CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler talked to multiple NCAA coaches who fully expect former Houston senior RB Charles Sims to enter the Supplemental Draft.
Fowler likely spoke to coaches who have interest in Sims' services, since the running back would be eligible to play immediately in 2013. His departure from Houston was surprising, since he could have elected to enter April's NFL Draft. The Supplemental Draft will take place on July 11, if there are eligible players entering.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says evaluators should familiarize themselves with Southern Miss senior DT Khyri Thornton.
Weidl tweeted Thornton has "impressive tape," specifically highlighting the defensive tackle's quickness, range, and explosive upper body. Thornton accounted for 36 tackles in 2012, 9.5 for loss including one sack.
Sophomore QB Wes Lunt revealed that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy lifted transfer restrictions prior to Lunt choosing Illinois.
Gundy made news when he restricted Lunt from transferring to Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Southern Miss, the Pac-12 and Central Michigan. Apparently Gundy lifted those limitations, which included 37 schools and three of Lunt's initial top five, but the sophomore quarterback had already lost contact with the coaches of those schools.
South Carolina junior Jadeveon Clowney has been tagged with the highest grade ever given to a DL from NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.
Jeremiah previously stated he would choose UCLA senior Anthony Barr over any edge rusher selected in the 2013 draft, but admitted Clowney "is on another planet." We are guessing Clowney earned a "rare" grade, and many other evaluators will give the same designation. Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, and Andrew Luck are three recent prospects to earn the same designation by some scouts.
ESPN's Brian Bennett notes Indiana junior Cody Latimer could be the Big Ten's top WR in 2013.
Bennett believes Penn State's Allen Robinson will hold on to that crown, but Latimer has the best chance to dethrone him. "Latimer is the team's top big-play threat and has a great set of hands," Bennett writes. "If the pass-happy Hoosiers can get to a 13th game, he has a chance to finish with some eye-popping numbers."
Former Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins believes senior Andrew Maxwell will win the school's starting QB competition.
Maxwell did not have a strong season in 2012, and ended up on the bench during the final sections of the year. Head coach Mark Dantonio is saying all the right things when asked about his quarterbacks, stating the group is in "better shape" than it was heading into last year, but we will have to wait to see if that comes true.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl is less impressed with Texas junior RB Joe Bergeron than his initial evaluation led on.
Bergeron is a "good back but not nearly as talented as Johnathan Gray," Weidl tweeted, referring to the junior's teammate at Texas. Weidl previously praised Bergeron's skill set for a 230 pound back, including his "vision/patience and lateral agility." Once again, Texas will deploy some intriguing skill position players.
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted he would rather have UCLA senior OLB Anthony Barr over any edge rusher selected in the 2013 class.
This includes No. 3 pick Dion Jordan, No. 5 pick Ziggy Ansah, and No. 6 pick Barkevious Mingo. Barr is an outstanding athlete with excellent closing speed, which makes him very effective when looping inside. He is still learning some technical aspects of the pass rushing game, like hand use and length, but Barr's ceiling is incredibly high.