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A director of college scouting told Rotoworld's Josh Norris that he doesn't expect Drake TE Eric Saubert to fall down the Draft board despite this being a loaded TE class.

Norris told the evaluator that he would expect Saubert to go in Rds. 3-5 in a normal year, but that the prospect may fall this year because of his loaded positional class. Not so, according to the evaluator. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Saubert ran a 4.69 40-yard dash last spring, as the director of college scouting reminded Norris. "That is straight out of bed," he said. "Straight off of spring break. No training. If a guy can run, he will run." Norris ranked Saubert as the best prospect at the Shrine Game. He passed along a note that Saubert didn't miss a play last year despite battling a knee injury from the second game on.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 23 - 2:28 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Troy T Antonio Garcia is the top player attending the Senior Bowl at the start of the week.

It is a huge week for the Troy left tackle. He is not currently listed among the top offensive lineman in this draft, but Norris believes that changes this week. He will face off against premiere edge rushers play after play. Garcia's tape against Clemson is one of the best in this class, and his other games are on that same level. Garcia might shine as a pass protector, but he also loves to finish runs with an aggressive mentality.
Jan 23 - 8:59 AM

Missouri CB Aarion Penton has been added to the Senior Bowl.

Penton just finished with the East-West Shrine week and will take the short flight over to Mobile, Alabama. Penton has ball skills and is not afraid to play in close coverage, but due to his height he likely projects in the slot for many teams.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 23 - 8:51 AM

The Browns reached out and asked Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to play in the Senior Bowl but he declined, according to Peter King of The MMQB.

King calls it "a terrific waste of opportunity." This does not eliminate Watson from the Browns consideration at No. 1, the team who would have coached him at the event, nor the Bears at No. 3. We keep bringing up Marcus Mariota declining the event as the most similar case, although it could be argued that Mariota's draft position was more locked in even with so many questioning his game. Watson will focus on the rest of the process instead, and you can be sure that media members will ask NFL personnel about the decision this week.
Source: The MMQB
Jan 23 - 7:58 AM

Oregon will fire co-OC/TE coach David Reaves following his arrest on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning.

In a statement, AD Rob Mullens said, "The University has high standards for the conduct of employees and is addressing this matter with the utmost of seriousness." Reaves has been placed on administrative leave and Oregon has started into the termination process. To say that it has been an embarrassing week for the program might be an understatement. Strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde was hit with a month-long suspension earlier in January after three players were hospitalized following reported grueling workouts. And Reaves' termination comes just days after Oregon hired him. Per Eugene police, Reaves was stopped at 2:12 AM Sunday morning due to "multiple traffic violations." Reaves followed HC Willie Taggart over from South Florida, having served as part of the Bulls' staff since 2013. His firing comes just a week-and-a-half before National Signing Day.
Jan 22 - 3:14 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline questioned Toledo T Storm Norton's consistency during the East-West Shrine Game practice week.

Pauline offered a perfect encapsulation of the ups-and-downs of Norton's week after Wednesday's practice session, relaying that on that day, the 6-foot-8, 306-pounder "lost his footing a few times early in practice, but a few reps later he performed a textbook reach block on Avery Moss." The analyst did come away impressed with his ability as a run-blocker, writing that "Norton moves efficiently to the second level. If he was able to engage the defender, he typically came out victorious." Pauline projects him as a potential sixth- or seventh-round selection come this spring's draft.
Jan 22 - 12:43 PM

Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner completed 3-of-12 passes for 38 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Leidner drew low-grade draft talk prior to the 2016 season, but he put the absolute wrong foot forward in his first step of the process on Saturday, averaging a pitiful 3.2 YPA and misfiring repeatedly on his pass attempts. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder held a career 36/32 TD/INT ratio at Minnesota. Maybe a team takes a late flier on the gunslinger in the draft, but that's about the best he can hope for.
Jan 22 - 12:33 PM

Minnesota received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 S Kendarian Handy-Holly.

Handy-Holly had been wooed by the Gophers while Tracy Claeys was working as head coach this past season. Minnesota's interest did not waver in the transition from Claeys to P.J. Fleck, though, leading to the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder's ultimate commitment. As for his on-the-field potential, Scout.com notes that Handy-Holly "flashes good physicality at the back end and can be a force upon contact but he needs to polish up his backpedaling and breaking on the ball before he begins the college game."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 12:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Louisville C Tobijah Hughley's week of practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game "so-so."

"He has a strong lower body and can display it most of the time," Pauline writes, "when he’s able to sink his hips quick enough. His techniques need some tweaking and he is a little light to make it at the next level." The 6-foot-3, 291-pounder -- a rock of a starting presence for the Cardinals over the last three seasons -- will likely have to find his way to an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent this spring, barring a rise to the later rounds of Day 3.
Jan 22 - 12:14 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 LB Isaac Slade-Matautia.

Slade pledged his talents to the Ducks during Saturday's Polynesian Bowl. Rivals ranks the Honolulu native as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Hawaii for this cycle. Scout.com's Greg Biggins notes that the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is "a physical player and hits like a truck." Biggins could see Slade-Matautia contributing as either an inside or outside linebacker once he joins HC Willie Taggart's crew in Eugene.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 12:06 PM

Arkansas senior LB Khalia Hackett will transfer.

This was an easy enough one to spot if you were reading the tea leaves. Hackett was removed from the travel roster just three games into the 2016 campaign due to what HC Bret Bielema referred to as accountability issues. A former three-star recruit, the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Hackett ended up making just one start during his Razorbacks career.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 22 - 11:55 AM

Arkansas senior DE Tevin Beanum has retired.

Beanum missed time early in the 2016 season due to a personal issue, ultimately appearing in 10 games and recording 21 tackles along the way. He won't be returning next season. This is not a transfer situation, though, as HC Bret Bielema indicated that there is a chance that the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Beanum receives a medical hardship waiver which will allow him to remain on scholarship at Arkansas as he continues his education.
Source: SEC Country
Jan 22 - 11:49 AM

BYU received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 DE Langi Tuifua.

Tuifua made his BYU commitment public at the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday night, in Honolulu. Said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cougar-to-be, "I'm really comfortable with that staff and they're all like family to me. They've got some really good coaches and I've seen a lot their style up close." Scout.com's Blair Angulo notes that Tuifua "has great speed off the edge and is relentless in pursuit, making him one of the more devastating prospects in the West region for the 2017 class." He has the frame to add additional healthy playing bulk at the collegiate level.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 22 - 11:41 AM

Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. was intercepted twice in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game and result itself do not matter in the long run, but Ward's two first-half interceptions (both made by St. Francis CB Lorenzo Jerome) stand out nonetheless, particularly given that there are already concerns as to whether he will be able to stick at quarterback in the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder could switch to wideout as the process unfolds. We like that as a better pro-fit for the Houston magician, particularly given that Ward already has experience playing wideout with the Cougars.
Jan 21 - 7:49 PM

New Mexico RB Teriyon Gipson accounted for 96 total yards and a touchdown in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Gipson rushed for 64 yards and added three catches for 32 additional yards in Saturday's early draft prepper. This past season, the 5-foot-7, 168-pounder turned in his best all-around collegiate campaign, rushing for 1,269 yards (8.8 YPC) and 13 touchdowns. During the draft process, he will have to answer for some off-the-field shenanigans, as he was arrested last January on marijuana and firearm charges. He kept that information from the New Mexico coaching staff, but this being the year 2017, the team found out midway through the season. Gipson should be considered a longshot to be drafted this spring.
Jan 21 - 7:41 PM



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