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Pro Football Focus is concerned that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' 20-yard shuttle (4.39 seconds) was slower than his 40 time (4.31).

That occurrence is such an anomaly that the group couldn't recall seeing it before. "That poor change-of-direction ability was evident on tape, and is a problem at a position where change of direction is vital," wrote Mike Renner. PFF is also troubled that a corner with such great recovery speed (thus not having to worry about getting burned deep) was so average on intermediate routes, only breaking up three passes on 59 targets. Waynes' yards per coverage snap allowed was average (1.04) and he struggled against Oregon, allowing 113 yards and a score on seven targets.
Apr 26 - 6:25 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU C Cameron Erving's "upside is huge" at center.

"That line didn't block well until they moved him," the scout said. "It cleaned up so much inside. He's not a 320-pound mauling center but he gets after you. He's such a good athlete and is extremely smart. Great kid." Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside. But is Erving (6-foot-5, 314 pounds), who would become the NFL's tallest center, too tall for the position? "I think he's too tall for center," a second scout said. "He's got stiff ankles and plays too small. He smothers college players, but if anyone works his edges he's not great laterally. I don't see it." A third scout disagreed with that analysis. "It (height) hasn't been a problem," he said. "His arms (34 1/8) are so long, he just locks those guys out. He just gets on the nose (tackle). Guard may be his best position. He could start at three positions."
Apr 26 - 6:09 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock explained on Thursday why he ranks Oregon QB Marcus Mariota No. 1 on his position rankings.

The analyst is a bit spooked after missing on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel prior to last year's NFL draft ("I have to put my hand up and say I missed that last year with Manziel, and I'm upset with myself," Mayock said.) and vows not to ignore character concerns again. "I've got (Marcus) Mariota one, because I believe in Mariota, but the other piece of that is, with Jameis Winston I've got trust issues both on and off the field. Do I trust him with the football on the field, given the way he turned the ball over, especially this year with 18 interceptions? It could have been 40 very easily," Mayock said. "Can I trust him with the ball, which is the most important thing during an NFL game. And two, can I trust him off the field? To me, those red flags are significant enough that my answer is, I would go the other way with Mariota."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 5:55 PM

Kansas State C B.J. Finney "has some athletic limitations, but I like his wrestling background," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Just a tough, gritty player. Centers nowadays really don't have to be special athletically," he said. Some evaluators think Finney would be a perfect fit in a zone-blocking scheme because of his aforementioned movement limitations. Finney boasts good size (6-foot-3 1/2, 315 pounds) and smarts, but he could stand to get stronger.
Apr 26 - 5:41 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay proclaims that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks "is the best cover linebacker in this draft."

The analyst ranks Kendricks No. 27 overall. "He covers a lot of ground in zone, and does a good job of holding up in man. He's also a playmaker versus the run," McShay wrote. "He lacks ideal size and power for the position, but he makes up for it with his quickness, instincts and tackling ability." Kendricks (6-foot 1/8, 235 pounds) posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical and 10-feet-4 broad jump at the combine. "He plays really fast but is almost always under control, and he always seems to be around the ball and making plays," McShay wrote. "We have an early second-round grade on him and ranked him as the No. 1 inside linebacker in this draft class, and it wouldn't surprise me if he sneaked into the first round."
Apr 26 - 5:26 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said he won't give FSU QB Jameis Winston the benefit of the doubt this year after making that mistake with Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel prior to last year's NFL draft.

"I have to put my hand up and say I missed that last year with Manziel, and I'm upset with myself," Mayock said Thursday. Mayock ranks Marcus Mariota No. 1 in his QB rankings. "When kids have significant red flags, how often do they change? My perception and my experience is, plus or minus, 90 percent of the time, a kid ultimately turns into who he's always been," Mayock said. "When you get a repeated pattern of bad decisions, you might be on your best behavior leading up to the draft, you've got all kinds of people around you telling you what to say and how to act. But once you get comfortable, whether it's one year in, two years in, three years in, once you get comfortable again in the NFL and you get paid, typically that kid goes back to being who he always was."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 5:12 PM

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus advises teams looking for a safety to "wait until the Day 2 range and grab" Louisville S James Sample instead of "some of the higher-ranked prospects at the position."

"A well-rounded defensive back who didn't shy away from run support, he did his best work in coverage, tying for sixth in this draft class by allowing a reception just once every 31.1 snaps in coverage," McGuinness wrote. Sample started just one year in college and he was nearly hidden in Gerod Holliman's shadow, but it turned out that quite the prospect was being obstructed (until scouts went back and studied the tape). "He showed quick decision-making to match his solid overall athleticism," McGuinness wrote. "He's not the fastest safety in the class, but his speed isn't an issue, either, and he's more than adequate as a tackler."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 4:54 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock expects Washington CB Marcus Peters to slide, but not by much, due to character concerns.

