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Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici "might not have ideal size at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, but he has shown he can make all the throws" writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Bercovici impressed when he took over the reigns of the Sun Devil system after starter Taylor Kelly was hurt. Bercovici threw for 1,243 yards and nine touchdowns in three starts before Kelly returned last week. Davis wrote that "[Bercovici] still has to overcome some system-QB stigma, but he has another year of eligibility and should take full advantage of it with Kelly, a senior, moving on." Bercovici has a rocket arm and could be an enticing draft prospect if he puts up numbers in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:35 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong's contributions led to two key touchdowns against Washington on Saturday, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Strong's matchup against Huskies' CB Marcus Peters will be broken down by scouts all the way up until the spring draft. "The 6-foot-4, 212 pound redshirt junior sparked ASU's scoring with a 16-yard touchdown in front of Peters in the second quarter," Rang wrote. "Though it didn't get his teams points directly, Strong's fourth quarter catch on a deep post also proved critical. For a player with his lanky build, Strong showed very impressive balance and quickness to shake Peters for 23 yards on the route, setting up the Sun Devils' game-winning score." It has been reported that Strong will declare for the spring draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 9:56 PM

In his return to the field, Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly (foot) completed 14-of-25 attempts for 180 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 24-10 win versus Washington.

It was the first time Kelly had played since injuring his right foot on September 13 against Colorado. His return didn't exactly go great, as Kelly posted a poor 14.8 QBR rating. The Sun Devils managed only 10 points through the game's first 57 minutes, but Kelly hit Gary Chambers on a seven-yard scoring strike with three minutes left, and then Armand Perry returned an interception 61 yards for a score shortly thereafter to seal the outcome.
Oct 26 - 7:21 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong had three receptions for 55 yards and a score in Saturday's 24-10 victory over Washington.

Matched up across from Washington stud CB Marcus Peters, this was perhaps Strong's most crucial game of the season for NFL Draft purposes. Both players had their moments, though Strong was ultimately held to his second-lowest yardage output of the year. Last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Strong will jump to the pros early. On that note, an NFL scout told Sports Illustrated that Strong can expect to go in the late first- or early second-round. "He’s not a burner," the scout said. "He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI echoed Pauline's report, citing sources saying Strong is expected to declare.
Oct 26 - 7:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "word in Tempe is [Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen] Strong will declare at season’s end."

According to an NFL scout who spoke with Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Strong can expect to go in the late first- or early second-round. "He’s not a burner," the scout said. "He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI echoed Pauline's report, citing sources saying Strong is expected to declare.
Oct 24 - 5:47 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong has the makings of a late first- or early second-round pick, according to one NFL scout.

"He’s big physical and competitive with great hands," the scout told the SI duo of Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel. "He’s not a burner. He’s probably 4.53 in the 40, but Marques Colston and all these guys get in the league and do really well. He’s one of those." SI cites sources saying Strong is expected to declare. Strong is another member of a great receiver group, along with DGB, DeVante Parker, Devin Funchess and Kevin White. Rotoworld's Josh Norris would take those four over Strong at this time.
Oct 22 - 11:21 AM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly is expected to start versus Washington.

Kelly has missed multiple weeks while recovering from a right foot injury. We are of the opinion that Mike Bercovici might be a better player, but obviously Kelly has the "experience" tag on his side. It will be a difficult game to return for, as Washington has plenty of individual defensive talent.
Oct 21 - 10:59 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes there's been "steady development" in Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison's game this season.

"He’s posted 19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks at defensive end this season and has shown flashes of brilliance," Pauline wrote. "Hardisen is sized well (6’-3.5" and 305lbs) plays with proper fundamentals and shows a good degree of power in his game. He must learn the nuances of his position and develop more techniques disengaging from blocks but the junior college transfer comes with a large degree of upside." The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Oct 20 - 6:56 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught eight passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's victory against Stanford.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound junior has 49 catches for 689 yards and six touchdowns on the season. We like his size, strength, and ball skills, though others are higher on the Sun Devil than Rotoworld at the moment. Perhaps none more so than ESPN's Mel Kiper, who sees a little Mike Evans in Strong's game. Kiper ranks the receiver No. 17 on his big board.
Oct 20 - 4:28 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici went 23-for-33 for 245 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's upset win over Stanford.

