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Duke starting junior CB Bryon Fields will miss the season with a torn ACL.

Fields started 13 games last season as a sophomore. Fields has missed time during camp, so some players lower on the depth chart have already received reps. He will likely take a redshirt season. Many will be watching safety Jeremy Cash in that secondary.
Aug 26 - 2:49 PM

Duke senior WR Max McCaffrey "is effective working the middle of the field and makes it difficult for defensive backs to bring him down by running behind his pads," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey's son has a similar game to go with a 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. "He hasn't put up huge numbers for the Blue Devils, but with his pedigree and intelligence, he should get a shot -- especially if he tests well athletically after the season," Reuter wrote. Across 40 career games and 25 starts, McCaffrey has posted 65 receptions for 698 yards (10.74 average) and seven scores. He and Johnell Barnes give Duke an experienced outside duo.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 22 - 11:57 PM

Duke graduate TE Braxton Deaver is "one of the better receiving tight ends in the country" when he's healthy, wrote NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Alas, 2013 is the only real healthy season that Deaver's recorded at the college level. During that campaign, he earned a third-team All-ACC selection on the strength of 46 catches, 600 receiving yards and four scores. Everything around that's been darkness. In 2012, the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder was lost for the year after suffering a torn ACL in the winter and a fractured patella in the summer. In 2014, he suffered another torn ACL. When healthy, his best attributes are his soft hands and ability to accelerate on seam routes, but in the summer of 2014, CBS Sports analyst Derek Stephens wrote that Deaver has issues in blocking and lacks the athleticism you'd like to see in an NFL tight end. A healthy 2015 season is almost certainly a must if he wants a chance to crack the backside of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 19 - 7:42 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, if Duke senior S Jeremy Cash "proves himself as a slot cover man during this season, it should help him join his former teammate, guard Laken Tomlinson, as a first-round selection."

Reuter ranks him as the class' No. 6 overall senior prospect. "The Blue Devils are looking for their first back-to-back drafts with a first-round pick in school history," Reuter wrote. The Duke prospect has in his career recorded 232 tackles, 20 TFL, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 15 - 9:43 PM

Duke redshirt junior RB Jela Duncan will miss the 2015 season after tearing his pectoral.

Duncan also missed last season, but prior to that rushed for 562 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 and contributed similar production in 2012. The running back likely has one more season of eligibility. Duke is replacing quite a bit of talent on offense and would have used Duncan in a reserve role.
Aug 11 - 12:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Duke senior S Jeremy Cash is a "tough run defender with better than average ball skills."

"He’s potentially a second day prospect if he plays well this season then tests well in the run up to the draft," Pauline wrote. In 27 career games, the Duke prospect recorded 232 tackles, 20 TFL, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Aug 5 - 2:40 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Duke redshirt senior C Matt Skura "is a technically sound and athletic center with a bright NFL future."

"The two-year starter played some guard as a redshirt freshman, but his home is inside, where his intelligence can be fully utilized," Reuter wrote. "Look for Skura's name to be more recognized nationally as head coach David Cutcliffe continues to raise the bar for the football program in Durham." The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Skura is a two-year starter who was a third-team All-ACC selection last year. He's on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:06 PM

Duke senior S Jeremy Cash, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper, is the best senior safety prospect in the country.

Cash plays a roving, hybrid linebacker/slot corner/safety position that is called the "strike safety" in Duke's system. "In other words, he's expected to be able to make plays in the box, and he does just that," Kiper wrote. "He had 111 [tackles] last year, and the one-time Ohio State Buckeye who transferred to Duke is in line for a big senior season." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior has logged 232 tackles, 20 TFL, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 27 career games. Cash was the only DB in the country last year to collect 100-plus tackles, 10-plus TFL and 5-plus sacks.
Jul 19 - 3:03 PM

Duke redshirt senior LB Kelby Brown will miss his final collegiate season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

It is the same injury that kept Brown out of the 2014 season. That comes after undergoing two surgeries on his right knee, in 2010 and 2012. Brown has used every season of eligibility and finishes his 32 game career with 242 tackles and 23.5 tackles for loss.
Source: Go Duke
Jul 7 - 11:36 AM

