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Vanderbilt redshirt freshman transfer Mitch Parsons has been granted immediate eligibility to play for Colorado State in 2015.

Parsons transferred closer to home last January after sitting out his only collegiate season with Vanderbilt. Out of high school, Parsons was the No. 2 recruit out of Colorado and No. 7 national tight end.
Jun 2 - 10:07 AM

NFL Media ranks Colorado State sophomore WR Rashard Higgins as the No. 13 offensive player in the nation.

"When CSU quarterback Garrett Grayson was busy attracting NFL scouts last year, this is the guy he was usually looking for," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Higgins was a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. This fall, he'll have to overcome the transition to a new coach, a new offense and a new quarterback." Higgins caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns last year to become a consensus first-team All-American and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 5:56 PM

Packers signed Colorado State CB Bernard Blake.

Blake (5'11/177) made 25 starts for the Rams, managing 8.5 career tackles for loss and two interceptions. He ran 4.49/4.52 at the CSU Pro Day, but was exposed as a severely deficient athlete with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and brutal 7-foot broad jump. Not quick enough to cover slot receivers and no match for big perimeter wideouts in the NFL, Blake will have to earn his keep on special teams.
May 3 - 9:02 PM

Saints selected Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Grayson (6'3/213) made 35 starts for CSU, earning Mountain West Offensive POY as a senior and wrapping his career with a 62.1 completion rate and 54:25 TD-to-INT ratio. A plus athlete, Grayson ran 4.72/4.78 at his Pro Day, also impressing in the vertical (34") and broad (10'1") jumps. Grayson made anticipation throws from the pocket in Colorado State's pro-style offense, took 91 percent of his snaps from under center, and showed an ability to deliver the football under duress. His arm strength is average, however, and Grayson's ball placement is inconsistent. He would do well to settle in as a high-end NFL backup. Fortunately, he lands with offensive guru coach Sean Payton and will get to learn behind Drew Brees.
May 1 - 10:16 PM

Broncos selected Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Sambrailo (6'6/311) made 42 starts for Colorado State, protecting Garrett Grayson's blind side as the successor to Packers LT David Bakhtiari. Sambrailo made first-team All-Mountain West as a senior, allowing just one sack. He managed a 5.36 forty at the Combine and 23 reps on the bench, but shined in the three-cone drill (7.54). A disciplined, efficient mover and physical blocker, Sambrailo has been compared to Lions LT Riley Reiff by SI's Doug Farrar. Sambrailo's 33-inch arms may make him best suited for left guard in the pros, though the same was said of Bakhtiari and Reiff. Sambrailo should have a leg up on Michael Schofield for right-tackle duties.
May 1 - 9:16 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora predicts that Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson "wins the No. 3 QB derby" this evening.

"Scouts are split on which quarterback should go third, with some preferring the long-term upside of UCLA's Brett Hundley, others preferring Oregon State QB Sean Mannion's experience in a pro-style offense and still others enamored with the natural arm talent of Baylor's Bryce Petty," La Canfora wrote. "Watch out for Grayson, however, to wind up stealing the spotlight as many feel that he offers the best combination of arm talent, mobility and experience working from under center." As for a quazi prediction, La Canfora writes that "Grayson could be an especially intriguing fit as a Peyton Manning understudy in Gary Kubiak's West Coast offense." Colleague Dane Brugler doesn't mock Grayson into Round 2, but has both Hundley and Petty in that stanza. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
May 1 - 3:44 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson "at best ... becomes a guy like Jon Kitna or (Ryan) Fitzpatrick" and clarified "that's not a negative."

"Good processor of the game," he said. "Got a pretty quick mind. Average physical characteristics. I see him better than Matt Flynn." Grayson has broken his collarbone three times, an area to keep an eye on. "Pocket guy," another scout said. "Little better athlete than you think. He can at least escape the rush and get the ball off under duress." A third scout called him a "career backup probably."
Apr 28 - 8:23 PM

An NFL executive believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson could end up as the class' best quarterback.

