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Florida State hired Miami WR coach Ron Dugans for the same position.

Dugans met with FSU HC Willie Taggart a few weeks ago, and they finally worked out an agreement to head north to Florida State. Before his coaching career started, Dugans was a third-round NFL pick as a receiver after a successful collegiate career with the Seminoles.
Jan 20 - 4:42 PM

Alabama is expected to hire Mississippi State RB coach Charles Huff for the same position

Huff may end up as Alabama's co-offensive coordinator as well, but nothing is official. At Mississippi State, Huff led an offense that had five players who averaged over 5.0 yards per carry. Before accomplishing that, Huff was an important part of Saquon Barkley's development and success at Penn State, so it's a quality hire for Nick Saban. But that shouldn't surprise anyone.
Jan 20 - 4:38 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has dropped Oregon DE Jalen Jelks' draft grade down to the third-round.

At one point, Jelks (6'6/245) was a potential first-rounder but his length and quickness never translated to levels analysts' anticipated. Potential first-round lineman Andre Dillard "manhandled" Jelks in Oregon's matchup against Washington State in 2018, but Jelks may save his draft stock with big numbers at the NFL Combine.
Jan 20 - 4:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hands Delaware S Nasir Adderley a fifth-round grade.

There's been first-round buzz for Adderley (6'0/200), so it appears there's varying opinion about the small school prospect. The senior is currently considered the favorite to be the first small school player to be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, but it's expected to be a lot higher than Round 5. The Reese's Senior Bowl will provide Adderley NFL-caliber competition, something he didn't get often at Delaware.
Jan 20 - 3:59 PM

NC State hired Marshall special teams coordinator Todd Goebbel as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

Goebbel did a little bit of everything at Marshall, coaching tight ends and quarterbacks while also becoming the co-offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. He will be replacing coach Eddie Faulkner who recently took a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jan 20 - 3:45 PM

Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins given a third-round grade by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

It's the same grade as he was given entering the season, but there was a time when Jenkins (6'4/311) was considered a "slider" during the season. That was directly after trying to block Alabama's Quinnen Williams, who was nearly unblockable in 2018. Jenkins will look to answer some questions about his abilities at the Reese's Senior Bowl, where he's considered one of the better offensive linemen.
Jan 20 - 3:32 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Notre Dame RB Dexter Williams a sixth-round grade.

Williams (5'11/215) emerged as a big-play back for the Fighting Irish after serving an early-season four-game suspension. The senior averaged 6.3 yards on his 158 carries, scored seven 20+ yard touchdowns, and went for six on 5-of-19 red zone carries. An interesting prospect with some off-the-field concerns, Williams needs to have a positive Senior Bowl week to become more than a sixth-rounder.
Jan 20 - 3:20 PM

LSU redshirt senior QB Joe Burrow was spotted in a sling.

Burrow (6'4/216) played well in LSU's bowl win on New Year's Day, so this is likely a minor injury that won't affect his 2019 offseason at all. At least that's what The Advocate's Brooks Kubena is hearing from LSU staff. As a redshirt junior in 2018, Burrow passed for 2,894 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he began to show more upside later in the season. Burrow should surpass these stats in 2019, assuming he's healthy.
Jan 20 - 3:04 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Ohio State WR Terry McLaurin a UDFA grade.

McLaurin (6'1/205) was way more efficient and productive than this grade, but it seems to be close to the consensus among film analysts. As a redshirt senior, McLaurin averaged the most yards per target (16.7) among all FBS receivers with at least 40 targets, and he checked in above average in most other metrics as well. Of course, McLaurin got the privilege of playing with first-rounder Dwayne Haskins which inflates his stats but strong testing measurables could force analysts to dig deeper into McLaurin's tape.
Jan 20 - 2:57 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that NFL general managers and scouts believe 70 of the 100 players in the 2019 NFL Draft are defensive players.

The NFL considers this offensive class one of the worst "in a long time" and it's not surprising to walk away with this impression if you spend any time looking at analysts' big boards. A ton of the first-round prospects are defensive lineman, and there's not a lot of top-end talent at running back, among other offensive positions. Most draft analysts aren't impressed with the quarterback class either, so this could be a year where some teams stockpile picks in anticipation for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

NC State WR Kelvin Harmon averaged the third-most yards per route run (2.83) in the ACC.

Pro Football Focus only credits Clemson's Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins with more yards per route, leaving Harmon as the top declared receiver in the ACC according to this metric. As a junior, Harmon (6'3/214) picked up 1,065 yards on 72 receptions (14.8 YPC) and scored six touchdowns, which makes Harmon a "top 50 lock" according to The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard.
Source: PFF College
Jan 20 - 2:07 PM

Penn State redshirt senior TE Danny Dalton has transferred to Boston College.

A grad transfer, Dalton (6'4/251) will be eligible to play during the 2019 season, but he hasn't been a productive pass-catcher in his career -- Dalton only has three receptions. With Tommy Sweeney off to the NFL, Dalton will be competing for snaps after this June's graduation.
Jan 20 - 1:29 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler believes Washington State T Andre Dillard is "deserving of first-round consideration."

Dillard (6'5/310) currently sits as the No. 5 offensive tackle prospect on Brugler's top-10 positional rankings behind Jonah Williams, Cody Ford, Greg Little, and Jawaan Taylor. Dillard has tons of experience -- he's a redshirt senior -- and was largely responsible for pass protection in Mike Leach's pass-first offense. Currently sitting on the first-round and second-round borderline, Dillard's combine measurements will be key in his evaluation.
Jan 20 - 12:51 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler says "It shouldn’t surprise anyone when [UMass WR Andy Isabella] comes off the board much earlier than some of the bigger-name receiver prospects."

Brugler gives Isabella (5'10/190) credit for his "sudden speed" and ability to create before and after the catch. One of the top receivers based on their analytical profiles, Isabella recorded 705 yards on deep receptions in 2018, landing him "best deep-pass receiver" according to Pro Football Focus. The Day 2 prospect is a player to watch during the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Jan 20 - 12:46 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler says "some teams have sky-high grades" on Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown.

This isn't too surprising given the season he just had, but it sounds like Brown (5'10/166) has some Round 1 buzz. Brugler does note that some teams will be off Brown because of his size, but the speedster has drawn comparisons to DeSean Jackson. In 2018, Brown posted a huge 75-1318-10 receiving line and was a major reason why the Sooners and Kyler Murray had successful seasons. Brugler currently ranks D.K. Metcalf and Kelvin Harmon ahead of Brown.
Jan 20 - 12:16 PM

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