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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline urges readers to keep an eye on California senior S Michael Lowe.

The Bears obviously don't boast an embarrasment of future pro riches on their current roster, but Lowe is an exception. "Lowe is the only Cal senior who receives mention in scouting circles," Pauline writes. "Lowe is a legitimate NFL prospect and considering the number of late round safeties the program has put into the league, he’s one to watch." The free safety has "nice size," is "instinctive," takes "good angles" and is a "solid open field tackler," according to Pauline.
Jul 22 - 5:53 PM

If Notre Dame junior DT Sheldon Day can "put it all together" this fall, he could have "an early exit and high-round selection in his future," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Day played on the outside in the past two seasons with Louis Nix clogging up the middle. He's expected to shift inside in the Fighting Irish's 4-3 scheme this fall. "Day exhibits an explosive first step, strong hands, and nice closing burst, looking the part of a prototypical 3-technique prospect who has the natural talent to be an elite interior rusher," Stephens wrote. "If he can put it all together this year, an early exit and high-round selection may be in his future."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:24 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens notes that Notre Dame senior Austin Collinsworth boasts "good size, athleticism and improving instincts."

"Boasting good size, athleticism and improving instincts, the son of former All-Pro WR and now NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth rebounded from a season-ending shoulder injury suffered in the spring of 2012, to start 11 games for the Irish as a junior, posting 43 tackles and three interceptions," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety is also a "dynamic special teams contributor" earning Notre Dame's Special Teams Player of the Year award back in 2011. Collinsworth had a career-high 43 tackles, and had his first three career interceptions for the Irish in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:16 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Notre Dame junior CB KeiVarae Russell "may have the highest ceiling of any 2015 Notre Dame prospect."

Russell was an impact performer from the moment he stepped onto campus in 2012 as a true freshman, earning FBS All-Independent Team Honorable Mention honors twice. He was the first true freshman corner in Fighting Irish history to start an opener, and went on to post 51 total tackles (40 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery and eight pass break-ups as a true sophomore last year. "Has length, quickness and ball skills to be one of the ACCs top CBs this season and could consider early-entry with a strong junior campaign," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 5:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes EMU senior TE Tyreese Russell "looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL."

"Tyreese Russell has his moments on film and looks like a potential move tight end in the NFL. He lacks great size which means forty time will be critical moving towards the 2015 draft and to be honest Russell does not present himself as a vertical threat on film," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 238 pound Russell started all 12 games for the Eagles last season, leading the team in receiving yards with 594 ,while adding three touchdown receptions. The Eastern Michigan prospect earned All-MAC Second Team honors in 2013, and has been named to the 2014 John Mackey Award Watch List.
Jul 22 - 5:02 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison is a sleeper prospect who could break out in 2014, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The junior college transfer comes with outstanding size/speed numbers and large degree of athleticism," Pauline wrote. "He has the physical ability to line up as a three technique tackle or a two-gap end. Hardison showed brief flashes last season but must put it all together in 2015 to move up the radar." The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Jul 22 - 4:56 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes an "exceptional campaign" will push Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill into the top 45 picks of the 2015 draft.

Hill missed all of last season with a torn ACL. "Scouts eagerly anticipate the return of receiver Austin Hill," Pauline wrote. "They’ve stamped him as a second day draft pick based off his 2012 film, which I think is reasonable despite the fourth round grade I gave him. The health of his knee plus the speed and route running skills he displays this season will be the determining factor." Hill hauled in 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn All-Pac-12 Second Team honors in 2012.
Jul 22 - 4:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline writes that some believed he "lost all credibility" when rating Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong as a fourth-rounder.

It's unclear if Pauline is referring to scouts or NFL personnel men, or if he's meaning fans turned on him. Either way, he's far lower on Strong than most. "On film Strong presents himself as an averaged sized receiver with average speed and quickness," Pauline wrote. "And while he makes a few nice receptions what’s most disconcerting is the way he often loses out in battles and does not come away with contested passes." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect grabbed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns as a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer last year. "Big frame, easy adjust and looks to have huge mitts on tape," ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote of Strong last month.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

Notre Dame senior DE/OLB Ishaq Williams will be on the radars of NFL scouts if he can produce this season, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder runs a 4.87, so it's probably for the best that Notre Dame plans to move him from OLB to DE in 2014. "A limited but dependable contributor thus far with only one start in 35 career games due to a surplus of defensive studs in South Bend in recent years," Stephens wrote. "Williams is big, athletic, flashes natural ability as a rusher, and possesses impressive movement skills for his size. He makes the move to 4-3 DE from OLB now, and with the starting spot his for the taking, can he be disruptive enough as a senior to show up on the radar of NFL scouts?"
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 4:11 PM

