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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Minnesota redshirt junior DE Theiren Cockran "does not get the credit he’s due."

"Cockran is slightly undersized but a terrific pass rusher who does not get the credit he’s due," he wrote. "He offers next level quickness, movement skills and the ability to be used, at worse, as nickel pass rusher." Cockran collected 10.0 tackles for loss and led the Gophers with 7.5 sacks as a sophomore last season. He has NFL dimensions and speed, standing 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, and running a 4.79 forty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Cockran "has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him."
Aug 9 - 10:24 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is "really surprised" Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb "gets little to no love in the scouting community as many scouts feel he’s barely camp worthy."

"Watching Cobb on film one sees a big back (220lbs) with deceptive speed and quickness," he wrote. "Cobb hits the hole hard and is able to make defenders miss. I really like his game and feel he’s a legitimate sleeper at the running back position." Pauline grades Cobb as a UDFA at present moment. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb led the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season, becoming the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to break the century mark.
Aug 9 - 9:27 PM

Minnesota redshirt junior DE Theiren Cockran "has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Cockran collected 10.0 tackles for loss and led the Gophers with 7.5 sacks as a sophomore last season. "He is still growing into his frame and developing his strength, but Cockran has NFL size and a bright future ahead of him," Brugler wrote. Cockran has NFL dimensions and speed, standing 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, and running a 4.79 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 9:09 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler expects redshirt junior OL Brian Bobek to win Minnesota's starting center gig.

Bobek must shake off a layer of rust this summer, as he hasn't played a snap over the past few years. The 6-foot-2, 302-pounder began his career at Ohio State and saw the field as a true freshman, but decided to transfer to Minnesota, sitting out the 2012 season due to NCAA rules. Bobek missed last year due to injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 8:31 PM

Minnesota redshirt senior OG Zac Epping's versatility on the interior could appeal to the NFL.

Epping has been a hugely valuable piece for the Gophers in recent seasons, accruing 34 career starts. He started every game at left guard last season and was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention. "[Epping] will likely return to [left guard] as a senior, but he has also started games in the past at center," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 6:29 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Minnesota redshirt senior DT Cameron Botticelli stood out on film last year while he was scouting Ra'Shede Hageman.

Serving as the Gophers' nose tackle, Botticelli proved an outstanding 1-2 complement for Hageman's otherworldly athleticism. Botticelli is more of a lunch pail type, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound specimen that gives collegiate interior offensive line fits. " He is entering his third year as a starter and although his production hasn't been noteworthy (23 tackles and one sack in 2013), his ability to occupy blocks and clog run lanes will earn him looks from scouts," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 6:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams a "versatile offensive weapon."

Williams started games at three different positions -- tight end, fullback and H-Back -- last fall as a freshman. And would you believe he led the Gophers with 25 catches for 417 yards and five touchdowns? "He is only a redshirt sophomore, but keep an eye on Williams and his offensive versatility in the Gophers' offense," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams runs a 4.85 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 30 - 4:31 PM

Minnesota senior ILB Damien Wilson "put his name on the check list of NFL scouts" last season, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, but is "no shoo-in to be drafted."

"Wilson diagnoses the action quickly and attacks downhill with a thumping attitude, welcoming contact with pop. He has some tightness in his hips, but moves well for his size and never quits in his pursuit of the ball," Brugler wrote. Wilson, who started his career at Alcorn State before playing at the juco ranks, broke out last season after transferring to Minnesota, finishing second on the squad with 78 tackles, 5.5 for loss (one sack). "Like most inside linebackers, Wilson can get hung up on blocks and has trouble working through the trash and needs to show improvement with his reach to disengage and make a play on the ball," Brugler wrote. "He won't avoid contact and plays with the physical presence needed at the position, bringing his hips and momentum with him on tackle attempts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:59 PM

Minnesota coaches see "future high NFL draft pick" in redshirt junior OLB De'Vondre Campbell, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Campbell played with current Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at Hutchinson Community College earlier in his career. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder transferred to the Gophers and will compete for a starting role in 2014. His measurables are NFL-caliber, but he must become more consistent. "Considered a raw player, Campbell started three games last year as he became familiar with the Gophers scheme, finishing the 2013 season with 41 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss," Brugler wrote. "He has the look of a future NFL player with the athleticism and movement skills to cover a lot of ground. Campbell looked uncomfortable at times last year, especially against the run, but the coaches are impressed with his motivation and he is a player to keep tabs on this season."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 9:17 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Minnesota Senior RB David Cobb is "pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006."

