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Dayton graduate T Zac Morgan transferred to Oregon.

Playing for FCS squad Dayton in 2015, Morgan was named first-team all-Pioneer League. The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder's capable of playing on either side of the line, as he started at right tackle in 2014 before shifting over to the left this past season. Morgan is the second FCS graduate transfer to land at Oregon this offseason, following in the footsteps of Montana State QB Dakota Prukop. Prukop has a strong chance of earning the starting nod in 2016. It remains to be seen if Morgan will be one of those tasked with protecting him on a regular basis, but he's certainly held his own against lower-level competition.
Feb 11 - 8:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Oregon DE DeForest Buckner as the No. 3 overall prospect in the draft.

Zierlein compares Buckner to Calais Campbell, a totem that has gained some traction. "His comp is going to be Calais Campbell or Arik Armstead but I think he's more talented coming out than either one of those guys. He's twice the player Armstead was coming out," an NFC Regional Scout told Zierlein during the season. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Oregon product is coming off a monster campaign, putting up 83 tackles, 17 TFL and a Pac-12 leading 10.5 sacks. "Buckner has the body type of a classic 3-­4 defensive end who can control the point of attack with length and power, but he has above average pass rush potential for that position which figures to push him into the early stages of round one," Zierlein wrote. "Buckner has similar power to former teammate Arik Armstead, but is a much better pass rusher and has a chance to become a dominant force in the NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 4:50 PM

Oregon had the fourth-most disappointing 2016 recruiting class, according to ESPN's Travis Haney.

Despite Oregon's ample resources and recent history of success, Mark Helrich and staff managed only the No. 32 class in ESPN's eyes. "Fair or not, the 2014 playoff run will be labeled Marcus Mariota-generated until Helfrich takes a group of 'his' players to a Rose Bowl or the playoff. That Chip Kelly ghost is a pesky one," Haney wrote. "Until that happens, coaches will keep wondering why Oregon -- with its Nike money and fashion runway uniforms -- keeps having to scramble for FCS quarterback transfers." We've been troubled by the progression of this program under Helfrich's watch. The poor recruiting showing this cycle is just the newest step backwards. On the positive side of things, Darrian Franklin, a four-star linebacker, is one of a few raw athletes Helfrich picked up who could be destined for stardom if the coaching staff develops him fully.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 7:06 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan wrote that Oregon DE DeForest Buckner is "firmly in the conversation to be the best prospect in the 2016 draft class."

Connaghan noted that Buckner "took his game to another level in 2015" after a strong junior campaign the previous year. This past season, he registered 83 tackles (17 for loss), 10.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries. Beyond the pure production, the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Oregon product's extremely versatile, to boot, with Connaghan keen on him in any number of schemes, though he's a "natural fit" in a 3-4 defense.
Feb 7 - 5:41 PM

Oregon signed four-star ATH Tristen Wallace.

Wallace played quarterback at De Soto High. Scout.com and ESPN 300 both offer interesting comparisons to former Buckeyes, with Scout noting that the 6-foot-3, 228-pounder has the size and arm strength of Cardale Jones while ESPN's scouting department wrote that he "looks like a bigger Braxton Miller and moves like him, too." He threw for 2,188 yards with a 12/8 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,401 yards and 17 scores as a senior. As you might gather from the TD/INT ratio, he's not a polished passer at this point in his development, though he's a fantastic runner. ESPN 300 goes so far as to suggest that a switch to wideout or running back might offer his best fit at the collegiate level. If the Ducks can figure out how to harness his talents, he could be an electric player in the coming years.
Source: scout.com
Feb 6 - 4:02 PM

Oregon junior RB Thomas Tyner (shoulder) retired due to medical concerns.

Tyner missed the 2015 campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in August. In his two active seasons with the Ducks, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound back rushed for a combined 1,284 yards and 14 touchdowns. HC Mark Helfrich said, "We thank Thomas and wish him well. We will continue to support his efforts to graduate from the University of Oregon."
Source: goducks.com
Feb 5 - 8:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that Oregon DE DeForest Buckner "should be an impact defender from Day 1 after refining his technique as a senior [this past season]."

Wrote Brooks, "Buckner is a long, athletic edge defender with a high-revving motor and versatile skills." The 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect could have jumped for the NFL last season, but he instead opted to return to the Ducks for the 2015 campaign. Oregon's defense, as a whole, disintegrated like a wet paper towel over the course of the season, despite Buckner's best efforts. He recorded 83 tackles (17 for loss), 10.5 sacks and six QB hurries. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has noted that he's a stronger force against the run than the pass and that he needs to continue to work on his consistency in the latter aspect of the game. Expect the former Duck to be drafted in the Top-10 or thereabouts.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 11:03 PM

Four-star dual-threat QB Terry Wilson signed with Oregon in September.

Oregon's on track for a relatively disappointing recruiting haul for the 2016 cycle. Indeed, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound Wilson is the highest ranked ESPN 300 name to either commit or sign with the Ducks and he ranks No. 114 on that venerated list. While he's drawn the "dual-threat" label, ESPN's scouting department calls him an "adequate athlete," which is faint praise at best. That being said, he does have a big arm and quick delivery. With grad transfer Dakota Prukop a strong candidate to start at quarterback next season, a freshman redshirt isn't out of the question for Wilson.
Feb 1 - 10:38 PM

Oregon graduate QB Dakota Prukop is the third-most important transfer eligible to play in 2016, according to ESPN.

