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Broncos selected Nebraska FB Andy Janovich with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Janovich (6'1/238) spent a little over one season as the starting fullback, amassing a 45-271-3 (6.1 YPC) rushing line with five career receptions. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches as a senior. A walk-on with borderline-NFL athleticism (4.81 forty, 9'11" broad jump), Janovich's big-league ticket will be on special teams, where he starred in college. He isn't a ball-handling threat or a dominant lead blocker.
Apr 30 - 3:46 PM

Ravens selected Nebraska OT Alex Lewis with the No. 130 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Lewis (6'6/312) spent two years at Nebraska after transferring from Colorado, making 26 starts at left tackle and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches as a senior. Lewis has long arms (34") with a left tackle frame, but his best NFL position will be right tackle due to slow-ish feet. Lewis' likeliest NFL projection is a swing tackle with some potential to grow into a lower-end starter.
Apr 30 - 1:45 PM

Patriots selected Nebraska DL Vincent Valentine with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Valentine (6'4/329) left Nebraska as a redshirt junior after making 24 starts, tallying 16 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and a forced fumble. He showed plus length and athleticism at the Combine, but managed 17 bench-press reps and needs to get stronger. Valentine struggled with conditioning in college and missed time with a high ankle sprain last year, but he's a project worth trying to develop. Valentine offers rotational nose tackle potential.
Apr 29 - 11:13 PM

Cowboys selected Nebraska DT Maliek Collins with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Collins (6'2/311) turned pro after three seasons at Nebraska, logging 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 26 starts. He made second-team All-Big Ten as a junior. A gap-shooting penetrator, Collins' athletic ability showed up in Indy with a 5.03 forty and 29 1/2-inch vertical. Collins' run defense needs a lot of work, but he's pro ready to cause backfield havoc, and just turned 21 a few weeks ago. He's an upside three-technique prospect.
Apr 29 - 9:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that Nebraska T Alex Lewis has legitimate potential to be drafted on Friday.

Per Pauline, teams "love" Lewis' upside and began to swoon during the Shrine Game. "I'm told it's a situation where Lewis may end up playing guard as a rookie," Pauline noted, "as he develops his game and physically matures before being kicked out to tackle." A Day 2 pick might surprise NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, who tabbed Lewis as a fifth or sixth-round selection earlier in the process.
Apr 29 - 1:26 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that Nebraska DT Maliek Collins has "been overlooked a bunch in this process."

A noticeable drop in production from 2014 to 2015 has played at least some part in Collins' dulled draft stock. That doesn't concern Prisco, who writes that even with that down statistical campaign, "he's a quick, athletic defensive tackle who weighs 300 pounds." The analyst has a friend in colleague Rob Rang, who believes that Collins would be receiving second-round talk if he was not in such a loaded class of defensive tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 9:51 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote, "In most classes, I think [Nebraska DT Maliek Collins] would warrant second-round consideration."

Unfortunately for Collins, this is not "most classes." Rather, this is one of the deepest defensive line drafts in recent memory. Rang believes that the 6-foot-2, 311-pounder will probably fall into the middle rounds simply due to the silly depth at defensive tackle. The analyst counts "initial burst, agility and length" as some of Collins' strengths. He sees him fitting most comfortably in a one-gap scheme.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 11:18 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that Nebraska T Alex Lewis has "character concerns [which are] legitimate."

When Lewis began his collegiate career, he was a left tackle for Colorado. He transferred to Nebraska after being charged with two counts of aggravated assault for his role in a drunken fight in 2013. He would spend a month in jail after pleading down to a misdemeanor. With the Cornhuskers, he started 26 games. "The character concerns are legitimate. At times they bleed onto the field with dumb penalties," one scout told the Journal Sentinel. Another evaluator was more forgiving in saying, "He is a physical dude. He had an issue and I think he's over it. He's worthwhile." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein projects the 6-foot-6, 312-pounder as a potential fifth or sixth-round selection.
Apr 24 - 7:34 PM

Nebraska senior DE Greg McMullen is taking a leave of absence to focus on academics.

