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Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong "is almost animalistic in how he pursues a football," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"He shows exceptional hand-eye coordination that maximizes his long arms and sure hands," Cooney wrote. "Add to that intense focus and an ability to snag the ball regardless of its trajectory or defensive traffic and this is a receiver with mad ball skills." Strong had 75 receptions, 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 and 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 10 scores last year. He fractured a bone in his wrist, likely requiring surgery, and will soon be re-checked by Indianapolis doctors. "It's doubtful that a fractured wrist will impact Strong's career, but after doctor gives the OK don't think twice about taking him anywhere in the second round," Cooney wrote. "Any later and he is a steal."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 12:01 AM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is visiting with the Pittsbugh Steelers for an official visit on Friday, according to Steelers.com's Bob Labriola.

The Steelers, who own the No.22 pick in the draft, don't really need to address the position that early with Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant holding down the fort. However, in a strong receiver class, the Steelers could be interested in grabbing the Arizona prospect if slips into the second round.
Apr 17 - 2:08 PM

Arizona State's Damarious Randall is the new top safety on Mike Mayock's rankings, moving ahead of Alabama's Landon Collins.

Per usual, no explanation is given in the article but will be given by Mayock later in the day. We think Mayock is hearing Randall could be the first prospect off the board at the position, especially for teams that are looking for a free safety. Shaq Thompson still ranks as the No. 3 safety.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 1:17 PM

The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions have or will bring in Arizona State safety Damarious Randall for an official pre-draft visit.

"Randall is another defensive back making a fast move up draft boards, so much so he could slide into the late part of round one," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, who reported the news. "Teams love Randall’s film and understandably so. His cover skills are such that several defensive back coaches feel Randall could line-up at cornerback on Sunday’s. The Arizona Cardinals are another franchise very high on Randall." The Cards, of course, have gotten an up-close look at Randall over the past few years. The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder posted a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, a 6.83 three-cone, a 4.07 20-yard shuttle and a 38-inch vertical at the combine. He was one of college football's most productive safeties over the past two years at ASU.
Apr 15 - 9:08 PM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is headed to Indy to have his wrist evaluated this weekend.

"ASU WR Jaelen Strong is among players headed for combine rechecks this weekend. Teams want a status update on the small bone in his wrist," Rapoport tweeted. The Arizona State prospect has a fractured bone in his wrist, and it's believed that Strong will likely need surgery at some point.
Apr 15 - 4:08 PM

Arizona State S Damarious Randall has pre-draft visits scheduled with the Patriots, Giants, Ravens and Lions over the next few weeks.

It's no surprise that Randall is becoming Mr. Popularity in the final few weeks before the draft. The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder posted 106 tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions last season, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors. At the combine, Randall posted a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, a 6.83 three-cone, a 4.07 20-yard shuttle and a 38-inch vertical.
Source: 247 Sports
Apr 14 - 8:13 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong reminds ESPN's Todd McShay of Anquan Boldin.

"He has similar size and speed to Parker, but his game isn't that of a vertical threat," McShay wrote. "Instead, he is physical, creating late separation by using his body to keep defenders away from the ball. He has the strongest hands of any receiver I've studied in this class, and is reliable in terms of coming down with tough catches. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin in that way." Strong was likened to Alshon Jeffery by ESPN's Steve Muench and to Davante Adams, Martavis Bryant, Cordarrelle Patterson and Donte Moncrief by John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group. On the other hand, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Strong to Dwayne Bowe.
Apr 14 - 6:22 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong was likened to Alshon Jeffery by ESPN's Steve Muench.

