Player News

Date:

ESPN's David Lombardi believes Arizona's most indispensable player is junior RB Nick Wilson.

Quarterbacks are not eligible for this distinction. Lombardi notes the difference in Arizona's success from 2014 to 2015, a season where Wilson played a pivotal one versus an injury-riddled campaign. Wilson appeared in just nine games last year due to foot and knee injuries. Compare that 2014 season (1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns) to his sophomore season (736 yards (5.5 YPC) and eight touchdowns), and Lombardi's point on Wilson makes sense.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 10:06 AM

Four-star QB Braxton Burmeister has committed to Arizona for a second time.

Burmeister de-committed from the Wildcats in early March, but two months later, he has returned to his original commitment. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder wanted a wider survey of options before he made his ultimate decision. "All of [these schools] have great facilities and everything. It’s just like when you’re on campus can you really picture yourself there and that’s where I can picture myself the best." He indicated that he sees HC Rich Rodriguez's offense as a fine fit for his skill-set. Burmeister ranks as Rivals' No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and No. 184 overall player in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 7:15 PM

USF redshirt junior WR Zach Benjamin transferred to Arizona.

Benjamin announced his transfer via Twitter, accompanied by the usual assortment of school-themed emojis. The 6-foot-4, 194-pounder did not play in 2015 -- which probably played a part in this transfer -- and will have to sit out the 2016 campaign per NCAA rules. The San Diego native was not highly recruited out of high school.
May 8 - 7:00 PM

Seahawks signed Arizona G Lene Maiava.

Maiava (6'5/314) spent 2013-2014 as a rotational guard-tackle at U of A before taking over as the Wildcats' starting right tackle as a senior. He has plus arm length (33 5/8") and big (10 1/2"), heavy hands. A powerful drive blocker with impressive weight-room strength (34 reps of 225), Maiava struggled in pass protection when placed at tackle, but looked better on junior tape at guard. Maiava has some potential to develop into a useful swing reserve, or perhaps a short-term starter.
May 3 - 9:55 PM

Eagles signed Arizona WR Cayleb Jones.

Jones (6'3/209) spent two seasons at U of A after transferring from Texas, wrapping his college career with a 130-1,958-14 (15.06 YPR) receiving line. Jones' stock took a hit at the Combine, where he ran 4.65 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump, also managing only nine reps on the bench. Jones' lack of separation skills shows up on tape, and he has a checkered off-field history, getting arrested for felony aggravated assault as a Texas freshman. Despite being a productive college player, Jones faces major obstacles to last as an NFL wideout.
May 2 - 4:37 PM

Browns selected Arizona ILB Scooby Wright with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Wright (6'0/239) turned pro after three years, amassing 42 career tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles across 29 starts. Wright earned 2014's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year before missing all but three games as a 2015 true junior with a torn lateral meniscus and sprained foot. His Combine measurables disappointed, running 4.90 with a 31-inch vertical. In college, Wright overcame his limitations with instincts, quickness and a hair-on-fire playing demeanor. Before earning any defensive snaps in the NFL, Wright will have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 6:35 PM

Broncos selected Arizona S Will Parks with the No. 219 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Parks was not on the radar of most NFL draft scouting services. He stands 6-foot, 204 and managed a 4.63 forty at the Wildcats' Pro Day. Parks will have to show special teams value in order to win a roster spot as a rookie.
Apr 30 - 5:36 PM

Arizona S Will Parks completed a visit with the Broncos and is travelling to Cincinnati next.

Parks will absolutely be a third day safety target for a number of teams. The 6-foot, 204-pound safety tested like a poor athlete. He has also met with the Cowboys, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks and Browns throughout this process.
Apr 20 - 8:36 AM

In an open letter posted to the Player's Tribune, Arizona ILB Scooby Wright wrote that "some scouting services are projecting me as a fourth-round pick."

