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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

Arizona State S Damarious Randall has visits set up at the team facilities of the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The underrated prospect played two seasons with Arizona State after transferring from Mesa Community College. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Randall had a solid season in 2014, as he recorded 106 tackles, 9 pass deflections, and had two forced fumbles.
Mar 13 - 2:12 PM

Arizona State S Damarious Randall has private workouts scheduled with seven teams, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Those seven teams: the Texans, Seahawks, Colts, Cardinals, Bucs, Panthers, and Patriots. Randall is generating more buzz in media circles, likely due to NFL talk, than any other safety. A second or third-round selection is not out of the picture, despite Randall not receiving a lot of written attention prior to the Combine.
Mar 13 - 11:41 AM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes "there should be lingering concerns that [Arizona State DL Marcus Hardison] was a one-year wonder and played in a system destined to bloat defensive statistics."

The crux of Cooney's argument is that Hardison didn't produce squat prior to 2014. It's an important note, because if you only graded prospects by their last calender year and measurables, Hardison would be no worse than a high Day 2 pick. The prospect explained that in 2014 he learned to "process things" and harnessed his athleticism. He led the team with 10 sacks and added 15 tackles for a loss. At his pro day, Hardison logged forty runs in the late 4.8 to early 4.9 range, depending on the watch consulted, with a 1.70 range 10-yard split. Measuring 6-foot-3 1/4, 305 pounds, he added a 4.65-second short shuttle and a 7.29 three-cone. "I'm comfortable playing whatever. I'm very versatile. I can play 3-tech, 5-tech, 7-tech. Whatever," said Hardison.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 5:32 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong slots No. 18 to the Chiefs in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

It's an interesting take, as Strong (who Kiper calls "overlooked") has been a forgotten man amongst this year's stud receivers. With so many top pass-catching prospects available, it's in some ways easy to understand why. "I don't know if a true down-the-field threat is going to magically turn Alex Smith into a QB who is willing to test defenses deep -- or even if that's what Andy Reid really thinks Smith can be -- but Strong certainly helps make it an option, something this offense needs," Kiper wrote.
Mar 10 - 9:01 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong "[caught] every pass thrown his way" at Friday's pro day, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Let's recap: Concerning this workout, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported Strong "did not catch every pass, which raised a few eyebrows," NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported Strong "[caught] everything thrown his way," and now Rang has reported the same as Brandt. As we blurbed yesterday, these national writers are generally passing along reports from scouts when they file pro day reports. It appears Brandt and Rang may have spoken to the same man, while Pauline's source is either a Truther or a troublemaker.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 6:00 PM

The "fast-rising" Arizona State DL Marcus Hardison "really caught the attention of scouts" at his pro day, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Hardison is a bit of a defensive end in a defensive tackle's body, showing impressive quick-twitch athleticism for a man of his bulk," Rang wrote. Hardison didn't participate at the combine due to injury. He posted forty runs in the late 4.8 to early 4.9 range at his pro day workout. Measuring 6-foot-3 1/4, 305 pounds, Hardison added a 4.65 second short shuttle and a 7.29 second three-cone. "Hardison's quickness makes him one of the more intriguing interior pass rushers among this year's defensive tackles," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 5:43 PM

Arizona State DL Marcus Hardison "looked terrific in line drills" at the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Hardison, of course, didn't participate at the combine due to injury. He posted forty runs in the late 4.8 to early 4.9 range, depending on the watch consulted, with a 1.70 range 10-yard split. Measuring 6-foot-3 1/4, 305 pounds, Hardison added a 4.65 second short shuttle and a 7.29 second three-cone. "Scouts commented on his exceptional quick twitch muscles," Pauline added. "Coaches in attendance remarked that had he been able to run at the Combine, Hardison would've ranked as one of the top overall performers on the defensive line. Yesterday, Hardison met privately with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers."
Mar 7 - 10:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports "the overwhelming comments were very positive" about Arizona State OT Jamil Douglas' pro day workout.

Douglas elected to stand on most of his Combine numbers, but did run the short shuttle (4.53-4.57) and three-cone (7.67). The Sun Devils prospect is ridiculously strong and has a body fat measurement in the teens, but his run blocking must improve and he tends to play high.
Mar 7 - 7:45 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported that Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong "[caught] everything thrown his way" at Friday's pro day.

This directly contradicts an earlier report from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, who wrote that Strong "looked good" at the workout, but "did not catch every pass, which raised a few eyebrows." Unfortunately, we have no way to verify who has this one right, as Rotoworld cannot attend every pro day. Additionally, it's very likely that neither Brandt or Pauline themselves know the truth, as the pair often files pro day reports based on what they've been told by scouting sources. We'd like to remind you, loyal reader, that the sources passing along information at times may have ulterior motives beyond report voracity. Strong's stock is a bit lower than it might have been in year's past, and there's a chance teams in Round 2 hope it stays that way so he might drop into their laps.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 7:30 PM


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