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ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison "really impressed" he and his Scouts Inc. colleagues at the Senior Bowl "with his explosiveness and power."

"We hadn't seen much of that previously with him on tape, but we'll have to go back and study more of him," McShay wrote. "He has some improvements to make, including his ability to finish plays, but his combination of size and quickness is very intriguing, and he was a productive player for the Sun Devils." Hardison measured in at the Senior Bowl bigger than expected at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, with 33.5-inch arms. The former stud JUCO reportedly runs a 4.7 forty.
Jan 26 - 5:50 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison "displayed explosive qualities, with the initial burst and power to rock offensive linemen back on their heels," according to Scout's Inc.

"He had 10 sacks this season, but based on the tape we'd seen of him we weren't sure that production would translate to the NFL," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "We hadn't seen a ton of explosiveness from him, but that changed this week. He wasn't perfect, getting turned sideways by double teams and failing to finish plays at times, and he could afford to develop a counter-move as a pass-rusher." Hardison measured in at the Senior Bowl bigger than expected at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds, with 33.5-inch arms.
Jan 24 - 11:44 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison "is a versatile player who projects as either a 5-technique D-end (in a 3-4 alignment) or 3-technique D-tackle (4-3)," according to Scout's Inc.

"He has good size (6-3, 311 pounds, 33½-inch arms) and had the quickest feet of the bigger D-lineman," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He does a great job of winning initially, but we'll be interested to see how he does the rest of the week and on tape as to whether he can be an effective finisher. He has already shown he can disrupt plays. But can he cash in?" Hardison has boosted his draft stock at the Senior Bowl, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote earlier this week. The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Hardison (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Jan 24 - 1:16 PM

Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison has aided his draft stock so far at the Senior Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Hardison helped his cause Tuesday by measuring in bigger than expected at 6-foot-3, 311 pounds (and 33.5-inch arms) and Wednesday he proved the North's best interior pass rusher, blowing past would-be blockers with a quick burst," Rang wrote. "Hardison can get ahead of himself, getting his shoulders too far past his knees and leaving himself off-balance and prone to being knocked to the turf, but scouts could see his disruptive potential as worthy of top 100 consideration." The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Hardison (4.7 forty) was one of the most heavily recruited JUCOs in the country when he committed to the Sun Devils.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 21 - 7:34 PM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas has been "struggling in 1 on 1 drills" at Senior Bowl practice, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The Sun Devils prospect is a long-time reliable starter, a ridiculous physical specimen who can power clean 385 pounds, squat 565, run a sub-5 second forty, and has a body fat measurement in the teens. The negatives include a certain shift to guard in the pros (where his so-so run blocking will need to improve) and a propensity to play high. CBS Sports' Rob Rang called him "one of the team's most intriguing NFL prospects" over the summer.
Jan 20 - 3:51 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly completed 7-of-13 attempts for 65 yards at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

The West offense belittled the spirit of this beloved sport, churning out a painful 93 yards and three points. Want to know how bad it was? The West gained a total of offensive five yards on plays Taylor Kelly wasn't involved in. He led the team by 60 passing yards, and he also was the squad's leading rusher (23 yards on five carries). A good showing under the circumstances, but not enough to get Kelly drafted.
Jan 18 - 2:34 PM

AZ Central Sports' Bob McManaman believes Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will land with the Cleveland Browns at No.19 in his latest mock draft.

"It'll be interesting to see where Strong ends up, but as I mentioned earlier with (Josh) Gordon's unreliability, it could very well end up being here," McManaman wrote. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong was a former JUCO recruit, who has been quite productive the last two years for the Sun Devils. Some consider Strong a first-round caliber talent and cite his high pointing ability as his top trait. We will be interested to see how Strong tests at the Combine.
Source: AZ Central
Jan 15 - 3:35 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Arizona State senior S Demarious Randall's "versatility could land him in the Day 2 range by the end of April."

