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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Georgia Southern senior CB Valdon Cooper is "a solid player with next level ball skills."

"The measurables for cornerback Valdon Cooper are below par but he’s a solid player with next level ball skills," Pauline wrote. At the moment, Pauline notes that "it would be a reach for Cooper to be a late round selection" but envisions him "as a dime back/special teams player in the NFL twelve months from now." The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Cooper heads into this season with 33 games of experience and 17 starts under his belt.
Aug 13 - 11:09 AM

Bengals selected Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks with the No. 252 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Westbrooks (5-foot-11, 186) made 41 starts for the Eagles, spending his freshman, junior and senior years at cornerback, and his sophomore campaign at safety. He made seven career interceptions. Westbrooks ran 4.63 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. He would be a speed-deficient corner, so we suspect Westbrooks will wind up at safety. He was an efficient college tackler. He'll start out as a special teamer.
May 10 - 7:02 PM

Vikings selected Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

McKinnon (5-foot-9, 209) is a favorite of the metrics crowd for his insane measurables. He ran 4.41 at the Combine with otherworldly jumps of 40 1/2" in the vertical and 11-feet in the broad. McKinnon shuttled between quarterback and tailback throughout college, finishing his career with a 6.30 YPC average on 619 attempts and 55 all-purpose TDs (42 rushing, 12 passing, one receiving). McKinnon's athleticism shows up more in workouts than on the field, however, and he's a total project in the passing game, with next to no pass-blocking experience and only ten career catches. He'll be someone to monitor in Dynasty circles as he slides in behind Adrian Peterson.
May 9 - 11:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon "is a major sleeper at running back."

"A compact but powerful 5-9, 209, he ran the second-fastest 40 among all RBs at the combine at 4.41 -- behind only the diminutive Dri Archer -- but also had six more reps at 225 pounds than any other RB (32 total), and showed off a 40.5-inch vertical," Kiper wrote. The former quarterback switched positions as a senior and is still raw as an RB. On the positive side, he hasn't taken as much damage as some of his contemporaries. Kiper's ESPN colleague Todd McShay has called McKinnon the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper.
May 3 - 12:18 AM

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan, a former NFL executive, said he'd draft Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon as a CB.

"I would draft him and put him at corner for a team that plays a lot of press man coverage," Kirwan wrote. "The kid benched 225 pounds 32 times, ran 4.35, and had a 40 1/2-inch vertical -- all better numbers than any corner in the draft. McKinnon can run, flip his hips and is explosive. McKinnon admitted two clubs were coming in to work him out as corner. Believe me that's a good idea." ESPN's Todd McShay has called McKinnon, a former triple-option QB, the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper, while his colleague Mel Kiper thinks McKinnon would be a steal beyond the third-round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 8:35 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon would be a steal beyond the third-round.

McKinnon is easily the top athlete among draft eligible running backs and display SEC caliber speed against Florida. He comes from a team that ran the triple-option, so McKinnon might need some time to get comfortable in a more traditional scheme that forces different reads. While he displayed pass protection during the pre-draft process, there aren't many exposures on film. McKinnon is a converted quarterback.
Apr 3 - 4:34 PM

Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks was clocked by most scouts with a forty in the 4.65-range at Thursday's pro day, though some had him closer to 4.60.

It's important to note that Westbrooks was running on grass as opposed to quicksilver turf. "He did a solid job in drills, but most scouts feel Westbrooks will be a last-day/late-round pick," observed draft insider Tony Pauline. NFLDraftScout.com concurs, listing Westbrooks as a potential 6th-7th round selection.
Mar 30 - 9:39 PM

Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon worked out as both a defensive back and running back at Thursday's pro day.

"He was fluid, smooth and for the most part looked natural in the secondary," wrote draft insider Tony Pauline, who also complimented McKinnon's work in RB drills. The Cowboys oversaw his secondary work while the Eagles and Raiders directed the RB workout. ESPN's Todd McShay has called McKinnon the draft's most intriguing RB sleeper.
Mar 30 - 7:02 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay identifies Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon as a sleeper at the position.

The former quarterback switched positions as a senior and is still raw as an RB. On the positive side, he hasn't taken as much damage as some of his contemporaries. "He is intriguing because of his raw talent and explosiveness," McShay wrote. "He is shifty, can accelerate out of cuts, make defenders miss in space and go the distance if he gets a seam. He ranked at or near the top of nearly every drill among running backs at the combine. He'd be a great find in the sixth or seventh round." McKinnon posted an official 4.41 forty time, and logged unofficial times of 4.35 and 4.38, at the NFL Combine. His 10-yard split of 1.46 seconds tied Kent State's Dri Archer for the best time amongst RBs.
Mar 25 - 10:16 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon jumped up two or three rounds after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine.

McKinnon posted an official 4.41 forty time, and logged unofficial times of 4.35 and 4.38. His 10-yard split of 1.46 seconds tied Kent State's Dri Archer for the best time amongst RBs. "This morning sources told me they feel McKinnon has cemented himself as a fourth round pick and could break into the third frame," wrote Pauline. "A few teams now rate McKinnon as the fifth running back on their boards." Coming into the combine, CBS Sports ranked the Eagles' star as the draft's No. 17 running back and a sixth-round pick. The 5-foot-9, 209-pound McKinnon closed out his collegiate career with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Feb 24 - 8:58 PM

Georgia Southern CB Lavelle Westbrooks accepted an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFLDraftScout.com lists Westbrooks as a potential 6-7 round selection. Westbrooks isn't expected to run a blazing 40-yard dash time -- the aforementioned site predicts he'll slot between 4.47 and 4.68 -- but he has decent size at 6-foot, 195 pounds. Westbrooks will benefit himself greatly by proving to scouts that he can blanket top-notch receiving prospects in Indy.
Feb 4 - 8:27 PM

Georgia Southern RB Jerick McKinnon accepted an invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Eagles' star is ranked by CBS Sports as the draft's No. 17 running back. The site lists McKinnon as the No. 208 prospect overall, and considers him a sixth-round possibility. The 5-foot-9, 209-pounder is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Feb 4 - 8:18 PM

Cowboys selected Georgia Southern S J.J Wilcox with the No. 80 overall pick.

The Cowboys could have solidified their hole at safety in the first round, but reached for C Travis Frederick instead of Matt Elam. Now they settle for Wilcox, a 6-foot, 213-pounder that played tailback and slot receiver his first three seasons at Georgia Southern before converting to strong safety as a senior and intercepting two passes as a 13-game starter. He ran 4.57 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Described as a "215-pound safety with corner feet" by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Wilcox figures to open his career on special teams but could grow into a starter.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:41:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Arizona Cardinals are high on Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox.

"Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox was playing on the other side of the ball a year ago with no real draft hopes," La Canfora writes. "Now, he might not slip past Arizona at the top of the third-round (they are high on him), while Green Bay has done a lot of work on him as well, sources said. The Ravens and Cowboys need safeties and could jump on him in the second or third round, depending on how the opening picks go."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 07:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox showed enough at this week's Senior Bowl that he may be viewed as a rookie starter by NFL teams.

"215-pound safety with corner feet," Mayock described. "I think he's an immediate starter in the NFL, he can help you on special teams. This is a guy that I've really enjoyed watching." A running back/slot receiver his first three seasons at Georgia Southern, Wilcox moved to strong safety as a senior and was a first-team all-league pick by the Southern Conference coaches. He also brings to the table kickoff return value.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 04:03:00 PM


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