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Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Mel Kiper, for one, sees the 6-foot-1 Johnson as a first-rounder. "He is a fluid mover with really quick feet, and he has impressive transition speed out of his backpedal," Kiper wrote last week. "I like his ability as a playmaker, and the ability to shine in different types of coverage. He's not going to deliver the huge hit and is just OK against the run, but he's an effective tackler on receivers in space." An AFC scout told NFL.com earlier this month that Johnson has "some height and plenty of burst."
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 10:55 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett will start at cornerback Saturday against Penn State.

It was also reported last week that Lippett (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) would start two-ways, but that ended up not being the case. He did appear in the game, against Rutgers, as a CB. However, the starting bit seems likely to go down this weekend, as coach Mark Dantonio has discussed the move with the media and Lippett is listed No. 1 on both the WR and CB portions of the depth charts. He will become the school's first two-way starter since 1968. This move isn't about pageantry. Instead, according to Dantonio, he hopes to aid Lippett's draft stock.
Nov 25 - 10:45 PM

Arkansas DE Trey Flowers accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder's rush game is far more power than agility or bend-based. He's a disruptive college end who has showed well against future NFL prospects, including Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 10:29 PM

Duke redshirt senior OG Laken Tomlinson accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Tomlinson, 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, is the anchor of an offensive line that has allowed the fewest sacks in the country by percentage. Over the summer, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that the senior is "not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level." Tomlinson earned second-team All-ACC honors last year. "Tomlinson has a massive and wide frame. Big time punch," ESPN's Kevin Weidl tweeted recently.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 10:15 PM

The Big Ten declared Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence permanently ineligible.

Spence failed a second drug test earlier this season, putting him in jeopardy for this ruling (The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."). Ohio State helped him through the appeals process, which culminated in today's ruling. "While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health," Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said. Spence tweeted, "Now it's time to get ready for the next level," so expect him to declare for the spring draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Spence as a Rds. 1-2 prospect over the summer, though the defender's failed drug tests and lost season figure to knock him further down the board.
Nov 25 - 10:03 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah senior CB Eric Rowe accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

After spending three years as a standout starting free safety, Rowe shifted to CB over the summer to replace Keith McGill, a fourth-rounder of the Raiders. Because of his insane measurables, the move should help Rowe's ultimate draft position. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe has great size and elite speed, with a 4.39 forty.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 9:46 PM

UCLA redshirt senior edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Odighizuwa has been the talk of the scouting community this week coming off a dominant showing against USC on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, who missed the 2013 after undergoing two surgeries on his left hip, has returned better than ever. "Odighizuwa has a scheme-versatile skill-set that will appeal to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams with his size and athletic traits," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote on Tuesday. "He is body beautiful with a frame made for the NFL, the length and strength to play the run and the quickness and body control to disrupt the passer."
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 9:33 PM

Texas redshirt senior C Dominic Espinosa (broken right ankle) won't seek a sixth season of eligibility.

He retired from the game of football in a letter posted to social media, available at the link below. Espinosa's ankle injury was significant, making this news unsurprising. Prior to going down, he had started 40 straight games.
Nov 25 - 9:14 PM

Auburn senior DL Gabe Wright will play in the Senior Bowl.

The game is schedule for Jan. 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Wright, who has 22 tackles, including four for loss and one sack, was a preseason all-SEC selection. Wright dropped from 309 pounds to 285 over the summer. He is the former No. 26 overall recruit by ESPN.com.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 8:59 PM

FAU senior CB D'Joun Smith accepted his invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Scouts love the one-on-one drills against receivers at All-Star events, so Smith (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is going to have plenty of opportunities to make the acquaintance of evaluators who haven't seen much of him previously. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month that Smith could "make [receivers] uncomfortable coming off the line of scrimmage." An AFC scout told Brugler that he was impressed by Smith's ability to recover after making mistakes.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 8:44 PM

Oregon senior OT Jake Fisher accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Fisher is a rare case of an injury perhaps benefiting a prospect. He missed a few weeks earlier this season with a sprained left knee, at which time Oregon's offense line cratered. Immediately upon the 6-foot-6, 299-pound Fisher's return, offensive order was restored. CBS Sports's Rob Rang wrote last month that "scouts will give Fisher high marks for his toughness for returning early from a knee injury but also for his impressive physical skills."
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 8:30 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles said Baylor redshirt senior QB Bryce Petty is this year's Blake Bortles and the best QB in the 2015 draft.

"Obviously, I'm biased," Briles added. NFL.com's Charles Davis understands the comparison. "Petty (6-foot-3, 230) is similar in size to Bortles (6-5, 232), and he's a big, strong runner, just like Bortles," Davis wrote. "Will Petty rise up draft boards like Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, did? That remains to be seen, but I do expect that the closer we get to the draft, the more NFL people are going to like what they see from Petty, especially when they get a chance to meet and work with him closely." Davis believes UCLA's Brett Hundley, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston will all be rated ahead of Petty if they declare early, but didn't dismiss the possibility of Petty shooting up draft boards during the post-season evaluation process.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 25 - 8:16 PM

Navy LS Joe Cardona has accepted an invite to participate in the Senior Bowl.

Cardona is strictly a long snapper, but he could get drafted nonetheless. "Some of the NFL scouts are projecting Joe as the best long snapper in the country," Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said earlier this season. "He has great accuracy and there is no hitch – his ball goes straight from the ground to the holder or punter. Quick, efficient, accurate and powerful – Joe has everything the NFL people are looking for." Added long snapping tutor Kevin Garvioelle: "Having worked directly with Joe at camp it doesn't surprise me at all that he's getting NFL looks. First and foremost, Joe passes the eye test in terms of size and strength. He also possesses good footwork and fluidity of movement. He's very light on feet, which allows him to get back into protection."
Nov 25 - 8:02 PM

Houston senior DT Joey Mbu accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Mbu has also been invited to the East-West Shrine Game. It's good he'll get postseason exposure, because Mbu currently finds himself right on the line of draftable prospects. CBS ranks him as the No. 383 overall prospect in the class, just outside Round 7 territory.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 7:48 PM

Miami (Ohio) senior CB Quinten Rollins accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

Great news for a highly-intriguing prospect. Rollins just began playing football this fall. Prior to 2014, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Rollins was a starting guard for the Redhawk basketball team. Earlier this month, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called him "a terrific athlete with a smooth, natural style" and went on to say that "Rollins is flying up draft boards" toward a possible middle-round selection.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 7:35 PM



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