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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said Missouri defensive end Markus Golden "doesn't lack motor, but he lacks in both size and arm length."

Shane Ray's running mate is a far different player. While Ray wins with speed and dogged determination, Golden is more of a stout end who boasts great hand use on the outside. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden is a Day 2 prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 9:38 PM

At the combine, Missouri DE Shane Ray "was constantly associated with" the Atlanta Falcons "as their leading choice in round one," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"The Atlanta Falcons will be looking for a pass rusher in the upcoming draft and during the final days of the combine the name of Shane Ray was constantly associated with the franchise as their leading choice in round one," Pauline wrote. With the Falcons in desperate need of pass rusher off the edge, Ray could be a fit for Atlanta. The Missouri prospect could man the LEO position in the Falcons defense, which is basically a designated pass rusher in the 4-3 under.
Feb 23 - 2:05 PM

An NFL scout said there's "no way in hell" Missouri DE Shane Ray "can be an outside 'backer," and believes Ray will soon fall on draft boards.

"I don't like him," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "People see who he is, they're going to fall off him quick. The body structure. No way in hell he can be an outside 'backer." At the moment, Ray's stock remains healthy. The NFL Media analysts who mock draft all project Ray to be gone anywhere from the Jaguars at No. 3 to the Falcons at No. 8. "Competitive, smart and reliable," the above scout added. "Wins with effort, urgency and great first step. He has a degree of stiffness. He's got to win with quickness because of his lack of size and strength." A different scout added: "He's better than the guy (Kony Ealy) from there last year. Little straight-line."
Feb 22 - 3:28 PM

Missouri DE Shane Ray (foot) won't participate in combine drills.

"Unfortunately (Sunday) I won't be able to perform because of an injury I had in my bowl game with my foot," Ray said. "So everything that is listed for tomorrow as far as the 40, and all the athletic drills, I'll be doing on my pro day." Missouri's pro day event currently doesn't have a set date, but it'll have a huge attendance whenever it occurs. Ray, who measured in a bit bigger than expected at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year after posting 14 sacks last season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 7:34 PM

Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl because of surgery on his left index finger, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Missouri OT Morse said his Senior Bowl invite was one of the greatest honors. He hated to decline because of surgery on left index finger," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Morse could be best suited inside at guard at the next level, due to his arm length and lack of functional athleticism.
Feb 18 - 3:34 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein thinks Missouri DE Shane Ray's pursuit ability is like the infected zombies in "28 Days Later" and added he "cheered for a running back to actually get away from Ray at one point while watching tape."

Yes -- he's that relentless. "Watching Ray was so much fun for me," Zierlein wrote. "Teams love physical traits for early draft picks, and Ray doesn't have the length that teams typically covet from edge players. That said, it won't be easy to find a player who plays with more consistent intensity than Ray. When watching him on tape, I noticed he never gave the opposing offensive lineman a break. Ever. It was captivating to watch Ray's advanced hand usage and understanding of how to alter his pass-rush plan during the game based on his opponent." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter, collecting 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss to earn SEC defensive player of the year honors. The Mizzou product has a good chance of going in the top 10 this spring, and perhaps the top five.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:13 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah told Jaguars.com that Missouri edge player Shane Ray's true size is something NFL clubs could have questions about.

"I’m anxious to see how big he is, because they list him at 6-2, 245 – around there, and I’ve heard from scouts that have gone in there that he’s going to measure in around 6-1. He’s not very long, and he’s not very heavy," Jeremiah said. "That could be one to keep an eye on because on tape he’s outstanding, but if he comes in a little bit smaller than everyone expected that could hurt his stock a little bit." Despite his size, the SEC defensive player of the year was highly productive last season with 65 tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, and 14.5 sacks. The Missouri prospect may have to transition to a stand-up rusher at the next level.
Source: Jaguars.com
Feb 12 - 2:38 PM

Missouri edge player Shane Ray lined up as the right defensive end on 93 percent (382) of his snaps in 2014, according to Steve Palazzolo.

