Birds 24/7 reports that Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy mentioned that he's "a fan" of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
"He’s talented… One thing I have to say is he’s a talent," McCoy told Birds 24/7. "He can run, he’s fast, he can make the right throws, he’s smart with the reads and he’s very safe. As a player, I’m a fan of his for sure." While McCoy gave a raving review of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, the talented back also gave his support for QB Nick Foles. With the Eagles picking at No. 20, it may take a real slide for Mariota to fall in their laps. Be prepared for the Eagles to start making calls to trade up, if a Mariota slide happens.
Miami (Ohio) senior CB Quinten Rollins was the "most impressive corner throughout the week of practice," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"The most impressive corner throughout the week of practice, Rollins carried it over into the game. His interception with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter may have been the game's most impressive catch, as he tracked the ball directly over his head and leapt to haul it in, Rang wrote. The 6-foot, 203-pound Rollins, a four-year basketball starter, transitioned to football in 2014 and promptly won MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors with seven interceptions. We think a good winter is going to push Rollins into Round 1, and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler agrees.
Oregon State senior CB Steven Nelson "stood out in coverage all day long, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and the closing burst," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Nelson stood out in coverage all day long, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and the closing burst. He officially broke up four passes, consistently undercutting receivers to bat away passes. Nelson has the blend of size and tenacity scouts are looking for in a nickel corner," Rang wrote. The All-Pac-12 second team selection had a solid senior season for the Beavers, and recorded two interceptions and 60 tackles.
Northern Iowa redshirt senior RB David Johnson was "the most impressive" running back "overall," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"While Abdullah may have been the flashiest back, the most impressive overall was Johnson, whose combination of size, sharp-cutting and terrific hands out of the backfield made him a mismatch in the running and receiving game," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Johnson flashed great vision and balance during his 19-yard touchdown run during the Senior Bowl. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline previously reported, that Johnson is being graded as a second-to fourth-round draft pick.
UCF senior WR Rannell Hall "made some terrific catches throughout the week, showing excellent timing, positioning and concentration to make contested grabs," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Hall showed terrific body control to adjust over Oregon State CB Steven Nelson to haul in a 32-yard pass in the third quarter. This wasn't the case of one splashy play getting Hall attention, though. He made some terrific catches throughout the week, showing excellent timing, positioning and concentration to make contested grabs," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hall was Blake Bortles' favorite receiver from a year ago. The UCF Knights' prospect could hear his name called in the draft due to his quickness, which projects nicely to the NFL slot.
CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that, after a very impressive week of practice, Duke senior WR Jamison Crowder "had a tough game, twice bobbling kick returns."
"After a very impressive week of practice, Crowder had a tough game, twice bobbling kick returns. He was saved from a fumble on the first one by an obscure NFL rule that states that returners have the opportunity to re-secure a ball bobbled into the air if they waved for a fair catch," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound Crowder has been drawing comparisons to Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton for his ability to makes plays from multiple alignments. Rang added that Crowder "has terrific quickness and first-step acceleration to make big plays after the catch or as a returner."
Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah's "terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week" at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Leading the victorious North squad in rushing (73 yards) and receiving (four catches for 40 yards) for a game-high 113 all-purpose yards, Abdullah was named the 2015 Senior Bowl MVP. Abdullah's terrific agility, balance and acceleration helped him stand out all week and he rose to the occasion one last time," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Abdullah had an impressive week in Mobile, and could hear his name called on Day 2 of the draft.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "on the field, he has the physical and mental make-up to be the best player in this draft class," and has him going to Tampa Bay with the No.1 overall pick.
"The last time Tampa had the rights to the No. 1 overall pick, the franchise drafted a quarterback (Vinny Testaverde in 1987) and it seems likely that the Buccaneers will go a similar direction with the top pick this spring. Winston has off-field red flags, but on the field, he has the physical and mental make-up to be the best player in this draft class," Brugler wrote. It seems like evaluators are starting to warm up to Winston as the No. 1 overall pick. Despite his off-field troubles, Winston's talents may be too enticing for the Bucs to pass up. With newly hired offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter now in the mix, Winston could be the better fit versus Marcus Mariota.