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Senior DT Kayton Samuels transferred from Syracuse to Indiana.

Samuels (6'0/319) announced he would transfer earlier this offseason, and Indiana will be the defensive tackle's home for 2019. He started 24 games for the Orange over the last three years, and while he doesn't have big statistical totals (44 tackles, one (1) sack), he's seen as a defender who can plug the middle and help stop the run. As a graduate transfer, he'll be immediately eligible to help the Hoosiers defense in 2018.
May 7 - 12:18 PM

Rams signed Indiana ILB Tegray Scales.

Scales (6’0/230) was an undersized playmaking middle linebacker at IU, finishing third in school history in career tackles for loss (46) along with 18 sacks and 8 interceptions as a 26-game starter. As a senior, Scales earned Indiana’s first first-team All-Big Ten selection since 1988. An ubiquitous presence in all of his games, Scales showed sideline-to-sideline athleticism in addition to cover skills and competent run-thumping punch. Scales’ lone shortcoming is his size.
May 3 - 11:22 AM

Redskins signed Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs.

Cobbs (6’3/220) rebounded from a season-ending ankle injury in 2016 to earn first-team All-Big Ten as a 2017 redshirt junior, logging a 72/841/11.7/8 receiving line before turning pro. On tape, Cobbs is a poor man’s Mike Evans who wins with bully ball and got the best of Denzel Ward early last year. Unfortunately, Cobbs lacks separation speed (4.64) and struggled in both the vertical (30") and broad (9’5") jumps at the Combine. Cobbs also needs a ton of work as a route runner and had a penchant for untimely drops at IU. Cobbs has red-zone potential but may max out as a situational receiver.
May 2 - 8:50 PM

Bears signed Indiana CB Rashard Fant.

Fant (5’10/179) made 36 starts in the Hoosiers’ secondary, setting a school record in pass breakups (58) and logging five career tackles for loss and five interceptions. He earned second-team All-Big Ten in both 2016 and 2017. Smallish but speedy and tenacious, Fant is a slot corner prospect with special teams value.
May 2 - 8:22 PM

Indiana redshirt freshman QB Nick Tronti announced he will be transferring.

Tronti is a former three-star recruit out of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He won offensive scout team player of the year last fall but as the spring wore on it "became clear the Hoosiers’ quarterback battle was between Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix." With Tronti unlikely to play much, a transfer is likely his best option.
Source: Land of 10
Apr 30 - 12:53 PM

NFL Media's Elliot Harrison labeled Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas as the best pick of Day 3.

Harrison believes Thomas "can help out Cam Newton immediately" and will "learn from one of the better TEs in league history in Greg Olsen." The Panthers just signed Greg Olsen to a two-year extension, giving Thomas plenty of time to develop into the player they want. He produced an 82nd-percentile SPARQ score at the combine and could develop into a good tight end for the Panthers.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 29 - 4:53 PM

Cowboys selected Indiana OLB Chris Covington with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Covington (6’2/245) arrived at IU as a quarterback, tore his ACL as a freshman, moved to linebacker as a sophomore, and became a starter as a senior, earning Hoosiers defensive player of the year and honorable mention All-Big Ten with 12 tackles for loss and three sacks. PFF College also gave Covington elite grades in pass coverage. A late bloomer after the early injury and position switch, Covington offers an intriguing size-speed (4.78) combination for a special teams contributor with upside for more down the line.
Apr 28 - 4:34 PM

Panthers selected Indiana TE Ian Thomas with the No. 101 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Although Greg Olsen just signed a two-year extension, the Panthers needed to start looking toward the future at tight end, and Thomas has the upside to be a quality starter. Thomas (6’4/259) spent two years at IU after transferring from JUCO, breaking out as a senior for a 25/376/5 receiving line and averaging 15.0 yards per catch. A late bloomer in college, Thomas tested as an NFL-caliber athlete with 82nd-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, including a 4.65 forty and 36-inch vertical. Long-armed (34 1/8") with massive hands (11 1/2") and a willing blocker, Thomas offers upside to become a better pro than college player.
Apr 28 - 12:16 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Ian Thomas "shines as a receiver first."

The full quote: "Has not played a lot of football," said one scout. "A good move guy. Very good athlete. He’s going to shine as a receiver first. He can be a matchup problem for linebackers. He will block. He has improved his strength. He’s tough. He’s been through a lot in his life to get to where he is. He has proven he can overcome adversity." It sounds like for Thomas it's not a case of "willingness" like it is for some in the class, but rather the 6-foot-4, 259-pound tight end just needs to get stronger and improve some technique stuff. Thomas coudl be a steal for a team that selects him on Day 3.
Apr 25 - 3:25 PM

Scout Inc's Steve Muench believes that Indiana LB Chris Covington could be a late-round sleeper.

Covington is a former quarterback who is still learning the finer points of playing linebacker, but according to Muench he's "a strong tackler who drives through contact, chases with good effort and has the range to hold up in underneath coverage." Medicals will be at play here -- he tore his ACL in 2014 -- but Covington's production last year (85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass deflections) make him very intriguing late on Day 3.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 8:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has heard from some evaluators who believe that Indiana TE Ian Thomas "could be the best tight end from this year’s class two or three years from now."

Just don't hold your breath for immediate dividends should your team select Thomas later this month. The 6-foot-4, 259-pounder will probably need some seasoning on the NFL bench before he's ready to step up as a regular contributor. It's likely that Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki and Hayden Hurst will be the first three tight ends off the board in some order, with Thomas potentially next up.
Apr 12 - 4:26 PM

Redshirt senior QB Brandon Dawkins will transfer from Arizona to Indiana.

Because Dawkins is joining the Hoosiers as a graduate transfer, he'll be immediately eligible to play for Indiana in the 2018 season. The left-handed signal-caller threw for 2,148 yards and rushed for 1,582 yards while a member of the Wildcats, but lost his starting job to the electric Khalil Tate in the middle of the 2017 season. He'll likely compete with Peyton Ramsey to win the starting quarterback job, and even if he's not the every-down quarterback could see time in the Indiana offense because of his impressive speed.
Apr 10 - 10:39 PM

Indiana sophomore RB Morgan Ellison will miss the rest of the spring practices with a lower leg injury.

Ellison (6'1/220) is expected to be ready to go by the summer, so this could just be precautionary. He's expected to battle for carries in his sophomore campaign, but he'll need to show he can stay healthy to do so.
Apr 7 - 1:05 PM

Indiana sophomore DT Juan Harris will transfer.

In his Twitter post announcing the transfer, Harris cited "health issues with the medical staff." It's not quite clear whether the 6-foot-4, 368-pounder is saying that health concerns are cause for the transfer, or if a difference of opinion with the medical staff is cause for his exit. Regardless, Indiana's now down one big body on the defensive line. Harris signed with the Hoosiers as a three-star recruit last winter and went on to appear in the first three games of the 2017 season before an undisclosed injury prevented him from playing again during the campaign's remainder. Unless Harris were to drop out of the FBS with his transfer, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season with his team to-be in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Apr 5 - 4:37 PM

An NFC defensive backs coach said that Indiana CB Rashard Fant "loves to play the football but he hates to tackle."

"You have to do both if you want to play," the DB coach said. He additionally knocked the 5-foot-9, 179-pound Fant for his size or lack thereof. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein foresees the Indiana corner coming off the board in the seventh round later this month. He was receiving some buzz as a potential Day 2 selection prior to the 2017 season, but we haven't seen much additional smoke on that front since the close of campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 7:15 PM


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