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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wonders how the Ray Rice situation will impact Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham if he decides to enter the 2015 draft.

The star receiver was dismissed from Missouri after pushing a woman down stairs (amongst other transgressions). He was never charged. In announcing a six-game ban for first-time domestic abuse offenders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to each team which stated first-time offenders could be suspended longer if circumstances warranted it, including "a prior incident before joining the NFL." Wrote Brugler: "So if Green-Beckham is involved in a domestic abuse incident while on a NFL roster, he would be subject to a harsher penalty than just the expected six game suspension. It's very possible Green-Beckham stays out of trouble once in the NFL, but nonetheless, it's a factor for teams to consider when deciding whether or not to draft the super-talented pass catcher."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 10:03 PM

Toledo redshirt junior WR Alonzo Russell is a "long, sure-handed receiver with deceptive speed," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Despite [losing two early games] the efforts of receiver Alonzo Russell have been impressive," Pauline wrote. "Russell has averaged almost six receptions and 100-receiving yards in each of Toledo’s three games this season. He’s a long, sure-handed receiver with deceptive speed. Russell also does the little things well such as blocking downfield or setting legal picks for teammates. Speak to Toledo coaches and they’ll admit the talented junior is a 'leave early player.'" The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder runs a 4.58 forty. Pauline graded him as a preseason Round 4 prospect.
Sep 16 - 9:47 PM

Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher's knee injury "isn't considered season-ending," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

He suffered a sprained left knee on the opening drive in Saturday's win over Wyoming. "According to a source, he will be sidelined less than a month, which is good news for Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who said that he hoped to get Fisher back 'pretty soon,'" Brugler wrote. "Fisher is expected to miss this weekend's game at Washington State, but the coaching staff is hopeful he will be back in the starting lineup for Arizona (October 2) or at UCLA (October 11). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft and a possible top-100 pick."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 9:31 PM

Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple said Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 1 overall pick when he enters the draft.

"He's going to be the first player picked. If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," Whipple said, adding that Hackenberg "just can make every throw. ... He's just got it all." Whipple was the Steelers' QB coach during Ben Roethlisberger's first three seasons in the league, and he has also been an offensive assistant with the Eagles and Browns (2011-12). Whipple's UMass squad travels to Penn State on Saturday. We'd accuse him of buttering Hackenberg up, but he's not the only one saying these things. A veteran AFC scout said last week that Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football," and NFL.com wrote that he is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 16 - 9:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "hasn't lost his world-class wheels" since returning from ACL surgery.

Dorsett was one of college football's brightest weekend stars, slapping down 201 receiving yards and two touchdowns on four catches against Arkansas State. NFL scouts have timed the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Dorsett tore his ACL last October. "He possesses true 'see-ya' speed with easy acceleration to turn on the jets and erase pursuit angles from defenders and he should be a prime candidate for the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine in February," Brugler wrote. "Dorsett lacks ideal size and strength for the next level, but he's a natural hands catcher with sudden change of direction skills as a ballcarrier who has no problem hitting the turbo button. His speed as a receiver and return man will see him drafted much higher than many are projecting right now."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 8:52 PM

Ohio State is "preparing to move forward" as if they won't get Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence back for the remainder of the season, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Spence, who was set to return over the weekend from suspension, failed a second drug test. He first failed a drug test for ecstasy back in January. "We are hopeful that Noah can get healthy and, at some point, resume his career with the Buckeyes," Spence's parents said in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch. "We are uncertain how long he will be ineligible, but we will work with Ohio State and the Big Ten until we have a final resolution." The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 8:36 PM

Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters "has a chance to showcase his diverse skills" on Thursday night against Auburn, wrote Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.

"Waters is the classic Bill Snyder recruit -- and undervalued junior college star that few other high-profile schools wanted," wrote SI's Inside Read duo. "As so often happens under Snyder, he’s emerged as a star." KSU would take a big step towards the inaugural college football playoff if it can pull off an upset against the Tigers. "We have everything," Waters said. "We can go do the spread game, the zone reads, throw the attachments, or we can go put two tight ends, two running backs in there and pound it on the ground. It’s a complicated offense." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
Sep 16 - 8:22 PM

The Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday announced that 12 players have been added to its watch list, including Baylor’s KD Cannon and West Virginia’s Kevin White.

All 12 players added are in the top 14 in the country in receiving yards, with Alabama’s Amari Cooper (third) and Northern Illinois’ Da’Ron Brown (ninth) already named in the preseason. Baylor now has three receivers on the list, with Cannon joining Antwan Goodly and Levi Norwood, both of whom will return from injury against Iowa State.
Sep 16 - 8:07 PM

Georgia redshirt senior QB Hutson Mason "needs to be smarter with the football and not make costly mistakes," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

After four years of trotting out Aaron Murray, Mason has underwhelmed by comparison in the early going. "He's a confident kid with mobility and leadership traits, but it's clear his arm strength lacks ideal juice and he struggles to drive the ball downfield with questionable vision," Brugler wrote. "Mason entered the season as a potential later round pick, but he will need to show more development the remainder of the season to be a draftable player." Mason went 16-for-22 with 191 passing yards and two touchdowns against South Carolina, but a costly intentional grounding penalty ruined the Bulldogs' chances of pulling out the game.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 7:54 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that West Virginia redshirt senior OG Mark Glowinski "has been pegged for tackle at the next level by a number of scouts."

