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A director of scouting for an AFC team told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Northwestern LB Anthony Walker is "playing way too heavy right now."

"But, hey, he's always productive and he plays in a physical conference, so that's a plus. He can run but he's not a great athlete. I think he'll be a much better player if he plays around 230," the scouting director explained. Walker checked into the Combine measuring out at 6-foot-1, 238 pounds. Zierlein compares him to Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso and is optimistic enough about his professional outlook, writing that the Northwestern standout "could become a decent starting linebacker within his first few years."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 3:45 PM

Northwestern senior RB Justin Jackson didn't submit paperwork to the NFL's college advisory committee.

Jackson wasn't at all interested in bolting for the NFL after capping off his third straight 1,000-yard campaign. "I felt like it was in my best interests to come back and fine-tune my skills," he said. "Plus, I've put so much work into this whole school thing, I figured I might as well finish it out." Only eight players in FBS history have ever recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson sits at 4,485 career rushing yards heading into his last season. He hopes he won't get dinged for his heavy workload when he enters the NFL next season. "I have no idea how NFL scouts think," he said. "But hopefully they'll look at my production and the fact that I haven’t missed any games, and I hope that can be a plus."
Source: ESPN
Feb 27 - 5:20 PM

Northwestern RB John Moten IV will miss spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.

He's expected to return by fall camp. Moten IV is Justin Jackson's backup.
Feb 23 - 2:02 PM

Northwestern redshirt senior RB Warren Long will move to linebacker.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Long asked to switch to positions for his final season. Previously an effective backup tailback, Long missed almost all of last season with a broken hand. That allowed John Moten IV to pass him on the depth chart as Justin Jackson's backup.
Feb 22 - 2:31 PM

Titans beat writer Jason Wolf suggests the team could target a linebacker with one of their two picks in the third round.

Wolf offers Northwestern's Anthony Walker as a possibility as an inside linebacker in that area, but an extra edge rusher is also possible after getting very little out of Kevin Dodd during his rookie season. Walker is an athletic linebacker who looked like Northwestern's premiere defender in a majority of his games.
Feb 21 - 8:42 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised by Northwestern DE Ifeadi Odenigbo's invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"After a productive senior season, Odenigbo was overlooked by the major all-star games," Brugler notes. Despite the slow start to his draft process, he will now have a chance to strut his stuff in Indianapolis. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder registered 22 tackles (12.0 for loss), 10 sacks and two forced fumbles over the course of 10 games played. Back in early October, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline noted that while Odenigbo is "not a great athlete," he is a "good football player." The former part of that equation could prove problematic at the Combine.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 1:54 PM

Fran Duffy believes Northwestern WR Austin Carr was the biggest NFL Scouting Combine snub at receiver outside of Baylor’s Ishmael Zamora and Ole Miss’ Damore’ea Stringfellow.

Zamora and Stringfellow didn't make the cut because of off-field transgressions, whereas Carr was omitted because of a lack of athleticism. Carr earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this past year and was a third-team All-American selection after posting a healthy 90-1,247-12 line. "The shifty slot man has very good hands and is a shifty route runner, and in a lot of ways I like him as much or even more than other players of similar body types such as Ryan Switzer (North Carolina) and Trent Taylor (Louisiana Tech), both of whom were invited to Indy," Duffy wrote. "It wouldn’t shock me at all if Carr ended up hearing his name called on draft weekend."
Feb 16 - 1:41 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Northwestern senior S Godwin Igwebuike as the No. 10 returning player in the Big 10.

Per PFF, Igwebuike allowed only 26 catches on 46 targets last season, surrendering a mere two receptions that went for more than 20 yards. Igwebuike led the Wildcats with 108 tackles in 2016, adding six TFL, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. After the season, he requested feedback from the NFL Advisory Board but decided to return to school. PFF grades Igwebuike as the second-highest returning safety in the country.
Feb 10 - 4:13 PM

Northwestern signed three-star 2017 WR Berkeley Holman.

Holman was something of a slow starter at St. John Bosco High (California), at least up until his senior year. This past season, the 5-foot-10, 171-pounder went off for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. He will compete to carve out a slot role with the Wildcats over the coming years.
Source: Inside NU
Feb 2 - 5:25 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Jalen Brown transferred to Northwestern as a graduate.

Expected to graduate in June, Brown will be eligible to play for the Wildcats immediately. Because he's only used two seasons of eligibility, Northwestern will get him in 2018 as well. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder, a four-star 2014 recruit, posted a 19-318-3 receiving line in nine games this past season.
Feb 2 - 3:38 PM

Oregon redshirt sophomore WR Jalen Brown will transfer.

Brown's apparently absolutely crushed it with his academics, as he will be graduating in the spring. This, of course, means that he will be eligible to play immediately with another FBS program come the start of the 2017 campaign. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder worked his way to a 19-318-3 receiving line in nine games this past season. Those numbers are quiet enough, though Brown did average a strong 16.7 yards per reception. Rivals ranked him as their No. 89 prospect for the 2014 cycle.
Jan 10 - 2:15 PM

Northwestern redshirt junior LB Anthony Walker will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

"We're so proud of Anthony, and thrilled for the Walker family. He's cemented a spot as one of the best players in Northwestern football history," said HC Pat Fitzgerald in a statement, "will earn his degree this spring and has the opportunity to pursue his dream." The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker registered 105 tackles (10.0 for loss), two sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 games this season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has praised his athleticism, as well as his sideline-to-sideline moxie, while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the No. 6 draft-eligible inside linebacker.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson was marvelous in Wednesday's 31-24 win over Pitt in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, rushing for 224 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries.

Channeling his inner Gary Sanchez in Yankee Stadium, twas a grand slam of a game for Jackson. He averaged an even 7.0 YPC and repeatedly busted into the second level for medium-long gains. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder's long run went for 68 yards -- but not a touchdown, as Jackson ran out of steam before he could hit the end zone. He finishes up the 2016 season having rushed for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games. His yardage totals have risen in impressive fashion year-by-year. After posting 1,187 yards rushing as a true freshman in 2014, he backed that up with 1,418 yards in 2015 before topping that mark with the 1,524 yards this time around.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Northwestern junior RB Justin Jackson smashed through Illinois to the tune of 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries in Saturday's 42-21 win.

The Northwestern rushing game was absolutely on point in Saturday's victory. In addition to Jackson's 173 yards on the ground, John Moten IV offered up 128 yards and two touchdowns of his own. For his part, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Jackson averaged 8.2 YPC with a long run of 54 yards. That 54-yard rumble went for a touchdown with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter. This was Jackson's fifth game of at least 100 yards rushing. With Saturday's win, Northwestern evened its record up at 6-6 and will now be eligible for a postseason bowl berth.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Northwestern didn't list redshirt senior WR Austin Carr (head) on the injury report for Saturday's rivalry game versus Illinois.

Carr exited last Saturday's loss to Minnesota following a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit. Apparently he didn't suffer a bad concussion, as had been feared.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:17:00 AM


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