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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

Monday Morning Quarterback's Greg A. Bedard believes Clemson WR Sammy Watkins is the only player in the draft that would immediately start for St. Louis at his regular position.

"The Rams have rebuilt their roster, which won 15 games in the five seasons before Fisher and Snead arrived, to the point where no player save Watkins might play right away at his targeted position," Bedard wrote. "St. Louis has a star end in Robert Quinn, and a very good one in Chris Long, which would put [Jadeveon] Clowney or [Khalil] Mack in a reserve role, at least initially. The Rams have Jake Long, Joe Barksdale and Rodger Safford as capable offensive tackles, meaning [Greg] Robinson or [Jake] Matthews would likely play elsewhere along the line as rookies." Owners of the Nos. 2 and 13 picks, St. Louis has plenty of options.
Apr 7 - 7:46 PM

Clemson OL Brandon Thomas suffered a torn ACL in training last week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

This is just terrible news. Not only was Thomas a site favorite, his play as a versatile tackle or guard had been drawing rave reviews from evaluators. So much, in fact, that he could have squeezed into the first-round. Thomas has an athletic lower half, a powerful punch, and did well out on an island to mirror pass rushers. A team could get a very talented prospect at a reduced price.
Apr 7 - 2:01 PM

The Dolphins invited Clemson WR Martavis Bryant to visit team headquarters for a pre-draft visit.

No word yet on if the invitation has been accepted or when the meeting would take place. Bryant is a strict vertical weapon with imposing measurements at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds with forty times in the mid 4.3s. He's been compared to Justin Hunter and the late Chris Henry.
Apr 6 - 10:04 PM

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins said he has "some freakish talents" and an "ability to make plays."

Amen, Mr. Watkins. "I can jump, run catch, make somebody miss. That's my game," Watkins said, adding: "I understand football and the preparation, so for me, it's getting in with the team I'm with and learn that playbook. ... I think after the first few games, I'll be definitely fine." The No. 2 overall player on NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's big board, Watkins (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) is a top 10 lock. He could go as high as No. 2.
Apr 3 - 7:26 PM

The Lions hosted Clemson WR Martavis Bryant for a pre-draft visit on Thursday.

NFL teams are allotted 30 such pre-draft visits. "It was good to show people what I could do," Bryant said. "Some people though I’d run a 4.5, but I always knew I was fast. It was just good to get out there and showcase what I can do along with all the other great players out there." Being paired across from a superstar WR, in this case Calvin Johnson, is old hat for Bryant, who was Sammy Watkins' running mate in college. Bryant also knows his strengths pretty well. Asked what the best aspect of his game is, the wideout said: "The deep ball."
Apr 3 - 6:16 PM


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