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An area scout for an AFC team said of UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky, "There are times he looks like another Carson Wentz and then there are times he looks like Blaine Gabbert."

"He has starting qualities and he'll go early, but he better get better at seeing blitzes and throwing hot or he'll get eaten alive by the exotic packages they are throwing at quarterbacks these days," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Trubisky to Lions QB Matthew Stafford. And one personnel director who chatted with ESPN's Todd McShay made an even loftier comparison, to Aaron Rodgers when Rodgers entered the draft out of Cal.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 4:00 PM

Washington CB Kevin King will visit with the Jets.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Jets will also be putting King through a private workout. He met with the Buccaneers earlier in the process. Pauline pegs King as one of the surprise risers in this draft class, citing a faster than expected Combine 40 time (scouts thought he would land around 4.55 seconds, his actual time coming in at 4.43 seconds) and a strong showing on pro day, one which fell in the shadow of teammate Sidney Jones' Achilles tear. Pauline believes that King is "unlikely to make it out of the first round."
Mar 25 - 3:58 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UNC WR Mack Hollins to Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace.

"Few receivers had the straightaway speed of Wallace in his prime, but Hollins looks every bit the part," notes the PFF analysis team. "Wallace could run right past a defender, and if he caught it there was no catching him. Wallace was a raw route runner coming out of college, and while he improved, he’s always been a deep-threat receiver first and foremost." The outlet refers to the 6-foot-4, 221-pounder as "a big-time sleeper in this draft." Unfortunately, Hollins' elite speed has not been on display during Combine testing, as he injured his hamstring while clocking at 4.53 seconds. He's recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in October to boot. While the running back and tight end classes have drawn plenty of chatter for their depth, we like quite a few deep-draw wideouts in this class, Hollins among them.
Mar 25 - 3:55 PM

Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers indicated that one NFL team views him as an offense player.

Peppers provided a convenient breakdown of how he's being seen by the NFL, with MLive.com's Nick Baumgardner passing along that per the Michigan standout, 30 teams like him as a safety, one as a linebacker and one as an offensive player. The overwhelming odds are that he will be drafted as a safety, though he figures to be used in a variety of capacities once he hits an NFL chessboard.
Mar 25 - 3:42 PM

An AFC South area scout said that Alabama DL Dalvin Tomlinson is "a dude."

"I don't know how he flew under the radar so long," the scout said, later adding " If you liked those guys from last year (Jarran Reed and A'Shawn Robinson), no reason you won't like this one." The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder draws similar high praise from NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, who writes that Tomlinson has "a chance to become an early starter and should work into a defensive line rotation immediately."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 3:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Packers have interest in Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp.

Pauline writes that Lamp is being viewed more and more as a solid bet for the first round, meaning that if the Packers wanted to take the plunge, they would likely need to do so at pick No 29. That is assuming that Lamp is even around by the point. Pauline additionally passes along that both the Vikings and Seahawks are keen on the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder. The Falcons, Panthers and Titans have all put Lamp through private workouts.
Mar 25 - 3:14 PM

Pro Football Focus compares Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford to former Arizona Cardinals WR Steve Breaston.

"Breaston carved out a solid career for a few years as a complementary receiver. He could use his frame to go up and get the ball," notes the PFF analysis gang, "and while Ford wins with more body control than physicality, he has the ability to move the chains even when he’s covered or when passes thrown inaccurately in his direction." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offers up a more contemporary comparison, as he sees a bit of Justin Hunter in the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Hokies draft hopeful. You can reasonably expect to hear his name to be called at some point on Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Mar 25 - 3:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that due to weather conditions on Cal's pro day, it was difficult to gauge the performance of QB Davis Webb.

Friday's pro day at Cal sounds like an out-and-out nightmare due to rain. Did that stop Webb from being put through a ridiculous set of drills? Absolutely not. Take it away, Mr. Pauline: "Webb missed on a number of throws but as one person told me they asked him to throw NFL passes in conditions that were impossible. Another source on hand said if these were game time conditions no one would be asked to make those throws." Webb's predecessor at Cal, Jared Goff, was asked to dunk balls in water to test his ability to throw with a wet ball on pro day a year ago. Mother Nature looks like it took care of that for Webb. The quarterback has reportedly been told by at least 10 teams that they view him as a first-team talent.
Mar 25 - 2:37 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that NC State CB Jack Tocho's "inability to carry speed down the field could limit his scheme fits."

"The football intelligence and instincts are good enough but he has to prove he can run," Zierlein writes. That question was answered in part at the NFL Scouting Combine, where the 6-foot, 202-pounder ran a fine-if-unspectacular 4.54-second 40-yard dash. During his final season at NC State, Tocho recorded 37 tackles (2.0 for loss), two picks and nine passes defended.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 2:22 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson to Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin.

"While Henderson (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) is bigger than Austin (5-foot-9, 174 pounds), they are similar as players who are best with the ball in their hands while lacking polish as pure receivers," notes the PFF analysis team. They go on to explain that "like Austin, he’s limited as an outside receiving threat due to his small catch radius is ineffectiveness in contested situations." He has met with the 49ers, Cardinals and Saints of late. Following a hot Combine, Henderson has upward mobility toward early on Day 2.
Mar 25 - 2:07 PM

Alabmaa redshirt freshman LB Ben Davis worked with the outside linebackers during spring practice on Tuesday.

This is a change from last season. While taking a redshirt a year ago, he had been honing his craft with the inside linebacking group. Whether this spring shift is anything more than a little bit of toying around by HC Nick Saban and company remains to be seen. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder ranked as Scout.com's No. 1 LB for the 2016 cycle.
Source: SEC Country
Mar 25 - 1:55 PM

Florida State freshman DE Joshua Kaindoh (hamstring) returned to practice this week.

Kaindoh sustained a hamstring injury on March 6 and had been kept out of action during the proceeding weeks. He was back in action several days ago, though, and barring a setback should be good to go through the rest of the spring. The 6-foot-6, 256-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, with ESPN's Craig Haubert writing that he "could grow into a physical monster."
Source: wruf.com
Mar 25 - 1:39 PM

Notre Dame junior DT Elijah Taylor suffered a Lisfranc injury in practice and will miss the rest of the spring.

According to ND Insider's Mike Vorel, Taylor suffered the injury after his foot was stepped on. He has already undergone surgery. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder is expected to be ready to roll come August camp -- July is the month that HC Brian Kelly floated -- though Lisfranc injuries sometimes prove stubborn to heal, making this one to monitor over the coming months. During the 2016 campaign, Taylor recorded scant statistical output, managing four tackles. He ranked as Scout.com's No. 203 overall player for the 2015 cycle.
Mar 25 - 1:23 PM

A director of scouting for an AFC team called Stanford DL Solomon Thomas a "damn good player."

"I don't think he gets drafted as early as you do because he's not big enough for inside and he's not as long as you like on the outside," the scouting director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. "You have to figure out where you will play him, but he won't stop. He's going to be really productive." While Thomas could rise as high as the top-five, former NFL scout John Middlekauff is wary of such a high selection, though he does say that he "really like[s]" the 6-foot-3, 273-pounder. Zierlein comps Thomas to former 49ers DT Justin Smith.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 1:08 PM

Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis has private workouts scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Willis has already worked out privately with the Jaguars. Pauline further passes along that both the Dolphins and Cowboys are "showing a lot of interest." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder "look[ed] flawless in both defensive line and linebacker drills" during pro day festivities and writes that "it will be a stretch for Willis to end up in the late part of Round 1 but [I] would expect him to be off the board during the top half of the second frame."
Mar 25 - 12:52 PM



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