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Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy tagged Georgia as the front-runner for uncommitted five-star 2018 S Tyreke Johnson.

Florida is also in play, here. If you're looking for potential darkhorse contenders, cast your eyes to the west, where UCLA, USC and Oregon are all intrigued to varying degrees, but this one looks like it will probably come down to Georgia or Florida. Johnson (6'1/177) ranks as Rivals' No. 12 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He's a silky smooth defender with strong ball-skills and does not shy away from playing wideouts without safety help.
Source: Rivals
Sep 22 - 3:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Colorado sophomore CB Isaiah Oliver is receiving mostly Day 2 grades at this juncture.

Pauline is particularly interested in seeing how Oliver fares over the next two games, calling the next two contests "key" to his draft evaluation. He will be facing off with Washington this coming weekend, with UCLA to follow the weekend after. Those will be the most high-powered offenses that Oliver and crew have faced to date.
Sep 22 - 2:43 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen said that he is hopeful that junior WR Chico McClatcher (undisclosed) will be able to play against Colorado on Saturday.

McClatcher (5'7/179) did not suit up for last weekend's win over Fresno State. Sounds like he will be something of a game-time decision for Saturday. The junior wideout has caught six passes for 84 yards in two games this season.
Sep 22 - 2:28 PM

Rivals analyst Rob Cassidy believes that LSU remains the front-runner to land the services of uncommitted five-star 2018 CB Patrick Surtain Jr..

Cassidy goes so far as to write that "[l]etting Surtain get away down the stretch would be a bad look (for the Tigers) at this point." As for who might potentially play spoiler in the race to land Rivals' No. 3 overall prospect, heavy-hitters Florida State, Alabama and Clemson are threats to swipe LSU's potential crown jewel. The Seminoles are probably in the best position behind the Tigers. On the field, Surtain (6'2/183) has the same kind of frame, quickness and general instinct as standout FSU CB Tavarus McFadden.
Source: Rivals
Sep 22 - 2:14 PM

Pitt redshirt junior FB George Aston (lower body) is in line to make his season-debut in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Aston (6'0/245) was laid low by a lower-body injury in preseason camp and has missed the first three games of the campaign. He showed a propensity for finding the end zone a year ago, scoring 10 touchdowns on 44 touches. Aston is also one of the top draft-eligible fullbacks in the country.
Sep 22 - 2:00 PM

Cincinnati senior RB Mike Boone (ankle) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Navy.

Boone is working through a left ankle injury suffered in a Week 2 loss to Michigan. He sat out against Miami (OH) last weekend. Gerrid Doaks and Michael Warren II filled in for him in that contest, but assuming Boone is back to full health (or close to it) the 5-foot-10, 201-pound senior should see the bulk of work against the Midshipmen on Saturday. Boone has rushed for 144 yards (4.6 YPC) and two touchdowns in two games this season.
Sep 22 - 1:47 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts believe Arizona State senior RB Kalen Ballage "could develop into a feature back at the next level."

"The biggest concern at this point is his pure speed, and it’s something to keep an eye on in predraft workouts," Pauline wrote. To that point, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham predicted over the summer that Ballage would run 4.4 or better in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine at 230-plus pounds. Ballage (6'3) is a notable physical freak. He's been clocked at 21.6 mph, boasts a 37-inch vertical jump, and can do the broad jump in just under 10 feet.
Sep 22 - 1:13 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo likens Georgia junior DT Trenton Thompson to Seattle Seahawks DT Jarran Reed.

Reed cashed in on his ability to stop the run in getting selected in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. Thompson has an "eerily similar on-field profile," according to Palazzolo, in that he can "both disrupt and finish." Thompson had 56 tackles, 9.5 TFL, five sacks and a pair of passes defended last year. "Neither Reed nor Thompson is known for their pass-rush skills, and Thompson will likely have to take a step forward in that department in order to move up draft boards," Palazzolo wrote. "But both players show elite run defending skills and that's what makes Thompson an intriguing prospect as he kicks off his junior season."
Source: ESPN
Sep 22 - 12:56 PM

UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez said junior RB Lexington Thomas will receive a bigger percentage of the team’s carries moving forward.

