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CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco believes that Maryland CB/S Sean Davis is "the type of player who can be molded into a top-level starter -- and maybe even more."

While Davis played both safety and corner with Maryland, Prisco sees him as a future safety at the pro level. "He ran a 4.46 40 at the NFL scouting combine, so he has the speed to play outside," Prisco wrote. "Even so, I see him as a long-term starting safety in a league where there is greater value on that spot than in the past." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, meanwhile, is of the opinion that the 6-foot-1, 201-pounder could work as a safety in a base defense, shifting over to corner on nickel packages. At least 19 teams have taken a closer look at Davis during the process, be it through meetings, workouts or visits.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 5:25 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt says Maryland CB/S Sean Davis is a big sleeper and a "New England Patriots kind of player."

"Big, strong, athletic defensive back who was a top combine performer at his position in the broad jump (10 feet, 9 inches) and bench press (21 reps of 225 pounds)," Brandt wrote. "Versatility is his strength. I see him as a safety in a base defense and a cornerback in nickel packages. Davis is also a good press corner." Davis is basically Eric Rowe's doppelganger, in terms of frame and measurables (they're eerily similar), versatility and playing style.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 7:55 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Maryland edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue "could be selected much earlier than most anticipate."

"Teams love Ngakoue's ability to rush the passer, and he performed much better than anticipated during combine workouts," Pauline wrote. The analyst passed along that Ngakoue has worked out for the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots and visited the Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. "What's interesting here are the mix of 3-4 and 4-3 teams who have taken a liking to Ngakoue," Pauline wrote.
Apr 16 - 11:01 AM

The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports that Maryland CB/S Sean Davis "has firmly captured the attention of NFL decision-makers" and has had private workouts or meetings/dinners with 19 teams.

Just as Eric Rowe flew up draft boards last year, Davis, his doppelganger, is following suit. In fact, Wilson reports that Davis is "projected as a second-round target for NFL teams." Rowe was drafted by the Eagles with the 47th pick in the 2015 draft. Davis had a 99-percent similarity score with Rowe based on his Combine testing, a stunningly high correlation.
Apr 14 - 1:33 PM

Maryland CB or S Sean Davis will visit the Texans and the Bucs, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

A large number of teams have shown interest in Davis, including the Patriots, Steelers and 49ers. Davis played safety before moving over to corner during his final season. We have heard from teams who love Davis' intelligence, especially preparation wise. Davis is one of the more athletic defensive backs in this draft and profiles very similarly to Eric Rowe. Davis should be selected on the second day.
Apr 13 - 9:21 AM

Maryland CB/S Sean Davis visited the Steelers on Monday.

Penn Live's Jason Klinger passed along word of Davis' visit. In addition to his Monday trip to UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, he visited the 49ers over the weekend. In terms of an athletic comparable, the 6-foot-1, 201-pounder tested almost identically to Sean Rowe, with a 99-percent similarity score in his Combine work. Among his numbers in Indianapolis, 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 37-inch vertical jump and a 126-inch broad jump. Rowe was drafted by the Eagles with the 47th pick in the 2015 draft. We don't expect Davis to climb that high, but if nothing else, the similarities are eerie here.
Apr 12 - 11:45 PM

Maryland CB/S Sean Davis logged an official visit with the 49ers over the weekend.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport was all over this one. The 49ers have a league-best 12 picks. Davis was an under-the-radar draft prospect prior to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but his testing results likely caused him to blip onto a few radar screens. The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder logged 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash and 6.64 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also put forth nice jump numbers with a 37-inch vertical and 126-inch broad jump. Day 3 remains his likely resting place come the draft, unless that fine testing work was enough to smooth his entrance into Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 7:22 PM

Four-star QB Kasim Hill committed to Maryland for the 2017 cycle.

Washington D.C. native Hill cited an interesting reason for his decision to commit to Maryland, one that has nothing to do with football. "I think one of the biggest reasons for me committing to Maryland was they have an excellent undergraduate business school," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound gunslinger. Maryland's proximity to Hill's family and his comfort-level with the coaching staff also played a role in his commitment. He ranks as Rivals' No. 242 overall prospect and their No. 12 pro-style quarterback for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Apr 9 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that Maryland RB Brandon Ross improved his draft stock with his Pro Day performance.

