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Ohio State senior QB Braxton Miller is "badly in need of time in the spotlight to prove himself as a prospect to NFL scouts," notes NFL Media.

Miller is an extremely interesting case as a graduate student on a loaded depth chart who didn't take an opportunity to transfer elsewhere for his final season of eligibility. Instead, Miller will compete against J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones for the starting QB job, a competition he is not favored to win.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 9:03 PM

Nebraska redshirt junior ILB Michael Rose-Ivey (ACL) "looked good during spring practices and could be a rock as the team tries to get back to the ways of the Blackshirts," observed NFL Media.

"Nebraska head coach Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Mark Banker have developed their share of linebackers over the years and they have to hope they can work their magic with Rose-Ivey," wrote Bryan Fischer. Rose-Ivey tore his ACL last summer in practice and missed the season. "In a tough league, Big Red has to hope the talented linebacker returns to the form that earned him accolades as a redshirt freshman," Fischer wrote. Rose-Ivey should be able to win an injury hardship waiver if he wants it. If so, he'd be eligible to play for three more seasons.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:47 PM

UCLA redshirt junior Paul Perkins "could end up contending for the Heisman Trophy," believes ESPN's KC Joyner.

Joyner thinks Perkins is one of the best running backs in the nation. It's hard to argue. Perkins finished No. 4 nationally with 1,477 rushing yards last year, ranking No. 3 with 43 rushes of 10 or more yards. "He will be the centerpiece of this offense," wrote Joyner.
May 21 - 8:32 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior DB KeiVarae Russell will "be plenty motivated as he returns" from an academic suspension, wrote NFL Media.

Russell, who has 26 career starts, was one of five players suspended in 2014 during an investigation into academic fraud. We thought he was arguably Notre Dame's top defensive back before the suspension. "He'll no doubt have some rust to deal with after spending so much time away, but it might not be long before the talented player shows everyone that he can be one of the better corners in the game," wrote Bryan Fischer.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:19 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson "has the ability to be a monster off the edge for a team looking to return to championship contention," noted NFL Media.

Lawson's national coming out party was delayed a year after he suffered an ACL tear during spring practices in 2014. Now healthy, Lawson is a centerpiece of former Florida head coach Will Muschamp's new-look defense. Expect the school's pass rush to improve significantly in 2015, which should greatly help its defensive backs.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:05 PM

Penn State dismissed CB Da’Quan Davis following drug and underage drinking charges.

"Da’Quan Davis is no longer a member of the Penn State football team due to a violation of team rules," HC James Franklin said. "We appreciate Da’Quan’s contributions to the program and wish him success in the future." Davis was arrested on May 9 and charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for purchasing alcoholic beverages as a minor.
May 21 - 7:48 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg "will have to put the sophomore slump behind him" in 2015, observes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder threw for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman for then-Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien in 2013, but regressed to a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season under James Franklin. New systems can lead to significant growing pains; in the case of Hackenberg, it also led to excuses for his play. To be fair, as NFL Media put it, Hackenberg was playing "with a rag-tag offensive line and a number of young receivers." The headaches are gone, the growing pains have been accounted for, and the excuses will lose validity if corrections aren't made in 2015. Specifically, Hackenberg needs to handle pressure more effectively in the pocket.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:34 PM

NFL Media notes that Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson badly needs a big bounceback season to stabilize his NFL stock.

Some were talking about Golson as a potential early-round pick early last season, but his prospects crumbled at an interesting time: After nearly completing a stunning upset of Florida State, for whom he now plays. "He wasn't promised the starting job in Tallahassee, but it will be fascinating to see if Golson can regain the form he flashed in 2012, while leading the Irish to the national title game, and at times during last season," noted NFL Media. Golson is competing with redshirt junior Sean Maguire for the starting gig.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:19 PM

Ohio State junior RB Ezekiel Elliott's injured left wrist has been fully medically cleared.