Thomas has ascended to the RB1 role now that his sophomore co-starter Charles Williams has been ruled out for the season due to an ankle injury. "He’ll probably end up getting more," Sanchez said. "In a perfect world, Chuck was probably going to get his 16 carries, Lexington was going to get his 12 and the other guys maybe five or six, because you’ve also got Armani [Rogers] carrying the ball. Now, you’re probably going to see Lexington going up to that 18-20 mark and those other guys are probably going to share another 15-16 carries." The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Thomas has already posted 341 yards and five touchdowns on 9.0 YPC. He's in line for a big season.
Sep 22 - 12:49 PM

San Diego State senior RB Rashaad Penny's NFL Draft stock is on the rise, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"Scouts like everything about his game: size, speed, tenacity and versatility," Pauline wrote. "The fact that he easily made the transition to feature ball carrier for SDSU this season after previously rotating behind Donnel Pumphrey is another positive in his favor." Speaking of Pumphrey, Senior Bowl Scouting Coordinator Patrick Woo reported earlier this month that his NFL scouting sources said Penny would've been selected over Pumphrey in the 2017 NFL Draft. "From where I sit right now, Penny’s week at the Senior Bowl -- assuming he attends -- will be a major factor in his final draft grade, but the arrow is pointing north on his draft stock," Pauline concluded. Through three games, Penny (5'11/200) leads the NCAA with an average of 196 rushing yards per contest.
Sep 22 - 12:37 PM

NC State senior edge rusher Bradley Chubb is comparable to Buffalo Bills DE Shaq Lawson, according to Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo.

Like Lawson at Clemson, Chubb is a run-first defender who is also strong as a pass-rusher. "Both Chubb and Lawson are bigger, power players who excel in the run game and don't bring the same kind of explosiveness as Harold Landry or Vic Beasley," Palazzolo wrote. "However, there's room in the league for this type of player, and Lawson heard his name called in the first round in 2016." Palazzolo believes Chubb could go in the same neighborhood. According to PFF, Chubb ranked No. 26 in the country with a 84.5 overall grade in 2016. He finished No. 34 with a 81.7 pass-rush grade and No. 13 with a 83.6 grade against the run.
Source: ESPN
Sep 22 - 12:22 PM

UNC redshirt junior WR Thomas Jackson (knee) will miss the remainder of the season.

Jackson suffered a meniscus injury in Saturday's win over Old Dominion. He had a 7-97-2 line through two-plus games this year after finishing with 17 catches for 186 yards and four touchdowns last season. With Jackson done and Rontavius Groves and Dazz Newsome both questionable for Saturday's game against Duke, look for Anthony Ratliff-Williams to be targeted more in the passing game.
Source: ACC Sports
Sep 22 - 11:50 AM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo compares Boston College senior edge rusher Harold Landry to Atlanta Falcons DE Vic Beasley.

According to PFF's metrics, Landry was better as a pass rusher and a better overall player last year than Beasley was in his final collegiate season at Clemson in 2014. Beasley led the NFL in sacks in 2016. "Both Landry and Beasley are explosive players who use their athleticism to challenge the edge against opposing offensive tackles, and therein lies their biggest similarity," Palazzolo wrote. Last year, Landry had a similar rate of pressures to the outside shoulder of opposing OTs as Beasley did in 2014. "Beasley did little by way of the bull rush and he has had to work on his inside counter moves, while Landry's scouting report will likely read the same come next April," Palazzolo wrote. "Like Beasley, Landry can diversify his skill set and improve against the run (Beasley graded at 79.8 in 2014, Landry at 80.2), but he'll also be in the first-round mix as he has 10-sack potential at the next level."
Source: ESPN
Sep 22 - 11:31 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "most" west coast scouts believe Washington junior T Trey Adams is a "lock" first-round prospect.

Scouts are intrigued, Pauline writes, by Adams' "size, ability in pass protection and future potential." The 6-foot-8, 320-pound Adams struggled in the opener against Rutgers but has since gotten back on track. "No one has told me Adams is perceived as a can’t-miss left tackle, but all agree he will be a starter somewhere at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The expectations from those close to the situation is Adams will enter the draft off a good campaign." Adams ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's first Big Board.
Sep 22 - 11:10 AM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo compared Michigan redshirt senior DT Maurice Hurst to Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett.

Hurst has Jarrett to thank for helping to overthrow the NFL's deep bias against undersized defensive tackles. Jarrett was one of the nation's best defenders in 2014, his last season at Clemson, but he fell to the fifth round in the 2015 draft. The Falcons have been richly rewarded for their investment. The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Hurst is similar in size to the 6-foot, 290-pound Jarrett. He's also had comparable production in college. "When [Hurst is] on the field, he's as disruptive as any interior defensive lineman in the nation," Palazzolo wrote. "Hurst's 85.4 pass-rush grade is right there with Jarrett's 84.7 mark in 2014, and given the success of Jarrett, the Los Angeles Rams' Aaron Donald, the Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels and other undersized defensive tackles, Hurst's skill set hopefully will not go overlooked come draft time next April."
Source: ESPN
Sep 22 - 10:53 AM



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