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Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote that Clemson freshman QB Deshaun Watson "is one of the more dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in all of college football."

"Watson has a smooth and clean release with the arm strength to make all the necessary throws," they observed. "While he can show more patience in the pocket, he has shown the ability to get through progressions and has excellent mobility to escape pressure and put stress on a defense with his legs." Hopefully Watson's durability concerns don't stretch into the future. He will miss the Russell Athletic Bowl after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL.
Dec 19 - 7:50 PM

NFL Media reporter Alber Breer notes that one AFC Scout believes Colorado State redshirt senior OT Ty Sambrailo is "athletic" and "probably best suited to play on the right side or even at guard."

"He's athletic," The AFC scout told NFL Media's Albert Breer."He's probably best suited to play on the right side or even at guard. He's been a great run blocker for them, he can really get to the second level. ... He's not gonna overwhelm you with his size, he won't overwhelm you with his athleticism. But he does everything well." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported in October that Sambrailo is receiving grades from a top 45 choice all the way down to a fifth-round prospect. Brugler adds that "there is a lot to like about Sambrailo's NFL potential."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 19 - 4:13 PM

Husker Online's Sean Callahan reports that Nebraska redshirt junior DE Randy Gregory "has not declared" for the NFL draft, despite the reports that are out there.

"Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory told me he has not "declared" for the NFL draft despite reports out there that say he has," Callhan tweeted. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound edge rusher has been one of the best in the country and has been talked up as a Top-10 pick in April. ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that there are "some raw elements to Gregory's game, so if a few teams near the top of the draft aren't totally sold on his growth potential, he could slide a bit."
Dec 19 - 4:01 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Kentucky DE/LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree "has an explosive first step and flashes some power to widen/bull as a pass rusher."

"Dupree has an explosive 1st step and flashes some power to widen/bull as a pass rusher. Wish he was more stout at point of attack vs run," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree has showed great versatility with the Wildcats, playing both DE in the 4-3, and OLB in the 3-4 alignment.
Dec 19 - 3:53 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that an NFL GM believes that Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard is likely a day three selection.

"He may go late Friday night (third round) if a 3-4 team approves, but he's more likely to (be drafted) sometime Saturday (Rounds 4-7)," the GM told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "Better production than traits that project to the NFL." The Utes prospect has recorded 17.5 sacks on the year and brought home the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the college.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 19 - 3:41 PM

NBC's College Football Talk reports that redshirt junior QB Tanner McEvoy will go both ways for the Badgers in their bowl game.

McEvoy practiced at quarterback last summer before being moved to safety and even started three games there. The redshirt junior made the switch back to quarterback and started five games under center to start the year. The Wisconsin prospect started practicing with the defense again on Tuesday. The Badgers are currently working him in with the first-team defense at both safety and linebacker.
Dec 19 - 2:38 PM

Florida senior T D.J. Humphries has denied that he has decided to enter 2015 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Humphries announced on Twitter that Gainesville Sun had wrongly report on his decision to enter the NFL draft. Humphries was a top-20 recruit back in 2012, and is a tool-shed of a prospect who has struggled to remain healthy during his career, playing in 17 of 24 games the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 19 - 2:29 PM

South Carolina senior QB Dylan Thompson has accepted an invitation to play in the East West Shrine game.

Thompson has plenty of starting experience, filling in for the likes of Connor Shaw and starting this season. His career TD to INT ratio is 38:16 with a career high completion percentage of 59.5 for this season. The Shrine now has all six of their quarterbacks: Duke's Anthony Boone, Nevada's Cody Fajardo, ODU's Taylor Heinicke, Georgia's Hutson Mason, Arizona State's Taylor Kelly and Thompson.
Dec 19 - 1:57 PM

One AFC Personnel Executive believes Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and FSU QB Jameis Winston are better than Blake Bortles.

We won't include the comments about the two comparing (or contrasting) to Andrew Luck as prospects, because any comparison is pointless. "They're both better than [Ryan] Tannehill when he came out. But neither of them is a slam dunk," the executive said. Rotoworld's Josh Norris places Mariota as the top quarterback in this class due to his eye level and positive pocket movement while working off his first read. The executive also notes "after the first two (quarterbacks), you're throwing darts."
Source: Philly.com
Dec 19 - 1:03 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is a "tale of two years," according to one NFL executive.

"He was very accurate last year, but he's not so accurate this year," the executive added. "His fundamentals have come unraveled. His lower-body position [is out of whack]." We would challenge the executive a bit, since Petty has never been an accurate downfield passer despite what highlights might show. Some call Marcus Mariota a "system quarterback." This label applies to Petty much more than Mariota. The executive did say Petty has looked better during the end of the season.
Source: Philly.com
Dec 19 - 12:40 PM

Former USC DL DeVante Wilson has transferred to Cal with two years of eligibility remaining.

Wilson has played at the JUCO level for the last two seasons after leaving USC following his first season. He tore his ACL prior to that first season after being signed as a three-star recruit.
Dec 19 - 12:19 PM

UAB junior LB Jake Ganus will transfer to Georgia.

Ganus has one more season of eligibility. As you know, UAB's players are free to transfer with no restrictions after the football program was eliminated. Ganus is basically a three year starter. At this time, most of Gergia's talented young players are returning for another season.
Dec 19 - 11:44 AM

West Virginia redshirt senior Clint Trickett returned to practice after passing concussion protocol.

Trickett has not played since being knocked out against Kansas State on Nov. 20. The Mountaineers face Texas A&M in their bowl game, and it will be Trckett's and receiver Kevin White's final collegiate game.
Dec 19 - 11:20 AM

Texas A&M and OL coach B.J. Anderson have parted ways.

On the surface it seems like a surprising move, since Anderson coached the likes of Jake Matthews, Luke Joeckel and Cedric Ogbuehi. However, the offensive line regressed a bit this season and there have been some reports of Ogbuehi receiving a free pass in practice. A frenetic pocket mover in Johnny Manziel did not favors for his offensive line in the past, placing extra pressure on the front five to mirror for long periods of time. Still, talent remains for the present and future along the Aggies' offensive line.
Dec 19 - 10:58 AM

The number of non-seniors requesting evaluations from the NFL Draft Advisory Board dropped from 214 in 2013 to 147 this year.

As the Senior Bowl's Patrick Woo points out, each team is now limited to five names who can request grades, which likely factors in to the large drop in numbers. Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin was told by one source that the record for non-seniors declaring for the draft (107) might be broken this year, something the new advisory board grading system was hoping to prevent. The new figures make that seem unlikely. of the 107 who declared last year, 45 went undrafted.
Dec 19 - 10:39 AM



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