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Sports on Earth's Matt Brown wonders if the public has forgotten how good Ohio State graduate QB Braxton Miller is.

"He's not just one of the best running quarterbacks in college football; he's one of the best runners period, with Urban Meyer's offense giving him a perfect chance to maximize that ability," Brown wrote. "The problem? His style leaves him vulnerable to hits, and now the chief concern is whether the shoulder will ever be 100 percent again." In two seasons as starter before he missed 2014 due to injury, Miller logged 4,133 passing yards and 2,339 rushing yards. "Unlike Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, his NFL future is probably not at quarterback," Brown wrote. "He's a senior who has done great things for Ohio State, and it seems absurd that he won't be a staring quarterback, if healthy. But that's what makes Ohio State's quarterback battle an impossible decision, and perhaps the greatest 'problem' any team has ever faced."
Jul 7 - 8:44 PM

Oregon State coaches are confident that senior C/G Isaac Seumalo (foot) will be healthy for the start of the season.

Seumalo was forced to sit out last season and then spring practices while recovering from foot surgeries, but it doesn't sound like the problem will linger. "Seumalo, who also has started at right tackle for the Beavers, was considered one of the best guards in the nation during the recruiting process; guard is a potential landing spot for him this season," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 8:30 PM

Virginia Tech edge rusher Dadi Nicolas "will be a polarizing prospect before the draft," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"icolas has very good upfield burst and his long, easy strides mean he can close on a quarterback quickly," Zierlein wrote. "When he gets a running start on a twist, he can be extremely difficult for an interior lineman to pick up on time. So, what is the problem? He's very thin through his lower body and plays with a high pad level. When you add that combo together, you get a player with zero play strength." The analyst ranks Nicolas as the No. 10 edge rusher in the country. "Nicolas is tossed around by quality tackles on far too many plays. He has traits teams will love, but development of strength and his pass-rush skills are essential this season," he wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 7:59 PM

Ohio State QBs J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller all made the Maxwell Award preseason watch list.

Star RB Ezekiel Elliott also made the watch list. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation’s Player of the Year. To illustrate how ludicrous it is to have three quarterbacks from one team make this list -- and to be clear, the decision is absolutely justified, as whoever wins the QB competition will immediately be considered one of the top three candidates to win the award -- TCU was the only other school to even have three players named to the list in total (Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Tennessee had two each).
Jul 7 - 7:44 PM

BYU senior QB Taysom Hill is "physical and fast, and his passing has improved over his career," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Hill suffered a gruesome leg injury against Utah State in October, with eight screws and a plate inserted to repair a broken left leg. It appears as though he'll be fully healthy for this fall. He's going to have to be. "A healthy Hill returns to face a tall task: BYU's independent schedule, which opens with Nebraska, Boise State, Michigan and UCLA," Brown wrote. "Survive that, and Hill could re-emerge as a darkhorse Heisman candidate." The expert ranks Hill as the No. 9 signal-caller in the country. Hill (6-foot-2, 232 pounds) threw for 2,938 yards with a 19/14 TD/INT ratio with 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in 2013, his last healthy campaign.
Jul 7 - 7:28 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Oregon State senior C/G Isaac Seumalo as the top underclassmen center prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"That's Say-You-Maw-Low on the pronunciation, folks," Kiper wrote. "He is no sleeper at this point, as he came out of high school as one of the best guards in the country." The analyst pegged Dan Voltz (Wisconsin) as second-best. "Voltz is a good one, and more proof that the Badgers' assembly line for producing offensive linemen is still cranking," Kiper wrote.
Jul 7 - 7:14 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB Cardale Jones "probably would have been the third quarterback taken in the draft" had he entered, believes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

And it's possible he could be the No. 3 QB on his college team this fall. Go figure. "While Jones lost the battle to replace the injured Miller last year, he still ended up proving that he had matured greatly, on top of owning perhaps the strongest arm in college football," Brown wrote. "Barrett is a great player who has the most versatile skill set to take advantage of everything the playbook has to offer -- more so than Jones -- but the Ohio State offense reached its peak with Jones at quarterback. To be fair, he played at the end of the season when the offensive line had solidified, but Jones' Tebow-like power-running ability, combined with that arm strength, made the Buckeyes impossible to defend." The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Jones threw for 742 yards and five scores across three games in the Big Ten championship versus Wisconsin and two playoff wins over Alabama and Oregon.
Jul 7 - 7:00 PM

Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett "plays with jarring power at the point of attack and can push people around when he's focused," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"As a pass rusher, he's best-suited as a bull rusher, but did show improved hand usage and a potentially dangerous shoulder dip around the corner as the season went on," Zierlein wrote. "While Barnett lacks the explosive burst upfield that some covet, his power and potential make him a potential rising star in his sophomore season." The analyst ranks Barnett as the No. 8 edge rusher in the country. As a true freshman in the SEC last year, the 6-foot-3, 267-pound Barnett posted 10 sacks and 20.5 TFL.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 6:30 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "has a chance to make a big name for himself in his final year, even if recent history has made it dangerous to get too excited about the Tar Heels as a whole," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Williams has been a bit underrated during his career," Brown wrote. "Like the rest of the Tar Heels, he's inconsistent, but he could turn into a star if UNC ever realizes its potential." The expert ranks Williams as the No. 15 signal-caller in the land. "A 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, Williams is one of the better running quarterbacks in college football, and his rushing numbers would be even better if he didn't take so many sacks," Brown wrote. Williams leads an offense which is returning 10 starters. He broke 18 UNC records in 2014 and his 4,893 career passing yards ranks fifth all-time at the school, 94 shy of Ronald Curry (1998-2001) in fourth place.
Jul 7 - 6:09 PM

Texas Tech redshirt senior OT Le'Raven Clark "is among the most underrated linemen nationally," writes NFL Media.

"He's a good athlete for a man his size and has quick feet," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Clark would be an intriguing fit at guard for some teams at the next level." The 6-foot-6, 313-pound Clark, who has started 38 games in a row, earned All-Big 12 first team honors in 2013 and 2014 and will likely do so again this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 5:52 PM

Navy senior QB Keenan Reynolds "has been a machine for Navy's option attack," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"In his fourth year as starter, he'll lead the Midshipmen into the American Athletic Conference, where they can be contenders and he could be the player of the year," Brown wrote. The scribe ranks Reynolds as the No. 16 signal-caller in the land. Reynolds has 3,186 rushing yards and 64 ground scores across his career, putting him 14 away from setting the career rushing touchdowns record owned by Montee Ball. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder isn't an NFL quarterback prospect, but will "pique the interest of scouts looking for an intriguing developmental athlete down the road," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last October.
Jul 7 - 5:32 PM

Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams has been approved to begin graduate classes at Oregon.

Adams has been admitted and is eligible to enroll, though he hasn't filled out all the paperwork to make his enrollment official just yet. That's expected to be a formality. Once it's completed, Adams will join the competition to replace Marcus Mariota.
Jul 7 - 5:11 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Ohio State senior T Taylor Decker as the best senior offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

"I thought Decker could have landed in Round 1 in the 2015 draft, but he'll be back to anchor what should be a dominant offensive line," Kiper wrote. Spencer Drango of the Baylor Bears checked in at No. 2 in the rankings. "Drango is going to be remarkably seasoned by the time the draft arrives; if he stays healthy this season, he'll have started over 50 games in his collegiate career," he wrote.
Jul 7 - 4:56 PM

Last year, Georgia Tech junior QB Justin Thomas "developed into a star as a perfect fit for Paul Johnson's option attack," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Thomas (5-foot-11, 189 pounds) had 190 carries for 1,086 yards last season and threw for 1,719 yards with a 18/6 TD/INT rate. "As always, the passing game revolved around downfield throws to complement the option game, which is why he averaged 9.2 yards per attempt with a 51.3 percent completion rate," Brown wrote. "Thomas also played some of his best football against quality defenses, with over 100 rushing yards vs. Virginia Tech, Florida State and Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl." The expert grades Thomas as the No. 11 quarterback in the NCAA.
Jul 7 - 4:41 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as the No. 1 senior receiving prospect in the country for the 2016 NFL draft.

The key word there is "senior," as studs like Laquon Treadwell and Tyler Boyd are on the underclassmen list. Still, this is a great honor for Duke, who edged out such prospects as Josh Doctson, Nelson Spruce and Leonte Carroo. "Not nearly as raw a route runner as you might expect in his first SEC season coming out of junior college, Williams was moved around and was able to win with strong hands and a big frame he uses to keep defenders away from the ball," Kiper wrote. "If he cleans up the drops, there's first-round potential."
Jul 7 - 4:12 PM



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