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Cardinals signed Eastern Washington OT Clay DeBord.

DeBord (6'6/302) made a school-record 51 starts for the Eagles, earning first-team FCS All American in 2015. He drew NFL notice with a big Pro Day, running 5.03 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. DeBord managed only 18 bench-press reps and obviously needs time in the weight room, but he has NFL-level size and athleticism. He's a somewhat intriguing project.
May 3 - 4:10 PM

Eastern Washington T Clay DeBord has met with the 49ers, Patriots, Lions, Jets, Falcons, Bucs, Titans and Cardinals.

DeBord was invited to the NFLPA Bowl and Tony Pauline previously reported the tackle has a chance to be drafted. At 6-foot-6 and 302-pounds, DeBord profiles as an offensive tackle. We have not watched his tape.
Apr 20 - 10:18 AM

Eastern Washington G Aaron Neary did "extensive whiteboard work" for the Cardinals last week, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Arizona was in town for Neary's Pro Day workout on Friday. At that event, he recorded 26 reps on the bench press. Pauline expects that Neary will have to settle for a free agent contract after the draft.
Apr 4 - 3:57 PM

Eastern Washington G Aaron Neary recorded 26 reps in the bench press during Friday's Pro Day.

While Neary is listed at guard, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that he "projects to center on Sunday." In addition to his 26 reps on the bench, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound survived the 40-yard dash in 5.21 seconds and logged 4.60 seconds in the short shuttle and 7.45 seconds in the three-cone drill. NFL Media's Chad Reuter highlighted Neary's strong upper-body and hands over the summer, but Pauline views him as a potential UDFA at this point in the process.
Apr 2 - 12:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes that Eastern Washington T Clay Debord "could squeeze into the later frames [of the draft]."

Eastern Washington held its Pro Day on Friday, with representatives of 22 NFL teams on-hand to watch the festivities. For Debord, the festivities included 18 reps on the bench press, 5.07 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a vertical jump of 30 1/2 inches. The 6-foot-6, 301-pounder went through whiteboard configurations with the Cardinals following his workout. Last season, he was selected to the STATS FCS All-America team. He finished his Eastern Washington career having started an impressive 51 games.
Apr 1 - 8:49 PM

Eastern Washington redshirt senior T Clay Debord will play in the NFLPA Bowl.

Debord was selected to the STATS FCS All-America Team for his work this season at left tackle. He started a school-record 51 games, earning second team all-league honors in 2013 and an honorable mention in 2014 before his big breakthrough this season. Some may scoff at this third-tier All-Star game, but that's a mistake. Plenty of players get drafted out of it every season. Last year, for instance, WR Chris Conley created a buzz at the event and rode it into Rd. 3.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 7 - 7:33 PM

Eastern Washington redshirt senior G Aaron Neary has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Neary suffered a foot injury during his senior year of high school, which limited his scholarship opportunities. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound redshirt senior ultimately landed in Eastern Washington, where he's steadily progressed to the point that he's in the draft conversation. Over the summer, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter praised Neary's strength in his upper body and hands. Neary's spoken with scouts in passing and said, "I can’t tell you how badly I want to get into the head of one of those guys and know what they’re thinking." He's a potential late-round selection.
Jan 3 - 6:41 PM

Eastern Washington junior WR Cooper Kupp will return to school for the 2016 season rather than enter the NFL draft.

Some might wonder why this is headline worthy, but Kupp might be the top receiver at the FCS level and some reports surfaced he was leaning towards turning pro. This season he has registered 114 catches for 1,642 yards and 19 touchdowns. Kupp and Eastern Washington did not make the FCS playoffs this season.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 08:37:00 AM

Eastern Washington junior WR Cooper Kupp will be in the NFL "sooner rather than later" and is leaning towards opting into the draft early, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

It's time to learn Kupp's name, reader. He's putting up insane numbers this year. Through six games, Kupp has posted 64 receptions, 941 yards and 12 touchdowns. Yes, he plays at the sub-division level, but Kupp also slapped down 15 receptions, 246 receiving yards and three scores against Oregon in the opener. "Several sources tell me Kupp will opt for the draft once the season concludes," Pauline wrote. "Where will he be selected? Kupp measures in the range of 6-feet/1-inch and 200lbs. If he can run in the low 4.4’s at the combine he could sneak into the draft’s top 100 picks otherwise I feel he’ll land in the top half of day three."
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 06:45:00 PM

Eastern Washington sophomore LB John Kreifels has been suspended one game for his late hit on Oregon graduate QB Vernon Adams.

Kreifels will have to sit out Eastern Washington's upcoming contest with Northern Iowa. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound sophomore hit Ducks QB Adams late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss, drilling the former Eastern Washington gunslinger as he went into a slide after a run. Kreifels was ejected for targeting.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 04:34:00 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 09:29:00 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.
Sat, May 2, 2015 05:37:00 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
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 10:20:00 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


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