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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt is confident TCU LB Paul Dawson "can overcome his lack of speed and athletic ability to be effective at the next level."

"Still, he was such a competitive overachiever as a Horned Frog that I'm confident he can overcome his lack of speed and athletic ability to be effective at the next level," Brandt wrote. The TCU prospect was super productive for the Horned Frogs in 2014, averaging a tackle every 5.3 snaps. The 6-foot, 235-pound Dawson recorded 136 tackles (20 TFLs), six sacks, four interceptions and nine total pass break-ups. Brandt mentioned that Dawson reminded him of LB Brandon Spikes, "who produced at Florida, struggled in the pre-draft period, then proved to be a solid pro."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 4:05 PM

CBS Sports' NFL Insider Pat Kirwan mentioned that he wouldn't be "surprised" if UCLA QB Brett Hundley "goes in the bottom of the first round."

"Just interviewed Brett Hundley...don't be surprised if he goes in the bottom of the first round," Kirwan tweeted. The UCLA prospect's stock has started to rise a bit, since the combine. With evaluators having a hard time agreeing on who the third QB in this draft is, Hundley seems to have and edge on the other prospects not named Winston or Mariota. The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Hundley as of late. With Oregon QB Marcus Mariota most likely out of reach for the Eagles, Hundley offers Chip Kelly a prospect with a ton of athleticism who is familiar with his system.
Feb 27 - 3:39 PM

Chicago Tribune's Matt Bowen believes Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs could be an option for the Chicago Bears and could "compete for a roll as a nickel or dime defender in Fangio's system."

"Diggs projects as a core special teams player who should produce on coverage units, and I think he can compete for a roll as a nickel or dime defender in Fangio's system. One of my favorite players from the Senior Bowl, the Texas product can contribute to a Bears secondary that needs to get younger and more athletic as a mid- to late-round selection," Bowen wrote. Although Diggs lacks the ideal size at the next level, the Texas prospect shows great instincts and isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. The four-year starter played in 80 percent of the snaps in his career at Texas.
Feb 27 - 3:17 PM

The NFL will consider making changes to the drills prospects go through at the NFL Combine, according to Matt Birk.

"Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be important to know how fast a wide receiver or defensive back can go 60 yards. Maybe for an offensive lineman it's only 20 yards," Birk said. "We run the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. Why? The only reason anyone can ever give you is, that's how it's always been done." That is the point though, Mr. Birk, to compare the trends in results across years and even decades. Each prospect is a blip, and data is added each year. These Combine results have been effectively used by the Seahawks and many other teams. This might punish those teams even though the goal is to help create a better experience. As Zach Whitman put it, continuing to run the 40 would preserve past data.
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 3:14 PM

On NFL AM, UCLA LB Eric Kendricks mentioned that he models his game after 49er's great LB Patrick Willis.

"I watched a lot of Patrick Willis film in college, especially. My sophomore year when I took on the middle linebacker position and I needed help in certain areas, I would kind of throw his film on and watch a (few) cut-ups and see how he pursued the ball," Kendricks said on "NFL AM" Friday. "I think it's awesome how he plays the game. I try to emulate him to a certain extent, but also use my own style." The 6-foot, 230-pound Butkus Award winner was highly productive in 2014, recording 139 tackles. The UCLA prospect lead the team in tackles in both 2012 (150) and 2013 (105).
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 3:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Georgia RB Todd Gurley going to the Seattle Seahawks at No.31, and believes he could be "Marshawn Lynch's understudy or replacement."

"Pete Carroll could fall in love with the prospect of adding Gurley to the Seahawks' backfield as Marshawn Lynch's understudy or replacement," Brooks wrote. The Georgia prospect is currently recovering from ACL surgery, and when he's back to 100 percent, he offers the Seahawks a physical three-down back to take the thrown. If the Seahawks' brass can't sign Lynch or if he retires, the Georgia prospect could potentially ease the pain of losing Lynch.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:42 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III could land with the Dallas Cowboys at No.27 and thinks he "would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent."

