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Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "makes all the tackles" and is "the most explosive hitter in this draft," said ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has great zone awareness, and he understands routes," Gruden said. "He can line up off the tight end, see the checkdown and make the play. College football is not producing players like this anymore. He has instincts, he has leadership, he has communication, and if he sees something, he will run through a backside swap combination and get a tackle for a loss. If he doesn't fit your defense, fire your defensive staff." We appreciate the former coach stumping for an old-school prospect, but we still don't see Perryman as a fit for all 32 teams. Asking him, as some schemes would, to traverse huge swatches of field regularly is a good way to guarantee he won't reach his potential.
Apr 27 - 10:23 PM

Per NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein, Miami TE Clive Walford hurt his draft stock with a poor attitude during the interview process.

"He acted like he was doing us a favor by even talking to us," one NFL tight end coach told Zierlein. "We asked about an issue he had and he got pissy." This year's week tight end class just can't get out of its own way. Zierlein noted that three of the four TEs have been labeled as potential attitude problems, with Minnesota's Maxx Williams and South Carolina's Rory "Busta" Anderson joining Walford.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 9:41 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner cautions that only six of the 38 receivers who have run sub-4.4 forty since the 2009 combine are currently top-two receivers on their respective NFL teams.

"With Dorsett, we didn't see much besides elite speed," he wrote of PFF's tape and stat investigation. "He's undersized at 5-10, 185 pounds, and is still an unrefined route runner. Of his 67 targets last season, 40 came on deep routes (go, deep crosser, post and corner). He'll have to run a much more varied route tree at the next level. DeSean Jackson goes deep as often as anyone in the NFL, and even he was targeted on downfield routes only 37 percent of the time last season." The analyst concedes that there is "a lot of potential here" but believes that "taking Dorsett in the first round would be a substantial gamble." We think Dorsett is either going to sneak into the latter stages of Round 1 or get popped quickly on Day 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 2:35 AM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "is one of the fastest players in this class, with elite burst to and through the hole," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"One of the most important qualities in a running back is the ability to create yards on your own, and Johnson can do that with his ability to make defenders miss in the hole and with his electrifying lateral agility," McShay wrote. "He can stop and start on a dime and can quickly change directions while working through multiple creases. Running plays don't always go the way you draw them up on the chalk board, so a lot of times you need to find the second crease, which is why Johnson's ability to change direction without losing momentum is so important." Johnson led draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. "He is also an excellent pass-catcher, with his ability to quickly transition upfield after the catch and then make defenders miss in the open field," McShay wrote. Johnson is also a good kickoff returner.
Apr 26 - 11:59 PM

An NFL scout said Miami T Ereck Flowers is a "big, rugged, physical right tackle" and is an immediate NFL starter.

"Violent, physical player," another scout said. "Fundamentally, he's got to clean some things up. He ducks his head. He tries to win with all upper body. He's got to learn to play with more patience." Flowers led offensive linemen with 37 bench press reps at the combine. "Strictly a right tackle or guard," a third scout said. "He can't play left tackle because he isn't quick. He is powerful and he does have an anchor. He's stiff, so he has problems with adjust and recovery. He carries his hands low. He needs a lot of work with his hands. Big disappointment of the (top) group."
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

Miami RB Duke Johnson "isn't going to be a bell-cow runner in the NFL, but like [Ameer] Abdullah, he could be a big-time contributor as a change-of-pace runner who plays in tandem with a power back," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's one of the best pass-catchers of all the running backs in this class, which makes him a big-time threat on third down," McShay wrote. "There is some concern about his durability and whether he can consistently stay on the field at the NFL level." Johnson led draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. Johnson has been compared to Chris Johnson in the past, but he's not quite the elite sprinter on the stop watch.
Apr 24 - 6:53 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "doesn't have ideal speed or quickness but his range is more than adequate because of his instincts, and he hardly ever fails to make the tackle once he's in position," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Perryman was the vocal leader of the Hurricanes' defense, acting as their quarterback on D," McShay wrote. "He puts in a lot of work in the film room and it shows up on the field, with his ability to pick up on tendencies and quickly read and react to make plays." As we've wrote before, Perryman must go to the correct team. He's a throwback happy to do the dirty work of taking on blockers and happier still to deliver viscous hits to ball carriers, but if your team trusts linebackers to cover receivers in space, he's probably not for you.
Apr 23 - 9:26 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett visited the Ravens on Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson previously mentioned Dorsett visited the Eagles and Titans. Dorsett is so quick in his breaks to create separation in the short and downfield portions of the field. It is evident that Dorsett also has long speed, but he wins on the ground and will play that type of role for a team. Many will consider him for slot duties.
Apr 23 - 1:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay "won't completely rule out" Miami T Ereck Flowers as a "future NFL left tackle, but he projects better at right because he's not an ideal athlete at the left tackle position."

