’t think he’d run that well," said the scout of Moore's 4.42 40 time at the NFL Combine. "I thought he’d be 4.6. He’s a good little player. Good hands. I just thought he was really slow. You didn’t see a whole lot of quickness and speed. More of a third receiver, to be honest with you. Not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu." Other scouts polled by McGinn were higher on the Terps star. "He earns your respect because he has excellent hands, he’s fast enough, he’s big enough and he’s a really good route runner," another scout said. "Plus, he doubles as an effective punt returner." Said a third: "He can go deep and catch over the shoulder. He’s really good at that. He will go over the middle and go get the football. He snatches it out of the air. Off the film he looks like a 6-2 or 6-3 kid."
Apr 24 - 3:24 PM

Vikings beat writer Darren Wolfson believes the team's interest in South Dakota State TE is "genuine."

At pick No. 30, if the Vikings want Goedert they will have to select him with their first pick. Trading out of the first round is absolutely possible. The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph on the roster, as well as a tremendous duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but Goedert is a star in the red zone.
Apr 24 - 10:58 AM

According to Tony Pauline, Washington DL Vita Vea being drafted by the Redskins is the NFL's "worst kept secret."

Sometimes a prospect who is a constantly linked to a team ultimately is not selected by that club. Vea fits that label. The Redskins must stop the run, and on paper Vea might solve those problems while also making the linebacker group better.
Apr 24 - 10:41 AM

Ohio State C Billy Price's health is "no longer really a question," according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Price suffered a pec injury at the NFL Combine. Rapoport adds three centers could be round one picks: Price, James Daniels and Frank Ragnow. We believe the latter two are more likely, with Ragnow a virtual lock.
Apr 24 - 10:11 AM

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is "definitely" in the conversation at No. 1 overall to the Browns, according to one executive who spoke with Adam Schefter.

We buy it. A few scenarios could be playing out in front of us. One, John Dorsey knows the pick, but is keeping it a secret, especially from Hue Jackson. We all know Hue has friends in the media and leaks information. Second, Dorsey, Jackson, McCloughan, Haley and more could disagree on which passer is the top quarterback in this class. At the end of the day the pick will come down to Dorsey. McCloughan already stated Mayfield is his top quarterback.
Apr 24 - 8:43 AM

The Ringer's Mike Lombardi mentioned on his GM Street Podcast that Georgia RB Sony Michel could slide because of a "medical concern."

"There's a lot of teams telling me there's a medical concern here, so he could slip a little bit," said Lombardi. "His medical grade is a little iffy." Lombardi doesn't say what the medical issue is, because he doesn't know what the medical issue is. Michel is often cited as the second-best running back in the class and the one most likely to go after Penn State's Saquon Barkley. A scout recently told Bob McGinn that he is reminded of Todd Gurley when watching him run, but concerns over his medical report could cause him to slide behind players like LSU's Derrius Guice, San Diego State's Rashaad Penny, or perhaps his teammate at Georgia in Nick Chubb.
Apr 23 - 9:38 PM

A scout told Bob McGinn Football that Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is a "big Barry Sanders."

The full quote: "That dude is built to last. He’s a big Barry Sanders." Another scout told McGinn that Barkley was the "total package" because of his ability to create yards in the run game and also as a receiver. It wasn't all glowing, however, as one scout was curious why Barkley's production as a rusher was so much worse in 2017 than it was in 2016. That scout acknowledges that it likely had something to do with scheming, but it is worth mentioning. Barkley is a lock for the first five selections.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM




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