Brandt counts Ross' speed and quickness among his positive attributes. During his Pro Day, the 5-foot-10, 210-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.40 seconds. In agility drills, he notched 4.28 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.75 seconds in the three-cone drill. He finished out the 2015 campaign having rushed for 958 yards (6.4 YPC) and 10 touchdowns. Those were the best statistical numbers he posted for a single season during his time with the Terrapins. An NFL squad could use a Day 3 pick on Ross, but undrafted free agency remains in play here, too.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 3:47 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slots Maryland edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue to the Patriots with the organization's first pick at No. 60 overall.

"The early entry from Maryland has flown under the radar a bit," Norris wrote. "Ngakoue has a great motor and obvious awareness to know when the quarterback is climbing the pocket, altering his target point accordingly." Without a first-rounder, New England is going to have to get creative to fill its holes later this month. On that note, Rotoworld's Evan Silva sees OL, RB and DL as the Patriots' biggest needs. Norris projects LT RB Kenneth Dixon -- a Rotoworld draft team favorite -- as a potential fit with the club's second second-rounder, at No. 61 overall.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 6 - 6:03 PM

Maryland hired Kentucky linebackers coach Andy Buh as defensive coordinator.

Multiple outlets reported the news on Monday evening, and now it's official. Buh was previously a defensive coordinator at Cal (2013) and Nevada (2010-11). He was also a co-defensive coordinator at Stanford (2008-09). Terrapins head coach D.J. Durkin worked with Buh for three years at Stanford. "Really excited about the opportunity to reunite with a friend, a longtime friend and coach," Buh said. "That is very rare in this business. We are excited to get moving on this venture." Buh replaces Scott Shafer, who stepped down for personal reasons last week.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 1:11 PM

According to multiple reports, Maryland will hire Kentucky assistant coach Andy Buh to serve as defensive coordinator.

Scout.com was the first outlet to jump on this story, with others following suit shortly thereafter. With the Wildcats, Buh served as OLB coach and special teams coordinator in 2015. He will be taking over for Scott Shafer, who abruptly stepped down as Maryland's defensive coordinator for personal reasons last week. While Maryland has not officially announced Bah's hiring, Kentucky HC Mark Stoops has already released a statement wishing him well. Said Stoops, "He has good balance between being disciplined and having energy and our players loved playing for him. There is no doubt he will have success as a defensive coordinator and I wish Andy and his family the best."
Apr 4 - 10:34 PM

ESPN reports that Maryland HC D.J. Durkin has a plan in place to replace former DC Scott Shafer.

Shafer resigned for personal reasons late last week. There are two obvious in-staff replacement options. Durkin, formerly an outstanding defensive coordinator at Michigan, could simply serve in that function during his first season as Maryland's boss. Another option is to promote Maryland defensive line coach Mike London, who is long on experience as both a HC and a DC. We wouldn't anticipate an outside hire this late in the game.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 2:57 PM

Maryland DC Scott Shafer resigned for personal reasons.

"I want to thank DJ Durkin for the opportunity to be on his staff, but at this time I feel it’s best to step aside to tend to personal matters," Shafer said in a statement. "I’m sincerely appreciative of his support and friendship." Shafer never coached one game for the Terps. Syracuse’s head coach from 2013-2015 was hired as Durkin's first DC after the Orange sent him to the gallows after last season. "I, along with the entire Maryland football family, will continue to support Scott in every way that we can," said Durkin. Because this announcement came so late in the coaching cycle, Durkin may now serve as his own coordinator in Year 1.
Apr 1 - 4:36 PM

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Maryland edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue met with the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns during Wednesday's Pro Day.

Pauline wrote in October that he had been hearing that Ngakoue had begun to work his worm his way into conversation as a potential top-100 pick. In the interim, the 6-foot-2, 252-pounder might have begun to build some additional momentum. In an informal CBS Sports poll of 10 NFL personnel executives ranging from scouts to GM's, Ngakoue's five votes tied with Ohio State QB Cardale Jones for the title of most underrated player in this draft. NFL Media's Chad Reuter published a five-round mock draft earlier this week which saw Ngakoue just missing the top-100, as Reuter projects him to be selected by the Bears with pick No. 106, in the fourth round.
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