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JUCO transfer CB Brandon Stewart was Kansas' top CB in spring practices.

Stewart signed with the Jayhawks out of Trinity Valley CC (Texas). "Kansas might not find much success on the football field this fall, but a bright spot is that Stewart (6-0, 171) looks good," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He should help solidify the secondary: Both of Kansas' starting corners from last season were drafted earlier this month." Last season, Stewart posted three picks and 19 pass breakups.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 12:48 PM

Kansas senior LB Jake Love "plays sideline-to-sideline with the mentality and motor that stands out on tape," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Similar to (Ben) Heeney, he is short and doesn't look like much, but he plays sideline-to-sideline with the mentality and motor that stands out on tape. And his smarts and instincts are what stand out the most with Love, using his diagnose skills and quick first step to arrive at the ballcarrier with pop," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 214-pound Love lacks the ideal size and frame for the next level and will have to improve when shedding blocks. Despite his size, Love was productive for the Jayhawks, recording 53 tackles and 9.5 tackles for a loss. Brugler notes that Love "brings some scheme versatility and will be a key cog of coordinator Clint Bowen's defense."
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 2:25 PM

Kansas redshirt senior Ben Goodman, Jr. has "athletic traits to operate in space," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Goodman has a tweener skill-set and can be overwhelmed at the point of attack, lacking the size or strength to overpower blockers and disengage. However, he does have athletic traits to operate and space, using his quickness and range to make plays when not hung up on blocks," Brugler wrote. The Kansas prospect started every game in 2014 at strong end, recording 21 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry. The two-year starter is one of the few senior starters on the Jayhawks defense.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 2:05 PM

Kansas QBs Michael Cummings and Montell Cozart are competing for the starting job.

Cummings (a senior) replaced Cozart (junior) as starter in Week 6 last year. "You'll have to ask coach (David) Beaty that," Cummings said when asked about the competition. "But I'm focusing on one thing a day, trying to get better at one thing every day. Little things add up to the big picture." Beaty and offensive coordinator Rob Likens also figure to allow freshmen Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis in on the race. "I only have one child, so I wouldn't know this," Likens said. "But I hear you could have two kids, you love 'em both the same but they're completely different, their attitudes and all that stuff. At the quarterback position, the No. 1 thing at the end of the day is did you manage the game well?"
May 13 - 10:01 PM

Former Missouri redshirt sophomore OL Harneet Gill transferred to Kansas.

The former three-star recruit, graded as the No. 70 offensive tackle in the country when he came out in 2013, is actually coming by way of the JUCO level. He left Missouri in 2013 and played last season at a state of Washington community college. "The thing that probably stood out are the people in there," Gill said. "The coaching staff is new and coach [David] Beaty is from Texas A&M, and coach Yenser is from Cal and those are good programs. Every recruit looks for security in a staff and I liked the excitement that I see in the program." Gill is eligible to play immediately.
May 6 - 7:55 PM

Kansas redshirt senior QB Michael Cummings will need left knee surgery following an injury sustained in the spring game.

Cummings was wearing a non-contact jersey, but a "freak accident" led to the injury after being hit low on a play. There is no word on how long Cummings will be out. He started seven games in 2014 and was, by all accounts, the leader to start the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
May 6 - 11:17 AM

Dolphins signed Kansas WR Nigel King.

King (6'2/214) spent one season at KU after transferring from Maryland, tallying 29 catches for 518 yards (17.9 YPR) and one TD before surprisingly turning pro. He showed plus athleticism at the Jayhawks' Pro Day, running 4.54/4.56 with a 39 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Although his limited track record of production is an obvious concern, King is big with good movement skills and strong hands. He'll be someone to monitor from afar.
May 4 - 7:57 PM

Raiders selected Kansas CB Dexter McDonald with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

McDonald started 24 games over the last two seasons. The corner is big for the position at 6'0/203 lbs but ran in the 4.4s at that size. McDonald's journey had its stumbles, as he left Kansas in 2012, spent a year in community college, then returned to Kansas in 2013. He is depth on the Raiders roster.
May 2 - 6:09 PM

