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ESPN's Phil Steele projects Clemson to win the ACC Atlantic in 2018.

No surprise here. Clemson has dominated the division over the past few years, and they bring back a team that should not only contend for a division title, but a potential championship. "I thought all four defensive linemen would leave early for the NFL," Steele writes, "but all four returned and Clemson has a veteran quarterback and moves to No. 23 on my experience chart and should make the playoff for a third straight year."
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 8:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Penn State senior LB Manny Bowen could be back with the Nittany Lions in 2018.

Bowen was dismissed from the program at the end of December after he was given a season-ending suspension in November. Pauline, however, hears that there are rumblings that Bowen will be back with the Nittany Lions in 2018. He was a big part of the defense before the suspension/dismissal; registering 51 tackles -- three for loss and recovering a fumble. We'll see if Bowen is back in good graces with James Franklin and company soon.
Jul 20 - 8:29 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Georgia sophomore RB D'Andre Swift as the top running back to watch in college football in 2018.

Well, that's a bit of a surprise. That's not to take anything away from Swift; he's a premium talent who flashed huge upside in his freshman campaign with the Bulldogs. It's just a bit of an upset to see him listed over some of the other stud tailbacks in college football this year. ", Swift possesses the desired combination of size, discipline, toughness and quickness to become a top-tier lead back," Zierlein writes. He also notes that he only had double-digit carries once, and it's worth mentioning that Georgia brought in two five-star running backs this winter. Still, for all the reasons Zierlein mentions, Swift could easily be the top tailback in college football in 2018.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 8:19 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Ohio State junior WR Binjimen Victor a second-round grade coming into the season.

Victor is one of four players to get first or second-round pick grades, joining defensive end Nick Bosa, defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones and safety Jordan Fuller. He's also one of four wideouts to get a Day 2 grade along with Parris Campbell, Austin Mack and K.J. Hill. "The junior wideout has excellent length and legitimate speed," writes Pauline. "He presents himself as a vertical receiver and also catches the underneath routes on a regular basis." There doesn't seem to be much consensus as to who the top wideout on the Buckeyes is among analysts, but with a 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame, it's easy to see why Victor tops Pauline -- and several others -- boards to start the season.
Jul 20 - 7:25 PM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ross Pierschbacher is one of 58 preseason nominees for the Remington Trophy.

The Remington Trophy -- surprise, surprise -- goes to the top center in the country. Pierschbacher is making the switch back to center this year, and is considered one of the top interior lineman in the country. Others on the list include Georgia’s Lamont Gaillard, Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy, and Texas’s Zach Shackelford, The full list of nominees can be viewed in the line below.
Jul 20 - 7:14 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Michigan junior LB Devin Bush third among linebackers to watch in 2018.

Bush was a star for the Michigan defense in 2017, as Zierlein notes, and his speed made him a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Wolverine linebacker corps. As an NFL player, however, Zierlein believes that Bush and his 5-foot-11, 232-pound frame plays better as a weak-side linebacker. "Bush plays with a good feel for sifting through the traffic when he's pursuing ball carriers and he's very adept adjusting his pursuit angles when needed," he writes. "However, he will need to be careful about running under blocks and opening running lanes." Bush is getting first-round grades from several top analysts, and if he does leave as a junior, he should be one of the top linebackers off the board come this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 7:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Penn State redshirt senior edge rusher Torrence Brown as a sixth-round talent coming into the 2018 season.

Brown had tremendous hype coming into the 2017 season after his 2016 tape -- Pauline compared him to a better version of Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick in 2009, last summer -- but he was only able to play in three games last year because of a knee injury. When healthy, Brown has "terrorized" tackles as a pass-rusher in Pauline's eyes, and if he shows a similar skill set in 2018 -- and he shows he's healthy -- that grade could improve substantially for the 6-foot-3, 253-pound defender.
Jul 20 - 6:51 PM

Alabama junior LB Mack Wilson ranks second on NFL Media's Lance Zierlein's list of the top linebackers to watch in 2018.

