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Minnesota senior ILB Damien Wilson "put his name on the check list of NFL scouts" last season, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, but is "no shoo-in to be drafted."

"Wilson diagnoses the action quickly and attacks downhill with a thumping attitude, welcoming contact with pop. He has some tightness in his hips, but moves well for his size and never quits in his pursuit of the ball," Brugler wrote. Wilson, who started his career at Alcorn State before playing at the juco ranks, broke out last season after transferring to Minnesota, finishing second on the squad with 78 tackles, 5.5 for loss (one sack). "Like most inside linebackers, Wilson can get hung up on blocks and has trouble working through the trash and needs to show improvement with his reach to disengage and make a play on the ball," Brugler wrote. "He won't avoid contact and plays with the physical presence needed at the position, bringing his hips and momentum with him on tackle attempts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:59 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook is "very capable" of breaking the Spartans' stretch of not having a top-40 drafted quarterback, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

MSU hasn't had a QB drafted in the top 40 during the Super Bowl era. "He is a good-sized athlete for the position with enough mobility to handle the high volume of rollouts and bootlegs in the Spartan's pro-style attack," Brugler wrote. "Cook has a quick set up and delivery with an easy release and top-shelf arm strength to make all the throws, displaying an arsenal of frozen ropes. He has functional downfield touch and controls his velocity well with fast eyes to see the field well on the move." Rotoworld projects the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder as a first-rounder in next spring's draft, though Cook needs to continue developing to make good on that projection. "Cook tends to ignore his footwork and lower half mechanics and with 58.7-percent completions, he has room to improve his ball placement, especially downfield," Brugler wrote. "He is too willing to throw off balance before his body and feet are set."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:38 PM

Minnesota coaches see "future high NFL draft pick" in redshirt junior OLB De'Vondre Campbell, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Campbell played with current Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at Hutchinson Community College earlier in his career. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder transferred to the Gophers and will compete for a starting role in 2014. His measurables are NFL-caliber, but he must become more consistent. "Considered a raw player, Campbell started three games last year as he became familiar with the Gophers scheme, finishing the 2013 season with 41 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss," Brugler wrote. "He has the look of a future NFL player with the athleticism and movement skills to cover a lot of ground. Campbell looked uncomfortable at times last year, especially against the run, but the coaches are impressed with his motivation and he is a player to keep tabs on this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:17 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Urban Meyer was "overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential" at Big Ten Media Days.

"I believe the Ohio State head coach was overselling Braxton Miller's pro potential at Big Ten Media Days. While the senior standout is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous playmakers in college football, he is not "close" (as Meyer suggested on Monday) to joining the ranks of the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class based on what I've seen from the Buckeyes' star over the past few years," Brooks wrote. Brooks also added that the Miller's "game isn't polished enough to thrust him into the conversation with Jameis Winston, Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and even Connor Cook as one of the top quarterbacks in the class." It's imperative that Miller develop during his final year under Meyer, to silence all his critics heading into next year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 5:34 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb is "pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006."

"While he is productive, durable and reliable, there isn't much on tape that separates Cobb from other backs. Not too long ago, Minnesota was churning out running backs to the NFL, most notably Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, and Cobb is pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006," Brugler wrote. Before 2013, The 5-foot-11, 229 pound Cobb only had 11 carries to his resume and just happened to lead the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season. Not only was Cobb the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he's now become one of the Big Ten's top running back prospects in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah "a better Andre Ellington."

"Abdullah reminds me of a better Andre Ellington. Few run harder at his size. Smart, controls his momentum in his cuts. Seems two steps ahead." The 5-foot-9, 190 pound Abdullah was one of college football's most dependable running backs in 2013. The Nebraska prospect carried the rock 281 times and still managed to average 6 yards a carry. Last season, Abdullah only had two games where he rushed for under 100 yards, and finished the season with 1,690 yards rushing and was Nebraska’s third-leading receiver with 26 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Abdullah and the running game to be the focal point of the offense with the graduation of QB Taylor Martinez.
Jul 29 - 3:54 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman ranks Ohio State OC Tom Herman as the No. 1 coordinator that is in line for a head coach job.

