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NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranks UCLA LB Myles Jack as the No. 2 overall prospect in the draft.

"Ultra athletic and can get to the rock from any position on the field," reads his scouting report. "Former running back with speed to run down crossing routes and head off running backs exploding around the corner. Adequate instincts with above average reaction off the snap. Races downhill after the snap and can weave from gap to gap with blazing lateral quickness." As for weaknesses, Jack's frame is a bit squatty and RB-like for a linebacker. He also has medical questions to answer after tearing his anterior meniscus in late September. Outside of that, everything is gravy. Zierlein comps Jack to NaVorro Bowman. "Upper echelon explosiveness with the desire, speed and aggression to find his way into play after play," he wrote. "While UCLA asked Jack to do a little bit of everything, an NFL team is more likely to simplify his tasks and set him into attack mode to maximize his outstanding physical traits." Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Jack No. 1.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 1:42 PM

Four-star WR Ryan Jones, the No. 213 prospect in the class of 2017 according to ESPN, committed to North Carolina last week.

Larry Fedora and staff curiously had a terrible 2016 recruiting class, but they've already netted four ESPN Jr300 verbal commitments. "Jones possesses good foot quickness for his size that results in quickly getting off the line leading to the ability to create separation against man coverage without possessing difference-making long speed," wrote Gerry Hamilton. "Jones is at his best after the catch with the ability to run through tacklers, and when the ball is in the air with a combination of balance, body control, leaping ability and strong hands to secure a contested ball while playing through contact." The analyst calls Jones' commitment a "strong one" and says its 90 percent assured of holding.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 1:28 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris grades North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

"Unafraid to throw to receivers in contested, one on one matchups downfield, giving them an opportunity to make a play on the ball," Norris wrote. "Displays great placement on sideline throws. Has plenty of arm to make the longest of throws. Can get 'stuck in the mud' at times with his base and can be hesitant to throw to receivers before their breaks, but also shows mobility when necessary." The analyst is speaking to Wentz's hyper-wide base, which sometimes makes the Bison star look like Bambi on ice skates. That foundation sometimes makes it difficult for Wentz to transition to scrambling while under fire.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 10 - 1:13 PM

Pro Football Focus graded FSU DB Jalen Ramsey as the best draft-eligible corner last season.

Ramsey predominantly played on the outside as a corner last year. He finished as PFF's No. 1 CB against the run by a wide margin and the No. 6 CB in terms of coverage. In all, he gave up 37 completions on 67 targets (55.2 percent) for 315 yards (8.5 per reception), yielding just one TD. Ramsey didn't have an interception, but broke up four passes. The site compares Ramsey's strength of defending deep routes to that of Richard Sherman. As for areas to work on, it could only feebly offer short area quickness and change of direction skills as non-elite aspects of Ramsey's game. "He strikes me as an Eric Berry type — a player that could play safety or corner in college — who can cover RBs and TEs out wide in the NFL, but would struggle lining up against Antonio Brown or Julio Jones on an island," Sam Monson wrote. "His work against the run and versatility to cover big bodies one-on-one makes him an elite safety prospect and a moveable chess piece on defense."
Feb 10 - 12:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper is a superior prospect to Braxton Miller.

Brugler admits he is likely higher on Cooper's game than most and considers him a top five receiver in the class. The South Carolina product has started to receiver more buzz as evaluators dive into junior tape. Cooper virtually carried the South Carolina passing game for a couple of seasons and was used both outside and inside, displaying skills in both spots. He's an explosive player who could see his early snaps inside.
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Alabama C Ryan Kelly is an all-pro talent and one of the best interior offensive linemen in the last five years.

The compliments do not get any higher. The interior class of the last five years includes Chance Warmack, David DeCastro, Brandon Scherff and Zack Martin, solely based on pre-draft opinion. It will be interesting to see how Kelly tests and measures at the Combine. he declined a Senior Bowl invitation. Kelly took over the anchor spot left by Barrett Jones in 2013 and started ever since.
Feb 10 - 9:47 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman re-emphasized his roster building philosophy by saying there are three truths, "You have run, you have to stop the run and you have to rush the passer."

The Panthers obviously can stop the run and run the ball, as well as rush the passer from the interior, but we doubt Gettleman is comfortable with the team's edge rushers, especially considering Charles Johnson and Jared Allen might not be on the roster next season. The 2016 NFL Draft is loaded with defensive tackles, so we would not be surprised to see a team copy Gettleman's strategy from a few years ago by selecting defensive linemen in the first and second rounds.
Feb 10 - 9:29 AM

Arizona State signed four-star RB Chase Lucas.

