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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker as a preseason Rds. 2-3 prospect.

Parker is Pauline's highest-rated AAC prospect. Still, this grade is relatively light in comparison to industry perception, which is closer to Rds. 1-2. Parker's quickness off the ball is only average, as is his straight-line speed, but he has great size (6-foot-3, 208 pounds), an outstanding catch radius, long arms, soft hands, outstanding leaping ability and great body control and agility. He collected 55 catches for 885 yards and 12 TDs last season.
Aug 1 - 2:15 AM

Nebraska redshirt sophomore LB Michael Rose is expected to start at ILB this year.

Rose started only seven times last year, but still managed to rank third on the squad with 66 tackles. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Rose a "bright spot on an otherwise inconsistent unit in past years" and added that he "is a name to watch this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 1 - 1:54 AM

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz says senior T Brandon Scherff "may be the next Joe Thomas" and skip the draft.

Scherff, a top-10 prospect, will of course be invited to the festivities, but his coach isn't so sure he'll accept. "He may be the next Joe Thomas. ... I could see him opting for fishing over going and getting a $1,000 suit, or whatever those cost," Ferentz said Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days. "That's just not him." Ferentz has said Scherff is extremely grounded for a star player. "I think (the draft is) during turkey-hunting season, so I might be turkey hunting," Scherff said. "... I love enjoying the outdoors. I wouldn't trade it for a thing."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 1 - 1:38 AM

Nebraska redshirt junior LB David Santos is a defensive "tone-setter," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"The Nebraska defense hasn't been a strength the last few seasons, but players like Santos give the Blackshirts hope for 2014," Brugler wrote. "He finished second on the team last season in tackles (87), including 7.0 for loss, and is the tone-setter on that side of the ball, bringing his aggressive yet disciplined mentality to the field." The 6-foot, 225-pound fourth-year junior runs a 4.64 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 9:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "has the skill-set to have a Warrick Dunn-type career at the next level."

Abdullah was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a Doak Walker Award semifinalist last season, scampering for 1,690 yards, the highest yardage total at Nebraska since Ahman Green in 1997. "Abdullah has a leaner-than-ideal upper and lower body build, but is much tougher than he looks and lowers his pads at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates quickly and runs with his feet on fire, controlling his momentum well to make sharp cuts and elude in the open field. Abdullah has flexible ankles and runs low to the ground with springs in his calves to make explosive jump cuts without losing speed. He has active feet and sees the field well to make proper reads and pick through the line of scrimmage without any hesitation and always appears two steps ahead." For a more topical comparison, the analyst calls Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 7:24 PM

Nebraska senior OG Jake Cotton has NFL tools but must remain healthy, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Nebraska's offensive line is a question mark entering the 2014 season with Cotton as the lone returning starter up front," Brugler wrote. "His career has been mired with various injuries, but when he's on the field, Cotton has the brute power and natural instincts for the position that enable him to be effective as a run blocker and in pass protection." The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Cotton has spent time at both guard and tackle, but he projects better inside at the next level. Cotton started 11 of 13 games at LG last year, missing the Michigan and Michigan State games with a knee injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 7:09 PM

Cincinnati DE Josh Posley has transferred to Ball State.

Posley will redshirt this season and have two more seasons of eligibility starting in 2015. ""We have known him since his high school days at Warren Central and have built a strong relationship with the coaching staff there," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. Posley apparently has two former teammates on the Cardinals' roster.
Jul 31 - 5:09 PM

Texas senior S Josh Turner will remain on the team after meeting with HC Charlie Strong, according to Orange Bloods.

Multiple reports stated Turner had been dismissed from the program last week. "He's still on the team and he's very thankful that things turned out the way they have," Turner's high school coach Kevin Cox said. The senior has only started five games in his career.
Source: Rivals
Jul 31 - 4:46 PM

UNC has lost four players, including senior DT Shawn Underwood, to academic issues.

Defensive back Clinton Heaven, defensive tackle Greg Webb, and offensive lineman J.J. Patterson. Underwood has been a reserve defensive tackle for the Tar Heels over the last three years, but was contending for the starting nose tackle spot this year.
Source: Rivals
Jul 31 - 3:08 PM
Dee Hart - RB - Rams

Former Alabama redshirt junior RB Dee Hart will transfer to Colorado State, according to Chris Hayes.

Hart reportedly graduated in June, so he will be eligible to play immediately. Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was a member of Alabama's staff when the school signed Hart back in 2011. Hart's tenure with the Crimson Tide included two serious knee injuries, a brief switch to corner, and an off-field arrest for giving false information and possession of marijuana. He amassed 43 carries for 166 yards and a touchdown with Alabama.
Jul 31 - 2:43 PM

Texas A&M redshirt senior DE Gavin Stansbury will transfer to Houston and is eligible to play immediately.

Stansbury, A&M's defensive MVP last season, was apparently dismissed from the Aggies program on July 21. He was arrested for misdemeanor assault in April. Texas A&M must improve their defense, but multiple starters have been dismissed since the spring. Kevin Sumlin will attempt to upgrade through recruiting.
Jul 31 - 2:10 PM

Nebraska senior WR Jamal Turner "has the talent to have a breakout senior season," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

"With Quincy Enunwa off to the NFL, the Huskers need a pass catcher to step up and team with Bell on the outside and Turner has the talent to have a breakout senior season," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Turner played in the first seven games of the season before missing the final five games with a leg injury. Turner had 13 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown before injury, but will look to be an explosive threat for the Husker offense and special teams units this upcoming season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that "one could make the argument that" Nebraska senior S Corey Cooper "is one of the top-10 senior prospects at his position."

"Entering his final season in Lincoln, one could make the argument that he is one of the top-10 senior prospects at his position and potentially more with a productive 2014 campaign," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 215 pound Cooper will be expected to be one of the leaders for the Blackshirt defense in 2014, after a break-out performance as a junior. The Nebraska prospect led the team in tackles last season (91), with 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, adding one interception and one forced fumble. Cooper has the size to provide solid run support from the safety position, but also does a tremendous job in pass coverage.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:36 PM

Dane Brugler notes that Nebraska senior WR Kenny Bell's "average size and speed will limit how highly NFL scouts grade him."

His average size and speed will limit how highly NFL scouts grade him for the next level, but Bell's work ethic, reliability and detailed approach will ensure he makes a living in the pros, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound Bell led the Cornhuskers in receiving the last three seasons and could make it a fourth in 2014. Bell finished the 2013 season with a team-high 51 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. While Bell has the "adequate height," Brugler notes that Bell's "rail-thin" frame won't get "too much bigger," but despite his frame, Bell "is one of the best blockers in all of college football."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 31 - 1:15 PM

Grantland's Robert Mays believes Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "needs to show improvement as a dropback passer."

When discussing the decision teams will have between Mariota and Jameis Winston, Mays writes "it really depends on what you’re looking for... Mariota is a dual threat, closer to Colin Kaepernick — less polished, but possibly more terrifying." In the past, Oregon quarterbacks have been runners first and lacked awareness in the pocket. We think pocket patience and poise are the most underappreciated aspects to Mariota's game. He wins inside and outside of the pocket.
Source: Grantland
Jul 31 - 1:12 PM



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