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NFL Media ranks Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson as the No. 9 offensive player in the entire country.

"Watson was heralded as a budding star after breaking school freshman records in his first career start with 435 yards and six touchdown passes, a 50-35 win over North Carolina," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Unfortunately, injuries, including a torn ACL, wrecked his freshman campaign. All in all, Watson completed 93 of 137 passes (68 percent) for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Don't be surprised if he contends for the Heisman this year.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 7:47 PM

Texas Tech redshirt sophomore OLB Mike Mitchell was ranked as the No. 13 impact transfer by NFL Media.

Mitchell is going to be happy just getting on the field this season. He signed with Ohio State as a top-60 prospect in the 2013 recruiting class, but decided to transfer after redshirting his first season. "He had a good spring for the Red Raiders and has playmaking ability, which is something Tech desperately needs on defense," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 7:32 PM

NFL Media ranks Pittsburgh junior RB James Conner as the No. 10 offensive player in the land.

"Conner is a big, powerful rusher, but slips through holes and runs with defensive backs like a much smaller running back," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and scored 26 touchdowns last season and was named an All-American. He jumped over 200 yards on multiple occasions and will do so again in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 7:18 PM

NFL Media ranks Mississippi State true freshman S Jamal Peters as the No. 9 impact freshmen in the nation.

"The Bulldogs lost some key starters from last year's squad and will be counting on the talented freshman to contribute right away," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Dan Mullen hasn't typically relied heavily on true freshmen, but Peters will immediately be involved in the secondary and play a big role in rebuilding the team's defense in a difficult SEC West." The team has intended to immediately play Peters, their best recruit, from the start. "Our plans are to play as many that can come in and develop and are ready," MSU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes said of the team's freshmen crop. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Peters already is SEC-sized.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 7:02 PM

NFL Media ranks USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler as the No. 11 offensive player in the country.

"The fifth-year veteran not only chose to stay in college instead of jumping to the NFL draft, but tried to convince the Trojans' top underclassmen to do the same," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Look for Kessler to challenge for the Heisman, as long as the USC defense is improved enough to keep the team in Pac-12 contention." The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Kessler threw for 3,826 yards with a 39/5 TD/INT ratio last year. He wasn't picked off more than once in any game.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 6:45 PM

NFL Media ranks Michigan graduate QB Jake Rudock as the No. 15 impact transfer in the nation.

Rudock (6-foot-3, 208 pounds) transferred over from Iowa, where he had already lost his starting job to C.J. Beathard, after graduating in the spring. "Rudock fits Michigan's pro-style attack, and he should benefit from working with a coaching staff that has an actual offensive plan," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He isn't overly athletic, but he is cerebral and has a nice arm." Rudock will battle Shane Morris for starting duties.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 6:30 PM

Florida true freshman T Martez Ivey could replace D.J. Humphries in the starting lineup in 2015, but if he doesn't, he'll start elsewhere, believes NFL Media.

"The team is essentially starting from scratch up front with so many losses to graduation and the NFL draft," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "New head coach Jim McElwain will have his work cut out for him as a result. At least he can pencil in Ivey at some spot along the line, likely at right tackle." NFL Media ranks Ivey as the No. 2 impact freshmen in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 6:10 PM

NFL Media ranks Colorado State sophomore WR Rashard Higgins as the No. 13 offensive player in the nation.

"When CSU quarterback Garrett Grayson was busy attracting NFL scouts last year, this is the guy he was usually looking for," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Higgins was a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. This fall, he'll have to overcome the transition to a new coach, a new offense and a new quarterback." Higgins caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns last year to become a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 5:56 PM

Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland believes junior OLB Tim Williams could lead the nation in sacks next season.

"He can lead the country in sacks," Ragland says. "That’s how fast and physical he is." Quite high praise for a player who has been a part-timer the past few years. In 19 career games, Williams has eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups. That said, Williams, a consensus four-star prospect coming out of high school, is an athletic specimen who is a disruptive pass rusher off the edge. At 6-foot-4, Williams could potentially add 20 pounds and play DE in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 5:43 PM

Ole Miss junior WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle) "is a natural receiver who causes a lot of mismatches," notes Walter Football.

The site ranks Pittsburgh junior WR Tyler Boyd as the No. 1 receiver, placing Treadwell No. 2. Most rank Treadwell No. 1. Treadwell posted 72 receptions for 608 yards with five scores as a true freshman in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder had 48 receptions for 632 yards and five scores last season before his gruesome ankle injury.
May 23 - 5:28 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar believes Ohio State senior DE Adolphus Washington "could be a breakout candidate moving to the three-technique position that Michael Bennett played last season."

The 6-foot-4, 288-pound Washington, a former five-star recruit, runs a 4.88 forty. Because of those measureables, he's just about assured of going higher in the draft than Bennett just did. In fact, NFL.com's Chad Reuter ranked Washington as the No. 14 senior draft prospect heading into the season. An NFL executive told NFL.com in January that Washington "jumps out in tape."
Source: SB Nation
May 23 - 5:06 PM

NFL Media ranks Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott as the No. 14 offensive player in the nation.

"At 6-2 and 230 pounds, he's built to punish defenders when he keeps the ball on the option play," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Prescott threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio and rushed for 986 yards and 14 scores last season. He's an early Heisman frontrunner.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 4:51 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams is the No. 3 receiver in the country, according to Walter Football.

"Williams is a raw receiver, as one could expect given his lack of experience. He needs to improve his route-running and hands," reads his scouting report. "Williams dropped some passes deep downfield that could have gone for big plays." Duke had 45 receptions for 730 yards (16 yards per catch) with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year. The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder is graded currently as a Rds. 1-2 prospect.
May 23 - 4:37 PM

NFL Media compares Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker to Matt Kalil.

"Decker has grown into his body more at 315 pounds, but has the same lean frame and towers over Big Ten opponents at 6-foot-8 and is also effective stifling pass rushers on the left side," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. Kalil stands 6-foot-7, 295 pounds and is similarly athletic and vine-armed.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 4:10 PM

FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook's "footwork through the hole and balance are pure magic," notes NFL Media.

As a true freshman last year, Cook converted 170 carries into 1,008 yards (5.9-yard average). Now a full-time starter, he's going to obliterate those numbers this year. For a preview of what he can do, check out the Louisville and Miami tapes. NFL Media ranks Cook as the No. 12 offensive player in the entire country.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 3:57 PM



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