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The Broncos had a "solid if unspectacular draft that brought reasonably good value and knocked out a few needs," wrote Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

The analyst gave Denver's haul a "B-" grade. Silva sees OLB Shane Ray, OT Ty Sambrailo and perhaps even Florida C Max Garcia as Day 1 starters. ESPN's Mel Kiper agreed with the B- grade. "The trade up to get Shane Ray could end up becoming a steal, because while Ray's injury issue and off-field questions have been well-documented, you're talking about a highly productive pass-rusher who belonged in the top 10 on ability nabbed by a team that still wants to contend for a Super Bowl," Kiper wrote. "If he's right and spelling Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, this is a deep pass rush."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 1:59 AM

Saints selected Missouri RB Marcus Murphy with the No. 230 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Murphy (5'9/198) was a multi-purpose weapon for Missouri, scoring 16 career TDs as a ball carrier, two as a receiver, four on punt returns, and three as a kickoff returner. Although he was a high-impact college playmaker, Murphy lacks the attributes of an NFL force. He ran 4.61 at the Combine with lineman-esque vertical (29") and broad (9'1") jump numbers. Murphy's best shot at contributing in the pros will be on special teams.
May 2 - 5:41 PM

Rams selected Missouri WR Bud Sasser with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Sasser (6'3/219) broke out as a slot receiver following the departures of L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham, posting a 77-1,003-12 receiving line as a senior. Snubbed for the Combine and overlooked by the draft community, Sasser showed passable athleticism at the Mizzou Pro Day, running 4.53 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Sasser doesn't project as an explosive perimeter receiver in the NFL, but could do some damage in a "big slot" role.
May 2 - 4:37 PM

Cardinals selected Missouri OLB Markus Golden with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Golden (6'2/260) spent three seasons with the Tigers after a JUCO transfer, breaking out as a senior for 20 TFLs and ten sacks as the bookend to Shane Ray. Like predecessor Michael Sam, Golden's stiffness was exposed in the pre-draft phase as he managed forty times of 4.74/4.76 with a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. Golden thrived with effort in college, but isn't talented enough to be an impact NFL pass rusher. This was a surprise pick by Arizona, which needs more explosion off the edge.
May 1 - 9:15 PM

Chiefs selected Missouri OL Mitch Morse with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Morse (6'5/305) made 39 starts at Mizzou, seeing action at center and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Short arms (32 1/4") will likely kick Morse back inside, but he is a terrific athlete with 5.14 speed and a 31-inch vertical. At the Combine, Morse pumped 36 reps on the bench. Tough and tenacious with ideal movement skills, Morse projects well to Kansas City's zone-blocking scheme. He'll likely be given a long look to start at center over Eric Kush, replacing Rodney Hudson.
May 1 - 8:43 PM

Broncos traded up with Lions to select Missouri OLB Shane Ray with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Ray (6'3/245) was a sub-package rusher until his redshirt junior season (2014), when he broke loose for 22.5 TFLs, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He beat D.J. Humphries for two sacks against Florida. Dubbed "Tasmanian Devil" by Greg Cosell for his relentless playing style, Ray is a high-motor prospect who's drawn comparisons to LaMarr Woodley in his prime. Ray posted sub-par workout metrics at Missouri's Pro Day (4.68 forty, 7.60 three-cone time), however, and may eventually need turf-toe surgery. He was also arrested for marijuana possession on Monday. He's a high-risk, high-reward pick.
Apr 30 - 10:42 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray "is just a pain in the butt to block," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

Gruden specifically likes that Ray defends the run, in addition to his pass-rushing skill. "They used him on these stunts where he is really effective," Gruden said. "People say he gets a lot of sacks on these stunts. Well, I know a lot of defensive ends that don't like coming in there because sometimes that center whacks your face off. Ray comes inside on these stunts with a recklessness that I love. He gets off the rock with an edge rush that is hard to block." Ray's stock is down, which could lead to a nice value opportunity for some team in the second half of Round 1. He was cited for possession of marijuana on Monday morning and struggled with injury and testing ineffectiveness this winter.
Apr 29 - 1:26 PM

There is growing belief that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray will fall out of Round 1, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Ray's citation on marijuana possession Monday may have sealed his shocking tumble from the top 10 to Round 2. Not only is this the belief in the NFL circles Pauline's sources run in, but the "opinion [is] shared by many in [Ray's] camp." Ray isn't helped by injury concerns (a foot specialist recently told the prospect he won't need toe surgery) and mediocre testing numbers.
Apr 28 - 10:27 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was cited for possession of marijuana Monday morning, according to Brandon Kiley.