According to HC Mike Riley, McMullen's leave of absence is of the indefinite variety, as he wants to tighten up his focus as he sets his sights on graduating during the spring semester with a major in criminology and criminal justice. He is also looking to be admitted to graduate school. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll five times during his time with the Cornhuskers. While he is taking his leave of absence right now, it should be clear that he has not left the program completely. Riley indicated that he would look to speak with McMullen next week to gauge where his head might be at as spring practice wraps up.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 9 - 7:27 PM

Nebraska junior CB Chris Jones underwent surgery to have an infection removed.

Jones will likely miss the remainder of spring practice, which wraps on April 16. According to ESPN's Mitch Sherman, the surgical procedure involved removing an infection from the 6-foot, 185-pounder's thigh. DC Mark Banker is hoping for improved team health in the future. Said Banker, "You always want to play with your best guys. But I'll take [injuries] now, than during the course of the season." Last season, Jones recorded 25 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack and a pair of interceptions. He is in line to start in 2016, barring health complications.
Apr 5 - 8:10 PM

Four-star QB Tristan Gebbia committed to Nebraska.

Gebbia was drawing interest from the likes of Alabama, Arizona State, Miami and Ole Miss before he made his commitment to the Cornhuskers a public affair via Monday's Twitter announcement. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterbacking prospect hails from Calabasas, California, and ranks as Rivals' No. 86 player for the 2017 cycle. As a junior at Calabasas High this past season, he posted some silly numbers, including 4,435 passing yards with a 45/9 TD/INT ratio.
Apr 4 - 9:35 PM

Nebraska HC Mike Riley indicated that junior WR DeMornay Pierson-El (knee) says he has recovered to 80% health.

Pierson-El suffered a catastrophic injury to his knee while celebrating a Stanley Morgan touchdown against Purdue on Halloween. The fateful celebration not only resulted in torn ligaments in the left knee, it also resulted in a fractured leg. If the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder truly is back to 80% already, that is as an impressive a recovery as you are likely to see in sports. In 13 healthy contests in 2014, he proved to be an electric return man, totaling 644 yards and three touchdowns between kickoffs and punts.
Apr 2 - 6:38 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Nebraska DT Maliek Collins to Henry Melton.

The DT's production dropped last year after a huge 2014. He went from 45 tackles, 14 TFL and 4.5 sacks to 29 tackles, seven TFL and 2.5 sacks. Regardless, the NFL likes his potential. "[Collins boasts] impressive athleticism and movement skills, but a lack of play strength to hold up at the point of attack," Zierlein wrote. "Collins needs to play for a defense that allows him to play up the field and should benefit from pass rush work with NFL coaching and teammates."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 3:31 PM

Four-star WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. verbally committed to Nebraska.

Johnson is the No. 37 receiver in the country. You know his famous father, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NFL draft, but you also know his (less so) famous cousin, Michael Thomas, the former wide receiver at Ohio State who is currently auditioning for NFL teams. Mike Riley's Huskers fended off basically the entire country to land Johnson Jr. He bested Keyshawn Sr.'s alma mater USC, Thomas' alma mater Ohio State and a who's-who list of luminaries consisting of Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and UCLA, amongst others.
Mar 23 - 2:30 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Nebraska DT Maliek Collins "has very good ability to get off blocks and make plays."

"If you want to get a starting nose tackle in the second round, this is your guy," Brandt believes. He called the 6-foot-2, 311-pounder "very athletic with speed and strength." To that point, Collins logged a 5.03 mark in the 40-yard dash and put forward 25 bench press reps at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. During his Pro Day on March 1, Brandt indicated that coaches attempted to wear him out during his positional work. The Nebraska product would have none of that, though, and he was "just as good at the end of the workout as he was in the beginning," according to Brandt. While he sees Collins as a potential second-rounder, colleague Chad Reuter plays things a little more conservatively in a mid-March four-round mock draft, sliding the Cornhusker defensive tackle to the Jets at pick No. 83 in the third round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 9:58 PM


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