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Missouri redshirt senior S Braylon Webb has "enough agility and speed to handle dropping down and covering slot receivers," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Webb enters the fall with a team-high 30 career starts. "Webb primarily lines up at strong safety but has enough agility and speed to handle dropping down and covering slot receivers, as well as playing a deep single-high position," Rang wrote. "He is at his best facing the quarterback, showing good awareness and steady acceleration to track the ball. Webb is a physical (albeit not explosive) tackler who wraps his arms securely. Given his experience, however, Webb doesn't break free of receiver blocks as quickly as he should. Webb had shoulder surgery after spring practice but is expected to ready for the start of the 2014 season." The 6-foot, 205-pounder runs a 4.67 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 10:10 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "could wind up earning a higher draft-day grade" than ex-teammate pass rushers Michael Sam and Kony Ealy, notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Considering he backed up Sam and Ealy last year, Ray collected an impressive 39 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Rang calls Ray an "extraordinary athlete" and believes his draft stock could spike because of the NFL's increased creativity in using athletic edge rushers. "Ray has an explosive first step to beat tackles off the snap and can fly by and around them, showing the flexibility and balance to scrape the corner and close," the analyst wrote. "He complements the speed rush with a quick jab-step back to the inside and a swim over the top to counter when opponents start leaning outside. Ray locates the football quickly and changes directions fluidly to pursue. Ray is overly reliant on his athleticism to wreak havoc at this time and could improve his functional strength and awareness of cut blocks. He struggles to disengage once blockers latch on, showing only average power in his hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 7:45 PM

Missouri redshirt junior ILB Kentrell Brothers "could be in store for a monster season," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Brothers recorded 70 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and finished second on the team with three interceptions. "Brothers' square-ish frame appears better suited to the 'Mike role, which is where he's being moved this year. Brothers is instinctive and doesn't shirk from contact, often aggressively taking on blockers in the hole. He has good lateral agility to slip them, as well and is smooth and attentive in coverage. Brothers frequently was in position a year ago to make big plays only to have runners slip through his fingers. With greater wrap-up strength and determination, he could be in store for a monster season."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 23 - 5:37 PM

Missouri junior C Evan Boehm "could eventually earn early round NFL consideration," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The former top recruit was inserted into the starting lineup soon after arriving on campus, manning left guard as a freshman and transitioning to center last year. "Boehm has a short and stocky frame. Frankly, he looks like a Coke machine with arms, legs and a helmet," Rang wrote. "He is surprisingly light on his feet and shows impressive power, leverage and technique - traits he's carried over from a state championship wrestling career in high school. Only a true junior, Boehm looks well on his way to competing for all-conference or even All-American accolades at center and could eventually earn early round NFL consideration."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 8:29 PM

Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse has "above average initial quickness," "good patience," and "plays with his knees bent," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Morse is an extremely versatile offensive lineman, having begun his career at center. He shifted to right tackle, where he's started the last 17 games, and will now transition to left tackle to replace Seattle Seahawk second-round pick Justin Britt. "Like Britt, Morse is a functional athlete whose strengths are his patience, power and tenacity," Rang wrote. "He is a bit top-heavy and struggled a bit with speed while at right tackle so the transition to left tackle this year may not perfectly. Morse is best suited back at right tackle or even slotted inside at guard where his lack of foot speed is better protected and he can play the physical brand of football that has helped him emerge as a standout, thus far." Rang concludes: "[Morse] is quicker and more balanced dropping back into pass protection than he is pulling or sprinting out to block defenders at the second level."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 7:30 PM

Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy "could push for a draft selection" if he has a big season, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"The NFL is always on the lookout for versatile skill-position players and they don't come much more versatile or productive than Murphy," Rang wrote. The fifth-year senior has accumulated 3,191 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns while in college, with 12 rushing scores, one receiving, three via kick returns and another on a punt return. He was an All-American honoree in 2012 for his work on special teams. "Murphy has seen a lot of time at slot receiver in camp and appears well suited to the change," Rang wrote. "He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands. With a big senior season, the jack of all trades could push for a draft selection."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 6:55 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden "sports a powerful, relatively compact frame rather than the lengthy athletic build scouts prefer at defensive end,"according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Golden sports a powerful, relatively compact frame rather than the lengthy athletic build scouts prefer at defensive end. He has an explosive initial burst to challenge tackles and flashes speed off the edge," Rang wrote. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 260 pound Golden played close to 40 percent of the snaps for the Tigers and had 55 tackles, with 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Rang added that Golden "can out-quick and over-power blockers due to good agility, balance and core strength."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 3:36 PM

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


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