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Louisville senior edge rusher Lorenzo Mauldin said a big reason he wanted to shift to linebacker next season was that "it helps me with the NFL scouts."

Louisville is transitioning to a 3-4 defensive alignment under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. "He's talked to me about what I need to do, what I need to learn, what the scouts are looking for," Mauldin said, while mentioning he will be playing "the Jarvis Jones position." Mauldin will provide a perfect attacking presence from the outside, an ability Mauldin himself calls an "all-natural gift." Interestingly, both Mauldin and Marcus Smith, who combined for 24 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss as one of the nation's best DE duos last year, will play OLB in 2014; Smith was drafted in Round 1 by the Eagles in May. "All of us have aspirations about playing in the league ... and making big money," Mauldin said.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 10:48 PM

Louisville redshirt senior TE Gerald Christian has "good hands" and is a "surprisingly good in-line blocker considering his size," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The one-time Florida Gator grabbed 28 passes for 467 yards and four touchdowns last year in his first season at Louisville. "Athletic WR/TE hybrid type with good burst off the snap, who is still raw as a route-runner but has the athleticism to improve," wrote Stephens. Christian is on the preseason Mackey Award (best tight end) watch list.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 5:26 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens thinks Louisville senior OT Jamon Brown will have to transition to guard at the next level.

The massive, 6-foot-5, 350-pound Brown has "heavy feet" and is restricted by "limited movement skills," according to Stephens, perhaps making him a better fit as a mauling guard. "Brown is a mammoth physical specimen with tremendous length and girth, whose extremely wide frame alone makes for an incredibly difficult barrier for speed rushers to get around," Stephens wrote. "He flashes dominant capability as a run-blocker as well, with powerful hands and impressive lower-half power to dictate opponents with ease when he's able to latch on." Brown earned All-AAC first-team honors last year, his first campaign manning the left side.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 4:21 PM

Louisville redshirt senior RB Dominique Brown "has the size, burst and physicality to be that cut-and-go zone scheme runner at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

He averaged 5.1 yards-per-carry while leading the Cardinals with 825 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns last season. "Has demonstrated workhorse capacity at times, including a 27-carry, 137-yard performance against Houston, and offers versatility as a receiver out of the backfield as he hauled in 24 catches for 228 yards and a touchdown," wrote Stephens. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound Brown "isn't a burner," according to the expert, running a 4.62 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 4:05 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens tabs Louisville senior OG John Miller as a mid-round prospect.

Miller was a second-team All-AAC honoree last year as the starting left guard on a high-octane offense. "While he may lack elite athleticism, Miller demonstrates intelligence, sound technique and toughness in the trenches with enough quickness in a short area to be a reliable pass-protector when asked to slide and mirror interior rushers, and his initial burst off the snap enables him to get to the 2nd level and target efficiently," Stephens wrote. "From a technical standpoint, Miller exhibits good bend in his lower half and is rarely overwhelmed as he keeps his feet moving, resets without wasted motion, and establishes good extension to keep defenders out of his frame." The analyst believes Miller could become "a terrific pro" due to his durability and consistency.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 3:48 PM

Louisville senior RB Michael Dyer could "potentially draw NFL interest with his undeniable natural talent," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Dyer ranked 20th in the nation as a sophomore with 1,242 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 as a member of Auburn. Since transferring to Louisville, he's had to share carries with a talented group of backs. This fall, he and Dominique Brown will form one of the nation's best 1-2 punches. A sports hernia led to season-ending surgery last December. "Prior to surgery, Dyer had 44 carries for 223 yards (5.1 avg) and two TDs, and if he can rebound from the injury, could once again be a nice change-up to Brown and potentially draw NFL interest with his undeniable natural talent," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 11:02 PM

Derek Stephens of CBS Sports thinks Louisville redshirt senior C Jake Smith will "merit at least mid-round consideration next spring if he puts together another strong year."

