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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted that with the Bears' addition of Indiana RB Jordan Howard, QB Jay Cutler's mistakes could be minimized.

"With [Jeremy] Langford and Howard rolling downhill for four quarters, the Bears can ask much less from the erratic Jay Cutler," Zierlein wrote. Chicago selected the 6-foot, 230-pound Howard at pick No. 150 in the fifth round. We see him as a runner in the mold of Chris Ivory. How the Bears split touches between Langford and Howard is one of the stories to watch once training camps get underway later this summer. Both young men could be handicapped as fantasy prospects if this is a true timeshare.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 4:46 PM

Thirty players who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft early went undrafted.

In the end, 107 players left college with remaining eligibility, with 28-percent of them ultimately going undrafted. That list is headlined by names like DL Darius Latham, S Tyvis Powell, RB Peyton Barber and WRs Roger Lewis, Marquez North, Jalin Marshall and De’Runnya Wilson. Some players were running from disciplinary or academic issues, while some just badly misjudged their value.
May 3 - 4:03 PM

Raiders signed Indiana DL Darius Latham.

Latham (6'4/311) made 20 starts in three years at IU, tallying 18.5 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten as a 2015 true junior, then turned pro. Latham struggled with suspensions and play-to-play consistency with the Hoosiers, but offers big-time run-stuffing and some interior pass-rushing potential as a long-armed (34 3/4") space eater with powerful hands. Latham could settle in as a useful reserve.
May 2 - 3:45 PM

Redskins selected Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld with the No. 187 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Sudfeld (6'6/234) made 26 starts for Indiana, completing 60.3% of his career passes with an 8.02 YPA and 61:20 TD-to-INT ratio. He added eight rushing scores and was voted third-team All-Big Ten as a senior. A "push passer" with a tendency to airmail way too many throws, Sudfeld fails to maximize his arm strength due to shoddy fundamentals and is a sloth in the pocket with heavy feet. Sudfeld flashed an aggressive passing mentality at Indiana, but his game is littered with flaws.
Apr 30 - 4:12 PM

Bears selected Indiana RB Jordan Howard with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Howard (6'0/230) transferred from now-defunct UAB to Indiana for his 2015 junior season, rushing for 1,213 yards and nine TDs on 196 carries (6.2 YPC). He added 11 receptions en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors. Howard only caught 24 passes in three college seasons and his pass protection was inconsistent, at best. He ran 4.59 at the Hoosiers' Pro Day with a 10-foot-2 broad jump. A straight-linish, downhill bruiser, Howard runs with velocity between the tackles and punishes defenders. He projects as a two-down grinder in the Chris Ivory mold.
Apr 30 - 2:36 PM

Packers selected Indiana OT Jason Spriggs with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Spriggs (6'6/301) made 47 starts for the Hoosiers — all at left tackle — and earned second-team All-Big Ten as a senior, permitting just two sacks. Spriggs has long arms (34 1/8") and big hands (10 1/8"), and obliterated the Combine, placing top five among offensive linemen in the forty (4.94), bench (31 reps), broad jump (9'7") and short shuttle (4.44). Spriggs needs technical work on converting his strength into power, but possesses an ideal blend of size, length and movement skills for an NFL tackle.
Apr 29 - 8:32 PM

An NFL scout says "some classify [Indiana RB Jordan Howard] as the next Le'Veon Bell."

"Just a country kid that's learning how to play big-time football," the scout said. "Some people classify him as the next Le'Veon Bell. He's an inside guy. I worry about his durability and just his work habits in the weight room. Smart kid (Wonderlic of 27)." Howard is a good receiver and a strong pass blocker, in addition to his running chops. "He's a downhill inside runner," a second scout said. "He did play hurt this year (missed 18 quarters) and has a bad knee. Really an interesting guy."
Apr 28 - 5:24 PM

ESPN Nation Lions beat reporter Michael Rothstein reports that the team will take a quarterback late in the draft.

