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Broncos signed Louisiana Tech DE Vontarrius Dora.

Dora (6'4/256) was a four-year starter at La Tech, logging 23.5 career tackles for loss and 13 sacks. After a fairly quiet college career, Dora got his name on the pro map with an invite to January's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Dora's measurable athleticism is just as underwhelming as his college production; He ran a molasses-slow 5.11 forty at the Bulldogs' Pro Day, managing a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Dora's going to have to become an ace special teamer to stick in the NFL.
May 3 - 8:43 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Panthers' draft class a C+.

The analyst loved Carolina's first (Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler in Rd. 1) and last (Montana State TE Beau Sandland, who he thinks has starter traits, in Rd. 7) picks, but thought GM Dave Gettleman was throwing darts with the three cornerbacks taken in-between. "Big and long armed with ball skills, [Stamford CB James] Bradberry is easily the best prospect of the group, but his playing readiness is questionable coming from the FCS Southern Conference," Silva wrote. "Gettleman is an awesome GM and Carolina is set up to be an annual NFC contender, but I don't think his roster has gotten better this offseason."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 4:54 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay views the Panthers' selection of Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler as their best for the 2016 NFL Draft.

McShay particularly likes the Butler pick for the defending NFC champs at No. 30 because he "can learn from Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei and step in as a starter if either leave in free agency in 2016." Interestingly, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman revealed that he received seven calls from NFL teams regarding that 30th pick and turned them all down.
May 2 - 10:41 PM

49ers selected Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel with the No. 207 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Driskel (6'4/234) spent one year at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Florida, completing 62.4% of his throws with an 8.92 YPA and 27:8 TD-to-INT ratio. A terrific athlete, he added 92-323-5 (3.5 YPC) rushing and ran 4.56 in Indy. Billed as the "next Tim Tebow" out of high school, Driskel failed at Florida due to injuries and part-time usage, before excelling in the Bulldogs' wide-open spread. While he possesses NFL arm strength and top-shelf movement skills, Driskel is a major work in progress in terms of downfield accuracy and pocket poise. He's a project with underrated upside.
Apr 30 - 5:04 PM

Ravens selected Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon with the No. 134 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Dixon (5'10/215) rewrote the La Tech record books, parlaying 801 career carries into 4,480 yards (5.59 YPC) and 72 touchdowns. He caught 88 passes and accounted for 87 all-purpose TDs, second all time in FBS history. Despite running behind an awful offensive line, Dixon was a dominant collegiate whose tape shows nifty jump cuts, natural inside running skills, and top-notching passing-game production, even excelling in blitz pickup. Dixon shined in Indy, blazing 4.56 with explosive vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. A dynamic multi-phase threat, Dixon has a chance to become a mid-range NFL starter. Despite a surprising slide in the fourth round, expect Dixon to immediately push Buck Allen and Justin Forsett for snaps in Baltimore.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman told the media seven teams called the Panthers about possibly trading into pick No. 30.

We are a bit surprised the Panthers did not bite on an offer, as they only have six picks in the draft. However, Vernon Butler's grade was just too high to pass up on. The Panthers were in a similar position last year and decided to trade up in round two for a receiver. That could be the case again on Friday.
Apr 29 - 9:56 AM

Panthers selected Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Butler (6'4/323) starred in Conference USA, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior and finishing his career with 29.5 tackles for loss, including five sacks. Butler has a meaty, powerful frame and long arms (35 1/8") to ward off blocks, as well has huge hands (10 3/4"). Butler needs to improve as a finisher, but wins with power and quickness in the trenches and was College Football Focus' top-rated defensive lineman outside the Power 5 conferences last year. He's a high-floor, high-ceiling prospect.
Apr 28 - 11:38 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler "relies on his athletic ability" and has "got a lot of potential."

It was a bit of a backhanded compliment, as the scout said Butler isn't a "grinder." A second scout basically agreed with that assessment: "His body balance, bend, acceleration is very good. He’s a big finesse athlete. This year, he used his hands much better and played with better strength. He’s a little bit of a goofball, in a good way. Not a bad kid. Athletic as hell. You need the right D-line coach and then coach the crap out of him." A third quoted scout liked Butler's quickness and deemed him "a nose [who] has some movement skills" who can "push the pocket and get an edge on occasion."
Apr 27 - 6:17 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon is "a solid, solid back."

Another scout told the Journal Sentinel, "Good football player. I don't think he's explosive. His speed wasn't that good. But he can run, catch and block. Really good catcher. He's not special." If you got whiplash from the way that evaluation weaves in all directions -- "good football player" and "he can run catch and block" would seem to be at odds with "not special" -- we're right there with you. Dixon has taken visits to the Texans, Patriots and 49ers. We like him as a potential early Day 2 selection.
Apr 26 - 11:35 PM

An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel declared that Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel is "more talented than [Connor] Cook."

"He's got all the tools in the world," the scout said. "You've just got to get over the fact he was a transfer from Florida. He's a little bit of a different kid but you want to talk about talent after the (top) three, he's the next guy." Driskel had the best forty time and broad jump of the entire quarterback class. "Any elite quarterback, he'll test as well as them," said another scout. "His confidence was shot at Florida. It did take a toll on him. He's still developing but there's a huge ceiling."
Apr 21 - 9:14 PM

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon visited the Texans, Patriots and 49ers during the draft process, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Our own Josh Norris has projected Dixon to the Patriots in the second round, and it would be a great fit. Dixon has legitimate three-down skills at the position. He creates yards on his own and is an outstanding receiver in the passing game, running the same wheel routes the Patriots ask of their players at the position.
Apr 21 - 11:39 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench compared Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler to Muhammad Wilkerson.

This is one of the most common prospect comps out there, with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein and Rotoworld's Josh Norris among the folks who share the opinion. "The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wilkerson and the 6-foot-4, 323-pound Butler both have rare length (35-inch arms) and foot speed, making them tough one-on-one matchups for offensive tackles when they line up on the outside," Muench wrote. "They also have the quickness, strength and violent hands to create chaos when they line up on the inside."
Apr 19 - 11:41 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel visited with the Texans this week.

Wilson wouldn't spill the beans as to what day Driskel made his visit, but it did occur. This was his second run-in with the Texans, as he also met with them during the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. Additionally, Wilson reported that the 6-foot-4, 234-pounder had previously worked out for the Cardinals. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes he deserves a look as a Day 3 selection, though we have heard from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that a mid-round, Day 2 selection is not out of the question.
Apr 19 - 7:09 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney noted that Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler would be a keen fit for the Seahawks.

"Seattle needs an interior defensive lineman to replace Brandon Mebane, who signed with the Chargers this offseason," Cooney wrote, adding, "Butler could potentially fit the bill as a run stopping nose tackle with some pass rushing ability as well." The Seahawks have generally seen analysts peg both defensive and offensive linemen to them in mock draft scenarios. To whit, while Cooney tags Butler as a possible fit, colleagues Dane Brugler and Rob Rang both dispatch offensive linemen (Germain Ifedi and Jason Spriggs, respectively) to the Northwest in their rundown of Seattle's potential Day 1. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has heard that the Chiefs are also high on Butler.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that the NFL is very high on Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler.

Specifically, La Canfora, who wrote that he expects Butler "to go in the first round and pretty high at that," keeps hearing the prospect linked to the Chiefs. "Scouts love his versatility and ability to pair run stuffing ability with some natural pass rushing moves," he wrote. Butler will attend the draft later this month. He's a first-round lock.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 1:17 PM


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