NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Colorado State senior QB Garrett Grayson "was up and down" at Senior Bowl practices.
"But he had scouts buzzing in the stands with some of his throws Thursday afternoon," Zierlein wrote. "Grayson threw a couple of poor interceptions -- to TCU's Kevin White and Norfolk State's Lynden Trail -- but made up for it with impressive touch on deep throws and with fade routes in the end zone. Grayson is a polarizing prospect in scouting circles but had a solid day." ESPN's Todd McShay believes Grayson "could wind up as the fifth or sixth QB selected -- likely on Day 3" because the QB class is so shallow. The Mountain West Conference offensive player of the year posted 7,975 yards and a 55/18 TD/INT ratio across 27 starts for the Rams over the past two years.
Florida senior OL Max Garcia's "effort and hand placement have stood out on tape when we've studied him this week," observed Scout's Inc.
"He's so good at latching on to his man that he can quickly get back into position even when he loses balance. He isn't the most physically gifted lineman, but he consistently executes his assignment," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. Garcia, a former Maryland Terrapin, has made starts at center, left tackle and left guard during his career. CBS Sports' Rob Rang likes his knee bend and flexibility.
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Pittsburgh senior OT T.J. Clemmings is no longer a potential top-10 sleeper pick.
"I think he's got a lot of talent, but he's so darned raw," Mayock said. "He's struggled all week in practice." The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Clemmings began his career on defense. He shifted to offense a few years ago, but has spent the past two seasons at right tackle, a position obviously not as valuable to the NFL as left tackle. Coming into the week, many thought he would show LT potential, but some analyst walked away from the event disappointed. To be fair, Mayock said Clemmings' issues were "technique-related," problems that are correctable.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that some personnel men "continue to get caught up in [Baylor senior WR Antwan Goodley's] body type.
"At 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, he has been likened to a running back," Zierlein wrote. "But his deep speed was on display Thursday, and Goodley got off of press coverage with ease for most of the morning. Goodley was a vertical threat at Baylor and was used as a running back on some zone-read plays, but one scout said Goodley had an eye-opening week showing off his potential outside of the Baylor scheme." Last month, an NFC South scout noted that Goodley's "body type screams Anquan Boldin." Goodley runs a 4.39 second forty.
Delaware senior TE Nick Boyle is "an under-the-radar pass-catcher" who "made some noise on Thursday to cap off a solid showing against top competition," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer.
"He's the biggest player at the position and that shows during blocking drills, but he was able to turn in a terrific effort in the passing game on Thursday," Fischer wrote. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Boyle, one of the FCS' top tight ends over the past few years, entered the week as a Day 3 prospect. "He may have made the most money out of anybody," said NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who noted that Boyle is now a possible Day 2 pick.
NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Miami senior TE Clive Walford "has a chance to be a complete tight end."
"No matter who was covering Walford this week, the tight end was making plays," Davis wrote. "Many people think he's the top tight end in this draft, and he showed why this week. He's excellent getting off the line of scrimmage and runs routes well. Walford showed off an arsenal of subtle fakes that leave defenders hanging in coverage, which allows him to gain a step and run. At 6-4, 258, I think he's big enough to handle blocking in-line." NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said earlier this week that Walford is "the most explosive tight end in this year's draft." The analyst was impressed with Walford's versatility and said he expected the TE to run a 40-yard dash around 4.65, which Mayock said would be "tremendous" for his size.
Scout's Inc. reports that TCU senior CB Kevin White played better at Senior Bowl week than they'd seen on tape.
"He's small (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) with short arms (29 7/8 inches), so we're not talking about a Day 1 or even a Day 2 pick here," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "But he stood out this week after we'd initially been underwhelmed by his performance as tape. He showed very quick feet, fluid movement skills and excellent instincts in terms of recognizing routes and reading the quarterback's eyes. He also did a great job of playing the ball, including high-pointing an interception in Wednesday's practice." The 5-foot-10, 174-pound White is graded by CBS as a Rds. 4-5 prospect. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that White "entered the week without much buzz, but he leaves Mobile as the talk of the town."
South Carolina redshirt junior OT Brandon Shell (labrum) will not be able to participate in spring practices, according to a school spokesperson.
Shell underwent surgery earlier this month to repair a torn labrum. Hall of Famer Art Shell's nephew is expected to make a full recovery before summer camp. He's made every start over the past two seasons and started 36 of the last 39 games for the Gamecocks overall.