Smith, an All-AAC first-teamer last year, enters the fall on both the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and Rimington Award (best center) watch lists. "What makes Smith so reliable is his consistent technique. Though not an elite athlete by any means, he's light on his feet, is a natural bender, and utilizes good hand placement to establish leverage enabling him to anchor and hold ground against much larger opponents," Stephens wrote. "He keeps his feet moving and does a good job of resetting without panicking when initially knocked back, and as a run blocker is quick enough in a short area to take on sequential blockers and stay ahead of the play." Smith has started 25 career games at guard and 13 at center. "At this point, Smith's game is more technique than physicality as he's not a guy you'll see blowing defenders up frequently, and in rare cases where he does lose leverage, he can be easy to thwart," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 10:30 PM

Louisville senior DE Lorenzo Mauldin has a chance to be in the high-first-round conversation, writes Derek Stephens of CBS Sports.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Mauldin earned All-AAC second-team honors by recording 9.5 sacks while playing across from first-rounder Marcus Smith last year. Mauldin will move from 4-3 DE to 3-4 OLB this season to accommodate Todd Grantham's scheme. "Mauldin looks the part of the prototypical speed rusher, possessing a lean, wirey but muscular frame with long arms and a flexible lower half enabling him to flatten at the edge and turn the corner," Stephens wrote. "At the point of attack, he demonstrates active, quick hands to keep much larger opponents out of his chest and when given some space to get up to speed, exhibits surprising pop and drive to move blockers. His quick feet and impressive body control enable him to stop, start and change direction rapidly with spins, counters and hump moves and he's able to make himself thin when need be, to fire gaps." Mauldin wins with speed, but we'll be watching to see if his hand technique and footwork improve this fall.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 10:13 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker "has first-round talent," writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens, and will realize that projection if he produces as he has the past two seasons.

Parker enters his senior campaign with 28 career touchdown receptions, and he's been a first-team all-conference honoree the past two years. "At 6'3 with long arms, soft hands and superb leaping ability, Parker is as tough of a receiver to defend as there is anywhere in the country as he utilizes great body control and timing to win any ball thrown in his vicinity regardless of how well-covered he is," Stephens wrote. "After the catch, Parker demonstrates impressive shiftiness despite being a long-strider and has a nice second gear to create distance once he's in the open field." Parker has only average quickness off the ball and marginal straight-line speed, according to Stephens, and must continue to improve his ability to work back to the ball.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 8:52 PM

Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker has a pro agility time of 4.10 and benches 225 pounds 17 times.

The 6-foot-3, 208-pound wideout also has a 4.39 forty, a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump, and an 80-inch wingspan. The No. 15 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's annual list caught 55 passes for 885 yards and 12 TDs last year. We love his catch radius, and the NFL will too. Parker has Round 1 upside, and a Day 2 floor.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 13 - 7:18 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is a 'big fan' of Louisville senior WR DeVante Parker.

Parker is a "smooth athlete, attacks the ball at highest (point) and elusive after the catch," Jeremiah tweeted. Parker is taking a bit of a risk in returning for his final season without Teddy Bridgewater, but the receiver is exceptional at high pointing the football. A top 64 pick could be in his future.
Jun 25 - 10:54 AM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore RB Malin Jones transferred to Louisville.

A four-star prospect coming out of high school, Jones was ranked by Rivals as the No. 23 RB in the country. He redshirted in 2012 and appeared in eight games as a freshman in 2013. Jones was suspended indefinitely on Nov. 20 for a violation of team rules, rejoined the team during spring practices, and decided to transfer earlier this month.
Jun 21 - 6:54 PM

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino spoke glowingly about Teddy Bridgewater's replacement as starting QB, redshirt sophomore Will Gardner.

"He’s a young man who is extremely coachable, very intelligent and really into it," Petrino said. "When you talk about dedication and commitment, Will has done all of that." The Cardinals are set for a dropoff in productivity at the position, but they're better off than most with Gardner being backed up by JUCO transfer Patrick Thomas and former Penn State QB Tyler Ferguson. "He’s a student of the game," Petrino said of Gardner. "He spends a lot of time working at it, studying other quarterbacks, studying the offense. He’s a type of player that you want to have, that you want to cheer for and do well. It’s our job as coaches to prepare him so he can go out there and perform."
Source: USA Today
Jun 21 - 4:42 PM

Louisville's Lorenzo Mauldin will move from 4-3 DE to 3-4 OLB this season due to the Cardinals' change in scheme.

NFL.com believes he is a huge breakout candidate, and it's not difficult to see why. The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Mauldin registered 9.5 sacks while playing across from first-round pick Marcus Smith (14.5 sacks) last year. Presumably, Cardinals' coaches will often send Mauldin after the quarterback, a task at which he'll excel. The NFL will also be watching for how he plays in space, which he'll obviously be doing a lot more of.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 10:05 PM

Northwestern redshirt sophomore-to-be RB Malin Jones will transfer schools.

Jones was suspended during the final parts of last season for a "violation of team policy," so the writing was on the wall for this move. He played in eight games last season and carried the ball three times during that span.
Jun 9 - 12:54 PM


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