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Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon as the No. 30 prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The analyst sees Dixon as the No. 3 runner in the class, grading him ever-so-slightly behind Derrick Henry. "Has three down running back ability. Will maximize the yards blocked for him and then create on his own with strength or elusiveness," Norris wrote. "Also a good receiver out of the backfield, displaying sideline awareness and body control to adjust to difficult catches." Last season, Pro Football Focus ranked the 5-foot-10, 212-pounder No. 5 among draft-eligible RBs in breakaway percentage (49 percent of his yards came on breakaway runs), No. 1 in yards per pass route run and No. 1 in elusive rating (a measurement of how difficult a runner is to tackle).
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 9 - 4:28 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler as the No. 18 overall prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Butler posted 50 tackles, 10 TFL and three sacks on his way to All-Conference USA first-team honors last year. "Butler moves differently than most interior defensive linemen," Norris wrote. "He can be slippery on counter moves or off the snap, even at 6’4/325 lbs. Butler has displayed the ability to win through his opponent and around them. Don’t go too far with this comparison, but Butler can win in the same ways as Mo Wilkerson." Butler didn't make Norris' first Big Board but impressed our analyst at the Senior Bowl.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 9 - 1:10 PM

Louisiana Tech hired Boston College WR coach Todd Fitch to serve as offensive coordinator and WR coach.

Fitch had been Boston College's offensive coordinator for the 2015 campaign, but after the season, the team hired Scott Loeffler for that role. In effect, demoting Fitch. With Louisiana Tech, he'll take over for Tony Peterson, who himself left the Bulldogs this offseason for the green pastures of East Carolina. Fitch and HC Skip Holtz have much experience working together, as the former acted as the latter's OC in previous stops at South Carolina, East Carolina and USF.
Feb 7 - 12:22 PM

Louisana Tech QB Jeff Driskel told Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney that his decision behind a transfer from Florida has been "the big question" when he's spoken to NFL teams.

Said Driskel, "That’s a thing that needs to be answered and the way I’ve been answering it is that I needed a change, I moved on and it was a great decision." The numbers, at least, bear him out. During the 2015 campaign, he threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio for the Bulldogs, outpacing anything he had done while wearing a Gators uniform. "I’m all about moving forward," Driskel said, "and that’s what I did this past year. I put myself in position to be [at the Senior Bowl] at this time."
Source: rivals.com
Feb 6 - 7:06 PM

Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler "moves like he's 290 pounds", per ESPN's Todd McShay, despite having weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 325.

"His upper-body power was evident during bag drills. Butler needs to be more consistent, but there aren't many big guys with his skill set," McShay wrote. He graded Butler as the fifth-best prospect at the event. CBS Sports' Rob Rang has speculated that Butler may be a surprise first-rounder. The 6-foot-3, 309-pounder posted 50 tackles, 10 TFL and three sacks on his way to All-Conference USA first-team honors last year.
Feb 2 - 8:00 PM

Louisiana Tech senior RB Kenneth Dixon is a top 40 talent in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

Norris has bestowed praise on Dixon for months and has said he would not argue with anyone who lists Dixon as the No. 2 ball carrier in this class. In fact, Dixon has three down potential and displayed those receiving skills against Arkansas State, converting toe tapping touchdowns on wheel routes out of the backfield. From a production standpoint, Dixon is second all time at the FBS level in touchdowns behind Keenan Reynolds.
Feb 1 - 9:11 AM

Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler "made his presence known during [Senior Bowl] practice but saved his best for the game," writes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Noted Brugler, "[Butler] showed off his fluid lower body and powerful upper half in unison, peppering blockers with his 34 1/8-inch arms." Along with Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins (who didn't play in the game due to a minor leg injury), the 6-foot-3, 309-pound Butler was one of the big winners of the Senior Bowl practice week. Brugler's colleague Rob Rang has already speculated that the former Bulldog could be a surprise selection in the first round, while Brugler, himself, notes that he has "a draft arrow pointing north."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 3:49 PM

Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel completed 8-of-9 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Driskel's Hail Mary at the end of the game was almost identical to the one that Packers QB Aaron Rogers threw against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL playoffs two weeks ago. In his case, the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel rolled out to the left before firing downfield to Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge, who hauled in the 29-yard pass surrounded by a sea of defenders. Thus ended the Senior Bowl. During the practice week, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks called him a potential "developmental prospect" at the next level. Last season, he threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio--markedly improved numbers from those he posted in his four years with Florida, as Driskel's previous career-high for touchdown passes was just 12 (and he did that in 2012).
Jan 30 - 6:36 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon's week of Senior Bowl practice "has convinced some scouts that he could thrive as a feature back at the next level."

