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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

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong's 10-catch, 202-yard game against USC "will make him the center of conversation in the NFL scouting community."

"Strong exhibited the size, strength and ball skills that scouts covet in No.1 receivers, while dominating the Trojans on the perimeter," Brooks wrote. "The 6-3, 212-pound junior scored three times, including a 46-yard reception on a Hail Mary to win the game for the Sun Devils. With the NFL trending toward 'big' receivers on the perimeter, Strong's standout performance showcased his potential at the next level." Brooks isn't the only impressed onlooker. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier in the day that Strong "has the skill-set to be one of the top-five receivers drafted next spring" and is "making a case to be a Biletnikoff Award finalist this season."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 7 - 7:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong "has the skill-set to be one of the top-five receivers drafted next spring."

"He is tall, athletic and tough and plays the position like a power forward, locating and attacking with his hands. Strong has the skill-set to be one of the top-five receivers drafted next spring and his continued development the rest of the season could determine just how high he'll go," Brugler wrote. On Saturday, the Sun Devils prospect hauled in 10 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 38-34 win over USC. Brugler notes that the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Strong "is making a case to be a Biletnikoff Award finalist this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 2:53 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong "has definitely improved his draft stock this season," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Strong is not a true deep threat but catches the ball well and wins out for contested passes. I’ll hold final judgment until his true size/speed numbers are recorded but must admit Strong has definitely improved his draft stock this season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Strong, caught 10 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 38-34 win over USC this past weekend. Pauline believes "the junior has put together a string of dominating performances in the early going."
Oct 6 - 4:18 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught 10 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 38-34 win over USC.

No catch was bigger than Strong's final grab of the game, leaping in front of awaiting USC defenders to snag a 46 yard Hail Mary to win the game. The play showed Strong's best trait: high pointing and winning in contested situations. Strong also showcased some straight-line run after catch skills in this game.
Oct 5 - 9:13 AM


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