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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo's NFL stock is falling.

"Scouts were high on Nevada’s dual threat quarterback entering the season," Pauline wrote. "And while the senior displays a good deal of athleticism in his game he also shows a large degree of inaccuracy in his throwing. Except for one outstanding performance against Arizona, Fajardo has completed under 60% against every other IA opponent this season. On film he makes receivers work too hard as they are continually slowing in routes, reaching backwards or getting vertical to make the grab." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fajardo will remain the focal point of Nevada's offense for the remainder of the season, but he's going to have to improve his productivity through the air to get a sniff in war rooms.
Oct 13 - 9:12 PM

Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo completed 29-of-39 attempts for 321 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 35-28 loss to Arizona on Saturday.

The Wolf Pack needed a huge game from Fajardo to have a shot at the upset, and their star signal-caller obliged. Nevada came up short, but Fajardo cut himself some nice game film to offer NFL scouts. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that NFL scouts "really like" the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder. His shot of getting drafted will skyrocket if he can remain healthy throughout the season.
Sep 15 - 12:56 AM

Nevada senior QB Cody Fajardo completed 12-of-21 attempts for 110 yards, and rushed 16 times for 100 yards in a 24-13 win against Washington State.

Nevada's defense strangled Washington State, and Brian Polian basically used his offense to drain the clock, refusing to take chances that might lead to turnovers. It worked: Nevada won the time of possession battle and didn't commit a turnover. That's how you win when you're outgained 428-to-324. As for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Fajardo, he will remain the focal point of Nevada's offense for the remainder of the season. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote over the summer that NFL scouts "really like" him.
Sep 6 - 2:29 AM

Utah State senior QB Cody Fajardo completed 30 of 41 attempts for 303 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the school's 28-19 win over Southern Utah.

Fajardo added 68 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Nevada quarterback missed two games last season. He should get consideration for a postseason all star game.
Aug 30 - 7:08 PM

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


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