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Rutgers reinstated sophomore WR Ruhann Peele.

Peele was suspended in early November for the remainder of the campaign due to an assault charge from late August. He was arrested after it was alleged that he pulled the hair of a female and scratched her face. Peele finished fifth on the team with 28 catches for 478 yards in 2013.
Jan 31 - 8:25 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper grades Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason as the No. 6 OG.

"Mason is another riser and, like any player coming out of Georgia Tech, will just need to continue to show he can be an effective pass-blocker," Kiper wrote. Many believe that Mason is going to be shifted to center in the NFL due to his boxy frame. A USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was a dominant run blocker in the nation's No. 1 most efficient offense. Mason struggled in pass protection early in the week at the Senior Bowl, but showed improvement rapidly.
Jan 31 - 8:11 PM

Mississippi State junior CB Will Redmond "was certainly among the top five corners in this draft going into the draft process," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Redmond, of course, elected to return to school for his last season of eligibility. Had he entered, Redmond probably would have been no worse than a second-rounder, and may have snuck into latter stages of Round 1 in a weak CB class. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last month that Redmond could have been the second CB drafted if he had declared early. "I'd say late first or second round," an NFL scout said in the article. "He will be more of an off corner. I think he will run in the 4.3s."
Jan 31 - 7:57 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett catapulted to No. 4 on Mel Kiper's receiver rankings.

"The big mover here is Dorsett, who was arguably the best player at the Senior Bowl," Kiper wrote. "His explosiveness turned heads." The 5-foot-9 5/8, 183-pound Dorsett expects to run a 4.3 40-yard dash at the combine in February, though he told ESPN recently that his best forty time in training was 4.21, a time that would break Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 seconds. The burner said he molds his game after Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Ravens WR Steve Smith. NFL Media analysts also mention John Brown and T.Y. Hilton as comparisons. Dorsett ranks No. 32 on Todd McShay's Big Board.
Jan 31 - 7:42 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi as the No. 35 overall prospect.

"Ajayi is a very tough, physical runner with excellent production," Jeremiah wrote. "He is at his best on inside runs where his combination of vision, power and short area quickness is effective. On outside runs, he lacks elite speed to the perimeter, but he has the elusiveness to make defenders miss when he squares up to the line of scrimmage. He has soft hands out of the backfield but he needs to be more consistent in pass protection. Overall, I love this player's physical playing style and believe he could be a dependable starter at the next level." Ajayi ran for more than 1,800 yards this past season. The 6-foot, 216-pound Ajayi combines power with open field athleticism. This allows him to break contact or destroy tacklers' angles.
Jan 31 - 7:28 PM

Yale RB Tyler Varga jumped to No. 2 in Mel Kiper's FB rankings.

"Varga had a nice Senior Bowl week and lands here as he can handle several roles for an NFL team," Kiper wrote. "He can block, but the quickness is there to handle carries." The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, will likely have to make the NFL initially as a special teams demon. He will need to bulk up to function as a full-time fullback in the NFL, though he's a willing and skilled blocker already.
Jan 31 - 7:13 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold as the No. 24 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

"Harold lined up in both a two- and three-point stance on the edge for the Cavaliers," Jeremiah wrote. "He is a very active player who grows on you the more you study him. As a pass rusher, he is at his best when he has a runway to generate power versus offensive tackles. He has some snap in both his hips and hands to torque and unsettle blockers. As a run defender, he can lock out and set the edge as well as use his quick hands/feet to work an edge and disrupt. His overall effort is excellent. He is an ideal fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker." Harold is an athletic freak who is going to test like gangbusters at the Combine. We expect his stock to rise at that time. Harold "could be a major riser in the draft process," ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote last month.
Jan 31 - 6:55 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks UCF junior WR Breshad Perriman as the No. 5 receiver.

