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An AFC scout believes Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson "is a more natural runner" than UCLA's Myles Jack.

The evaluator believes Thompson should be moved full-time to offense. "I'd make sure he touches it 25 times a game," he said. Thompson ranks No. 6 on the Huskies with nine carries for 84 yards (9.3 yards per carry). But how could Washington possibly hope to replace him on defense? "As one NFC scout told us, Thompson has been a 'playmaking machine' for the Huskies' defense, creating takeaways and being highly disruptive," passed along. "Washington has hinted that Thompson will be more involved on offense, but a full-time move to running back? That would be a surprise."
Oct 2 - 2:27 AM

Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah is "making us all take notice," an AFC scout said.

The entire quote is less effusive, and speaks to the problematic nature of Abdullah's draft stock: "He's not Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, but he's making us all take notice." In other words, everybody loves Abdullah, but he's no better than the No. 3 player in a position group that the NFL has greatly devalued over the past few years. "He's carrying the Huskers right now and is among the backs with the potential to snap the streak of drafts without a first-round running back," wrote. We love Abdullah and believe he's a Heisman frontrunner, but disagree with the assertion that he's in play for Round 1. We see Abdullah as a mid-round selection, perhaps going in the second half of Day 2.
Oct 2 - 1:55 AM

A Pac-12 head coach said Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters reminds him of Seahawks star Richard Sherman "in terms of size, length and ball skills."

The coach added that Peters is in competition with Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for the designation of best CB in the Pac-12. "Peters is an intriguing prospect, but that's some tremendous praise from the Pac-12 coach,"'s trio of Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu is still regarded by many as the top defensive back in all of college football, not just the best corner in the Pac-12. As for the Sherman comparison, Peters might play big, but at 6-feet and 190 pounds, he can't quite match Sherman's size (6-3, 195)." Peters has three picks in his last two games, which perhaps explains the steam behind his recent stock surge. He "has the natural tools to be a top-15 NFL Draft pick," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week.
Oct 2 - 1:38 AM

Notre Dame suspended CB KeiVarae Russell said the school is "becoming ridiculous."

Russell is one of five players away from the team while the school completes an investigation into academic fraud. "Noooo, still not back," he wrote on Instagram Wednesday. "It sucks. Hearing went well in my opinion thought. Was able to express my case from my POV and bring to light alot of what was false "evidence." But they are making me wait till every hearing is done to make a decision… it sucks." On Tuesday, he wrote a post that has since been deleted: "This school is becoming ridiculous. I killed my meeting; I was so prepared and ready and was able to refute damn near every suspicion they had. Described details of assignments thoroughly so they couldn’t say I didn’t do it, AND THEY STILL SAID MY DECISION WONT COME UNTIL ALL 5 OF US (and some other minor hearings) ARE DONE. Decision MIGHT come next week, not even 100% it’s tough to understand these people.." Notre Dame, citing school policy, is declining comment.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 2 - 1:19 AM

An AFC personnel executive said UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley's game against Arizona State was the best of his career.

"The veteran scout pointed out the quarterback's ability to find the second and third receivers in the progression as a significant development, and suggested Hundley will need to show his depth of offensive knowledge in meetings to ease concerns about his football IQ," passed along. "Although the exec expressed some concern about his deep-ball accuracy and ball placement, he said he believes Hundley will entice a team to expend a top pick on a player with franchise quarterback-like characteristics." The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder went 18-for-23 for 355 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 72 yards and another score on Thursday against the Sun Devils, which won him a handful of converts. Rotoworld has been lower on Hundley than most, but at least his major weakness is obvious, which gives hope he can isolate his work on it. Hundley tends to keep his eyes down once evading the rush in the pocket, a trait that NFL defensive coordinators will make him pay for.
Oct 2 - 1:04 AM

An NFC personnel executive said Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "can do a lot of the things that make Jimmy Graham special."

"Funchess is one of the best players I've seen this fall," the exec said. "He could play wideout at the next level but I prefer him at tight end." You'll hear the Graham comparison a lot -- including from us -- but it's important to note that Graham is two inches taller and 35 pounds heavier than Funchess. It would be shocking if Funchess returned to Ann Arbor next fall, so it's a little frustrating from an evaluation standpoint that he's been suffering from a a leg injury he says will give him "pain for the rest of the season." He caught four passes for 37 yards in a loss to Minnesota on Saturday, and hasn't scored since catching three touchdowns in the first half of the opener. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess leads the Wolverines with 24 catches for 321 yards despite missing a game to injury.
Oct 2 - 12:48 AM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "has flaws but he has a huge upside," says a former NFL GM.

