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A pair of anonymous NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel both said Louisville G John Miller has limitations.

"You like the way he plays," said the first. "He's tough, but he's 6-2 and 300. OK athlete. He's got some quickness but he's not a great player. He struggles in protection some. Gets beaten on the edges." Miller improved from 7 to 14 on the Wonderlic on a second try, but the MJS reports some teams wonder if he'll be able to react and adjust. "Learning is a little bit of a process," the second scout said. "Pass pro is good enough. Oh, yeah, he's a good player." Miller was a four-year starter at guard. We're big fans, higher on the Cardinal prospect than either of these two gentlemen. Josh Norris ranks Miller as the No. 4 interior offensive line prospect.
Apr 26 - 1:03 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora keeps hearing "from evaluators who know what they hell they are doing" that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is the "second-best receiver in the draft."

"Some think the gap between him and Amari Cooper isn't exactly massive," La Canfora further added. "Not saying he is the second one taken -- Kevin White's measurables probably still make him second to Cooper, but could be more interesting than some think." In a study of numbers, Parker disappoints. A football analytics director recently agreed with Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projection -- which called Parker the No. 9 WR -- that Parker should have been more productive in college. "It is hard to see him living up to this rating," the director said, referencing Mel Kiper's No. 9 overall grade. That said, Parker's catch radius is as large as a black hole. We're fans.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 3:50 PM

Louisville S James Sample "plays the game with an edge, has good closing burst to the ball-carrier and is an effective tackler," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Sample has only one full season of starting experience, and that can show up in his play at times on tape as he'll get caught drifting or gambling in coverage," McShay wrote. "But he's a natural playmaker against both the run and the pass, and he is really aggressive in run support." Remember when teammate Gerod Holliman was rated higher than Sample? Yeah, we don't either. Sample "will be drafted much higher than people expect," predicts TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Apr 23 - 10:31 PM

Louisville T Jamon Brown had an official visit with the Lions on Wednesday, according to Mlive.com's Justin Rogers.

The 6-foot-6, 326-pound Brown was able to play both the left tackle and right tackle positions for Louisville the last two seasons. Before making the switch to playing tackle, Brown started at guard for the Cardinals, which is where he'll likely play in the NFL.
Source: Mlive.com
Apr 22 - 3:26 PM

Louisville G John Miller is visiting the Saints on Wednesday, according to Rand Getlin.

You know we love John Miller's game. In fact, Josh Norris ranks Miller as the No. 4 interior offensive lineman in this class. He has experience on both the left and right side in Booby Petrino's offense. Miller is explosive and strong in a phone booth.
Apr 22 - 12:33 PM

A football analytics director agreed with Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score projection that Louisville WR DeVante Parker should have been more productive in college.

The Football Outsiders' projection was rather damning, grading Parker No. 9 amongst receivers and comparing him to busts Bryant Johnson and Peter Warrick. Parker had no 1,000-yard seasons at Louisville, though, to be fair, he had 855 yards last year in roughly half a season. "It is hard to see him living up to this rating," the director said, referencing Mel Kiper's No. 9 overall grade.
Apr 21 - 7:23 PM

Louisville T Jamon Brown "has the look of a player who could make a nice transition inside to guard," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He is 6-3, 325 pounds, but he has a tendency to get heavy," Prisco wrote. "If he can keep his weight in check, he has the look of a starting guard." The massive, 6-foot-6, 326-pound Brown can move mountains but has slow feet. Back in September, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline questioned Brown's conditioning and said he looked "unable to handle left tackle duties."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 6:04 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis says that the worst-case scenario for Miami is that the draft's top three receivers are all off the board when they get on the clock in Round 1.

