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Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell (hamstring) posted a 4.43 second 40-yard dash in a workout for the Colts and Raiders.

Mitchell strained his hamstring at the Ducks' pro day last month, so this was good to see. "I’m feeling good right now," he said. "As of yesterday, I was upset because I wasn’t as recognized as other players at my position. I’ve been flying under the radar. It has kind of frustrated me because I play the game and I see all these other guys play when I’m sitting in my hotel room on Saturdays and … I never gave up a touchdown. That’s all I can say. I don’t know what they go off of, but even in Indianapolis on the field with the other players, I felt like I separated myself but it didn’t get noticed." Mitchell posted an ugly 4.63 forty at the combine. "That’s how it has been my whole life," Mitchell said. "I’ve always been the underdog. I guess it’s the role that I have to get used to playing and be ready to ball out when I have to." He'll likely go between late Day 2 and early Day 3.
Source: Fox Sports
Apr 14 - 7:54 PM

NFL Films guru Greg Cosell said Oregon DL Taylor Hart reminds him of former Steelers's DE Aaron Smith.

High praise from a respected evaluator. Hart hasn't been talked about much because a broken bone in his foot kept him out of the Senior Bowl and then the combine. He ran forty times of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds at the school's pro day, adding a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.61 seconds, three-cone time of 7.42 seconds and 23 bench press reps. The 6-foot-6, 287-pounder, as Cosell's comparison suggests, would look great as a 3-4 end.
Apr 10 - 7:05 PM

Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas will visit with the Bears on Tuesday.

We also know that he was put through the paces by Atlanta two weeks back. Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174 pounds) shouldn't have much to prove after his performance at Oregon’s pro day, blurring to forty times of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds. The slight burner averaged 7.8 yards per carry with the Ducks and collected four touchdowns on kick returns.
Apr 7 - 6:59 PM

Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota has bulked up to 218 pounds this offseason with an eye towards the 2015 NFL Draft.

Mariota shocked the NFL by returning to Eugene for his junior season, but he clearly learned something valuable while considering a jump to the pros: The NFL wanted him to add some weight to his wiry 6-foot-5 frame, and he's now done so. Perhaps his odds of staying healthy will summarily improve; Mariota partially sprained his MCL last year and Oregon's fortunes immediately changed for the worse. "I think the biggest takeaway from last season was we had a lot to learn," Mariota said. "I was trying to do too much with it. It kind of put our team in a bad spot. It's one of those deals where you look back at it and kind of replay your decision-making over and over again. You can't do much about it, it's in the past, but you can definitely learn from it." Mariota threw for 3,665 yards with a 31/4 TD/INT ratio last year.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 2 - 8:50 PM

Oregon DL Taylor Hart may be flying under the radar after he broke a bone in his foot following the season, writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Because of the injury, Hart missed the Senior Bowl and the combine. "Hart excels at setting the edge. He controls offensive tackles with his hands, tracks the ball well and sheds in time to make plays. While he's not an explosive edge rusher, he's an underrated athlete who can kick inside to rush the passer," Muench wrote. The analyst sees a fit with the Eagles, where Hart could reunite with former coach Chip Kelly. "He could prove to be a steal if he falls to the Eagles in the fourth round," Muench wrote.
Mar 23 - 7:44 PM

Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla is a "prototypical F-tight end prospect" on tape, according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

An F-tight end is a term used for smaller, faster tight ends best suited as receivers; Denver's Julius Thomas and Miami's Charles Clay are two examples in the pros. Muench likes Lyerla's ball skills, but believes he needs to improve his route running. In a column comparing two draft-eligible TEs with off-the-field problems -- Lyerla (who was arrested for cocaine possession last season) and Tennessee State’s A.C. Leonard -- Muench threw out Seattle, Green Bay and Atlanta as three organizations that might take a Day 3 chance on either because they "have the stability and leadership to help players with red flags overcome past mistakes and realize their potential."
Mar 16 - 2:04 PM

Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas was "absolutely electric" Thursday at Oregon’s pro day, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Thomas (5-foot-8 5/8, 174 pounds) ran speed-of-light forties of 4.34 and 4.35 seconds. He added a 34-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-3 broad jump, a 4.21 second short shuttle and a three-cone drill time of 6.83 seconds. "Thomas is going to be a lot like a running back version of Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson," wrote Brandt. "That is, Thomas will be a luxury for an NFL team, which will have to design a special set of plays for him to get him on the field. Thomas is really special as far as being an athlete is concerned. A lot of people will be chasing him around on the field, but I don’t think he can hold up at his structure/size."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 7:43 PM

Oregon DL Taylor Hart ran forty times of of 4.86 and 4.87 seconds at the school's pro day.

Hart had a 30-inch vertical jump, an 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.61 seconds, three-cone time of 7.42 seconds and posted 23 bench press reps. Hart was unable to workout at the NFL Combine and a broken bone in his foot kept him out of the Senior Bowl.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 10:51 AM

Oregon CB Terrance Mitchell pulled his right hamstring and could not finish his workout at the school's pro day.

Mitchell was lost among the top defensive names at Oregon, but he has talent. There were times when he let receivers get vertical too easily, but Mitchell can be a solid corner in the third-round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 10:22 AM

Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla was forced to work out at Portland State's pro day.

Per Gil Brandt, he was not welcome on Oregon's campus, which makes sense given the way Lyerla left the team. "Good player, lots of problems. Could go undrafted," Brandt added. From the outside looking in, Lyerla would fit perfectly with Chip Kelly in Philadelphia, but we do not know the details of their relationship.
Mar 13 - 1:26 PM

After analyzing Oregon TE Colt Lyerla's media interviews at the Combine, CBS Sports' Rob Rang is not convinced Lyerla won't get into trouble again.

"I listened to every question and evaluated his verbal and non-verbal responses. I wish I could say that I am convinced Lyerla won't get into trouble again but I can't," Rang wrote. While Lyerla comes with his share of off-field issues, he does bring a ton of athleticism and speed (official 4.61 forty) to the table. At 6-foot-3 3/8 and 242 pounds, Lyerla brings the size that teams are looking for as well. At this point no one doubts Lyerla's talent level, but he'll have to show teams he's dedicated and mature enough to get drafted.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 8 - 4:21 PM

Oregon TE Colt Lyerla ran an official 4.61 second 40-yard dash at the NFL's combine.

His unofficial times were even more impressive, as the former Duck logged 4.47 and 4.59. Lyerla's elite athleticism was on full display during a 36.5-inch vertical jump. He also has impressive 10-inch hands on a 6-foot-3 3/8 and 242 pound frame. Lyerla has second-round talent but enough baggage to star in the sequel to "Up in the Air." It's a coin flip as to whether he'll be picked.
Feb 22 - 6:37 PM

A paradigm shift in the NFL will aid Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas' draft stock, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"Because of his speed and playmaking ability, in today's NFL he's more valuable than he would have been six, eight, 10 years ago," Mayock said, when asked about Thomas as a wide receiver prospect. "He probably goes in the fourth-round area. ... He's a kickoff guy, plus we got to get him 10 touches a game. How do we manufacture those 8 to 10 touches a game so he can make those plays for us that he did at Oregon?" Thomas could do his stock a lot of favors by besting the field in the 40-yard dash in Indy.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 8:04 PM

Oregon TE Colt Lyerla "deeply regrets" leaving school early and said "it's something I'll have to live with."

Lyerla declined to discuss why he chose to leave school when he did. He dropped out in early October, signed with an agent, and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cocaine in late December. The former Duck is a talented prospect -- perhaps a Top-50 player without the baggage -- but we would be surprised if he is drafted.
Feb 20 - 4:48 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is worried that the 2014 draft class might be the most immature group he has seen.

Colbert started by saying it is the deepest class he has evaluated, but his next comment might be more important. Colbert went on to suggest the team might focus on selecting experienced players. We are not sure if the immature label refers to prospects' physically, mentally, or personality-wise, but likely a combination of both.
Feb 20 - 3:21 PM


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