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Nevada redshirt senior DE Brock Hekking's "heart and desire translates well to the NFL," writes Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

Hekking led the Wolf Pack with nine sacks last year. "Hekking has a Tasmanian devil motor and mentality (and a brash blonde mullet to match), but his lack of explosive qualities and creativity as a pass rusher stands out," Brugler wrote. "His heart and desire translates well to the NFL, but his athletic and physical traits aren't on the same level, which hurts his value as a next level prospect." The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder clocks a 4.93 40-yard dash.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 10:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo's "physical tools are more average than above average."

"Fajardo has a quick release with efficient eyes to work through his reads," Brugler wrote. "He has been productive, but has also thrown a lot of safe, high completion throws on tape in Nevada's pistol spread offense that emphasizes more of a horizontal attack rather than vertical." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fajardo has decent size, but there are questions with his ability to stay healthy. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this month that NFL scouts "really like" him.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 15 - 4:34 PM

NFL scouts "really like" Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fajardo has decent size, but there are questions with his ability to stay healthy. "He’s a mobile passer with a good arm yet a signal caller who forces passes into double coverage and sprays throws," Pauline wrote. Fajardo isn't terribly athletic, and not everybody agrees with Pauline's assessment that he has good arm strength. The Wolfpack signal-caller will be watched closely by the NFL this year.
Jul 4 - 2:06 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo "is a solid player" and a "smart competitor" with "efficient delivery."

"QB Cody Fajardo is a solid player. Efficient delivery, smart competitor. Average physical tools in an offense that won't test his arm much," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-2, 215 pound Fajardo has good size, but there are questions with his ability to stay healthy. The Nevada prospect's downfield arm strength and the level of competition in the Mountain West are are also a concern for some evaluators. If Farjadi has a solid 2014 season with no injuries it could help his stock moving into the 2015 draft.
Jun 22 - 8:41 AM

Browns selected Nevada OL Joel Bitonio with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Bitonio (6-foot-4 1/4, 302) started 37 games for the Wolf Pack, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior left tackle. Labeled one of this draft's top offensive line sleepers by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Bitonio combines a physical playing style with 34-inch arms and plus athleticism (4.97 forty, 32-inch vertical). NFL teams worked him out at tackle, guard, and center during the pre-draft process. Bitonio will likely slide in at left guard day one with the Browns but could even play right tackle if Cleveland wants to kick RT Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard.
May 9 - 7:26 PM

A "number of team executives" have "penned" Nevada OL Joel Bitonio to the Panthers at No. 28 in Round 1, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline reported last month that Carolina was heavily interested in Bitonio, and apparently the admiration has only increased. The analyst believes the Chargers at No. 25 will also consider Bitonio. "There’s a feeling Carolina could attempt to trade up for a receiver or offensive tackle, should one fall," Pauline clarifies. "The obvious trade partner is the Miami Dolphins whom I’m told will entertain offers for the 19th pick if Zach Martin is unavailable. Carolina would assure themselves receiver Brandin Cooks or Marquise Lee, whichever is available. If that’s the case Bitonio could then land with the Seattle Seahawks as the first round closes out."
May 7 - 9:15 PM

Nevada OL Joel Bitonio can start in the NFL at RT from Day 1, says NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

Mayock has been a long-time admirer of Bitonio's, calling him a "hidden gem" and a second-rounder way back in February, before many others had been converted. Now Bitonio's stock has risen so high that nobody would be surprised if he goes at the end of the first round. "I love Bitonio," Mayock said. "Most teams assume he’s a guard. I watched him handle Anthony Barr of UCLA. I watched him against Florida State. I think he can start Day 1 at right tackle."
May 2 - 7:42 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan believes Nevada OL Joel Bitonio will be a top-50 selection in next week's draft.

A safe assumption. The reporter added that most clubs view Bitonio as capable of playing LT, RT, LG, and RG. Bitonio has previously stated that he's been told he projects as a guard or center at the next level. Long story short, Bitonio's versatility has aided his surging draft stock after he worked out at all five positions at his pro day. He's a possible late first rounder.
Apr 30 - 8:18 PM

The MMQB's Peter King reports that Coach Ron Rivera "came away impressed" after meeting with Nevada OL Joel Bitonio.