Duke S DeVon Edwards teams with Jeremy Cash "to form a lethal pair of safeties for a very solid pass defense," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst ranks Edwards as the No. 11 safety in the land. "While only 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, Edwards has been an all-purpose playmaker for the Blue Devils the last two years," Brown wrote. Indeed, Edwards has three kick return touchdowns over the past two years and also returned two picks for scores as a freshman. His defensive stats last year were insane: 133 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, nine pass breakups and five forced fumbles.
Jul 1 - 12:34 PM

Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, Duke senior S Jeremy Cash is the best safety in the country.

Kind of. You see, Cash is one of three Duke starting safeties, and he plays a roving, hybrid linebacker/slot corner/safety position. "He's a versatile playmaker, one who displays superior instincts and recognition skills," Brown wrote. "The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior seemingly has a hand in every play, and he's been a big part of Duke's rise the last few years." Cash, who began his career at Ohio State prior to transferring, briefly considered hopping to the NFL over the winter, but ultimately decided to return to campus. Cash has logged 232 tackles, 20 TFL, 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, 11 pass breakups, seven QB pressures, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 27 career games.
Jun 29 - 5:27 PM

Duke redshirt senior C Matt Skura's "won't be a first round pick like Tomlinson, but he'll boast a similar résumé that will have NFL scouts interested," observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has average size, strength and movement skills for the position and watching him on tape, he doesn't offer much physically that truly sets him apart, but what does stand out is his ability to minimalize negative plays. Skura is smart with terrific awareness, showing both pre- and post-snap anticipation to make the correct line calls and put himself in position to protect the pocket. He won't be a first round pick like Tomlinson, but he'll boast a similar résumé that will have NFL scouts interested," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Skura is heading into his third year as the the Blue Devil's starting center and has started 27 consecutive games. The Duke prospect has been named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the top center in the nation.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 10 - 4:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Duke redshirt senior LB Kelby Brown "has draftable talent," but "his injury history could be the key to his NFL projection."

"A "stalwart in the program" according to David Cutcliffe, Brown's durability will always be a question mark, but he is an instinctive, determined chaser who plays the game like an extra coach on the field. While he has draftable talent, his injury history could be the key to his NFL projection,"Brugler wrote. The leader of the Blue Devil's defense has had three ACL surgeries in 5 years, but Brown has shown that he's been able to persevere through all the adversity. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Brown should be 100 percent by the start of the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 10 - 2:54 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that NFL scouts like Duke senior S Jeremy Cash's "versatility and instincts in coverage."

"Often lining up near the line of scrimmage as a nickel cornerback, NFL scouts like Cash's versatility and instincts in coverage, reading and anticipating well to drive on plays in front of him. He is often fixated on the ball that he doesn't see approaching blockers, lacking ideal functional strength to easily stack-and-shed at the point of attack," Brugler wrote. The former Ohio state transfer has been super productive for the Blue Devils with 100-plus tackles in both 2013 and 2014. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Cash earned All-America honors, second-team All-ACC honors this past season. Cash had offseason arthroscopic knee surgery in February which kept him out of spring practice, but he should be ready to go for the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 10 - 2:02 PM

Duke HC David Cutcliffe is the eighth-best head coach in the country, according to NFL Media.

It's a startlingly high ranking, but not unjustified with the work Cutcliffe has done at Duke, one of the hardest schools to win at in the country. "Cutcliffe might be the second-best coach on campus thanks to Mike Krzyzewski, but Cutcliffe ranks highly on this list for turning the Blue Devils' football program into an ACC title contender," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "While program building has been his recent calling card, there's a reason why so many quarterbacks (such as the Manning brothers) continue to seek his advice, as he's one of the best around at coaching the game's most important position." NFL Media's Gil Brandt reported in January that Michigan offered its head coaching job to Cutcliffe. He declined, leading to Jim Harbaugh's hiring.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 5:39 PM


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