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QB Matt Joeckel will transfer from Texas A&M to TCU.

Joeckel graduated and will be eligible to play immediately. This is a really smart destination for Joeckel, who is heading to a team that hasn't ranked above eighth in total offense in either of its two seasons in the Big 12. In addition, the only returning QB with any experience, Travone Boykin, finished last year as a WR. TCU coach Gary Patterson hired co-OCs Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie to design an uptempo, no-huddle attack like the one Joeckel is leaving at Texas A&M.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:03 PM

Georgia coach Mark Richt says RB Keith Marshall, and WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are expected to be healthy enough for "voluntary" summer workouts.

Each suffered torn ACLs last year. Georgia hasn't ruled out redshirting Marshall next season, mostly because he's blocked by Todd Gurley at the moment. If the Bulldogs give him an extra year to heal, he'd have two seasons eligibility left after Gurley likely declares for the draft in 2015.
Apr 19 - 9:37 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said in a Thursday teleconference that the Bears might use the No. 14 pick to fill a safety need.

"I think they'll have shot at one of those top two guys, Ha Ha Clinton Dix from Alabama, Calvin Pryor from Louisville," Jeremiah said. "HaHa Clinton-Dix might be a little more attractive to them just as a playmaker over the top, kind of a little more range than Pryor." Clinton-Dix could also draw attention from the Lions at No. 10 and the Rams at No. 13. Chicago is also closely monitoring the DT prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 9:20 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said on a teleconference Thursday that if the Chiefs don't take a WR at No. 23 overall, Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman would be a good fit.

In addition to Hageman (6-foot-6, 310 pounds), Jeremiah pointed to Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt (6-foot-6, 304 pounds) as a potential target for Kansas City. The analyst said both can rush the passer "but also can be a 5-technique and hold the point of attack." Hageman and Tuitt are interesting players to compare, as both are supremely athletic and disappointing on tape. Hageman played DT in a 4-3 for Minnesota, but could be a 3-4 end, while Tuitt was a 3-4 DE at Notre Dame but could play DT in a 4-3. ESPN's Todd McShay also sees a fit between the Chiefs and Hageman, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will tab a DL in the opening stanza.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 9:03 PM

Tennessee G Zach Fulton and Notre Dame G Chris Watt worked out for the Bears on Friday.

Both are expected to audition as both guards and centers. "Every team has had me snap at least a few times every time they came in," Watt said. Added Fulton: "I’ve been working on my snaps." Watt, a 6-foot-3, 310-pounder, projected to go between Rds. 3-4, spoke to the NFL's increased value on versatility: "Most of the teams want me to be able to know the three interior positions. That’s the best way to get onto the field."
Apr 19 - 8:43 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl identified Alabama WR Kevin Norwood as "one of my favorite prospects" and a Day 3 sleeper.

Weidl knows why Norwood isn't being discussed more, mentioning the prospect's lack of "elite explosiveness on tape" which renders him "a possession-type receiver." However, the analyst loves Norwood's hands and his willingness to go over the middle. "Norwood is still growing into his frame and must continue to develop his overall strength," Weidl wrote. "However, he should be one of the wide receiver prospects teams could get great value for in the fourth-round range because of the unusual depth of this year's receiver class. Norwood will be a strong fit for teams like the Broncos or Patriots, who rely on their receivers' timing and reading coverages on the fly."
Apr 19 - 8:22 PM

The Raiders hosted UCF QB Blake Bortles for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

It's not certain that Bortles will be available when Oakland gets on the clock at No. 5, but the odds are far better right now than they were one month ago. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote earlier this month that if the Raiders select a QB at No. 5, it's going to be Bortles. The Raiders currently have Matt Schaub, Trent Edwards, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor on the roster.
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM

Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis position coach at Wisconsin, Chris Beatty, said several NFL scouts and coaches have called Abbrederis "one of the best route runners in the draft."

Abbrederis famously annihilated first-rounder Bradley Roby in September for 10 catches, 207 yards and a touchdown. "Roby is a great player," Beatty said. "Jared made him look average on that day. I mean, the guy couldn't keep up with him." Abbrederis is lost in the shuffle a bit amidst a deep WR class, and his measurables (6-foot-1, 195 pounds, 4.50 forty) aren't off-the-charts. However, he's a low-floor prospect who should stick. "He's one of those guys who pays attention to every little thing in the meeting," Beatty said. "He's a film guy, and he's been in a pro-style offense for four years, five years. He knows what those routes look like -- he's run them over and over. So he knows what comebacks look like, where sometimes the spread-offense guys don't have that background."
Apr 19 - 7:48 PM

