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The Falcons worked out Auburn DB Nick Marshall over the weekend, according to Chase Goodbread.

Marshall continues to make the transition from quarterback to cornerback. He tested like an average athlete at the Combine, but with length and height a team will be intrigued by Marshall as a project. He did play DB at Georgia and other teams might view Marshall as a safety.
Mar 30 - 11:02 AM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score grades Auburn WR Sammie Coates as the No. 4 receiver.

"When Coates was a sophomore, 2.5 percent of Auburn's pass attempts were touchdown passes to Coates," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "Similarly, he dominated his team's passing attack as a junior, gaining 3.16 yards per team attempt. He also averaged a superb 21.4 yards per catch and is entering the draft as an underclassman. However, while Coates' rate stats were good, his total stats were not that impressive, with only 741 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a junior." The system offered a pair of interesting historical comparisons in Demaryius Thomas and Stephen Hill. "Coates' numbers may simply be a function of an offense where a few deep passes to Coates served as a change of pace, rather than a true reflection of Coates' ability as a receiver," Forster wrote. "In that regard, Coates is hauntingly similar to a huge bust that Playmaker Score loved: Stephen Hill. Coates' scouting report is similar."
Mar 30 - 12:54 AM

Auburn DL Gabe Wright has workouts scheduled with the Bucs, Texans, Falcons and Colts, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wright's projection is an interesting one, because he played both inside and outside in a variety of alignments. His weight fluctuated with the position shifts as well. The below average athlete needs to specialize in hand use and winning with power along with counter moves. Some teams could view Wright as a utility defensive lineman.
Mar 20 - 10:50 AM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Jeremy Johnson, Jason Smith, Tyler Queen and Sean White are all competing for the school's starting QB vacancy.

If you're going to replace a star like Nick Marshall, it's smart to keep your options open. And facilitating the idea of competition between four candidates is just smart motivation theory. That said, we think Johnson is the heavy, heavy favorite to win this job. "The first few days of spring you want to make sure when you’re installing the base offense you give these guys enough reps," Malzahn said. "All four quarterbacks, including [junior college transfer] Jason Smith, will get 'fairly equal' snaps." Johnson completed 27-of-38 attempts for 436 yards and a 3/0 TD/INT rate in limited action last season.
Source: AL.com
Mar 11 - 1:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks sees Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne as a potential bargain option to replace Lesean McCoy in Philadelphia.

"He's used to up-tempo and playing out of the shotgun, so his eyes would be fine in terms of finding the holes, vision-wise," Brooks said. The analyst actually thinks Miami RB Duke Johnson would "be the best fit" to fill the vacancy, because he's a "carbon copy" of McCoy himself. Melvin Gordon and Tevin Coleman are also good options, he said. "[Gordon] played in a zone system at Wisconsin that is similar to what the Eagles do, in terms of how he reads lanes and cuts," Brooks wrote. "He didn't spend a lot of time in the shotgun, so that would be something new for him, but it wouldn't be much of an adjustment." As for Coleman, Brooks said he is a "home-run hitter, very explosive, and with his size and speed and ability to catch the ball, he would be a really good fit."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 11:00 PM

Auburn QB/CB Nick Marshall is "worth heavy consideration at some point in the draft," according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"I think he's difficult, and it's too early for me. I just think he's worth heavy consideration at some point in the draft as we begin to figure all this stuff out," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. "Part of it is what you think his value is going to be two or three years from now, not today. If you truly believe he can be a starting defensive back in the league, he's got one value. If you think he's going to be a perennial backup and a core special-teams player, it's a different value." The multi-talented Auburn prospect, has the ability to play quarterback in a zone-read package or as a developmental defensive back, that can be used on special teams.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 2:49 PM

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick worked out Auburn DL Angelo Blackson and Gabe Wright at the school's pro day.

"Keep an eye on Blackson, who ran in the low 4.9-second range today after timing a hand-held best of 4.98 seconds at the combine," wrote TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline. "He's a large (6-4.5, 318) athletic tackle who really doesn't get the credit he deserves in part due to the way Auburn used its linemen." Blackson collected 15 tackles, 5.5 TFL, and 3.0 sacks this season. Auburn's lack of DE depth forced the team to play Blackson outside a good bit this season, which should get him labeled as "versatile."
Mar 5 - 12:58 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that "scouts were very impressed" with Auburn WR Sammie Coates pro day workout.

