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Missouri redshirt junior DE Shane Ray has been timed in the mid 4.4s, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Feldman named Ray to his annual "All-Freak Team," a fitting honor for a 245-pound DE that can run like a wide receiver. The RS junior from Shawnee Mission, Kans., is expected to play a much larger role in the defense this season after the Tigers lost both starting ends to the NFL. Ray, who displays good energy in addition to his speed, was disruptive in a part-time gig last year, collecting 39 tackles -- nine for loss -- 4.5 QB sacks, 11 QB pressures and two forced fumbles.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 12 - 9:39 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden "projects as an ideal hybrid rusher at the next level due to his speed, quickness and athleticism," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"He displays active hands at the point of attack, yet is elusive and explosive off the edge," wrote Brooks. "With a game that is tailor-made for the pros, Golden could be the hottest defensive end prospect in the 2015 class when it's all said and done." The 6-3, 260-pounder will follow in the footsteps of Aldon Smith, Sheldon Richardson, Kony Ealy and Michael Sam as the next drafted Tigers' defensive lineman.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 2:06 AM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden hopes to continue a run of highly-drafted Tigers' defensive lineman.

"You've got a lot of guys like Sheldon Richardson and Kony Ealy, who just kept it going getting drafted in the first or second round," Golden told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Of course, it means a lot to me, because I'd like to be the next guy to come out." Golden rotated in as part of a DE trio with Ealy and SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam last season. He finished with more tackles (55) than Ealy or Sam, and he collected 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Greg A. Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback wrote in February that the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden "could be a star" at the next level.
May 27 - 8:54 PM

Missouri sophomore CB Aarion Penton will break through to be considered one of the SEC's top corners in 2014, believes NFL.com's Chase Goodbread.

Per Mizzou's athletics site, the standout's first name is pronounced AIR-ee-on. "You won't hear his name much this fall unless he piles up a lot of interceptions, but the sophomore will be locking down SEC wide receivers as well as any cornerback in the SEC," wrote Goodbread. "As a freshman last year, Penton made a significant contribution to a solid Missouri defense." Penton was a three-star recruit, but it didn't take him long to show that he should have been valued more than that.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 6:45 PM

Updating previous news, Dallas gave UDFA Missouri WR L'Damian Washington a three-year contract with a $7,000 signing bonus.

It's a decent signing bonus for a UDFA, indicating the Cowboys were in hot pursuit of the Mizzou alum. Washington (6-foot-3 3/4, 195) played both the X and Z receiver positions in Gary Pinkel's spread offense, finishing his career with 100 catches for 1,735 yards (17.4 YPR) and 15 touchdowns. He's a one-trick-pony deep threat with 4.46 jets and long arms (33 3/8") who tends to catch the football with his body as opposed to his hands, and doesn't play with enough physicality to handle much volume in the NFL. He's a straight-line vertical receiver like Robert Meachem. Washington will compete for a roster spot this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 9:22 PM

Rams DE Michael Sam will be featured in a documentary series on The Oprah Winfrey Network.

The series will revolve around Sam's attempt to make the team as the NFL's first openly gay player. The released statement didn't say whether St. Louis was aware of this news beforehand or not. "We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history, but will shape it forever," Winfrey said in a prepared statement. "I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here." The Rams selected Sam with the No. 249 overall pick.
May 14 - 10:43 PM

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Dallas likely would have selected Missouri DE Kony Ealy at No. 47 and LSU OG Trai Turner at No. 78 if it hadn't have traded both picks to Washington for No. 34, used on Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence.

"I would say that Ealy was probably our next pick. Sometimes what you read isn't always true, in terms of the (Timmy) Jernigans of the world and people like that -- we really didn't have him in that mix," Jones said. "We really felt like we needed some help at the right end after losing DeMarcus (Ware)." The Panthers took Ealy at No. 60 overall, and Carolina also selected Turner at No. 92. "We gave up, probably, what would have been a starting-type player ... we probably would have ended up, believe it or not, picking another guard there. There was a guard where we were going to pick there, Trai Turner from LSU, that we liked a lot," Jones said.
May 14 - 10:24 PM

Missouri WR L'Damian Washington signed with the Cowboys.

