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An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that Oregon RB Royce Freeman is "a big man [who] runs like a little guy."

"Can run inside the tackles and bounce it outside," the scout said. A second evaluator questioned the 5-foot-11, 229-pounder's top-end speed -- he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, far from a disaster -- and was disappointed in a perceived lack of big plays out of the Oregon back this past season. That scout was also down on Freeman due to his not participating in the Liberty Bowl against Boise State over the winter.
Apr 24 - 1:34 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport passes along that Oregon T Tyrell Crosby took official predraft visits to the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions last week.

Per Rapoport, these were two of seven official trips Crosby took during the evaluating season. He also visited the Rams at the end of March, though it would take some draft gymnastics for Los Angeles to be in the vicinity to draft the Oregon standout, as they won't be making their first pick until the third round. We expect Crosby to be off the board by then. He's part of the late first-round mix.
Apr 24 - 12:17 PM

USF redshirt senior TE Elkanah "Kano" Dillon transferred to Oregon as a graduate.

News of Dillon's intended transfer broke in early February. We've got the destination, now, as the 6-foot-5, 262-pounder will be heading off to Eugene after he graduates in May. He'll be eligible to play immediately with the Ducks this upcoming season. For his career with the Bulls, Dillon caught 28 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns. Consider him a depth add for Oregon HC Mario Cristobal and staff -- at USF, Dillon was a sometime-starter, rather than an integral offensive cog.
Apr 23 - 12:04 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 ATH Jayvaun Wilson.

Wilson had offers from most of the Pac-12, but also was considering Nebraska and Iowa State, among others. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete could play either WR or in the defensive backfield, so it'll be interesting to see where Oregon decides to line up the playmaker. Marco Cristobal is having an excellent first class in his first full year of recruiting.
Apr 21 - 6:12 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB Masa Funa.

Funa was reportedly down to Oregon, BYU and USC. The Ducks win. Funa ranks 13th overall in the state of California in 247 Sports rankings, and fifth in their outside linebacker ranks. He had 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for Mater Dei High School (Santa Fe, Calif.) last year, so it appears Oregon is getting a potential premium pass-rusher.
Apr 21 - 1:00 PM

Oregon senior WR Taj Griffin has transitioned to running back.

Or should we say, "transitioned back to running back." That's Griffin's natural position, but Oregon tried him out some at receiver in 2017, when he caught 11 passes for 68 yards and a score. He also rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries during the campaign. Griffin will work in a backup capacity behind Tony Brooks-James for the upcoming season. The team is quite thin at the position on the whole -- beyond Brooks-James and Griffin, the only back on the roster with any real experience is Darrian Felix -- and it's inevitably going to be an adjustment for the team after rolling with Royce Freeman over the past four seasons.
Apr 18 - 6:03 PM

Scout Inc's Steve Muench believes that the Colts should target Tyrell Crosby with one of their Day 2 picks.

Muench believes the Colts should take edge-rusher Bradley Chubb with their first-round pick. Crosby (6'4/309) was an analytical favorite this season, and would certainly fit a need: keeping Andrew Luck from being knocked down every other play. "The Colts need to address the offensive line, starting with right tackle," Muench writes. "Crosby has the size, length and toughness to win the starting job and develop into an above-average starter in time."
Source: ESPN
Apr 16 - 8:18 PM

UNLV redshirt senior CB Tim Hough transferred to Oregon as a graduate.

Hough (5'11/185) provides a nice bit of depth for the Ducks, as he worked on-and-off as a starter during his three active seasons at UNLV. He made a huge splash during his redshirt freshman campaign in 2015, when he logged four interceptions and four passes defended, though he has not picked off a pass in the intervening years. Set to graduate from UNLV in May, Hough will be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks during the upcoming season. His exact role on the depth chart figures to clarify once August camp boots up.
Apr 16 - 12:44 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Oregon RB Royce Freeman caught 80-of-89 passes thrown his way while at Oregon.

That's one of the highest percentage of targets caught of any running back in this class. Freeman (5'11/229) has seen some helium in his stock as of late, and one of the more underrated portions of his game is how effective he was as a receiver despite shaky quarterback play over the past couple of years. Freeman could go on Day 2, and he certainly has the traits you're looking for in a starting running back.
Apr 14 - 5:15 PM

An AFC personnel director said that Oregon RB Royce Freeman "might be better than people are [giving] him credit for."

"With better blocking in front of him, I'm not so sure that he's not still that same kid we saw as a sophomore," the personnel director said. CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso has comped the 5-foot-11, 229-pounder to Bears RB Jordan Howard, while NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees some D'Onta Foreman in his game. A Round 2 pick might be just beyond Freeman's grasp, but he's very much a candidate to be selected before Day 2 is out. Early on Day 3 if he just misses that cut.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 6 - 7:03 PM

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso compared RB Royce Freeman to Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard.

Trapasso says their main similarities are being "Big, powerful, with deceptive agility." He also mentions that "both don't appear to be moving overly fast through the second level yet would-be tacklers slip off them due to the tremendous amount of momentum they create with deceptive speed at their size." Freeman (5'11/229) was one of the most productive runners in Oregon's history, rushing for 5621 yards and 60 touchdowns in his career. Similarly to Howard, he isn't as polished as a receiver and only caught 14 passes as a senior. Freeman will likely be taken in rounds 2-to-3 and can be an immediate upgrade for many teams as an early-down back.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 5 - 9:41 PM

Oregon freshman WR Jalen Hall has temporarily left the team to attend to a personal matter.

Hall (6'3/182) was not on-hand for Thursday's practice, but Ducks HC Mario Cristobal said that "he should be back and fine." There's no immediate timetable for the freshman wideout's return to the team. Signing on with Oregon over the winter, Hall ranked as the 247Sports composite board's No. 127 overall prospect in the 2018 class coming out of high school.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 5 - 2:40 PM

Register Guard's Steve Mims reports Oregon sophomore WR Darrian McNeal has "left the program."

McNeal was expected to play a role in Oregon's offense as a freshman but that didn't pan out as he only caught two passes for 10 yards. A former three-star recruit out of high school, McNeal played quarterback in his first few years and transitioned to wide receiver as a senior. It's unknown whether he will be joining another program or the reason for his dismissal from Oregon.
Apr 4 - 9:40 PM

Oregon received a verbal commitment from previously uncommitted 2019 four-star DT Keyon Ware-Hudson.

Hudson was reportedly down to Nebraska and Oregon as his final two, and the Ducks take the victory. The Mater Dei HS (Calif.) star was ranked 26th in the state of California, and 15th at the defensive tackle position. At 6-foot-2, 305-pounds, it's a big get -- literally and figuratively -- for Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal's class.
Apr 3 - 7:22 PM

FanRag Sports' Jon Ledyard reports that the Los Angeles Rams have hosted Oregon T Tyrell Crosby for an official predraft visit.

Per Ledyard, the Rams also met with Crosby at the NFL Scouting Combine. For a team like Los Angeles, which has swung with some big moves in trade and free agency this offseason, the draft will be about papering over holes in gearing toward a potential Super Bowl run. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound Crosby would help toward that cause. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps the Oregon product to Jaguars T Jeremy Parnell. A tricky potential hurdle for a Rams selection, though -- LA does not own a second-round pick, which would be ideal for Crosby's expected range. They could take him at No. 23 in the first round, though we feel that might be a bit rich.
Mar 31 - 12:43 PM


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