"Especially the consistency of his hands, which has been an issue since the season," Pauline wrote. The analyst additionally passed along that both Coates and RB Cameron Artis-Payne met privately with the Browns on Wednesday. The dispatch about Coates' hands is great news for the prospect. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has 4.4 speed, but NFL.com's Lance Zierlein previously wrote that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Mar 4 - 10:27 PM

The Patriots have "shown a lot of interest" in Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst additionally reported that New England also likes Auburn's other back, Corey Grant. As for Artis-Payne, who Pauline calls a "fast-rising ball-carrier," he stood on his combine 40 time. "During drills, he was quick-footed and caught the ball exceptionally well," Pauline wrote. "Expect Artis-Payne to solidify himself as a top-100 pick." ESPN's Todd McShay believes Artis-Payne "could hear his name called in the middle or later rounds" next month.
Mar 3 - 11:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Auburn RB Corey Grant "sealed himself as a late-round pick" with his pro day performance.

Outside of SEC country, Grant was a little known backup before today, but the rest of the country is learning about him quickly. That's because Grant ran a stupid 4.27 forty at Auburn's pro day Tuesday (some had him at 4.25). Pauline reports that the Falcons, Dolphins and Patriots "have shown great interest" in the speedy ball carrier. "Grant is an explosive open-field runner with return skills and someone who should've received a combine invite," Pauline wrote. In other drills, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Grant leaped 37 inches in the vertical, 10-7 in the broad and posted 22 reps on the bench.
Mar 3 - 10:22 PM

Auburn redshirt senior RB Corey Grant ran unofficial times of 4.25 and 4.27 at Auburn's pro day on Tuesday.

Although prospects' times tend to be faster at pro days than at the combine or during individual team workouts, Grant's 40 time is sure to raise some eyebrows. The Auburn prospect recorded a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump, and also added 22 reps on the bench-press. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Grant averaged 6.1 yards a carry and rushed for 364 yards with 3 scores, with 10 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. On 18 kick returns, Grant recorded 403 yards, averaging 22.4 yards a return.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 1:56 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Auburn WR Sammie Coates is a "running back with the ball in his hands."

We entirely agree and believe Coates hasn't been given due credit for his running after the catch skills. "There was actually some disappointment in Coates' 4.43 40 time, which tells you about how good an athlete he is," Kiper wrote. "He's gotten better down the field." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout possesses poor hands and needs to work on his technique, but he boasts several No. 1 WR characteristics.
Mar 1 - 12:29 PM

At the combine, Auburn QB/CB Nick Marshall mentioned that some NFL teams asked if he could play safety or special teams at the next level.

"There were some questions about whether I could play safety or special teams and what not," Marshall told NFL.com. "I told them I'd be glad to try safety." In space, the Auburn prospect does have the ideal size to match up with wide receivers and tight ends. With his vast knowledge of concepts as a quarterback, it could help him have a better understanding of what he's seeing. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted back in September, that with "communication skills also valued heavily at the position, Marshall's experience as an offensive leader could help him become an ideal traffic cop in the secondary."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 26 - 2:35 PM

Auburn edge rusher Carl Lawson has been cleared by doctors after dealing with lingering knee issues last year.

Per ESPN's Chris Low, wWith him in the lineup, (Gus) Malzahn thinks Tigers will be able to rush the passer with four." That is a big step forward. There were rumblings Lawson would return last year from an ACL surgery which occurred last May, but it never happened.
Feb 25 - 11:41 AM

One NFL scout told Bob McGinn he is "not on board" with selecting Auburn WR Sammie Coates, and "wouldn't touch him."

"Once he runs fast they're all going to drool over him," the scout said of his peers in the NFL and then projected Coates to the late second-round. The hang up? Coates is "a large, explosive, stiff, inconsistent guy with big hands." The Auburn product was used as an example by Josh Norris prior to the Combine as someone who should not have their performance counted again as it is already a major part of their evaluation. We think Coates is better after the catch than credited for.
Feb 24 - 12:41 PM


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