Louisville WR DeVante Parker was a popular pick for the Dolphins in mock drafts throughout the winter, but Parker's stock has been rising in recent weeks, enough so that it is now assumed that he won't be available at No. 14 overall. In fact, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero recently reported that he's hearing Parker will be drafted before No. 14. "The nightmare for the Dolphins could be standing pat and watching Parker go before it's their time to pick," Davis wrote. "The consolation prize? It could be UCF WR Breshad Perriman at No. 14. He, too, is on the rise and some rank him as even with Parker. I still have Perriman sixth in my WR rankings, though."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:56 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker won't last until the Dolphins pick at No. 14 overall, according to information the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero has been "hearing."

The always star-struck Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading up for a wide receiver, though they're also reportedly gaga for Todd Gurley. Amari Cooper and Kevin White would both cost extreme draft equity for a team already short a third-rounder, though Parker would probably just require hopping over the Rams at No. 10 and the Vikings at No. 11. Stay tuned, dear reader.
Apr 17 - 9:32 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney writes that if you "can't get [Amari] Cooper or [Kevin] White, then [Louisville WR DeVante Parker] is a damned good consolation prize."

"Parker's wingspan offers a target 80 inches across with big, soft hands to finish the job," Cooney wrote. "Wait, there's more. Scouts say he is still refining his craft as a route-runner and his tough-minded approach should help jump-start his pro career. Although Parker does not explode off the line, his long-striding style makes him deceptively fast at top speed." When asked to describe his game, Parker replied: "I'm a big, physical kind of player. I go up and get the ball. I go in the middle. Anywhere, I go and get it." Concluded Cooney: "In most drafts, Parker would be the best wide receiver."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 7:40 PM

Two of four CBS draft analysts mock Louisville WR DeVante Parker to the Vikings at No. 11 overall, and colleague Frank Cooney calls Parker the best fit in the draft for the Purple.

"Not only does he already have an established connection with Teddy Bridgewater, but Parker has legitimate No. 1 ability, in the mold of A.J. Green," Cooney wrote. "Norv Turner's offense and Bridgewater would substantially benefit with a talent like Parker at their disposal." Dane Brugler was one of the analysts mocking Parker to Minny, writing: "Minnesota added Mike Wallace to the wide receiver depth chart, but the Vikings are still in search of a No. 1 caliber pass catcher. Parker has the talent to fill that need." Interestingly, the two dissenting voices -- Pete Prisco and Rob Rang -- both have Minnesota taking MSU CB Trae Waynes.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 6:44 PM

Louisville edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin will visit the 49ers this week.

Between retirements and defections, the 49ers need front seven fortification. Mauldin would provide a versatile and intriguing option available for a non-premium pick. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has been praised throughout the process for having a top-notch attitude and character. "He'll get pegged as a 3-4 rush 'backer, but a 4-3 team could look at him as a situational pass rusher if he is there late second day," said an AFC area scout.
Apr 16 - 2:57 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker is scheduled to visit the Titans after finishing his visit with the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Titans are certainly bringing in a lot of receivers during the draft process, and many of them the fitting in the top names. Maybe we are reading into this too much, but maybe the Titans are preparing for a trade out and focusing on adding to their receivers for Zach Mettenberger. Justin Hunter has not progressed and the other Titans' receivers win on the ground.
Apr 16 - 11:35 AM

Louisville S James Sample "will be drafted much higher than people expect," predicts TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline is well sourced, so do not discount this "prediction." Just how high could he go? "Sample, who had 23 team interviews at the combine and presently has four official visits scheduled, is projected as a potential second round pick on some boards," Pauline wrote. "Teams feel he’s a coachable prospect with a next level body." The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sample is a better prospect than more heralded teammate Gerod Holliman.
Apr 14 - 10:51 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Louisville WR DeVante Parker "has deceptive speed as a long strider, and consistently challenges guys vertically on tape."

"What he does best is get down the field and track the deep ball," McShay wrote. The analyst ticked off a series of teams that could use a player fitting Parker's skill set: the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Bears, Rams, Browns, Dolphins, Texans, Chiefs, Eagles, Panthers, Ravens, Patriots and Seahawks. NFL Films' Greg Cosell projects Parker as a Michael Crabtree-like "complementary" receiver in the NFL.
Apr 14 - 1:27 AM


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