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ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Louisville four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Jaden Johnson to Purdue QB Elijah Sindelar.

"Both have the look of classic dropback passers but are deceptively good athletes and strong runners. Ideal measurables for the position," Luginbill writes. Johnson (6'2/208) has been committed to the Cardinals since early November. So long as expected starter Jawon Pass acclimates smoothly during the upcoming season, Johnson will likely enter the collegiate ranks competing for the backup position in Louisville next year.
May 17 - 3:40 PM

Louisville redshirt senior T Linwood Foy looks to have worked himself into the starting discussion with his performance in spring practice.

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon tagged Foy as one of his all-spring performers. He's not alone in noticing the 6-foot-4, 299-pounder's development. Cardinals HC Bobby Petrino has also singled him out for his strong spring. This past season, the redshirt senior saw the field in five games while working in a reserve capacity. He's not yet made a start at the collegiate level, but that may well change come the fall.
May 17 - 12:54 PM

ESPN announced that Louisville and Alabama will have the Saturday night game on ABC when they play their season-opening matchup on Sept. 1.

The Cardinals and Crimson Tide will be squaring off at 8:00 EST in Orlando to open the season. They'll have the bright lights of the Worldwide Leader shining upon them for that contest. Once more, college football's opening weekend will also have a primetime Sunday affair. These have gone off like gangbusters the last two seasons, with Texas A&M vs. UCLA in 2017 and Notre Dame vs. Texas in 2016 both among the more entertaining games for those respective seasons. This time around, it will be LSU tangoing with Miami on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 EST. That game will be played in Arlington, Texas. In addition to all of this action, ESPN has announced its Saturday night games for both Week 2 and Week 3. On the former front, we'll be drinking in Penn State/Pitt, while on the latter front, it'll be Ohio State and TCU asking us if we are not entertained.
May 16 - 12:58 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Green Bay Packers an "A" for their work in the draft.

It's tough to disagree with Benoit's grade. He explained that the Packers' first two picks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson should thrive in their defense which relies on "corners who can win on an island." In addition to the upgrade on defense, Benoit explained "first-year GM Brian Gutekunst used picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds on wide receivers, hoping to bump into a quality No. 3 in the wake of Jordy Nelson’s release." The Packers look as dangerous as ever with their latest draft and will be poised to make a run in the extremely tough NFC.
Apr 29 - 4:10 PM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Baltimore Ravens a "B-" grade for their draft.

Benoit writes of the team's addition of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 pick, "This torch could be passed (from Joe Flacco to Jackson) earlier than expected given the abundance of Ravens coaches who are familiar with a Jackson-friendly type of offense." He found that selection intriguing while also singling out the addition of TE Hayden Hurst (whom they drafted seven picks before Jackson), noting that Hurst's all-around skill-set brings more to the offensive table than that of more block-centric tight ends Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams currently on roster. What prevents Baltimore from receiving a higher grade, in his estimation, is that the team did almost nothing to address the front seven. That might not hurt in the short term, but Benoit points to the fact that five members of that front seven are in the final years of their contracts this upcoming season. He concludes that "if their offensive overhaul goes well, that’s a small price to pay."
Apr 29 - 12:20 PM

Rams selected Louisville DE Trevon Young with the No. 205 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Young (6’4/258) showed promise with 8.5 sacks as a 2015 sophomore before missing the entire 2016 season with a dislocated and fractured hip, then managing 12 tackles for loss (4.5 sacks) in 13 games as a senior. Young helped himself at the Combine with respectable 48th-percentile SPARQ results and measured in with impressive 33 3/4-inch arms. Young wasn’t the same player his first year back from the hip injury, but he offers enough edge-rush potential to be a worthwhile flier.
Apr 28 - 5:05 PM

Redskins selected Louisville OT Geron Christian with the No. 74 pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Christian (6’5/298) turned pro after starting all 39 games of his Louisville career on Lamar Jackson’s blind side, earning honorable mention All-ACC from the conference’s coaches in 2017. Christian has long arms (35") and some athletic potential, but he has a lot of weight-room work to do. O-Line guru Lance Zierlein compared Christian to Bills RT Jordan Mills. He should get some time to develop behind Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, and Ty Nsekhe.
Apr 27 - 9:44 PM