It speaks well to the prospect's toughness that you may not have known he had an injured wrist to begin with. Elliott broke his wrist in practice last August and underwent minor surgery, playing the season with a cast on his left wrist, which forced him to only carry with the right arm. "I was just out there basically playing with one hand. I was one-handed," Elliott told reporters in April. "I couldn't carry the ball in my left hand, I couldn't punch with it. I couldn't do much with it. I was pretty handicapped." If the 6-foot, 225-pounder can run for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns while handicapped, ruminate on what he'll do now fully healthy.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:02 PM

NFL Media reports that Baylor redshirt senior T Spencer Drango was advised by the NFL Draft Advisory Board last December to stay at Baylor.

Drango considered jumping to the pros early and submitted paper work to check in on his status. The board apparently didn't think he'd go in the first two rounds, perhaps because he was coming off back surgery and was never 100-percent healthy last season. The board got it wrong with D.J. Humphries and may have done so with Drango, but the Bears' prospect can now potentially move into the upper-half of Round 1 with a great season. "The Bears' third-year starter at left tackle might play in a hurry-up, no-huddle offense, but don't mistake him for a finesse player. He is one of the best run blockers in the Big 12," wrote Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 6:44 PM

Louisville senior DE Devonte Fields could emerge with a re-breakthrough campaign in 2015.

Fields was the Big 12's defensive player of the year and a Round 1-caliber prospect back in 2012 as a freshman at TCU. Everything has cratered since then. Injuries limited him to three games as a sophomore and he was dismissed prior to his junior year. Fields played at a JUCO last year and returns to big-time college football this fall with a school known for giving second chances. " It will be interesting to see if he can regain his previous form and show off his potential for a new FBS team," noted NFL Media.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 6:27 PM

NFL Media ranks Ohio State redshirt sophmore QB J.T. Barrett as the No.4 returning offensive player for 2015.

The Ohio State prospect recorded 3,772 total yards and 45 total touchdowns, breaking Ohio State's total yardage record and the Big Ten's total touchdown mark. Unfortunately, Barrett broke his ankle against Michigan and was forced to miss the rest of the season. The Buckeyes are loaded at the QB position with Barrett, Cardale Jones, and Braxton Miller all in the mix. However, it's still too early to know who gets the starting nod, but all three QBs could be in play for playing time.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 4:08 PM

Kansas State senior S Dante Barnett "is a physical tone-setter on the KSU defense with his aggressive and rangy skill-set," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Barnett, who was a high school teammate of departed wide receiver Tyler Lockett, is a physical tone-setter on the KSU defense with his aggressive and rangy skill-set. He is also one of the team leaders and was recently voted one of the team captains for 2015 for the second straight year," Brugler wrote. The Kansas State prospect has started a defensive-best 28 career games at safety for the Wildcats, and has started every game over the last two seasons. Kansas State's top returning tackler has 176 career stops on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 3:38 PM

NFL Media ranks Georgia sophomore RB Nick Chubb as the No.3 returning offensive player for 2015.

With Todd Gurley off to the NFL, Chubb has a great opportunity to show that last year's productive season was no fluke. As a true freshman, Grubb recorded 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 1,323 yards and 12 touchdowns in the Bulldog's last eight games of the season. Chubb was named SEC Freshman of the Year and First Team Coaches All-SEC in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 3:11 PM

Kansas State senior CB Danzel McDaniel "could see a big jump up draft boards if his cover awareness improves as a senior," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"McDaniel is a strong competitor and uses the sideline well, but can get grabby in coverage and needs to improve his cover discipline. Playing mostly "tilt" technique last season, McDaniel could see a big jump up draft boards if his cover awareness improves as a senior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound McDaniel has the ideal frame and aggressiveness needed for CB position at the next level. The former JUCO transfer from Manhattan posted 59 tackles, four passes defended and one interception in his first year as a starter.
Source: CBS Sports
May 21 - 3:00 PM



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