If Notre Dame senior OG Christian Lombard can improve his consistency, he could be selected in the top half of the 2015 draft, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Lombard started every game in 2012 at right tackle and transitioned to right guard in 2013. "As a run-blocker, Lombard demonstrates nice initial quickness off the snap, and good awareness to identify, square up and explode into his target, and aims to finish each opponent into the turf," Stephens wrote. "In pass-protection, he exhibits a fluid kick-slide and possesses the length and strong hands to keep rushers at bay. He could improve his overall blocking technique though as he has a tendency to get high in the pads too often, enabling defenders to get into his chest plate and control him, and he fails to routinely extend his arms off the snap." The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder runs a 5.26 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:57 PM

LSU freshman DT Trey Lealaimatafao says he's recovering comfortably following a serious arm injury.

Lealaimatafao punched through a glass window in the Tigers' weight room following a fight with his girlfriend, cutting his arm down to the bone. We're happy to report amputation wasn't deemed necessary. The 6-foot, 300-pound, 17-year-old was a three-star recruit. "Hi everyone, I'm doing well," Lealaimatafao tweeted on Tuesday.
Jul 22 - 3:44 PM

Notre Dame redshirt senior DB Cody Riggs "could be a top-100 selection next spring," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

Riggs made 25 starts and appeared in 40 games for Florida before transferring to South Bend in February. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder spent three seasons at corner for the Gators before moving to safety last year -- a foot injury in 2012 allowed him to take a medical redshirt and make his move to Indiana a possibility. "Riggs may not be physically imposing in size, but he's a tough defender with surprising physicality, good instincts and explosiveness," Stephens wrote. "As a corner, he demonstrates the fluidity and strength to jam, flip and run from press, but also exhibits the quickness and agility to play off, or move inside and cover slot receivers. Add his safety experience to the mix, and you have one very versatile defender with the flexibility that defensive coordinators covet at the next level."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:21 PM

Notre Dame senior TE Ben Koyack is "one of the more well-rounded tight end prospects in the nation," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The Fighting Irish have been the NFL's tight end factory in recent years, churning out Kyle Rudolph (2011, 43rd overall), Tyler Eifert (2013, 21st) and Troy Niklas (2014, 52nd). Koyack (6-foot-5, 261 pounds), one of the country's top pass-catching TE recruits coming out of high school in Pennsylvania, will continue the tradition. "A thickly-built athlete who lined up primarily as a lead blocker in the running game both at H-back or fullback in 2013, Koyack demonstrates strength, flexibility and quickness at the point of attack, routinely sealing the edge or clearing the hole with leverage and physicality," Stephens wrote. "As a receiver, Koyack shows impressive burst off the line, is able to sink and accelerate out of cuts, and possesses superb arm length, coordination and soft hands to pluck the ball off his frame. He also exhibits a strong second gear after the catch and the athleticism to break down and make defenders miss in the open field."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:02 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline Ball State notes that senior RB Jahwan Edwards "has late round potential."

"Scouts feel running back Jahwan Edwards has late round potential as he comes with terrific size/speed numbers and surprising quickness for a bigger back. And while I like his skills, Edwards is still a little to inconsistent for me to be graded as seventh round pick at this point," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-10, 219 pound Edwards set the Cardinals career rushing touchdowns record (39) and the school's career total touchdowns record (39) as a Junior, and rushed for 1,110 yards and ranked 19th in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns. Look for the Cardinals to take advantage of Edwards rare combination of speed and strength, while relying on him to carry the load for the Cardinals offense. The Cardinals prospect only needs 697 rushing yards to set the Ball State career record.
Jul 22 - 2:33 PM
Kyle Pohl - QB - Zips

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Akron junior QB Kyle Pohl has "enough arm strength to play at the next level."

"He’s a well sized passer with enough arm strength to play at the next level. Pohl needs to improve his pass placement and cut down on the number of picks he tosses but definitely has late round potential if he continues to progress," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 213 pound Akron prospect threw for 2,438 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 10 INTs in 2013. After dealing with an ankle injury for most of last season, look for the fully healthy gunslinger to rebound nicely after a year under his belt, as the Zips starting quarterback.
Jul 22 - 1:36 PM



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