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Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead and sophomore RB Thomas Tyner did not travel for the school's game against Cal.

Some might look at this from an injury perspective, but we are not so sure. Team officials did not end the speculation since they did not give a specific reason. Armstead did miss time recently with a left ankle injury (now two of the last three games), but he was confident he would play this week. Tyner did hurt his shoulder last week against Washington. Kicker Matt Wogan was also left at home.
Oct 24 - 10:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Alabama junior S Landon Collins will declare for the draft after this season.

As expected. Collins had a rough game against Ole Miss earlier this season, but he did so while suffering from a bum ankle. Outside of that game, he's been everything experts had expected. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this month that Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri: "What makes Collins truly special is he's great in coverage, but is practically an extra linebacker in run support. An NFL team could consider him as early as the top 10."
Oct 24 - 9:27 PM

Stanford junior CB Alex Carter is expected to bolt for the NFL after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Carter, whose father Tom was a first round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1993, is in the midst of a terrific season," Pauline wrote. Pauline reported last month that scouts had told him Carter would declare for the draft and become a top-100 pick. The 6-foot, 202-pound junior, who plays as physical as his sturdy frame would suggest, was named to the preseason Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award watch lists.
Oct 24 - 8:52 PM

Georgia LBs Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd will both enter the draft early, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"A month ago I was told Leonard Floyd (DE/OLB) would consider entering the draft after a good season but recent word is the true-sophomore will declare himself eligible at the end of the season," Pauline wrote. "So too will teammate Jordan Jenkins, whom I’m told is closing in on an agent and is a linebacker I’m very high on." Jenkins was an immediate contributor from the time he stepped onto campus, and has steadily improved from there. He had 31 tackles -- eight for loss -- and five sacks as a true freshman, and increased his production to 45 tackles, 12 for loss and five sacks as the 'JACK linebacker in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme last year.
Oct 24 - 8:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "there’s no definitive word" about whether or not Stanford junior T Andrus Peat will declare for the draft at present time.

Everybody and their mother is assuming Peat is a goner after this season, but we'll have to wait until over the winter to get word from the horse's mouth. "I’ve been told all along Peat is concentrating on the season at hand and will move his focus towards the draft after the campaign," Pauline wrote. Peat is likely to go in the top half of the first round.
Oct 24 - 8:04 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Miami is expecting junior RB Duke Johnson to leave early for the draft.

"[A decision] even more likely after his injury last evening," Pauline wrote. Johnson twisted his ankle in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech after taking a tumble over a bench on the sideline, but he walked off under his own power. Miami HC Al Golden said Johnson was fine after the game, but the scare will no doubt remind Johnson of breaking his right tibia against Florida State last year around this time.
Oct 24 - 7:48 PM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson and junior CB Marcus Peters will both declare for the draft after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Both look like first-round picks, though each has questions surrounding them. For Thompson, scouts may be concerned by the former's safety size and lack of experience at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, who we compare to Ryan Shazier, has also seen time at running back. Peters, meanwhile, will have to answer questions about his off-the-field temperament.
Oct 24 - 7:34 PM

Washington State Cougars redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will likely declare for the draft this winter, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

This news come as a bit of a surprise, as Cooper is no lock for even Day 2 at this time. "[Cooper's] draft grade draws mixed reviews," Pauline wrote. "While some stamp Cooper as a top 45 pick, area scouts presently grade the junior as a middle (3rd/4th) round prospect at best." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper has great size and strength at the point of attack, and he's got a fierce motor, but he isn't terribly explosive. He'll be an eye-of-the-beholder type prospect in war rooms.
Oct 24 - 7:22 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "will enter [the draft] and he’s close to deciding which agent he’ll sign with," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

No surprise here. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four touchdowns this year, though he's suffered through an ankle injury and atrocious quarterback, affecting his numbers. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board, and the Wolverine prospect is the consensus No. 1 TE prospect.
Oct 24 - 7:02 PM

Florida junior DL Jonathan Bullard could leave early for the NFL, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst also reports that teammate Dante Fowler Jr. "is admittedly leaning towards entering the draft." We've long assumed Fowler will leave early; the news here is Bullard. The prospect has arguably been misused at times by Will Muschamp, lining up inside instead of at his more-natural position of defensive end. There's a lot of talent here, but Bullard has a long way to go and might be best served returning to Gainseville for his senior campaign.
Oct 24 - 6:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's "near 99%" that Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory will declare early for the draft.

"Area scouts talk of him as top five material," Pauline wrote. So does most of the industry. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Gregory No. 2 overall on his big board. A scout told Sports Illustrated last week that the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory is "an in-between mixture of Jadeveon Clowney and Jevon Kearse" and has edge bend like Barkevious Mingo.
Oct 24 - 6:29 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is "likely" to enter the draft early, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"McKinney considered the 2014 draft from arm’s length and as of two weeks ago the word from the program was 'he’s gone' in 2015," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney isn't elite in space, and he's not great in pass coverage, limitations that may keep him out of the first round. If so, he'll get plucked in the second stanza. The Bulldog's prospect is huge, athletic, and doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches.
Oct 24 - 6:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's a "foregone conclusion" that USC junior DL Leonard Williams will enter the draft.

As a top-10 lock, a top-five probable, and a top-three possibility, this comes as no surprise. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this week that Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy." Meanwhile,'s Daniel Jeremiah says he sees Richard Seymour in Williams. Either way, Williams will be a dominant pro.
Oct 24 - 6:02 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "word in Tempe is [Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen] Strong will declare at season’s end."

According to an NFL scout who spoke with Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Strong can expect to go in the late first- or early second-round. "He’s not a burner," the scout said. "He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI echoed Pauline's report, citing sources saying Strong is expected to declare.
Oct 24 - 5:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "people close to the Indiana Hoosier program are planning for the departure of [junior RB] Tevin Coleman at seasons end."

We are of two minds on this. We love Coleman's ability -- comparing him to Darren McFadden -- and believe that most highly-touted underclassmen RBs with an opportunity to go no later than Day 2 should jump early to the NFL. However, Coleman might be an exception. This draft class will be loaded with runners -- from Georgia's Todd Gurley to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon to Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah to Boise State's Jay Ajayi to South Carolina's Mike Davis to Miami's Duke Johnson, and more -- and Coleman might be better off, from a financial standpoint, of returning to school for one more season to make a run at the Heisman and Round 1. Of course, it's difficult to begrudge the decision of a person who wants to begin their career and capitalize on one additional year of financial security to do so. Coleman is on pace to finish in the top 10 in college football history in yards from scrimmage.
Oct 24 - 5:33 PM

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