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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

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


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