"There are elements of Strong's game that compare favorably to the four receivers listed above, but Adams gets the edge because of his strong hands, catching radius and competitiveness when the ball is in the air," Muench wrote. "Their ability to make tough, contested catches working against tight coverage both underneath and downfield is what sets Strong and Adams apart. With that in mind, Alshon Jeffrey is arguably the best comparison from a style-of-play perspective, as his speed, frame and length compare even more favorably to Strong's skill set." John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group sees Davante Adams, Martavis Bryant, Cordarrelle Patterson and Donte Moncrief in Jeffery's numbers. "Physically, Strong is most similar to Patterson and Moncrief, measuring over 6-2 and 217 pounds with long arms and big hands," he wrote. "Athletically, he's closest to Bryant, and his vertical jump (42 inches) is better than all of the players mentioned."
Apr 5 - 11:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong will sneak into the bottom of the first round.

Mayock is higher on Strong than many, ranking him as the class' No. 5 WR (behind West Virginia's Kevin White (No. 1), Alabama's Amari Cooper (No. 2) and Louisville's DeVante Parker and UCF's Breshad Perriman (tied for No. 4)). Strong (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) has 4.44 speed and can leap out of the stadium. Closing out Mayock's rankings were Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham at No. 6 followed, in order, by Miami's Phillip Dorsett, Agholor, Ohio State's Devin Smith and Kansas State's Tyler Lockett.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 9:18 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong grades as the No. 5 receiver in the class, in the estimation of Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score.

The organization uses the system to project wide receivers to the next level. "Strong, 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, had a nice performance at the scouting combine, running a 4.44 40-yard dash and producing a 42-inch vertical jump, but that helps his projection only a little," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "His college production was good, but not great, given that the Sun Devils passed the ball a healthy 467 times." The system offered Michael Crabtree and Chris Chambers as similar historical prospects.
Mar 30 - 2:31 AM

Arizona State S Damarious Randall "has a nose for the ball and a strong desire to make an aggressive tackle in space, so there could still be teams that give him a legitimate shot at safety, where he carries a higher draft grade," wrote NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

Randall ranks as the No. 6 safety this year, according to Zierlein. "Randall is considered undersized for the safety position and some teams have him projected as a cornerback," he wrote. "While he has the speed and athletic traits to transition to cornerback, his cover skills and technique need quite a bit of work to be ready for the NFL level." Randall collected 177 tackles across a two-year career at Arizona State. ESPN's Todd McShay believes Randall is worth a third-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 12:28 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell criticized Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong's route running ability, but thinks this is an area that can improve.

Remember when everyone was floored when Strong put up a 4.44 forty at the combine? Cosell's specific critique is that Strong doesn't maximize that speed because his route running is so unrefined. "He's a kid that needs to tighten his route running quite a bit," said Cosell. "Lot of wasted motion in his route running, which prevents him from maximizing his speed. My guess is that can be taught." The analyst went on to compliment Strong's "very, very good body control" and his consistent success in contested situations. Strong is either going at the end of Round 1, or early in Round 2.
Mar 20 - 3:57 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Arizona State S Damarious Randall is worth a third-round pick.

"Needs to improve angles and strength, but might be best pure cover DS in class," McShay tweeted. The analyst recently concluded a tape study on Randall. It wasn't his first. Back in November, McShay watched Randall's film with Chris Spielman and the pair "liked what we saw." The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Randall, perhaps overlooked because he spent half his career at a JUCO, posted 106 tackles, nine pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 2014.
Mar 20 - 2:15 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong posted a picture of himself standing in front of the Eagles facility on Monday.

Strong attached the statement "today was a good day." The receiver is a Philadelphia native despite attending Arizona State, so the visit likely counts as the "local" variety. The Eagles will be looking to add receiver talent in the draft after losing Jeremy Maclin. Chip Kelly did add two receivers in last year's class. As beat writer Jimmy Kempski notes, six of the seven Eagles picks last year visited the team prior to the draft, and the seventh played under Chip Kelly at Oregon.
Mar 17 - 10:20 AM

Arizona State JUCO LB signee Davon Durant has already been indefinitely suspended.

Durant joined the Sun Devils early in order to go through spring practice, but now he isn't even listed on the roster. Durant was "expected to take over ASU's Devilbacker position," according to beat writer Doug Haller. He was a 5-star recruit.
Mar 16 - 11:15 AM


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