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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts "speak well of" Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound OT began his career at DE, transitioning to tackle during the 2012 season. "Scouts speak well of right tackle Trevor Clemmings and with good reason," Pauline wrote. "He’s a nimble and quick lineman effective on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. While I list him as a tackle I think in the end Clemmings will be used at guard for a zone/motion blocking system." Clemmings started all 13 games last season for the Panthers at right tackle.
Aug 19 - 8:30 PM

Mississippi senior CB Senquez Golson "possesses natural cover skills," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Golson has enough agility and speed to intrigue scouts," Rang wrote. The corner also played outfield for the Ole Miss baseball team in 2012 and was an 8th round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 MLB draft. "Golson's size is an obvious detriment but he possesses natural cover skills due to his athleticism and has recorded six interceptions in his 36 career game appearances," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Golson has 4.43 speed.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 8:02 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley has the potential to overtake Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston if he continues to improve.

"Hundley could play the Blake Bortles role and overtake both of them if the steady improvement he's made as a pocket passer the past two years continues in 2014," Rang wrote. Despite only having played two seasons, Hundley ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). If he surpasses 3,828 passing yards this season, Hundley will pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 7:48 PM

Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge "is a big time prospect with great potential," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge led the Orange with 78 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore, earning All-ACC Third Team honors. "He has terrific size, athleticism and range in centerfield," Pauline wrote. "Most would be surprised if Eskridge does not enter the 2015 draft and a big season could push him into the middle part of round two."
Aug 19 - 7:36 PM

Mississippi redshirt senior ILB Deterrian Shackleford is a 'tweener who "lacks the size to remain at defensive end and isn't fast enough to handle coverage responsibilities at linebacker," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Shackleford is entering his sixth year of eligibility after missing the 2011 and 2012 seasons with separate ACL surgeries. He collected 44 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and two sacks in his return last year. "Shackleford has 'tweener traits as he lacks the size to remain at defensive end and isn't fast enough to handle coverage responsibilities at linebacker," Rang wrote. "He's physical, alert and a fiery leader, however, and played his best football down the stretch last season."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 7:26 PM

Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas has durability concerns, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"For two seasons now I’ve graded Todd Thomas as a solid weakside linebacker and potential draftable prospect," Pauline wrote. "He shows good range and ability in space as well as skills in coverage. Thomas, who’s had several knee surgeries, indicated prior to the start of last season he was leaving the Pittsburgh program before reversing course. Both must be looked into." Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty.
Aug 19 - 7:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he's higher on redshirt junior CB Lafayette Pitts than anybody else.

Pitts tallied 44 tackles, three TFLs, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 12 starts and one additional appearance last year. "I might be the only person to stamp cornerback Lafayette Pitts with a second/third round grade but I’ll take my chances," Pauline wrote. "The past two seasons I’ve watched Pitts develop into a steady and sometimes spectacular corner. For the most part he plays solid football and stays away from mental mistakes. I like him as a prospect now and think he offers a good amount of upside." In addition to his coverage work, Pitts led the Panthers with 439 kickoff return yards on 19 attempts (23.1 average).
Aug 19 - 6:59 PM

Ohio State announced senior QB Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season.

The Buckeyes are confirming Miller re-injured his right (throwing) shoulder during practice Monday, but they have thus far refused to disclose the specific nature of the injury. Previous media reports indicate that Miller dislocated the shoulder on a throw in which he wasn't hit. "My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation." Miller is saying he intends to return to Ohio State in 2015. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season," he said. All eyes are now on redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who assumes the starting job.
Aug 19 - 6:35 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes NC State redshirt senior T Rob Crisp has an NFL future if he can prove his health.

