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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

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel to Drew Stanton.

Zierlein likes Driskel's physical tools, but believes he's a ways off. "With his upside and traits, Driskel is worthy of a day three selection and could yield dividends with patience and coaching," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Driskel was the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year in 2015 after throwing for 4,033 passing yards and a 28/7 TD/INT rate.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 3:48 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney voiced concern over Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon's stature and workload.

"Dixon is a scoring machine as both a runner and receiver (88 catches for 972 yards and 15 TDs over his career)," Cooney wrote, "and scouts certainly love that. Dixon's number of carries and relatively slim lower body, however, are indicators that he may never match his college production in the NFL." He measures out at 5-foot-10, 215 pounds. The analyst went so far as to question even Dixon's production with the Bulldogs, writing that "[t]he uptempo offense in which he starred was designed to get him the ball in space, creating relatively easy opportunities for big plays against questionable competition." While Cooney spouts a pretty pessimistic line here, not every outlet shares his dour outlook when it comes to Dixon. Pro Football Focus has referred to him as a potential "instant weapon at the NFL level" due to his catching ability and eel-like ability to elude would-be tacklers.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 7:40 PM

Pro Football Focus says Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon's "reliability as a pass blocker and ability to turn short gains into chunk plays" will make him "an instant weapon at the NFL level."

The gist of PFF's argument that Dixon is underrated has to do with the prospect's profile fitting today's NFL. Dixon is not an NFL feature back, but those are no en vogue. Instead, he excels in things like elusiveness (second in the country in overall elusive rating), breaking tackles (No. 1 in broken tackles after a reception for a RB) and working out of the slot (caught 12 of 15 targets for 185 yards and two touchdowns last year in the slot). Dixon may turn out to be better than his forebears Theo Riddick, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen.
Apr 4 - 6:32 PM


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