The Cowboys' offensive line will help an explosive runner like Gordon churn out 1,200 yards annually. The ex-Badger would be a nice replacement if Demarco Murray leaves as a free agent," Brooks wrote. The Wisconsin RB did get a chance to meet with the Dallas Cowboys at the combine, and has a good relationship with Jerry Jones. If the Cowbpys are looking for a back to step right in and be a work horse, Gordon III gives Dallas a solid option. In his last two seasons at Wisconsin, he racked up a whopping 549 carries, while averaging 7.5 yards a carry.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:27 PM

One AFC scout noted "in theory" Clemson LB Stephone Anthony Combine performance "changes his scouting report from a two-down guy to a possible three-down linebacker."

Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, 1.57 10 yard split, 37" vertical, 10'2" broad jump, 7.07 3-cone and 4.03 20 yard short shuttle. That is outstanding. Our issue, Anthony does not play even close to that speed due to the angles he takes when facing lineman and trash at the second level. He makes himself look like a much lesser athlete.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 11:06 AM

One NFL scout told the MMQB's Robert Klemko that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota "did much better on the board than expected."

"His football IQ was surprisingly good," the scout said. Expectations can lead to disappointment or surprise in a positive way. One question is why would Mariota performing well in this area be a surprise? He ran his offense at Oregon masterfully and displayed understanding and traits that transcended play calls. The whole "pro style" system has so much grey area to it, as there is more overlap in the NFL now than in recent memory. Fit schemes to the top talents on the team instead of being a stubborn coach stuck in your ways.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 27 - 10:04 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word the Titans and Jaguars have shown "a lot of interest" in Missouri Shane Ray.

It makes sense. Ray missed Combine due to an injury, and teams will have extra homework to do because of it. Still, the spectrum of his projection will be more clear after his pro day workout. Ray could easily be a top 10 pick.
Feb 27 - 9:53 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota climbed five spots in Daniel Jeremiah's latest rankings and now sits at No. 7.

Jeremiah also mock Mariota to the Rams in his latest projection of the first 32 picks, saying "The Rams can't rely on Sam Bradford to stay healthy, and Mariota would be a great fit with their current offensive personnel." We must say it: Mariota does not receive enough credit for his foundation quarterback traits of poise, patience, movement inside of structure and eye level in the face of pressure.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 9:12 AM

Stanford T Andrus Peat reminds Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar of D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Joe Thomas.

"There are times when Peat absolutely kills it on his tape—at 6'7'' and 313 pounds, he has the range and athleticism to dominate enemy defenders at the highest level," Farrar wrote. "Once he gets his feet set and his arms up in pass protection, it's all over. But I do question Peat's ability to run-block consistently, and while I would never question his 'finisher's mentality' as some have done, there are times when I would like to see a little more nastiness from him. And it may be easier to get better and more technique than it is to develop that hard-ass edge. I could be wrong about Peat, and I do love his tape overall, but I'd hesitate on picking him unless I was sure that he was going to bring that attitude to my team." Interestingly, Peat has become perhaps the draft's most divisive tackle. Curious, that, as he's one of the only elite OT prospects who evaluators are certain can remain at left tackle.
Feb 26 - 11:57 PM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks believes Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham "has the ability to develop into a Plaxico Burress-type playmaker as a pro."

"Green-Beckham's immense talent and potential will lead several teams to overlook his character issues on draft day," Brooks wrote. The analyst is undoubtedly right, though some teams will refuse to draft him based on those concerns. Earlier this week, for example, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome announced he won't select any player with a domestic-abuse background.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 26 - 11:39 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White reminds Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar of Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald.

"White's college tape ... showed over and over that while he doesn't yet run a full route tree, he's got the speed to beat defenders downfield, the vertical ability to make contested catches and should be a real threat in the NFL," Farrar wrote. "Still, some questioned White's separation ability, and whether he was a true No. 1 receiver ... or simply a guy who benefited from West Virginia's wide-open offense. One 4.35 40-yard dash later, and after he looked spectacular in the receiver drills, White showed me that he's more route-savvy and quicker in short spaces than I imagined." The analyst believes White could be a top-five pick. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Feb 26 - 11:21 PM

TCU redshirt junior QB Trevone Boykin will undergo surgery in April to repair a fractured wrist.

Before Horned Frogs fans keel over, we should be clear on two things: Surgery will repair the injury to Boykin's left (non-throwing) wrist that he sustained in October, and the fracture is being described as small. He didn't miss a snap because of the injury, though he will miss a portion of spring practices while rehabbing, a process that is expected to take five weeks. Boykin, fortunately, is expected be 100 percent by voluntary summer workouts.
Feb 26 - 11:05 PM



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