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Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins "has the juice out of his breaks and after the catch to overwhelm lesser defenders," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games last year, posting nearly 1,000 yards after the catch, but Zierlein doesn't think he'll match those numbers with head coach Jim McElwain gone. The scribe ranks Higgins as the No. 10 receiver in the country. "Higgins can focus like a laser when the ball is in the air and is very easy and natural in his routes," Zierlein wrote. "His play strength is a shade below where it needs to be and he will have to prove that he can fit into the offense of new head coach Mike Bobo."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 11:02 PM

Colorado State junior WR Rashard Higgins "will likely head to the NFL draft after this season, and for good reason," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior caught 96 passes for 1,750 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games last year, posting nearly 1,000 yards after the catch. "Now comes a big test: He lost his coach, Jim McElwain, to Florida. He lost his quarterback, Garrett Grayson, to the NFL. He even lost his running back, Dee Hart," Brown wrote. "He may not duplicate last year's numbers, but he'll be fine." Brown says Higgins is the No. 3 receiver in the nation.
Jun 10 - 8:40 PM

ESPN correspondent Phil Steele advises bettors to take "under" 7.5 wins on Colorado State.

"Usually in a coaching change, the first season has a learning curve with the new coaches having to learn the players' strengths and weaknesses and the players having to learn new schemes," Steele wrote, noting the key loss of former HC Jim McElwain to Florida. "The Rams lost QB Garrett Grayson and LT Ty Sambrailo to the NFL, as well as RB Dee Hart (1,275 yards on 6.6 yards per carry in 2014). Prior to last season's 10-win total, the Rams hadn't topped 7.5 wins in the regular season since 2002, and they have a tough schedule with Minnesota, a much improved Colorado, Boise State, Utah State and San Diego State all on it." The Rams also have difficult games against Fresno State and Wyoming scheduled. Star sophomore WR Rashard Higgins is going to have his hands full trying to push his team to bowl eligibility.
Jun 9 - 1:46 AM

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
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