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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Fresno State senior S Derron Smith "is a do-it-all defender" and thinks his "versatility, ballskills and competitiveness will serve him well" in the NFL.

"Smith is a do-it-all defender for the Bulldogs, playing centerfield in the deep half, lining up in the box to attack the run and also on special teams coverage. He lacks ideal fluidity and his lack of NFL size and strength allows him to be too easily blocked from plays, but his versatility, ballskills and competitiveness will serve him well at the next level," Brugler writes. The 5-foot-10 200 pound safety ranked second in the nation in 2013 with 8 interceptions and is seen as the top senior prospect at the safety position.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 3:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper "one of the more underrated senior receiver prospects" entering the 2014 season.

"He is lean limbed with limited power and is unreliable as a blocker, but the biggest question mark for him entering his senior season is can he continue his development without Derek Carr. Although not a notable name, Harper is one of the more underrated senior receiver prospects entering the 2014 season," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-1, 184 pound wideout had a breakout performance in 2013 with 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 scores. Another challenge for Harper will be to duplicate last year's performance without wideouts Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse drawing coverages.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 9:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Fresno State junior ILB Kyrie Wilson "is a solid prospect" with "a large degree of upside."

Pauline currently has the junior as a Rd. 6-7 prospect, but adds that Wilson is "someone who will move up draft boards if he continues to improve." Wilson started all 13 games at inside linebacker last season, tying for second on the squad with 87 tackles (52 solo).
Jul 7 - 3:13 PM

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider reports that NFL scouts are high on Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper.

Harper was named a Second-team All-Mountain West selection after grabbing 79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns (tied for eighth in the country) in 2013. "Harper shows tremendous quickness and run after the catch skill," Pauline wrote. "For my money Harper is good but has no great physical characteristics which sets him apart. Playing without Derek Carr this season will be a challenge."
Jul 5 - 5:08 PM

Fresno State senior S Derron Smith "has a lot of Earl Thomas in his game," observes Tony Pauline.

Smith enters the 2014 season with the most career interceptions of any returning player in college football. "Smith is the top prospect from the program in my opinion," Pauline wrote. "He’s a tough run defender with good ball skills. Size is an issue as Smith may struggle to measure 5-feet-10 and 200-pounds." Smith was all over the field in FSU's loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. You'll see more of that in 2014.
Jul 4 - 1:51 PM

Fresno State's Derron Smith grades as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's No. 1 preseason senior safety.

"No player in college football will enter the 2014 season with more career INTs than Smith, a safety who is better in coverage than he is near the line of scrimmage," Kiper wrote. "The Bulldogs often featured a single high look that had him responsible for a lot of space down the field." Smith had a national coming out party in FSU's loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl, being in on 18 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown. Expect bigger things to come in 2014.
Jun 29 - 1:04 PM

Fresno State's Tyeler Davison checks in as Mel Kiper's No. 5 ranked senior DT.

"A former wrestler who knows how to play with leverage and use his powerful frame effectively, with the ability to drive blockers and rip through to clear himself," the respected scribe noted. Davison was named to the Second Team All-Mountain West Conference in 2013. A nose guard in FSU's 3-4 scheme, Davison has proved adept at occupying blockers and clogging up the middle.
Jun 15 - 2:14 PM

Fresno State junior QB Brian Burrell will likely replace Derek Carr as starter.

Burrell (6-foot-4, 219 pounds) "has good size and a nice arm," according to Mike Huguenin. He threw just 12 passes last season as Carr's understudy. The former JUCO transfer won't be expected to even come close to Carr's ridiculous 2013 production, though the Bulldogs' spread system is extremely QB friendly.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 3:52 PM

Vikings signed Fresno State T Austin Wentworth.

Wentworth (6-foot-4 5/8, 314) made 43 starts for the Bulldogs, playing right tackle and right guard as a sophomore before protecting Derek Carr's blindside as a junior and senior. He was voted first-team All-Mountain West in both 2012 and 2013. Wentworth was a quality college left tackle, but projects to the right side or guard in the NFL due to 32 1/4-inch arms. He's a good enough athlete with 5.05 speed and an 8-foot-7 broad jump. Wentworth has a chance to become a useful swing reserve.
May 13 - 10:28 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr was the top-rated player on the Raiders' board heading into Round 2, according to CSNBayArea's Scott Bair.

