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North Dakota State senior RB John Crockett "looked like one of the most draftable players on either roster during [Shrine Game] week," writes the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman

"Crockett is very strong and explosive into contact," Kouffman wrote. "He cuts well and shows good vision. Observers may be surprised by his speed, given his size. West linebackers were helpless against him during one-on-one coverage drills. It seemed that everything he tried against them worked." Crockett measured 5-foot-11 3/4 and 217 pounds with 10-inch hands at the event. While not an elite athlete, we like Crockett's silky movements while reading blocks.
Jan 18 - 11:56 PM

North Dakota State senior RB John Crockett rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in the school's 35-3 win over Sam Houston State.

He added another 66 receiving yards. Crockett has been highly productive during his time at NDSU, but his start was a bit delayed due to academic issues. He isn't overly impressive as an athlete, however, Crockett is very fluid when reading blocks to stay between the tackles or bounce outside. He will attend the East West Shrine game.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 10:03:00 AM

North Dakota State DE senior Kyle Emanuel accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder has thoroughly dominated on a small stage over the past few seasons and is one of the FCS' best pro defensive prospects. He helped his cause by also terrorizing the Big 12's Iowa State earlier this season, posting nine tackles, four for loss, with two sacks and a fumble recovered. Emanuel has a non-stop motor but will have to prove he's athletic enough to hack it at the next level.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 03:24:00 PM

North Dakota State senior RB John Crockett accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Earlier this season, ESPN's Todd McShay praised the small-school prospect, projecting him as a Day 3 pick. "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 has dominated on the small stage this year, running for 1,425 yards and 15 touchdowns on 271 carries across 12 games.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 08:28:00 PM

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."
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 11:27:00 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.
Tue, May 13, 2014 08:34:00 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.
Fri, May 9, 2014 09:46:00 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.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 04:39:00 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.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 05:50:00 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.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 06:26:00 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.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:26:00 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.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:10:00 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.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 11:06:00 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.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 12:47:00 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

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