TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says scouts "speak well of" Pittsburgh redshirt senior OT T.J. Clemmings.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound OT began his career at DE, transitioning to tackle during the 2012 season. "Scouts speak well of right tackle Trevor Clemmings and with good reason," Pauline wrote. "He’s a nimble and quick lineman effective on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. While I list him as a tackle I think in the end Clemmings will be used at guard for a zone/motion blocking system." Clemmings started all 13 games last season for the Panthers at right tackle.
Mississippi senior CB Senquez Golson "possesses natural cover skills," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Golson has enough agility and speed to intrigue scouts," Rang wrote. The corner also played outfield for the Ole Miss baseball team in 2012 and was an 8th round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 MLB draft. "Golson's size is an obvious detriment but he possesses natural cover skills due to his athleticism and has recorded six interceptions in his 36 career game appearances," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Golson has 4.43 speed.
CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley has the potential to overtake Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston if he continues to improve.
"Hundley could play the Blake Bortles role and overtake both of them if the steady improvement he's made as a pocket passer the past two years continues in 2014," Rang wrote. Despite only having played two seasons, Hundley ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). If he surpasses 3,828 passing yards this season, Hundley will pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader.
Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge "is a big time prospect with great potential," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge led the Orange with 78 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore, earning All-ACC Third Team honors. "He has terrific size, athleticism and range in centerfield," Pauline wrote. "Most would be surprised if Eskridge does not enter the 2015 draft and a big season could push him into the middle part of round two."
Mississippi redshirt senior ILB Deterrian Shackleford is a 'tweener who "lacks the size to remain at defensive end and isn't fast enough to handle coverage responsibilities at linebacker," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Shackleford is entering his sixth year of eligibility after missing the 2011 and 2012 seasons with separate ACL surgeries. He collected 44 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and two sacks in his return last year. "Shackleford has 'tweener traits as he lacks the size to remain at defensive end and isn't fast enough to handle coverage responsibilities at linebacker," Rang wrote. "He's physical, alert and a fiery leader, however, and played his best football down the stretch last season."
Pittsburgh redshirt senior OLB Todd Thomas has durability concerns, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"For two seasons now I’ve graded Todd Thomas as a solid weakside linebacker and potential draftable prospect," Pauline wrote. "He shows good range and ability in space as well as skills in coverage. Thomas, who’s had several knee surgeries, indicated prior to the start of last season he was leaving the Pittsburgh program before reversing course. Both must be looked into." Thomas collected 72 tackles, six TFLs and two QB hurries as a junior last season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Thomas runs a 4.68 forty.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he's higher on redshirt junior CB Lafayette Pitts than anybody else.
Pitts tallied 44 tackles, three TFLs, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 12 starts and one additional appearance last year. "I might be the only person to stamp cornerback Lafayette Pitts with a second/third round grade but I’ll take my chances," Pauline wrote. "The past two seasons I’ve watched Pitts develop into a steady and sometimes spectacular corner. For the most part he plays solid football and stays away from mental mistakes. I like him as a prospect now and think he offers a good amount of upside." In addition to his coverage work, Pitts led the Panthers with 439 kickoff return yards on 19 attempts (23.1 average).
Ohio State announced senior QB Braxton Miller will miss the entire 2014 season.
The Buckeyes are confirming Miller re-injured his right (throwing) shoulder during practice Monday, but they have thus far refused to disclose the specific nature of the injury. Previous media reports indicate that Miller dislocated the shoulder on a throw in which he wasn't hit. "My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation." Miller is saying he intends to return to Ohio State in 2015. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season," he said. All eyes are now on redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who assumes the starting job.