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Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett ranks as Gil Brandt's No. 5 receiver.

This is a wildly optimistic ranking from the veteran evaluator. In order, Brandt ranks Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Breshad Perriman Nos. 1-4. Grading Lockett No. 5 means Brandt prefers him to a spate of potential first rounders such as Dorial Green-Beckham, Devin Smith, Phillip Dorsett, Jaelen Strong, and Devin Funchess, as well as Round 2-probabilities Sammie Coates, Nelson Agholor and Rashad Greene. We can't say we agree.
Mar 2 - 2:10 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa is "really athletic" and "tough," but "doesn't have great instincts."

"Kid's got instincts and agility and strong hands," another scout said. "Question is, how much bigger is he going to get? He wins with power." The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa, a national top-20 player coming out of high school, recorded a 1.62 10-yard split on his 4.62 forty at the combine. He added a 39-inch vertical, 10'7" broad jump, 7.36 second 3-cone and 4.19 20-yard short shuttle. Odighizuwa's father Peter is serving three life sentences for a triple homicide shooting.
Mar 2 - 1:39 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay wrote that Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall."

McShay and his Scouts Inc. cohorts rank Cooper as the No. 1 receiver. "He did nothing to hurt his stock with a really strong combine performance, including a 4.42-second 40-yard dash," McShay wrote. "When you pair that with his route-running ability and all-around game (his 33-inch vertical was a little bit of a concern), he's a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall." The analyst added that it's currently "about 50-50 right now between Cooper and [Kevin] White in terms of being the first WR drafted."
Mar 2 - 1:22 AM

Texas DT Malcom Brown has "some upside", an NFL scout said.

"Typical Texas guy," said the scout. "Has talent but little bit of an underachiever. He has more ability than he's showing. He can be a three-technique or a shade." The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2014. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes, Brown was the first Longhorn DT since Tony Degrate (1984) to lead the school in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (15) in a season.
Mar 2 - 1:07 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Kentucky LB Bud Dupree is "athletic, but he's got no instincts."

"I just don't think he's real smart," the scout said. Dupree scored a poor 13 on the Wonderlic. "Very good athlete," one scout said. "Has played both up and down. As he's gotten better the defense has gotten better. Pass rusher. Great kid. He can be a physical player." Dupree, whose 4.56 40 beat Jadeveon Clowney’s number from a year ago (4.59), posted 21.5 sacks in college.
Mar 2 - 12:54 AM

Texas A&M T Cedric Ogbuehi "did everything as well as (Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews)," an NFL scout said.

"He is really talented but soft and doesn't play very strong," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I've been in there three years in a row and have never seen him practice. Guy's always hurt." Ogbuehi started for about three-and-a-half collegiate seasons. He tore an ACL in the Aggies' bowl game and had surgery about six weeks ago. Ogbuehi believes he'll play next season.
Mar 2 - 12:39 AM

Former NFL scout and current NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Baylor QB Bryce Petty has undeniable potential but needs a few years of developmental time.

"When I look at Bryce Petty starting at the next level, I think he has that potential but I think it's a few years off," said Jeremiah. "You wouldn't think a guy that threw as much as he did in college is a project, but to come out of that system (at Baylor) and adjust into an NFL system, I think it's going to take some time." NFL Media colleague Mike Mayock ranks Petty as the No. 3 QB. Petty (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) posted a ridiculous 62/10 TD/INT rate at Baylor and has a strong arm and good athleticism, but it's difficult to project his NFL prospects coming from Art Briles' extreme spread formations. "These guys are coming from the spread offenses where they don't even take snaps under center. That's one thing you have to do," NFL Media's Curtis Conway said. "Even the language is a lot different in the pros and these guys that want to come in a start right away, it's going to be tough."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 12:25 AM

One NFL scout said Alabama S Landon Collins is better than Green Bay's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and another said they should have the same grade.

