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Fresno State redshirt freshman RB Kurt Scoby will transfer to Azusa Pacific.

Scoby suffered a concussion last fall and ended up redshirting his only season with the Bulldogs. Because it is a drop in level, Scoby will be allowed to play immediately. He should help fill in for the loss of Terrell Watson.
Jun 17 - 11:06 AM

Raiders signed Fresno State WR Josh Harper.

Harper (6'1/191) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor in Fresno State's pro-ish-style offense, piling up 228 career catches for 2,938 yards (12.9 YPR) and 29 TDs. Showing concerning athleticism at the Combine, Harper managed a 4.64 forty, 32-inch vertical, and 9-foot broad jump. Harper did flash playmaking ability after the catch in college, and displays an impressive enough combination of foot quicks and body control that NFL Films' Greg Cosell has suggested Harper boasts similarities to Steelers star Antonio Brown. That is an extremely aggressive assessment, but makes Harper someone to monitor.
May 3 - 9:07 PM

Rams selected Fresno State OG Cody Wichmann with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Wichmann (6'5/319) has good size for the interior and runs 4.98 with an above-average 8-foot-10 broad jump. He was College Football Focus' No.4-graded guard in the nation last season. Wichmann is a plus pass blocker, but doesn't have the strength to get out and drive-block in the run game.
May 2 - 5:19 PM

Bengals selected Fresno State DB Derron Smith with the No. 197 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Smith (5'10/200) was a ballhawk in the Fresno State secondary, piling up 15 career INTs and earning first-team All-Mountain West as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He missed the Combine due to sports hernia surgery, but was healthy for the Fresno State Pro Day, running 4.61 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Smith lacks upper-echelon athletic tools, but flashed man-cover skills in the slot and can function at either safety position. He projects as an early-career NFL starter if asked to play that role.
May 2 - 4:29 PM

Saints selected Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davison (6'2/316) was a dominant nose tackle in the Mountain West, starting 39 games and piling up 28.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He showed plus athleticism for his size at the Combine, running 5.18 with a 33-inch vertical and pumping 32 reps on the bench. Davison has long arms (34") and huge hands (10 3/4"), and is an extremely aggressive player who can push the pocket with power. Davison is talented enough to develop into a starter capable of playing multiple positions on the line.
May 2 - 2:47 PM

Fox Sports' Ross Jones reports that Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison had an official visit with the New Orleans Saints.

The 6-foot-2, 316-pound defensive tackle recorded 58 tackles with eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2014. Davison earned first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2014 and lead the Bulldogs with eight sacks. The Fresno State prospect's performance during East West Shrine week, gave a nice boost to his draft stock.
Apr 16 - 3:27 PM

Fresno State S Derron Smith "must learn to play under control as a tackler, but he should have a shot to come in and compete for a starting-safety or slot-corner job quickly," wrote NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks Smith as the class' No. 2 overall safety, behind only Alabama stud Landon Collins. "Lacks ideal size for the position, but checks off just about every other box teams will be looking for," Zierlein wrote. "Smith's ability to match up in space against slot receivers and his willingness to get downhill and tackle will be coveted." Zierlein compares him to Marcus Gilchrist. At his pro day, the Bulldog safety leaped to a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-3 broad jump and hoisted up 18 reps on the bench. He added a mid-4.5s in the 40 and a 4.22 in the short shuttle.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 11:00 PM

Fresno State S Derron Smith (sports hernia) "looked really fluid and smooth in the drills," reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Smith has been shelved for the past three months while recovering from sports hernia surgery. "For the most part, Smith's return was a success," Pauline wrote. The Bulldog safety leaped to a 34-inch vertical jump and 10-3 broad jump and hoisted up 18 reps on the bench. He clocked a mid-4.5s in the 40 and a 4.22 in the short shuttle. Pauline passed along that the Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers and Colts sent defensive back coaches to the event, each of whom met with Smith.
Mar 26 - 2:29 AM

Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison has worked out for the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals.

On Wednesday, at his pro day workout, Davison was put through drills by the Miami Dolphins. The Bulldog weighed in at 316 pounds and clocked a 5.12 second forty, an improvement on his combine showing. The 6-foot-2, 309-pounder recorded 58 tackles with eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2014.
Mar 25 - 8:14 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that if Fresno State S Derron Smith can "produce cornerback numbers in the 40-yard dash and agility drills" at his pro day, he'll "significantly help his draft stock."

"Smith was recruited as a cornerback because of his athleticism, but he preferred to play safety because of his physical nature. If he is able to produce cornerback numbers in the 40-yard dash and agility drills, that will significantly help his draft stock, especially in this year's week class of safeties," Brugler wrote. Unfortunately, the Fresno prospect had hernia surgery, which forced him to sit out for the NFL Scouting Combine. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Smith plans to do a full work out for scouts at Fresno State's pro day on March 25th.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 23 - 2:10 PM

Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison "would be a nice fit" as a Day 3 selection of the Patriots, believes Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle plays with natural leverage and shows above-average length and quickness for an interior defender," Weidl wrote. "He is a stout run defender who has quality point-of-attack skills and flashes upside as a pass-rusher. Davison would be a nice fit." Enough smoke has gathered around the Bulldogs' prospect that it wouldn't shock if he earned a late Round 3 call. The 6-foot-2, 309-pounder recorded 58 tackles with eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss in 2014.
Mar 20 - 7:58 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Fresno State DT Tyeler Davison is a "good player."

Davison "is a really good run defender and he has pass rush upside," Jeremiah tweeted. "Length, leverage and quickness." Davison attended the East West Shrine week and did not disappoint. He should be a day three selection by a team looking for a nose tackle who might offer more movement than normal.
Mar 10 - 10:41 AM

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


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