CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wonders how the Ray Rice situation will impact Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham if he decides to enter the 2015 draft.
The star receiver was dismissed from Missouri after pushing a woman down stairs (amongst other transgressions). He was never charged. In announcing a six-game ban for first-time domestic abuse offenders, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to each team which stated first-time offenders could be suspended longer if circumstances warranted it, including "a prior incident before joining the NFL." Wrote Brugler: "So if Green-Beckham is involved in a domestic abuse incident while on a NFL roster, he would be subject to a harsher penalty than just the expected six game suspension. It's very possible Green-Beckham stays out of trouble once in the NFL, but nonetheless, it's a factor for teams to consider when deciding whether or not to draft the super-talented pass catcher."
Toledo redshirt junior WR Alonzo Russell is a "long, sure-handed receiver with deceptive speed," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Despite [losing two early games] the efforts of receiver Alonzo Russell have been impressive," Pauline wrote. "Russell has averaged almost six receptions and 100-receiving yards in each of Toledo’s three games this season. He’s a long, sure-handed receiver with deceptive speed. Russell also does the little things well such as blocking downfield or setting legal picks for teammates. Speak to Toledo coaches and they’ll admit the talented junior is a 'leave early player.'" The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder runs a 4.58 forty. Pauline graded him as a preseason Round 4 prospect.
Oregon starting senior LT Jake Fisher's knee injury "isn't considered season-ending," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
He suffered a sprained left knee on the opening drive in Saturday's win over Wyoming. "According to a source, he will be sidelined less than a month, which is good news for Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who said that he hoped to get Fisher back 'pretty soon,'" Brugler wrote. "Fisher is expected to miss this weekend's game at Washington State, but the coaching staff is hopeful he will be back in the starting lineup for Arizona (October 2) or at UCLA (October 11). He is currently ranked as the No. 8 senior offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft and a possible top-100 pick."
Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple said Penn State sophomore QB Christian Hackenberg will be the No. 1 overall pick when he enters the draft.
"He's going to be the first player picked. If he could come out this year, he'd be the first player picked," Whipple said, adding that Hackenberg "just can make every throw. ... He's just got it all." Whipple was the Steelers' QB coach during Ben Roethlisberger's first three seasons in the league, and he has also been an offensive assistant with the Eagles and Browns (2011-12). Whipple's UMass squad travels to Penn State on Saturday. We'd accuse him of buttering Hackenberg up, but he's not the only one saying these things. A veteran AFC scout said last week that Hackenberg is "the top QB in college football," and NFL.com wrote that he is "generating the most buzz with NFL scouts" amongst quarterbacks.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "hasn't lost his world-class wheels" since returning from ACL surgery.
Dorsett was one of college football's brightest weekend stars, slapping down 201 receiving yards and two touchdowns on four catches against Arkansas State. NFL scouts have timed the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Dorsett tore his ACL last October. "He possesses true 'see-ya' speed with easy acceleration to turn on the jets and erase pursuit angles from defenders and he should be a prime candidate for the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine in February," Brugler wrote. "Dorsett lacks ideal size and strength for the next level, but he's a natural hands catcher with sudden change of direction skills as a ballcarrier who has no problem hitting the turbo button. His speed as a receiver and return man will see him drafted much higher than many are projecting right now."
Ohio State is "preparing to move forward" as if they won't get Ohio State junior DE Noah Spence back for the remainder of the season, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Spence, who was set to return over the weekend from suspension, failed a second drug test. He first failed a drug test for ecstasy back in January. "We are hopeful that Noah can get healthy and, at some point, resume his career with the Buckeyes," Spence's parents said in a statement to the Columbus Dispatch. "We are uncertain how long he will be ineligible, but we will work with Ohio State and the Big Ten until we have a final resolution." The Big Ten handbook states that a student athlete who fails a second drug test "shall be declared permanently ineligible for all further intercollegiate competition in all sports."
Kansas State junior QB Jake Waters "has a chance to showcase his diverse skills" on Thursday night against Auburn, wrote Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.
"Waters is the classic Bill Snyder recruit -- and undervalued junior college star that few other high-profile schools wanted," wrote SI's Inside Read duo. "As so often happens under Snyder, he’s emerged as a star." KSU would take a big step towards the inaugural college football playoff if it can pull off an upset against the Tigers. "We have everything," Waters said. "We can go do the spread game, the zone reads, throw the attachments, or we can go put two tight ends, two running backs in there and pound it on the ground. It’s a complicated offense." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared Waters to ex-Gamecocks QB Connor Shaw over the summer: "Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster."
The Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday announced that 12 players have been added to its watch list, including Baylor’s KD Cannon and West Virginia’s Kevin White.
All 12 players added are in the top 14 in the country in receiving yards, with Alabama’s Amari Cooper (third) and Northern Illinois’ Da’Ron Brown (ninth) already named in the preseason. Baylor now has three receivers on the list, with Cannon joining Antwan Goodly and Levi Norwood, both of whom will return from injury against Iowa State.