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CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Auburn senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne showed "balance, lateral agility and determination to run through would-be tacklers" in last week's Senior Bowl.

Tre Mason's former backup stepped out of the shadows in a big way this season. His breakout campaign ended with 1,608 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. "He displays easy lateral burst with a strong plant foot to get north-south, knifing through holes with his jump cuts and lower body explosiveness," Rang's Dane Brugler wrote last month. ESPN's Todd McShay believes Artis-Payne "could hear his name called in the middle or later rounds" this spring. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs a 4.58 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 6:07 PM

Auburn senior DL Gabe Wright "possesses the prototypical frame and quickness off the ball for 4-3 teams looking for a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle," noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Wright explodes off the ball and has active, aggressive hands," Rang wrote. "At times, he's too aggressive, getting his hands near the face of would-be blockers, but his energy and combative style made him a tough matchup for all of the South's offensive linemen." An AFC personnel director speaking with NFL.com in late November said Wright had the ability to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3. "He's a talented player with good size and speed," the executive told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "He's been playing a little inconsistent, and he has a chance here to show up against a big offensive line and improve his stock."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 4:33 PM

Auburn QB/DB Nick Marshall had five tackles for the South -- matching the game high -- at Saturday's Senior Bowl.

Your optimism should be tentative -- evaluators respect the game itself so little that many bolt after practices conclude -- but optimism is optimism. Marshall's shift to defensive back on short notice went as well as could have been expected. CBS Sports' Rob Rang reported that he showed off "undeniable athleticism" in his shift to CB. "Given that the 2015 class of cornerbacks is considered average, at best, it isn't out of the question that he could emerge as a top 100 candidate with a strong performance this week," Rang wrote.
Jan 27 - 12:53 AM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates surprised onlookers by reporting to the Senior Bowl up 10 pounds from his collegiate weight, reported The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Coates might not be a carbon copy of Terrell Owens, but the added muscle could help his cause in the coming months," Rybaltowski wrote. "On Saturday, he appeared to make a spectacular touchdown catch on a back-shoulder fade from Blake Sims, but was unable to get his second foot down in the left corner of the end zone. Coates’ stature and skill set are similar to that of Dwayne Bowe, a 2010 Pro Bowl wideout with the Chiefs. With Bowe on the wrong side of 30 and the Chiefs struggling at receiver, Coates could be a nice fit in Kansas City." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

Auburn senior C Reese Dismukes "was a highly decorated SEC center as part of Auburn's explosive offense, but his physical shortcomings were accentuated [at Senior Bowl] practice," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Dismukes struggled to consistently anchor up in one-on-one drills on Thursday and was unable to sway scouts that question his ability to block on the move and play with consistent functional strength," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder requested an evaluation from the draft advisory board last winter and nearly declared for the draft early. He returned to school, but doesn't at present moment look likely to be the top-50 pick some had believed he would become.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 1:30 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports that Auburn QB/DB Nick Marshall showed off "undeniable athleticism" in his shift to CB this week.

"While Marshall certainly looked out of place, at times -- he was hesitant in run support, for example -- he showed impressive fluidity when covering the South's receivers, including Miami speedster Phillip Dorsett, who may just be the fastest player in this year's game," Rang wrote. Marshall trained as a CB at the EXOS facility in Pensacola to prepare for the Senior Bowl, so his switch wasn't as on-the-fly as the storyline some analysts were spinning. "Given that the 2015 class of cornerbacks is considered average, at best, it isn't out of the question that he could emerge as a top 100 candidate with a strong performance this week," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 9:26 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that the "quarterback-to-cornerback transition for Auburn's Nick Marshall has been a bumpy experience in Mobile."

"The quarterback-to-cornerback transition for Auburn's Nick Marshall has been a bumpy experience in Mobile. He has been grabby and overly physical with a lot of guesswork at the new position, struggling with his new responsibilities," Brugler wrote. We actually like some of the traits Marshall shows as a quarterback, but nothing that warrants more than a sixth- or seventh-round consideration. Brugler notes that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Marshall "seemed to gain more respect from some evaluators for his decision to try the new position at the Senior Bowl," and believes he'll "get several chances before scouts give up on him."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 23 - 2:40 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Auburn QB/CB Nick Marshall could be drafted in the middle rounds.

