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Minnesota redshirt sophomore LB De’Niro Laster plans to transfer closer to his family in Ohio.

"I’m transferring home to be closer to my family, as we are going through a difficult family situation right now," Laster wrote in a statement. "I will miss all of my teammates and the fans dearly! I don’t have a school picked right now, but I will have one in the upcoming week." The Cleveland native was rated as the No. 35 outside linebacker in the country in 2013. Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo offered scholarships out of high school, while Ohio State didn't. Those three schools are the presumptive favorites.
May 31 - 12:22 AM

Minnesota redshirt senior DE Theiren Cockran "is a pass-rushing specialist who could make the move to OLB in the NFL," wrote the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman.

Merriman ranks Cockran as the conference's No. 21 prospect and wouldn't be surprised if he rises higher. "The Big Ten is loaded with talented defensive linemen, which leads to this guy often being overshadowed," Merriman wrote. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last offseason that Cockran "does not get the credit he’s due." The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Cockran runs a 4.79 forty. There's plenty to get excited about here.
May 19 - 1:59 AM

Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman ranks Minnesota redshirt senior CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun as the conference's No. 23 draft prospect.

"What a talent," wrote Merriman. The former JUCO product broke out in 2014, collecting 51 tackles and picking off five passes, tying for third all-time in school history. If he improves upon that, the long corner could move into the middle rounds.
May 18 - 8:24 PM

ESPN Big Ten reporter Josh Porter notes that Minnesota sophomore RB Jeff Jones "could wind up as the Gophers' top receiving option," and is ready for a breakout season.

"Technically, Jones is still listed on Minnesota's roster as a running back, but he could wind up as the Gophers' top receiving option. Coach Jerry Kill went so far as to say that an argument could even be made that the redshirt freshman was the best receiver in camp," Porter wrote. The Minnesota prospect, who was No.7 RB coming out of high school, was academically ineligible last fall, but looks like he could be a versatile weapon for the Gophers in 2015.
Source: ESPN
May 8 - 3:02 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Duke Anyanwu was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will play in 2015.

Anyanwu missed the 2014 season after tearing his ACL in August. The Gophers did not miss him from a receiving standpoint, as Maxx Williams broke out onto the scene. Anyanwu will attempt to fill that void at tight end. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Anyanwu also suffered a knee injury in 2012.
May 6 - 10:28 AM

Dolphins selected Minnesota S Cedric Thompson with the No. 150 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Thompson (6-foot, 211) didn't get a Combine invite but stole the show at the his Pro Day, running forties in the 4.3-4.4 range to go with explosive vertical (40.5-inch) and broad (10-foot-2) jumps. He also put up 21 reps on the bench press. A true workout warrior who wasn't on many radars in the early draft process, Thompson will try to carve out a role on special teams early on.
May 2 - 2:33 PM

Titans selected Minnesota RB David Cobb with the No. 138 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Cobb (5'11/229) was Minnesota's bellcow as a junior and senior, parlaying 562 career carries into 2,893 yards (5.15 YPC) and 20 TDs. He caught 34 passes in college. Cobb injured himself running the forty in Indianapolis, but showed well in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'1") jumps. Unfortunately, he ran 4.73 at his Pro Day. Cobb displays the traits of a high-volume workhorse, but is a one-speed runner a la Shonn Greene. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has more optimistically likened Cobb's style to Stevan Ridley's as a downhill chain mover. In Tennessee, Cobb should immediately supplant Shonn Greene as the Titans' primary inside runner and complement speed back Bishop Sankey.
May 2 - 1:51 PM

Cowboys selected Minnesota LB Damien Wilson with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Wilson (6'0/245) spent two seasons at Minnesota after transferring from community college, racking up 16 tackles for loss as a 24-game starter. He was a second-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Long armed (33 3/4") and a plus athlete, Wilson runs 4.77 with a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Wilson plays hard and made a ton of tackles in college, but he was too frequently victimized on long runs on tape, either because he couldn't detach from blocks or simply overran plays. He's a project with tools-based upside.
May 2 - 1:23 PM