"Want a darkhorse for Carolina at 28—or, if the Panthers are lucky and he falls to 60? Guard-tackle Joel Bitonio of Nevada. Coach Ron Rivera went to Reno to meet him and came away impressed, I’m told," King wrote. Anytime a head coach goes out of his way to meet with a prospect it means something. Per Draft Insider Tony Pauline, the Panthers have already visited Bitonio on two separate occasions. While the No. 28 pick may be a high for a lineman who is a tad undersized, Bitonio was able to leave a good impression with Rivera. The question moving forward is, do you reach for Bitonio at No.28 or do you wait for him to fall to you at No.60? The Panthers may have to move up from their No. 60 selection in order to feel comfortable about landing Bitonio.
Apr 28 - 6:40 PM

The Panthers are "very high" on Nevada OL Joel Bitonio, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Per Pauline, the Panther have visited Bitonio on two separate occasions and the Bucs are "enamored" with his skills. Bitonio projects at tackle or guard, and he did very well on an island this year against Anthony Barr and Demarcus Lawrence. The end of the first-round is a real possibility.
Apr 23 - 11:18 AM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah "wouldn't be shocked" if Nevada OL Joel Bitonio landed at the end of Round 1.

This tweet falls in line with a few recent respected mock drafts that have projected the same. It's not hard to talk yourself into Bitonio. For one, he's an extremely versatile prospect who played OT during his Nevada career, but shifted seamlessly inside during Senior Bowl week; some scouts believe he is capable of playing all five positions, which, if nothing else, could save a club a roster spot. For two, he's extremely tough in the mold of his father, a former bare knuckle MMA fighter. Regardless of where he slots, the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder should carve out a long career.
Apr 11 - 4:59 PM

Nevada OL Joel Bitonio said the majority of NFL teams have told him that they view him as a guard or center.

Bitonio played OT during his entire Nevada career, but was asked to shift inside during Senior Bowl week and acquitted himself extremely well. "I would say probably 60 percent of the teams I have talked to are saying guard or center for me," Bitonio said. "Some have said, ‘Oh, you could play tackle in a pinch.’ You can only have about seven or eight [lineman] active on game days, so they want someone who can be versatile and play multiple positions." The Wolfpack enforcer, the son of a former MMA fighter (a video of Mike Bitonio bare knuckle fighting a man 40 pounds heavier is embedded in the link below), added: "Forty percent of the teams are saying they would start me at tackle and see what happens. They said they only would move me inside if it didn’t work out at tackle. It has been mixed reviews in that aspect, but I would say I am being viewed as more of an inside guy right now." The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder has earned some Kyle Long comparisons.
Apr 3 - 5:57 PM

Nevada OL Joel Bitonio worked out at tackle, guard and center during his pro day.

According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, the Bengals and Rams coaches specifically worked Bitonio out at center and the Colts and Chargers put him through left tackle and guard drills the next day. Bitonio has earned some Kyle Long comparisons because of his athleticism and versatility, but he does not offer as strong of a first punch.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 11:14 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Nevada OL Joel Bitonio does not use his 34-inch arms effectively.

"For a blocker with 34-inch arms, Nevada OL Joel Bitonio sure doesn't play like it. He's one of the tougher projections in this class in my opinion," Brugler tweeted. While Bitonio does have good arm length, he tends to play the game closer to his frame. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock called Bitonio one of his "hidden gems" and believes he could go in the second round.
Mar 15 - 10:08 AM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein noted that teams are starting to "warm up" to Nevada OL Joel Bitonio as a guard.

"Teams starting to really warm up to Joel Bitonio from Nevada as a guard. Hearing more and more teams who really like his playing demeanor," Zierlein tweeted. Bitonio brings a combination of quickness, strength and tenacity to the table. This season he held his own against UCLA's Anthony Barr in one-on-one matchups. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock called him one of the "hidden gems" in this year's draft class and thinks he could be drafted in the second round.
Feb 24 - 9:42 PM


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