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NFL.com's Bryan Fischer believes Oregon redshirt junior WR Bralon Addison "was the forgotten man as Oregon made a run to the national title game," and is in need of a bounce-back season in 2015.

Unfortunately Addison suffered an ACL injury last spring and was forced to miss the 2014 season. The Oregon prospect is ready to lead the young group of Duck wideouts, and has looked good during spring football. Mariota's former No.1 WR has a new quarterback throwing to him; However, he should still get plenty of work to impress evaluators. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Addison has 83 receptions for 1,110 yards and 10 touchdowns on his resume.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 2:42 PM

NFL Media notes that from a "size and athleticism standpoint, [Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner] isn't unlike former teammate Arik Armstead."

"From a production standpoint, however, Buckner was better," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "Buckner will be the undisputed star of the Ducks' defense this fall and is expected to draw, and effectively handle, plenty of double teams." The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the Ducks' in TFL (13) last year and added 81 tackles and four sacks.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 10:40 PM

Scout.com ranks Oregon DE DeForest Buckner as the No. 10 overall prospect.

"Buckner is a tall and rangy player that has played several positions on the Oregon defensive front both inside and out," wrote Jamie Newberg. "For his size, he moves like a basketball small forward, showing good short area quickness and the ability to play in space. This lateral range coupled with his speed, athleticism and length makes him a dangerous defenisve end prospect." Thus far in his career, Buckner has recorded 19.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the Ducks' in TFL (13) last year. "This is a players that goes hard on every down," Newberg wrote. "He's on track for a big season this fall that could set him on for life."
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 10:33 PM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper ranks Oregon DE DeForest Buckner as his No.23 draft prospect on his big board.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the Ducks' defense in tackles for a loss (13), while recording 81 tackles (36 unassisted) and 4 sacks in 2014. The Oregon prospect was a difference maker for Oregon last season, and Kiper notes that Buckner "has an impressive frame and could be a fit in almost any kind of system with another year of polish."
May 15 - 2:02 PM

Oregon redshirt junior WR Bralon Addison is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the season after suffering a torn ACL in April of 2014.

Addison set a loft goal of returning last September, less than half a year after initially tearing the ACL. Addison never returned in September or for the 2014 season. He is arguably Oregon's top receiver, so his return could (somewhat) compensate for the loss of Marcus Mariota. Keep Addison on your draft radars. He has 83 receptions for 1,110 yards and 10 touchdowns to his name.
May 15 - 12:39 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter postulates that Oregon DE DeForest Buckner may "unfortunately" get compared to former Duck defensive lineman Dion Jordan.

Jordan, the third overall by the Dolphins in 2013, is suspended for the 2015 season and had already earned his bust label before that news broke. "[Buckner is] not a similar player to Jordan because his thicker frame portends a NFL career with his hand on the ground; nonetheless, the comparisons will be drawn," Reuter wrote. "Buckner's path towards the 2016 draft is also interesting because, while he flashes the skills of a top prospect, better offensive linemen can dominate him, using his tall frame to keep him from getting leverage. If he can improve his stack-and-shed ability and his motor, and consistently win the edge, scouts will forget about Jordan and grade Buckner well based on his own merits." The analyst grades Buckner as the No. 10 senior prospect.
Source: NFL.com
May 13 - 7:56 PM

Oregon HC Mark Helfrich said there is no timetable on the decision to name a starting QB.

"No timetable at all. I think ideally you’re making that decision a week and a half before your first game," Helfrich said. Jeff Lockie certainly sounds like the current leader due to experience, but vernon Adams Jr. will join the Ducks this summer and will make the competition quite interesting.
Source: OC Register
May 12 - 12:54 PM

ESPN's Ted Miller predicts Oregon redshirt junior Jeff Lockie will start against Eastern Washington over Vernon Adams.

