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Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray reminds NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah of Seattle's Cliff Avril.

"Got kind of a unique body — not real thick in the lower half," he said. "He’s another one that’s got really, really good first-step quickness. He’s really good with his hands. He reminds me of Cliff Avril with Seattle. You wish maybe he was a little bit bigger, maybe a little bit stronger in the lower half, but I think he’s kind of an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray has recorded 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season. A consensus All-American, Ray was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press.
Dec 21 - 8:07 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher named a consensus All-American.

In order to be named a consensus All-American, players must receive first-team honors on three of the five All-America lists recognized by the NCAA. The 6-foot-3,245-pound Ray has recorded 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season and was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Missouri ends its season in the Citrus Bowl against Minnesota on Jan. 1.
Dec 18 - 2:33 PM

An SEC offensive coach compared Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray to Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs.

"When you study Ray on tape, you see a lot of the same qualities Suggs had as a pass rusher coming out of college," the coach told NFL.com. "He can really turn that corner sharply." It's been reported that Ray is likely to declare early for the draft. When he does, he'll likely hear his name called in the top 10. "While Missouri has been the home of 'try hard' defensive ends like Kony Ealy, Michael Sam and now Markus Golden, Ray can win with explosiveness and athleticism more frequently than the aforementioned ends," wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein. "Evaluators love Ray's play demeanor and his ability to win around the corner or with inside moves while still being able to handle himself against the run."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 1:05 AM

Yahoo! Sports reports Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray is "strongly considering" jumping to the NFL.

We'd expect nothing less, as Ray is a favorite to go in the top 10. "Sources indicate his mother, Sebrina Johnson, is in the process of setting up and conducting meetings with agents and vetting potential representatives," reported Rand Getlin. Ray has produced 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season and was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Missouri ends its season in the Citrus Bowl against Minnesota on Jan. 1.
Dec 17 - 9:36 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

While Golden won't be drafted as high as stud DE teammate Shane Ray, he supplies supreme length and hand use on the edge. Evaluators can't wait to get an up-close look at the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden. He grades out at the moment as a high second-rounder.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 15 - 8:35 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray rose up to No. 3 over Todd McShay's Big Board.

"Ray continues to rise on our draft board," McShay wrote. "He has a bit of a tweener frame, with below-average height and a lean build, but he has been incredibly productive this season, has elite speed for the position, and he explodes off the line with his first step, quick feet and hands and an effective spin move. He has initial pop but needs to improve his ability to convert speed to power. He's an active and disruptive force against the run, making a lot of plays in pursuit, and he has a relentless motor." Ray currently has an SEC-high 14.5 sacks. He's expected to declare for the draft after the season, at which time he'll have a decent chance of going in the top 10.
Dec 13 - 10:20 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "has to play smarter and more disciplined to show he will be a reliable pro," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Did Ray "hurt" himself in the eyes of NFL scouts? Not necessarily. But he definitely didn't help himself as his mistake forced him to leave a stage ready for him to make a statement. Whether you agree with the targeting rule or not, Ray has to play smarter and more disciplined to show he will be a reliable pro," Brugler wrote. Ray was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for leading with his helmet in a viscous hit of Blake Sims. Prior to that, he collected a sack to give him an SEC-high 14.5. Brugler adds that, Ray definitely "didn't help himself as his mistake forced him to leave a stage ready for him to make a statement."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 4:03 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray's "brief performance [in the SEC Championship] gave evaluators a glimpse of his potential as a pro."

Ray was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for leading with his helmet in a viscous hit of Blake Sims. Prior to that, he collected a sack to give him an SEC-high 14.5. "From a scouting perspective, Ray's performance in his limited action confirmed his speed, athleticism and explosive nature as a pass rusher. He shows outstanding first-step quickness and acceleration off the corner while also displaying tremendous balance and body control," Brooks wrote. "Ray's suddenness overwhelms offensive tackles, which allows him to win with inside counter moves when blockers overreact to his speed rush. To be fair, Ray was facing a talented freshman offensive tackle (Cam Robinson) still adjusting to the speed and tempo of championship-caliber football, but the performance against an All-SEC Freshman team member provided a glimpse of what the Tiger standout could do at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 11:14 PM

Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson said Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray is ready for the NFL.

