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Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman is one of the nation's most NFL-ready players who is not yet draft eligible, believes Bleacher Report's Greg Wallace.

"He has a special blend of power and speed and will be an enticing target for pro teams looking for a workhorse tailback," Wallace wrote. The 6-foot, 229-pounder, who draws consistent comparisons to Jonathan Stewart, had 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns as a true freshman. Freeman will be a starting NFL running back in 2017 unless his body betrays him.
May 27 - 1:47 AM

Notre Dame graduate senior OL Matt Hegarty will transfer to Oregon.

Unwilling to embrace a rotational role on Notre Dame's line, Hegarty decided the best opportunity to reach the next level was to transfer out to gain a starting role somewhere else. With the Hroniss Grasu off to the NFL, the Ducks are still looking for a replacement for the four-year starter. The 6-foot-4 and 295-pound Hegarty started in 11 of 13 games for Notre Dame either at center or guard in 2014, and appeared in 12 games in 2013.
May 26 - 3:54 PM

NFL Media ranks Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman as the No. 10 preseason Heisman candidate in the country.

The 6-foot, 229-pounder, often compared to Jonathan Stewart, had 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns as a freshman. "Marcus Mariota is gone, so the focus has to go somewhere in the Ducks' backfield, so why not on to Freeman?," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Even with Mariota gone, Oregon's offense is not going to change, which means Freeman will be the focal point of an offense that is sure to be prolific."
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 7:04 PM

Oregon senior QB Vernon Adams "should beat out junior Jeff Lockie to become the Ducks' starter and serve as a stop-gap of sorts while younger quarterbacks become more acclimated," reports NFL Media.

NFL Media ranks Adams (6-0, 190) as the No. 9 most impactful transfer. It should be noted that other outlets have predicted Lockie will beat out the highly-touted Eastern Washington transfer. Adams, a two-time Walter Payton Award finalist, has thrown for 10,438 yards and 110 scores already in his three-season career.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 4:25 PM

NFL Media ranks Oregon true freshman DE Canton Kaumatule as the No. 10 impact freshmen in the nation.

Kaumatule was the No. 15 player in the ESPN 300. "The team is hoping that Kaumatule, a five-star recruit from Buckner's high school in Hawaii, will be able to step in right away to fill [Arik] Armstead's shoes as a similarly sized 6-foot-6, 290-pounder who can play multiple positions and roles," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Kaumatule is a high-effort and high-upside player with a very good blend of size and athleticism," reads his ESPN scouting report. "Projects as a top-level prospect with additional strength and refined technique."
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 2:58 PM

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


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