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Florida T D.J. Humphries "lacks the power you'd like to see in an NFL offensive tackle, but he may have the quickest feet and best overall agility in this class along with Cedric Ogbuehi," observes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Humphries has been compared to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "That makes him a better fit for a zone-blocking scheme, which can utilize his athleticism and hide his lack of strength," McShay wrote. "His sub-34-inch arms (33 5/8) are a concern at the left tackle spot." Scouts Inc. ranks Humphries as the No. 25 overall prospect. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told NFL Media.
Apr 20 - 11:22 PM

ESPN's Mike Sando says that it's exceedingly hard to find an adequate comparison for West Virginia WR Kevin White.

"There isn't much precedent for junior college transfers with White's physical ability breaking out the way he did this past season," he wrote. "Cordarrelle Patterson was one. The four other receivers on [Mel] Kiper's Big Board this year played between 37 to 41 games at the major college level, compared to 24 games for White." Those other receivers all had higher yards-per-catch averages and more receptions for first downs by percentage. A team in the top 10 is going to roll the dice on his athletic upside anyway.
Apr 20 - 11:12 PM

Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "has developed into a quality guard who can move and is physical at the point of attack," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"Duke threw a lot, which helped him develop as a pass protector," Prisco wrote. Tomlinson, of course, moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at age 10, acclimating to the game late. He's made up for lost time and is one of this year's best guard prospects. Tomlinson was a first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:53 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "could be a victim of the fact that the NFL is becoming increasingly pass-happy," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If you like your linebackers old school, you're going to love Perryman. If your defense requires a new-agey athlete, perhaps not, as the analyst outlines. "As Perryman's somewhat pedestrian 40-yard dash time indicates, he isn't an elite athlete and can be victimized in coverage," Rang wrote. "He is one of the few linebackers in this year's class, however, who isn't afraid to take on blockers and Perryman consistently wins these battles, showing impressive instincts, strength and toughness."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:39 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper "does not match that typical [top-five WR] profile, but to me he is the best receiver in the draft," said an analytics director.

Between 2001-2010, all six wideouts drafted in the top five -- Charles Rogers, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards and Calvin Johnson -- were at least 6-foot-3. Of course, one could quickly argue that the paradigm is changing. Sammy Watkins (2014) and Justin Blackmon (2011) both have similar dimensions to Cooper. "We love Cooper," Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said. Cooper is being compared by some scouts to Marvin Harrison, according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.
Apr 20 - 10:21 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah DB Eric Rowe "has the tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber safety on the next level," wrote CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"In a league where teams are looking for safeties with range, this kid is it," Prisco wrote. "He can make the move inside and really flourish." Rowe shifted to corner last season after playing safety his first three years. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported that "quite possibly no defensive back is moving up draft boards faster" than Rowe.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco reports that a "lot of teams" like Arizona State OT Jamil Douglas better as a guard.

"He played tackle for the Sun Devils last season after playing guard for two years," Prisco wrote. "I think he can move back inside and become a power guard." The reports Prisco is getting from within the league indicate the same. Douglas plays high, but he's athletic and cut.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 9:45 PM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo, Football Outsiders and an analytics director all told ESPN's Mike Sando that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was "ranked too high based on several factors."

Ray did acquit himself well in College Football Focus' scouting, but Palazzolo indicated his lack of agility hurts projections. "There are concerns with him translating like Vic Beasley and [Dante] Fowler, who we see as better," he said. FO's SackSEER projection pegged Ray as higher-risk prospect than Fowler and hauntingly compared him to Vernon Gholston (Ray finished his college career with only one pass defensed). Football Outsiders also hated Ray's 7.7-second time in the 3-cone drill, 12th-worst in SackSeer's data.
Apr 20 - 9:31 PM

Kentucky DE Za'Darius Smith "is a late bloomer who has the tools to be an effective edge player," writes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He played down in their 3-4 a lot, but I think he's a 4-3 end," Prisco wrote. "He is strong and has good hands. He didn't start playing football until 2010. He has a lot of raw ability." The 6-foot-4 5/8, 274-pounder (11 percent body fat) raced to a 4.69 second forty at his pro day. The pass rusher posted 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 9:16 PM

Arkansas edge player Trey Flowers "ranks among the most underrated prospects in the entire 2015 draft," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Flowers lacks ideal height but his disproportionately long arms (34¼ inches), strength and toughness make him one of this year's better overall defensive ends -- and considering the talent among edge rushers in 2015, that's quite the accomplishment," Rang wrote. The three-year starter and two-time second-team All-SEC defender ran a mid-4.8s 40-yard dash at his pro day workout. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 89 overall player and colleague Dane Brugler projects him as a third-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:59 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay is concerned about Stanford T Andrus Peat's lack of finishing ability, but sees him as the class' best pure left tackle.

The analyst ranks Peat No. 12 overall. "I wish he were a little stronger as a finisher, but more so than any prospect in this class, he has the combination of elite length (6-foot-7, 313 pounds with 34 3/8-inch arms) and agility to project as a very successful left tackle in the NFL," McShay wrote. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier this month that he continues to "hear a buzz" about Iowa's Brandon Scherff and Peat going Nos. 8 and 9. We know the Giants like Peat.
Apr 20 - 8:37 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang cautions that "run-stuffers like [Stanford DT David Parry] have a tendency to slip on draft day."

This is a byproduct of the league becoming more pass happy. "[Run-stuffers] still have a place in the NFL, however, and this former walk-on plays with the intensity and strength to 'surprise' as a Day 3 or even free-agent pick who will make an NFL roster," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder should go on late Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:22 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco writes that "there is a lot to like" about Michigan edge rusher Frank Clark -- on the field.

"He is a former linebacker who has bulked up to make himself a down end. I think he could be a 3-4 edge player, too," Prisco wrote. Off the field is another question altogether. Earlier this month, Clark reached a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence amended to disorderly conduct. That incident got him booted off Michigan.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 8:07 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco writes that Pittsburgh T T.J. Clemmings "might be the best tackle in this draft."

Some shared this opinion a few months ago, but many jumped off Clemmings' bandwagon after a lackluster winter. Prisco remains. "He is a big and athletic offensive tackle and reminds me of Tyron Smith of the Cowboys," Prisco wrote. "He played right tackle at Pitt, but I see him moving in as a starter on the left side in the NFL."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 7:40 PM

ESPN's Mike Sando reports that some NFL team models compare Florida State QB Jameis Winston to Tony Romo "based on their willingness to make riskier throws."

Winston's 18 picks last year rank as the fifth-most in college football over the past seven seasons. Interestingly, an NFL evaluator said his team's trait-based tool agreed with ESPN's comparison tool that Chad Henne was the closest match in terms of traits measured at the combine (which isn't to say they have similar passing skills, of course).
Apr 20 - 7:24 PM



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