While it's difficult to glean much actual information from anything published on the Player's Tribune, Wright at least acknowledged his perceived lack of athleticism when he wrote, "Put me in sweats and ask me to run in circles around cones, and I’ll do an okay job. But put me in pads and ask me to lead your defense, and there’s a lot of evidence that I can help you win." It isn't inconceivable that the 6-foot, 239-pounder could slip far enough in the draft that he actually becomes undervalued. Pro Football Focus believes that would occur if he fell out of the second round.
Apr 12 - 8:52 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes that Arizona ILB Scooby Wright's instincts are second-to-none.

"Wright's athletic testing numbers and overall speed aren't up to the early round league standards for his position," Zierlein wrote (no shock there), "but he has predictive instincts and initial quickness that puts him ahead of most blockers en route to the ball." The 6-foot, 239-pound linebacking prospect manages to crack the analyst's list of potential defensive draft steals. Pro Football Focus has likewise deemed Wright as a potential undervalued prospect, though they only view him that way if he falls beyond the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 4:50 PM

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Arizona ILB Scooby Wright, said that Thursday's Pro Day "definitely helped [Wright's draft stock]."

We'll let Rosenhaus offer his spin before bringing proceedings back to earth here. Said the super-agent, "Coming out of this workout, he definitely helped himself. The film is so awesome for him. All we really wanted to accomplish was to have some good numbers." He added, "He may not be the best athlete in the draft, but he’s one of the great football players. That production is going to separate him." Noted, Mr. Rosenhaus. Now for our reverse spin: Following Thursday's workout, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that the 6-foot, 239-pound linebacker "wasn't overly impressive" on Thursday, relaying that he heard "his position work was solid, but nothing outstanding." It's possible -- as Pro Football Focus has asserted -- that Wright could actually slip into value territory if he falls too far past his general second-round evaluation.
Source: tucson.com
Mar 26 - 5:10 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Arizona T Lene Maiava (knee) will hold a workout for NFL teams on April 18.

Cutting it close there, young man. April 18 falls just 10 days before the draft itself is set to kick off in Chicago. He measured 6-foot-4, 318 pounds during Thursday's Pro Day and did take part in the bench press. On that, he recorded an impressive 34 reps. Pauline deems the knee injury as "minor," meaning that it theoretically shouldn't handicap him much once April 18 rolls around. Maiva has meetings with the Chargers and Seahawks set for the coming days.
Mar 25 - 5:03 PM

Arizona S Will Parks has meetings scheduled with the Seahawks and Browns.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline tagged Parks as an "underrated safety" and noted that he "looked good" during Thursday's Pro Day. After measuring in at 6-foot, 204 pounds, Parks went on to run the 40-yard dash in 4.52 and 4.55 seconds. He also jumped various distances (32-inch vertical, 9-foot-7 broad). For the 2015 campaign, the NFL-hopeful defender logged 76 tackles (7.0 for loss) along with seven pass breakups and a pair of fumbles forced. Per Pauline, he met "extensively" with the Cowboys, Ravens and Saints on Pro Day.
Mar 25 - 4:18 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that Arizona DE Reggie Gilbert met with the Chargers and Saints following the conclusion of his Pro Day on Thursday.

Pauline noted that Gilbert "had himself a good day" on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 261-pounder (Pro Day measurement) ran the 40 in 4.79 seconds, jumped 33.5 inches (vertical) and 9-foot-6 (broad) while also managing 24 bench press reps. In positional work, he went through defensive line and linebacker drills. Last season, Gilbert recorded 41 tackles (8.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Mar 25 - 3:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passed along word that Arizona ILB Scooby Wright "wasn't overly impressive" during Thursday's Pro Day.

"The consensus was Wright ran the 40 in the mid-4.8s (4.84/4.85) though some teams did clock him at 4.79. I'm told his position work was solid, but nothing outstanding," Pauline noted. Perhaps predictably, size concerns haven't faded for the 6-foot, 239-pounder. "Teams are concerned about his body type, as Wright has a stocky upper frame but thin lower body," Pauline wrote, later adding that he questions how high Wright will be drafted given his coverage limitations.
Mar 25 - 3:39 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 5-19

    Short: Waiver Wired 5-19
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired 5-12

    Short: Waiver Wired 5-12
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    FanDuel MLB 6-Pack: Monday

    FanDuel MLB 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Monday

    MLB On The Bump: Monday