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Van McAllister, one of Ole Miss' Chad Kelly's agents, says his client will travel to the NFL Combine unless the NFL explains why he wasn't invited.

"Until we get a written disinvite or whatever you want to call if from the league, we’ll be in Indy," McAllister said. "We’ll show up and they’ll have to tell Chad ‘no’ then because they’re obviously not willing to put it in writing to tell Chad ‘no’ now." Kelly was invited and then dis-invited to the Combine. While no explanation was given, it's believed that the NFL rescinded Kelly's invite because he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 2015 following a fight with two nightclub bouncers. With Kelly coming off ACL surgery, none of this is good news for his Draft stock. MMQB's Emily Kaplan says he's "at best ... a late-round flier," an opinion we agree with.
Source: MMQ
Feb 22 - 6:44 PM

An NFC area scout says Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham is like a discounted version of Carl Lawson.

"He is similar to Carl Lawson but I think you can get him probably a couple of rounds later or maybe more," he said. "I think he can still get a lot better as a pass rusher." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes Basham's attitude and versatility. "Basham has the strength and length to play as a 4-3 base end or as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but his pass rush approach will need to be sharpened as he lacks the flexibility to bend the edge and attack the pocket with athleticism alone," Zierlein wrote. "Basham may never produce a high sack total, but his alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 6:25 PM

Ole Miss self-imposed a one-year postseason ban after receiving notice that the NCAA is accusing it of eight new athletic compliance violations.

Those eight allegations are in addition to the 13 that the NCAA charged Ole Miss with last year, making 21 total allegations. In addition, Ole Miss was charged with a lack of institutional control. Ole Miss received the original allegations on Jan. 30 2016. In response, the school self-imposed the loss of 11 football scholarships over a four-year period from 2015-2018. The NCAA re-opened the case when T Laremy Tunsil admitted he took money from Rebels' coaches during the last NFL Draft. Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported in August that the NCAA had granted immunity to players at Mississippi State and Auburn to speak openly about being recruited by Ole Miss.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Missouri WR coach Andy Hill said freshman WR O'shae Clark's size "won't matter if they can't touch him."

In other words, Clark is really, really fast. The 5-foot-8, 160-pounder averaged an eye-opening 24.8 yards per reception last year in high school. In only 10 games, he grabbed 70 balls for 1,736 yards and 18 touchdowns. Clark can also return kickoffs and punts.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 5:24 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Western Michigan WR Corey Davis as the No. 1 receiver in the class.

Norris describes Davis, whom he ranks just above Clemson's Mike Williams, as a "6-foot-3 receiver who can dominate in the small game: creating separation, sustaining it and picking up yards after the catch." Davis has been one of the nation's most dominant receivers over the past few years, topping 1,400 receiving yards in three straight collegiate seasons. "Has run practically every route from the outside and the slot, both sides of the field," Norris wrote. "Big frame allows him to naturally win contested in some opportunities. Aggressive for a receiver after the catch and on final contact."
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 22 - 5:04 PM

The NCAA awarded Florida State redshirt sophomore WR George Campbell a medical redshirt waiver for the 2016 season.

The former five-star prospect had his designation rewound to redshirt sophomore after he missed all of last season with a core muscle injury. Campbell will be called upon to help ease the burden of Travis Rudolph's loss. Rudolph opted into the 2017 NFL draft.
Feb 22 - 4:39 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares LSU ILB Kendell Beckwith (ACL) to Benardrick McKinney.

"Productive full-time starter over last two and a half seasons on talented LSU defenses," Zierlein wrote. "Has the size and spirit to play for teams expecting physicality from their inside linebacker, but his game comes with some athletic and coverage limitations. Before his injury, he could have come off the board on Day 2, but may see his stock fall into the third day now. He has starter's ability when healthy." Beckwith is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. He was leading the squad with 91 tackles and six TFL before tearing up his knee against Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 4:18 PM

Washington hired Baylor offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Matt Lubick as co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach.