Kiper is higher on Perriman than anyone, now ranking the Golden Knight over more lauded prospects like Dorial Green-Beckham (Oklahoma), Jaelen Strong (Arizona St.), Sammie Coates (Auburn), Devin Smith (Ohio St.) and Jamison Crowder (Duke). TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last month that Perriman did not receive a Day 1 or 2 draft grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which means the group suggested he stay in school. Perriman drops balls he shouldn't, and his technique doesn't inspire, but he's a legit deep threat who forces safeties back, and he excels in contested situations, which the NFL will love. The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder finished the season with 50 catches for 1,044 yards (20.9 YPR average) and nine touchdowns.
Jan 31 - 6:40 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt underwent microscopic knee surgery earlier this month.

Uh oh. This is the same knee that had a torn ACL repaired last February. Even so, is Butt is not expected to miss spring practices. Butt missed three games between injury and suspension last season and finished with nine catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Butt was not a major part of Michigan's passing offense in 2014 with Devin Funchess around, but the former four-star recruit figures to be a popular breakout pick this summer. Head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s offenses at Stanford always made great use of the tight end.
Jan 31 - 6:25 PM

FSU senior C Cameron Erving ranks as Mel Kiper's No. 1 center.

"Erving just transitioned to center so exceptionally well, and also offers versatility to play virtually anywhere on the line, it's hard not to keep him there," Kiper said. "I do think he has a shot at Round 1, though I wouldn't expect it were the draft held tomorrow." Erving shifted to center in mid-November and showed extremely well. "Erving appeared natural there, and at 6-5, 313, he possess an outstanding combination of size and agility for the position," ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote. "In speaking with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett on the field prior to the ACC championship game, Trickett said that Erving's transition has been seamless, not only from a physical standpoint but mentally as well." The analyst added that Erving "has a good chance to come off the board somewhere in the early second-round mix."
Jan 31 - 5:57 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior LB Chi Chi Ariguzo participated in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

The three-year starter has a motor that doesn't quit, and he is capable of making plays sideline-to-sideline. Ariguzo "falls short in the area of computer numbers but on film he’s omnipresent," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. "Ariguzo will need a terrific pre-draft workout to push him into the late rounds but a number of teams feel he has the football skills to line up as an eight linebacker/special teams player on Sundays." The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder runs a 4.82 forty.
Jan 31 - 5:41 PM

UCLA redshirt senior edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa made his debut on Mel Kiper's DE rankings at No. 6.

It's a little surprising that he wasn't ranked before, but Kiper warmed quickly to the Bruins' prospect, ranking him behind only a group consisting of sure first-rounders (Leonard Williams, USC, Randy Gregory, Nebraska, Shane Ray, Missouri, Dante Fowler, Florida, and Arik Armstead, Oregon). TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Odighizuwa "should be in [the] 1st round conversation." The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is scheme versatile, and would fit comfortably in either a 4-3 or a 3-4. Rotoworld's Josh Norris wrote that Odighizuwa "has an awesome first snap but limited bend."
Jan 31 - 5:27 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes "ball security issues are going to dog [Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah] into the draft."

"While Abdullah performed well enough at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, I think ball security issues are going to dog him into the draft," Kiper wrote. The analyst ranks him as the No. 5 RB. Abdullah is also facing questions about his blocking. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder was named the Senior Bowl MVP after he rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving yards. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects him as a late-second round or early third-round pick.
Jan 31 - 5:13 PM

Texas A&M senior T Cedric Ogbuehi dropped to No. 6 on Mel Kiper's OT rankings.

"The unfortunate injury to Ogbuehi has hurt him a bit," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder suffered a torn ACL in the Aggies' victory versus West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Ogbuehi's stock was "crashing" following his torn ACL, though ESPN's Todd McShay only dropped Ogbuehi from No. 13 to No. 22 on his Big Board.
Jan 31 - 5:00 PM

Arizona S Tra’Mayne Bondurant played in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

Bondurant is only 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, but he played bigger as Arizona's "Spur" defender, a hybrid roving S/OLB in a 3-3-5 scheme. Bondurant's position versatility appeals to the NFL, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes. In addition to his Spur assignment, Bondurant is capable of playing slot corner. "Bondurant complements his athleticism with good awareness," wrote the analyst. "He's aggressive and isn't afraid to break on the ball in the hopes of creating a big play."
Jan 31 - 4:37 PM

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