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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock praised Fresno State S Derron Smith's ball skills.

"I like his ball skills," Mayock said. "He's more of a centerfielder, catches the ball well, tracks it well, good feet, good movement skills, will tackle. The only downsize is his size. He's only 5-11, 195. That worries me both from a tackling situation and also matching up with tight ends." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that Smith "has a lot of Earl Thomas in his game."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 10:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper's speed tests at the combine are critical to his draft stock.

"There are questions about how fast Harper will run at the combine," Zierlein wrote. "He's quicker than fast, and he needs to prove his ability to play with deep speed." The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Harper is viewed as a third- or fourth-round pick. Harper needs to polish up his route running, but he has very quick feet.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 7 - 4:25 PM

Fresno State starting QB Brian Burrell will forgo his final season of eligibility and not play in 2015.

Burrell started the majority of games in 2014 at a very average output, completing 58 percent of his passes for 2,620 yards, 22 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Redshirt sophomore Zack Greenlee, redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson and true freshman Chason Virgil should compete for the starting job during spring practice.
Source: Fresno Bee
Feb 7 - 12:12 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper "needs to prove his ability to play with deep speed."

"There are questions about how fast Harper will run at the combine. He's quicker than fast, and he needs to prove his ability to play with deep speed," Zierlein wrote. The Fresno State prospect is an experienced route runner, and showcases quick feet, but isn't really seen as a true vertical threat at the next level. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Harper shows quick burst off the ball and explodes out of his cuts to gain separation, and has the ideal size to seal smaller defenders away from the ball. The Fresno State prospect is being viewed as a third or fourth round selection in this years' draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 4:32 PM

Fresno State senior S Derron Smith will miss the Senior Bowl with a sports hernia.

"Seems Smith was diagnosed with a sports hernia prior to the season yet played the entire campaign with the injury," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. "Smith delayed having the issue surgically repaired immediately after the regular season and chose to finish his career out with his FSU teammates in the Hawaii Bowl. While Smith hopes to participate at the combine I’m told it[']s a wait and see proposition." The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety is a versatile prospect capable of covering deep, stepping up in run support, and playing special teams. Pauline wrote over the summer that Smith "has a lot of Earl Thomas in his game."
Jan 14 - 1:51 PM

Fresno State senior DT Tyeler Davison "is built like a rock and is at his best as a block-eating war daddy," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"A versatile defender who lined up everywhere on Fresno's line, Davison is built like a rock and is at his best as a block-eating war daddy. He doesn't always have a consistent plan, but does an excellent job occupying multiple bodies up front," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 309-pound Davison played nose guard in FSU's 3-4 scheme, doing a solid job occupying blockers and clogging up the middle. The Bulldogs prospect recorded 58 tackles with eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2014, and could hear his named called somewhere in the middle rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 3:09 PM

Fresno State senior DT Tyeler Davison accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

A nose guard in FSU's 3-4 scheme, Davison has proved adept at occupying blockers and clogging up the middle. He's not just that, though, recording 58 tackles with eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 309-pounder should go in the middle rounds this spring.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Fresno State senior CB Curtis Riley has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Hawaii Bowl against Rice due to a sprained foot.

He suffered the injury in the Mountain West Conference championship game against Boise State. Riley a transfer from Fullerton College, had 56 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and six pass breakups in 2014. He accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game earlier this month and projects as a Day 3 pick.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 06:41:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper caught 10 passes for 131 yards on Saturday versus Boise State.

Harper will participate in next month's Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder has 86 receptions for 1,072 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 one year after being named second-team All-Mountain West (79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 scores). Harper is being viewed as a third- or fourth-round pick.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:07:00 PM

Fresno State senior CB Curtis Riley accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Riley is ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 24 CB prospect and the No. 180 overall player in the draft. The site projects him to go in the Rds. 5-6 range. Riley a transfer from Fullerton College, has 56 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and six pass breakups in 2014.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 07:39:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Harper has 76 receptions for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014. Named second-team All-Mountain West in 2013 (79 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 scores), Harper, a speedster, is being viewed as a third- or fourth-round pick.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 06:46:00 PM

Fresno State senior S Derron Smith accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

A first-team All-Mountain West performer, Smith has posted 80 tackles, (2.5 for loss), an interception and two fumble recoveries in 2014. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound safety ranked second in the nation in 2013 with eight interceptions and is seen as one of the top senior prospects at the safety position. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that Smith "has a lot of Earl Thomas in his game."
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper caught seven passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

Fresno starter Brian Burrell found Harper late in the second quarter for an 18-yard score, then found him again in the second half. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Harper has caught 62 passes for 793 yards and six touchdowns this season. He is being viewed as a third or fourth round pick.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 08:22:00 PM

Fresno State redshirt freshman Zack Greenlee has been named the school's starting QB versus Wyoming.

He replaces junior Brian Burrell, who struggled while completing 56 percent of his passes. The worst statistic might be Burrell's 5.87 yards per attempt, but the 12:7 touchdown to interception ratio is not glaringly poor. We would not be surprised to see this switch last for the remainder of the season.
Source: Fresno Bee
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Fresno State redshirt senior WR Josh Harper caught 12 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-27 loss to UNLV.

No highlights are available, so we are not sure about the context. Obviously the box score looks great, and Harper's longest reception was for 59 yards.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 10:05:00 AM


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