"Prior to the season many pundits, including myself, lauded the Maryland defense and many of its underrated prospects," Pauline wrote. "West Virginia made us look foolish on Saturday as they rolled up 694-yards against the Terps and Glowinski’s blocking played a large part in the teams success. The wide-bodied guard was dominant at the point of attack and he looked terrific in pass protection. Glowinski is an underrated athlete with a large degree of upside and has been pegged for tackle at the next level by a number of scouts." The 6-foot-5, 312-pounder was moved from tackle to guard during spring practices in 2013.
Sep 16 - 7:40 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "showed tremendous character and leadership skills by staying engaged with his teammates on the sideline" after his Saturday injury against Texas, wrote NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

"Hundley was into the game and showed the kind of moxie that scouts covet in franchise quarterbacks," Brooks wrote. Hundley suffered a slight hyper extension of his left elbow on Saturday, and he's expected to be able to play next week against Arizona State (UCLA has a bye this weekend). "Now, I must admit that I'm a little concerned about Hundley's elbow injury," Brooks wrote. "Although it is his non-throwing arm and he could come back to play in a pivotal matchup against Arizona State in less than two weeks, I'm worried that the injury could affect how he performs from the pocket due to discomfort. In addition, I'm curious to see how he well he performs when he isn't fully healthy because franchise quarterbacks are expected to be in the lineup each week while dealing with bumps, bruises, aches and pains. If Hundley can continue to perform at a high level despite battling through an injury, I will feel better about his chances as a big-time prospect."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 16 - 7:26 PM

Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett didn't aid "his chances of being a mid-round pick next spring" while struggling against Tulane on Saturday, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bennett completed 16-of-34 passes for 213 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions in a 35-20 loss. He also had -10 yards rushing in the dud performance, against SELU's only scheduled FBS opponent. Bennett "is considered one of the top-five senior quarterbacks for the 2015 class according to some NFL scouts," Brugler wrote. "But his struggles against an FBS opponent won't help his chances of being a mid-round pick next spring. Bennett's lack of elite arm strength and his struggles diagnosing defenses are areas of concern for evaluators."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 7:07 PM

Virginia junior DE Eli Harold "shows the necessary athleticism to get consideration at both defensive end and outside linebacker," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Harold's consistent pressure -- he had two sacks and a pair of tackles for loss -- helped the Cavs upset Louisville on Saturday and snap an ACC winless streak of almost two years. "Late in the fourth quarter Harold registered his second sack of the game that put Louisville in a third and 20 situation which eventually forced the Cardinals to punt the ball, sealing victory for UVA," Pauline wrote. "Harold is a natural pass rusher whose game has been moving north the past two seasons. On film he shows the necessary athleticism to get consideration at both defensive end and outside linebacker." Pauline saw Harold as a preseason Rds. 3-4 prospect, writing in late August that he was "on the fringe of being a top 75 pick and could move higher with a big season and solid pre-daft workouts, assuming he opts for the NFL."
Sep 16 - 6:52 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and junior DE Arik Armstead will both enter the draft after the season.

Both prospects purchased large disability insurance policies prior to the season, which the school ultimately covered. Mariota was always ticketed for the 2015 draft, so we'll instead focus on Armstead. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has basketball athleticism and light feet, meaning the mansion of his athletic potential doesn't have an easily perceivable ceiling. We're concerned, however, that he played so poorly as a true sophomore, once called basketball his "first love," and has been eying the 2015 draft for some time now. There are questions about Armstead that only his production can answer. "Armstead isn't as well-known nationally, but he leads the Ducks with 4.0 tackles for loss so far in 2014 and has the gifted skill-set that makes him a projected first round pick," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler predicts South Alabama QB Brandon Bridge and TE Wes Saxon will become the first players ever drafted from the school.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Bridge went 21-of-39 with no touchdowns, one interception, and 203 yards versus Mississippi State over the weekend. "The Canadian native did a nice job scanning from the pocket and pushing the ball downfield with talent that reminds me of a less refined Colin Kaepernick," Brugler wrote. "Bridge is tall and lean with a rocket launcher on his right shoulder like the 49ers quarterback and has more than enough velocity on his passes to toss ropes to all levels of the field. He lacks ideal experience, but shows a good understanding of situations and field awareness, playing under control of the offense with a quick processor to read the field then grip it and rip it. Bridge needs to tighten his mechanics, improve his pocket presence and sharpen his ball placement, but from a tools perspective, he has intriguing talent worth developing."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:25 PM



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