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Oregon senior S Erick Dargan "plays fast and controlled with the footwork to hold up in coverage and range to make plays at either sideline," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He plays fast and controlled with the footwork to hold up in coverage and range to make plays at either sideline. Dargan can be a missile against the run as well, striking through his target and using his strong hands to finish the tackles," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Dargan covers sideline-to-sideline and is a heady player not prone to mental mistakes. Dargan lead the team in total tackles (82) and interceptions (7) last season. Brugler notes that Dargan "has the ballskills to make plays facing the action and can compete on special teams while fighting for a playing time on defense."
Jan 30 - 4:19 PM

Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond "is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Cornerback Trae Waynes, who might be the first corner drafted in April, gets most of the attention in the Spartans’ secondary. But Drummond is the defensive back getting defenders lined up and covering every inch of the field. He is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond, was a three-year starter and the Spartans' co-captain was also one of the leading tacklers for the team this season. Brugler observes that when the play is in front of Drummond, "he can diagnose and attack, but when the ball gets behind him and he’s forced to turn his back to the line of scrimmage, Drummond struggles to get his head turned and locate the ball."
Jan 30 - 4:04 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Louisville S Gerod Holliman is "highly inconsistent vs. the run, struggling to square up his target and finish."

"Holliman is highly inconsistent vs. the run, struggling to square up his target and finish. His lean-muscled build limits his growth potential to bulk up and get stronger, but he can improve his technique and will need to if he hopes to start in the NFL," Brugler wrote. It's been said, that Holliman dealt with a shoulder injury in the past, as he definitely favors one side when attempting tackles. The Louisville prospect led all of college football with 14 interceptions last year. Brugler adds that Holliman "certainly has ballhawk tendencies with the instincts to read and break on the ball with excellent timing, quickness and finishing ability."
Jan 30 - 3:42 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama junior S Landon Collins "is a heat-seeking missile as a run defender with explosive and accurate angles to be physical downhill."

"Collins is a heat-seeking missile as a run defender with explosive and accurate angles to be physical downhill, using terrific tackling technique to break down, wrap and finish in space. He is rangy in pass coverage, but lacks a natural feel in pass coverage and gets caught with his eyes to be in the wrong place, causing him to be late recognizing vertical assignments, Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 215-pound Collins led the Crimson Tide with 103 tackles and three interceptions, and also had 10 passes defended and 4.5 tackles for loss this season. Brugler notes that Collins is "a possible top-15 pick" in this years draft.
Jan 30 - 3:28 PM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes that Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley is a possibility as an "OLB fit, who can provide pass rush" for the Atlanta Falcons.

"When you’re picking that early and you have a quarterback in Matt Ryan, you have to get an impact player at either offensive tackle or a pass rusher, and that’s just my opinion," McShay said via conference call. "If it works out that way, I think with a pass rusher, you have a much better shot than an offensive tackle, because I just don’t know that there is an elite offensive tackle in this class." The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Beasley finished another outstanding season with 11 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Beasley to former first-round pick Jerry Hughes. Beasley himself is a projected first-rounder.
Jan 30 - 3:12 PM

South Carolina WR Shaq Roland will transfer to Prairie View A&M.

Roland left the Gamecocks prior to the school's bowl game, and many concluded he would enter the draft. instead, Roland will play one more season of collegiate football at the FCS level. From what we can find, Prairie View A&M has not produced a drafted player since 1980.
Jan 30 - 2:51 PM

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. could be a fit with the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick.

"They're going to wind up in a position to get a good player," McShay said via conference call. "If I'm them, I’m hoping that a Randy Gregory (Nebraska OLB) or a Shane Ray (Missouri DE) falls to them and they are able to get a player that’s a little bit more explosive, but (Florida Gators DE Dante) Fowler is a versatile defensive lineman, too." In his time at Florida, the 6-foot-3, 277-pound Fowler was allowed to freelance frequently, as he attacked from multiple angles and alignments. We think Fowler's best traits are his hand use, counter moves and ability to win on the outside or working back in. McShay believes Fowler "has one of the highest motors of any player," and notes that "he and Shane Ray are two guys that just never quit."
Jan 30 - 2:51 PM

Orlando Sentinel's Matt Murschel reports that Ohio State sophomore RB Ezekiel Elliott is the early favorite among the preseason Heisman Trophy contenders, according to an online oddsmaker.

