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Louisville S Gerod Holliman "need to show a lot at his pro day to answer some of the questions scouts have about him," according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Holliman, who didn't work out at the combine, is scheduled for a March 11 pro day. The safety is coming off a ridiculously productive season, tying the FBS single-season record with 14 interceptions and earning the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. "One would think he'd be generating a lot of draft buzz with those credentials, but we're hearing more about some of his fellow Louisville defensive backs in this year's draft, James Sample and Charles Gaines, than we are about Holliman," Davis wrote. "Some scouts think they're better overall players than Holliman." Why? One big reason is that Holliman can't tackle. He missed 20 in 2014, according to Lance Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 9:23 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is "A.J. Green Lite -- but not that light."

"Given his big catch radius and ability to beat defenders at the catch point (see: arms longer than 33 inches), running 4.45 at 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds puts him in a top class of athlete as well," Kiper wrote. "A difference-maker and potential No. 1 receiver." Parker recently met with the Dolphins at the combine and has been popularly mocked to Miami at No. 14. Another marriage that makes a lot of sense is the Vikings at No. 11.
Feb 28 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes pairing Louisville WR DeVante Parker "with Jarvis Landry and Ryan Tannehill would be pretty tempting" at No.14 for the Dolphins.

WR Mike Wallace's future in Miami is still a question mark, and the Dolphins could look to the draft for a new No.1 wideout. That leaves second-year player Jarvis Landry and veteran Brian Hartline who could potentially lead the group of pass catchers. At 6-foot-3, 211-pounds, Parker's size and skill-set may be too much to pass on. Parker recently met with the Dolphins while at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 3:13 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Louisville WR DeVante Parker is a "large, smooth, play-making receiver who has average speed."

"Very good hands," he added. "Has run after the catch." Parker, who missed a handful of games early last season with a broken foot, clocked forty times of 4.45 and 4.50 at the NFL Scouting Combine. "He's got size, speed and was dominating at the end of the season," said another scout. "He looks a little faster than (Kevin) White." Indeed, Parker caught 43 balls for 855 yards and five touchdowns in only six games last season.
Feb 23 - 9:51 PM

Louisville S Gerod Holliman allowed 20 missed or broken tackles in 2014, according to Lance Zierlein.

That is terrible, but not a surprise if you have watched Holliman. The safety made 44 tackles this season, per Zierlein, but the tape shows someone who shades to one shoulder when making tackles and lacks aggression in that area. He stayed away from a number of potential other opportunities as well. Some say Holliman is still valuable due to his number of interceptions (14) and ball skills, but even as a last line of defense he might be a liability of his tackling does not change.
Feb 23 - 10:09 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline passes along that "most teams" share his opinion that Louisville S James Sample is a better prospect than teammate Gerod Holliman.

"How high will Sample be selected?" Pauline wrote. "I grade him as a fifth rounder but I’m told a good forty time [on Monday] could push Sample into the third round." The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sample spent two years at Washington, a year at American River College in California, and then finished out his career at Louisville. He led the team with 90 tackles (74 solo) and picked off four passes and broke up eight more as a junior in 2014.
Feb 22 - 7:22 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker clocked forty times of 4.45 and 4.50 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

As expected. Parker measured in just under 6-foot-3 with a weight of 209 pounds. He has 33 1/4-inch arms and a dynamic 10-foot-5 broad jump, indicative of short-area explosion. Parker will go in the middle of the first round. He has already met with the Vikings, Raiders and Dolphins, and expressed a desire to link up with former Cardinals teammate Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota.
Feb 21 - 7:48 PM

Louisville senior WR Devante Parker would be excited to reunite with former Cardinals teammate Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota.

"It would be good, we have a great connection," Parker said on Thursday. This is about as natural a fit between player and team as we have in Round 1. The Vikings are desperate to give Bridgewater additional perimeter help, and, at No. 11 overall, are picking in the precise range where Parker will be drafted. Parker has met with the Vikings, Raiders and Dolphins. "I'm blessed with the ability to outrun defenders and catch the ball," he said.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 7:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Louisville senior WR Devante Parker said that he has met with the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins at the combine.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Parker,offers ideal size and speed for the position, and a ridiculous 80-inch wing span. The Louisville prospect isn't afraid to go up and compete for the football at it's highest point, and has a natural feel for the game. If Parker runs an impressive forty time it could help increase his stock. Right now, Parker is seen as top-15 pick in this years' draft.
Feb 19 - 2:17 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Louisville edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin "is a potential Day 2 pick in a deep group of pass-rushers, but he'll need to check out medically first."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder is plenty talented, but his medical rap sheet is long. Mauldin missed 2014 spring practices while recovering from a shoulder injury. He suffered through a nagging hamstring injury all season long and missed the Boston College game. In 2012, additionally, the prospect missed two games with a sprained knee and partially torn MCL.
Feb 18 - 12:45 PM

An NFC North scout said "I'll bang the table for [Louisville edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin] when the time is right."

"He overcame a tough childhood and developed a mindset that nothing is going to stop him. He works his butt off and he wants to be great. I'm cheering hard for this kid and I'll bang the table for him when the time is right," the scout said. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder fell under the radar after dealing with a nagging hamstring injury during the regular season, though some analysts previously believed he had first-round gifts. "Confident and tough with high football character. Gives second effort and doesn't quit on plays," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote. "Known for strong mental makeup, Mauldin is expected to check all of the character boxes, according to scouts."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 9:35 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah is high on Louisville junior S James Sample and believes he's "a firm tackler."

"Studying safeties..Really like James Sample from Louisville. Quick to read/fill & a firm tackler. I'm down on Holliman. 0 interest vs run," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Sample spent two years at the University of Washington and then left the program to play ball at American River College in California, before transferring to Louisville. In his only season starting with the Cardinals, Sample recorded 4 interceptions, 8 pass break-ups and a team-leading 90 tackles.
Feb 13 - 2:31 PM

NFL Media believes Louisville senior WR Devante Parke is "the dark-horse candidate to be the first receiver off the board."

"He is a big guy (6-3, 211) with an 80-inch wing span whose athleticism is off the charts: vertical jump of 36.5 inches, broad jump of 10-10, a squat of 455 pounds, a bench press of 335 pounds," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "But he didn't seem quite as explosive when he returned from his foot injury, and his 40 time will be important." Parker, who caught 43 balls for 855 yards and five touchdowns in only six games this past year, boasts a reported 4.39 forty.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 11:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Louisville senior WR Devante Parker is "worthy of a top-15 pick."

"He's worthy of a top-15 pick," NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Tuesday on "NFL AM". "When you watch him, he's kind of a long-strider, so you don't necessarily think he's that fast," Jeremiah said. "But I've been told he's going to run in the high 4.3s/low 4.4s (in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine)". The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Parker, could be high on a wide-receiver-needy teams' board, if Alabama's Amari Cooper is selected prior to their pick. With Parker's combination of size, speed and ball skills, he could make a team very happy in the top-half of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 2:35 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Louisville S Gerod Holliman has "impressive highlights" but thinks he's a "gamble" that he would draft in the 3rd round.

"Louisville FS Gerod Holliman has impressive highlights. But the full scope of his film? I'm letting another GM take that gamble," Brugler tweeted. The Louisville prospect led all of college football with 14 interceptions last year. Holliman has played in single high sets as well as playing man coverage closer to the line of scrimmage. Brugler wrote last month that Holliman "certainly has ballhawk tendencies with the instincts to read and break on the ball with excellent timing, quickness and finishing ability."
Feb 5 - 2:48 PM


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