FSU has dismissed suspended freshman QB De'Andre Johnson from the football team.
The video of Johnson punching a woman in a bar went viral today, so this dismissal was only a matter of time. FSU suspended Johnson immediately following the incident. "Johnson's attorney, Jose Baez, said his client is "extremely embarrassed" and is participating in community service and faith-based programs focused on battered women," according to beat writer Sean Rossman. Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery after the State Attorney watched the surveillance video. If Johnson continues his playing career, it will likely have to start at the JUCO level.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes it's hard to match Virginia Tech junior CB Kendall Fuller's "confidence level on the field."
"It's hard to match Fuller's confidence level on the field. He loves to make plays, which is why he's more than willing to feast on unsuspecting quarterbacks. Fuller has terrific start/stop quickness, which is what makes him such a ballhawk on short and intermediate throws, and coaches love that he almost never leaves the field," Zierlein wrote. The Virginia Tech prospect posted 54 tackles, with 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, with 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2014. Fuller's NFL blood lines run deep and the 6-foot, 197-pounder could be the best of the Fuller clan.
Michigan senior OLB James Ross "does some positive things on film that will appeal to NFL evaluators," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes.
"He has a strong upper body with the aggressive hands to keep himself clean from blocks with excellent take-on strength. Ross has adequate first step quickness to close in a hurry, but he tends to get anxious and will abandon his gap responsibilities too quickly, biting on play fakes and misdirection. He is unsure of himself at times and doesn't always trust what he sees, but with improved discipline to his diet as a senior, Ross will earn himself a spot on draft boards," Brugler wrote. The Michigan prospect played in 12 games, with seven starts for the Wolverines, only posting 32 tackles, and three tackles for loss. In 2013, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Ross III was much more productive, recording 85 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks LSU junior CB TreDavious White as the No. 2 defensive back to watch in College Football.
"When watching LSU's 2014 game against Alabama, White looked substantially better against Amari Cooper than his teammate, second-round draft pick Jalen Collins. With elite foot quickness, long arms and NFL-caliber speed, White is adept at crowding targets both short and long," Zierlein wrote. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound White has a streak of 24 consecutive starts at cornerback for the Tigers, and is going on his third-year as a starter. The LSU prospect finished the 2014 season with 33 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions.
CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes that Michigan senior LB Joe Bolden has "the grit, instincts and toughness to fill" Jake Ryan's shoes as a senior.
"He recognizes play designs quickly with the foot quickness and lower body fluidity to naturally change directions on a dime to stick with running backs and tight ends out of the backfield. Despite losing Ryan, Bolden has the grit, instincts and toughness to fill his shoes as a senior and parlay that into a draft pick next spring," Brugler wrote. In his first year as a full-time starter, Bolden posted 102 tackles, with 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Bolden has appeared in 38 games at linebacker, with 16 starts in his career.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the No. 1 defensive back to watch in College Football.
"He plays with advanced ball skills and will look to bait and rob throws in the deep middle (three interceptions last season). Hargreaves can keep up with speed receivers and has the explosiveness to leap and disrupt 50/50 balls," Zierlein wrote. The Florida prospect posted 50 total tackles, leading the Gators and the SEC, with 13 pass breakups last season. Hargreaves III could solidify his potential first-round draft stock with another impressive season.
Michigan redshirt senior CB Wayne Lyons "has the size and length to match-up with receivers on the line of scrimmage and make them uneasy off the snap," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.
"He does a great job leveraging the field and is physical downhill vs. the run, but he does need to improve his break down skills to complete open field stops. Although he isn't as effective when asked to play off coverage, Lyons has the size and length to match-up with receivers on the line of scrimmage and make them uneasy off the snap," Brugler wrote. The former Stanford Cardinal, brings a veteran presence to Harbaugh's secondary, as the graduate transfer posted 128 tackles, with 66 solo stops and 4.5 tackles for loss in his career.
Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Dak Prescott "is an excellent fit for Dan Mullen's offense, succeeding as a runner and a play-action passer," believes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"Mississippi State lost three of its last four games, but it wasn't as if Prescott played poorly down the stretch," Brown wrote. "However, repeating last season's success does present some challenges, as the line has to be rebuilt and tailback Josh Robinson left for the NFL." The draft expert ranks Prescott as the No. 5 signal-caller in the land. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior threw for 3,449 yards on 61 percent completions with a 27/11 TD/INT ratio last year.