Prukop is already attending classes at Oregon and will participate in spring practices. Vernon Adams Jr., whose footsteps Prukop is walking in, didn't have the advantage of participating in spring practices. Prukop will compete with Jeff Lockie, Taylor Alie, Morgan Mahalak and Travis Jonsen for the starting job once the practice fields thaw off. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 3,025 yards and a 28/10 TD/INT ratio last season at Montana State.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 1:55 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz was encouraged that during the Shrine Game, Oregon QB Vernon Adams proved to be "the only QB on either roster to throw with any level of rhythm and accuracy."

"[Adams] showed his full range of skills," noted Liskiewitz, "picking up two first downs with his legs and throwing for three scores." The 6-foot, 190-pound former Duck completed 6-of-9 passes for 191 yards in the contest, looking like (by far) the most comfortable gunslinger on the Shrine roster. Liskiewitz was particularly impressed by the second touchdown pass, when Adams "looked off the safety and hit his man in stride in the middle of the end zone on a post route." This is all well and good, but it's important not to put too much stock into a contest that's treated nothing like an actual football game.
Jan 25 - 10:44 PM

Former Hawaii HC June Jones, who coached in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game, said that Oregon QB Vernon Adams "can play in the NFL."

Said Jones, "Somebody's going to give him an opportunity to do that. Now whether he makes it or not, it's up to him." Adams showcased his typical shiny blend of athleticism and phenomenal passing in Saturday's Shrine Game, throwing for 191 yards on just nine attempts. The 6-foot, 190-pound Eastern Washington transfer finished his lone FBS campaign with the Ducks having thrown for 2,643 yards with a 26/6 TD/INT ratio despite missing three contests due to various injuries. "He has all those things that the great ones have. He gets better as the game goes on," Jones said. While Adams is working himself into the draft conversation, the best way to term the analysis around him following the Shrine Game would probably be "guarded optimism."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 6:58 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game, Oregon QB Vernon Adams "did everything short of growing 6 inches to boost his NFL stock."

Noted Rang, "Adams baited defenders with his eyes and a pump-fake to create throwing lanes, before delivering perfect strikes for scores." The analyst believes the 6-foot, 190-pound Oregon grad also demonstrated "balance and agility." And he threw in a Russell Wilson comparison, too, just because that's a thing you can do. For his part, Adams completed 6-of-9 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's contest, a performance that had draft analysts suddenly abuzz. Coach June Jones was a complete convert, indicating that the performance swayed his opinion as to whether Adams can play in the NFL. While he looked fantastic on Saturday, questions remain about his measurables and durability. That being said, through the early process, Adams has helped his stock as much as anybody. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 24 - 1:29 PM

Oregon QB Vernon Adams completed 6-of-9 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Adams' West squad won 29-9, largely on the strength of the former Duck gunslinger's arm. The 6-foot, 190-pound NFL hopeful had analysts abuzz during the contest, with NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock saying, "If you're Chip Kelly, you're taking a look at Vernon Adams and seeing what he can do." Adams himself made a plea during an-game interview, indicating that he hopes that his performance "just showed [scouts] that [he] can play this game with the top-line guy." While this was superlative work, it'll still be an uphill draft climb for Adams, whose measurables and durability are going to be closely scrutinized as the process commences. We love what he did down the stretch with Oregon, though, and he at least has the benefit of word-of-mouth at the moment.
Jan 23 - 7:22 PM

Oregon QB Vernon Adams was returning kicks during Thursday's Shrine Game practice.

This is an interesting development. While the 6-foot, 190-pound Adams showcased his athleticism with the Ducks when healthy, he wasn't busting out with the kind of breakaway speed that NFL teams covet in return men. Whether he can stick at quarterback at the next level remains to be seen, though. CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler doesn't believe that's the case. Earlier this week, he wrote that Adams "just isn't built for NFL action." Beyond his slighter-than-desired frame, his hand measured just 8 3/4". On top of that, Adams suffered several injuries in his year at Oregon and durability questions are sure to crop up in war rooms for interested parties.
Jan 21 - 6:11 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler asserts that Oregon QB Vernon Adams "just isn't built for NFL action."

"Adams was terrific on short-to-intermediate throws, getting the ball out quick with added juice to fire strikes," Brugler wrote of Shrine Game passing drills. "However his deep ball was inconsistent and seeing him next to Sudfeld and Doughty really shows how small he is in the pocket. Adams' low launch point is a major issue and his frail frame will likely keep him from being drafted." It isn't only Adams' 5-foot-10, 195-pound frame that has evaluators worried. As Bleacher Report's Matt Miller pointed out, the comparison between Adams and Russell Wilson breaks down a bit when comparing hand size. Wilson had 10 1/4" mitts, while Adams' are 8 3/4". Hand size can affect several different aspects of quarterback play, with deep ball accuracy being one.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 1:58 PM


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