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Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller believes Louisville sophomore WR Seth Dawkins will break out this call.

A three-star prospect by Rivals coming out of the prep ranks, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dawkins is hoping to replace some of the production lost with James Quick, Cole Hikutini and Jamari Staples having graduated. Those departures shipped more than 2,000 receiving yards out the door. Dawkins is competing for playing time with Jaylen Smith, Traveon Samuel and Dez Fitzpatrick.
May 26 - 3:27 PM

An NFL area scout said Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson "has real arm talent" and is "way more polished than Michael Vick coming out."

Interestingly, the scout believes concerns about Jackson's struggles against Houston and LSU last year were overblown because Louisville "had arguably the worst offensive line of any power-five school" and didn't have a skill position player who was drafted. "His upside is scary," the scout said. "His flaws are correctable compared to what he was his first year as he's already made a substantial jump. No reason to believe he won't make bigger leaps. His athleticism and speed are different level type stuff. I did Cam Newton coming out and know Mike Vick well, Lamar is more advanced in the passing game than either of them when they came out. Lamar will be fine sitting in the pocket and getting hit on the chin. It's the reason his toughness is seen already as arguably his best quality because he forces himself to stay in there wanting to show he's a true quarterback." The scout went on to say that Jackson's accuracy must improve, but that it could because the
May 26 - 12:28 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Bucky Brooks writes that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson is closer to Robert Griffin III than Marcus Mariota at the moment.

Brooks believes that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jackson will be compared by scouts to RGIII and Mariota, both of whom were No. 2 overall picks. Griffin and Mariota were both far better in the pocket in college than L-Jax has been so far, but it's imperative to keep in mind that Jackson has only started for a year-and-a-half and has two seasons of eligibility left. While Jackson remains raw, he has NFL arm strength and a QB guru for a coach in Bobby Petrino. "In the passing game, Jackson is more of a thrower than passer," Brooks wrote. "Despite having a 'big' arm (outstanding arm strength, zip and velocity), he lacks the polished footwork and fundamentals to efficiently work from the pocket. He fails to consistently step into his throws, which leads to struggles with his accuracy and ball placement." The analyst concluded: "[Jackson] has the athletic talent to be a be a game changer at the next level, but he needs to refine his overall game (pocket poise, footwork
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 3:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson "needs to show major improvement as a passer in 2017."

You will be hearing plenty of variations on Kiper's thesis during the slow march to the 2018 draft. The analyst refers to Jackson as a "supreme athlete but a work-in-progress as a quarterback." In his early positional rankings, Kiper ranked the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder as the No. 4 underclassman quarterback in the 2018 class, trailing him behind USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom slotted the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to the Bills at No. 7 in his early 2018 mock draft, while in the same breath writing that there's "more variance to Jackson's NFL projection" than any other first-rounder in his mock-up.
May 22 - 2:19 PM

Ohio State sophomore CB Rodjay Burns transferred to Louisville.

In the Instagram post announcing his transfer, Burns said that he was moving on to Louisville in part because of a health concern with his father. The three-star recruit came out hot last season, logging a pick-six against Bowling Green in the season-opener, but saw little action for the rest of the season, finishing with just a solo tackle for the campaign. The 6-foot, 190-pounder will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
May 12 - 7:27 PM

Louisville senior OW Reggie Bonnafon spent the spring game at running back.

Bonnafon, a former quarterback, was shifted from wide receiver to the running back for the last week of spring practice due to Louisville's backfield injuries. Jeremy Smith (undisclosed injury) and redshirt freshman Dae Williams (ACL tear) were both shelved in the spring. "(Bonnafon) is a freakish athlete, and he can get lined up anywhere, even quarterback," Jackson said. "He can throw the ball, go through his progressions great. Reggie is just an all-around freakish athlete." HC Bobby Petrino declined to say if he'll keep Bonnafon at running back for fall camp. "We do need to get some of those guys back here," Petrino said, "and they will be, except for Dae. But we need more depth at running back."
May 9 - 3:19 PM

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino praised redshirt freshman WR Dez Fitzpatrick as a spring standout.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had nine catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' spring game. "(Fitzpatrick) has a had a great week," Petrino said. "He's taken some huge strides. ... He's just a really good wide receiver. He understands how to run routes. He catches the ball with his hands. What I really like is how he runs after the catch. He broke some tackles today and took one down the sideline for a touchdown. He can catch the deep ball." Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson's receiving corps got a makeover this offseason. James Quick and Jamari Staples moved on, so Jaylen Smith, Seth Dawkins, JaQuay Savage, Fitzpatrick and a host of others will benefit from the space Jackson's otherworldly athleticism affords his teammates.
May 8 - 1:25 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore CB P.J. Mbanasor transferred to Louisville.

