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Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said graduate WR Devin Lucien can pick up some slack left from the departure of No. 1 receiver Jaelen Strong.

Lucien, a UCLA graduate transfer, was recruited by Norvell when the latter coached at Tulsa. "He can be a home run hitter for us, a big play threat," Norvell says. "He can help us do some of the things Jaelen did." D.J. Foster has also been ticketed for more time on the perimeter to make up for Strong's absence.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:59 PM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said Arizona State senior OW D.J. Foster will "line up at every position you can possibly imagine."

For starters, you'll see Foster as a running back, slot receiver and lined up on the perimeter. "Our versatility will allow us to keep free from too many tendencies," Norvell said. The Sun Devils lost top receivers Jaelen Strong (NFL) and Cameron Smith (knee surgery) this offseason, which means they must replace 123 catches and 16 touchdowns. Despite that, ASU should light up the scoreboard again in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 10:00 PM

Former 3-star Notre Dame LB recruit Bo Wallace has now signed with Arizona State.

Wallace's separation with Notre Dame was a "mutual decision." The Sun Devils' website describes Wallace as a "lightning-quick edge-rusher with a nose for the quarterback that could fit well into ASU’s Devilbacker scheme." Wallace, who currently stands at 215 lbs, will need to gain weight to hold up against Pac-12 edge offensive linemen.
May 16 - 10:16 AM

Arizona State senior D.J. Foster is moving from RB to WR.

"They wouldn't have made this move had they not had confidence in Foster's supporting cast," Doug Haller writes. Receiving was arguably Foster's best skill out of the backfield, so a transition to the slot makes a lot of sense. Sophomore Demario Richard should take over as the top running back. The transition should help Foster's NFL future.
Source: AZ Central
May 15 - 10:46 AM

Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said the battle for No. 2 duties behind redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovic is between Manny Wilkins and Brady White.

Colton Gerhart and Bryce Perkins are set to arrive for fall camp, so they too will no doubt be in the mix. Wilkins was the No. 2 QB last year when Taylor Kelly was hurt and Bercovici started versus UCLA, USC and Stanford. "[White is] still adjusting to the speed of the game and the transition, which is something you'll see with any freshman, but I thought he did a tremendous job," Norvell said. "And then with Manny, I was looking for that next step. In the fall, when Taylor went down, he became (No. 2) and he had to really change how he prepared, he really had to change his mindset. That was really the best thing for him."
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:43 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva was uninspired by Green Bay's draft and gave the organization a "C+" grade.

"I don't think this was a bad draft, but I also don't believe it was a tide tilter in the NFC," Silva wrote. "I've come to expect a little more from [Ted] Thompson over the years." ESPN's Mel Kiper liked the class a bit more, giving it a "B." "I thought the Packers did a good job because they got players I can see helping them right away, and they really didn't have major needs to fill," Kiper wrote. "There was a lot of versatility added." The analyst liked early moves to shore up the secondary in taking Arizona State FS Damarious Randall and Miami (OH) DB Quinten Rollins.
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 1:26 AM

Bengals selected Arizona State DT Marcus Hardison with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hardison (6'3/307) spent two seasons with ASU after transferring from JUCO, busting out as a senior for ten sacks and 15 TFLs. He played all over the line in college, but projects best to a three-technique position. Hardison showed plus athleticism at the ASU Pro Day, running 4.92/4.97 with an 8-foot-11 broad jump. Although Hardison is a work in progress in run defense, he has enough explosion off the snap and quickness to push for immediate snaps on passing downs.
May 2 - 1:45 PM

Dolphins selected Arizona State OG Jamil Douglas with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Douglas (6'4/304) was a 40-game starter for ASU, converting from guard to left tackle as a senior and earning first-team All-Pac 12 accolades. He ran 5.25 with a 29-inch vertical at the Combine, pumping 28 reps on the bench. Douglas has huge hands (10 3/4") and adequate arm length (33 3/8"), but is expected to kick back inside in the pros. A finesse blocker, Douglas will likely have trouble with bigger nose tackles and may need a year or two of seasoning before he's ready to push for snaps. His best NFL position is likely left guard.
May 2 - 12:50 PM

