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Minnesota senior RB David Cobb was better at Senior Bowl practices than Scout's Inc. thought he would be.

"When we watched Cobb's tape recently, we saw he had good power and balance but were concerned with his lack of quickness, vision and patience," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He ran east-west too often, and was indecisive. That wasn't the case Wednesday, as he did a good job of getting north and south. He also has good pass-catching ability, adding to his versatility." The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder scampered for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, breaking Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 yards. Rotoworld has been one of Cobb's biggest fans all season. Cobb, a mid-round prospect, has a well-rounded skill set to contribute in the NFL early on.
Jan 24 - 8:17 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams "bears some similarities to Greg Olsen," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He is very talented with a great size-speed ratio, and he is expected to test off the charts in terms of measurements and athletic ability," McShay wrote. "His father played in the NFL, so he has the bloodlines. He is one of the more underrated prospects in this class right now." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams is McShay's No. 20 rated prospect. He has also been compared to Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph.
Jan 18 - 10:21 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams "has soft hands and is a terrific athlete," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He's a legitimate tight end who can help as an inline blocker but like Dallas Cowboys' star Jason Witten, Williams will make his mark in the NFL as a reliable security blanket over the middle," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams earned All-American honors, first-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Mackey Award finalist as a redshirt sophomore. He led the Gophers with 36 catches for 569 yards and eight touchdowns. Williams looks like a decent bet to hear his named called in Round 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 12:52 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams decided to enter the NFL Draft after receiving a second-round grade from the advisory committee, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"A number of people were surprised when a report surfaced stating Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams planned on entering the draft," Pauline wrote. "As of two weeks ago Williams was telling people he would return to the Gophers next season." What's interesting about this report is that it seems Williams underestimated his own draft stock. At the moment, he's a late-Round 1 or early-Round 2 probability, with a chance to jump up into the middle of the first stanza if everything breaks well.
Jan 3 - 6:13 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams announced on Friday that he will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft.

A long expected announcement, originally reported by Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN a few days after Christmas. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Mackey Award finalist this season, posted 36 catches for 569 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers are far more impressive than they seem, because the Gophers rarely throw the ball; Williams was Options A, B, and C in the passing game. The 20-year-old redshirt sophomore "is a blend of Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. In a weak TE class, Williams looks like a decent bet to hear his named called in Round 1.
Jan 3 - 2:40 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams caught seven passes for 98 yards and a score in Thursday's 33-17 Citrus Bowl loss to Missouri.

Williams saved perhaps the best game of his life for perhaps his last game as a Gopher. The third-year sophomore's 54-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter figures to be played time and time again by NFL scouts during film evaluations. Having broken into open field after making the catch, Williams hurdled CB Aarion Penton near the sideline and then hopped another defender before falling into the end zone. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted during the game that Williams "is a blend of Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this year and was a Mackey Award finalist, given to the nation's top tight end, could potentially sneak into the end of the first-round amidst this weak TE class.
Jan 1 - 7:52 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb rushed for 81 yards on 21 carries in Thursday's 33-17 Citrus Bowl setback versus Missouri.

Cobb also completed a nine-yard pass and caught four balls for 33 yards. The Tigers ganged up on him, stacking the box, and Cobb was unable to fend off gangs of defenders. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder scampered for 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, breaking Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 yards. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this month that Cobb "could go overlooked" during the draft but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" set to go in the mid-rounds. Long one of Cobb's most ardent supporters, you know Rotoworld agrees.
Jan 1 - 7:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams "is a blend of Jason witten and Kyle Rudolph."

"Maxx Williams' NFL comp is a blend of Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph IMO. Why he has a good chance to crash the 1st round party," Brugler tweeted. On the year, Williams has 29 catches for 471 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was a finalist for the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end. It's possible that Williams could hear his name called in the back end of the first or in the second round.
Jan 1 - 3:28 PM

Minnesota true freshman RB Jeff Jones was academically cleared to participate in spring practices.

Jones failed to qualifying academically coming out of Minneapolis Washburn as the nation’s No. 7 RB by Rivals.com. He has since done so, and will be on the field this spring competing for playing time. "He did a great job," HC Jerry Kill said. David Cobb and Donnell Kirkwood won't be around in 2015, so it's conceivable that Jones could start immediately. He'll have to fend off junior Rodrick Williams and redshirt freshman Berkley Edwards.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Minnesota dismissed sophomore WR Donovahn Jones for an unspecified violation of team rules.

We probably won't get details on the dismissal until Monday, when head coach Jerry Kill is scheduled to meet with the media. This is what we do know: Jones traveled with the Gophers last week to Florida to prepare for Thursday's Citrus Bowl against Missouri. On Friday morning, he was no longer a member of the team. Jones made nine starts and was the third-leading receiver on the team, posting 253 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Isaac Fruechte could be in line for a start against the Tigers.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams will declare for the NFL draft, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

"Barring an injury in the Citrus Bowl vs. Missouri, an official announcement is expected soon thereafter," Wolfson writes, adding Williams and his family are already in talks with agents. Tight end might be the least talented position in the 2015 class, and Wolfson notes the "expectation is that Williams can go as high as the late first or second round." The latter end of the expectation might be his actual ceiling.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams declined to comment on his NFL Draft intentions when asked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Williams smiled and said, "We’ll find out," when asked about declaring for the NFL. He won't talk about it until after the season ends. "After the bowl game," he added. "We’ve got to worry about the bowl game." Williams confirmed he submitted his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board. It's possible he'll be told he's a projected second-rounder. "Most of the time, through my dealings, [the board is] pretty close on things," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said. "Ultimately, it’s [the player’s] decision, and I support whatever happens." The coach added: "If he comes back, he’ll make a good decision. And if he doesn’t, he’ll make a good decision. And we’ll be excited either way." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound sophomore has a similar skill-set to Cowboy TE Jason Witten.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:30:00 PM

The Big 10 recognized Minnesota's Jerry Kill as Coach of the Year.

More accurately, Kill won both of the conference's COY honors, taking home the Hayes-Schembechler award (voted on by the league's coaches) and the Dave McClain award (media). Kill's Gophers beat Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa en route to an 8-4 record (5-3 in the conference). "I am thrilled for Jerry, as he is truly deserving of being named Big Ten coach of the year," Gophers athletics director Norwood Teague said. "I am continually impressed at how he is building our program and know that even brighter days are ahead for Gopher football."
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 01:53:00 AM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder has scampered for 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, which should allow him to break Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 yards early in the school's bowl game. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier on Tuesday that Cobb "could go overlooked" during the draft but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" set to go in the mid-rounds.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 11:24:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "could go overlooked" but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" that some team will get in the mid-rounds.

"With a number of underclassmen expected to make the 2015 RB class loaded with talent, he could go overlooked, but some team will get a reliable and well-rounded back with Cobb in the mid-rounds," Brugler wrotes. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb has rushed for 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns this season and recently accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 03:31:00 PM


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