NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah says ascertaining the speed of Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell is one of the combine's most fascinating questions.
"Treadwell is an outstanding player," Jeremiah wrote. "He has excellent size, ball skills and toughness. However, the major question about him is the lack of top-end speed. He excels at winning 50/50 balls (contested catches), but he doesn't create much separation from defenders. Scouts that have gone through Ole Miss during the fall were told Treadwell was likely to run the 40-yard dash in the mid 4.6s. If he could lower that time into the mid to low 4.5s, it would be a huge boost to his draft stock." Interestingly, NFL Media colleague Mike Mayock recently compared Treadwell to a combination of Jordy Nelson and Keenan Allen. Allen, you may recall, tumbled into Round 2 after posting a 4.71 forty time at his pro day.
Navy RB Keenan Reynolds was not invited to the NFL Combine.
Since Reynolds is an undersized player making a position switch, this isn't necessarily surprising news. Considering his profile and work ethic, however, one would have assumed Reynolds had purchased a bit more leash from the NFL. "The former Navy quarterback is trying to convert to running back and/or return specialist -- whatever it takes to get a shot at the NFL -- but he'll have to wait until his pro day event to show scouts what he's capable of in the 40-yard dash and other agility drills," wrote NFL.com's Chad Reuter. "He looked good early in the week of East-West Shrine Game practices until a back injury sidelined him." NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Reynolds shares similarities with New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman. Unfortunately, Reynolds won't get his chance to work out of the slot in Indianapolis.
California QB Jared Goff best fits the Cowboys and Browns, in the estimation of NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks.
"When I look at Hue Jackson and what he did with Andy Dalton, I think Jared Goff's a better player coming out that Andy Dalton," Jeremiah said. "I think he fits with the Cleveland Browns and gives them the quarterback of the future they've been seeking for a very long time." Brooks, on the other hand, sees Goff as an ideal developmental prospect to learn behind a Dallas legend for a season or two. "You think about what they've been able to build around with Tony Romo with a young quarterback," Brooks said. "He can take some time to learn behind Tony Romo. They can built the system around him. I think you could have potentially what Green Bay had when Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre." Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Goff as the No. 25 overall prospect in the class.
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock compared Texas Christian WR Josh Doctson to a slower Justin Hunter.
Hunter posted a 4.44-second 40 at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, while Doctson is expected to check in somewhere in the 4.5s. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Doctson's game isn't predicated on speed, but he separates fairly easily and is a leaper who doesn't lose often on jump balls.
Miami senior RB Walter Tucker will transfer.
Tucker has left the team. "Walter and I spoke yesterday and he felt like he would have a better opportunity to finish his college football career and education at another university," HC Mark Richt said in a statement. "I wish him the very best." Tucker was mostly a special team contributor for the Hurricanes.
TCU signed WR Ryan Parker, ESPN's No. 6 JUCO transfer in the country.
For a team looking to immediately replace Josh Doctson's usage and remain a contender, Parker's addition was an absolute coup. "Can be difficult to tackle and defend due to his size/strength combo," noted ESPN. "His value as a red zone weapon is very good. He is decisive and attacks alignment. Will stab out of the break, but may never create a huge window against top level DBs. Wide catch radius and size make for a big target even against tight coverage. Is a galloper and builds to top speed. Climbs the ladder with a long stride. Top end speed is competitive when he tops out. Initial quickness is very good." The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder originally signed with TCU back in 2014. He spent a few years at the JUCO level instead and committed to Oklahoma in April 2015 before deciding to circle back to the Frogs. 247Sports saw him as the No. 9 JUCO prospect in this class.
Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche "was a bit of an enigma to scouts," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, even before his marijuana incident that led to a suspension from the Sugar Bowl.
"His athleticism is off the charts and he earned All-American notice the past two seasons, even though his production was not commensurate (11 tackles for loss, five sacks over last two seasons) with most nationally recognized players," Reuter wrote. "Watching him play, you can see how disruptive he can be using a quick first step. However, without a strong track record of finishing plays, and in light of the off-field concerns, it won't be surprising if he falls down boards a bit." The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder's history will give the NFL's crack investigative team plenty to look into between now and late April. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Nkemdiche as the No. 14 overall draft prospect.
While campaigning for a tax increase, Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said the LSU football team is in jeopardy of being cut.
"If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester," Edwards said. "That means you can say farewell to college football next fall." The state of Louisiana is facing a nearly $1 billion deficit, prompting Edwards' rhetoric. He also threatened that the state would be forced to shut down hospice services if new taxes aren't approved soon. Louisiana residents need not worry about LSU football going away. We aren't sure what will play worse among Edwards' denizens, the threat of axing the Bayou Bengals or the threat of yanking treatment for the sick. One way or the other, if Edwards gets anywhere near the beloved LSU football institution, he'll find himself clearing out his office soon thereafter.