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Eastern Washington redshirt senior G Aaron Neary "departed high school at 245 pounds and coming off an injury, but he has grown into a legitimate NFL prospect with starting potential," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

It's been quite a ride to NFL Draft relevancy for Neary. "The Big Sky Conference is providing offensive line depth to the NFL nowadays, and Neary appears to be next in line from that group of schools," Reuter wrote. "While general managers watched his teammate, tackle Jake Rodgers (seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2015), they probably noticed Neary dominating defenders with his upper body and hands." The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is so athletic that he played occasionally as a fullback in his freshman campaign.
Jul 30 - 9:29 PM

Jets selected Eastern Washington OT Jake Rodgers with the No. 225 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Rodgers (6'6/315) was a starter at Washington State before transferring to EWU, where he became an FCS All-American tackle. A former tight end, Rodgers is a plus athlete on the line with a 5.24 forty time and 30 1/2-inch vertical. Rodgers needs a ton of technical work -- especially with using his hands -- but has the body type and movement skills of an NFL offensive lineman. He's a developmental prospect with upside.
May 2 - 5:37 PM

Eastern Washington S Tevin McDonald "reportedly matured following his transfer to EWU, making the interviews at the combine critical for his draft stock," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"McDonald, the son of former San Francisco 49ers standout Tim McDonald and younger brother of St. Louis Rams safety T.J. McDonald, is an intriguing talent with the length, fluidity and ball skills to warrant third-day consideration, especially in a relatively weak year for safeties," Rang wrote. McDonald was dismissed from UCLA after multiple team rule violations. He also reportedly failed at least three drug tests while with the Bruins. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, McDonald is on the smallish side for an NFL safety.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 16 - 10:20 PM

Eastern Washington redshirt senior S Tevin McDonald accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Tevin is the brother of T.J., a St. Louis Ram. The younger McDonald began his career at UCLA, but was dismissed from the program by head coach Jim Mora Jr. in March, 2013 due to a failed drug test. He subsequently transferred to Eastern Washington. At 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, he's on the smallish side for an NFL safety. He'll probably enter the NFL as a UDFA, though could catch the eye of a scout during post-season evaluations and hear his name called late on Day 3.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Eastern Washington senior OT Jacob Rodgers is a "solid developmental prospect with a large upside to his game," observes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Rodgers, a Washington State transfer, has thrived in his shift to the starting left tackle spot this season. "He’s a big bodied blocker (6-feet/6-inches, 325-pounds) who plays strong football while using proper angles and body positioning to dominate opponents," Pauline wrote. "Always working to finish blocks, he has a nasty disposition as defenders are unable to get around or through Rodgers." Pauline thinks Rogers' best fit is "likely on the strong side."
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 12:36:00 AM

The Patriots worked out Eastern Washington edge rusher Anthony Larry, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline called Larry a "good fit as designated pass rusher," citing that Rob Ninkovich just turned 30. Larry played in every game last season, recording nine tackles for loss, including 5.5 sacks.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 05:19:00 PM

Former UCLA S Tevin McDonald has transferred to Eastern Washington.

"After consultation with many people and having a long discussion with Tevin, we’ve determined that he deserves the opportunity to continue his collegiate career," EWU head coach Beau Baldwin said. "We have high expectations of him off the field, in the classroom and on the field." McDonald's suspension was reportedly due to a failed drug test.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 09:41:00 AM

UCLA redshirt sophomore S Tevin McDonald has been dismissed from the program by head coach Jim Mora Jr.

The only reason given was that McDonald "violated team policy." We believe this decision can be traced back to the Bruins' bowl game, since McDonald was reportedly suspended after testing positive for marijuana. Tevin, the brother of draft-eligible safety T.J., was one of the school's top defensive players and leaders.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 08:31:00 AM

Eastern Washington WR Brandon Kaufman ran a 4.48 forty with the wind at his back during the school's pro day.

Kaufman recorded a 4.60 against the wind. The Eagles product's best attribute is his height and fluidity for his size. We think he might fit best as a red zone target or in the slot if he can consistently go up and get it.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 12:51:00 PM

Eastern Washington QB Kyle Padron will enter the NFL Draft.

Padron did not start all season, but he finished off the season strong. The former SMU Mustang may have been told he would not be starting in 2013, so a jump to the NFL was a logical decision. We aren't sure if he will be drafted.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Eastern Washington junior WR Brandon Kaufman has declared for April's NFL Draft.

Kaufman hauled in 221 passes for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns in four seasons at EWU. The junior has size and decent speed to thrive in the Eagles' spread attack, but his reliable hands will catch evaluators' eyes. Expect a third-day selection, partially due to the fact he missed the 2011 season with hand and knee injuries.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 12:12:00 PM

UCLA redshirt sophomore S Tevin McDonald will not travel for the team's bowl game due to a violation of unspecified team rules.

The LA Times reports that McDonald tested positive for marijuana. This is certainly a nice boost for the Baylor offense, since McDonald is an active tackler in the back half while showing the range to cover downfield.
Source: LA Times
Mon, Dec 24, 2012 10:21:00 AM

Former SMU quarterback Kyle Padron is transferring to Eastern Washington.

Padron lost his starting job to J.J. McDermott last season and wanted out. He decided to follow in the footsteps of Bo Levi Mitchell, another SMU quarterback who transferred to EWU. It certainly worked for Mitchell, who won an FCS title and Walter Payton Award (player of the year in FCS) with the Eagles. Padron threw for 3,828 yards and 31 TDs as the Mustangs' starter in 2010.
Thu, Mar 8, 2012 09:41:00 PM

Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was named recipient of the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS.

In two years since transferring from SMU, Mitchell won a national title (2010) and now the top individual prize in the FCS. Mitchell threw for 4,009 yards and an FBS-best 33 touchdowns.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 12:07:00 AM

Washington State wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon caught six passes for a career-high 83 yards and a touchdown in the loss at UCLA.

Solomon has 14 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown in three games this season as the third receiver for the Cougars.  While Jared Karstetter (five catches for 72 yards) and Marquess Wilson (five catches for 118 yards) steal all the headlines, Solomon has been consistently targeted enough to be owned in all Pac 10 leagues.
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