Adams, the ballyhooed transfer from none other than Eastern Washington, has been presumed as the heavy favorite to start, but don't rule out Lockie. "Lockie, by all accounts, turned in his best work this spring, which he capped by completing all nine of his passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the spring game," wrote Miller. The scribe downplays the significance of the EWU game -- though the storyline of Adams starting against his former team would be delicious -- and instead writes that Oregon is more focused on Week 2 at Michigan State.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 12:12 AM

The Oregonian's Andrew Greif believes Oregon junior QB Jeff Lockie "has placed himself above four other UO quarterbacks to be the clear-cut favorite to challenge transfer Vernon Adams Jr."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lockie completed all nine of his passes in his only half of work during Oregon's football spring game. Grief noted that head coach Mark Helfrich stated that Lockie's "performance was an accurate reflection of a good body of work this spring." The Oregon prospect only has 41 career pass attempts to his resume.
May 11 - 2:42 PM

Oregon DL DeForest Buckner is the No. 3 senior prospect in the country, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"It's not often that a 6-foot-7, 290-pounder leads a team with Oregon's speed in tackles for loss," Rang wrote. "With greater strength, Buckner is a first-round candidate." Buckner was in many ways overshadowed by attention given to star teammate Arik Armstead, but the former was often the better player on tape.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 5:01 PM

Bengals signed Oregon CB Troy Hill.

Hill (5'10/180) was the Ducks' nickel back his first three seasons before taking over as a starter in 2014, amassing three career interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Slight of build and not overly athletic, Hill is an overachiever who won with effort and aggressiveness in college. Although he lacks top-end physical attributes, Hill's feisty playing mentality would translate well to the slot. He also has special teams value.
May 4 - 9:11 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned San Francisco's draft, writing that it "wouldn't surprise me if one or even none of these players becomes a good football player right away" and giving the class a "D+" grade.

"The 49ers drew day-one praise for trading down with the Chargers and still securing 'their guy' in [Arik] Armstead," Silva wrote. "I view Armstead as a classic boom-or-bust prospect, however, and unworthy of a top-20 pick. For someone as physically gifted as he is, Armstead had an alarming shortage of college production." ESPN's Mel Kiper was also not a fan of the class, giving it a "C+." "If there's a theme here, it's that you really need to believe in your ability to coach these guys up," Kiper wrote. "The other thing I wonder about is the lack of a true inside linebacker or cornerback. I'm fascinated to see what this class becomes because it's short on guarantees."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 7:05 PM

Titans GM Ruston Webster's "knocked this one out of the park" and earned an "A" draft grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

"In addition to piling up value picks and addressing needs, Webster made a savvy day-two trade that turned No. 33 into [Dorial] Green-Beckham, [Jalston] Fowler, and [Tre] McBride," Silva wrote. "Mariota could buy the front office at least two years, and gives Tennessee a legit shot at a franchise quarterback." ESPN's Mel Kiper didn't see it the same way, giving the Titans a middling "C+" grade. "I thought Tennessee had some reaches on value on three consecutive picks: Dorial Green-Beckham is a special athlete, but he's incomplete and plays soft, and I thought there were several better options available at No. 40; I had Jeremiah Poutasi as my 12th-ranked guard (he played tackle at Utah), so that's a reach on my board in Round 3; and the Angelo Blackson pick was again a slight reach for me," Kiper wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 5:51 PM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's $3 million injury insurance policy was triggered when he wasn't taken on Day 2.

ESPN.com reported that International Specialty Insurance projected Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 12 overall pick when they signed the policy with Oregon and the prospect. For falling out of Round 1, IEO was set to recoup a portion of that policy. When he tumbled out of Day 2, it guaranteed he'd get it all. Ekpre-Olomu, who tore his ACL last December, went No. 241 overall to the Browns.
Source: NFL.com
May 3 - 2:57 PM

Browns selected Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the No. 241 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Ekpre-Olomu (5'9/192) was widely viewed as a first-round cornerback prospect before tearing his ACL last December. Many draft analysts now project him to safety. "IEO" finished his four-year college career with a ballhawking nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles. A rugged tackler with quick feet and a highly competitive playing mentality, Ekpre-Olomu's best NFL fit may be as a slot corner-slash-free safety in the Tyrann Mathieu mold. He may open his career on the reserve/PUP list, but projects as a future plus starter.
May 2 - 6:07 PM


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