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NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Missouri DE Markus Golden is a better fit at DE than OLB at the next level.

"Watched Mizzou DE Markus Golden and love how he plays with effort, and passion. Many see him as an OLB candidate, I like him best at DE," Davis tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Golden's lack of ideal size, short arms, and tightness in the hips could limit him in a 3-4 scheme. However, Golden has a high motor, possesses good instincts, and has the ability to the set the edge. The Missouri prospect has recorded 33 TFLs and 16.5 sacks over the past two years.
Mar 24 - 5:46 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray has "the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He pursues the quarterback and the ball like it's his last snap. An alpha male packaged in an explosive frame, Ray has the traits and skills to be a dominant pass rusher and potential Pro Bowler. He also has the athleticism and strength to play in any defensive front," Zierlein wrote. While Ray's pro day served up mixed reviews for the Missouri prospect, Zierlein still has him ranked as his No.2 edge rusher in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Ray may lack the ideal size that evaluators look for in a full-time defensive end, but is a strong and explosive athlete who projects best as a OLB.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has heard concern from scouts about Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray's relatively thin lower body.

At his pro day last week, Ray posted a 4.52 short shuttle, 7.70 3-cone, and a 4.64 forty with a 10-yard split of 1.65 seconds. "The tape proves that he's a legitimate pass rusher," one high-ranking scout said. "But, he has narrow hips and thin legs so he's likely to struggle to add much weight and retain the quickness that he used so effectively off the edge. I don't know that he's a defensive end at our level. He looked stiff during the linebacker drills too. I'm not saying that he's not a first round pick, but he wasn't as impressive on the hoof as Beasley and isn't as polished as [Dante] Fowler so I have a hard time seeing him go earlier than either of them."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 9:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay has "cooled" on Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray as he's watched more game film on him.

"He has elite speed and first-step quickness for an edge rusher, but I haven't seen much of a power element to his game -- and when you look at the top pass-rushers in the NFL right now, almost all of them possess the ability to win with power," McShay wrote. "He has a great motor and was very productive at Missouri, but his sack totals are a little misleading, as a lot came against lesser competition." Ray now ranks as the No. 15 overall prospect on McShay's board. At one time, Ray looked like a top-10 lock. At this point, he looks more like a mid-first-rounder.
Mar 21 - 8:33 PM

Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray "is fast and very athletic, but many feel he's to[o] light to come out of a three-point stance and looked tight in his hips during drills," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At his pro day earlier this week, Ray posted a 4.52 short shuttle, 7.70 3-cone, and a 4.64 forty with a 10-yard split of 1.65 seconds. He chipped in a 33-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. An NFC outside linebacker coach told NFL.com earlier this week that Ray "not like other guys from Missouri that we've seen" because of his blinding speed but non-ideal frame. Ray, a consensus All-American in his first season as starter, posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss last year.
Mar 20 - 8:43 PM

Missouri DE Markus Golden "looked terrific in drills and really impressed a lot of people" at the school's pro day, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While he did not test as well as his teammate Shane Ray ... most felt he helped himself immeasurably today," Pauline added. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden, a Day 2 prospect, ran a forty in the 4.65s at the event. Golden was one of seven players in the country last year to finish with at least 10 sacks and 20 TFL.
Mar 20 - 5:05 PM

Missouri EDGE Shane Ray was "explosive" during pass rush drills, according to a high ranking scout that attended his workout, CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports.

The 6-foot-3, 249 pound Ray also impressed during linebacker dills, with the scout noting that Ray, "looked good." The scout added that the Missouri prospect showed "enough flexibility and burst to play in space." However, Ray's 3-cone drill times and shuttles were disappointing(7.70 3-cone,4.52 short shuttle). Rang added that, Ray's performance lead "some in attendance to wonder if the poor times were related to his foot injury."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 20 - 2:52 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Missouri redshirt senior OT Mitch Morse should "go higher than most think," and gives him a fourth-round grade.