Ravens traded up with the Eagles to select Louisville QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Ravens gave up the No. 52 and No. 125 picks as well as a 2019 second-rounder to land their quarterback of the future. It's a fitting sendoff for GM Ozzie Newsome, who is stepping down after this year. Jackson (6’2/216) followed his Heisman-winning sophomore year with a prolific 2017, averaging 6.9 yards per carry with 18 rushing TDs and tacking nearly three percentage points onto his completion rate (56.2 to 59.1) despite having 8.6% of his passes dropped, most among this year’s top QB prospects. Jackson’s ball location is inconsistent, but he offers highlight-reel playmaking ability as a runner and plus-armed passer with underrated pocket management and a pro-style background in Bobby Petrino’s offense. As a game-breaking dual threat, Jackson will need a commitment from his coaching staff to build its offense around him rather than change Jackson’s game to fit "their scheme." This is the first time since 1999 that five quarterbacks have gone in the first round.
Apr 26 - 11:47 PM

Packers traded up with the Seahawks to select Louisville CB Jaire Alexander with the No. 18 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Alexander (5’10/196) converted from wide receiver and broke out for five interceptions as a 2016 sophomore before missing all but six games as a junior with a broken hand and recurring knee injuries. PFF College still charted Alexander with a 28.6% completion rate and 19.9 passer rating allowed in 2017, lowest among draft-eligible corners. A twitchy athlete with ballhawking flashes and sticky man-cover skills, Alexander blazed 4.38 in Indy and destroyed agility drills. His lone weakness on tape came in run support, where Alexander needs to improve as a tackler. Long term, Alexander offers high-end No. 2 or low-end No. 1 cornerback upside.
Apr 26 - 10:06 PM

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora projects the Seahawks to take Louisville CB Jaire Alexander in mock draft.

This is interesting, as La Canfora does project some trades in his mock, but doesn't here with Seattle. "They really, really, really want to trade down, but I just don't see a match in the end," he writes. "Not sure who is coming up." The Seahawks do have a need at corner, and Alexander (5'10/195) is one of the best in the class. If they make the selection, however, they don't pick again until the middle of the fourth round on Sunday.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 6:40 PM

Bleacher Report lead scout Doug Ferrar is reminded of former NFL QB Randall Cunningham when watching tape of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

When I watch Lamar Jackson, I think about the Philly version of Randall Cunningham who blew the league up with his athletic skill, writes Ferrar. "Then I think about the Minnesota version of Randall Cunningham who grew into an offense. And I hope Lamar can do that." It's a solid comp for Jackson, and it's a good example of how players can, in fact, grow with appropriate coaching.
Apr 26 - 5:05 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard believes that teams are "motivated" to trade up for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Ledyard cites the Chargers, Cardinals and Patriots as teams that could trade up to take Jackson, and in his mock draft, he projects the Chargers to trade up to the 13th pick with Washington to draft the former Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson's stock has been in flux for what seems like a year now, but it's more and more likely that the dynamic playmaker will go in the first 32 picks.
Apr 26 - 4:00 PM

Several anonymous scouts told Bob McGinn Football that Louisville T Geron Christian made a mistake leaving school early.

"He really should have stayed in school," said one of the scouts. "The guy that recruited him didn’t even think he was ready. He’s a big-time project." Christian is a favorite of several analysts -- particularly Mel Kiper Jr. at ESPN -- and one scout told McGinn that he "loves his upside" while admitting that he needs a redshirt year. Christian likely goes in the second round, but he is certainly one of the most divisive of the offensive tackle prospects in 2018.
Apr 26 - 2:28 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell passes along that Louisville CB Jaire Alexander has been red-flagged by some due to a concern over the health of his knee.

Alexander missed six games during the 2017 season due to a knee injury and it appears that there could be teams who are scared off by that injury concern. In addition to the knee, the Louisville product also fought through a broken wrist. The 5-foot-10, 196-pounder is a likely first-round selection, though obviously his health could potentially push him onto Day 2.
Apr 26 - 12:12 PM

Charlie Campbell of Walter Football reports that the Bills are not considering Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Campbell reports that the Bills are are going to go "all out" for a quarterback on Thursday, but that Jackson isn't one of the signal-callers they'd consider a move up for -- or draft if they stay put. "The order I hear the Bills have the quarterbacks rated is Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and then Baker Mayfield," writes Campbell. "However, Buffalo likes all four of those signal-callers and they are all potential targets for the Bills depending on how they come off the board."
Apr 26 - 12:05 PM

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