"Great athlete and a big arm," the former GM said. "That performance against ASU was one of his best games." In that contest, Hundley completed 18-of-23 attempts for 355 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-27 victory. He also rushed for 72 yards and a score. Scouts from 15 NFL teams watched in person. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hundley told after the game: "That's a great game to come to." He was speaking from the perspective of his wallet.
Oct 2 - 12:25 AM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton will likely be held out for the remainder of the season.

"Chuckie's health is our top priority and he has not been cleared to play by our medical staff," head coach Matt Wells said. "We will continue to monitor his progress throughout the fall, but given his current condition it is unlikely that he will play in any games in the foreseeable future." Keeton was obviously not 100 percent healthy this season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee last year, and seemed to favor the leg after nearly every hit. A BYU player stated earlier in the week that he had heard Keeton would be given a medical redshirt, so leave that possibility open.
Source: USA Today
Oct 1 - 9:25 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes that Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon "is averaging over 51 yards per carry on his first carry after halftime against FBS opponents."

The Wisconsin redshirt junior rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's recent 27-10 win over USF. The Badger prospect has rushed for 612 yards on 48 attempts, averaging 7.8 yards a carry, with 8 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Oct 1 - 3:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Colorado State redshirt senior TE Kivon Cartwright is "out for the remainder of the season due to ankle surgery."

"Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright out for the remainder of the season due to ankle surgery. Will likely petition for a 6th year at CSU," Brugler tweeted. Cartwright earned honorable mention All-Mountain West recognition last year by hauling in 27 passes for 462 yards (17.1) and six touchdowns. In Cartwright's career at Colorado State, he has 57 receptions for 857 yards and nine touchdowns.
Oct 1 - 3:42 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Arizona redshirt sophomore WR Cayleb Jones is "big, strong and attacks the ball" and is "a tough matchup one-on-one."

"Arizona WR Cayleb Jones is a tough matchup 1-on-1. Big, strong and attacks the ball. Creates a lot of late separation," Weidl tweeted. Through four games, Jones has been Arizona's top target through the air. Against California, Jones set career-bests with 13 catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Jones currently leads Arizona in receptions, with 29 catches for 475 yards and six touchdowns.
Oct 1 - 3:27 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Washington State Cougars red shirt junior DT Xavier Cooper showed "strong snap anticipation and quick/active hands with pass rush," versus Oregon.

"Washington State DE Xavier Cooper is flashing all over this Oregon tape. Strong snap anticipation and quick/active hands with pass rush," Weidl tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 303 pound Cooper has the ideal size and strength at the point of attack that evaluators like, but could improve by "gaining more explosiveness," which could assist with shedding blockers, CBS Sports' Rob Rang noted.
Oct 1 - 3:14 PM

Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster reports that UCLA junior LB Kenny Orjioke has a tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and is out for the season.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Orjioke suffered the knee injury during the Arizona State game. As of right now, it looks like Ojioke will miss spring practice. The UCLA prospect was used in the Bruins' linebacker rotation and was one of UCLA's special team standouts.
Oct 1 - 2:57 PM

Ole Miss senior QB Bo Wallace "was considered draftable entering 2014 and has cut down on the head-scratching throws so far," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Wallace was considered draftable entering 2014 and has cut down on the head-scratching throws so far. He needs to keep that going Saturday," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Wallace entered this season ranked second in Ole Miss history in total offense with 7,085 yards and second in passing with 6,340 yards. This year, Wallace has completed 93-of-131 attempts for 1271 yards, 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Brugler notes that "Wallace has tools, but has made "too many poor decisions."
Oct 1 - 2:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama redshirt senior QB Blake Sims "deserves more attention as a draftable NFL prospect."

"Sims deserves more attention as a draftable NFL prospect. He's short, but is showing life in his arm and confidence in his throws," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-0, 208-pound Sims, completed 23-of-33 passes for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's win over Florida. So far this season, Sims completed 72 percent of his passes, while throwing for close to 1100 yards with eight touchdowns. Brugler notes that the Crimson Tide prospect needs "to show he's more than a product of the offense."
Oct 1 - 2:23 PM

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