"He's got great size (6-6, 329 pounds), length (34 1/2-inch arms) and explosive upper-body power, and he has a great work ethic," McShay wrote. "He could be the second- or third-best O-lineman in this class when all is said and done." We agree that Flowers doesn't comfortably project to LT, and we disagree with teams ranking Flowers as the No. 1 OT, as reports have recently suggested. He is agile and strong, but the technique is terrible, causing him to to be off-balance, leaning into and hugging defenders.
Apr 21 - 8:53 PM

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "could be a victim of the fact that the NFL is becoming increasingly pass-happy," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If you like your linebackers old school, you're going to love Perryman. If your defense requires a new-agey athlete, perhaps not, as the analyst outlines. "As Perryman's somewhat pedestrian 40-yard dash time indicates, he isn't an elite athlete and can be victimized in coverage," Rang wrote. "He is one of the few linebackers in this year's class, however, who isn't afraid to take on blockers and Perryman consistently wins these battles, showing impressive instincts, strength and toughness."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 10:39 PM

Miami LB Denzel Perryman is visiting the Jaguars on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Perryman is a straightforward, traditional linebacker who loves to take on and run through blockers rather than trying to work around them. We think he is a liability in space, but it will be interesting to see what price tag teams put on a linebacker like Perryman.
Apr 20 - 10:15 AM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is visiting the Eagles on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Eagles do not have a receiver like Dorsett on their current roster. The Miami receiver wins with quickness and speed on underneath routes and taking the top off coverages in a straight-line. Nelson Agholor is frequently mocked to the Eagles, but Dorsett might be a more realistic option. If selected, Chip is showing his cards in terms of wanting a smaller receiver who wins with speed.
Apr 20 - 10:05 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Miami CB Ladarius Gunter's "lanky build makes him a better candidate to remain on the perimeter."

"Now, let's be clear, Gunter does not possess the agility or recovery speed to fit every scheme," Rang wrote. "In the press scheme so en vogue in today's NFL, however, Gunter's size, physicality and competitiveness could someday help him emerge as a starting-caliber corner (or safety) after being drafted in the middle to late stages of Day 3." The 6-foot-1 3/8, 200-pounder was "the most physical defender on the boundary" at the Senior Bowl, observed Rang. Gunter fits with the NFL's increased desire to find big corners to combat jumbo-sized receivers.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 9:30 PM

Miami RB Duke Johnson's "draft stock has been somewhat capped due to durability issues and his relatively small frame, but his breakaway ability could be second to none in this draft," wrote ESPN's K.C. Joyner.

Amongst draft-eligible backs from Power 5 conferences, Johnson led the pack in percentage of rush attempts that gained 10 or more yards (18.7 percent) last year. "This breakaway ability isn't limited to rushing attempts, as Johnson also led the nation in long scrimmage plays," Joyner wrote. "He's also a great receiver out of the backfield. He could make a team that takes him on Day 2 very happy."
Apr 19 - 8:17 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "projects best as a middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, but he could also play strong inside linebacker."

Agreed, and for the reasons McShay states. "He isn't the most athletic guy but is an outstanding tackler who was the leader of the Hurricanes' defense," he wrote. Perryman is absolutely not for everyone, but he's going to be a productive player if he finds the right scheme. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Perryman to D'Qwell Jackson. "Early-down linebacker who can make plays against the run but will struggle if isolated in coverage," Zierlein wrote. "Perryman is a lunch-pail worker who enjoys the physical part of the game."
Apr 18 - 10:49 PM


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