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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco notes that Minnesota LB De'Vondre Campbell is "still learning to play the game."

Prisco believes that "[w]ith the right coaching, somebody could get a solid starter late in the draft [in Campbell]." The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder understands that he has yet to reach his ceiling, saying in early March, "I’ve gotten better and better every year. My best football is way ahead of me." He visited the Vikings at the beginning of April.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 12:03 AM

Minnesota graduate WR Chris Streveler intends to transfer.

No word as to where Streveler might be eyeing to finish out his collegiate career. The Minnesota coaching staff understands his position and has actually assisted him in sorting through his options. He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in a text, "The coaches were so supportive afterwards, just helping me get in touch with places and everything. I'm just really thankful that they were so understanding because this is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make." The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder came to Minnesota as a quarterback, but switched over to receiver for 2015. He would go on to catch one pass for four yards.
Apr 16 - 5:16 PM

Minnesota CB Eric Murray visited the 49ers this weekend.

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport passed along word of Murray's weekend adventure. He has not had a huge presence in rumors during the pre-draft process, but shrugged off any talk of draft nerves during his Pro Day, saying, "I'm just trying to stay grounded, stay humble and just keep working." The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder did not go through testing proper during the aforementioned Pro Day, only positional drills. He opted to sit on his Combine numbers. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Murray "displayed above-average skills" during his position work. On the testing side of things in Indianapolis, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds with a strong 4.05-second run in the 20-yard shuttle. His 39 1/2-inch vertical jump also impressed. Murray could potentially find himself a draft home as early as Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 8:01 PM

Minnesota sophomore QB Demry Croft is taking first-team reps while redshirt senior QB Mitch Leidner recovers from foot surgery.

HC Tracy Claeys had been hoping that Leidner would be recovered enough from offseason foot surgery that he might be able to participate in spring practice. The incumbent starter has been limited, though, leaving it up to Croft to man the White team in this weekend's spring game. OC Jay Johnson indicated that he hopes to see a level of command from the 6-foot-5, 200-pound sophomore in his current expanded role. Said Johnson, "It’s the huddle, it’s the understanding the play clock, it’s awareness, it’s down and distance, it’s all that. I think he’s very young." Assuming Leidner can return to health, he remains the likely Gopher starter for the 2016 campaign.
Apr 8 - 10:46 PM

Minnesota LB De'Vondre Campbell will visit the Vikings on April 5 and 6, according to beat writer Darren Wolfson.

Campbell likely qualifies as a local prospect visit. Campbell tested like an average NFL athlete, but stands 6-foot-4 and 232-pounds and is the type of prospect we'd love to see learn from mike Zimmer and company.
Mar 24 - 10:34 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Minnesota edge rusher Theiren Cockran has "caught fire with some teams as a potential late-round pick."

At Monday's pro day, Cockran measured in at 6-foot-4 7/8 and 250 pounds with 33 7/8 inch arms. He posted 22 bench reps, a 4.83 showing in the forty, a 7.40 second 3-cone, a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-1 broad jump. "Cockran is a tremendous athlete coming off a disappointing campaign," Pauline wrote earlier this week. "Teams want to see Cockran put on about 10 more pounds and fill out his frame."
Mar 9 - 1:13 PM

At Minnesota's Monday pro day, one scout’s had WR K.J. Maye's 40-yard dash at 4.53 seconds, while another had 4.60.

This goes to show you how unreliable pro day testing is. Gophers wide receivers coach Brian Anderson didn't believe it mattered one way or the other, since Maye’s game isn't predicated on speed, but route running and technical skill. The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel wrote in January that the 5-foot-10, 194-pound Maye's "lack of size (height) and speed will limit him" but called Maye "fearless" and "competitive" with a knack to run himself open. Gabriel thinks Maye will make for a solid NFL slot receiver.
Mar 8 - 3:47 PM

Minnesota CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun said he was dogged by a knee injury last season.