Washington QB Keith Price said on NFL Network that he's been mentored by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

"Russ is a great friend of mind," Price said on 'Path to the Draft'. "He's a competitor, a guy who is a true leader. He's not a guy who thinks he knows it all. ... Having a mentor like that, it just makes my life a lot easier. Throughout this process I've been able to contact him a couple of times. He kind of had the same chip on his shoulder that I do. It really didn't matter what team he went to, he was going to be successful and that's the same way that I fill." Price (6-foot-1, 202 pounds), who was a combine snub, is seen by many as an undrafted free agent, though it's possible he could slip into the end of Round 7.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 7:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a fit either as a 3-4 DE in a one-gap scheme, or a 3-technique 4-3 DT in an under scheme.

The analyst sees a fit with the Chiefs at No. 23, though he doesn't believe Kansas City will invest its first-rounder in a DL. "The Niners and Seahawks would make sense at the end of the first round -- in Seattle's hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense, Red Bryant's position was essentially that of a 5-technique, and he is now in Jacksonville -- and the Patriots could be a fit if they view him as a 3-technique defensive tackle," McShay wrote. The analyst believes that Hageman "has an elite skill set with outstanding agility for his size and could develop into a very disruptive player in the NFL."
Apr 19 - 7:16 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Oregon State edge rusher Scott Crichton would be a great fit for the Falcons in the second round if the club can't trade up for Jadeveon Clowney.

"Crichton might be a good pickup for them if he lasts to the second round as a potential future impact pass-rusher they can develop," McShay wrote. "Tyson Jackson is not the long-term answer there." Crichton is probably ticketed for the top of the second round, though don't rule out a late first-round selection. "Crichton is a high-energy pass-rusher with violent hands, explosive get-off quickness and a relentless motor," McShay wrote. "He is a good finisher as a run defender, although he does get knocked down too often and can lose contain on the outside."
Apr 19 - 7:02 PM

Monday Morning Quarterback's Greg Bedard believes Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel "is not doing himself any favors in the eyes of NFL decision makers by continuing to be visible off the field."

"Manziel has been spotted at the Final Four and The Masters just in the past couple of weeks. Wouldn't be surprised if the Kentucky Derby is next. For most players, no one would care. But after his Summer of Johnny last year, Manziel isn't just any player," Greg Bedard wrote. "If you think this isn't being talked about and dissected in NFL front offices, you're being idealistically naïve." Manziel discussed this very issue with ESPN’s Jon Gruden, saying he "didn’t say no enough and should have said no (more). I should have stayed in my realm and stayed in College Station and hung out." Call us "idealistically naïve" if you must, but a lowered grade based on Manziel being "visible off the field" says more about the evaluator -- and the evaluator's opinion of his coaching staff -- than it does the prospect.
Apr 19 - 6:49 PM

Former Bucs GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater's stock started to fall long before his lackluster pro day.

"There were things you saw on tape when you watched him," said Dominik, who did so as an employed general manager. "Something that scouts internally, we talked about it in Tampa with Teddy Bridgewater last year. Is he really the premiere quarterback? I like the young man, I think he's a quality individual, he's got character and leadership and those things. But this is a quarterback, and you're judged by what quarterback you draft, and I think Teddy Bridgewater might not have all the pieces you're looking for." Dominik isn't the only former NFL boss down on the Cardinals' star. Former Browns' GM Phil Savage said on Thursday: "I think the media has Teddy Bridgewater in the top 10, but around league circles he's more like a late first, early second-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:34 PM

Maryland CB Dexter McDougle met with the Raiders this week.

McDougle (5-foot-10 1/4, 196 pounds) worked out for representatives from 24 NFL teams at Maryland's pro day on April 8. The corner ran forties in 4.53, 4.47 and 4.51 seconds. He added a short shuttle of 4.18 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.84 seconds. As with the combine, a shoulder injury prevented McDougle from doing the bench, but that won't affect his stock any. NFL.com's Gil Brandt calls the Terrapin "a probable third-round draft choice."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 6:18 PM

Northwestern's Kain Colter will likely transition to WR at the next level.

After missing the combine and the school's first pro day due to his recovery from right ankle microfracture surgery on Jan. 31, Colter worked out for 16 NFL teams at the Wildcats' second pro day on Wednesday at what was described as "85 percent." He ran a 4.71 forty. Colter "is described as being very athletic and having a good ability to catch the ball," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. "This is a good player who will be changing his position to play in the NFL." Colter (5-foot-11, 196 pounds) was a QB and RB at Northwestern.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 5:58 PM



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