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North Dakota State senior RB John Crockett projects as a Day 3 pick, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

Crockett has rushed for 564 yards and seven touchdowns on 106 carries across five games. "At 6-foot, 215 pounds, he is a decisive runner with good vision and shows the ability to make quick cuts in traffic in addition to having a second gear," McShay wrote. "Crockett projects as a Day 3 pick."
Oct 7 - 11:27 PM

North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen signed with the Dolphins on Saturday.

Jensen (6-foot-2 3/4, 223 pounds) led North Dakota State to three consecutive national titles. He's not the most physically gifted prospect, but he's smart, mobile (reported forty of 4.70) and has a decent frame. There are probably worse QBs to keep on the practice squad.
May 13 - 8:34 PM

Miami selected North Dakota State OL Billy Turner with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Turner (6-foot-5, 315) was the 2013 O-Lineman of the Year at D-IAA (FCS) and made 56 career starts. He became the Bison's starting left tackle as a sophomore, and didn't allow a single sack in 15 senior-year games. Turner has plus arm length (34") and athleticism (5.16 forty, 9-foot broad jump), and flashes a nasty temperament on tape. Described by Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris as a "mauler," Turner best projects to right tackle or guard in the pros, and could eventually become a plus starter at either for the Dolphins.
May 9 - 9:46 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick notes that North Dakota State OL Billy Turner has made "huge improvements this off-season" to his technique.

Riddick mentioned Turner while making a bigger point about how problematic it can be for decision makers to see great workouts from draft prospects that might show better than the game tape. "Given the info that teams have on players that goes well beyond film eval, nothing should surprise when player value 'fluctuates,'" Riddick wrote. It's a good report to hear about Turner, a mauler who needed refinement. That he's already displaying it is great for his draft stock. Whether he can transfer those gains to the field remains to be seen, of course.
Apr 19 - 4:39 PM

North Dakota State OL Billy Turner visited the Cowboys on Monday, and has pre-draft workshops slated later this week with the Rams and Vikings.

Turner worked out for Dallas last week. In addition, the busy Bisons' mauler has visits lined up with Carolina on April 22 and Miami on April 23. Turner (6-foot-5 3/8, 314 pounds) lacks consistent technique, but his bullish style should play on the right side for several years.
Apr 14 - 5:50 PM

North Dakota State OL Billy Turner visited the Bucs on Monday, and has upcoming visits scheduled with the Cowboys, Panthers, Rams, Vikings, and Dolphins, reports's Gil Brandt.

According to the venerable Brandt, Turner will take in Dallas on April 9 and again on the 15th, Carolina on April 11 and again on the 22nd, St. Louis on April 16, Minnesota on April 17 and Miami on April 23. The Bisons' mauler had reportedly already met with the Cowboys, Bucs, Panthers and Vikings, so those organizations appear to be particularly interested in his services.
Apr 7 - 6:26 PM's Gil Brandt assigns North Dakota State OL Billy Turner a Day 2 grade, likely "down near the end of the third round."

Turner (6-foot 5 3/8, 314 pounds) elected to retain his combine numbers and only did position drills at last week's NDSU pro day. That we know of, he has met with the Cowboys, Buccaneers, Panthers and Vikings. The large left tackle is a mauling blocker but lacks consistent technique.
Mar 17 - 10:26 PM

Bengals QB coach Ken Zampese attended last week's North Dakota State pro day to scout QB Brock Jensen, reports's Gil Brandt.

Jensen (6-foot-2 3/4, 223 pounds) posted forty times of 4.77 and 4.70 at the event. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.35 and the three-cone drill in 7.06. Jensen isn't the most physically gifted prospect, but he was the signal caller for three consecutive North Dakota State national title winners. He's likely to be a priority UDFA.
Mar 17 - 10:10 PM

North Dakota State OL Billy Turner has three team visits scheduled.

Those three teams are the Bucs, Panthers and Vikings, according to's Gil Brandt. The Panthers have the most glaring offensive line needs of the three, and Turner can likely play on the edge, due to his athleticism, or the inside, due to his functional strength. The small schooler's technique is not good, but he should be a second-round pick despite it.
Mar 5 - 11:06 AM

North Dakota State T Billy Turner has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Turner, who will attend the Senior Bowl, is a top three prospect from the FCS level. His technique is a question and teams will try to straighten out the edges, but Turner is a physical blocker with strong hands and good athleticism. He might move inside in the NFL.
Jan 6 - 12:47 PM

North Dakota State named former defensive coordinator Chris Klieman head coach.

Craig Bohl will finish out the season as Bisons' head coach and then take over Wyoming's downtrodden program. The 47-year-old Klieman turned down an opportunity to follow his boss to Laramie. "I'm not going to be Craig Bohl," Klieman said. "I'm going to be Chris Klieman. And I think that's good. I think that's OK," Klieman said. "I've learned so much from Craig. Craig is the best leader I've ever been around as far as just a genuine leader. He tells you exactly how it is." NDSU is the favorite to win its third-consecutive FCS national championship. The coaching change doesn't figure to alter the program's long-term fortunes much.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 05:22:00 PM

North Dakota State T Billy Turner has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

He had already received an invitation to a few other all star games, including the East-West Shrine, but we expect turner to end up in Mobile. The large left tackle is an absolute bully of a blocker but lacks consistent technique. He projects as a tackle if those rough edges are refined, but could also play guard at the next level.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Many scouts see North Dakota State senior T Billy Turner as a top-75 selection, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"The senior is building a buzz in the scouting community and getting rave reviews from NFL personnel people," Pauline writes. The senior reportedly entered the season with undrafted free agent grades, but has elevated his evaluation after scouts took a closer look. "Turner, a long, lean athlete who shows no stiffness in his game, looks markedly improved from last season. He’s a terrific run blocker who easily gets out to the second level and annihilates linebackers."
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:42:00 AM

North Dakota State has suspended junior LB Travis Beck after the Bison allegedly knocked a man unconscious during a fight.

Beck was charged with aggravated assault following the weekend altercation. He was named the most valuable player in the 2011 Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game after the Bison won back to back titles.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 01:04:00 PM

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