"While he is productive, durable and reliable, there isn't much on tape that separates Cobb from other backs. Not too long ago, Minnesota was churning out running backs to the NFL, most notably Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber, and Cobb is pushing to be the first Gopher back drafted since Maroney in 2006," Brugler wrote. Before 2013, The 5-foot-11, 229 pound Cobb only had 11 carries to his resume and just happened to lead the Gophers in rushing with 1,202 yards last season. Not only was Cobb the first Minnesota running back since 2006 to rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he's now become one of the Big Ten's top running back prospects in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 4:23 PM

Minnesota true freshman RB Jeff Jones didn't score high enough on an ACT exam June 14 to qualify for a scholarship.

He needed to a moderate score improvement to qualify. The Minneapolis Washburn star is ranked by Rivals as the No. 7 RB in the nation. The Gophers, now awaiting word from the NCAA clearinghouse, are hoping for a favorable ruling. If they don't get it, Jones could go to Iowa Western Community College for two years, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, or he could enroll at Minnesota as a regular student in the fall as a non-athlete. In that scenario, he wouldn't practice but could be able to qualify in 2015 if his GPA is at least a 2.0. Jones wouldn't have supplanted seniors David Cobb (1,202 yards last year) and Donnell Kirkwood (926 yards), junior Rodrick Williams and redshirt freshman Berkley Edwards in 2014 anyway.
Jul 1 - 8:20 PM

Minnesota senior OG Caleb Bak (concussion) won't play this coming season, likely ending his football career.

Bak announced he "won’t be returning for my final year of football" on his personal Twitter page. Bak missed the final three games last season due to the concussion. He attempted to return during spring practice, but symptoms returned. "[B]ig thanks to everyone that has supported me over the last 4 years," Bak wrote in a tweet. The former walk-on started 20 career games.
May 28 - 9:12 PM

Minnesota true freshman RB Jeff Jones must improve his ACT score on June 14 to become academically eligible for the Gophers in 2014.

Jones improved his ACT score April 12, according to Washburn coach Giovan Jenkins, but he must do so again. If he can't improve his score enough, Jones might be forced to play at a junior college next year. Ranked by Rivals as the No. 7 RB in the nation, Jones hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ra’Shede Hageman, another Washburn alum who struggled early on with academics before graduating and going in Round 2 earlier this month.
May 21 - 5:35 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill plans to coach from the sideline this season after doing so from the press box at the end of last season.

"I’ll be on the sideline [this fall]," Kill said. "That’s who I am, and I think that’s best for our team. However, if we need to adjust something, [the coaches have] all been together a long time." Kill took a two-week leave to treat his epilepsy after missing the Oct. 5 game at Michigan because of a seizure. He spent the last seven games of the season coaching from the press box. "I’m feeling pretty good," he said. "I’ve lost a few pounds. I’ve been walking. [Associate athletic director Dan] O’Brien and a lot of people are trying to keep me in line. But the No. 1 person is me."
May 21 - 5:15 PM

Bears selected Minnesota FS Brock Vereen with the No. 131 overall pick.

Vereen (5-foot-11 3/8, 199) made 36 starts for the Gophers, 18 at safety and 18 at corner. Big Ten coaches voted him first-team all-conference as a senior. Shane's little brother, Vereen finished his career with 7.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 22 pass breakups. Vereen is slightly size deficient, but offers 4.47 speed and his versatility is a huge plus. He projects as an early-career special teamer with developmental upside at free safety and/or slot cornerback. Considering Chicago's safety need, we suspect he'll open training camp at that position with flexibility to cover slot receivers
May 10 - 2:31 PM


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