"Definitely, most definitely," Robinson said when asked if Ray seemed NFL-ready. "I played against a lot of great defensive ends this year, and he was right there with any of them. I definitely feel he'll be very successful at the next level. He's very quick, very explosive." Though Ray was ejected in the second quarter of the contest, he did beat Robinson for a sack. Robinson compared Ray to Florida defensive end Dante Fowler. "Probably Dante Fowler from Florida -- they're pretty similar in the way they play. They are hard to handle," Robinson said.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 7 - 9:04 PM

Even when he located space on Saturday versus Alabama, Missouri senior DE Markus Golden "found himself pin-balled by multiple blockers" noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Poor, poor Markus Golden. When teammate and top 10 candidate Shane Ray was ejected from the game in the second quarter, Alabama's offensive coaches essentially looked their four- and five-star behemoth offensive linemen in the eyes and said: "Do not let Markus Golden beat us." Thus directed, Golden was swarmed in the second half. "Give Golden credit," Rang wrote. "He recorded several tackles in this contest and competed until the final snap. Virtually all of his stops, however, came after significant gains from the Tide." Golden grades out at the moment as a high second-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 7 - 5:55 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "performed well in the limited time he was on the field" Saturday against Alabama.

Ray, of course, had an early afternoon after he was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for leading with his helmet in a viscous hit of Blake Sims. Prior to leaving, Ray collected another sack to bring his season total to 14.5. He also showed "good effort in pursuit against the run," according to Rang. Ray, who will be eligible to play in the school's bowl game, is expected to leave for the pros soon thereafter.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 7 - 4:45 PM

Missouri redshirt sophomore QB Maty Mauk completed 16-of-34 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 42-13 loss to Alabama.

Mauk might have put up 272 through the air, but he was also wildly erratic and had trouble keeping drives going. Mauk looked sharpest when everything was imploding around him and he had to improvise. On several occasions, he scampered out of potential sacks and launched the ball down the field for completions. Sadly for Mauk, making crazy throws on broken plays is not a sustainable strategy for future success.
Dec 6 - 8:36 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray was ejected for targeting in the second quarter of the game against Alabama.

Alabama took a 13-0 lead on the play which saw max protect allow two Tide receivers to work downfield. Ray hit quarterback Blake Sims late while leading with his helmet. Ray did get in on a sack earlier in the game, but his day against good tackle competition is done early. He will be eligible to play in the school's bowl finale.
Dec 6 - 5:10 PM

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke with one AFC GM who believes Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray is a "solid" first-round prospect.

That is a bold statement, especially before Combine workouts. "He needs to be a difference-maker. This is the game he'll be heavily evaluated on, going against an NFL-caliber tackle," a college scouting director told Breer regarding Ray's matchup against Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 6 - 3:00 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes Scouts are digging deeper into Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray's game "to see if he possesses a repertoire of pass-rush moves that will enable him to win consistently against elite NFL offensive tackles."

"While Ray's athletic prowess and dynamic rush skills make him a disruptive player at the collegiate level, scouts will dig deeper into his game to see if he possesses a repertoire of pass-rush moves that will enable him to win consistently against elite NFL offensive tackles. Scouts will want to see how Ray sequences his rush moves to see if he has an effective set of counters to win when a blue-chip blocker takes away his fast ball," Brooks writes. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder leads the SEC in TFL (20.5) and sacks (13.5), which breaks Missouri's previous single season sack record of 11.5 held by Aldon Smith and Michael Sam.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 5 - 4:04 PM


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