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Arizona State senior DL Marcus Hardison is a sleeper prospect who could break out in 2014, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The junior college transfer comes with outstanding size/speed numbers and large degree of athleticism," Pauline wrote. "He has the physical ability to line up as a three technique tackle or a two-gap end. Hardison showed brief flashes last season but must put it all together in 2015 to move up the radar." 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.
Jul 22 - 4:56 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline writes that some believed he "lost all credibility" when rating Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong as a fourth-rounder.

It's unclear if Pauline is referring to scouts or NFL personnel men, or if he's meaning fans turned on him. Either way, he's far lower on Strong than most. "On film Strong presents himself as an averaged sized receiver with average speed and quickness," Pauline wrote. "And while he makes a few nice receptions what’s most disconcerting is the way he often loses out in battles and does not come away with contested passes." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect grabbed 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns as a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer last year. "Big frame, easy adjust and looks to have huge mitts on tape," ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote of Strong last month.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

AZCentral's Doug Haller reports that juco transfer LB Darrius Caldwell, a junior-college transfer will not enroll at Arizona State "because of academic reasons."

"Linebacker Darrius Caldwell, a junior-college transfer expected to compete for a starting position, will not enroll at Arizona State because of academic reasons," Haller wrote. The 6-foot-6, 235 pound prospect recently played at Pearl River Community College in Hattiesburg, Mississipi. Caldwell initially signed with Illinois coming out of high school in 2011, but was dismissed for a violation of unspecified team rules.
Source: AZCentral
Jul 14 - 10:50 AM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas power cleans 385 pounds, squats 565 and has a body fat measurement in the teens.

The former high school tight end was named the No. 16 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's "Freak" list. He arrived on the ASU campus at 260 pounds, but now stands 6-foot-4 and 301 pounds thanks to his strength work. In fact, NFL.com passed along in May that Douglas is "legendary" in ASU's weight room. He runs a sub-5 second forty.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 9:12 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly and Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan received free agent preseason grades from draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline's extended thoughts are to follow the next few days. It is a notable projection, since many list Kelly and Hogan among the top five seniors at their position. We, on the other hand, side closer with Pauline regarding Kelly's label compared to those who label him a top two day prospect. Among Pac-12 quarterbacks, Pauline ranks them in this order: Marcus Mariota (first-round), Brett Hundley (second-round), Sean Mannion (fifth-round) and Cody Kessler (sixth- or seventh-round).
Jul 7 - 2:15 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is a a 1-on-1 downfield and red zone problem for defenses, according to ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Big frame, easy adjust and looks to have huge mitts on tape," Weidl wrote. Strong broke out in a big way for the Sun Devils last season, hauling in 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns as a Second Team All-Pac-12 performer. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect's ideal frame gives fits to smaller corners, and his supreme athleticism makes it difficult for larger safeties to blanket him. He'll be one of the Pac-12's best fantasy performers in 2014.
Jun 19 - 1:13 PM

Arizona State junior RB D.J. Foster is expected to break out with Marion Grice off to the NFL.

We already know that Foster is an outstanding receiver, as he collected 653 receiving yards in 2013 from both the slot and out of the backfield. "Foster's comfort with the ball in his hands is his greatest attribute," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He is a fluid athlete, who accelerates and cuts smoothly. He has very good field vision, knowing when to throttle down and exercise some patience to set up blocks and when to drive ahead to get what he can. Perhaps best of all, he's a reliable pass-catcher who shows the ability to extend and pluck outside of his frame as well as track over his shoulder." In coach Todd Graham's dynamic spread-option offense, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Foster (he's reportedly bulked up to 208 pounds) could put up huge numbers. He's a running back to target in Pac-12 leagues, and you might get him at a discount due to his modest rushing stats over the past few years.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 9:18 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas "one of the team's most intriguing NFL prospects."

