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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

Pro Football Focus believes Indiana RB Jordan Howard will be a steal.

Under the radar, Howard has become one of this class' most polarizing running backs. Some, including PFF (who rank him No. 59 overall), believe Howard is a Rd. 2 talent. Others see a Day 3 afterthought. PFF likes Howard because he led the country with 3.69 yards after contact per attempt in 2015. He's also a great receiver (caught 80 percent of his targets) and a good pass blocker (five total pressures allowed in 178 pass-blocking snaps), making Howard a potential three-down back. "Should his drafting team convince him to drop his force-first-contact approach, which has led to some injury issues for him, Howard could become a special player at the next level," wrote Wes Huber.
Apr 13 - 12:58 PM

Indiana T Jason Spriggs is visiting the Jets on Thursday, according to Tony Pauline.

Spriggs was recently projected as a great fit for the Jets by Rob Rang as a replacement for the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Spriggs is one of the most athletic offensive lineman in this class, getting to the second level or reaching linebackers from difficult angles. However, as a blocker, he is more of an occupier in both the passing and running games.
Apr 13 - 10:43 AM

Indiana junior WR Camion Patrick will undergo knee surgery on Wednesday.

Oddly, HC Kevin Wilson indicated that even the doctors don't know the full extent of Patrick's knee injury. "We’ll get in there and see. I think they’re kind of waiting to see. We’re not sure if it’s a full tear, a partial tear — is it an ACL (tear), is it cartilage? We’ll know after surgery," Wilson said. There is no timetable for Patrick's return at this point -- logical given that they apparently don't even know how badly he is injured. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Patrick did not see playing time in 2015.
Apr 12 - 9:37 PM

Indiana redshirt sophomore WR Dominique Booth has been medically disqualified by team doctors.

Booth sat out the entire 2015 season after undergoing hand surgery, taking a medical redshirt in the process. A mystery injury has prevented him from practicing this spring and doctors have now medically disqualified him from participating in football activities. That is not to say his career is over, though. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder intends on transferring and indicated that other doctors have handed him sunnier outlooks. He has two years of eligibility remaining. Said Booth, "I have my eye on a few schools, but I’m open to pretty much anyone at this moment. I have talked to schools from every Power 5 conference and some MAC and some AAC schools." Per 247Sports, he is set to visit Mississippi State this weekend.
Source: Hoosiers HQ
Apr 12 - 8:13 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney noted that "scouts worry that [Indiana RB Jordan Howard's] high pad level and willingness to take on all defenders will lead to a short shelf life in the NFL."

Cooney isn't the only one to question the viability of Howard's personal brand of running. An NFC RB coach was likewise unsold earlier this winter, saying, "He's going to keep getting dropped like a sack of potatoes in this league with that running style." While there are questions here, Cooney isn't all down on the 6-foot, 230-pound Hoosier. He referred to him as "[b]road-shouldered, powerful and determined" before adding that he "can be an intimidating force." The analyst views him as a potential second or third round pick. Not everybody is as pessimistic on the runner's NFL potential. Pro Football Focus has tabbed Howard as a draft steal.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 1:51 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang tagged Indiana T Jason Spriggs as a potential Jets draft-replacement for the retiring D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

"A former high school tight end who turned into a four-year starting left tackle, the 6-6, 301 pound Spriggs offers the combination of athleticism and durability similar to what the Jets are losing with Ferguson's retirement," Rang wrote. The analyst further speculated that because Spriggs remains relatively raw as a prospect, he could fall to the Jets at pick No. 51 in the second round, though TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported earlier in April that some NFL personnel members he spoke with think Spriggs could be selected in the back half of the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 2:30 PM


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