Brooks believes that Dixon has "flown under the radar despite impressive production." Said production included 1,072 rushing yards (5.4 YPC) and 19 touchdowns as well as 33 catches for 464 yards and an additional seven scores this past season. The 5-foot-10, 212-pounder's versatility is a huge plus that could allow him to contribute at the next level immediately even if he's not initially given a full starter's workload.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 3:44 PM

Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler "will draw interest from 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike and may just prove this year's "surprise" first round pick," per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

During the Senior Bowl practice week, Butler "proved very nearly as disruptive [as Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins]," Rang noted, "beating would-be blockers with his initial quickness and a textbook swim move." The analyst sees the 6-foot-3, 309-pound now-former Bulldog as "naturally large with a well-distributed frame and strength to complement his athleticism." He's not a lock to be selected in the first round, but that's not out of the question, either.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 29 - 9:33 PM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks says Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel "could be an intriguing developmental prospect based on his size and arm talent."

The analyst likes what Driskel is doing down at the Senior Bowl. "He is a natural thrower capable of throwing with zip and velocity, yet he also flashes touch and anticipation," he wrote. "Although questions persist about his mental toughness after his disappointing tenure at Florida, Driskell has shown enough in Mobile to merit consideration as a developmental candidate." The 6-foot-4, 237-pound gunslinger threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 12:12 PM

An AFC executive expressed intrigue in Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel.

"I haven't studied (Jeff) Driskel yet, but he's interesting," the exec said. "Good size and the ball comes out nice." The 6-foot-4, 237-pound graduate transfer from Florida threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio in his one season with the Bulldogs. "Yes, he never lived up to the hype he received coming out of high school as the nation's most highly rated QB recruit, but he clearly has the tools to intrigue an NFL team," wrote Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein. "He'll draw interest as a potential developmental backup."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 10:52 AM

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon has stood out as a pass-catcher at the Senior Bowl, according to Pro Football Focus.

"Dixon’s explosiveness, both as a receiver and as a runner, was on display all season long," PFF wrote. The site noted that Dixon has been "getting open in one-on-one and team drills" and his "route-running appears to be very advanced for a running back." Per the site's metrics, Dixon was actually No. 5 last year among draft-eligible running backs in breakaway percentage (49 percent of his yards came off breakaway runs), No. 1 in yards per pass route run, and No. 1 in elusive rating (a measurement of how difficult a runner is to tackle). "Even more encouraging for NFL teams thinking of him as a running back with third-down capabilities: He had just two drops in 2015, and allowed just five pressures on 142 pass-blocking snaps — the 13th-best rate in the nation," PFF wrote. Rotoworld's Josh Norris says Dixon is the only starting NFL RB at the Senior Bowl this week.
Jan 29 - 10:09 AM

Of Senior Bowl runners, Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon is the one potential NFL starter in the opinion of Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

"In fact, Dixon fits somewhere in my top 40 prospects in this draft," Norris wrote. "I have already spoken with some evaluators who question if Dixon stands out in any area. Personally, his ability to pick up the yards blocked for him, create at the second level when beating the first defender and receiving skills are enough. Dixon’s receiving skills have been overlooked. There are plenty of occasions where he adjusts to off target throws and will need to be accounted for in this area." The analyst ranked Dixon the No. 8 overall prospect at the Senior Bowl. The 5-foot-10, 212-pounder scored 26 touchdowns last year.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 27 - 2:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread believes scouts will "fall in love" with Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler.

NFL.com's team of draft analysts worked over their favorite Senior Bowl sleepers, with Goodbread latching onto former Bulldog Butler. He noted that "[Butler]'s athletic, powerful, and would have held his own just fine in a Power Five conference." In 2015, the 6-foot-3, 309-pound stalwart registered 50 tackles (10 for loss) and three sacks on his way to picking up All-Conference USA first-team honors. He posted very similar numbers in 2014. It's not impossible to envision Butler cracking the first round if he impresses through the process.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 8:41 PM


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