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Oklahoma T Daryl Williams "could go third round because big bodies go" but his "value is fourth, fifth round," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"Big guys play," said the scout. "He's got some toughness to him. He's not a good athlete. Strictly a right tackle." Williams is a monster at 6-foot-5, 321 pounds. He has ideal 35-inch arms for a left tackle, but he doesn't have the quicks or athleticism for the position. "You like his intangibles," another scout said. "He's tough, he's a good kid, he'll do everything you want. Just not a very good athlete."
Apr 25 - 11:26 PM

An anonymous NFL scout said Oklahoma OT Tyrus Thompson "has all the talent in the world but he scares the hell out of you" because he "plays soft."

"He's a big good athlete," the scout said. "Just doesn't finish blocks." Another scout's opinion differed a bit. "He is not as athletic as I thought based on film," the second scout said. "Third round at best. Good size. Good kid." The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson clocked a 5.40 forty at the school's pro day.
Apr 25 - 10:42 PM

The Seattle Seahawks would "love to grab" Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham if he’s available at No. 63, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At least Seattle is being realistic, as "they expect the receiver to be off the board during the initial fifteen picks of round two." DGB has taken all sorts of character shots this offseason, but we were interested in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report that stated the Oklahoma staff "vouches" for and "loved" Green-Beckham.
Apr 25 - 3:05 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who noted the Oklahoma staff "vouches" for WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

"They loved the kid," the scout said regarding the members of the Oklahoma football program. "At Missouri, everybody that I talked to loves the kid. From a football standpoint, they'd bring him back 100%. But from a university standpoint he had too many issues." The off-field issues, as the scout put it, include weed, drugs and an altercation with a girlfriend. Teams do value schools' opinions of prospects, especially ones with question marks.
Apr 23 - 9:52 AM

Former Missouri and Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham is visiting the Chiefs on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Green-Beckham previously visited the Bengals, 49ers and Rams. He reportedly turned down a visit with the Cowboys. Perhaps DGB feels he will be off the board by the time the Cowboys select at 27. The Bengals are an interesting addition to the list, as the other teams have been linked to receivers.
Apr 21 - 9:56 AM

Dorial Green-Beckham recently visited the Bengals and 49ers, according to Ian Rapoport.

As we always say, we have no idea if DGB will be selected int he first round or the second round. Green-Beckham is an easy mover who is fluid and will go up and get passes at the catch point. However, it is difficult to project his routes because he ran a limited tree... almost two years ago.
Apr 18 - 3:38 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham "is a remarkable physical specimen, but an NFL team should weigh the risk/reward factor before offering Green-Beckham a big paycheck in a league intent on dolling out punishment at the hint of an impropriety," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

The analyst acknowledges that DGB has top-10 talent, but is spooked, as are many analysts, by the player's off-field transgressions. Green-Beckham didn't offer much on that subject when asked about it by reporters at the combine. "It's very tough for me. It's tough for me to stand up here and be able to speak in front of all you guys because I haven't spoken in the past year," Green-Beckham said. "It's very tough for me to just take that chance I had last year to sit out and not speak and be able to focus on the things that I needed to focus on off the field."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 9:01 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips' "effort level was very up and down this season, but there are only so many guys his size who can move the way he does," observes ESPN's Todd McShay.

This is more or less the common refrain when discussing Phillips: He has dominant talent, but the effort level of someone who could wash out of the league. "He has tremendous athleticism for 6-5, 329 pounds," McShay wrote. "Like [Danny] Shelton, he is a pure nose tackle." Phillips figures to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2.
Apr 16 - 8:21 PM

Oklahoma FB Aaron Ripkowski visited the Packers on Tuesday, according to Tony Pauline.

The Packers just re-signed John Kuhn to a one year deal. We doubt Ripkowski is drafted, but he paved the way for multiple large rushing totals. The Packers do feature lead blockers in some sets.
Apr 15 - 11:18 AM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham "presents problems for defenses because of his size-speed combo (6-5, 237 pounds with a 4.49 40)," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He doesn't gain much separation out of his cuts, but he doesn't have to," McShay wrote. "When the ball is in the air he can go up and get it, no matter how good the coverage is. He started to come into his own the last five games of his sophomore season." Green-Beckham had only 883 receiving yards during his sophomore season, the most productive of his two campaigns in college, even though Missouri passed 414 times that year. He's a boom-or-bust proposition.
Apr 14 - 7:13 PM

Oklahoma TE Blake Bell's "skill set at [tight end] is intriguing enough to warrant listing" as a diamond in the rough, believes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Realizing that he simply isn't accurate enough to remain at quarterback in the NFL, Bell made the switch to tight end as a senior and though his production was hardly eye-popping (16 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns), he showed the toughness, work ethic and soft hands necessary to earn middle- or late-round consideration as a developmental prospect at the position," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-6, 259-pound Bell drew comparisons to Lions tight end Joseph Fauria at the Shrine Bowl, according to the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman. That we know of, Bell has worked out for or met with the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. "The well-proportioned Bell has workable overall athleticism and excellent bloodlines," Rang wrote. "Both his father (Mark) and uncle (Mike Bell), played on the defensive line in the NFL for the Seahawks, Colts and Chiefs."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 13 - 5:54 PM

CBS draft analysts are perfectly split on who the Texans will take at No. 16 overall.

Analyst Frank Cooney mentions Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham as a perfect fit in Houston. "The 6-5, 237-pound DGB boasts a Calvin Johnson-like skillset but could drop to the 16th pick due to off-field questions," Cooney wrote. "Even prior to his guiding Houston to an eight game improvement in 2014, Bill O'Brien showed remarkable coaching ability at Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. His ability to mentor could give Houston more confidence in gambling on a perceived character risk like Green-Beckham (or Washington cornerback Marcus Peters)." As for CBS' other projections, Rob Rang slots Houston Shane Ray (DE, Missouri), Dane Brugler gives them Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) and Pete Prisco projects Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State).
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 8:47 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham visited the Ravens, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Ravens are unlikely to select Green-Beckham due to Ozzie Newsome's previous statements on not adding players with a (possible) history of domestic violence. DGB's draft projection is impossible to predict. He could be selected as early as the mid-first round or at the end of the second round. Expectations exist to result in disappointment, but Green-Beckham tested like an average athlete at the Combine.
Apr 8 - 12:34 PM

Oklahoma T Daryl Williams is visiting the Titans on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Evan Silva recently identified right tackle as a major need for the Titans during the draft, and Josh Norris mocked them T.J. Clemmings in the second round. Williams has plenty of right tackle experience and offers power from that side without the second round price tag. He should be a third to fifth round selection.
Apr 6 - 10:33 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl compares Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham to Demaryius Thomas.

"Green-Beckham compares well to Benjamin and Evans due to his freakish measurables and ability to create one-on-one mismatches in contested situations," Weidl wrote. "However, the player I see more of on tape is Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. Green-Beckham is slightly taller but similar to Thomas coming out of Georgia Tech; both had raw athleticism but needed polish and weren't asked to run the entire route tree in college." On the basis of measurables and numbers, John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group sees Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans as comparables. "Beckham is 6-5 and 237 pounds with a 4.49 40 and 6.89 3-cone drill -- not an easy guy to compare other players to," he wrote. "He is Benjamin's height and weight (with smaller arms/hands/wingspan), with similar jumping numbers but faster (Benjamin was 4.61 in the 40) and quicker (Benjamin posted a 7.33 3-cone time). At almost 6-5 and 231 pounds, Evans' height-weight combination is similar but he
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