Washington is easy to root for and he has outstanding measurables. His father was shot and killed, and his mother died from complications of a blood clot. Washington turned into a team captain, an emotional leader at Mizzou. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder is a sort of poor man's Martavis Bryant -- he runs in the 4.4s and can pop the top off a defense, but he's a body catcher who doesn't look natural running routes. He can also be jammed. Many thought Washington would hear his name called in the latter half of Day 3, but he'll head to Dallas with a chip on his shoulder and the knowledge that he possesses all the physical tools one needs to crack an NFL roster.
May 13 - 10:42 PM

Panthers signed Missouri WR Marcus Lucas.

Lucas (6-foot-3 5/8, 218) spent two seasons as a starter in Mizzou's spread offense, tallying 130 career catches for 1,638 yards (12.6 YPR) and 11 touchdowns. He ran 4.60 at the Combine with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Lucas is purely a possession target, but has a big catch radius (33 5/8-inch arms) and secures the football naturally with his hands.
May 13 - 8:56 PM

Eagles signed Missouri RB Henry Josey.

Josey (5-foot-8 1/8, 194) missed the 2012 season with multiple ligament and meniscus tears in his left knee, before making an impressive 2013 return that saw him rush 174 times for 1,166 yards (6.7 YPR) and 16 touchdowns as a redshirt junior. Josey managed 24 career receptions and obviously lacks feature back size, but is an explosive mover with 4.43 wheels and a 9-foot-10 broad jump. To become a real NFL asset, Josey will have to make major strides both as a special teamer and pass protector. He's a bit of a long shot, but easy to root for considering his resiliency. The Eagles also added Toldeo RB David Fluellen as a UDFA.
May 11 - 2:14 PM

Lions signed Missouri QB James Franklin.

Franklin (6-foot-1 1/2, 228) succeeded Blaine Gabbert under center for the Tigers, starting for three years. He finished his career with a 51:25 TD-to-INT ratio and 62.1% completion rate in Mizzou's spread offense. A dual threat, Franklin added 21 touchdowns on the ground. Injury prone with suspect ball location and arm strength, Franklin would have a better chance at an NFL career if he were more willing to change positions. He's been averse to the idea to this point. With not much behind Matthew Stafford in Detroit, Franklin should at least be given a shot to prove himself as a quarterback in practice settings.
May 11 - 1:54 PM

Rams selected Missouri DE Michael Sam with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sam (6-foot-1 5/8, 261) earned 2013 co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year on the strength of 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Despite a productive college track record, Sam is short on athleticism with a 4.91 forty time and 25 1/2-inch vertical. His low draft position is much more the result of limited attributes than his sexual orientation. Sam's upside is a sub-package pass rusher who plays around 20 snaps per game.
May 10 - 6:54 PM

Rams selected Missouri CB E.J. Gaines with the No. 188 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Gaines (5-foot-9 5/8, 190) was a three-year starter for the Tigers, finishing his career with 14 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.48 at the Mizzou Pro Day. Although Gaines is slightly built, he held 6-foot-5 Mike Evans to four catches for eight yards (not a typo) in the Tigers' November win over Texas A&M. Gaines is a feisty, physical zone corner and was a standout gunner on Missouri's special teams. He projects as a No. 2 or 3 corner.
May 10 - 4:14 PM

Seahawks selected Missouri OT Justin Britt with the No. 64 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Britt (6-foot-5 7/8, 325) missed the final three games of his junior season with a torn ACL, but returned to start all 14 at left tackle as a senior. He showed above-average athleticism at the Combine, clocking a 5.19 forty and 27 1/2-inch vertical. Britt needs to add strength (23 bench reps), but has adequate arm length (33 1/2") to stay at tackle. Britt will probably max out as a swing tackle and useful spot starter, but will compete with Michael Bowie at right tackle as a rookie.
May 9 - 9:33 PM

Panthers selected Missouri DE Kony Ealy with the No. 60 overall pick.

The Panthers stop Ealy's slide. Ealy (6-foot-4, 273) was a two-year starter for the Tigers before turning pro, recording 14 career sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss with four forced fumbles. He ran 4.92 at the Combine, with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. Ealy lacks explosive edge-rush ability and may be best suited as a hold-the-point left end, bulking up to fill out his frame. He certainly has length, with 34 1/4-inch arms. Ealy was actually a more effective interior rusher at Mizzou, and drew a pre-draft comparison to Seahawks star DE/DT Michael Bennett from NFL Films' Greg Cosell. He'll fill the No. 3 end role in Carolina and could see snaps on the interior on passing downs. RE Greg Hardy is currently playing on the franchise tag.
May 9 - 9:16 PM


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