Lubick replaces Bush Hamdan, the Huskies' former WR coach who was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' quarterbacks coach. Incredibly, this is Lubick's fourth job is three months. He spent last year as Oregon's OC, replacing Scott Frost, who was hired as UCF's HC. Just before Christmas, Lubick accepted an offer to become Ole Miss' WR coach. But reserved course in the New Year, joining Baylor's staff. Lubick resigned his post at Baylor to accept the Washington gig.
Source: ESPN
Feb 22 - 3:59 PM

Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was likened to Tom Savage by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"His 2015 tape was more impressive [than his 2016 tape], but deep-ball accuracy issues, poor pocket awareness, and unnecessary hesitation as a passer shows up in both seasons," Zierlein wrote. "Beathard plays checkers with safeties rather than chess, which could always hinder his ability to attack down the field with success. Could be a career backup who finds himself in the action at some point down the road." After completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,809 pass yards and a 17/5 TD/INT rate in 2015, Beathard fell off as a senior (56.5 completion pct, 1,929 yards, 14/10 TD/INT)
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:45 PM

A western regional scout from an AFC team insists USC OL Zach Banner is an NFL tackle.

"He's a really big guy. That's his body type," the regional scout said. "If he doesn't work his tail off to manage it, there is no doubt his weight will shoot way up again. Everyone is going to write him as a guard but I'm writing him as a tackle. They all have issues. I think we could work around him at tackle." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Banner to Trent Brown. "Rare size, but some teams will question whether he can bend enough to be a functional NFL guard," Zierlein wrote. "As a tackle, he lacks quickness to consistently protect the passer, and teams might focus too heavily on that shortcoming. Teams who focus on Banner's strength -- drive blocking -- should be rewarded with a starting right guard who is average in pass protection, but who can help turn run creases into running lanes."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:24 PM

NW Missouri State DL Collin Bevins is a "hard-nosed, effort-based defensive end who stacked heavy sack production against a lower level of competition," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"Background as a wrestler gives him a greater understanding of leverage and allows him to punch above his weight at the point of attack," Zierlein wrote. "Lacks the desired twitch from a true defensive end and the mass of a full-time interior player, but his above-average length, effort and hand usage gives him a shot to become an NFL player at some point." Bevins is a former high school state champion wrestler with good size but no clearly delineated position.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:08 PM

South Carolina sophomore WR Bryan Edwards (sports hernia) will be limited early in spring practices.

Edwards underwent sports hernia surgery in the offseason. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound former four-star wideout was the ESPN 300's No. 253 overall prospect in the 2016 pool. He showed NFL tools as a true freshman, posting a 44-590-4 line despite being a victim of South Carolina's feeble aerial attack.
Feb 22 - 2:51 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior RB Warren Long will move to linebacker.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Long asked to switch to positions for his final season. Previously an effective backup tailback, Long missed almost all of last season with a broken hand. That allowed John Moten IV to pass him on the depth chart as Justin Jackson's backup.
Feb 22 - 2:31 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty to Daryl Williams.

Bisnowaty is a four-year starter with a nasty streak. "In a phone booth, Bisnowaty can handle himself with pure brawn and power, but once he's forced to play in space, his athletic limitations become more pronounced," Zierlein wrote. "He'll likely have to move to the right side, but athletic opponents will always cause him problems. His ceiling could be as a low-end starter while his floor is fighting for a roster spot within a couple of years." Bisnowaty played in the Senior Bowl last month.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 2:12 PM

Clemson ILB Ben Boulware has the "the attitude and swagger for the position but lacks the desired size and quickness," according to NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Boulware is your classic overachiever in the middle of the defense. The 6-foot, 235-pounder isn't big, fast or athletic, but he's smart and physical. "Margin for error might be too small to become a starter in the league, but his potential on special teams could be a way to open the door to an NFL career," Zierlein concluded.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 1:54 PM



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