Eagles selected Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Shepherd (5'11/199) converted from wideout to corner as a junior and emerged as an elite college cover man as a senior, earning first-team All-Big 12, ranking third nationally in pass breakups (19), and intercepting three passes. He had the lowest "burn rate" (32.9 percent) among draft-eligible cornerbacks in 2014. Although Shepherd was a legitimate shutdown corner in the Big 12, his ability to transition to the NFL is a major question mark. He is undersized, speed deficient (4.65/4.68), and a matador as a tackler, hindering Shepherd's projection to slot corner.
May 2 - 4:24 PM

Raiders selected Kansas LB Ben Heeney with the No. 140 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Heeney (6'0/231) was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014, finishing his career with 35.5 tackles for loss and four INTs. He showed terrific athleticism at the Combine, running 4.59 with a 10-foot broad jump and recording top times in the shuttle and cone drills. Heeney is undersized and gambled too often in college, but shows the requisite movement skills to hold up in pass coverage and is willing to get physical. He projects best as a rangy "run-and-hit" outside linebacker in a 4-3.
May 2 - 1:55 PM

Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd said his injured hamstring is only 70 percent healthy.

Shepherd ran his forty in 4.65 and 4.68 seconds, and "gutted it out" to complete the workouts. He did not go through testing at the Combine. Apparently the corner tweaked it again. Shepherd flashes nice ball skills and should be a third day selection.
Apr 4 - 9:26 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt reported Kansas CB JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring) was less than 100 percent at his pro day.

Shepherd continues to deal with a nagging hamstring issue, though the issue is expected to be resolved by the time he has to report to an NFL function. He gutted it out in front of scouts in Lawrence last week anyway, running the 40 in 4.65 and 4.68 seconds. Shepherd (5-foot-10 5/8, 194 pounds) compares to Sherrick McManis, according to Lance Zierlein. "He gets sloppy with his feet and technique, but I think he can play. You don't make that many plays on the ball because of luck. You make that many plays because you have a great feel for it," said an NFC college director of scouting.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 1:41 AM

Kansas CB Dexter McDonald "is a very talented athlete who just needs to be more aggressive," according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

At last week's pro day in Lawrence, McDonald (6-foot 3/4, 203), who wasn't at the combine, ran forties of 4.42 and 4.43 seconds. He added a vertical jump of 40 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches, a 3-cone of 6.93 seconds, a short shuttle of 4.56 seconds and 10 reps on the bench press. "Trait-based cornerback with late round potential," reads Lance Zierlein's scouting report. "He's big and can run and shows an ability to operate in space, but isn't as physical against the run as some teams will like from a corner his size. His outstanding length and ability to recover give him a shot, but he must learn to trust his traits and sharpen his technique to unlock his potential."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 10:40 PM

Kansas ILB Ben Heeney "had a good pro day workout, capping what has been an impressive draft season," noted NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Heeney (6-foot 1/8, 231 pounds) was coming off a "fantastic" combine and also was a "standout at the East-West Shrine Game practices," according to Brandt. In Indy, Heeney was amongst the linebacker leaders in the 40-yard dash, and he logged the best LB times in the 20-yard short shuttle, 60-yard shuttle and three-cone drill. The 6.68-second three-cone time was the fifth-best posted by a linebacker since 2006. Not surprisingly, Heeney stood on several of those numbers and then hoisted 19 reps of on the bench press at the pro day event. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, who accrued 127 total tackles and 17 TFL in 2014, is looking like a mid-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes that Kansas senior CB JaCorey Shepherd "will bring some value in mid-late day 3 range."

"Shepherd has some tightness with movement. But he has strong eyes, awareness and competes. Will bring some value in mid-late day 3 range," Weidl tweeted. The Kansas prospect has 32 passes defensed and 5 interceptions over last two years for the Jayhawks' defense. Weidl noted in another tweet, that Shepherd is one of the better CBs that he has studied "at locating and playing the ball in this years' crop."
Feb 16 - 4:07 PM


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