Texans selected Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong with the No. 70 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Strong (6'2/217) played two seasons at ASU after transferring from JUCO, piling up 157 catches for 2,287 yards (14.6 YPR) and 17 TDs. He dropped only 6-of-132 targets in 2014. Not especially agile or a smooth separator on tape, Strong surprised at the Combine with a 4.44 forty, 42-inch vertical, and 10-foot-1 broad jump. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has suggested that Strong's inability to create space from defenders is fixable through improved route running. Strong's current strengths are winning contested catches and untapped upside after dominating the Pac 12 as a 19- and 20-year-old.
May 1 - 9:57 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is the No. 5 available prospect on Todd McShay's board heading into Day 2.

"He's a very confident and aggressive pass-catcher who comes down with a lot of 50-50 balls, and has the top-end speed needed to be an NFL deep threat," McShay wrote. "Most of his separation from coverage happens late, because he lacks ideal quickness to separate on shorter routes." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler slots Strong to the Browns at No. 43, though he's in play to get popped at any time when Round 2 begins. "The Browns bypassed offensive skill players in the first round, but have one fall to them in the second round with Strong still on the board," Brugler wrote.
May 1 - 3:58 PM

Packers selected Arizona State FS Damarious Randall with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Randall (5'11/196) spent two years at ASU after transferring from community college, showing big-time playmaking ability with 15 tackles for loss, six INTs, and four forced fumbles. He excelled at the Combine, running 4.46 with a 38-inch vertical and top agility scores. Although smallish for a safety, Randall was an excellent college slot corner in addition to a hawk in the deep middle. He's also an intense, jarring hitter with a knack for ball stripping. Randall may be asked to play corner for the Packers.
Apr 30 - 11:20 PM

An anonymous NFL scout said Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is a faster version of Larry Fitzgerald.

"People can't cover him on the back shoulders and fades because he has amazing talent to leap like Fitzgerald had," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's excellent ball tracking, hands, jumping, in traffic. Became a star playing with a very average quarterback. I thought he'd run 4.55. It shocked me." High praise indeed. "A big, physical, jump-ball type receiver," another scout said. "He can outsize defensive backs and is good with the ball in his hand. Limited as a route runner." A third scout was also ho-hum on the evaluation: "If you watch him play, he looks more like a possession guy. I don't see the great fanfare in his play. He's adequate. I don't think he's sensational."
Apr 29 - 5:20 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock ranks Arizona State's Demarious Randall as "the best cover safety in this draft."

Cover safety, not safety safety. Mayock ranks Randall above Alabama's Landon Collins because Collins is "more of a box safety or a dime linebacker." Eagles director of player personnel Ed Marynowitz apparently agrees, which might mean you can cross Collins off the list of possibilities for the Eagles at No. 20. "He can do it, to a degree," Marynowitz said. "I think all these guys have strengths and weaknesses. Landon has the potential to do that. Maybe not to the degree that some other guys do, but he certainly has the ability to do that." Shockingly, Randall could be drafted within 10 slots or so of Collins. He's gained serious momentum in the past few weeks.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 27 - 1:47 AM

Arizona State OT Jamil Douglas "has really nice feet and movement but he does get pushed around," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I think he'll have to go to some type of zone team," the scout said, indicating that Douglas is a developmental prospect. The MJS, which canvassed the scouting community, said the NFL views Douglas as a four-position backup. "Like him as a backup dual flexibility guy," one scout. "Guard-tackle who may be a center."
Apr 26 - 1:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that one NFL team rates Arizona State S Damarious Randall "as a better prospect than Jimmie Ward."

Teams that are in need of a safety, may have to pay the price to get a quality prospect through the draft, due to a weak class. Brugler believes that "several teams have 2nd round grades on Randall, but several 2nd round grades will go late 1st this year."
Apr 23 - 3:05 PM


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