"Douglas looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman with broad shoulders, a trim middle and good balance," Rang wrote. "He is quick off the snap and plays with good leverage in pass protection to absorb bull rushers, showing good flexibility and core strength. He slides well laterally and looks to help his teammates when not covered up, often shoving unsuspecting defensive linemen to the ground." Douglas has made 27 consecutive starts, most coming at LG, where he likely projects in the NFL. This season, however, the Sun Devils plan to shift Douglas, their best offensive lineman, to LT. "Douglas is a bit more inconsistent in the running game," Rang wrote. "He plays a bit high while drive blocking, dropping his head and leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 18 - 8:44 PM

Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly is "athletic, instinctive, a gifted passer" according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

Kelly threw for 3,635 yards on a school record 67.1% completions to go with 28 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in 2013, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. He also ran for 823 yards -- excluding sacks -- and scored nine rushing TDs. "Kelly has a slim build, especially in his lower half, which will raise concerns about his ability to stand up to pressure in the NFL, despite the fact that he's proven durable throughout his collegiate career," Rang wrote. "He has a quick set-up and release but is allowed to simply flick passes without stepping into them based on the quick tempo of this read-option attack. When he steps into his throws, Kelly can deliver passes with impressive velocity. When he doesn't, however, too many of Kelly's passes flutter. Kelly's ball placement, especially on intermediate and deep passes with low trajectory, is inconsistent, though he does show good touch." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior runs a 4.84 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 9:22 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes that Arizona State redshirt sophomore WR Jaelen Strong is an "effective vertical threat."

"He runs hard and forces defenders to take him to the ground, fighting through arm tackles to generate good yardage after the catch. His size makes him equally effective on the perimeter (where he excels on back-shoulder fades) and when dragging across the middle. Strong accelerates quickly off the line, making him an effective vertical threat," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 205 pound prospect has a "well-built" frame for the position. With his ideal size and athleticism, Strong is able to matchup well against smaller defenders in jump-ball situations. As a JUCO-transfer from Pierce College, Strong was a breakout star for the Sun Devils hauling in 75 passes for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns. The Arizona State prospect was even named Second Team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013. If Strong can put together another productive season this year, he could make a strong case for himself to make the jump to the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 11:19 AM

Arizona State senior OT Jamil Douglas is "legendary" in ASU's weight room, according to NFL.com, with a power clean of 385 pounds, a bench press of 430 and a squat of 565.

Douglas has started the past two seasons at guard, but he's shifting to left tackle for his senior campaign. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder has gained 40 pounds since arriving on campus, but his body fat percentage remains in the low teens, suggesting most of that the weight has been in the form of muscle. Douglas runs the forty in under 5 seconds.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 8:38 PM

Arizona State offered head coach Todd Graham a one-year contract extension that would make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac 12.

The extension would come with a pay raise of $300,000 and bump Graham's annual salary to $2.7 million. Once the Arizona Board of Regents approves the contract, it will run through the 2019 season. The Sun Devils are 18-9 under Graham's leadership.
May 28 - 8:54 PM

Azfamily.com's Brad Denny thinks Arizona State senior Taylor Kelly has a shot to be ASU's best QB ever.

"Kelly's 2013 may have been the greatest single-season statistical performance ever seen by a Sun Devil quarterback. He threw for 3,635 yards and 28 touchdowns while running for 852 gross yards (608 after sack yardage factored in) with another nine touchdowns. His 4,243 yards of total offense set an ASU single-season record," writes Denny. Thanks to ASU's up-tempo attack, Kelly has benefited greatly with the number of offensive plays and the ability to take advantage of defenses, as a dual-threat QB. With playmakers like WR Jaelen Strong, RB D.J. Foster and TE De'Marieya Nelson returning, Kelly has an opportunity to add on to the 18 wins he's compiled over the last two years, as the Sun Devils starting quarterback.
May 24 - 11:47 PM

Packers signed Colorado State Pueblo DT Mike Pennel.

Pennel (6-foot-4 1/4, 333) was originally a three-star recruit to Arizona State, but got suspended twice as a junior and wrapped up his college career at CSU-Pueblo. He started 10 games for the ThunderWolves, tallying six tackles for loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles. Pennel was lucky to get a Combine invite, where he ran 5.23 and did 23 reps on the bench. Pennel is a space-eating nose tackle prospect who needs to get much stronger in the upper body.
May 11 - 2:31 PM

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
May 10 - 5:01 PM


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