Ray was in possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana. Draft week citations and arrests are always relevant on some level. No one will ever top Tharold Simon's arrest the day before he was drafted. During the 2015 draft process, Ray has been held out of the Combine due to medicals, displayed poor athleticism during testing and now has been cited for marijuana.
Apr 27 - 7:47 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Missouri OL Mitch Morse is "my sleeper."

"This guy is one tough sucker," he said. "You talk about toughness and tenacity. You grade him and he just blocks his guy. Their left tackle last year (Justin Britt) went to Seattle and started, and there's no comparison between the two. His feet are good enough." The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Morse is tremendously versatile, starting 18 games at RT, 14 at LT and eight at center. "Center is a perfect position," another scout said. "He kind of grows on me. He's not a naturally big guy so he's going to get torqued a little bit. He's got a degree of toughness about him that shows in his play."
Apr 27 - 1:30 AM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray met with a foot specialist who recommended the prospect will not need toe surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is big news for Ray, who recently returned for a medical re-check which found the toe had not healed as much as hoped. The injury was described "like turf toe." Per Rapoport, it was discovered during a team visit. "Thought surgery was his reality. Instead, simply rest," Rapoport said of ray.
Apr 23 - 2:36 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray will likely need foot surgery for the injury that kept him out of the Combine, according to Lance Zierlein.

Ray injured his toe during the school's bowl game and the Combine medicals kept him out of participating. PFT's Mike Ryan recently passed along word that Ray's toe showed up again on medical re-checks last weekend and it has not healed as much as hoped. "I'm hearing more and more concerns about his foot and I think he ends up sliding," Zierlein tweeted. An end of the first-round to second-round selection is absolutely possible.
Apr 23 - 9:19 AM

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo, Football Outsiders and an analytics director all told ESPN's Mike Sando that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was "ranked too high based on several factors."

Ray did acquit himself well in College Football Focus' scouting, but Palazzolo indicated his lack of agility hurts projections. "There are concerns with him translating like Vic Beasley and [Dante] Fowler, who we see as better," he said. FO's SackSEER projection pegged Ray as higher-risk prospect than Fowler and hauntingly compared him to Vernon Gholston (Ray finished his college career with only one pass defensed). Football Outsiders also hated Ray's 7.7-second time in the 3-cone drill, 12th-worst in SackSeer's data.
Apr 20 - 9:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay "love[s]" Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray's "quick first step, his active hands to keep blockers off his frame, and his non-stop motor."

"But there is some concern regarding his position fit," McShay wrote. "As a 4-3 defensive end, he lacks ideal size and plays the run with a narrow base. But as a 3-4 OLB, he lacks experience in a two-point stance and he's very stiff in coverage. The team that drafts him will get the most out of his skill set, but it might not be the most natural fit." Ray was considered a top-10 lock coming into the winter, but his stock has dropped a bit since then due to sluggish testing times and a nagging injury. Nobody questions his effort, though. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Ray to Jerry Hughes.
Apr 17 - 11:28 PM

NFL Media calls Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray one of this draft processes' biggest losers.

"After not being cleared to run at the combine due to a to injury, Ray posted slower than expected times in the shuttle and 40-yard dash at the Missouri pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He showed a lack of flexibility and had some issues in coverage during linebacker drills, so it wasn't hard to see why Ray's stock took a hit." Colleague Mike Mayock attended the workout and panned Ray's performance, ultimately dropping the Tiger product from No. 2 to 5 in his edge rusher rankings.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 7:12 PM


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