At 6-foot-7, 300 pounds with athleticism, Crisp possesses every tool the NFL looks for in a tackle -- except for a clean bill of health. "In many ways offensive tackle Rob Crisp has had his future possibilities halted by injury," Pauline wrote. "Prior to the start of the 2013 campaign I rated the left tackle as a potential third/fourth round pick before his season was ended by a concussion and that was after missing most of the 2012 campaign with back issues. Crisp has the talent to play at the next level but durability is a big question mark." Crisp missed five games in 2012 due to a lower back injury, and was knocked out for the year with a concussion in the second game of last season.
Aug 19 - 6:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes this is a "relatively weak year at tight end and inside linebacker."

"The only potential first round tight end on the radar at this time is Michigan junior Devin Funchess, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound seam threat with limited blocking chops," he wrote. "Instincts, athleticism and physicality will make Miami's Denzel Perryman and UCLA's Eric Kendricks solid pros, but at 5-foot-11, 242 pounds and 6-foot, 230, respectively, neither possesses the size scouts prefer." Ironically, the tight end class will probably lose Funchess as well, since the Wolverines have moved him to WR and the NFL will likely do the same. The hybrid has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons, but, as Rang notes, he can't block well enough to function as a traditional tight end.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

LSU true freshman DT Travonte Valentine is in "the final phases of the admission process," reports the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Valentine‘s high school coach Mike Tunsil confirmed the news to the newspaper. Yesterday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Valentine had been green-lighted by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Assuming there are no hiccups to the process, Valentine was expected to arrive on campus Tuesday and begin practicing as soon as Wednesday. Valentine won’t be in full pads until his fifth practice day due to the NCAA’s mandated four-day acclimation period. The athletic 6-foot-3, 325-pounder was rated as the No. 34 overall player in his class by 247Sports.com.
Aug 19 - 5:46 PM

Mississippi senior S Cody Prewitt "looks the part of an NFL safety, sporting a well-built frame with long limbs," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Prewitt earned All-American honors last year after leading the conference with six interceptions. He added 71 tackles and two forced fumbles. Prewitt is also a durable prospect who has never missed a collegiate game. "He is an alert, active defender with good vision and the athleticism to handle deep coverage responsibilities," Rang wrote. "He changes directions fluidly and is a smooth accelerator. He possesses good (but not great) top-end speed and can get himself in trouble with aggressive pursuit lines that leave him little room for error. Prewitt generally is asked to play two-deep or the single high free safety role, rarely dropping down close to the line of scrimmage to cover slot receivers. From this center-field vantage point, Prewitt shows good understanding of route concepts, anticipating where the ball is going and getting a jump on it. He has good hands for the interception and times his leap to take the ball at its highest point."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 5:31 PM

Florida true freshman DT Thomas Holley will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip and miss the 2014 season.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Holley, the country's No. 3-rated defensive tackle prospect, needs four months to recover. The Gators will redshirt him this season. "I'm disappointed for Thomas," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "Certainly a guy that athletically we were very excited about. Originally when he came in for the pre-physical, he'd had the sports hernia repaired and that's where he thought his pain was coming from. And then on the pre-physical we saw this. We wanted to see how far we could take it, but we knew eventually there was probably going to be a surgery involved. He just had a lot of discomfort involved, so we just decided to go ahead and do it."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 5:14 PM

Ole Miss freshman WR Sammie Epps was arrested on Friday night on charges of driving without a license and possession of marijuana inside a motor vehicle, according to the Clarion Ledger.

The former four-star TE recruit out of Greenwood High School, was released from jail that morning after posting bond and resumed practice at Ole Miss on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 215 pound Epps, was originally slated to play tight end, but has now been moved to wide receiver and will play in the slot.
Aug 19 - 5:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline "generously stamped" North Carolina State redshirt junior cornerback Justin Burris with a fourth-round grade.

"I generously stamped cornerback Justin Burris with a fourth round grade based on the flashes he showed and the future possibilities I saw," Pauline wrote. "He plays with toughness and solid ball skills." The Wolfpack's starting right corner ranked sixth on the team in tackles last year. At 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, Burris has prototypical NFL size, making him easy to project to the next level.
Aug 19 - 4:56 PM



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