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Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan believes that Arizona LB Scooby Wright's "extremely productive 2014 campaign should ensure he garners attention [in the draft]."

Wright was hit hard by the injury bug during the 2015 campaign and ultimately played in just three games. The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder at least managed to exit his collegiate career on a high note, though, logging 12 tackles against New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. Toss 2015 out as a lost season and you're left with the 2014 campaign, in which Wright destroyed the universe to the tune of 164 tackles (31 for loss), 15 sacks and five forced fumbles. His NFL Scouting Combine performance is going to be crucial, as analysts are already raising questions on his "measurables." To that point, he's been actively attempting to lose weight since the season ended (and has shed 16-18 pounds) as he looks to improve his speed in the 40 and such.
Feb 8 - 2:28 PM

Arizona State signed four-star C Cohl Cabral.

Cabral hails from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and drew the most interest from the likes of Arizona, Boise State and Cal. ESPN 300 ranks the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder as their 199th prospect for the 2016 recruiting cycle, noting that he "ultimately could offer valuable versatility/depth to an O-Line unit." While they're keen on his versatility, they see him sticking at center with the Sun Devils. Cabral, they believe, "can deliver a good initial pop and flashes good inline strength to generate movement when he stays low and gets positioning, but needs to more consistently roll hips and maintain a good base."
Feb 8 - 2:15 PM

Oregon sophomore QB Morgan Mahalak transferred to Towson.

Mahalk didn't accumulate any statistical production in his two seasons with the Ducks, but there's some potential here. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound gunslinger was a four-star recruit out of Marin Catholic High School and ranked as Rivals No. 11 quarterback prospect in the country several years ago. In a statement, HC Rob Ambrose said, "Morgan brings a tremendous amount of potential and secures great competition at the quarterback position." He'll be in August camp and eligible to play during the 2016 season, as this is an FCS transfer.
Feb 8 - 2:03 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan writes that Stanford G Joshua Garnett "found the going tougher when up against some of the elite defensive linemen in college."

Connaghan points to two specific instances when Garnett earned negative grades by PFF's metrics--against Oregon's DeForest Buckner and Notre Dame's Sheldon Day. Not great, but struggling against a sure-fire first-round selection (Buckner) and a strong sleeper candidate (Day) is nothing to hang your head over. Even with those sub-par contests on his resume, the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder still closed the season with PFF's second-highest overall grade for a Power-5 guard. Of late, ESPN's Todd McShay praised the "high football IQ" Garnett demonstrated over the Senior Bowl practice week.
Feb 8 - 1:41 PM

USC signed four-star T Frank Martin II.

Martin visited Texas A&M and Utah in November, but USC was always a logical landing spot given that he calls Santa Ana home. The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder finds himself at No. 196 in the ESPN 300. Their scouting rundown notes that he's a "[p]rospect with size and strength to generate some push and [one who] flashes ability to quickly get into defenders, deliver a good pop and generate a good initial surge." At the same time, he'll sometimes "get overextended and fall off blocks." He'll need to fine tune his footwork, technique and pad level before he's polished enough to contribute to HC Clay Helton's gang.
Feb 8 - 1:14 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan says that Utah RB Devontae Booker's "all-round skill set will be coveted in the NFL."

Connaghan observed that Booker "makes quick cuts, and has the balance and vision to make the most of the gaps available to him." The 5-foot-11, 203-pound bell cow racked up 1,579 all-purpose yards this past season--this, despite missing the final four games of the campaign after tearing the meniscus in his knee. He earned the third-best run grade in the 2016 pool. While he's a multi-talented back (he's hauled in a combined 80 passes over the last two seasons), he's also coming off a major injury and will turn 24 about a month after his name's called. In a recent four-round mock, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter slotted Booker to the Jets near the end of the third round, at pick No. 83.
Feb 8 - 1:01 PM

TCU signed four-star ATH Sewo Olonilua.

