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Mississippi State redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney is "one of the top inside linebackers in college football," writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

McKinney has a crucial matchup on Saturday against LSU, a game in which Davis jokes that the LB "might have to make 20 tackles" to give his team a chance at a victory. "He'll be tested against the deep LSU rushing attack, which features running backs Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee, Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams," Davis wrote. "If the Bulldogs' front line does its job and allows McKinney to roam free, he'll have to be involved a lot because LSU, which is inexperienced at quarterback, wants to grind it out on the ground. The front seven of Mississippi State has looked really good in the early going this season, and this will be a very intriguing test for McKinney." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34-inch vertical.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 8:17 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett "doesn't have the body type that scouts seek at the position, but his confidence and accuracy are much improved from a year ago," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

An NFL scout would have begun daydreaming if you wanted to discuss Trickett over the winter, but they're all paying attention now. As Brugler alluded, the 6-foot-2, 176-pound Trickett needs to spend time in the weight room in order to develop his body enough to handle the rigors of taking shots from pro defenders. However, he's been just fine in the early going. He is 101-for-134 (75.4%) for 1,224 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception through three games.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 8:02 PM

Kansas State senior WR Tyler Lockett will "create a buzz in war rooms around the league after putting on a spectacular showing on special teams against Auburn," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"There is always a spot in the NFL for a dynamic returner with big play ability," Brooks wrote. Lockett is certainly that. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Lockett averaged 23.7 yards per return across three attempts Thursday night. "While NFL scouts will question his size and durability based on his slender frame, Lockett shows enough toughness as a returner to silence the skeptics concerned about his ability to survive and thrive in the league as a specialist," Brooks wrote. "As far as his chances of cracking a lineup as a wide receiver, I believe he's a natural fit as a No. 3 wide receiver at the next level. He is a polished route runner with a knack for getting open on short and intermediate routes against 'off' coverage. He needs to continue to work on winning against rugged defenders using physical tactics at the line, but he's slippery and flashes enough quickness to separate from defenders out of breaks."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:48 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has an opportunity to prove he can perform "consistently against top competition" on Saturday versus star Gators sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III, wrote NFL.com's Albert Breer.

Cooper vs. Hargreaves III is arguably the most intriguing matchup between NFL prospects to watch this weekend. Both are considered surefire first-rounders. "Hargreaves is the best young CB in the country," an AFC college scouting director said. "(It's a) step up in competition." The scout continued that while Cooper's early-season production (3 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns) and game film have been impressive, "these are the games we evaluate, not the ones against lower-level competition." Concluded Breer: "The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper projects as a bigger, stronger Odell Beckham, and could be a top-15 draft pick."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:34 PM

Florida senior QB Jeff Driskel must play well on Saturday to place himself on the radars of NFL scouts, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"The senior isn't currently in the conversation when it comes to the top quarterback prospects in the nation," Davis wrote. "A strong performance against the Crimson Tide would certainly grab the attention of evaluators, though. Driskel was rated as the top quarterback in his recruiting class -- which included Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley, among others -- but he hasn't lived up to his billing, in part due to injuries. Can he win one of those big games he was expected to when he arrived at Florida? Here's his chance against a tough Alabama defense." The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder entered this season with 2,271 passing yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions over 15 career starts. We're also fascinated to see how Driskel performs in Kurt Roper's spread offense against SEC defenses.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:20 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer writes that NFL scouts can't wait to watch the battle between FSU senior T Cameron Erving and Clemson All-American DE Vic Beasley on Saturday.

"Erving has been a fascinating one for scouts to evaluate for a couple years now -- a former defensive tackle who converted to left tackle and has flashed elite raw ability for the position," Breer wrote. The 6-foot-6, 302-pound Erving is a potential top-10 pick, but evaluators think he needs to work on the technical aspects of his game. He won't have a better chance to show them his progression than versus Beasley. "Clemson has multiple pass rushers; can he shut them down and show physicality in the run game?" an AFC college director said. "It'll be fun to watch all the Florida State OLs against the Clemson DLs." Breer concluded: "The main issue with Erving in the past has been consistency. That's one reason why a week like this one could be the difference between going in the first round, or the second/third."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:06 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory doesn't yet have a sack this year.

Gregory has been nicked up with injuries in the early going and attracts plenty of attention from blockers and offensive coordinators when he's on the field. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory, a potential top-half first rounder in the spring, collected 10.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a first-year starter last year. NFL scouts will keep a close eye on Saturday's matchup between Miami and Nebraska, which is an important game film game for the young end.
Sep 19 - 6:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene "lacks elite top-end speed," but "uses his short-area quickness to create separation."

