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Clemson LB Stephone Anthony's "take-on technique and play recognition will need to continue to improve, but he has explosive power at the point of attack and he has rare straight-line speed for his size," observed ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His position fits are the same as Perryman's -- he can play either 4-3 MLB or 3-4 SILB," wrote McShay, who ranks Anthony as the No. 51 player in the draft. That grade is about in line with industry consensus, which posits that Anthony has moved himself into firm second-round territory.
Apr 18 - 9:09 PM

William & Mary WR Tre McBride "does not show explosive speed, [but] he runs so smoothly that he lulls defenders into underestimating how much ground he is covering," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"In a draft full of conspicuous talent at wide receiver, McBride becomes difficult to rate by comparison, especially since he played at a lower level in college," Cooney wrote. "He has potential, but may take a couple of years to pay off consistently." In addition to Cooney, both Rotoworld and NFL Media Senior Analyst and former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt like McBride. "McBride is a wide receiver who's probably going to surprise a lot of people who aren't draftniks. The fact that 18 teams were [at his pro day] to see him gives you a good hint of his abilities, and he's also had separate workouts with six teams," Brandt said.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 8:55 PM

UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "is very similar to [MSU's Preston] Smith in that he is a strong run defender who could play either left defensive end in a 4-3 front or 5-technique in a 3-4 defense," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Owa No. 52 overall, ahead of the more heralded Mario Edwards Jr. of Florida State (62). We've been higher on Odighizuwa throughout the process and remain so. You simply don't see many prospects who can covert speed to power in this way, and, as a bonus, can play in both even and odd man fronts. We aren't privy to all the NFL's medical information, but you can bet teams will quadruple-check Owa's hip before pulling the trigger.
Apr 18 - 8:40 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Curtis Conway believes Oregon State QB Sean Mannion's pro-style experience makes him an undervalued draft commodity.

"He'll come in ahead of the game," said Conway, who also expressed attraction to Mannion's size (6-foot-6, 229). If you're a regular reader of this section, stop reading this blurb now, because we're about to assault the dead horse again. Simply put: Mannion is barely worth a late Day 3 pick. The immobile pocket passer only excelled in 2013, when Brandin Cooks was absolutely abusing Pac-12 corners. Mannion freaks out when things go wrong inside of structure, taking unnecessary sacks, forcing the ball to preliminary reads, or turning the ball over needlessly. He's going to be overdrafted.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 8:26 PM

East Carolina WR Justin Hardy "is a fierce competitor with huge hands that attack the ball and rarely drop it," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"How can you not like this guy, who doesn't even complain about being ignored by the Biletnikoff Award panel after setting NCAA record for receptions? A lot of people will be curious to see where he goes and how he does," Cooney wrote. Hardy won the the Bulsworth Trophy as the nation's top walk-on in 2014. "It meant a lot, just having a trophy out there for guys like myself who walked on and then accomplished so much in your career, it's a great honor," he said. "It says a lot, that you go out there and do everything and give 110 percent."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 8:09 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis says that the worst-case scenario for Miami is that the draft's top three receivers are all off the board when they get on the clock in Round 1.

Louisville WR DeVante Parker was a popular pick for the Dolphins in mock drafts throughout the winter, but Parker's stock has been rising in recent weeks, enough so that it is now assumed that he won't be available at No. 14 overall. In fact, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero recently reported that he's hearing Parker will be drafted before No. 14. "The nightmare for the Dolphins could be standing pat and watching Parker go before it's their time to pick," Davis wrote. "The consolation prize? It could be UCF WR Breshad Perriman at No. 14. He, too, is on the rise and some rank him as even with Parker. I still have Perriman sixth in my WR rankings, though."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:56 PM

Florida State WR Rashad Greene "is a skinny, slinky runner who has a deceptive change of speed that he uses well to screw with defenders both before and after catch and even as returner," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

Greene skipped the Senior Bowl due to a banged up knee. At 5-foot-11 1/2 and 175 pounds, Greene clocked a 4.53 forty at the combine. "Great addition to locker room and the field, where he has experience at every receiver position," Cooney wrote. "Greene could become a pest for NFL defenses as a slot receiver as long as he holds up physically." Greene dropped only one of every 74 balls thrown his way last season. He was asked about playing in the slot at the combine: "It's very tough, you have to learn to get in and out of traffic, take hits, take on different types of linebackers and safeties. You have to learn to make your way through traffic, so you definitely have to have that toughness," Greene said.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 7:35 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett will slide because of the depth of this receiver class.