The analyst indicated that Peters would have been a top 15-18 pick without those issues, but should be taken between picks 20-32 even with them. This sounds about right to us. In a competition for Round 1 positioning with Trae Waynes, Kevin Johnson and Byron Jones, character concerns may have dropped him a peg or two, but a pass-happy league can't allow a corner as talented as Peters to slide out of Day 1.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 4:40 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner writes that Iowa OL Brandon Scherff "could possibly be a fantastic guard, it's just that if you plug him in at left tackle next season you'll be sorely disappointed."

"It's difficult to see the Outland Trophy winner ever being an effective pass protector on the edge," Renner wrote. "Scherff wasn't close to the top of our tackle rankings, even after facing a fairly weak slate of edge rushers in the Big Ten. The Iowa tackle's 96.2 pass-blocking efficiency was 62nd out of the 95 draft-eligible tackles." We disagree, as you know, that Scherff can't stick at left tackle. And while numbers are facts, it should be noted that Iowa's passing offense, with inconsistent quarterbacks who held onto the ball too long waiting for mediocre receivers to get open, did Scherff no favors. "People have fallen in love with Scherff's ability to plant a defender to the turf, but when asked to play in space on the edge, Scherff lacked the length and feet quickness to regularly engage defenders," Renner wrote. "His skill set translates much better to guard in the NFL, but even there he would be something of a question mark."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 4:24 PM

Lions RB coach Curtis Modkins attended Indiana RB Tevin Coleman's personal Pro Day on April 15.

As if the Coleman-to-Detroit narrative needed more dots to connect. NFL teams don't send position coaches to workouts not featuring players under serious consideration. We didn't need Modkins' attendance in Indiana to confirm Detroit's attraction to Coleman, but it certainly solidifies that idea. Coleman is a tremendous fit and would add home run speed to the NFL's slowest backfield. Beat writer Dave Birkett adds that HC Jim Caldwell popped Donald Brown in the first round during his first year as the Colts' head coach. We think Detroit would be making a mistake by taking Coleman at No. 23 overall, but it's not out of the question.
Apr 26 - 4:09 PM

FSU DT Eddie Goldman isn't as good taking on double-teams and controlling one-on-one blockers as is thought, writes Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus.

"[Goldman] was fairly poor at shedding and making the stop himself," Renner wrote. "In fact, his 5.3 run-stop percentage was well below average for this class." Goldman also does fairly little in the passing game, finishing with a 5.5 in PFF's pass-rushing productivity metric, less than half that of Stanford's Henry Anderson (12.1), who led the group.
Apr 26 - 3:55 PM

Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "will be a better pro than college player" and it "might not take him long to make waves in the NFL," writes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He's not the top-rated edge rusher in this draft, but maybe that plays to his advantage in that he goes a little later in the draft than the other highly touted guys and lands with a team that's in better position to succeed in 2015," Davis wrote. Davis slots Dupree to the New Orleans Saints at No. 13 in his latest mock draft. "It would be a lot of fun to see defensive coordinator Rob Ryan turn Dupree loose," he mentioned.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 3:40 PM

Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus strongly disagrees with comparisons being made between Oregon DL Arik Armstead and Calais Campbell.

Armstead shares Campbell's size and athletic gifts, but Renner wonders why everyone is forgetting that Campbell had as many sacks in his sophomore season (10.5) as Armstead did during his entire collegiate career. "Defensive line is one of the positions where physical freaks can easily dominate in college with little to no technique," Renner wrote. "That is why it's concerning that Armstead produced well outside the upper echelon of defensive linemen." Armstead ranked No. 20 in PFF's metrics of interior lineman versus Power 5 schools, logging mediocre numbers in both run-stop percentage (7.1) and pass-rushing productivity (6.0). "Those are worrisome numbers for a potential top-15 pick," Renner concluded.
Apr 26 - 3:20 PM

An anonymous NFL scout advised the New Jersey Star-Ledger that "if you're looking for a run stuffer, [FSU DT Eddie Goldman is] it.

"He's a powerful guy, very strong at the point," he said. Scouts speaking with the paper more or less agreed on Goldman's evaluation. A smattering of the opinions: "I like him as a 3-technique. He plays hard and does a little bit of everything." ... "He's a big, old, run guy. There's not much pass rush there. He's big and talented, but he's a two-down player." ... "I like him. I think he can come in and play right away. You can put him on the nose, play him at the 3-technique. He's versatile." We didn't think Goldman would work his way into Round 1, but the prospect has a bunch of steam behind his name at the moment.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 3:05 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner passed along that "all of our analysts who broke down his games agreed they wouldn't trust [Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney] as anything more than a two-down linebacker."

"That still has value, but not early-round value," Renner wrote. McKinney is a divisive prospect. He boasts elite size (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) and athleticism (4.66 in the 40-yard dash; 40.5-inch vertical leap), but some evaluators say they just don't see those skills all the time on film. This is what they're talking about: "McKinney's 0.81 yards per coverage snap was below the class average of 0.71, and he made a paltry five stops in coverage all season, 66th among inside linebackers (Eric Kendricks led with 28)," Renner wrote. "His biggest problem was bringing down receivers in space, as he had only seven solo tackles in coverage, compared to five missed tackles."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 2:39 PM



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