Perhaps more importantly, he didn't throw an interception or fumble the ball (ASU as a team had zero turnovers). Bercovici threw a pair of interceptions in his first start against UCLA and expressed frustration after the game for his carelessness. He hasn't thrown a pick since. Taylor Kelly apparently wasn't 100-percent on Saturday, but ASU continues to insist he'll take over the starting reigns when he is. With the way Bercovici is playing, that might be a difficult transition to make. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote last week that Bercovici "has piqued the interest of scouts looking for a productive pocket passer with outstanding arm talent."
Oct 20 - 4:11 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster collected 59 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 in a 26-10 win on Saturday versus Stanford.

He added 92 on seven receptions, good for a 13.1 average. As the Cardinal found out, Foster is extremely difficult to contain. Even if you bottle him up as a runner, Foster's receiving skill is such that he'll find a way to gouge you running routes out of the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster has rushed for 612 yards (six touchdowns) and collected 372 receiving yards (two scores) through six games. If ASU makes the Pac-12 Championship Game, and Foster receives more targets in the passing game, he could join the 1k/1k club.
Oct 20 - 3:55 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior QB Mike Bercovici "has piqued the interest of scouts looking for a productive pocket passer with outstanding arm talent," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Bercovici has already shown evaluators that he has the ability to make every throw in the book, but putting on an impressive showing against a stingy Cardinal defense [on Saturday] will squash some of the conversation about him being a streaky passer who is simply in the midst of a hot streak," Brooks wrote. "While some scouts will still consider the Arizona State standout a bit of a 'system QB' due to the Sun Devils' fast-paced scheme, another eye-popping performance against one of the league's 'elites' will thrust him into the spotlight in draft rooms across the league." ASU starting QB Taylor Kelly is being called a game-time decision for this one. Even if Kelly is cleared, ASU is expected to use both quarterbacks. Bercovici has gone 69-for-113 for 998 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions over the past two contests while filling in for Kelly.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 17 - 7:36 PM

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly will be a game-time decision on Saturday versus Stanford.

"If Taylor (Kelly) is ready by game time, he says ‘Coach, I'm ready', then he's going to play," the third-year HC said on Thursday. Kelly returned to practice on a limited basis last week. He's been out since injuring his right foot on September 13 at Colorado. "If we played today," Graham said Thursday, "(Mike) Bercovici would play because I don't think Taylor is quite ready." Graham indicated, however, that Kelly is improving daily. "He's repped, and he went through everything yesterday except team session because we don't want to take any chances of re-aggravating (the injury) with somebody stepping on him or something," Graham said.
Oct 17 - 6:42 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly returned to practice on Thursday, but on a limited basis.

It was the first time Kelly practiced since injuring his right foot on September 13. "Kelly ran with the team during pre-practice stretching and threw the football, but he remained mostly limited, watching his teammates run through drills," beat writer Doug Haller writes. Head coach Todd Grantham did call Kelly "an option" for the school's October 18 game against Stanford. Junior Mike Bercovici has been the starter since Kelly's injury.
Source: AZ Central
Oct 10 - 10:11 AM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is listed at No. 17 on Mel Kiper's updated big board.

"After his heroics on Saturday (a Hail Mary catch to beat USC), you look at his size and think he could challenge Amari Cooper in the spring," Kiper writes, stating Strong can be almost impossible to cover thanks to his ability to win in contested situations. In fact, Kiper says he sees a little Mike Evans in Strong's game. Count Kiper in the camp that sees a very bright future for Strong. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is not quite there.
Source: ESPN
Oct 9 - 10:09 AM


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