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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

Nevada OL Joel Bitonio posted two unofficial forty times of 5.00 and 4.91 seconds at the NFL Combine.

Bitonio also had great unofficial 10 yard splits of 1.68 and 1.74 seconds. The Nevada offensive lineman did not hurt himself at the Senior Bowl and is one of the easier movers among the big men. He performed well against Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence.
Feb 22 - 10:04 AM

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes Nevada T Joel Bitonio will likely be a second-round pick.

This is much higher than many national rankings place Bitonio. The Nevada tackle had a nice performance against Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and attended the Senior Bowl. We wouldn't be surprised to see Bitonio land at the end of the third- or possibly early fourth-round.
Feb 18 - 3:32 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said scouts have told him that Nevada senior OT Joel Bitonio is "at least a top-three round offensive lineman."

Savage, of course, is the former director of player personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns general manager. Bitonio has started 38 consecutive games for the Wolf Pack. The 6-foot-4, 315 pounder may have to shift inside to guard at the next level, but he possesses good athleticism for a 300-pounder and is tenacious at the point of attack.
Source: YouTube.com
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 07:46:00 PM

Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Bitonio, who stands only 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, will probably have to shift to guard in the pros. He does, however, display attributes that could allow him to carve out an NFL career. For instance, he possesses good athleticism for a 300-pounder and is tenacious at the point of attack.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio received an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Bitonio is a pitbull at the point of attack, but he stands only 6-foot-4, 315 pounds. Expect him to move to guard in the pros; his athleticism will accommodate the shift.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 09:45:00 PM

Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo is questionable for Saturday's game against San Jose State with a foot injury.

Fajardo suffered the injury very late in last weekend's game against Colorado State. "Cody is limited right now," head coach Brian Polian said. "I don’t anticipate it being a major issue, but I’m not going to tell you as of now he will absolutely play in the game." Fajardo did return to practice on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Tyler Stewart would start in Fajardo's place.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo completed 14-of-24 attempts for 206 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 41-23 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.

Fajardo added 98 rushing yards, his second-highest total of the season. The junior accumulated 3,907 total yards in 2012; if he doesn't reach that number again, it will only be because of health. Fajardo missed two games earlier this season and has thrown for more than 350 yards in three of five contests since his return.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 02:22:00 PM

Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo completed 33 of 51 attempts for 393 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-44 loss to San Diego State.

Fajardo added 54 rushing yards. The junior was wearing a noticeable brace on his right knee and flashed falling off his throws a bit more often. He didn't have the same escapability that we've come to know with Fajardo, but he's an intriguing talent at the position.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Nevada junior QB Cody Fajardo is hopeful to play against Hawaii on Saturday after missing last weekend's contest against FSU due to a knee sprain.

Head coach Brian Polian said he can't guarantee Fajardo's status, but was optimistic the junior passer will suit up in the school's MWC debut. Nevada lost their backup quarterback to an ACL tear against FSU, so third stringer Tyler Stewart will start if Fajardo remains out.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 09:34:00 AM


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