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Stanford graduate FB Patrick Skov will transfer to Georgia Tech.

The Cardinal rely on their full back play, and Georgia Tech does the same but in a different way. Skov is the younger brother of Shayne Skov. He will be eligible to play immediately.
May 5 - 12:56 PM

Cowboys signed Georgia Tech RB Synjyn Days.

Days (6'1/232) was a rotational back in the Yellow Jackets' triple option, finishing his career with 255 carries for 1,396 yards (5.47 YPC) and 18 TDs. He only caught seven passes in college. Davis showed lackluster athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.60/4.61 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Like Anthony Allen and Jonathan Dwyer before him, Days' college production was likely the product of Paul Johnson's system. We projected Days as a possible No. 3 back/special teamer before the draft. The fact that he landed in Dallas makes him slightly interesting.
May 5 - 1:07 AM

Seahawks signed Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy.

Nealy (6'0/236) made 46 career starts at Georgia Tech, compiling 16 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and eight interceptions. He was a third-team All-ACC pick as a senior. Nealy was a good middle linebacker in college, but athleticism and size deficiencies will likely limit him to special teams.
May 4 - 4:57 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt freshman B-back C.J. Leggett will miss the season after tearing his ACL.

Leggett was expected to start after sitting out his freshman season. "We’ll miss C.J. He’d been working hard," head coach Paul Johnson said. "I feel bad for him. But you’ve got to go with a next man up mentality." Marcus Allen will likely start now, per Ken Sugiura.
May 4 - 12:30 PM

Ravens selected Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Waller (6'6/238) made 22 starts in four seasons at Georgia Tech, tallying 51 receptions for 971 yards (19.0 YPR) and nine TDs. A freakish athlete for his size, Waller ran 4.46 in Indianapolis with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump. Waller needs a lot of technical work — most Yellow Jackets wideouts do — but he's smart (34 Wonderlic score), flashed dominant high-pointing ability in the ACC and offers starting-caliber upside as a vertical weapon.
May 2 - 4:38 PM

49ers selected Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

This is likely another redshirt player for the 49ers. Smelter (6'2/226) is a former baseball player who was drafted by the Twins (14th round) in 2010 before taking up football full time in 2013. In two seasons as wideout, Smelter parlayed 56 catches into 1,060 yards (18.9 YPR) and 11 TDs. Smelter tore his ACL last December and was unable to work out before the draft. When healthy, Smelter showed big-time NFL tools as a physical post-catch tackle breaker and consistent winner of contested catches. Smelter may have to "redshirt" as a rookie, but offers long-range starting potential.
May 2 - 1:36 PM

Patriots selected Georgia Tech G Shaq Mason with the No. 131 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mason (6'2/304) made 40 starts in college, seeing action at both guard positions and earning third-team All-American honors as a senior. A shocking Combine snub, Mason proceeded to crush his Pro Day, running 4.99 with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. Mason is a powerful drive blocker whose size limitations may force him to center in the pros. Either way, he projects as a run-game asset early in his career.
May 2 - 1:35 PM

The Cardinals have had conversations with Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller about a possible transition to TE.

This should not be a surprise to anyone. Waller has a massive WR frame at 6'6/238 lbs with great long speed. The possible transition was evident during East West Shrine week, when Waller failed to separate against corners on breaking routes but won in a straight line and in contested situations. He should be a sixth or seventh round pick.
Apr 27 - 1:31 PM

Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter visited the Jaguars on Wednesday.

Smelter was on track to "climb" during the draft process before tearing his ACL at the end of November against Georgia. There is little refinement to his game, but Smelter does have yards after catch ability in the form of a large frame and long speed. We would be surprised if he is selected before the fourth-round.
Apr 9 - 10:14 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers have "shown a lot of interest" in Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy.

The linebacker was "impressive" at his pro day workout, leaping 36 inches in the vertical jump and posting a 40 time of 4.62. "Afterward, Nealy transferred that speed into position drills and showed great range and explosion," Pauline wrote. The athleticism is good to see, as that was one question mark on this hard-nosed prospect's evaluation.
Mar 17 - 9:03 PM

Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter is a "late value pick," according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

"Smelter is outstanding after the catch. He can make you miss, break tackles or run away from you," Jeremiah tweeted. In a simplified world, there are two ways for receivers to shine in the NFL: contested catches or yards after the catch. Some can do both, but those are rare. Smelter comes from Georgia Tech's run based offense and tore his ACL in December against Georgia, but if refinement is added he could be a late round gem.
Mar 10 - 11:13 AM

Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller posted 4.46 and 4.54 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Checking in at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds, this athletic freak was expected to scorch the Indy turf and didn't disappoint. Waller finds himself in a similar predicament to Devin Funchess, though they aren't similar prospects; Waller is bigger and faster, but far more unpolished. Like Funchess, Waller doesn't really have a position. Waller's size and speed could make him a dangerous outside weapon, but he's unrefined and needs a ton of work as a receiver. He's a good blocker for a receiver, but blocking as an NFL tight end is quite different than pushing around ACC cornerbacks. Waller is a high-upside Day 3 lottery ticket.
Feb 21 - 11:04 PM

Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller is amenable to working out as either a WR or a TE.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passes along the report, mentioning that Waller is prepared to work out at either spot at both the combine and Georgia Tech's pro day. It's smart for Waller to take this stance. He was a jumbo receiver in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense, but Waller is an extremely raw pure pass catcher. The tools, though, are ridiculous. Measured 6-foot-6 5/8 and 242 pounds at the East-West Shrine game, Waller runs a 4.54 forty.
Feb 20 - 3:56 PM

Georgia Tech C/G Shaquille Mason was "arguably the most glaring snub" of the combine, opined CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Arguably the most glaring snub regardless of position, Mason played guard in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, so it was tough to evaluate him," Brugler wrote. "But he showed the balance, power and movements to lead some to believe he has NFL starter potential at center." We're also shocked by Mason's exclusion. He has NFL talent, was highly productive in college, and has a skill set that requires closer examination. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder, making the transition from guard to center, was a USA Today First-Team All-American in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 1:05 AM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis "looks to have a high ceiling," notes

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Australia native remains raw; prior to moving to America, his on-field experience came primarily from playing Australian Rules Football. "He has good quickness for his size and has 21 tackles for loss in the past two seasons," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He had little experience with 'American football' when he signed with Tech, but has been a quick study and never redshirted. He is an effective interior pass rusher and will be a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. Given his relative inexperience, he looks to have a high ceiling." CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote during the season that Gotsis "possesses the traits to warrant early round consideration."
Feb 2 - 11:16 PM

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