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Tennessee G Zach Fulton and Notre Dame G Chris Watt worked out for the Bears on Friday.

Both are expected to audition as both guards and centers. "Every team has had me snap at least a few times every time they came in," Watt said. Added Fulton: "I’ve been working on my snaps." Watt, a 6-foot-3, 310-pounder, projected to go between Rds. 3-4, spoke to the NFL's increased value on versatility: "Most of the teams want me to be able to know the three interior positions. That’s the best way to get onto the field."
Apr 19 - 8:43 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl identified Alabama WR Kevin Norwood as "one of my favorite prospects" and a Day 3 sleeper.

Weidl knows why Norwood isn't being discussed more, mentioning the prospect's lack of "elite explosiveness on tape" which renders him "a possession-type receiver." However, the analyst loves Norwood's hands and his willingness to go over the middle. "Norwood is still growing into his frame and must continue to develop his overall strength," Weidl wrote. "However, he should be one of the wide receiver prospects teams could get great value for in the fourth-round range because of the unusual depth of this year's receiver class. Norwood will be a strong fit for teams like the Broncos or Patriots, who rely on their receivers' timing and reading coverages on the fly."
Apr 19 - 8:22 PM

The Raiders hosted UCF QB Blake Bortles for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

It's not certain that Bortles will be available when Oakland gets on the clock at No. 5, but the odds are far better right now than they were one month ago. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this month that if the Raiders select a QB at No. 5, it's going to be Bortles. The Raiders currently have Matt Schaub, Trent Edwards, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor on the roster.
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM

Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis position coach at Wisconsin, Chris Beatty, said several NFL scouts and coaches have called Abbrederis "one of the best route runners in the draft."

Abbrederis famously annihilated first-rounder Bradley Roby in September for 10 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown. "Roby is a great player," Beatty said. "Jared made him look average on that day. I mean, the guy couldn't keep up with him." Abbrederis is lost in the shuffle a bit amidst a deep WR class, and his measurables (6-foot-1, 195 pounds, 4.50 forty) aren't off-the-charts. However, he's a low-floor prospect who should stick. "He's one of those guys who pays attention to every little thing in the meeting," Beatty said. "He's a film guy, and he's been in a pro-style offense for four years, five years. He knows what those routes look like -- he's run them over and over. So he knows what comebacks look like, where sometimes the spread-offense guys don't have that background."
Apr 19 - 7:48 PM

Washington QB Keith Price said on NFL Network that he's been mentored by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

"Russ is a great friend of mind," Price said on 'Path to the Draft'. "He's a competitor, a guy who is a true leader. He's not a guy who thinks he knows it all. ... Having a mentor like that, it just makes my life a lot easier. Throughout this process I've been able to contact him a couple of times. He kind of had the same chip on his shoulder that I do. It really didn't matter what team he went to, he was going to be successful and that's the same way that I fill." Price (6-foot-1, 202 pounds), who was a combine snub, is seen by many as an undrafted free agent, though it's possible he could slip into the end of Round 7.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 7:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a fit either as a 3-4 DE in a one-gap scheme, or a 3-technique 4-3 DT in an under scheme.

The analyst sees a fit with the Chiefs at No. 23, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will invest its first-rounder in a DL. "The Niners and Seahawks would make sense at the end of the first round -- in Seattle's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, Red Bryant's position was essentially that of a 5-technique, and he is now in Jacksonville -- and the Patriots could be a fit if they view him as a 3-technique defensive tackle," McShay wrote. The analyst believes that Hageman "has an elite skill set with outstanding agility for his size and could develop into a very disruptive player in the NFL."
Apr 19 - 7:16 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Oregon State edge rusher Scott Crichton would be a great fit for the Falcons in the second round if the club can't trade up for Jadeveon Clowney.

"Crichton might be a good pickup for them if he lasts to the second round as a potential future impact pass-rusher they can develop," McShay wrote. "Tyson Jackson is not the long-term answer there." Crichton is probably ticketed for the top of the second round, though don't rule out a late first-round selection. "Crichton is a high-energy pass-rusher with violent hands, explosive get-off quickness and a relentless motor," McShay wrote. "He is a good finisher as a run defender, although he does get knocked down too often and can lose contain on the outside."
Apr 19 - 7:02 PM

Monday Morning Quarterback's Greg Bedard believes Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel "is not doing himself any favors in the eyes of NFL decision makers by continuing to be visible off the field."

