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Clemson OL Brandon Thomas underwent successful ACL surgery on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan.

"Went well," Caplan passed along. "Expected to be able to practice in season by some time in October." Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Thomas, once thought to be a potential late-first rounder, will likely drop to the fourth- or fifth-round now. Thomas will begin his rookie campaign on the PUP list.
Apr 23 - 9:44 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins worked out for a private group of Rams' evaluators on campus Friday.

St. Louis had already hosted Watkins for a pre-draft visit. The Rams, it might be worth noting, traveled to West Virginia to scout Tavon Austin last year and sent scouts to Appalachian State for a look at Brian Quick a few springs ago. The Rams own the No. 2 pick, though Rams' GM Les Snead is open for business.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 20 - 7:46 PM

NFL.com's Charley Casserly gave A.J. Green a higher draft grade than Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

"This is a tough one because they're top players," Casserly said. "I like Watkins as far as his separation ability, his abilty to run after the catch, I think he's outstanding in both of them and probably has a little bit of an edge over Green. But I'm going to go for Green, not because of what he's done, but what I thought he was going to do. Green, to me, was the best player in that draft. ... Green's edge is in size and more consistency in catching the football, even though Watkins has good hands." Watkins is ticketed for the top 5, same as the Georgia product Green.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 5:29 PM

Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports that the Baltimore Ravens have interest in Clemson WR Martavis Bryant.

"Although the Ravens aren't among Bryant's 22 combined visits and private workouts, a source says they've maintained interest in him throughout the draft process and conducted a meeting with him at the NFL scouting combine," Wilson wrote on Saturday. Bryant has already visited the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steeelers, Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Lions. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound wideout could hear his name called in the second round of the draft.
Apr 19 - 2:52 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will likely drop to the fourth- or fifth-round after his ACL injury, according to insider Tony Pauline.

Thomas injured his knee while working out for the Saints, and is expected to have surgery in the immediate future. he will almost certainly have to redshirt next season for whichever club takes him. We consider Thomas a top 50 talent, as he displays an athletic lower half and powerful punch.
Apr 18 - 12:37 PM

The Lions "loom as candidates" to move up from No. 10 into the top five, reports NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Detroit has made no secret about its attraction to Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, and there's no chance they'll get him at No. 10. St. Louis (2) or Jacksonville (3) might be amenable to moving down. Jadeveon Clowney was in Detroit for a visit on Wednesday, but the Lions would probably need to swap for Houston's No. 1 pick to guarantee his services, which doesn't seem likely.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 2:09 AM

"There's a lot of excitement over" Clemson QB Tajh Boyd right now, writes NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Boyd (6-foot 3/4, 221 pounds) looked spectacular at his pro day exhibition, leading to a renewed interest in his gifts. "I'm not sure he's put himself in the second day, but definitely in the third day, and he could go as high as the fourth round," wrote Brandt. Boyd worked with QB coach Ken Mastrole and NFL great Dan Marino this offseason in an attempt to adopt a more pro-style passing motion.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:59 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas will undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL tear on April 23.

In the cruelest story of this year's process, Thomas wrecked his knee while performing a noncontact drill during a private workout for the Saints. He'd received some late first-round pick buzz, but at this point it'd be a slight upset if he even goes on Day 2. Because of the talent, the fourth round is a decent prediction for his destination next month.
Apr 17 - 5:43 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced senior QB Cole Stoudt as starter.

The position, formerly tended to by star Tajh Boyd, has been in a state of upheaval this offseason. First, of course, the record-setting Boyd graduated. Second, replacement Chad Kelly was dismissed on Monday for conduct detrimental to the team. Stoudt has appeared in 22 games, though he's experienced nothing like what what it's going to be like in the 2014 opener against Georgia. "It should be pretty obvious that [Stoudt] won the job," Swinney told Fox Sports. "He's a great leader who is highly respected by his teammates. He never once complained. He was always ready when we needed him. He's earned it and he will be named the starter."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 4:59 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas' ACL tear "will have the league and the agents re-considering this move to more individual workouts," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

The catastrophe occurred on a noncontact drill during a private workout for the Saints. "Why risk it when there is so much tape to watch on a player and there's combine and pro-day workouts?" Prisco wrote. "If I were an agent, I would say my client is resting on his pro-day workout. It's just not worth the risk. Thomas was considered a potential late first-round pick and now will likely not go until the fourth round. That's just stupidity. What's the reason? To see how he does in the short shuttle again?"
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 8:22 PM

The San Francisco 49ers hosted Clemson WR Martavis Bryant for a pre-draft visit on Monday.

The 49ers are looking for a vertical threat who can make plays down field, and Bryant definitely fits that mold. Not only does Bryant have speed (4.42 forty) but he brings size to the table at 6'4, 211 pounds. Bryant played opposite of Sammy Watkins, and averaged 19.7 yards a catch, finishing with 828 yards overall and seven touchdowns. The Clemson wideout has been compared to the late Chris Henry.
Apr 14 - 1:18 PM

The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday that there's a "growing sense in league circles" that the Lions could trade up for Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.

The Lions seem to have made finding Calvin Johnson a worthy No. 2 complement a draft priority, and there is a whole lot of smoke surrounding their willingness to go and get the best of the 2014 class right now. If Detroit remains at No. 10, they will probably miss out on both Watkins and Texas A&M WR Mike Evans. The Lions may be sitting across the poker table from Rams' GM Les Snead, owner of the No. 2 pick and willing to swap, as we speak.
Apr 10 - 6:49 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins will visit the Rams on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He will also have a private workout with the team on April 18. Watkins is visiting the Jaguars on Wednesday, which is a very viable landing spot for his talents. Buzz has also started to build that the Lions could want to trade up for Watkins' services. It is not unanimous, but Sammy is the top receiver in this class.
Apr 9 - 10:32 AM

The Lions "have put a lot of time into" scouting Clemson WR Sammy Watkins this spring and are "trying to figure if it's right for them to move up and get him," reports Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Watkins met with both Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate during a pre-draft visit on Tuesday. General manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Caldwell had dinner with the Tigers' stud the night before his pro day. If Detroit wants to make a move, they'll have at least one chance, as Houston won't take Watkins at No. 1 and St. Louis has made it known that the No. 2 pick is available. The price will be large, but it doesn't figure to be nearly as prohibitive as it was when the Rams ransomed three first-round picks and more out of Washington in the RGIII deal. Detroit doesn't yet have a private workout scheduled with Watkins.
Apr 8 - 5:52 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas' ACL tear occurred during a private workout for the Saints, according to Aaron Wilson.

The injury had already been reported, but this is the first time team specifics have been mentioned. "Thomas will undergo surgery soon to repair the damage following a serious knee injury a month out from the NFL draft," Wilson writes. The Clemson product had a chance of being a late first-round pick, as he offers plenty of power and held up well in pass protection on an island.
Apr 8 - 11:17 AM


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