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Northwestern senior FB/TE/H-back Dan Vitale "looks more suited as an H-Back at the next level," notes the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Vitale plays tight end for the Wildcats. "It’d be unwise to overlook Vitale for his height," Saltzman wrote. "He has a pretty good release and looks to have enough speed and quickness to at least challenge linebackers he is matched up against." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Vitale as a Rds. 6-7 prospect.
Aug 23 - 11:32 PM

Northwestern senior DT Sean McEvilly will retire due to a recurring foot injury.

The NCAA granted McEvilly a sixth year of eligibility in October of 2014, but he won't be taking advantage of it. He's officially stepping aside with "chronic orthopedic issues." The 300-pounder missed all of last season due to this same issue. He'll stay at Northwestern to pursue a master's degree in management studies now that his football days are done.
Source: Inside NU
Aug 12 - 6:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Northwestern senior FB/TE/H-back Dan Vitale "is someone I could see sliding into the late rounds as he’s a terrific fit in a west coast offense."

Pauline grades Vitale as a Rds. 6-7 prospect. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Vitale is a four-year starter who posted 40 catches for 402 yards last year. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 3 senior tight end prospect in the nation.
Aug 3 - 1:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline advises readers to "keep an eye" on Northwestern redshirt senior WR Christian Jones, who, according to the analyst, was "left off most scouting lists."

"He’s a big bodied pass catcher who showed well in 2013 then sat on the sidelines last year after injuring his left knee," Pauline wrote. "Unfortunately additional surgery was required on the joint in April after Jones re-injured the knee. It was a minor procedure but Jones should be able to participate in camp." The scribe currently has an undrafted free agent grade on Jones, but that could change with a strong fall.
Aug 2 - 11:10 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior CB Nick VanHoose "has the instincts and toughness needed for the next level," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes.

"VanHoose's lack of size and length tends to show up too often, especially against bigger targets, but he times up his hits well in the run game, playing with the confidence and swagger of a bigger player. Although the physical traits aren't ideal for the NFL transition, VanHoose has the instincts and toughness needed for the next level and is arguably the best cornerback in the conference," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 190-pound VanHoose has been a starter since 2012 for the Wildcats, with 33 starts to his resume. Last season the Northwestern prospect led the Wildcats with 12 passes defended, recording 59 tackles and two interceptions, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13 - 4:05 PM

Northwestern senior DE Dean Lowry "has the work ethic and coachable attitude that boosts his NFL profile and a productive senior season could earn him a draft pick," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He plays fast with a consistent motor, but he doesn't have ideal explosive traits for the next level and needs to develop his pass rush moves to not be so predictable off the snap. Lowry, who has added 50 pounds since arriving in Evanston, has the work ethic and coachable attitude that boosts his NFL profile and a productive senior season could earn him a draft pick," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound Lowry started all 12 games last season, posting 41 total tackles, four sacks, with eight tackles for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13 - 3:12 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Northwestern senior FB/TE/H-back Dan Vitale "has the offensive versatility that will appeal to NFL teams as a toolsy chain-moving weapon."

"He lines up inline, out wide and in the backfield and although his athleticism is only average, Vitale accelerates well in his routes and has a second gear after the catch to create with the ball in his hands. If he stays healthy and plays up to his potential as a senior, Vitale has the offensive versatility that will appeal to NFL teams as a toolsy chain-moving weapon," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Vitale has been a four-year starter for the Wildcats, entering his last year with with 34 career starts on his resume. Last season, Vitale finished second on Northwestern in receiving, with 40 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper grades Northwestern senior FB/TE/H-back Dan Vitale as the No. 3 senior tight end prospect in the nation.

Interestingly, the top four senior TEs in the nation, according to Kiper, all come from the Big 10, with Nick Vannett, Kyle Carter and Jake Duzey joining Vitale. "A 'superback' for Northwestern -- which means he's part tight end, part fullback, part extra blocker, part wide receiver -- Vitale was the second-leading receiver for the Cats last year and is a versatile talent," Kiper wrote. Vitale posted 40 catches for 402 yards last year.
Jul 8 - 8:45 PM

Despite weighing only 185 pounds, Northwestern sophomore RB Justin Jackson "runs hard and keeps his feet driving, allowing him to break tackles," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The analyst grades Jackson as the No. 24 runner in the nation. "A bright spot as a freshman for Northwestern in a tough 2014 season, Jackson now has a chance to emerge from the shadow of the numerous star running backs that dominated the Big Ten last year," Brown wrote. As a true freshman in 2014, Jackson earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten accolades by running for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns (1,388 all-purpose yards). Most impressively, he did so while starting only starting only five games while stuck behind Venric Mark for half the year. Jackson was graded as the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the nation by 247Sports.com in 2014.
Jun 21 - 6:54 PM

Broncos selected Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Siemian (6'3/220) was a late riser, surprisingly garnering plenty of interest in the weeks before draft weekend. He tore his ACL in November and wasn't able to work out in the pre-draft process. During his time at Northwestern, Siemian passed for 5,931 career yards, 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He'll compete for the No. 3 job with the Broncos behind backup Brock Osweiler.
May 2 - 6:31 PM

Browns selected Northwestern S Ibraheim Campbell with the No. 115 overall in the 2015 NFL draft.

Campbell (5'11/208) made 45 college starts, finishing his career with 11 interceptions and six forced fumbles. He was selected second-team All-Big Ten as a senior by the conference's coaches. Campbell ran 4.54/4.56 at his Pro Day, adding a 33-inch vertical with 23 reps on the bench. A tone-setting box safety, Campbell could become an IDP factor if he develops into a starter, which is a distinct possibility based on his college profile. At worst, Campbell should contribute on special teams.
May 2 - 12:54 PM

The Browns will meet with Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian on Monday and work him out on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Siemian has surprisingly received interest from a number of teams, including the Broncos and Bears. The Northwestern QB tore his ACL during the final month of the season and missed the entire pre-draft process because of it. He is nothing more than a sixth or seventh round selection.
Apr 17 - 9:15 AM

Scouts and coaches representing the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans all showed up for Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian's pro day, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Siemian is still recovering from a torn ACL, which he tore back in November. However, Siemian was still able to throw 44 scripted passes in front of evaluators at his pro day. The Denver Broncos have shown the most interest, as Siemian had dinner with Broncos' quarterback coach Gregg Knapp. Earlier this month, the Broncos extended an invite to Denver for a pre-draft visit. Rang notes that, "the Titans also appear to have extra interest in Siemian," with the Chargers and Redskins also showing interest in the Northwestern QB.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 2:02 PM

Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian visited the Denver Broncos last week, according to Baltimore Suns' Aaron Wilson.

The Northwestern prospect also has dinner plans with Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp on Wednesday. Coach Knapp plans on attending Siemian's Pro Day, which is on April 9. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Siemian tore his ACL back in November in a win against Purdue and was forced to miss the rest of the season. During his time at Northwestern, Siemian passed for 5,931 career yards, 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Before tearing his ACL, Siemian passed for 2,214 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for five touchdowns.
Apr 7 - 3:40 PM

Northwestern S Ibraheim Campbell has worked out for the Buccaneers, Browns, Texans, according to Aaron Wilson.

The safety has workouts with the Bears and Eagles on the schedule. We are big fans of Campbell's game. He will most likely fill a pure strong safety role and is aggressive moving forward and attacking ball carriers.
Apr 2 - 11:26 AM


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