"Where did the Packers get Clinton-Dix (21)?" one scout wondered. "He's the same guy. Same grade. He's OK. I'm not going to say sure-fire great. I think he's smart and physical. He's the best safety." Collins, of course, started alongside Clinton-Dix in 2013. "I thought he was better than the guy in Green Bay," another scout said. "Little better movement." The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins led the Crimson Tide with 103 tackles and three interceptions this past season. He also had 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for loss.
Mar 2 - 12:09 AM

Florida State OG Josue Matias "didn't look very athletic or quick" at the combine, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Matias posted a poor 40 time (5.52 seconds), and was no better in the vertical jump (17.5 inches) or broad jump (7 feet). Brandt points out that Matias "was a three-year starter on a very successful team" and "simply did not give up sacks" in college. Matias was s second team All-ACC performer by the Associated Press last season.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 11:56 PM

An NFL scout warns that Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford is "not Le'Veon Bell."

"He's a step below," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he can run, catch and do everything well. I'd take him over (Indiana's) Tevin Coleman because he makes NFL runs. He has to pick and show vision and contact balance. When you spread out all over the damn field and they pitch you the ball and you pick a running lane (as Coleman did), that's a little different (easier)." It must be pick on Langford month in the scouting community. Three weeks ago, an NFC East scout told NFL.com that Langford isn't an NFL starter. The 6-foot, 206-pounder collected 1,522 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 230 carries last season.
Mar 1 - 11:42 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Georgia RB Todd Gurley is "a top-10 talent, but he could easily go outside the first round because there's a lot of backs in this draft."

"You're talking about a running back that you will never see run (the 40)," said the scout. "You know he's fast. You see it on film. The second combine (medical) recheck will be very important for him." The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder suffered a torn ACL on Nov. 15, but might be ready by Week 1. "That guy is good," said another scout. "He's a man among boys. If you're a deep team why wouldn't you take a bona fide Pro Bowl back and just shelve him?" Not a bad idea. Gurley won't even turn 21 until August.
Mar 1 - 11:29 PM

LSU's Jalen Collins, Michigan State's Trae Waynes, and UConn's Byron Jones could all benefit from the "several teams picking between No. 11 and No. 26 overall that could use a corner, including the Vikings, Saints and Ravens," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Given the influx of talented receivers last year, and with another good class on the way, teams are starving for cornerbacks -- especially ones with size," McShay wrote. "Teams simply have to find guys with length and speed to match up with some of these guys, and they might be more inclined than in past years to take a chance on a corner early who might not have the polish and technique they're looking for, but who does have the natural tools needed to develop into a good NFL cornerback." As for Collins, he put himself firmly in the Round 1 discussion by clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash in Indy (9th amongst CBs), a 6.77 seconds in the 3-cone drill (2nd), a 10’4" broad jump (9th), and a 36" vertical (13th).
Mar 1 - 11:15 PM

Stanford CB Alex Carter is a "tall, good-sized corner," an NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Solid speed, not special," the scout said. "Still developing his game. Fundamentally raw. I don't know if he can step right in and start early in his career. He's got man-to-man skill." The 6-foot, 202-pounder started from Day 1 on campus and earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors in three consecutive seasons. In 2014, he posted 10 passes defended, 41 tackles, one forced fumble and one interception.
Mar 1 - 11:01 PM

NFL Media notes that Indiana RB Tevin Coleman (foot) faces a crucial pro day on March 30.

Coleman had surgery on his toe and foot in December, causing him to miss combine testing while in a walking boot. Later this month, he'll shed the boot and run for scouts. "Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon seem certain to be the first running backs off the board, but who will be the third guy?" wondered College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "No one truly staked claim to that designation at the combine. Coleman is in the mix, along with Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah, Boise State's Jay Ajayi, Miami's Duke Johnson, Alabama's T.J. Yeldon and maybe Northern Iowa's David Johnson. Coleman's 40 time will be interesting. None of the aforementioned guys broke 4.5, and Abdullah was at 4.6 and Yeldon at 4.61." Coleman is often compared to Darren McFadden, another lanky speed merchant.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 10:48 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "probably has the best feet of any back in the draft."

"He'll go right around 30, 35," said the scout. "He and [Melvin] Gordon will fight for first back [taken]." The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon ran a highly mediocre 4.61 forty at the combine. "He's different than [Eddie] Lacy," one scout said. "Lacy's more power. This guy can run with power, but he also has some moves. I'd take Lacy over him. Only question I have on Yeldon, is he beat to hell and back? All those guys down there (Alabama) get beat up." In college, Yeldon had 576 carries for 3,322 yards (5.8) and 37 scores, adding 46 catches.
Mar 1 - 10:33 PM



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