"Randall may not be a household name among college football fans, but evaluators definitely have taken notice of his play," Weidl wrote. "At 5-11, 190, Randall has just average size for a safety but has an excellent combination of fluidity, quickness and top-end speed. In addition, he showed this past fall above-average instincts and had a knack for generating big plays. Randall has above-average range as a center fielder and also shows the ability to hold up in man coverage." Randall will play in the Senior Bowl. He led the nation with nine solo tackles per game this year.
Jan 14 - 1:08 AM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster announced Tuesday he will return to school for his senior season.

A very wise decision by a talented runner who would have been lost in the shuffle of a very deep RB class. "There are so many more things I want to accomplish," Foster said. "... I know the NFL always will be there." Coach Todd Graham called Foster "the face of the program." Foster told the media he expects to play more slot receiver next year, a move that could further bolster his draft stock. The 5-foot-11, 203-pounder finished the season with 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards on 62 catches.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The former high school tight end, was named the No. 16 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list. The Arizona State prospect is known for his freakish weight room ability, power cleaning 385 pounds and squatting 565 pounds, twice. The four-year starter runs a sub-5 second forty, has a body fat measurement in the teens, and was a first team selection to the All Pac-12 team, graduating with a 3.92 GPA. CBS Sports' Rob Rang called him "one of the team's most intriguing NFL prospects" over the summer.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster had 79 rushing yards on 11 attempts and 42 receiving yards on three catches in Saturday's win against Duke.

The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Foster was hyped as a potential contender to join the 1k/1k Club in 2014, but he'll have to wait until next year. He finished the season with 1,081 rushing yards and 688 receiving yards (on 62 catches). Foster scored nine times as a runner and three times as a receiver. Foster said earlier this month that he hasn't decided if he'll return for his senior season. We would advise him to finish out his career at ASU. This year's RB class is loaded, and declaring for the draft would leave Foster in jeopardy of potentially getting pushed into Day 3-afterthought territory. ESPN's Mel Kiper recently wrote that the Arizona State prospect "needs another year" and "could be a second- or third-round" selection in 2015 if he returns to school and plays well.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly completed 24-of-34 attempts for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 36-31 Sun Bowl win versus Duke.

We don't think much of Kelly as an NFL prospect, but he's certainly been one of the Pac-12's most underrated signal-callers over the past three seasons. Kelly missed three games earlier this year with a foot injury and finished with 2,114 passing yards and a 22/5 TD/INT ratio on a 59.4-percent completion percentage. You'll be hearing from him again soon: Kelly will play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught seven passes for 103 yards in the school's 36-31 win over Duke.

It was Strong's final collegiate performance, and some believe he is due for a top 50 selection. Strong's name is apt, as one of his bets traits is winning in contested situations. The Combine will also be a meaningful event for Strong's evaluation.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 05:50:00 PM

AZcentral.com's Doug Haller notes that the Sun Devils expect to have senior QB Taylor Kelly healthy entering Saturday's Sun Bowl against Duke.

Ever since the ASU prospect returned from his right-foot surgery Oct. 25, the Sun Devil's offense has took a dip in production. Kelly added that because he wasn't able to strengthen his legs, he "couldn't run," and his "legs would get fatigued after the first quarter." The Sun Devils QB has had over month to get healthy, and should be able to put his best foot forward against the Duke Blue Devils.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is a "natural hands catcher with the coordination and aggressive nature to win 50-50 balls and come down with contested catches," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Strong passes the eye test with an excellent blend of size and speed at the receiver position, giving his quarterback an easy target," Brugler wrote. We learned Monday that Strong will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," Strong said in a statement. "I've spoken to my family and we feel it is best for me to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft." He ranks as CBS' No. 20 overall prospect. "Well built at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Strong has the ballskills and physicality of a basketball power forward, which makes sense as the son of John Rankin, who starred on the hardcourt at Drexel," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 09:45:00 PM


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