Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead and sophomore RB Thomas Tyner did not travel for the school's game against Cal.
Some might look at this from an injury perspective, but we are not so sure. Team officials did not end the speculation since they did not give a specific reason. Armstead did miss time recently with a left ankle injury (now two of the last three games), but he was confident he would play this week. Tyner did hurt his shoulder last week against Washington. Kicker Matt Wogan was also left at home.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Alabama junior S Landon Collins will declare for the draft after this season.
As expected. Collins had a rough game against Ole Miss earlier this season, but he did so while suffering from a bum ankle. Outside of that game, he's been everything experts had expected. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this month that Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri: "What makes Collins truly special is he's great in coverage, but is practically an extra linebacker in run support. An NFL team could consider him as early as the top 10."
Stanford junior CB Alex Carter is expected to bolt for the NFL after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Carter, whose father Tom was a first round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1993, is in the midst of a terrific season," Pauline wrote. Pauline reported last month that scouts had told him Carter would declare for the draft and become a top-100 pick. The 6-foot, 202-pound junior, who plays as physical as his sturdy frame would suggest, was named to the preseason Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award watch lists.
Georgia LBs Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd will both enter the draft early, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"A month ago I was told Leonard Floyd (DE/OLB) would consider entering the draft after a good season but recent word is the true-sophomore will declare himself eligible at the end of the season," Pauline wrote. "So too will teammate Jordan Jenkins, whom I’m told is closing in on an agent and is a linebacker I’m very high on." Jenkins was an immediate contributor from the time he stepped onto campus, and has steadily improved from there. He had 31 tackles -- eight for loss -- and five sacks as a true freshman, and increased his production to 45 tackles, 12 for loss and five sacks as the 'JACK linebacker in Todd Grantham's 3-4 scheme last year.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "there’s no definitive word" about whether or not Stanford junior T Andrus Peat will declare for the draft at present time.
Everybody and their mother is assuming Peat is a goner after this season, but we'll have to wait until over the winter to get word from the horse's mouth. "I’ve been told all along Peat is concentrating on the season at hand and will move his focus towards the draft after the campaign," Pauline wrote. Peat is likely to go in the top half of the first round.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Miami is expecting junior RB Duke Johnson to leave early for the draft.
"[A decision] even more likely after his injury last evening," Pauline wrote. Johnson twisted his ankle in Thursday's win over Virginia Tech after taking a tumble over a bench on the sideline, but he walked off under his own power. Miami HC Al Golden said Johnson was fine after the game, but the scare will no doubt remind Johnson of breaking his right tibia against Florida State last year around this time.
Washington junior OLB Shaq Thompson and junior CB Marcus Peters will both declare for the draft after this season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Both look like first-round picks, though each has questions surrounding them. For Thompson, scouts may be concerned by the former's safety size and lack of experience at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, who we compare to Ryan Shazier, has also seen time at running back. Peters, meanwhile, will have to answer questions about his off-the-field temperament.
Washington State Cougars redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will likely declare for the draft this winter, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
This news come as a bit of a surprise, as Cooper is no lock for even Day 2 at this time. "[Cooper's] draft grade draws mixed reviews," Pauline wrote. "While some stamp Cooper as a top 45 pick, area scouts presently grade the junior as a middle (3rd/4th) round prospect at best." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper has great size and strength at the point of attack, and he's got a fierce motor, but he isn't terribly explosive. He'll be an eye-of-the-beholder type prospect in war rooms.