"Mitch Morse isn't talked about much but he'll go higher than most think, just like Justin Britt last year. 4th round grade at OT/C," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Morse earned second Team All-SEC honors in his first season at left tackle for the Tigers. The Missouri prospect initially started at center early in his career, and played at right tackle as well. Morse could add value to his draft stock, with that kind of positional versatility at the next level.
Mar 20 - 2:03 PM

Missouri EDGE Shane Ray recorded a 4.52 short shuttle, 7.70 3-cone, and 4.64 forty time at the school's pro day.

Ray posted a 33" vertical, 10' broad and 10 yard split of 1.65 seconds. He was held out of Combine activities due to a foot injury, and many likely believe that impacted his results here. When combined, these numbers show a below average athlete at his position. However, numbers have not always been kind to prospects injured during the process, like Aldon Smith and Justin Tuck. Ray has a chance to show these numbers do not reflect his true athleticism once reaching the NFL.
Mar 20 - 11:14 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Missouri DE Shane Ray is scheduled to meet with the Kansas City Chiefs, work out for the Arizona Cardinals, and do both for the Atlanta Falcons.

He also dined with the Pittsburgh Steelers last night and was scheduled to have a sit down with the New York Jets today. Rand Getlin previously reported that Ray had had visits lined up with the Titans, Jaguars, Falcons and Ravens. The Mizzou prospect collected 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss to earn SEC defensive player of the year honors last season.
Mar 20 - 12:19 AM

An NFC outside linebacker coach cautioned that Missouri DE Shane Ray "not like other guys from Missouri that we've seen."

"He's got serious speed to get over the top of tackles, and those other ends didn't have it," the coach said. "You just wish he was a little longer." Size remains the only major question on Ray's evaluation. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder (33 1/8-inch arms) "was often engulfed and glued to the bigger tackles he faced. ... but Ray doesn't have many other weaknesses," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "He has elite power for his size, violent hands, and pursues the quarterback and the ball like it's his last snap. He explodes off the line like a coiled spring. Ray has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL and a potential Pro Bowler." 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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 4:25 PM

Missouri EDGE Shane Ray has visits lined up with the Titans, Jaguars, Falcons and Ravens, according to Rand Getlin.

Ray's pro day will be completed soon, and it could have a major impact on his evaluation after missing the Combine. He has a great upfield burst and motor to chase down plays, but teams will be curious to see his change of direction, bend and explosion in terms of converting speed to power.
Mar 16 - 1:09 PM

Missouri DE Shane Ray is now the No. 9 player on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

In Kiper's last installment, Ray wasn't ranked, perhaps due to fear over his position fit at the next level. "An explosive pass-rusher who can point to both his production and the workout numbers, Ray is simply a menace in terms of his ability to disrupt, as he can move around the line and will find ways into the backfield wherever he is," Kiper wrote. "He has quick feet and hands to both beat blockers to a spot or shed them, and he always brings energy. If there's a concern it's the size, which clearly profiles better at OLB. He can get eaten up by good blockers on occasion and can leave lanes open when he's trying to find space." The Missouri edge rusher was held out of Combine workouts with a toe injury. Scouts can check him out at Missouri's pro day on Thursday.
Mar 15 - 11:27 PM

Missouri DE Markus Golden "motor and relentlessness rushing the passer make him a sleeper to lead NFL rookies in sacks next season," opines ESPN's Sharon Katz.

Missouri got 14.5 of its SEC-leading 44 sacks last season from Shane Ray, but Katz notes that Golden was almost as productive. Golden had 10 sacks, and 20 TFL (Ray had 22.5). Golden finished with four more hurries (36 to 32). Only seven other players in the entire country finished with 10-plus sacks and 20-plus TFL. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden is a Day 2 prospect.
Mar 13 - 10:00 PM

Missouri DE Shane Ray "has a stunning first step followed by a variety of moves," NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney wrote.

"Every team I've talked to that runs a 3-4 defense has actually pulled up my film, and they have film of me dropping into coverage and making open-field tackles. Honestly, I think they're pretty pleased with what they see. ... I'm able to do whatever the coach needs for me to do," said Ray. He's taking a very similar stance to Randy Gregory, smart moves on both their parts. "Ray's rapid ascent as a prospect reflects long hours studying film," wrote Cooney. "His on-field awareness and overall athleticism show up in his impressive ability to detect and destroy screen passes."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 7:55 PM


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