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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

Former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis seems resigned to the fact that his coaching career is over.

"I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again," the 58 year old said. Apparently Weis was considered for multiple NFL opportunities, but the "fit" was not right. Weis is a great study in how quickly a coach can move up in the ranks rapidly, and then tumble down with equal momentum.
Source: ND Insider
Feb 13 - 10:11 AM

Kansas junior WR Nigel King had five receptions for 38 yards in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted from the practice field during the week that King had "impressed with his size/athleticism combination." King ranked third on Maryland in 2013 with 33 catches, fifth with 450 receiving yards, and No. 1 with four receiving touchdowns. He transferred to Lawrence prior to this past season and produced 30 catches for 537 yards and one touchdown in 2014. "[King] had some tightness, which caused rigid movements in his routes, but he showed enough vertical speed to win over the top," Brugler wrote.
Feb 1 - 5:05 PM

Kansas redshirt senior FB Jimmay Mundine "displayed his receiving skills during drills on Tuesday [at The College Gridiron Showcase practices] with the body control and hand-eye coordination to secure catches away from his body," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He played a hybrid tight end role for the Jayhawks and projects best as an undersized 'move' tight end or H-back at the next level," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 237-pound Mundine was Kansas' leading receiver this past season with 45 grabs for 584 yards and three scores. He had 137 receiving yards in Kansas' near-upset of TCU (34-30) on November 15.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 12:01 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kansas junior WR Nigel King "impressed with his size/athleticism combination" at The College Gridiron Showcase.

"A junior who decided to leave school early, Kansas WR Nigel King (6-2, 216) also impressed with his size/athleticism combination, towering over defensive backs and plucking the ball well. He had some tightness, which caused rigid movements in his routes, but he showed enough vertical speed to win over the top," Brugler wrote. The Jayhawks prospect transferred to Kansas prior to this season and produced 30 catches for 537 yards and one touchdown in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 2:06 PM

Kansas senior ILB Ben Heeney "is a 'right time, right place' type of linebacker and that's not by accident as he anticipates well with a quick first step to put himself in position to make plays," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Those instincts have served him well during West practices, along with his toughness at the point of attack to take on blocks, never slowing his momentum until the whistle blows," Brugler wrote. "The measureables and athleticism aren't special, but Heeney is in the mold of a throwback tough guy at the position who will make it tough on NFL coaches to cut him." Playing for the hapless Jayhawks, Heeney was ultra-productive outside of the spotlight. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, who accrued 127 total tackles and 17 TFL in 2014, is looking like a mid-round pick. His stock, however, appears to be on the upswing after a great week of Shrine Game practices.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 15 - 5:08 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein reported from the Shrine Game that Kansas senior LB Ben Heeney is "generating draft buzz, more than I had anticipated."

"Heeney checked in at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, which is undersized by NFL standards," Zeirlein wrote. "But conversations with multiple personnel men yielded the same result: Heeney can play in the league. NFL teams love production, and when it comes to production as a tackler, Heeney was near the top with 127 total tackles, 17 of them for loss. Heeney plays the game downhill and he continued to do that in practice on Tuesday by consistently beating offensive linemen to the spot and disrupting the running game." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculated previously that Heeney will probably make the NFL as a back-up linebacker and special teams player. According to the analyst, Heeney entered this season with a mid-round grade from scouts and is a "good football player who lacks top measurables."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 1:37 PM


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