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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Miami is expecting junior RB Duke Johnson to leave early for the draft.

"[A decision] even more likely after his injury last evening," Pauline wrote. Johnson twisted his ankle in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech after taking a tumble over a bench on the sideline, but he walked off under his own power. Miami HC Al Golden said Johnson was fine after the game, but the scare will no doubt remind Johnson of breaking his right tibia against Florida State last year around this time.
Oct 24 - 7:48 PM

Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson and junior CB Marcus Peters will both declare for the draft after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Both look like first-round picks, though each has questions surrounding them. For Thompson, scouts may be concerned by the former's safety size and lack of experience at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, who we compare to Ryan Shazier, has also seen time at running back. Peters, meanwhile, will have to answer questions about his off-the-field temperament.
Oct 24 - 7:34 PM

Washington State Cougars redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will likely declare for the draft this winter, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

This news come as a bit of a surprise, as Cooper is no lock for even Day 2 at this time. "[Cooper's] draft grade draws mixed reviews," Pauline wrote. "While some stamp Cooper as a top 45 pick, area scouts presently grade the junior as a middle (3rd/4th) round prospect at best." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper has great size and strength at the point of attack, and he's got a fierce motor, but he isn't terribly explosive. He'll be an eye-of-the-beholder type prospect in war rooms.
Oct 24 - 7:22 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "will enter [the draft] and he’s close to deciding which agent he’ll sign with," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

No surprise here. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four touchdowns this year, though he's suffered through an ankle injury and atrocious quarterback, affecting his numbers. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board, and the Wolverine prospect is the consensus No. 1 TE prospect.
Oct 24 - 7:02 PM

Florida junior DL Jonathan Bullard could leave early for the NFL, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst also reports that teammate Dante Fowler Jr. "is admittedly leaning towards entering the draft." We've long assumed Fowler will leave early; the news here is Bullard. The prospect has arguably been misused at times by Will Muschamp, lining up inside instead of at his more-natural position of defensive end. There's a lot of talent here, but Bullard has a long way to go and might be best served returning to Gainseville for his senior campaign.
Oct 24 - 6:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's "near 99%" that Nebraska redshirt junior edge rusher Randy Gregory will declare early for the draft.

"Area scouts talk of him as top five material," Pauline wrote. So does most of the industry. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Gregory No. 2 overall on his big board. A scout told Sports Illustrated last week that the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Gregory is "an in-between mixture of Jadeveon Clowney and Jevon Kearse" and has edge bend like Barkevious Mingo.
Oct 24 - 6:29 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Benardrick McKinney is "likely" to enter the draft early, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"McKinney considered the 2014 draft from arm’s length and as of two weeks ago the word from the program was 'he’s gone' in 2015," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney isn't elite in space, and he's not great in pass coverage, limitations that may keep him out of the first round. If so, he'll get plucked in the second stanza. The Bulldog's prospect is huge, athletic, and doesn't mind doing the dirty work in the trenches.
Oct 24 - 6:16 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that it's a "foregone conclusion" that USC junior DL Leonard Williams will enter the draft.

As a top-10 lock, a top-five probable, and a top-three possibility, this comes as no surprise. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this week that Williams "is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from [J.J.] Watt to Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy." Meanwhile, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah says he sees Richard Seymour in Williams. Either way, Williams will be a dominant pro.
Oct 24 - 6:02 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "word in Tempe is [Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen] Strong will declare at season’s end."

According to an NFL scout who spoke with Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Strong can expect to go in the late first- or early second-round. "He’s not a burner," the scout said. "He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI echoed Pauline's report, citing sources saying Strong is expected to declare.
Oct 24 - 5:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "people close to the Indiana Hoosier program are planning for the departure of [junior RB] Tevin Coleman at seasons end."

We are of two minds on this. We love Coleman's ability -- comparing him to Darren McFadden -- and believe that most highly-touted underclassmen RBs with an opportunity to go no later than Day 2 should jump early to the NFL. However, Coleman might be an exception. This draft class will be loaded with runners -- from Georgia's Todd Gurley to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon to Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah to Boise State's Jay Ajayi to South Carolina's Mike Davis to Miami's Duke Johnson, and more -- and Coleman might be better off, from a financial standpoint, of returning to school for one more season to make a run at the Heisman and Round 1. Of course, it's difficult to begrudge the decision of a person who wants to begin their career and capitalize on one additional year of financial security to do so. Coleman is on pace to finish in the top 10 in college football history in yards from scrimmage.
Oct 24 - 5:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that South Carolina junior RB Mike Davis "feels he’ll be as highly rated as Todd Gurley come draft day."

"I’m told Davis and his people have been vetting agents. I’m also told Davis is not lacking for confidence and feels he’ll be as highly rated as Todd Gurley come draft day," Pauline wrote. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Davis recently rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the school's 41-10 win over Furman last Saturday. The South Carolina prospect has been productive as of late and could be a top-75 selection. Davis led the SEC in rushing last season with 1,183 yards with 11 touchdowns.
Oct 24 - 4:24 PM

TFY Insider Tony Pauline reports that "MLB agents have been pursuing" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "in the hopes of signing him as a client."

"The recent news stating Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is likely to enter the draft should come as no surprise to anyone as this was expected to be his last season with the Noles. What is surprising are reports which have MLB agents pursuing Winston in the hopes of signing him as a client," Pauline writes. Pauline notes that, Winston "is a legitimate baseball prospect as a relief pitcher" and according to league insiders, "Winston could be using his baseball opportunities to leverage where he will play in the NFL" or an instance where he "chooses baseball over the NFL."
Oct 24 - 3:53 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich mentioned that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota "can run any system and any offense at any level."

"Marcus can run any system and any offense at any level," Helfrich said on the College Football 24/7 Podcast. "Our system is our system. There's always that label, 'He's a system guy.' Everybody is a system guy. HC Helfrich mentioned that Oregon's system "has elements of a bunch, whether it's the West Coast offense, run-and-shoot, triple option, and our pro-style passing game." Helfrich believes Mariota has the "ability to make great decisions, in rhythm, on time and be accurate with the ball and be tough."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 24 - 3:25 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Miami junior Ereck Flowers "has a massive frame with extremely long arms," and "has an edge to his game."

The 6-foot-5, 322-pound Flowers "showed impressive inline power in the first half" in Miami's game against Virginia Tech, Weidl mentioned in another tweet. Weidl noted Flowers "steady movement" and his ability to finish "when given the opportunity."
Oct 24 - 3:00 PM

UNC freshman RB Elijah Hood is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Virginia.

At the moment, it's unknown what Hood's injury is, as the Tar Heels have not disclosed details of his injury. The Freshman RB was listed as doubtful versus Georgia Tech and did not end up playing last week. On the season, the 6-foot, 221-pounder has 199 yards rushing and leads the team with 4 rushing touchdowns.
Oct 24 - 2:40 PM



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