"Herman is brilliant (he actually is a MENSA member) but also a terrific communicator and well-respected by his peers," Feldman writes. Herman has worked under Mack Brown, Paul Rhoads and obviously Urban Meyer. His Buckeye offense has a good amount of talent heading into 2014, but his biggest test is continuing the development of Braxton Miller.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 29 - 2:37 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota will be eligible for the 2015 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl's twitter account proclaimed as much. Mariota is two credits shy of graduating, and is taking golf and yoga to complete his General Science degree this fall. The NFL has seemingly rewarded quarterbacks that attend the Senior Bowl in recent years (EJ Manuel over Geno Smith, Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo and Logan Thomas over Zach Mettenberger and AJ McCarron), but it is possible their evals could have been better regardless. The event is the first time for position coaches to get a look at that year's draft prospects.
Jul 29 - 1:47 PM

The NCAA has changed its ruling on Oklahoma State's APR score, and they will now avoid practice restrictions.

The NCAA had previously said Oklahoma State fell just below the APR limit of 930 to "pass" the penalty area. The school apparently found a football player from the 1990's who went back to school and recently graduated, taking them over the threshold. Oklahoma State has not disclosed the athlete's name.
Jul 29 - 1:36 PM

NC State HC Dave Doeren said QB transfer Jacoby Brissett was the team's best leader last season, despite the fact he was not eligible to play.

Brissett transferred out of Florida as a junior after it became clear Jeff Driskel would be the current and future starter for the Gators. Brissett, now as a redshirt junior, will be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback this season.
Jul 29 - 1:12 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer believes Maryland junior OW Stefon Diggs is "one of the best players in the country."

"I'm 110 percent," Diggs said when asked about the major leg injury he suffered last year. "They say when you break your leg you get a little taller and a little faster, and I got both, I think." Diggs will be labeled as one of the nation's best playmakers. We loved his long speed, but feel Diggs was a bit straight-linish in his play style.
Jul 29 - 12:00 PM

Four-star high school WR recruit John Burt has verbally committed to Texas.

On the surface this might not seem like news, since Texas lands four-star recruits all the time. However, Mack brown rarely recruited out of Florida, where Burt is from, so this could be a start to a pipeline. Charlie Strong has... strong ties to the sunshine state. Texas produces a wealth of talent, but adding Florida to the mix is a great combination.
Jul 29 - 11:35 AM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher reiterated his stance against college QBs seeking personal coaching from position "gurus."

"We've got good quarterback coaches," Fisher said. "My guys aren't going out there. I'll coach them. When they go to pro ball, they can do whatever they want. We'll coach our guys. I don't think it benefits you." Fisher is not alone in this opinion, as Auburn's Gus Malzahn shares the same stance. Our biggest issue with this is that college coaches have a limited number of hours they are allowed to spend with players during the offseason, so restricting their outside coaching might be limiting quarterbacks' practice reps. Fisher and Malzahn could be worried that their players will be taught something that goes against the team's mindset.
Source: USA Today
Jul 29 - 10:40 AM

CBS Sports Dane Brugler notes "as a sophomore, junior CB Trae Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller."

"As a sophomore, Waynes played like a young Kyle Fuller and if he can introduce more discipline to his game moving forward, he will have bright future in East Lansing and the NFL," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 178 pound Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2013, starting in all 14 games for the Spartans. As a first-time starter, Waynes finished with 3 interceptions and 8 passes defended, with 50 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. Now that CB Darqueze Dennard is off to the NFL, Waynes is now the top cornerback on the Spartan's roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior DE Shilique Calhoun "shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Calhoun isn't yet a polished product and his hand use needs coached up to improve his shed technique and rush ability, but he does a nice job using his length to jolt blockers. He shows a lot of promise as a future early draft pick if he can continue to develop as a junior," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound prospect recorded 7.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss last season, and was named the Smith-Brown Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, while receiving several All-American votes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 4:57 PM



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