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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

Auburn WR Sammie Coates recorded an "unofficial" 4.43 forty with a 10 yard split of 1.56.

Coates stands at 6'1 3/8" and 212 lbs, with 33 3/8" arms and 9 3/8" hands. A number was posted that Coates caught 10 of 11 "catchable" passes 20-plus yards downfield. PFF adds he caught 10 of 31 targets in that area. Coates has technical issues in terms of getting into a catchable spot with body control and timing. Still, he is a specimen and has underrated yards after catch ability.
Feb 21 - 11:06 AM

Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne could slide "into the draft’s initial 100 picks" if he shows well at Saturday's pass-catching drills, notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Artis-Payne is riding high after a terrific 2014 campaign then a good performance at the Senior Bowl," Pauline wrote. "While he should run in the mid 4.4’s scouts want him to stand out in pass catching drills on Saturday. The results could be the difference of Artis-Payne sliding into the draft’s initial 100 picks." We're surprised by a few different aspects of this dispatch. Firstly, it would be something of an upset if Artis-Payne emerged from one of the deepest RB classes of the past few decades to become a top-100 pick. Secondly, Pauline's 40 prediction is more optimistic that we'd heard in the past. We'd heard the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Artis-Payne runs in the mid 4.5 territory. We'll find out soon.
Feb 20 - 4:24 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper notes that Auburn C Reese Dismukes "is still a likely Day 2 selection."

Dismukes came into the season as the No. 1 center on most analysts' boards, but he's been a forgotten man recently for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons was the shift of Cameron Erving (Florida St.) to center. Erving is now the consensus No. 1 center, sliding Dismukes and Hroniss Grasu (Oregon) down a peg. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Dismukes "was a highly decorated SEC center as part of Auburn's explosive offense, but his physical shortcomings were accentuated [at Senior Bowl] practice," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote last month.
Feb 19 - 12:02 AM

Auburn WR Sammie Coates will "need a great 40 time to be a first-round consideration," ESPN's Todd McShay notes.

"He has very good size, length and straight-line speed, and flashes the ability to make big plays in the vertical passing game, hauling in some unbelievably acrobatic catches," McShay wrote. "But his ball skills overall are marginal -- the worst of any I've studied so far in this year's class -- and he's wildly inconsistent as a route-runner." The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout has reportedly run a 4.25 forty before. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein has noted that Coates has "some of the worst hands" he's seen on tape.
Feb 18 - 3:18 PM

Al.com's Brandon Marcello reports that former Auburn QB Nick Marshall will participate in quarterback drills and throw at the NFL Combine.

"Marshall will participate in all quarterback drills. Several NFL teams are expected to pull him to the side and work through defensive back drills, but he will not participate in on-the-field drills with the group of defensive backs invited to the combine," Marcello wrote. The Auburn prospect was invited to the combine as a QB, even though he planned to move to cornerback back in January. It looks like some teams will have interest in Marshall as a quarterback, while others see the Auburn prospect value as a cornerback. Nick Marshall as a QB, shows traits that could warrant him a late round selection as a quarterback.
Source: Al.com
Feb 18 - 2:01 PM


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