Oakland didn't anticipate selecting a signal-caller until later on, but they were surprised -- as were many draft experts -- that Carr fell out of Round 1 and into their laps. The value at No. 36 couldn't be ignored, so the Raiders flipped the script. Carr owns an outstanding arm, good athleticism and NFL bloodlines. However, he struggles in a muddied pocket and plays with shoddy mechanics. He's a good developmental prospect to sit for a year behind newly-acquired Matt Schaub. If the Raiders can fill the holes in his game -- and it won't be easy, but it's certainly possible -- they'll have a star on their hands.
May 10 - 11:58 AM

Packers selected Fresno State WR Davante Adams with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Adams (6-foot 7/8, 212) left school after his redshirt sophomore year, when he led the nation in receptions (131) and touchdown catches (24) as Derek Carr's go-to receiver. Despite lacking elite long speed (4.54), Adams is a plus athlete (39.5-inch vertical) with high-pointing ability in traffic. He's drawn Michael Crabtree and Keenan Allen comparisons as a possession target with top-notch ball skills who excels after the catch. Football analytics suggest younger prospects offer higher NFL ceilings, and Adams won't turn 22 until late December. Adams' landing spot doesn't appear perfect on paper due to Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin's presence, but he's good enough to ascend the depth chart.
May 9 - 8:47 PM

Raiders selected Fresno State QB Derek Carr with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Carr (6-foot-2 3/8, 214) earned Mountain West Offensive POY honors as both a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 24-15 record, 66.6 completion rate, and 113:24 TD-to-INT ratio. Carr was very effective in the pass rush-bereft Mountain West, but noticeably struggled to make throws with bodies around him. His Las Vegas Bowl performance against USC was a big red flag. Carr has outstanding arm talent and plus athleticism, but a long way to go to play functional quarterback in an NFL pocket, and is a work in progress mechanically. He's essentially a project despite 39 college starts. The Raiders will develop David's younger brother behind bridge starter Matt Schaub.
May 9 - 7:31 PM

The Raiders are likely to target Fresno State QB Derek Carr if they are able to trade down from No. 5, reports draft insider Tony Pauline.

Nobody has met Oakland's asking price, according to the expert, but of course that could change tomorrow night depending on which prospects become available in that slot. If the Raiders can't trade down, they will take Khalil Mack, Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins, according to Pauline.
May 7 - 8:20 PM

Free agent David Carr told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that "about six or seven teams" have expressed interest in him if they draft his brother, Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

Carr fingered the Browns as one team that has rang. Cleveland makes plenty of sense as a Derek Carr destination. With the No. 4 pick, value dictates selecting one of the "Big 4" elite prospects, perhaps WR Sammie Watkins. The Browns have the flexibility to do that as owners of the Colts' first-round selection. It is with that pick, No. 26, that many mocks have Cleveland tabbing Derek Carr. Browns OC Kyle Shanahan was a WR coach during David Carr's last season with the Texans in 2006.
May 2 - 11:24 PM

ESPN NFL scout Matt Williamson is concerned about Fresno State QB Derek Carr's ability to handle pressure, and also his propensity to overshoot throws while off balance.

"I could see why they would like him, but I don't think I would use that (No. 8 ) pick on him," said Williamson, a former NFL and college scout for the Browns, when discussing a potential marriage between Carr and the Vikings. "I think he's clearly fourth among those top four guys (Central Florida's Blake Bortles, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater)." ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick, a former director of pro personnel for the Eagles and Redskins, thinks the 6-foot-2, 214-pound Carr is a good for Minnesota. "[OC Norv Turner is] going to want a guy who can hit those 15-, 20-, 25-yard dig routes, the deep post, the go route, the deep comeback on the outside -- which is really the hardest throw to make in the NFL," Riddick said.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 7:25 PM


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