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Georgia Tech senior LB Quayshawn Nealy accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Nealy isn't a good enough athlete to crack the top rounds of the draft, but he's the kind of tough, hard-nosed player who should latch on with an NFL roster either late in the draft or through a camp invite. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Nealy plays with "NFL read/react skills."
Dec 11 - 12:35 AM

Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason earned a +5.0 game score from Pro Football Focus for his work in Saturday's loss to Florida State.

This is a truly outstanding score, though staff writer Sam Monson cautioned about its potential accuracy. "Like the rest of the offense, it’s very difficult to evaluate Georgia Tech’s blocking by conventional standards," Monson wrote. "The technique in this triple option attack is so completely foreign to most other systems that it’s tough to really compare apples with apples. Nonetheless, the one player from this line that stands out more often than not to me is Mason. He fires off the line and has a powerful initial surge, often enough to gain positive yardage, but he also doesn’t get beaten from that aggressive punch as often as most of his linemates do." The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Mason "has overcome size limitations to become an intriguing prospect to watch leading up to the draft," CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote earlier this year.
Dec 8 - 9:51 PM

Georgia Tech and HC Paul Johnson have agreed on a four year contract extension.

The extension stretches through the 2020 season. Just a year ago there were reports of Johnson being upset with the school and that he wanted his contract to be bought out. Georgia Tech takes on FSU Saturday night for the ACC Championship.
Dec 6 - 12:33 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR DeAndre Smelter will miss the ACC Championship and the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL against Georgia.

As we have said before, Smelter is Georgia Tech's top receiver and their best vertical target. The team's passing attack relies on surprise and the defense focusing on preventing the running game by stacking the box. Smelter has an NFL future, but this could delay the start of it.
Dec 2 - 10:48 AM

Georgia Tech senior WR DeAndre Smelter is considered doubtful to play against FSU in the ACC Championship due to a knee injury.

Head coach Paul Johnson said it would be a reach for Smelter to play after leaving the game against Georgia in the first half. He is easily Georgia Tech's top receiver in a run focused offense, taking 35 receptions for 715 yards and seven TDs.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 10:11 AM

Georgia Tech junior DL Adam Gotsis is "likely to be moving up NFLDraftScout.com's board after Saturday's steady performance" against Georgia, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Gotsis has "been the focus of every opponents' blocking scheme this year," according to Rang, leading to a dropoff in production (he had 38 tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last year). The Australia native remains raw, with his on-field experience coming primarily from Australian Rules Football. Gotsis has "untapped potential," with "broad shoulders, long arms, a trim middle and surprising athleticism," and a "powerful" game. "While a work in progress from a technique standpoint, Gotsis is a big, strong and coordinated athlete," Rang wrote. "His best football is clearly ahead of him. Whether he pursues the NFL after this season or returns to Georgia Tech for his senior campaign, he possesses the traits to warrant early round consideration."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 30 - 4:23 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR DeAndre Smelter left Saturday's game against Georgia with a knee injury and will not return.

It could be a huge loss not only for this game but for the ACC Championship against FSU. Smelter is a very good downfield threat, catching 32 passes for 671 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Nov 29 - 2:26 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Though he's only caught 40 balls over the course of his career, Waller has the NFL's attention. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder, whose usage is restricted in the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense, is an athletic freak who runs a 4.54 forty. Waller "has great upside potential," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer, giving Waller a sixth-round preseason grade.
Nov 26 - 8:57 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Deandre Smelter caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the school's 28-6 win over Clemson.

Smelter is a receiver in the Yellow Jackets option offense so he does not see a ton of targets, and when the school does pass it allows for one on one coverage on the outside. Smelter is very good at winning in these situations, however, elevating to make contested catches or along the sideline. He could be a "riser" throughout the process.
Nov 15 - 3:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Georgia Tech senior WR DeAndre Smelter "doesn't always play up to his measureables."

Smelter is a big-bodied receiver at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, but hasn't always lived up to those measurements in the CBS analysts' eyes. He's caught 27 passes for 594 yards this season, to go with six touchdowns. Brugler does counter that "it can be tough to properly evaluate Georgia Tech offensive prospects, especially at the wide receiver position." According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, if Smelter is able to run well at the combine, his late-round draft status could rise.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 13 - 6:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted that Georgia Tech senior LB Quayshawn Nealy plays with "NFL read/react skills."

Brugler wrote that in addition to Nealy's abilities to read and react at an NFL-level, the 6-foot, 236-pound senior also has an "aggressive closing burst to finish." Nealy isn't enough of an athlete to crack the top rounds of the draft, but he's the kind of tough, hard-nosed player who should latch on with an NFL roster either late in the draft or through a camp invite.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 13 - 6:25 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR "solidified himself as a late round pick and the faster Smelter runs in pre-daft workouts the earlier he’ll be selected next April," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"The 6-foot, 2-inch wide out who tips the scales at more than 220-pounds is averaging 23.1-yards on 20 receptions this season and has found the end zone five times. He’s solidified himself as a late round pick and the faster Smelter runs in pre-daft workouts the earlier he’ll be selected next April," Pauline wrote. Originally, Smelter came to Georgia Tech on a baseball scholarship and made his presence known in his first year with the team in 2013. Smelter finished last season with 21 receptions for 345 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Pauline notes that Smelter is a "dependable underneath receiver that breaks the long one while producing on reverses." The Georgia Tech prospect's 4 receptions for 107 yards (26.8-yard average) against Virginia "offered more proof why Smelter’s stock is on the rise."
Nov 3 - 3:24 PM

Georgia Tech senior RB Zach Laskey has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Virginia with a shoulder injury.

Laskey injured his shoulder against North Carolina on October 18 and sat out last week's contest against Pittsburgh. He leads all Georgia Tech RB's in rushing yards with 595 yards, to go with five touchdowns. Laskey isn't the leading rusher on his own team, though, as QB Justin Thomas has run for 717 yards in the Yellow Jackets' rumble-happy system.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 30 - 5:11 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller "has great upside potential," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Waller is an athletic freak who runs a 4.54 forty. "Is Darren Waller the next big time receiver prospect from Georgia Tech?" Pauline rhapsodized. "From a mesurables point he’s similar to Calvin Johnson though not as fast and that’s where the similarities end. Waller shows flashes rather than dominance. He has great upside potential but one must wonder how much his game will develop in the Yellow Jackets offense." Waller led Yellow Jacket wide receivers with 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Pauline allots Waller a sixth-round preseason grade.
Aug 17 - 10:01 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller is a "huge and athletic" receiver, writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Waller runs a 4.54 forty. "Demonstrates soft hands, tracks the ball well vertically and is naturally a contender for any jump ball," Stephens wrote. "Faces a two game suspension to start 2014 after violating team rules, so he'll need to maximize every opportunity in 2014 to showcase his ability to NFL scouts considering the Yellow Jackets' limited pass, run-heavy Flexbone offense." Waller led Yellow Jacket wide receivers with 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 11 - 10:15 PM


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