Kansas State DE Ryan Mueller "has some Tedy Bruschi to him," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
"Mueller stays low out of his stance with quick get-off to shoot gaps and penetrate the backfield," Brugler wrote. "He displays a strong understanding of leverage and angles with a flexible lower body and powerful hands to finish tackles. Mueller routinely plays alert, well-prepared and assignment sound, reading the run well and containing the edge. Although he's not a quick-twitch mover, he has better change of direction abilities than expected and looks comfortable on his feet, leading many to believe his future might be at linebacker in the NFL." He led the Wildcats in tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) in 2013. "Ryan just epitomizes what Coach Snyder is all about, doesn't he?" an NFC North scout said. "There's no doubt he has his limitations, but he's a 110-percenter with a locked in motor that won't quit. To be honest, I'm not sure where or if he's going to be drafted, but I'm not betting against him."
Former USC redshirt senior RB/DB D.J. Morgan said he has not retired from football, and still has NFL aspirations.
He has an odd way of showing it. Morgan has not played since 2012 due to injuries. "I realize I still have a lot left in me," Morgan said. "I haven’t played in a while and I just want to get my body back." He finished his Trojan career with only 364 yards rushing and a touchdown. The No. 68 overall recruit in the 2010 class was moved to defensive back in summer camp. He left the team earlier this week. "We’re wishing him the best of luck," head coach Steve Sarkisian said.
An NFC personnel executive said he hasn't seen a back like Georgia junior RB Todd Gurley "in a long time."
"I haven't seen a back like Gurley in a long time," said the executive. "He has such an impressive blend of speed and power. He competed in the 60-meter hurdles at Georgia and I think that has helped him with his leg drive." Gurley had "several Heisman-like moments" in Saturday's loss to South Carolina, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang, rushing for 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (6.6 YPC). Wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis: "He's drawn favorable comparisons to some pretty good NFL backs, including Fred Taylor and Marshawn Lynch. Barring an injury, there's little doubt he'll break the two-year drought of running backs being taken in the first round of the draft."
Former Ole Miss HC and USC interim coach Ed Orgeron turned down the Nicholls State job.
Nicholls State athletic director Rob Bernardi confirmed to CoachingSearch.com that he talked to Orgeron about taking over after Charlie Stubbs resigned as coach on the heels of an 0-3 start. Orgeron declined, citing a "commitment he made to his wife and family for this season," according to CoachingSearch.com. Orgeron's home in Mandeville, La., is very close to the Nicholls State campus. You'll hear his name connected to head coaching jobs this winter; there aren't many better recruiters in the business.
Oklahoma sophomore DT Jordan Phillips is "already generating buzz within the scouting community," after his return from a back injury, according to NFL.com.
Phillips suffered a season-ending back injury in early October, but he wreaked havoc in the four games before that. "He's a massive presence on the interior at 6-foot-6, 334 pounds and can eat up blocks to let linebackers run free. He creates pressure up the middle vs. the pass, too," Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote. "An NFC scout said he expects Phillips to be a driving force behind the success of the Oklahoma defense this season." The prospect from Towanda, Kan., has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently. You can expect the Sooners to ramp up his playing time now that they're set to embark on Big 12 play.
USC junior DL Leonard Williams went No. 1 overall in CBS Sports' Rob Rang's most recent mock draft.
The NFLDraftScout.com staff currently projects Oakland to land in the top spot. With Derek Carr, the team won't be in the market for another quarterback. "The Raiders have one of the oldest rosters in the NFL and desperately need young talent on a defensive line that is currently filled with veteran cast-offs acquired via free agency," Rang wrote. "Oakland could be in a situation to trade out of this pick for a quarterback-needy franchise, but with a supreme talent like Williams available, it would be a win-win. Wiliams might be the best player in the entire draft and gives the Raiders a building block to pair with Khalil Mack in the front-seven." The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder collected 11 tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss nursing a high-ankle sprain versus Stanford a few weekends ago in a game that was critical for his evaluation.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis write that they are "hearing a lot of Larry Fitzgerald comparisons" for West Virginia senior WR Kevin White.
"His build at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds is similar to Fitzgerald's," wrote the trio. "An NFL personnel director said he's not willing to go as far as a Fitzgerald comparison for White, but he didn't knock down the comparison completely, saying he sees the reason for it." White ranks second in the FBS with 460 receiving yards and is one of only three players with 30-plus catches. "White is establishing himself as one of the top wide receivers in the country, and we think he's an absolute beast," NFL.com's draft team added. "He's playing with a lot of confidence right now, and he should be -- he's a big-body guy who can run and has excellent hands."
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer announced redshirt sophomore Joshua Stanford has been granted a leave of absence from the team.
Stanford is dealing with a personal issue that Beamer justifiably wouldn't discuss. It's important to note that he isn't being disciplined. Stanford ranked third on the Hokies in 2013 with 40 catches for 640 yards. He has started 13 of the Hokies’ 16 games over the past two years.