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Auburn WR Sammie Coates "is gifted with a combination of size, speed and muscularity rarely packaged in one wide receiver," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"He uses all that to simplify the game into a footrace toward the horizon, using his goodbye speed to scorch defenses by just running straight down the field until there is only himself and the ball, assuming the quarterback can reach him," Cooney wrote. "As much as his amazing college career average of 21.4 yards per catch wows some scouts, others dismiss Coates and his big numbers because they believe he will need more than speed to succeed in the NFL." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout boasts 4.3-level speed, but he also has hands of stone. "We agree he was a one-trick pony in college, but it was one hell of a trick -- a disappearing act beyond the horizon, football in hand," Cooney wrote. "Coates can be a key element in somebody's offense with speed that demands extra attention as it renders defenses topless."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 4:07 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates' "skills are a point of weakness, both in terms of focus drops and in tracking the deep ball, but he has elite big-play ability as a vertical route runner," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He is quick to accelerate off the line and has outstanding top-end speed, along with great length and leaping ability to come down with 50-50 balls," McShay wrote. The analyst ranks Coates as the No. 75 overall prospect in the class. Coates has visited the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout boasts 4.43 speed.
Apr 14 - 8:35 PM

Auburn DB Nick Marshall "need to prove that he's physically tough enough to handle run support but Marshall boasts the kind of traits that could warrant middle-round consideration and ultimately help him emerge as a starting cornerback in the NFL," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He has only played one game -- the 2015 Senior Bowl -- at cornerback since 2011, however, and demonstrated such an intriguing blend of size, fluidity and confidence when asked to make this position change in Mobile that he deserves special mention," Rang wrote. "His [prior] experience at the position [at Georgia] was clear during Senior Bowl practices where he was thrown into the fire against dynamic athletes like Miami speedster Phillip Dorsett and shockingly held his own. Marshall has very light feet and a fluid turning motion. He locates the ball quickly and is highly competitive." Marshall doesn't have the jaw-dropping athleticism that you'd like to see in a prospect converting to the defensive backfield, but he does have the size and smarts to earn a selection as a developmental prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 4:40 PM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates has visited the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns and will visit the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers next week, according to the National Football Post.

Coates posted 82 catches for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns at Auburn. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has 4.43 speed. Due to a combination of those factors, Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score grades him as the No. 4 receiver in the class. "Sammie has the size and speed to project well to the next level, as evidenced by his performance in the Iron Bowl," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Baltimore Ravens executive and Cleveland Browns general manager.
Apr 8 - 5:07 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney advises that Auburn C Reese Dismukes "needs to be drafted by a team that is looking for an alert technician rather than a brutish blocker."

The analyst is emphatic that Dismukes "is not a fit for just any team." Dismukes nearly declared for last year's draft, but elected to return to school. "He returned to improve his technique, but he still had trouble coping with powerful nose tackles, which scouts still noted at the Senior Bowl workouts," Cooney wrote. "But he definitely has the drive and ability to fit into the right offense." Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, also believes Dismukes is only a fit for a specific type of team: "Dismukes is strong enough to drive defenders off the ball but is best suited to a zone-blocking scheme where he can fully take advantage of his efficient movement to turn and seal defenders from the action."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 5 - 8:51 PM

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


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