Fresno State redshirt sophomore WR Davante Adams has requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
Adams is not frequently mentioned among draft-eligible receivers, but there is a strong chance he jumps to the NFL. He and Derek Carr have thrived in Fresno State's offense, and Adams impresses in yards after the catch and elevating to high point. Many believe he was the reason Jalen Saunders transferred to Oklahoma, as coaches prepared to move Saunders inside to the slot.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes Florida State senior DB Lamarcus Joyner is at his best when sliding inside in nickel situations.
"He has the fluidity and quickness to mirror slot receivers, and he is an explosive blitzer coming off the edge. As a zone defender, he is very quick to read patterns and jump throwing lanes for picks and pass breakups," Jeremiah writes. "I love his nastiness as a run defender." This is where Joyner wins, and even though he will get knocked for his size, the senior should find a role in the NFL early in his career.
NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Baylor redshirt freshman RB Shock Linwood is a LaDainian Tomlinson clone.
Linwood was the Bears third running back but saw the field for 125 carries this season, resulting 862 yards and eight touchdowns. Davis spoke to LT about Linwood, and the future hall of famer called the young runner "a legit item." Linwood is expected to see more carries next season, since Lache Seastrunk could declare for the draft.
Miami senior WR Allen Hurns will attend the East-West Shrine Game.
Hurns boasts a nice frame and body control. His quarterback, Stephen Morris, is expected to attend the Senior Bowl, so they could impress early at an event that usually lacks chemistry between passers and receivers.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has declined an offer to become UConn's head coach, according to Football Scoop.
Narduzzi has turned the Spartans' defense into one of the top unit's in the country. Ball State's Pete Lembo might be next on the list, but it is obvious that Narduzzi was UConn's first choice.
One NFL GM told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that no QB is rising faster than Fresno State senior Derek Carr.
And that is before the Senior Bowl, which is an event that Carr should perform very well in thanks to the lack of pressure he will face. Carr has the arm to hit every throw with touch or velocity, but he is somewhat untested in tight spaces. He reminds us a lot of Jay Cutler. Rapoport added the quarterback even has a chance to be the No. 1 pick.
Scouts Inc. ranks Florida freshman CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the No. 2 underclassman in college football.
"Hargreaves has the potential to quickly develop into the best cornerback in the country," the trio of Todd McShay, Kevin Weidl, and Steve Muench write. "He possesses exceptional man-to-man coverage skills. He has excellent flexibility, which allows him to transition quickly out of breaks without losing balance, and flashes the top-end speed to run with receivers downfield." Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston tops the list. Hargreaves should only receive more playing time next year with multiple Gator corners likely declaring for the draft.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Virginia Tech is set at CB for the next few years thanks to young talent at the position.
Weidl calls Kendall Fuller and Bandon Facyson "a pair of talented freshmen." Kendall is the the fourth int he string of Fuller brothers at Virginia Tech "and may end up being the best of the bunch," Weidl tweeted. "Strong eyes, instincts with exceptional ball skills." Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum will both be leaving for the NFL.