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Auburn senior WR Duke Williams only dropped two catchable targets last season, according to PFF.

PFF credited Williams with 44 catches (it is 45 in other places), giving him a drop rate of just 4.35. We could not say the same for his former teammate Sammie Coates. It is worth noting that almost every charting service sides with the wide receiver, but good drop rates tend to stay in the good to average range. The JUCO transfer was frequently used in the slot on short and intermediate routes.
Jul 3 - 1:07 PM

As a pass rusher Auburn junior DL Montravius Adams' "technique needs more work and consistency," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes.

"What I see is a player with great pad level off the snap who fights back against double teams and who is athletic enough to work himself back into plays where it looks like he is blocked. He shows flashes of the hands needed to be a substantially better pass rusher, but his technique needs more work and consistency," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Adams posted 43 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and three sacks last year. The Auburn prospect led the Tiger's defensive linemen in snaps, with 42.6 snaps per game.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 2 - 3:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein documents that Auburn redshirt junior OG Avery Young "did an admirable job at right tackle last season, but he is best-suited inside at guard, which is where he is expected to start this season."

"Young has a big bubble and is a decent heads-up blocker with the ability to be effective as a short-puller," he wrote. "Young's biggest issues are his lack of bend and his limited change-of-direction ability. His background at tackle should help strengthen his interior pass protection." Young's older brother Willie is a starting DE for the Bears and his cousin Thomas Davis is a playmaker for the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 30 - 1:12 AM

Auburn senior CB Jonathan Jones "has proved to be an effective playmaker, and his profile should rise in what will be a deeper defense that's also now coached by Will Muschamp," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 5-foot-10, 181-pound senior is coming off spring foot surgery and has a broken ankle in his recent past, so durability is a concern. Outside of that, this is a solid prospect corner prospect with next-level ability. Jones picked off six balls and broke up 12 in 2014, an All-SEC campaign. He added a forced fumble and finished with 36 tackles.
Jun 27 - 6:25 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as his No.2 wideout to watch in College Football.

"It's hard to find a tougher, more physical receiver in college football than Williams. Williams is a big, thick target who plays with elite focus and determination when working the middle of the field and he maxes out his catch radius with well-timed ball-plucking skills," Zierlein wrote. With new QB, Jeremy Johnson, distributing the ball from the pocket, Williams could be more productive especially on intermediate routes over the middle of the field.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 3:50 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as his No.1 ranked senior wideout.

"Not nearly as raw a route runner as you might expect in his first SEC season coming out of junior college, Williams was moved around and was able to win with strong hands and a big frame he uses to keep defenders away from the ball. If he cleans up the drops, there's first-round potential," Kiper wrote. The Auburn prospect only played in 10 games last season, recording 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams was a play maker for the Tigers in 2015, averaging 16.2 yards a catch. If Williams plans to go in the first round of the draft, he'll have to play consistent and polish up his game.
Jun 24 - 2:24 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes NFL teams will consider Auburn senior ILB Cassanova McKinzy "in the class of Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney, who was a second-round pick in 2015."

"[McKinzy] makes life difficult for SEC running backs between the tackles, but he also possesses enough speed to cut plays off on the sideline," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-3, 253-pounder recorded 91 tackles and 11 TFL in 2014. That was the most TFL of any Tigers' LB since Karlos Dansby also had 11 in 2003. McKinzy has the versatility to play inside and outside.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 9:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter likes the NFL prospects of Auburn senior CB Jonathan Jones despite the corner's small stature.

"Though he's not the biggest or strongest corner in this class, which might prevent teams from considering him an outside starter on Sundays, I wouldn't try throwing in his direction too often," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound Jones had six interceptions and 17 passes defended to rank amongst the nation's leaders in 2014. That showing earned him a spot on the second-team All-SEC.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 7:23 PM

Auburn senior ILB Cassanova McKinzy is "a physical, hard-hitting presence in the middle of the defense," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Will Muschamp inherits a broken defense which is nonetheless decorated in talent. McKinzy and outside linebacker Kris Frost provide two playmakers at the second level. As for McKinzy, who had 11 TFL and 91 tackles last year, Brown believes he's the 17th-best 'backer in the country.
Jun 23 - 5:42 PM

Auburn freshman CB Jamel Dean was informed by the NCAA that he must sit out this season and take a redshirt.

It's rather unfortunate. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder committed to Ohio State in 2014 but was controversially medically disqualified because of a recurring knee injury. Some accused Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer of oversigning and then pushing out Dean to get his roster numbers down. Dean, who was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, transferred to Auburn and applied for a hardship waiver that would’ve granted him immediate eligibility, but he was ultimately unsuccessful. "Oh my gosh, I’d say I’m going to have a lot of anger built up for that game," Dean said when asked about a matchup between Auburn and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. "A lot of people are hoping it will happen — friends, coaches, other people that were supporting me."
Jun 14 - 11:22 PM

Auburn freshman DE Prince Wanogho has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will now enroll in classes.

A 2015 four-star recruit and the No. 9 strongside defensive end in the country, Wanogho's admission into school was held up due to a review of his Nigerian academic records. Wanogho moved to Alabama last year. "I tried to stop thinking about it but I just couldn’t. It’s a great day," Wanogho said. "I’m really happy to get that and I’m looking forward to moving over there. I’m actually getting bored not having school. I just go work out. Now I’ve got a chance to go over there and meet up with my classmates and get to know everybody." Wanogho fractured both the tibia and fibula in his left leg in November and seems likely to take a redshirt this year.
Jun 14 - 5:59 PM

NFL Media points out that new Auburn DC Will Muschamp "does a good job of devising ways to get pass rushers in advantageous matchups," which they surmise will lead to redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson finishing "with double-digit sacks."

For that to happen, of course, Lawson must stay healthy. He registered four sacks in a limited role as a freshman in 2013 but suffered a torn left ACL last May before what many assumed would be a breakout 2014. "Lawson, who had 27 sacks as a high school senior in the talent-rich Atlanta area, has a quick first step and also possesses good strength," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 1:24 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that NFL teams "will be watching to see if [Auburn senior WR Duke Williams] can put the passing game on his shoulders as they try to determine whether he's a top-10 pick or a second-rounder with question marks."

It seems as though the analyst leans towards the former, as he ranks Williams amongst the top-20 draft prospects heading into the year. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams had 45 receptions for 730 yards (16 yards per catch) with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year (a sprained MCL and a suspension stole the other games). NFL Media compares Williams to Dez Bryant.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 2:49 PM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams "flashed stardom and first-round NFL potential [last season] with a 6-foot-2, 224-pound frame, physicality and great ball skills," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Williams wisely returned for his senior season, as he now has a chance to become a bit more consistent and further refine a raw game, with a better thrower at quarterback in Jeremy Johnson," wrote Brown. "Drops hurt him last year, but he still caught 45 passes for 730 yards and dive touchdowns, despite missing three of the final four games because of an injury and then a bowl suspension." The Tigers turn to Williams whenever they need a big play or must convert a third down. If he irons out the kinks, he'll be a No. 1 NFL receiver very soon.
Jun 12 - 5:56 PM

Auburn junior QB Jeremy Johnson "has the rep of a pocket passer, but he has said this spring that the offense shouldn’t look all that different than it did with Marshall running it," writes ESPN's Travis Haney.

In fact, Johnson was the No. 9 pocket prospect in the 2013 class. He's good enough that some believed HC Gus Malzahn might opt for Johnson over Nick Marshall last season. "I thought Gus [Malzahn] might stick with him," one SEC coach said last fall. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder has 20-1 odds to win the Heisman, according to Bovada.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 8:55 PM


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