Norris: Podcast Episode Seven

Norris: Podcast Episode Seven
In Episode Seven, Josh is joined by Zach Whitman to discuss SPARQ, "analytics," athletic trends and so much more.
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UCF WR Breshad Perriman "been a favorite of mine who I feel is a first-round talent," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"We won't see Perriman run until his pro day, but at 6-2 and 212 pounds, on the tape you see a sure-handed receiver who morphs into a running back with the ball in his hands," Kiper wrote. Perriman was held out of the combine due to a minor injury, but scouts will get a chance to check him out at the school's pro day on March 25. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Perriman No. 33, and Gil Brandt recently labeled Perriman as one of the draft's fastest risers.
Feb 28 - 8:26 PM

FSU RB Karlos Williams posted the best Speed Score of all 2015 running backs.

He ran a 4.48 forty at 230 pounds. Williams' Speed Score of 114.2 was the only one in the class at the combine above 110 (Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman didn't run), typically viewed as the benchmark of a first-round pick. The brother of Steelers LB Vince Williams is a favorite of Football Outsiders scouting writer Matt Waldman. "Karlos is a former five-star recruit who played safety originally, then gradually transitioned to running back in his 2013 junior season, averaging 8.0 yards per carry (730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries)," wrote ESPN's Aaron Schatz. "However, he disappointed a bit with only 4.6 yards per carry as a full-time running back in 2014, and has had some off-the-field issues that teams will need to consider."
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper cautions that Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham is not the same caliber an athlete as Calvin Johnson.

Comparing DGB to Johnson has become more popular recently, but Kiper points out why that's a mistake. "Yes, DGB has the body type of Calvin Johnson, at 6-5 and 237 pounds," Kiper wrote. "But let's remember Megatron ran a 4.35 with a 1.52 10-yard split at 6-5 and 239 pounds. Johnson also had a 42.5-inch vertical. DGB is plenty athletic, with a 4.49 40 time and a 33.5-inch vertical. But he also has off-field questions to answer. Still, the size and skill set (while raw) is tantalizing." Green-Beckham "has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green and earn top-10 grades" based purely on skill, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes.
Feb 28 - 7:47 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White "has star potential, especially if he continues to improve," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"White is probably closer to [Amari] Cooper on most boards than he was heading into Indy," Kiper wrote. "He ran 4.35 with a 1.52 10-yard split, so there's no question about the quick-twitch explosiveness now." Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar recently compared White to a mix of Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Feb 28 - 7:32 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt still believes in Florida State G Tre' Jackson despite a lackluster showing at the combine.

Jackson posted a weak 40 time (5.52 seconds) and his arms measured 32 5/8 inches, an inch shorter than would be ideal. Strangely, he elected not to lift. "Jackson was a three-year starter for Florida State ... and he surely benefited from the instruction of outstanding line coach Rick Trickett," Brandt wrote. "In 2014, Jackson was not called for holding once and yielded just 1.5 sacks. When you start and play well for a team like the Seminoles, there must be something there."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 7:19 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that Ohio State WR Devin Smith "didn't measure as big as he plays" at the combine.

Smith checked in at 6-foot and under 200 pounds. "Smith is plenty fast (4.42) and has down-the-field credentials, where he flat dominated at the catch point last season," Kiper wrote. "If you ran a reel for Smith's best catches, you'd assume he was 6-3." Smith was hoping to run the 40 in the 4.3s. He'll get another chance at Ohio State's pro day.
Feb 28 - 7:00 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote "I have faith" in Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein.

The massive 6-foot-8, 333-pounder had a forgettable time at the combine. He beat only eight offensive linemen with a 5.46 40-yard dash, had one of the worst 20-yard shuttle showings amongst linemen (4.87), had the worst three-cone drill time (8.28), and posted a field-low 16 reps on the bench press. "He did not appear to move well and didn't look very fast or strong," Brandt wrote. "But he was on a Wisconsin team that won a lot of games (39) and featured a great running attack during his time there. The Badgers rushed for 200-plus yards 12 times and 300-plus yards five times last season, and Havenstein did not get called for holding once in 2014 while surrendering just 2.5 sacks. He's been extremely well coached and demonstrates great technique. Will that help him against NFL-level pass rushers?"
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 6:46 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is "A.J. Green Lite -- but not that light."

"Given his big catch radius and ability to beat defenders at the catch point (see: arms longer than 33 inches), running 4.45 at 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds puts him in a top class of athlete as well," Kiper wrote. "A difference-maker and potential No. 1 receiver." Parker recently met with the Dolphins at the combine and has been popularly mocked to Miami at No. 14. Another marriage that makes a lot of sense is the Vikings at No. 11.
Feb 28 - 6:30 PM
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