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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UCLA T Kolton Miller to New York Giants T Nate Solder.

Miller is one of the more divisive prospects in this class -- at any position -- and Zierlein lists plenty of strengths and weaknesses. He notes that Miller plays with high effort on every snap, and the 6-foot-9, 310-pound tackle has the kind of base you're looking for in a starting bookend. He also notes that he's just an average athlete -- keep in mind this was written before his results in Indianapolis -- and that he needs to be more consistent with his hand placement. He gives Miller a grade of late-first, early-second, but the former Bruin could go as high as 10th overall to Oakland.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 7:54 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst as his favorite tight end prospect in the 2018 draft class.

Kiper says that it's neck-and-neck as to whether Hurst or South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert as his "best" tight end, but he lists Hurst as his favorite because of his willingness to block. The former Gamecock has faced some criticism because of his age (25) but Kiper mentions it as a potential plus, because "you know what you're going to get." Hurst has been linked to the Patriots this draft cycle, and he could be a fit for them late in the first or early in the second.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 7:45 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Georgia RB Sony Michel to former NFL RB Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno was also a former Bulldog, which makes the comparison a little easier to see. Zierlein notes that Michel has "good burst in his cuts," and that he understands the finer points of setting up blocks with lead blockers and pullers. Zierlein does have some concerns about Michel's agility, and that his open field balance is inconsistent. He's battling with several others to be the second running back off the board in 2018, and Zierlein gives him a second-round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 7:27 PM

Fresno State sophomore RB Ronnie Rivers will be out 6-to-8 months with a lower leg injury.

Rivers (5'8/175) ran for 480 yards for the surprising Bulldogs in 2017, and he average 4.8 yards a carry during his freshman campaign. If he's back in six months, he'll likely return in November. If he's back in eight, it's curtains for his 2018 campaign. Because Fresno State returns Jordan Mims and Josh Hoskit, we wouldn't be surprised if Rivers took a medical redshirt season. That bodes well for their running back depth in the future, but it doesn't help them as they try to repeat their 10-win season in 2018.
Source: Fresno Bee
Apr 21 - 7:15 PM

Draft Diamonds reports that the 49ers have shown interest in Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain.

Fountain's stock is "soaring" according to the service, and the 49ers are certainly not the only team to show interest in the former FCS star. He was one of the real snubs of the NFL Scouting Combine, but he showed out at his pro day with a 4.46 second 40 yard dash and a 42.5 inch vertical, and was very impressive at the East-West Shrine Game practices according to all reports. Even without the combine invite, Fountain is going to be drafted, likely early on Day 3.
Apr 21 - 7:04 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Northwestern Oklahoma State WR Gary McKnight to New York Giants WR Roger Lewis.

McKnight was on radars before his strong pro day, but running a 4.44 second 40 with a 36 inch vertical certainly helped that process. Zierlein notes that his body control is "off the charts," which could make the 6-foot-1, 200-pound wideout a potential red-zone threat. He also notes that he wasn't challenged because of the lack of competition, and that his routes are "sloppy." A team likely takes a chance on McKnight late in the draft, and while he may need some developmental time, he could be a long-term play because of that athleticism.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 6:56 PM

NFL.com reporter Jason La Canfora gets the sense that both Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds will go in the first round.

It's no surprise that Tremaine is going in the first -- he's rated as the top linebacker in this class by many, and he could easily go in the first ten selections. Terrell, on the other hand, is a surprise. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him the 129th player in this class, which would make him a fourth-round target. La Canfora says that teams "secretly covet" the 6-foot-2, 220-pound safety, and he is considered one of the best athletes in the class. He also has struggled with tackling angles, and his instincts can come into questions. We wonder if a team like the Seahawks could have interest in Edmunds; as they potentially could be down two starters with Kam Chancellor's neck injury and Earl Thomas a possible trade candidate.
Apr 21 - 6:43 PM

Alabama junior QB Jalen Hurts completed 19-of-37 passes during the Crimson Tide's spring game on Saturday.

