NFL Media names Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins their No. 4 most explosive athletes in College Football.
"Higgins led the nation in receptions of at least 20 yards (30), 30 yards (20), 40 yards (12) and 50 yards (seven). He also had three of at least 60 yards and two of at least 70. His TD receptions averaged 31 yards, with four covering at least 51 yards," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior led the nation with 1,750 receiving yards and with 17 touchdowns, hauling in 96 passes, averaging 18.2 yards per reception last season. In just two seasons, Higgins has posted 164 receptions for 2,587 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 99.5 yards per game.
NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt reports that Clemson LT Isaiah Battle will have his pro day on July 7th at Clemson.
The Clemson prospect may be one of the only players taken in the supplemental draft this year, and could cost an interested team a potential third or fourth-round pick in next year's draft. The 6-foot-7, 275-pound Battle has recorded 32 knockdowns in 1,336 snaps over 27 games.
NFL Media ranks Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa as their No. 3 most explosive athletes in College Football.
"Watch any Ohio State game on TV, and you will be startled once or twice each time you watch by how quickly Bosa gets into the backfield. Well, if it startles you while you're watching on TV, imagine the poor quarterback who bears the brunt of Bosa's wrath," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The Ohio State prospect posted 13.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in 2014. Bosa brings the perfect blend of power and athleticism to the table, which is usually too much to handle for opposing tackles.
Maryland junior OLB/DE Yannick Ngakoue "is a classic 'tweener with the burst to challenge tackle's reach," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.
"Ngakoue is a classic 'tweener with the burst to challenge tackle's reach but only average flexibility and closing speed while running the arc. Ngakoue has a powerful hand slap and good lateral agility to keep opponents from latching on. Unfortunately, he isn't yet powerful enough to rip free quickly when they do and doesn't possess ideal length to project great improvement in this area," Rang wrote. Ngakoue earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media last season, posting 37 tackles, with 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks on his 2014 resume. With the Terrapins switching to a 4-3 defense this year, the Maryland prospect could have a huge year as a defensive end.
NFL Media names Baylor sophomore WR KD Cannon and sophomore WR Corey Coleman their most explosive athletes in College Football.
"Together, the two Bears caught 122 passes for 2,149 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and 19 touchdowns. They combined for 24 receptions of at least 30 yards, 19 of at least 40, eight of at least 50, five of at least 60 and four of at least 60. And get this: Of their combined 19 TD receptions, 18 covered at least 25 yards, with eight covering at least 50. Coleman's 11 TD receptions averaged 37 yards," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. Both prospects are currently the only returning 1,000-yard receiving duo in college football. With two explosive talents like Cannon and Coleman on the field at the same time, it will be hard for opposing defenses to cover them both in 2015.
Houston DE Eric Eiland is available to be selected in the Supplemental Draft.
Tony Pauline said as much in February. Eiland started 10 games last season and produced 3.5 tackles for loss. The 27 year old spent four years in the minor league baseball circuit after he was selected in the second-round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Apparently he tried to enter April's draft but screwed up the paperwork.
UConn graduate TE Sean McQuillan is available to be selected in the Supplemental Draft.
McQuillan was looking to transfer to another program for the 2015 season after his April arrest for an assault and disorderly conduct charge. He was scheduled to be a team captain and started 19 games over the last twos seasons. We don't expect him to be selected.
Maryland junior CB William Likely's "superb athleticism is evident wherever he lines up," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.
"Though his size will always be a detriment, Lively's superb athleticism is evident wherever he lines up. Lively's light feet, fluidity and balance help him keep a low, quick backpedal and he changes direction in a flash, closing on the ball aggressively," Rang wrote. The former four-star recruit was named the Gatorade Player of the Year out of Florida, as a junior in high school. Despite his size, the 5-foot-7, 175-pound Likely doesn't shy away from bigger competition and wins more 50/50 balls than expected. The Maryland prospect started all 13 games last season, recording 83 tackles with six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.