He tosses out Kevin Hogan, Nate Sudfeld and Jake Rudock as possibilities. Unless Rothstein is throwing darts, the mention of Rudock is interesting in that many believe he can be had for a UDFA contract. As for Sudfeld, an NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week that he could go as high as Rd. 5.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 5:17 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that he "wish[ed] the tape matched the body" of Indiana T Jason Spriggs.

"If you watch [Spriggs] work out you love the guy," the scout said. "But he's a thin-framed guy so he falls off blocks. More of a zone guy in terms of lateral quickness. I wish the tape matched the body." Another scout who spoke with the Journal Sentinel was more optimistic, saying, "He's not a knock you in the dirt guy, but if you're at left tackle you can play that way. He's the most athletic." While both of the aforementioned scouts like aspects of Spriggs' game, a third is simply not sold, at all. "I've had my fill of Spriggs. I've watched him too much. I never see him finish blocks. Never see him climb somebody and knock him down. I don't want him," he said. These evaluations are decidedly mixed, but TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passed along word in early April that he has heard from several NFL personnel members who believe Spriggs will crack the last third of the first round.
Apr 24 - 3:02 PM

An NFL scout said he'd "love to have [Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld] as a No. 3."

As far as backhanded compliments go, you could do worse. "Very productive this year. Average arm strength," the scout said. Sudfeld, a three-year starter, visited the Texans this week. "He did some good things when it didn't count," another scout said. "He could get drafted as high as the fifth. I don't know why the hell you'd do it."
Apr 21 - 10:21 PM

Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld visited the Texans, according to beat writer Aaron Wilson.

Sudfeld is a big armed, mobile quarterback who lacks accuracy and poise in pressure. He is purely a late round flier at this point, however, teams could view him as a developmental piece. We don't really believe in investing in passers with that title, as coaching and roster changes limit the time these quarterbacks are given to grow.
Apr 20 - 9:03 AM

Indiana HC Kevin Wilson indicated that he does not believe junior WR Camion Patrick's ACL tear will keep him out for the entirety of the 2016 campaign.

Patrick underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday. While he has a long road of recovery ahead of him, Wilson would not rule him out for the 2016 season. The coach sees a potential late September or early October return for the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder. He didn't post significant statistical output during the 2015 campaign, working instead as a member of the scout team.
Apr 16 - 3:06 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo says Indiana DL Darius Latham "deserves a look in the middle rounds as a player who can initially be a pass-rush specialist."

Down the road, the boys at PFF see Latham developing into an every-down option if all goes according to plan. "The defensive line class has moved a number of quality players down the board, and Latham is quietly one of the best interior rushers in the group," Palazzolo wrote. "He can use his hands or win with a spin move, getting inside blockers once every 21 rushes to create pressure, third-best in the class." As an added bonus, Latham is scheme versatile.
Apr 15 - 5:50 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Jets are still open to the idea of drafting an offensive lineman in Round 1 despite having traded for Ryan Clady.

On Thursday, Jason Spriggs of Indiana will visit the team's facility in Florham Park. Pauline added that the organization is very high on former undrafted T Brent Qvale, so while they don't feel compelled any longer to take a T in Rd. 1, they will consider it if the value lines up. Spriggs, by the way, has made visits to the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
Apr 13 - 7:25 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris thinks the Redskins may look to draft a running back on Day 2.

In Washington's Draft Needs dispatch, Rotoworld's Evan Silva called RB the team's biggest need in the draft. With Alfred Morris in Dallas and Matt Jones probably in need of a tandem back, we expect the Redskins to grab a runner when they can. Problem is, sitting at No. 21, they're probably going to have to wait until the second or third stanzas to pull the trigger. So which under-the-radar back may they be eying? Norris could see Indiana's Jordan Howard as an option at No. 53 overall. "Some might think this is a little early, but I could see Howard being the second running back off the board," he wrote. "I certainly don’t evaluate him as that, but Howard wants to get upfield and runs the slalom well."
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 13 - 3:55 PM


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