It wasn't Hurts at his best, but it's important to remember that these numbers don't mean much, and that the Alabama offensive line was whipped by the defense and Hurts had very little time to stay in the pocket. Still, it would have been nice for the junior signal-caller to have a better game -- especially with Tua Tagovailoa competing with him for the starting position. Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters he wasn't disappointed with his performance, and he's one of the few coaches who'd give you an honest assessment if he was. If Hurts doesn't get assurances that he'll be the starter, we still wouldn't be surprised if he transferred to another program for the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 6:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Miami (FL) DT R.J. McIntosh to Oakland Raiders DL Mario Edwards.

Zierlein calls McIntosh a "talented and a plus athlete" on the defensive line, and also mentions that he has the quickness to be a pass rusher and flexibility to move in space. Zierlein also has some concerns, including his struggles to play square and lack of aggression at the point of attack. He projects McIntosh to go in the middle of Day 3, but some analysts have given the 6-foot-4, 293-pound defender a Day 2 grade. We'll be interested to see where the former Hurricane goes.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 6:21 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Jayvaun Wilson.

Wilson had offers from most of the Pac-12, but also was considering Nebraska and Iowa State, among others. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete could play either WR or in the defensive backfield, so it'll be interesting to see where Oregon decides to line up the playmaker. Marco Cristobal is having an excellent first class in his first full year of recruiting.
Apr 21 - 6:12 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Missouri senior QB Drew Lock and WR Emmanuel Hall as the top "dynamic duo" in college football for 2018.

Lock ranks at or near the top of most analysts' list for the top quarterback for the 2019 class, and Hall should be his top target during the 2018 season. "Although he's not as well-rounded a receiver as Johnathon Johnson, Hall is a premier downfield option," writes Kenyon. "He and Lock will regularly connect for big plays."
Apr 21 - 6:03 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey to Denver Broncos T Jared Veldheer.

McGlinchey has been overshadowed by teammate and likely top 10 pick Quenton Nelson, but the 6-foot-8, 312-pound tackle also has a great chance of going in the first half of the first round. Zierlein lists some of his strengths; including his fluidity as an athlete, and experience in gap zone schemes. He also notes he needs to improve his ability to finish blocks, and he needs to show a more consistent pad level. Still, he projects McGlinchey to go in the first round, and he could be a "plug-and-play" starter for a team with a top 20 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:56 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Notre Dame College DE Claudy Mathieu as a potential "small school gem."

To clarify, Notre Dame is a big school. Notre Dame College is not. Mathieu comes from the latter, and he put up quality numbers for the Falcons over the last couple of years. "Mathieu could be one of the better small-school pass rushers you’ve never heard of," Paulin writes. "The athletic defensive end shows outstanding speed off the edge and is a disruptive force who accounted for 28 tackles for loss and 14 sacks the past two seasons." At 6-foot-6, 250-pounds, Mathieu has the length you're looking for from an edge-rusher, and he could be a steal in the late rounds or as an UDFA.
Apr 21 - 5:42 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden to New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson.

McFadden was on first-round radars when the 2017 season started after his sensational sophomore year, but his struggles as a junior saw his stock drop precipitously. Zierlein does note that McFadden has ideal size (6'2/198) and has shown quality ball-skills, but he gets beaten too often and needs to show more patience in breaks. Someone who believes that McFadden can play at the 2016 level could take him in the third-or-fourth round, but Zierlein projects him to go in the middle of Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:25 PM

Nebraska freshman QB Adrian Martinez completed 10-of-13 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and three scores during the Nebraska spring game.

It's important to note that the spring game is a controlled scrimmage. It's also important to note that you can't touch the quarterback in the pocket. Combine those two, and it's pretty easy for a quarterback to put up big numbers. That being said, it's an excellent introduction for the freshman signal-caller as he tries to win the starting job. He performed well in the practices leading up to the game as well, so there's a real good chance we'll see the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Martinez under center for the opener against Akron on September 1.
Apr 21 - 5:15 PM



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