Ravens traded up with the Cardinals to select Minnesota TE Maxx Williams with the No. 55 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Williams (6'4/249) made 17 starts in two seasons at Minnesota, parlaying 61 catches into 986 yards (16.2 YPR) and 13 TDs. He was the 2014 Big Ten Tight End of the Year and a second-team All American. A flex/move tight end who also blocks competently, Williams' game has similarities to former Ravens TE Todd Heap. Williams tested in the Brent Celek range with a 4.78 forty and 34 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. Still an at-times dynamic receiving threat, Williams has huge hands (10 3/8") and long arms (33 1/2"), and can win with power or finesse. He's quality insurance should Dennis Pitta not make it back from his severe hip injury. Williams is sure to see the field a decent amount as a rookie.
May 1 - 9:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Minnesota RB David Cobb "lacks top-end speed," but "possesses excellent vision, short-area quickness and power."

"Cobb likely will be selected in the third wave of runners, somewhere in the third or fourth rounds. While he lacks top-end speed, he possesses excellent vision, short-area quickness and power. His game translates very well to the next level," Jeremiah wrote. The Minnesota prospect has been highly productive for the Gophers over the last two seasons, rushing for more than 2800 yards, while adding 20 touchdowns to his resume. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder was super reliable between the tackles and consistently got yards after contact.
Apr 29 - 2:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that there are "a number of running back needy teams who my wait until the fourth round before drafting at the position as a result of the quality and depth available this year."

The analyst specifically mentions David Cobb and Buck Allen "as fourth round ball carriers teams believe will contribute as rookies." In other years, Cobb and Allen would be firmly in the Day 2 conversation, and it wouldn't surprise if either gets there; Josh Norris recently mocked Cobb to the Colts in Round 3. "The other back who NFL decision makers feel will contribute right away as a late second/early third day pick is Duke Johnson," Pauline added. "Presently I grade the Miami junior as a second round pick and feel he’ll immediately produce in the right system."
Apr 29 - 2:15 AM

Minnesota OG Zac Epping is "not the best athlete and he doesn't run particularly well," said an NFL scout.

"Height is a problem as well," he said. The scout indicated that Epping could hang around in the right system "because he is tough and picks it up pretty quick. He'll battle you. He's played well." The 6-foot-2, 312-pounder started half a season at center and two seasons at guard in college.
Apr 23 - 7:28 PM

Minnesota DT Cameron Botticelli plays "his (expletive) off" but is "just a guy," according to an anonymous NFL scout.

"Somebody might draft him late," he continued. "He could make a team. You've got to do further checks on him." Botticelli is a lunch pail type, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder (24 reps on the bench press) who could conceivably play DE in a 3-4 (five-technique) or DT in a 4-3 (three-technique). "He's a rags to riches type of guy," another scout said. "He's tough. He competes hard. Not the greatest athlete overall but he's smart and gives you everything he's got. He's right on the bubble of being drafted late or a free agent." Botticelli scored 32 on the Wonderlic intelligence test.
Apr 23 - 5:58 PM

Minnesota S Cedric Thompson visited six teams during the draft process, according to Darren Wolfson.

The Texans and Patriots had previously been reported, but Wolfson adds the Vikings, Raiders, Dolphins and Giants to the list. Thompson is one of the best athletes in the class and should be drafted during the third day. Teams will certainly have targets at the safety position in a somewhat thin class at that spot.
Apr 23 - 9:29 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes that Minnesota RB David Cobb's draft stock is higher amongst NFL coaches.

"Minnesota RB David Cobb is more popular with NFL coaches than I expected," Zierlein tweeted. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder ran for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season and was very productive between the tackles for the Gophers. Our own Josh Norris had the Minnesota prospect going in the third Round, 93rd overall, to the Indianapolis Colts, in his latest 7 round mock. Norris believes Cobb "will be an awesome long term replacement for Frank Gore and offers somewhat similar traits in terms of beating first contact."
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