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Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong may have moved into the late Round 1 discussion based on his combine performance, NFL Network's Curtis Conway said.

"You talk about a big-bodied guy who understands attacking the football at its highest point -- at Arizona State he did a lot of back-shoulder catching, and I love that because you can never guard him," Conway said. "His stock is rising after the combine." Strong (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) measured in an inch shorter than his listed collegiate height at the combine, though he logged 4.51 and 4.44 forty times, and added a spectacular 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. "He's a force down the field and on contested balls, and the 4.44 speed is really good for a physical matchup threat who will play near 220 pounds," ESPN's Mel Kiper recently wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 12:26 AM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong "saw himself shrink in Indy," joked ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Strong (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) measured in an inch shorter than his listed collegiate height at the NFL Scouting Combine. He logged 4.51 and 4.44 forty times, and added a spectacular 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Strong, a late Round 1 or early Round 2 prospect, to Dwayne Bowe. "He's a force down the field and on contested balls, and the 4.44 speed is really good for a physical matchup threat who will play near 220 pounds," Kiper wrote.
Mar 2 - 6:39 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong "plays like his last name."

"Average to above-average speed," the scout said. "He'll probably play early. His ceiling isn't high, but he's going to be a good, solid, starting wide receiver with good hands. Physical frame. Really good field awareness. Very good in the red zone. Just not a stretch-the-field vertical receiver. More of a short to intermediate type." The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Strong caught 157 passes for 2,287 yards (14.6) and 17 scores in two seasons for the Sun Devils.
Mar 1 - 12:48 PM

Chicago Tribune's Matt Bowen believes Arizona State senior S Demarious Randall would be good "value in the middle rounds" for the Chicago Bears.

"With Randall, the Bears can get value in the middle rounds and land a prospect who can create competition with second-year pro Brock Vereen," Bowen wrote. The 5-foot-11,190-pound Randall, recorded 177 tackles during his junior and senior seasons at Arizona State. Randall does offer some coverage versatility and could be seen as a deep middle of the field defender. Bowen believes after Randall's combine performance, he'll likely bump the Arizona State product "up to the third round."
Feb 26 - 4:08 PM

Arizona State DL Marcus Hardison did not participate in on-field combine drills due to a minor knee injury suffered during the Senior Bowl which hampered his training.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Hardison will work out for teams during ASU's pro day. It's too bad, as Hardison (6-foot-3, 311 pounds, with 33.5-inch arms) was expected to test well. He reportedly runs a 4.7 forty. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote recently that Hardison is "gaining some momentum lately" and could "fill a role like Seattle's Michael Bennett, a guy who can play outside and also rush from the inside."
Feb 22 - 10:32 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong logged 4.51 and 4.44 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Strong (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) measured in an inch shorter than his listed collegiate height. You already know he can leap off the carpet and go and get the ball, and showed why in posting a spectacular 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Strong, a late Round 1 or early Round 2 prospect, to Dwayne Bowe.
Feb 21 - 11:19 PM

Arizona State DL Marcus Hardison is "gaining some momentum lately," reports CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He is a power player at 307 pounds, but he played some end at Arizona State," Prisco wrote. "I think he could trim down to 285 or so and fill a role like Seattle's Michael Bennett, a guy who can play outside and also rush from the inside. He is a significantly better player on tape than I saw while watching the Sun Devils this season." Hardison (6-foot-3, 311 pounds, with 33.5-inch arms) runs a 4.7 forty. He fits the profile of a player whose stock will rise as the draft draws closer.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 21 - 9:30 PM

ESPN's RecruitingNation compares Arizona State committee DT Joseph Wicker to Oklahoma's Charles Tapper.

"Wicker has similar versatility along the line and the same type of upside as Tapper had coming out of high school with his blend of size, strength and athleticism," wrote Craig Haubert and Erik McKinney. Wicker, the country’s No. 172 prospect, committed to Arizona State over Texas Tech and UCLA. "Wicker is a physical, hard-working player with the strength to be a good, productive defensive lineman at the college level," noted ESPN. "It may take him some time to develop into a contributor and full-time player given his current size and skill set, but his ability to play both defensive end and defensive tackle allows him to provide depth and could lead to early snaps."
Feb 8 - 8:17 PM

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is "very similar in body type and speed" to Dwayne Bowe, wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Bowe went in the first round without having great speed, and the same could happen to Strong," he noted. "Both can make contested catches and use their size very effectively." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong's evaluation is tied to how well he tests out at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 10:16 PM

An NFC West scout said "I love" Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong.

"He's not going to run fast, but it won't matter because any team who drafts him is going to have a plan for him," the scout said. "When he has a quarterback who can throw him open, his speed won't matter much. I love him." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong could very well be under-drafted over concerns about his speed. "No one aspect of Strong is awe-inspiring, but scouts love the entirety of his game and where it's headed," added NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Corners don't fear his speed -- he's a long-strider who takes a while to build speed, and he rarely gets separation deep against man-to-man coverage -- but his strength, size and ability to catch contested throws will be coveted by some teams. Think Dwayne Bowe."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 9:20 PM

Arizona State JUCO commit LB Davon Durant "will have every opportunity to earn a starting job during spring drills," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.

Durant is 247Sports.com's No. 6 JUCO recruit in the country. "The Sun Devils had a number of star players this season who were JC transfers, and coaches hope Durant (6-2, 240) pans out in the same manner," Huguenin wrote. The Sun Devils return all four starting LBs from last season's 3-4 alignment, but Durant should be able to crack the starting lineup if he is as advertised in practice.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 11:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that it wouldn't surprise him "at all" to see Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong or Auburn WR Sammie Coates land in Round 1.

The analyst said so as a way to make a point about the riches of this year's receiving class: He ranks Strong and Coates as the Nos. 7 and 8 receivers, respectively. "Overall this is shaping up to be another deep class," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong's evaluation is strongly tied to how he performs at the combine.
Feb 2 - 6:48 PM

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


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