"Some days I felt 95 percent. Some days I felt about 75 percent going into the game," Boddy-Calhoun said. "Compared to now, where I’m 100 percent every day, no pain at all. Just looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. It made me stronger." Boddy-Calhoun tore his left ACL in 2013 but returned to make the first-team All-Big Ten squad as a junior. Last year, his knees became an issue again and the 5-foot-11, 188-pounder slipped to third-team All-Conference, picking off four passes.
Mar 8 - 2:48 PM

Minnesota edge rusher Theiren Cockran met with the the New England Patriots on Sunday and the Minnesota Vikings after Monday's pro day workout, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline

Cockran measured in at 6-foot-4 7/8 and 250 pounds. He pumped 22 reps on the bench (actually completed 25 but a few teams threw out three reps) and posted a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-1 broad jump. "Cockran is a tremendous athlete coming off a disappointing campaign," Pauline wrote. "Teams want to see Cockran put on about 10 more pounds and fill out his frame."
Mar 8 - 2:03 PM

Minnesota OLB De'Vondre Campbell said Vikings HC Mike Zimmer "was trying to get under my skin and see how I’d react" at Monday's pro day.

Last season, Zimmer and Campbell competed in the same building. Now that Zimmer is moving on to nicer stadium digs, Campbell would no doubt like to follow him and stay local. First, he had to withstand Zimmer's famous intensity as the Vikings' boss got some hands-on work with Gopher prospects on Monday. "I don’t get rattled," Campbell said. "I don’t get nervous under pressure, so I just took the coaching and tried to apply it to what he was telling me to do." The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Campbell is fast, muscular, smart, hard working and comes equipped with a frame that can continue to add bulk. Unfortunately, his classroom smarts have not yet translated to the field of play, where he sometimes looks lost and tentative. "I totally agree because I’ve only been playing the position three or four years," Campbell said. "I’ve gotten better and better every year. My best football is way ahead of me."
Mar 8 - 1:19 PM

Minnesota CB Eric Murray says he's not worried about his draft stock.

He was asked about that at Monday's pro day, where the Gophers hosted 28 NFL teams. Most of Murray's draft projections currently range from Rds. 3-5. "The predictions are so unstable, you just can’t get caught up in it," Murray said. "Once you let it fill your head, you start to lose a little bit of work ethic. So I’m just trying to stay grounded, stay humble and just keep working."
Mar 8 - 12:39 PM

Minnesota OLB De'Vondre Campbell's Academic all-conference honors haven't translated into football IQ, argues NFL.com's Lance Zierlein.

Campbell is a fascinating prospect. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound specimen is rangy, quick, muscle-bound and tremendously gifted athletically. In addition, he's whip smart, a hard worker and has the frame to continue adding size. So why didn't he dominate in college? Why does he have such an issue with diagnostics when the bullets are firing? Because, according to Zierlein, he's slow to diagnose on the field and a bit tentative at the moment he needs to crash downhill. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Campbell as a fifth-rounder.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 4:05 PM

Minnesota and former HC Jerry Kill have parted ways.

Since retiring as football coach for health reasons (epilepsy) on Oct. 28, Kill and interim athletic director Beth Goetz have spoken about a potential administrative role of some sort. Kill then spoke to university President Eric Kaler about the same subject on Monday. The upshot of all of it is the sides have agreed that Kill won't have a permanent position at the university. "I visited with the president, and it was very professional in manner," Kill said. "He would like me to speak on behalf of the university, raise money and teach a class or two. I really appreciate that offer, but I want to be involved with athletics. I’ve been involved with athletics my whole life, and I want to be around the kids more than anything. That wasn’t part of the offer. I understand that, but that was the deal-breaker for me."
Feb 24 - 2:00 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore OL Alex Mayes has decided to retire.

Mayes is retiring at a tender young age due to injury. The 6-foot-5, 284-pound redshirt sophomore underwent shoulder surgery in September of 2014. While he'll remain on scholarship at the university, Minnesota will gain a medical waiver here, meaning another scholarship will be up for grabs in the football program.
Feb 23 - 9:46 PM

Minnesota HC Tracy Claeys indicated that redshirt junior QB Mich Leidner (foot) is hoping to participate in spring practice.

Leidner underwent a minor procedure on his foot following the team's win over Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl. While he's understandably hoping for a quick return, Claeys will be playing things cautious here. The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder could participate in pass shell drills, but it looks like his participation as a whole will be limited until he's further removed from surgery.
Feb 23 - 9:21 PM


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