Mbanasor will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but sits in a prime spot for playing time in 2018, as the Cardinals will be losing senior corners Trumaine Washington and Ronald Walker after the close of the coming campaign. They could also be out one Jaire Alexander, a potential first-round pick in the 2018 draft should he declare. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Mbanasor registered seven tackles as a true freshman in 2015 before redshirting this past season.
May 6 - 12:39 PM

Louisville junior CB Jaire Alexander ran a 4.32s 40-yard dash during spring testing.

Alexander's 4.32 showing would have ranked fourth-best among all players at the NFL Combine this year. An All-American candidate, Alexander was listed as a late first-rounder earlier this week in Thor Nystrom's 2018 mock draft.
May 5 - 12:32 PM

Steelers signed Louisville LB Keith Kelsey.

Kelsey (6’0/233) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor in the Cardinals’ linebacker corps, tallying 23 career tackles for loss, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles. He only earned third-team All-ACC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Kelsey bombed his pre-draft testing, posting first-percentile SPARQ results with 4.92 speed. Kelsey was a solid college player whose best chance at an NFL career will be on special teams.
May 3 - 12:46 PM

In a 2018 mock draft, Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom projected the Bills to select Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 7 pick.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is one of the most fascinating prospects in the 2018 pool (should he opt to declare for the draft at the end of the coming season). Nystrom writes that his upside is that of a "right-handed Michael Vick," while noting that there is "more variance to Jackson’s NFL projection than with any other prospect mentioned in [Nystrom's mock draft]." Rotoworld's CFB guru passes along that the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder recorded a sizzling 40-yard dash time of 4.34 seconds during spring testing. If Jackson can take a step forward as a passer during the coming campaign, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Source: Rotoworld
May 2 - 5:55 PM

49ers signed Louisville TE Cole Hikutini.

Hikutini (6’4/247) spent two years at Louisville after transferring from JUCO, logging a career 69-1,016-11 (14.7 YPR) receiving line and finishing as a 2016 semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end. Hikutini’s Pro Day results were average, running 4.85 with a 34 ½-inch vertical and 7.22 three-cone time. Almost a complete non-factor as a blocker, Hikutini also lacks high-end pass-catching traits. He’ll likely have to learn to play special teams to stick around.
May 1 - 5:38 PM

Titans signed Louisville DT DeAngelo Brown.

Brown (6’0/312) rebounded from an injury-riddled beginning to his career to lead Louisville in tackles for loss (13) and tally three sacks as a fifth-year senior, earning third-team All-ACC from the conference’s coaches. One of the strongest players in the nation, Brown anchored the Cardinals’ defense at nose tackle, winning with strong hands and frequently splitting double teams. Not invited to the Combine, Brown pumped 36 bench-press reps at the Cardinals’ Pro Day. Brown is a stocky power player who projects as an early-down run stuffer in the Bennie Logan mold.
May 1 - 2:04 PM

In his first 2018 mock draft, Sporting News' Eric Galko projected the Cardinals to select Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson with the No. 18 pick.

That is, assuming that Jackson is still around in the teens when the draft rises from its slumber once more next spring. Galko does not see that as a given, writing that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner "could rise to first overall consideration with a strong junior season" and that "[h]is athleticism and arm talent doesn’t fit what NFL teams covet in a top-10 passer, but his upside is tremendous." Jackson accounted for 51 total touchdowns between passing (30) and rushing (21) during his star-making 2016 turn.
Apr 30 - 3:53 PM

Redskins selected Louisville S Josh Harvey-Clemons with the No. 230 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Harvey-Clemons (6’4/217) committed to Georgia as a five-star recruit, but got kicked off the team for failing multiple drug tests and resurfaced at Louisville, tallying six tackles for loss and three interceptions as a 22-game starter. He was named second-team All-ACC by the conference’s coaches as a senior. A gargantuan safety with left-tackle arm length (35 3/8") and linebacker experience, Harvey-Clemons offers Kam Chancellor-like tools but a worrisome off-field history. A classic boom-bust prospect, Harvey-Clemons could conceivably become a high-impact NFL starter or fall out of the league quickly.
Apr 29 - 6:03 PM


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