Marshall shifted to CB on Tuesday at Senior Bowl practices. His play drew mixed reviews, but Marshall showed potential at a position he hadn't played in three years. "To do it now, you can say well, yeah, it's risky but NFL teams will understand he's going to be a little raw and he's going to have his ups and downs as he's had so far," Kiper said. "He's had some good moments and some shaky moments, which you expect." Marshall is expected to accept a combine invite. "If he can flash here, which he is, there will be quite a bit of intrigue," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said. "This is not a particularly storng cornerback class to begin with, so with that being said he might be able to jump into the mix here." We may have given Marshall a late Day 3 grade as a QB, but he should be able to garner a higher pick as a DB. "I think Marshall becomes a mid-round pick, maybe in the third or fourth round," Kiper said.
Source: AL.com
Jan 21 - 7:07 PM

Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates "has an outstanding combination of size and straight-line speed, and he played his best in big games," noted ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He has a ton of big-play ability and ranked third in the nation in yards per catch in 2012," McShay wrote. "The issue is that he was highly inconsistent this past season, and he needs to improve as an intermediate route runner. I also want to see him attack the ball more; he needs to high-point the ball rather than let it get into his pads as much as he does. Coates has a chance to be a Day 2 pick, but he needs to show a more complete game this week." The 6-foot-2, 201-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Jan 21 - 1:20 AM

Auburn QB Nick Marshall announced he will play CB in the NFL.

It is interesting, but not necessarily wrong of Marshall to say this. He is attending the Senior Bowl as a quarterback but previously played defensive back at Georgia. Marshall talked the decision over with his family and announced the news on Tuesday. "It won't be a hard transition for me to make. It's something that I know if I put my mind to it I can do anything that I want," he said. We actually like some of the traits Marshall shows as a quarterback, but nothing that warrants more than a sixth- or seventh-round consideration.
Source: AL.com
Jan 20 - 12:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Auburn redshirt junior WR Sammie Coates "has the physique and straight-line speed that evaluators covet at the receiver position."

Coates is the rare fourth-year junior who will play at the Senior Bowl. "He is not yet the sum of his parts with inconsistent routes and unreliable hands and needs to show better polish this week to show he's more than just a project," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 201-pound wideout has "[Terrell Owens'] body, [Odell Beckham Jr.'s] burst and [Darrius Heyward-Bey's] hands," NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah wrote recently. Colleague Lance Zierlein added that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 8:43 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall was added to the Senior Bowl roster as an alternate and will play quarterback at the event.

"Because of the unique nature of the Marcus Mariota circumstance, we felt like instead of waiting around, with some of the changes we’ve had on the roster it frees up at least a spot," Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said. "I thought that the next-best player to bring on would be Nick Marshall. He’s going to play quarterback. He is not going to experiment at cornerback this next week. And if Mariota accepts we would have the unusual circumstance of having four quarterbacks on one side." If Mariota surprisingly decides to accept his invitation, the South roster would feature four quarterbacks. Savage, like many others, sees Marshall as an NFL defensive back. "A lot of teams are very interested to see what he could potentially do as a defensive back," Savage told AL.com earlier this week.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 7:52 PM

Auburn junior OT Patrick Miller will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Bit of a head scratcher, here, though every class presents us with a few. "Pat Miller has decided to make himself eligible for the NFL draft and pursue his goals to become an NFL player," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "I want to thank Pat for his contributions to the Auburn football program during his three years. I’m excited for Pat and wish him the best." The former four-star recruit was never a full-timer at Auburn, accruing 19 starts over three years. His career was slowed by injuries and suspensions. Miller probably made the decision to bolt after freshman Braden Smith started at RT in the Outback Bowl versus Wisconsin, though it's a bit shocking that he didn't transfer instead.
Jan 13 - 11:36 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall is on the Senior Bowl waiting list.

"Nick Marshall's still very much a viable option for us at quarterback and/or at defensive back," said Reese's Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage. The exhibition only has two spots remaining to be filled on the roster. Invitations for those spots are out to Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley, who haven't yet answered. "If we get none (Mariota and Hundley) then two other players will get an opportunity, and I feel good about that," Savage said. "That's the one thing I've learned here in the first couple of years. It does open the door for someone else and we're never lacking for players who want to participate in the game." Oregon State's Sean Mannion is another option for one of those spots. Savage added that Marshall could also make the team if a defensive back pulls out.
Source: AL.com
Jan 11 - 10:21 PM

Auburn senior TE C.J. Uzomah had a 29-yard catch in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Another underwhelming receiving performance from a tight end who will only latch on in the pros based on his pass-catching ability. Uzomah entered his senior campaign having caught merely 18 career passes, and then posted only 11 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns this year. "He offers great size, adequate speed and enough pass catching and blocking skill to at least get late round consideration in 2015," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline earlier this season. CBS Sports' Rob Rang opined over the summer that Uzomah provides "precisely the type of matchup problem the NFL is looking for." Uzomah could conceivably handle tight end, H-back or slot receiver.
Jan 11 - 8:31 PM


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