Big 10 Prospect Preview

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Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls South Carolina junior WR Pharoh Cooper a "game-changer."

"He's a 5-foot-11, 208-pound athlete who can line up anywhere and get the ball in different ways," Brown wrote. "He's one of the nation's most dangerous players in space and after the catch." Cooper collected 69 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns last year, adding 200 yards and two scores on the ground. Brown grades Cooper as the No. 8 receiver and No. 63 overall player in the country.
Aug 4 - 1:15 AM

Maryland senior K Brad Craddock "could land ... in the third round," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Sure, no team has used a pick in the top three rounds on a kicker since 2005 ... but three of the last four kickers picked that high have come from a Big Ten school, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Craddock joined that club," Reuter wrote. "Don't forget that kickers score about one-third of their teams' points during a course of a season, and they will become even more important to their teams with the extra point moved back to the 15 yard-line." The 6-foot, 189-pound Australian won the Lou Groza Award in 2014 by converting 18 of 19 field goal attempts. You might remember his 57-yard field goal against Penn State. If he repeats his 2014 performance, Day 2 is a possibility.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 12:57 AM

Mississippi junior TE Evan Engram is a "modern receiver/tight end hybrid, meaning he'll split out wide and line up anywhere, really, creating matchup advantages with his combination of size and speed," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Wideout Laquon Treadwell is the headliner on the Ole Miss offense, but Engram commands a ton of attention in the passing game too," Brown wrote. "He had more yards on fewer catches than Treadwell, in fact, catching 38 passes for 662 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 17.4 yards per reception." The analyst pegs the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Engram as the No. 56 player in the nation. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Engram to former Gators' TE Jordan Reed.
Aug 4 - 12:37 AM

With improvement in one area, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter reports that "NFL teams will consider [Kentucky senior OT Jordan Swindle] a fine mid-round swing-tackle prospect."

The scribe believes that for Swindle to get to that point he must first "fine-tune his footwork so he can employ his length and agility fully against SEC pass rushers." He's going to get that opportunity this fall, as Kentucky has shifted Swindle from right tackle to the left side. "Swindle began truly filling out his 6-7, 307-pound frame going into his junior season and the resulting improvement in his game was clear to see," Reuter wrote. Swindle runs a 5.25 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 4 - 12:04 AM

Mississippi junior S Tony Conner "might be the embodiment of what [the Rebels'] defense is about: an attacking group that flies to the ball," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"While maybe not as hyped as Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell or Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss' acclaimed recruiting class of 2013, Conner was also a five-star recruit," Brown wrote. "He's played like it too. He's a jack-of-all-trades athlete in the Rebels' 4-2-5 defense, with the size and physicality to play a linebacker type role and the athleticism to play nickel corner." The analyst ranks Conner as the 45th-best college football player in the country.
Aug 3 - 11:49 PM

With another productive year, Colorado redshirt senior WR Nelson Spruce should "secure a third-round slot," in the eyes of NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. "Former teammate Paul Richardson was picked in the second round by Seattle in 2014; Spruce might not be considered an explosive downfield threat like Richardson, but he fights for the ball in the air and is reliable -- two important traits for an NFL receiver," Reuter wrote. Spruce runs a 4.5 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:34 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown says Baylor redshirt junior WR Corey Coleman is a "terrific athlete, whose deep speed allows him to excel in a [Art] Briles offense that loves to push the ball downfield."

"KD Cannon probably has the highest upside among Baylor receivers, but Coleman has proved the most thus far, as the latest ultra-productive receiver in this unstoppable Art Briles offense," Brown wrote. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior caught 64 passes for 1,119 yards and 11 scores last season. Talk about a burner: Ten of those receptions went for 40-plus yards.
Aug 3 - 11:19 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Duke redshirt senior C Matt Skura "is a technically sound and athletic center with a bright NFL future."

"The two-year starter played some guard as a redshirt freshman, but his home is inside, where his intelligence can be fully utilized," Reuter wrote. "Look for Skura's name to be more recognized nationally as head coach David Cutcliffe continues to raise the bar for the football program in Durham." The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Skura is a two-year starter who was a third-team All-ACC selection last year. He's on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:06 PM
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