Preseason Look: Marcus Mariota

Preseason Look: Marcus Mariota
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TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline is "high" on Washington redshirt junior CB Marcus Peters.

Peters earned a preseason Round 2 grade from Pauline, which means others are higher -- CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Peters a potential first-rounder earlier this summer. "I’m high on Peters and believe with a good season and solid pre-draft forty times the junior could end up in the first round (assuming he enters)," Pauline wrote. "He’s physical, instinctive and possesses tremendous ball skills." The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Peters broke out to earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last season with 55 tackles, 14 pass break ups and five interceptions. He has a great frame, good speed and athleticism, sound technique, and an aggressive game.
Jul 28 - 12:41 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline says Utah senior WR Dres Anderson is a slower version of former Colorado receiver Paul Richardson.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson (son of former NFL WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson) had seven catches of 50 yards or more and 10 receptions of at least 40 yards for the Utes in 2013. "I was impressed with receiver Dres Anderson after breaking down the film," Pauline wrote. "I see a lot of Paul Richardson in his game, though he’s not as fast." Last year, Anderson became just the seventh player in Ute history to pass the 1,000 yard receiving mark with 1,002 yards.
Jul 28 - 12:31 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline likes USC redshirt senior ILB Hayes Pullard's instincts.

"Pullard is a smallish prospect (more short than small) with growth limitations but a terrific pursuit linebacker with solid instincts," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Pullard enters his senior year having made 39 career starts. He's recorded 282 tackles, 20 for loss. The inside 'backer runs a 4.73 forty.
Jul 28 - 12:19 AM

UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy "jumps off the film," writes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He does so sporadically," the analyst clarifies, a not-so-veiled shot at McCarthy's work ethic. "At the top of his game McCarthy is a difference maker up front but he also disappears for stretches." The UCLA prospect has played NG and DE in a 3-4 attack for the Bruins. McCarthy, 6-foot-4 and 330-pounds, projects best inside at the next level, where he'll be able to make use of his wide body to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.
Jul 28 - 12:03 AM

Oregon senior C Hroniss Grasu "will be downgraded because of poor measurables," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst says "many" believe a stock drop is coming due to the concern, but added this: "A west coast scout told me it's not a concern as the Ducks offensive lineman will measure over 6-feet/3-inches and right around 300-pounds." The 2013 All-American surprisingly decided to return to school over the winter along with redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 1 senior center.
Jul 27 - 11:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline says NFL scouts see Stanford senior WR Ty Montgomery as a second-round pick.

Pauline disagrees, grading Montgomery as a Rds. 3-4 prospect. "His size and inconsistent hands worry me," the analyst noted. Montgomery tallied 2,208 all-purpose yards last season, the third most in school history, leading the Cardinal with 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's a superb receiver, but perhaps a better kick returner, averaging 30.3 yards per opportunity to earn consensus All-American honors as a kick returner in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is in line for a monster season.
Jul 27 - 11:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline labels Stanford junior T Andrus Peat an "elite" prospect.

"There’s a good amount of NFL talent on the Stanford roster yet only a single prospect I label elite," Pauline wrote. "Peat has the size, athleticism and footwork to start on the left side in the NFL. I’d just wish he’d develop a nasty streak." The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder with a wide frame and stunning athleticism showed evaluators that he could handle himself against elite rushers in the Pac-12 last season. Peat is a superb athlete who is a premium technician.
Jul 27 - 11:19 PM

Oregon State junior Isaac Seumalo hasn't been given a definitive timetable for his return from a broken foot, leaving him in jeopardy of missing the season opener.

"I think it’s on pretty good schedule to be ready to play, if not at the very first game, early," Oregon State head coach Mike Riley said. "So we’re going to be very, very careful with that. So that’s why I’m being very careful when I say he’s going to play. But I anticipate him being ready. I would think he might be ready for the first game, but maybe not." The Beavers don't need to rush Seumalo back with games against the Portland State Vikings and Hawaii Warriors in the first two weeks before a Week 3 bye.
Jul 27 - 11:06 PM
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