Washington, Arizona and Oregon State (among others) showed interest in Lucas before he signed his letter of intent with the Sun Devils. The 6-foot, 170-pounder's a native of Chandler, Arizona, and offers "a nice blend of size, speed and ball skills when projecting as a college all-purpose back," per ESPN 300's scouting report. He could also contribute on kick returns. While they're keen on his do-everything abilities, they "do not see load-back attributes." Adding weight with the Sun Devils could help him to weather a higher number of carries. Lucas is one of four ESPN 300 names Arizona State secured on National Signing Day. All four play on the offensive side of the ball.
Feb 10 - 12:00 AM

Baylor four-star CB Parrish Cobb "could compete to replace [draft-bound CB Xavien] Howard immediately," writes ESPN's Brandon Chatmon.

HC Art Briles has referred to Cobb as "exactly what we're looking for," so this isn't just Chatmon offering idle speculation. The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder out of Waco was actually committed to Oklahoma from August through February, but flipped over to his hometown Bears at the last moment. ESPN's scouting department notes that Cobb's "speed allows him to mirror on deep routes when in man. He can get over the top with his athleticism and his strength makes him effective when pressing." There's opportunity here if he can impress Briles and company in preseason practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 11:48 PM

Four-star high school junior DE Haskell Garrett committed to Ohio State.

Urban Meyer will have to wait a year for this one to come on home. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Garrett punches into the ESPN Junior 300 at No. 173. His marked the 10th commitment the Buckeyes have pulled in for the 2017 cycle, a fantastic number at this point in the process (though it's also a number that figures to remain fluid as commitments shift over the coming months). Garrett's suited up as an end for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, but ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that he's a likely defensive tackle at the collegiate level. Wrote Hamilton, "Garrett possesses very good natural and playing strength, along with the type of motor coaches covet. His ability to play with his eyes, recognize and quickly react and find the ball stand out."
Feb 9 - 11:36 PM

Of the 2,343 high school seniors to sign with FBS squads on National Signing Day, 1,192 hail from just eight states.

Those eight states would be Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. They accounted for the hometowns of a whopping 50.9% of all players to send in letters of intent on National Signing Day. A quick scan of the names there is all you need to know why the SEC has a built in advantage. They play in the backyards of these kids.
Feb 9 - 11:23 PM

LSU signed four-star TE Jamal Pettigrew.

Pettigrew (a New Orleans native) did log an official visit to Texas in December, but this was probably always Les Miles' recruit to lose. The 6-foot-6, 229-pounder "has very reliable hands and a long wingspan making tough catches look easy at times," according to Scout.com. He checks into the website as their No. 7 tight end in the 2016 class. While his offensive game already shows promise, they believe Pettigrew needs to continue to progress in his blocking and technique. ESPN 300 notes that he "relies heavily on toughness and effort at this point."
Source: scout.com
Feb 9 - 11:10 PM

Houston dismissed junior RB Javin Webb for a violation of team rules.

Webb was dismissed from the team in 2014 by former HC Tony Levine. After Tom Herman took over the Cougar ship, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior was given a second chance. He rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns during the 2015 campaign (good for fourth on the team in ground yardage), but he's run afoul with the rules once more and won't be returning. The university didn't offer specifics as to the exact reason for Webb's dismissal. His scholarship will come off the books after the spring semester. As for Webb's next move, that has not been made public as of yet.
Feb 9 - 10:58 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin notes that Harvard OL Anthony Fabiano is hoping to run the 40-yard dash under five seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In addition to Fabiano's hope to bust five seconds in the 40, he's also looking for a vertical leap of around 35 inches. He's currently recovering from surgery to repair a broken foot suffered seven games into the 2015 campaign. He also broke his hand in August. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder's played at both guard and tackle with the Crimson (earning All-Ivy League honorable mention for his work at right guard in 2014). He's a likely guard prospect for the next level, assuming he can keep his bones intact.
Feb 9 - 10:45 PM

Clemson four-star RB Tavien Feaster will undergo shoulder surgery.

Said HC Dabo Swinney of his potential lightning-bolt-in-a-bottle, "[Feaster] played with a little shoulder problem all year but will get surgery. It might put him behind a little bit but he will be OK." Swinney also made the comparison you should probably be ready to hear throughout the 5-foot-11, 202-pounder's collegiate career. "Didn’t know if I’d ever see another guy like C.J. Spiller but he’s about as close as any I’ve seen."
Source: Tiger Net
Feb 9 - 10:33 PM



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