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Navy senior S Parrish Gaines accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The contest will be played Saturday, January 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gaines has recorded 32 tackles, two tackles for a loss and has broken up three passes this season. He leads the Mids in interceptions with three, including one returned for a touchdown. Gaines has good size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and speed, and has experience manning both corner and safety.
Nov 27 - 5:57 PM

Texas senior DE Cedric Reed is "playing his best football since coming to Texas," according to an NFL scout.

The scout made the comment as part of a larger point that Charlie Strong has turned around Texas' defense in short order. "It's too bad Texas wasn't able to hire Charlie Strong a year earlier. It's like night and day watching Texas defensive players from 2013 to now," the AFC North scout said. additionally passed along that scouts say senior LB Jordan Hicks and senior CB Quandre Diggs look "way more consistent" on tape, and junior DT Malcom Brown has "become one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the Big 12."
Nov 27 - 5:35 PM

Eastern Washington redshirt senior S Tevin McDonald accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Tevin is the brother of T.J., a St. Louis Ram. The younger McDonald began his career at UCLA, but was dismissed from the program by head coach Jim Mora Jr. in March, 2013 due to a failed drug test. He subsequently transferred to Eastern Washington. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he's on the smallish side for an NFL safety. He'll probably enter the NFL as a UDFA, though could catch the eye of a scout during post-season evaluations and hear his name called late on Day 3.
Nov 27 - 5:18 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott's "bruising running isn't valued in the NFL," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"His passing has improved, but his bruising running isn't valued in the NFL," Kiper wrote. "Even Cam Newton had to prove himself as a passer, and Prescott's arm isn't close to Newton's. Staying in Starkville would let the junior refine his throws and be better positioned for the 2016 draft." Returning to school is definitely the right call for Prescott. Passing mechanics must be worked on, as well as comfort level with bullets flying around inside the pocket.
Nov 27 - 5:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior LB Zachary Vigil accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

A former walk-on, Vigil is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who earned second-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and ranked fifth in the conference and 84th in the nation with 105 tackles (8.1 pg) last year. Vigil was recently named one of 10 semifinalists for The Burlsworth Trophy, given annual to the nation’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
Nov 27 - 4:45 PM

Tennessee freshman WR Jason Croom's status for Saturday's rivalry game against Vanderbilt is unknown.

Croom didn’t practice Wednesday. It's difficult to get a read on what specific injury has him sidelined. Croom grabbed his knee as he dropped to the turf in pain during Tuesday's practice. Afterwards, Vols HC Butch Jones described it as a cramp in his hamstring and hip, though Jones is notoriously evasive when it comes to injury reports. Croom ranks fourth on the team with 305 receiving yards, is tied for sixth with 21 receptions, and leads the squad with 14.5 yards per catch.
Nov 27 - 4:31 PM

Georgia senior ILB Amarlo Herrera accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Herrera measures in at just over 6-feet tall. Though not in possession of an ideal frame, he's built well enough to handle the rigors of making a living in the NFL trenches, and smart enough to potentially thrive. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline stamped Herrera with a Round 6 grade in September.
Nov 27 - 4:18 PM

Alabama junior TE Brian Vogler and freshman WR ArDarius Stewart are both listed as "very questionable" for Saturday's Iron Bowl.

Each player suffered a strained knee ligament on Saturday against Chattanooga. To this point in the week, neither has practiced, so it appears doubtful that either will take the field against Auburn, a sentiment HC Nick Saban has echoed. Expect O.J. Howard, a superior receiver, to start at tight end.
Nov 27 - 4:05 PM

Ohio State senior DL Michael Bennett's evaluation has fallen by a round this season, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He hasn't had a bad year, but I had Bennett pegged as a mid-first-round pick," Kiper wrote. "The senior is far more likely to go in the second. A disruptive DT, he makes plays in the backfield and can beat one-on-one blocking, but he isn't consistently dominant." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote this week that Bennett "has issues getting off blocks." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bennett has 27 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks this season.
Nov 27 - 3:52 PM

Oklahoma State senior DT James Castleman accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer that Castleman's pursuit in space "gives him hope for the next level." The athletic defensive tackle is graded by that site as a Rds. 4-5 prospect. "The most glaring weakness for Castleman based off his junior tape is his propensity to fall off balance, struggling to stay coordinated through contact and constantly ending up on the ground," Brugler wrote. Oklahoma State hasn't had a DT selected since Kevin Williams was the No. 9 pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Nov 27 - 3:38 PM

FSU senior RB Karlos Williams is "no longer a likely Day 2 pick," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper listed Williams as the draft's biggest RB faller. "Todd Gurley's stock took an unfortunate hit with his torn ACL, but Williams' has dropped while healthy," Kiper wrote. "The senior has a powerful frame and good speed but lacks elite balance, explosiveness and the ability to break tackles (2.8 ypc between the tackles, fourth fewest among Power 5 RBs). He'll get drafted, but he's no longer a likely Day 2 pick and needs to run well during the evaluation process." Williams has only 571 rushing yards this year.
Nov 27 - 3:26 PM

Miami junior S Deon Bush (hamstring) and junior WR Herb Waters (neck) have both been ruled out for the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh Saturday.

The Hurricanes' weekly injury report confirmed the news. Bush will miss his second straight game with a hamstring issue, originally suffering the injury against FSU. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bush's two interceptions are tied for the team lead.
Nov 27 - 3:13 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon III was named Todd McShay's highest draft RB riser this year.

"What stood out was the junior's patience and vision, but he also has improved his pad level, pass protection and routes," McShay wrote. "He has 8.18 career yards per carry, and if he keeps his current 8.3-ypc pace, he'll break the career mark held by Army's Glenn Davis (8.26, 1943-46)." Gordon, who rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in Saturday's win over Iowa, has put up five 200-yard games this year.
Nov 27 - 3:01 PM

Stanford senior WR Ty Montgomery's draft stock has fallen this season, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He hasn't plummeted, but he has dropped balls and been inconsistent," wrote McShay. "Against Washington, Notre Dame and Oregon, Montgomery had 15 combined catches but just 76 total yards. I still view the senior, who will sit out Saturday's game against UCLA with a shoulder injury, as a potential first-rounder (he is a weapon as a return man). But 
I think he's a likelier Day 2 pick now." Montgomery looks better on paper than the aptitude he shows on Saturdays, an AFC West scout told this week. We agree that Montgomery isn't a first-round pick, and also that his reputation exceeds his reality.
Nov 27 - 2:48 PM

San Jose State senior DT Travis Raciti accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The last name is pronounced RAH-see-tee. Raciti struggled as a 3-4 defensive end last year, but has always been productive as a 4-3 defensive tackle. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder should be able to pack bulk onto that massive frame to better handle the rigors of work in the interior NFL trenches.
Nov 27 - 2:35 PM

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