But Jeremiah cautions the following, via film study on Lockett: "He's the guy who's always open." Jeremiah believes Lockett will be available in the second round and would be good value there. "He's open on every single play," Jeremiah said. he 5-foot-9, 181-pound Lockett finished with 93 catches for 1,351 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He's been compared to Colts WR T.Y. Hilton by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:12 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks the Vikings could take Georgia RB Todd Gurley in Round 1 if they trade Adrian Peterson prior to the draft.

"If you lose a running back, I'm going to go ahead and replace him with a running back in Todd Gurley," Jeremiah said. "He is a special talent and one of the best running backs we've seen come into the league in quite some time. I'd take him right here at No. 11 and plug him in to watch him and Teddy Bridgewater grow on offense together as the future of this football team." Jeremiah ranks Gurley No. 12 player overall, right around the Vikings' No. 11 pick. Jeremiah sees Minnesota drafting offense in that slot even if they don't take a runner. "DeVante Parker and you are making high fives with that selection," he said. "Reunites him with Teddy Bridgewater and you saw how effective they were together (at Louisville)."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:57 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior TE Steven Scheu "offers a prototypical frame for his position as well as soft, reliable hands," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Schue is following in star receiver Jordan Matthews' footsteps as a gifted pass-catching option for Vandy. "Whether lining up next to the tackle or split wide, he shows good build-up speed to beat defenders down the seam and uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball," Rang wrote. "Scheu's greatest asset is his vision to track passes and his hands. He shows the ability to pluck passes away from his frame, showing good extension and hand-eye coordination to make difficult receptions." The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder runs a 4.79 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 6:21 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler is "the most well-rounded edge defender in this class, with more bulk and strength than some of the others, to go with good explosiveness," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks Fowler as the No. 7 player in the class. "I think Fowler is scheme-versatile," McShay wrote. "We have him listed as a 4-3 DE, but he fits just as naturally as an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme. Most NFL teams are multiple with their fronts these days, which is why Fowler's versatility is so appealing." Fowler has met with a wide range of teams including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and Bears.
Apr 18 - 6:06 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt junior OLB Stephen Weatherly "looks the part of an NFL prospect with broad shoulders and long limbs," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He is often used off the edge as a pass rusher, showing enough burst to cross the face of tackles," Rang wrote. "He needs to add more functional strength to threaten as a bull rusher, as well as improve his awareness of cut blocks. Weatherly shows agility and awareness in coverage, quickly changing directions and pursuing with passion." Weatherly really came on last year and is considered one of the SEC's most promising defenders. He posted 55 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 5:50 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that he's "not as high on [Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley] as some others are, because I didn't see any power element to his game on tape."

Indeed, McShay ranks Beasley No. 41 overall, while some others call him a top-10 talent. "I also have a hard time putting a top-15 type of grade on a defensive front-seven defender that turns down contact and likes to pile-inspect," McShay wrote. "Yes, his production at Clemson was off the charts. And yes, his workout numbers are rare. I also believe he is a hard worker with good football character. But I just don't see the value as a first-half-of-the-first-round draft pick. When it's all said and done, Beasley might be best suited to play off-the-line in a role somewhat similar to that of Von Miller (Broncos) or Anthony Barr (Vikings)." The 6-foot-3, 246-pound Beasley will visit the Redskins and Jets next week.
Apr 18 - 5:35 PM

Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree "has elite physical tools and has the potential to develop into a productive pass-rusher," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He also has the athleticism to succeed in coverage," McShay wrote. The scribe isn't impressed with Dupree's consistency on tape. We agree with that opinion, but cut Dupree a bit more slack than most. Most prospect's inconsistency can be blamed on on-again, off-again motors. We think a big part of Dupree's issues stemmed from Kentucky's desire to play him all over the place -- both on and off the ball, all over the defensive formation, and with wildly different assignments -- which stunted his development as both a DE and an OLB. Keep him in one scheme and you might have a star.
Apr 18 - 5:20 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Vanderbilt C Joe Townsend "may project best at right guard due to his lack of ideal athleticism and balance."

The three-year starter at center for the Commodores is a bit of a tweener, which is why he's going to struggle to get drafted despite his stellar collegiate career. Townsend isn't quite athletic enough to play NFL center and he isn't quite big or strong enough to project comfortably to guard. "Townsend looks the part of an NFL center with broad shoulders and a well-distributed frame," Rang wrote. "He has good initial quickness for the position, though he tops out quickly and struggles to redirect when blocking at the second level. Townsend relies on angles to cut off defenders from the action and too often he's beat to the punch, struggling to recover when he isn't in ideal position. He has a bad habit of leaning into defenders on contact and spends too much time on the ground."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 5:05 PM



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