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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Northwestern RB Justin Jackson to the Buffalo Bills' Taiwan Jones.

Jackson (6'0/192) was a ludicrously productive back in college who rushed for 5,440 yards and 41 touchdowns with 122 catches over his career. "Jackson is a productive, durable runner with the foot quickness and agility to make defenders miss on all levels of the field, but has a thin frame that could turn some teams off," Zierlein wrote. "While Jackson carried a heavy workload in college, he's unlikely to find that opportunity in the pros. Jackson's elusiveness gives him a shot at a backup role, but he will need to improve as a third-down option." Jackson is a late-round favorite of Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom and Mark Lindquist. He tested in the 73rd percentile at the NFL Scouting Combine and has obvious receiving chops. He should develop into a quality committee back.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 5:35 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Colorado RB Phillip Lindsay to NFL RB Chris Thompson.

This is a compliment we can get on board with, because their style of player is very similiar. Both catch the ball out of the backfield exceptionally well, and despite being small of stature -- Lindsay measured at 5-foot-7, 184-pounds -- they are more effective runners between the tackles than you might anticipate. Zierlein projects Lindsay to go at the end of Day 3, and he could be great value there as a ready-to-play third-down back.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 5:32 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard reports that Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has been working out with Florida WR Antonio Callaway.

Brown reportedly has told some that he "sees some of himself" in Callaway, and that he's taken the talented wide receiver under his swing. Ledyard reports what many have; that Callaway's stock is very much in flux because of his off-field concerns. He does say that the Bengals, Colts and Jets have shown interest in the Day 3 range. We've seen the Bengals take chances on talents like Callaway before -- for better or for worse -- so we're not shocked to hear them attached to the volatile wideout.
Apr 24 - 5:25 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Miami (FL) RB Mark Walton should have stayed in school.

"He should have stayed in school," the scout said. "He’s not very good. Just kind of a one-speed guy and gets tackled easily. No elusiveness." Yikes. McGinn did get another quality report from another anonymous scout, saying that Walton has a "PHD in football" and that he's "explosive." Walton (5'10/202) appears to be one of the more divisive backs in this class. He could go anywhere from the end of the third to the end of Day 3.
Apr 24 - 5:14 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard writes that South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard could go in the second round on Friday.

Ledyard says that Ledyard has had 20 workouts this offseason, and some teams have even doubled up. Rotoworld's Josh Norris reported earlier this week that he's even had to say no to some teams because his schedule has been so busy. Ledyard "doubts" that he'll make it out of the top 100 picks, and that he could go as early as the second round. He's definitely a name to watch this weekend.
Apr 24 - 5:06 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Ohio State edge-rusher Tyquan Lewis to Oakland Raiders DE Tank Carradine.

Lewis flashed brilliance in his time with the Buckeyes, but it was often followed by moments of frustration and a lack of production. The same can be said of Carradine, so this seems like a fair comp. Zierlein notes he does a quality job of creating leverage and arc with his hips, and the 6-foot-3, 269-pound rusher plays with quality hand strength. He currently projects Lewis as a third-to-fourth round prospect, so he could go off the board late on Day 2 or early on Day 3, potentially.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 5:01 PM

An anonymous NFL scout says Colorado State WR Michael Gallup offers "excellent speed and deep separation."

"Thing I liked most about him was run after the catch," he added. "Blocking was the only thing I had against him." Bob McGinn Football ranked Gallup as WR9 in its fabulous draft series. "We had him in the (interview) room," said another scout. "He may have the best hands in the draft but he can only play one position." Gallup struggled with academics in college, and BGF noted that there's a slight concern he'll have issues grasping an NFL offense. "Inconsistent," a third scout said. "Has pretty high-end traits. Needs a lot of route technique work. He’s a little bit rigid but has the size, the speed, the production and the strength that you want." Gallup is likely to go in Round 2. We'd disagree with the third scout in that Gallup is just about a sure-thing when you get the ball in his vicinity. He didn't drop a single catchable pass within 20 yards of the LOS last year, an astonishing stat.
Apr 24 - 4:55 PM

An anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said he sees some of former Dolphins WR Chris Chambers in Oklahoma State WRs James Washington.

"He’s got a chance," said the scout. "I think I see Chris Chambers a little bit. I know he didn’t run as fast but he’s got good length (32 3/8-inch arms). He can track it. Plays faster than he ran. Good timing, leaping (vertical of 39). He’s not dynamic after the catch." Washington posted a ludicrous 226-4,472-39 line in college. "He’s a running back playing receiver," said a second scout. "He’s a little tight. Can’t run routes." A third scout was even more pessimistic. "In college, he used his body against a lot of people to get separation," het said. "He’s not going to do that. They’re going to cover him up … blanket him in the NFL. It won’t translate. He can be a No. 4, or maybe a No. 3 on a bad team." Washington (5'11/213) is projected to go off the board on Day 2.
Apr 24 - 4:49 PM

An NFC Director of Player Personnel says Maryland CB J.C. Jackson is "nothing special right now but he'll get better."