TCU secured a letter of intent from Kingwood, Texas, native Olonilua in the face of competition from Big 12 rival Oklahoma. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder's done yer typical pretty-much-everything at the high school level, playing both running back and safety. Scout.com suggests that it's possible neither position actually suits him for the college level. "He could pay a hybrid type of spot between safety and linebacker once he gets to college," the outlet notes, "but with his size and speed combination he would rate highest as a projected linebacker."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 8 - 12:49 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan notes that UCLA DT Kenny Clark "developed into a more complete defender [this season]."

"The Bruins powerful Kenny Clark had a fine season," Connaghan writes, "and is one of the best defensive tackle prospects in this class. Outstanding against the run, Clark had the fifth-highest run defense grade among interior defensive linemen in 2014." The 6-foot-3, 308-pound UCLA product had already built himself up as a run-destroying defender, but in 2015, he also showed promise as a pass-rusher. He recorded 73 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks. In his previous two seasons, combined, he had registered just one sack.
Feb 8 - 12:36 PM

North Carolina signed four-star DE Tomon Fox.

Fox is the only ESPN 300 name the Tar Heels managed to reel in, sitting at 194 on their annual prospect list. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound end also saw interest from (among others) Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Memphis. His coach at Collins Hill, Kevin Reach, described him as a quiet leader. "The best thing about him is he’s always working," Reach said, "whether he’s working for himself or trying to help out the younger kids - he’s always trying to make us a better football team." On the playing side of things, Scout.com's Don Callahan wrote, "Whether going inside or outside, his hands are constantly moving to prevent O-linemen from latching on. Against the run, Fox shoots the gap and has an outstanding motor."
Source: scout.com
Feb 8 - 12:23 PM

Ohio State WR Michael Thomas "had trouble picking up the offense early in his career," according to his scouting report on CBS Sports.

Thomas redshirted the 2013 season after playing as a true freshman in 2012, which is very uncommon. The reason? Thomas struggled "with consistency and academics" according to Dane Brugler who wrote the scouting report. However, since the redshirt season, Thomas continued to develop and was arguably the Buckeyes' second best offensive player in 2015 behind Ezekiel Elliott. Receivers who struggle with nailing down the playbook as a rookie tend to have limited playing time, so it is worth monitoring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 12:03 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted Baylor CB Xavien Howard's tape surprised him, in a positive way.

"Sturdy athlete with quick feet, ball skills," was the quick evaluation Brugler gave of Howard, who was overall "impressive." The game that always sticks out to us is Howard's matchup against Kevin White during the 2014 season. White, a physical specimen, was matched in that category by Howard. There were plenty of contested catches and penalties, but that type of corner can be difficult to find.
Feb 8 - 11:15 AM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman says redshirt freshman WR Equanimeous St. Brown "has generated a lot of buzz inside the Irish program."

"We expected a good player. There's no question. We did not expect what we got from him," head coach Brian Kelly told Feldman. The team is in need of receivers to step up, with Will Fuller and Chris Brown off to the NFL. St. Brown, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 200-pounds fits Notre Dame's recent mold of going big at the position.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 10:33 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.

"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:39 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly expects second year QB Brandon Wimbush to redshirt in 2016.

"We sacrificed his redshirt season (in 2015) by playing," Kelly said of Wimbush. "That’s why it was very important to get Ian Book out of California." The move makes plenty of sense, as Notre Dame will head into the season rostering two quarterbacks with starting experience in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:11 AM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan writes that USC LB/S Su'a Cravens "excelled in coverage, holding quarterbacks targeting his coverage to a 52.3 passer rating over the past two seasons."

A spicy meatball of a stat right there. Cravens' coverage skills are so finely attuned because he actually began his career as a safety before finishing his final two seasons with the Trojans as a linebacker. Noted Connaghan, "He thrived in that hybrid role [covering the slot at LB], showing the ability to set the edge and play the run at a high level, and also contribute as a pass rusher." A recent four-round mock draft by NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter had the Bengals selecting Cravens with pick No. 55 in the back half of the second round.
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