That ability to create space is "probably the strength to his game," according to Brugler, "along with his dependable ballskills, toughness over the middle and savviness in his routes." Greene, who has averaged eight catches and nearly 150 receiving yards per game, was recently compared to Antonio Brown by an AFC personnel executive. "Greene is lean muscled and will probably never be 190+ pounds, but he does a better job than expected in traffic and the game appears to come very natural to him," Brugler wrote. Greene has a big matchup on deck against Clemson, of which Brugler added: "Look for Clemson defenders to try and take away Greene in the passing game, but that's easier said than done."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 6:14 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall "isn't a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

That said, Brooks believes Marshall is a good enough collegiate QB to potentially help Auburn win the National Championship this year. "From an NFL perspective, Marshall's performance [in Thursday's win against Kansas State] did little to convince scouts that he's a quarterback prospect at the next level," Brooks wrote. "He frequently missed open receivers on a variety of vertical routes that would've put the Tigers comfortably ahead early in the game. In addition, Marshall struggled finding passing lanes against the Wildcats' pass rush, resulting in a number of tipped or batted passes at the line." Because Marshall's accuracy, ball placement and pocket presence aren't NFL-caliber, Brooks sees a shift to safety coming. "He possesses the size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends in space, but also has a solid understanding of offensive concepts, which would help him play faster in the back end," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:58 PM

Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley's matchup this weekend against Florida State (and stud senior LT Cameron Erving) is key to his draft stock, writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

In last year's ugly loss to the Seminoles, Beasley had merely two tackles, zero sacks and no quarterback hits. "He has something to prove vs. the defending champs, and he'll face a tough test rushing off the edge against the Seminoles' offensive tackle tandem of Cameron Erving (left) and Bobby Hart (right)," Davis wrote. "Erving is considered one of the top left tackle prospects in college football, and Hart is a very solid player in his own right (All-ACC honorable mention last season). Beasley said recently that he thinks he's a better player than 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. We love the confidence, but Beasley needs to show he's a better player than the Clowney of 2012 (13 sacks), not '13 (three sacks)." In his last two games, Beasley has only six tackles, including three for a loss.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 5:42 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III "might be the best cornerback in college football," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The true sophomore is not yet draft-eligible. "It will be a treat to watch him [on Saturday] against [Alabama's Amari] Cooper," Brugler wrote. Cooper, of course, is one of college football's best wideouts and ranks second amongst FBS WRs with 460 receiving yards. NFL.com ranked Hargreaves III as the No. 17 overall player in college football prior to the year. Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Joe Haden.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 5:26 PM

The Journal Star reports that Nebraska junior K Mauro Bondi broke his collarbone Thursday night when he crashed his motorcycle.

According to Officer Matthew Eliker's police report, the Huskers' kickoff specialist, was riding his motorcycle and failed to navigate a turn, hitting a curb which made him run off the road. Police said there was no alcohol involved in Bondi's motorcycle accident and he was fortunate to be wearing a helmet, at the time of the crash. With Bondi unable to play versus Miami, the Cornhuskers will look to kicker Drew Brown to fill in for Bondi.
Sep 19 - 4:42 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has all the makings of a future top-15 draft pick if he eliminates the drops," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Funchess is a freak athlete for his size and has all the makings of a future top-15 draft pick if he eliminates the drops," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Funchess has recorded 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. Michigan did not need Funchess' services in last weeks win over Miami(OH) as he was dealing with a leg injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 3:44 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has "extraordinary ability" that is a "challenge to defend in isolated matchups."

"Additionally, he is an explosive runner with the strength and power to run through arm tackles on the perimeter. Given his extraordinary ability, Cooper is a challenge to defend in isolated matchups," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Cooper has the speed (4.4 forty), physical tools, and route running ability you look for in a prototypical No. 1 NFL wideout. Brooks notes that Cooper has the "ability to run every route in the book" and the "ability to blow the top off the zone, yet is comfortable running short and intermediate routes between the hashes."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke to one area scout assigned to FSU who said redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is a fraud."

The scout opened by saying Winston's latest actions will hurt him significantly, especially with the recent events occurring in the league. "You can't believe anything he says, because he keeps doing the same things over and over," the area scout added. "In my mind, there are night-and-day differences between (Johnny) Manziel's and his character concerns. Winston has some serious issues." Breer notes he gets the feeling from NFL people that the image Winston has put forward is "manufactured." We think this situation and the draft process needs to play out. It is September.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 3:03 PM



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