"He's going to be a cover-2 and cover-3 guy," he said. "Nothing special right now but he'll get better. Don't underestimate the way he handles press because teams value physical cornerbacks." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Jackson to Zach Bowman. "Jackson is a physical cornerback with quality size and an impressive ability to challenge and disrupt in press coverage," he wrote. "He doesn't have great long speed or short-area acceleration to match routes, but he's more than capable of handling bump-and-run coverage and all forms of zone. Jackson needs to improve his ball skills, but has eventual starting talent." Zierlein projects Jackson to go in Rounds 5 or 6. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks Jackson No. 145 overall -- an early fifth-round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 4:39 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said he prefers Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk over Calvin Ridley.

"He’s a winning-type player," the scout said. "Does something after the catch because he has a real strong build down low. He’s got really good quickness and can gain separation easily on the inside. I see him stepping in Day 1 as a No. 3 slot receiver and being that for the next six, seven years. I like Kirk over Ridley." The 5-foot-10, 201-pound Kirk posted a 234-2,856-26 line over three years in College Station with generally poor quarterback play. "He fits Tom Brady’s offense," another scout said. "He wants somebody that can get down 10, 12 yards quick and then be alert. He’s courageous and gets up the field." A third scout wasn't nearly as high on him: "He is a slot but he’s not special. He’s just not as dynamic as you had hoped. He’s really raw. Pretty good hands. I thought he’d be a little better after the catch."
Apr 24 - 4:16 PM

Fanrag's Jon Ledyard reports that he's hearing that Miami TE Chris Herndon has a "chance to go in Round 3."

As most do, Ledyard expects Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki and Hayden Hurst to be first three tight ends off board, probably followed by Ian Thomas. But he's been hearing late steam on Herndon as a potential late Day 2 pick. "Teams love his versatility/upside and he cleared medical re-checks in Indy," Ledyard tweeted. The analyst specifically tossed out the Ravens and Eagles as potential suitors. Herndon visited both the Ravens and Eagles during his pre-Draft process, so both make plenty of sense as potential destinations.
Apr 24 - 4:04 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban compares WR Calvin Ridley to Keenan McCardell "but probably with more speed."

"He reminds me of like Keenan McCardell but probably with more speed," said Saban. "He’ll make a lot of plays in the league." This is a pretty strong comp. McCardell was a very crafty route runner who came into the league with mediocre testing numbers (6'0/175 with a 4.55 forty and a vertical of 36 1/2). McCardell ranks No. 23 all-time in receptions (883), but he was never a dominant No. 1 receiver. Ridley (6'0/189), who likewise underwhelmed during the pre-Draft process, could be headed for the same career path.
Apr 24 - 3:50 PM

One anonymous NFL scout believes UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith "may have" been the best blocking wide receiver he saw in this class.

"He started off a little slow but he’s not a sleeper anymore," said the scout. "He ran like a scalded dog. He’ll catch in the middle and he will block. He may have been the best blocking wide receiver I saw. He’ll be there in the third day because nobody’s talking about him but will end up being a good, solid player." The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Smith has been compared to Tennessee Titans WR Taejae Sharpe by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Strong, physical," a second scout said. "He’s a windup speed guy. Excellent downfield blocker. They used him more as a possession receiver. He was not the primary. No. 5 (Dredrick Snelson) was. He’s a nice project." Smith tested in the 64th percentile of NFL wideouts during the pre-Draft process.
Apr 24 - 3:40 PM

One anonymous scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football panned Maryland WR D.J. Moore as "not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu."

Moore finished WR2 behind Calvin Ridley in McGinn's annual poll of NFL evaluators. "I didn’t think he’d run that well," said the scout of Moore's 4.42 40 time at the NFL Combine. "I thought he’d be 4.6. He’s a good little player. Good hands. I just thought he was really slow. You didn’t see a whole lot of quickness and speed. More of a third receiver, to be honest with you. Not nearly as good as Mohamed Sanu." Other scouts polled by McGinn were higher on the Terps star. "He earns your respect because he has excellent hands, he’s fast enough, he’s big enough and he’s a really good route runner," another scout said. "Plus, he doubles as an effective punt returner." Said a third: "He can go deep and catch over the shoulder. He’s really good at that. He will go over the middle and go get the football. He snatches it out of the air. Off the film he looks like a 6-2 or 6-3 kid."
Apr 24 - 3:24 PM

An NFL scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said that Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage "has a chance to be dynamic."

"But he’s got to prove it over the long haul that he can do it day in and day out from the standpoint of being tough," the scout said. "I could see somebody jumping up in the third round because the talent is there." The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder is one of the more athletic prospects at his position, but we have our questions about his vision and approach to the field. NDT Scouting's Kyle Crabbs has compared him to Vikings RB Latavius Murray.
Apr 24 - 3:00 PM



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