"Elliott, who was named the most valuable player of the National Championship Game after rushing for a record 246 yards and four touchdowns, comes in as a 6/1 favorite in the first Heisman odds of the season put out by Bovada, Murschel wrote. The 6-foot, 225-pound RB had a tremendous season for the Buckeyes, rushing for 1,878 yards with 18 touchdowns. The Ohio State prospect has a chance to be the top back in the 2016 draft class, if he decides to declare next year.
Jan 30 - 2:36 PM

Auburn co-OC Dameyune Craig says the team will focus on "the pass game" more in 2014 with junior QB Jeremy Johnson starting.

"That means the ball will be spread out a little bit more than it has in the past," Craig said. "I think the receivers will prosper from Jeremy Johnson's emergence as quarterback next year." Johnson started the opening game of the season last year in place of Nick Marshall, throwing for 858 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in two seasons of backup duty. Johnson also sports a completion percentage over 70-percent.
Source: AL.com
Jan 30 - 2:29 PM

Athlon Sports' Steven Lassan expects Auburn sophomore QB Jeremy Johnson "to thrive in his first year as the starter for Auburn."

"The junior isn’t as dynamic of a runner as Marshall but has 40 rushing yards on 11 attempts in two seasons. Coming out of high school, Johnson was ranked as the No. 165 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was regarded as a four-star recruit. Malzahn’s offense is adaptable to mobile quarterbacks or pro-style passers. Expect Johnson to thrive in his first year as the starter for Auburn," Lassan wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Johnson has completed 57 of 78 passes for 858 yards and nine touchdowns, in his two-year career at Auburn.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 30 - 2:23 PM

Michigan senior QB Russell Bellomy will transfer this spring after graduation.

Bellomy only has 23 attempts on his career, completing four along with throwing four interceptions. He to his ACL in this spring of 2013. Bellomy is from Texas.
Jan 30 - 2:19 PM

Athlon Sports' Steven Lassan believes Alabama sophomore WR Cameron Sims "figures to be an even bigger part of the Crimson Tides' receiving corps next year.

"He was listed as the backup to Cooper at the "X" receiver position, and the 6-foot-4 Louisiana native figures to be an even bigger part of the receiving corps next season for coordinator Lane Kiffin," Lassan wrote. The former four-star recruit caught seven receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown, during his true freshman campaign for Alabama. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Sims was regarded as the No. 84 prospect in the 2014 signing class.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 30 - 2:15 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims "is a terrific athlete but proved he's not a great passer" at the Senior Bowl, observed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"His accuracy was questionable all week as were many of his reads and decisions," Pauline wrote. "Sims was effective rolling outside the pocket then throwing on the move and showed ability picking up yardage with his feet. Teams must now decide if he's worth developing at quarterback or whether Sims revert back to his original position of running back." Interestingly, Sims recently told AL.com that he might be amenable to a position switch at some point. At the moment, however, Sims wants to stay behind center and told a reporter at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback." Pauline clearly disagrees.
Jan 29 - 10:15 PM

Eastern Washington released a statement Thursday that said "[i]n the current situation that has arisen recently, we have granted the ability for our student-athlete [senior QB Vernon Adams] to explore what opportunities may exist."

The statement doesn't mention Adams by name, though the school is addressing Wednesday's widespread news that it had released Adams to transfer and the star QB was preparing to visit Oregon this weekend. Adams, a two-time Walter Payton Award finalist, has thrown for 10,438 yards and 110 scores already in his three-season career. "When we recruit, retain and develop student-athletes, we first and foremost ask them to earn their college degree," a portion of EW's statement read. "Should they achieve that and have opportunities — whether based on current NCAA transfer rules or potentially in a professional setting — we do our best to try and support them in what is in the best interest of their future. Our desire is also for our student-athletes to complete their eligibility at Eastern, given the education, investment and support that our University community, athletic department and coaching staffs have provided them." Adams is set to graduate this spring.
Jan 29 - 10:03 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts praised Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio after Senior Bowl practices and "many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice."

"Kouandjio battled hard during [last] Thursday's practice and won out on just about every snap he took," Pauline wrote. "He blocked with great fundamentals, showed a lot of strength in his game and controlled opponents on the line of scrimmage. Scouts praised Kouandjio after practice as many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential. The Crimson Tide prospect started every game at LG for Alabama the past two seasons.
Jan 29 - 9:49 PM



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