"Manziel has been spotted at the Final Four and The Masters just in the past couple of weeks. Wouldn't be surprised if the Kentucky Derby is next. For most players, no one would care. But after his Summer of Johnny last year, Manziel isn't just any player," Greg Bedard wrote. "If you think this isn't being talked about and dissected in NFL front offices, you're being idealistically naïve." Manziel discussed this very issue with ESPN’s Jon Gruden, saying he "didn’t say no enough and should have said no (more). I should have stayed in my realm and stayed in College Station and hung out." Call us "idealistically naïve" if you must, but a lowered grade based on Manziel being "visible off the field" says more about the evaluator -- and the evaluator's opinion of his coaching staff -- than it does the prospect.
Apr 19 - 6:49 PM

Former Bucs GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater's stock started to fall long before his lackluster pro day.

"There were things you saw on tape when you watched him," said Dominik, who did so as an employed general manager. "Something that scouts internally, we talked about it in Tampa with Teddy Bridgewater last year. Is he really the premiere quarterback? I like the young man, I think he's a quality individual, he's got character and leadership and those things. But this is a quarterback, and you're judged by what quarterback you draft, and I think Teddy Bridgewater might not have all the pieces you're looking for." Dominik isn't the only former NFL boss down on the Cardinals' star. Former Browns' GM Phil Savage said on Thursday: "I think the media has Teddy Bridgewater in the top 10, but around league circles he's more like a late first, early second-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:34 PM

Maryland CB Dexter McDougle met with the Raiders this week.

McDougle (5-foot-10 1/4, 196 pounds) worked out for representatives from 24 NFL teams at Maryland's pro day on April 8. The corner ran forties in 4.53, 4.47 and 4.51 seconds. He added a short shuttle of 4.18 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.84 seconds. As with the combine, a shoulder injury prevented McDougle from doing the bench, but that won't affect his stock any. NFL.com's Gil Brandt calls the Terrapin "a probable third-round draft choice."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:18 PM

Northwestern's Kain Colter will likely transition to WR at the next level.

After missing the combine and the school's first pro day due to his recovery from right ankle microfracture surgery on Jan. 31, Colter worked out for 16 NFL teams at the Wildcats' second pro day on Wednesday at what was described as "85 percent." He ran a 4.71 forty. Colter "is described as being very athletic and having a good ability to catch the ball," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. "This is a good player who will be changing his position to play in the NFL." Colter (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) was a QB and RB at Northwestern.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 5:58 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks BYU edge player Kyle Van Noy as the No. 32 overall prospect.

Van Noy is starting to move up draft boards. He debuted at No. 25 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board, and the venerable analyst called the Cougar "one of my favorite players in the draft." Rang isn't going to argue with him: "Plays with more of a finesse rather than forceful style that will turn off some scouts, but in terms of versatility and production, Van Noy ranks among the elite defenders in the entire class."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:42 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists TCU CB Jason Verrett as the No. 28 prospect in his newest rankings.

Many draft writers speak of Verrett with admiration, but not many rank the diminutive corner as a first-rounder; at least not yet. "Verrett lacks the size so in vogue in today's NFL, but agility and ball-skills never go out of style for cornerbacks," Rang wrote. "While light, Verrett is scrappy and tenacious, making him an ideal nickel corner with the tackling ability to threaten on an occasional blitz." The 5-foot-9, 189-pound Horned Frog, a top-four CB in Josh Norris' estimation, has drawn comparisons to Antoine Winfield.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:29 PM

UNC TE Eric Ebron drops too many passes to be considered a top 15 prospect by CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang ranks him as the class' No. 20 overall player. "Ebron possesses a jaw-dropping combination of size and athleticism that has earned comparisons to 49ers star Vernon Davis," Rang wrote. "Like Davis, however, Ebron struggles with consistency, relying too much on his athleticism rather than dedicating himself to learning the finer techniques of the position. Some team may very well gamble earlier on Ebron's incredible upside than my ranking indicates, but he drops too many easy passes for a spot in the top 15 for me." Ebron (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) possesses top-end playing speed along with great lateral movement, but his inconsistent hands definitely need work. If it's a matter of concentration, team/coaching fit is going to be of paramount importance.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:12 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick writes that evaluators should keep Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey's poor measureables "in perspective."

"If only every RB tried to finish every run like Ka'Deem Carey tries to finish his. You better bring it when you square up on this kid," Riddick tweeted. "Carey [is] a prime recent example of how the combine can fool you [and] mess with you if you don't keep it in perspective." Carey ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 seconds at the school's pro day, barely improving upon his ugly 4.70 second time at the combine. If you can forget about that, however, you see a potential diamond. Carey has been one of the most dangerous players in the Pac 12 the past two seasons, rushing for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder didn't rush for less than 119 yards in a game last season.
Apr 19 - 4:55 PM



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