"I wouldn't be surprised if (Colorado State's Garrett) Grayson was better than all of them," the executive said. "I just think he's got the intangibles. He's got a good presence about himself in the pocket. He's got the physical traits. His arm's strong enough, and I think he's got the right temperament." That said, Grayson isn't going higher than Round 2, and he may even fall into Day 3. Representatives from three NFC teams told said they had mid- to late-round grades on Grayson. The St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have worked him out.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:10 PM

Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo "was slightly disappointing in the run-up to the draft but teams still like his film and the athleticism he displayed in college," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Sambrailo is ranked as a tackle on a lot of boards outside war rooms but I’m told he’ll very likely be drafted as a zone blocking guard for the fall," Pauline wrote. We've never questioned Sambrailo's athleticism -- he absolutely has the feet and quicks to pull and reach the second level without issue -- but believe he must improve his on-field strength. If he can, Sambrailo can be a long-term tackle (or guard, depending on fit). If he can't, he may not stick around too long.
Apr 25 - 9:41 PM

An anonymous NFL scout questioned Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo's toughness.

"(David) Bakhtiari was soft like Sambrailo, but the one thing Bakhtiari had that I underestimated was a little bit of nastiness and competitiveness," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't think Sambrailo has that. That's the constant learning process you go through in scouting. As long as you have that inner competitiveness, if you have athleticism to go with it, then you can be a finesse guy." It's tough to project Sambrailo's position at the next level; he's an outstanding athlete for his size, but evaluators question both his functional strength and his competitiveness. Many see a guard. "I was disappointed in him [at the Senior Bowl]," another scout said. "It'll take a year to get any real production from him. He lacks some functional anchor strength."
Apr 25 - 5:39 PM

Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson "improved remarkably year over year."

"Grayson wanted to play in the NFL since he was five years old and, despite a lack of impressive athletic ability and size he somehow made it here to the brink of that dream," Cooney wrote. "Go ahead, you tell Grayson he is not good enough. He's heard it all before." Over the past two years, Grayson posted 7,975 yards and a 55/18 TD/INT ratio. "We were pro style, we became a little bit more spread my senior year," Grayson said. "That was partly personnel, partly coach Baldwin getting to install his offense a little bit more. But we were basically as much pro style as you could get my sophomore, junior years and as I said, transitioned a little more spread my senior year." Grayson could go anywhere from Round 2 to Round 4.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 4:20 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson "will be high in that second wave of quarterbacks taken after the gulf between Winston/Mariota and the rest of the passers subsides."

"Question is, does that divide last all the way until Saturday and the start of the fourth round?" he wrote. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 214-pound Grayson can be successful from the pocket and the shotgun, though he struggles when forced off his spot. Grayson put up 7,975 yards and a 55/18 TD/INT ratio across 27 starts for the Rams over the past two years.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 7:00 PM

Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson is an underrated prospect who "ranks as one of the more pro-ready passers in this year's relatively weak class," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Athletic and accurate with a strong enough arm to make every throw in the pro-style offense he ran in new Florida head coach Jim McElwain's pro-style scheme at Colorado State," Rang wrote. "Grayson struggles when pressured and therefore I wouldn't invest more than a mid-third-round pick on him but he -- not Baylor's Bryce Petty or Oregon State's Sean Mannion -- was the most impressive quarterback at the Senior Bowl." Enough steam is behind Grayson that it at least appears on the surface as though he's hopped UCLA's Brett Hundley to enter a two-man race with Petty to become the No. 3 QB picked. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan recently wrote that Grayson "may go higher than most expect."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 4:24 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan believes Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson "may go higher than most expect."

"While Bryce Petty is the favorite to be the 3rd QB picked, Garrett Grayson may go higher than most expect," Caplan tweeted. The CSU prospect has been ranked anywhere from the third, fourth or fifth quarterback in the class by draft evaluators. The 6-foot-2 1/2, 214-pound Grayson has showed that he can be successful from the pocket and can be productive throwing from the shotgun. Grayson posted 7,975 yards and a 55/18 TD/INT ratio across 27 starts for the Rams over the past two years.
Apr 17 - 2:33 PM

The Browns put Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson through a private workout

Mary Kay Cabot suggests the Browns could even use a second or third round selection on Grayson. That would be shocking, but so many teams need a quarterback that one or multiple will be selected before they should. Grayson has worked through progressions in the pocket while coached by Jim McElwain.
Apr 17 - 12:40 PM


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