Wilson ranks second behind fellow SEC linebacker Devin White, and he's certainly not the last player from the conference to place on the list. Wilson was forced into the lineup because of injuries last year, and to say he acquitted himself well is an understatement. "His playing style is similar to what we saw from 2018 first-round pick and former Tide LB Rashaan Evans," writes Zierlein, "including his speed and aggression." Wilson still needs to improve his ability to disengage, but there's tremendous upside in his 6-foot-2, 239-pound frame.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 6:41 PM

During media days, Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell told reporters that he believes he's the best running back in the SEC.

During one interview, Snell referred to himself in the third person, which is tremendous. While most have listed Alabama's Damien Harris as the top back in the conference, Snell makes several quality points. He was a 1,333 yard rusher who scored 19 touchdowns last year while dealing with injuries. Most view Snell as a two-down back, but if he shows more effectiveness in the passing game, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound tailback could see his stock rise exponentially.
Source: Draft Wire
Jul 20 - 6:32 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Purdue junior DT Lorenzo Neal offers upside.

"Lorenzo Neal is a large plugger on the defensive line and a force to be reckoned with -- when he wants to be," Pauline writes. That's basically a nice way to say that Neal (6'2/315) has an inconsistent motor. When he does give it his best -- in Pauline's eyes -- Pauline notes that he's extremely difficult to move off his point, and he have quality speed for his frame, as well. He currently gives Neal an UDFA grade, but if he shows more consistent effort going forward, he's an intriguing option. Also keep in mind that he still has two years of eligibility left; sometimes the light clicks on for upperclassmen.
Jul 20 - 6:24 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists LSU junior LB Devin White as the top linebacker to watch in college football for 2018.

White was a star for the LSU defense in 2017, and he enters 2018 with sky-high expectations. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker gets rave reviews for his ability to go sideline-to-sideline, and Zierlein notes that White can "mirror" running backs if they try and bounce plays to the outside. He does note that White isn't perfect in finishing tackles and can improve his technique. If he does, he has a great chance to be the first linebacker off the board in 2019, assuming he doesn't come back for his senior season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 6:14 PM

Iowa junior TE Noah Fant is among the tight ends who were placed on the John Mackey Award watch list.

There were 64 total players placed on the Mackey Award watch list; an award that goes to the top tight end in the country. Fant is considered one of the top contenders for the award, and many view him as the top prospect at the position for the 2019 draft. Other high-profile names on the list include Missouri's Albert Okwuegbunam, LSU's Foster Moreau, Notre Dame's Alize Mack, and Oregon's Jacob Breeland. The full list can be viewed in the link below.
Jul 20 - 6:06 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that he is not sold on Ohio State T Isaiah Prince as a first-round talent.

In fact, Pauline gives Prince a fifth-round grade; a far cry from where some analysts view the senior tackle. He calls Prince a "hulking guard" who is capable of dominance in the run game, but the 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman struggles in outside space and with inside pass-rush moves. With a prototypical frame and strong analytical grades, Prince is going to be a name to watch, but Pauline does point out some glaring issues in his game that could cause him to slip as the season progresses.
Jul 20 - 5:54 PM

Nebraska received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 JUCO DT Tony Fair.

Fair also was considering offers from Indiana and UAB, and he also had interest -- but not offers, yet -- from USC, Louisville and Arizona; among others. His collegiate career began at Indiana State, but he transferred to Pima Community College in Arizona; and he was an NJCAA All-American after registering a whopping 98 tackles last season. At 6-foot-3, 330-pounds, Fair has the size to play at the next level, and with Nebraska losing several interior defensive lineman in 2018, he could be a candidate for immediate playing time.
Jul 20 - 5:44 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Penn State redshirt junior G/T Ryan Bates a third-round grade coming into the 2018 season.

Bates (6'4/301) played left tackle for the Nittany Lions in 2017, and there's a good chance he'll line up there again for Penn State in 2018. Pauline sees him as a guard prospect at the next level, however, and a good one. He notes that he's higher on the redshirt junior than the industry, so there's likely Day 3 grades for Bates from other scouts at this point. "The wider the area he’s asked to protect, the more he struggles, something that was apparent to me last season," Pauline writes. "His next-level prospects are at guard in a traditional offense which occasionally requires him to block in motion."
Jul 20 - 5:34 PM



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