Ray only played 21 snaps at left defensive end but also saw 23 snaps at defensive left tackle against South Carolina. This isn't a negative, but it leaves some uncertainty if Ray can help rush the passer on both sides. He was effective with quickness and power form the inside as well. Ray also led all the DL in the country with 10 penalties this season.
Feb 6 - 7:06 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray's "height, weight and speed could compare favorably to Denver's Von Miller when he was drafted out of Texas A&M in 2011," writes ESPN.com's Steve Muench.

"However, he doesn't show the same kind of lower-body flexibility or bend and he still doesn't transfer speed to power as well as Miller did on tape," Muench wrote. "It will be interesting to see how long his arms are, too, as Miller had 33 1/2-inch arms. In addition, Ray will need to show base 3-4 teams that he moves well enough in space during the pre-draft process to make that transition." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter, collecting 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss to earn SEC defensive player of the year honors. "Ray's exceptional motor and physicality play a role in his effectiveness as a pass-rusher but it takes more than effort and playing with an edge to earn the No. 3 overall ranking on our board," Muench wrote. "His instincts, the way he reads offensive linemen and his diversity rushing off the edge make him a nightmare one-on-one matchup."
Feb 4 - 11:25 PM

High school DL Terry Beckner Jr., the No. 2 player in the ESPN 300, committed to Missouri.

As expected. ESPN.com's RecruitingNation compares the 6-foot-4, 298-pound Beckner to Marcell Dareus of the Buffalo Bills. "Much like the former standout Alabama defender, Beckner brings a combination of size, power and athleticism that can allow him to be a versatile and at times dominating player in the trenches at the college level," wrote Craig Haubert and Jeremy Crabtree. "Big, powerful and versatile, Beckner can fit well in either a base 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and effectively play the 5- or 3-technique as well as nose guard. An explosive and talented big man with a lunch pail-type demeanor, he has the raw tools to come in and contribute early, but he also still possesses promising upside that can allow him to develop into an impact-type player in the trenches at the college level."
Feb 4 - 5:38 PM

ESPN.com's RecruitingNation predicts No. 2 overall recruit DE Terry Beckner Jr. will choose Missouri.

"Beckner fell in love with Florida State on his visit," the site wrote. "Beckner loved what he saw at Auburn and Ohio State, but nothing could match the excitement he saw while he was on his official visit last weekend to Missouri. Missouri's famed student section The Antlers wore No. 79 jerseys in honor of him and they chanted 'Terry Beckner DLINE-ZOU' as Beckner walked into Mizzou Arena with coach Gary Pinkel for a basketball game. It's that type of love, plus a longstanding relationship with East St. Louis High School, that makes Missouri the team to beat." The 6-foot-4, 298-pound Beckner would likely continue Missouri's recent trend of shipping defensive lineman to the NFL. "Beckner is a big, fast and athletic presence off the edge," reads his scouting report. "He plays with high intensity at the end position which results in plenty of disruptive plays. A big man with good upside on the line."
Feb 3 - 10:24 PM

The Falcons like Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray, though expected HC Dan Quinn figures to have a say in the team's draft decision, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Falcons pick No. 7 overall. Not surprisingly, many mock drafts, including Daniel Jeremiah's, currently have Atlanta selecting Ray. "Sources close to the situation tell me Quinn is a stickler for arm length so Ray’s measurements, hand and arm, could play a big factor," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray, who declared for the draft early, was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, earning SEC defensive player of the year honors.
Jan 20 - 7:05 PM

A Missouri coach believes redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray could run in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Ludicrous speed from a defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray, who declared for the draft early, was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, earning SEC defensive player of the year honors. The Mizzou product has a good chance of going in the top 10 in the 2015 draft.
Jan 12 - 1:04 AM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "may have the best first-step among all of the pass-rushers in the 2015 draft," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Ray will enter this spring's draft. "He used his blinding speed to rack up 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, each of which led the Southeastern Conference," Rang wrote. "Speed kills in the NFL and so Ray's early entry was hardly a surprise." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray was also voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 6:17 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

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. The Tigers' prospect has a good chance of going in the top 10 in the 2015 draft.
Jan 5 - 3:49 PM


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