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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that Oregon senior OW Byron Marshall's "thicker build might allow him to translate as an NFL running back more easily" than 2014 fourth-rounder De'Anthony Thomas.

"However, scouts aren't sure if his perimeter running style is suited for every-down work in the NFL and his lack of height (5-10, 200) will hurt his stock as a receiver," Reuter wrote. "Thomas was more explosive but lasted until the fourth round of the 2014 draft due to his size." The 5-foot-9, 201-pounder rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 2013 before shifting to receiver last year. He caught 74 passes for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns in 2014, adding 52 carries for 392 yards and a score.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 8:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that NFL scouts "are worried about [Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone's] lean frame and whether or not he's strong enough to hold up against the power he will see as a pro."

Zierlein grades Johnstone as the seventh-best offensive lineman in the nation. "Quickness and overall fluidity as an athlete are on full display with every snap he takes," Zierlein wrote. "It will be interesting to see what Johnstone's body type and playing weight look like with a full year to add mass to his frame behind him." The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder plays with a brawling attitude but moves as well as any offensive lineman in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 29 - 2:58 AM

Oregon senior OW Byron Marshall "is a super-twitch athlete with explosiveness oozing from his very being, but he's a 'tweener who is more likely to be an NFL slot receiver," notes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

Fortunately, Marshall was moved from running back to wide receiver last season, so we have a decent idea of how he might transition to the next level. The 5-foot-9, 201-pounder scampered for over 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the ground in 2013 before grabbing 74 passes for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns last year as a WR, adding 52 carries for 392 yards and a score. He's a Day 3 prospect with the opportunity to move up boards with a big season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 9:52 PM

Oregon moved sophomore Charles Nelson from WR to DB during the offseason.

The 5'8/170 pounder made his mark early on as a returner and then as a receiver when Oregon was hit with injuries at the position. Chalk this latest move up to self-evaluation, as Oregon lost Troy Hill and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and safety Erick Dargan to the NFL.
Source: Oregon Live
Jun 24 - 1:19 PM

Oregon redshirt senior Tyler Johnstone, who missed last season with an ACL tear in his right knee, is expected to return as the starter at LT.

The Ducks dealt with a number of injuries along their offensive line last year, including Jake Fisher and Hroniss Grasu missing games. Marcus Mariota's talent compensated for those injuries, but don't expect his replacement to do the same with a re-shuffled offensive line. Johnstone is a very good talent when healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 1:10 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Oregon sophomore RB Royce Freeman as the No. 4 College Football running backs to watch in 2015.

"Freeman's edge speed tends to catch defenses off guard, but it is his thick frame that should lend itself to an even more dominating brand of football from the true sophomore," Zierlein wrote. The Pac-12 Conference's Freshman Offensive Player of the Year posted 1,523 all-purpose yards, while leading the Pac-12 in touchdowns scored with 18 on the ground and one through the air. Freeman has a shot at a run for the Heisman if he continues to be the bell cow for the Ducks in the 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 5:06 PM

Oregon senior TE Pharaoh Brown (leg) is a top-50 prospect based on talent, according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

There are other considerations, of course, and Brown unfortunately suffered a horrific injury in November against Utah which nearly resulted in a lost right leg. Despite missing five games, Brown was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection with 25 catches for 420 yards and six touchdowns. "If his rehabilitation allows him to resume his career this fall, and he regains the strider's speed and agility that made him one of the top pass-catchers in the country before the injury, expect him to be an early-round pick," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 9:32 PM

Oregon senior QB Vernon Adams is one class short of enrolling at his new school.

"I'm excited to get cleared and get everything done and done the right way and I'm just excited to be here and to be a Duck," Adams said. "I've got to finish up a couple more things and I'll be good." Apparently that entails finishing one more math class, though that appears to be a formality; Adams has already walked at Eastern Washington's graduation. The two-time Walter Payton Award finalist has thrown for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns across the past three years. He should be in Eugene in no time. He better be. A fight for the starting QB job is next.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 8:13 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown writes that Oregon senior WR Byron Marshall "doesn't have prototypical receiver size at 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, (but) he has proven to be a fairly natural fit, giving Oregon a weapon who can get make plays in space."

The analyst ranks Marshall as the No. 20 receiver in the country. "Despite losing Marcus Mariota, the Ducks remain deep with weapons, including the versatile Marshall," Brown wrote. Over the past two seasons, he has posted both a 1,000-yard rushing season (2013) and a 1,000-yard receiving season (2014). The offensive weapon finished 2014 with 74 catches for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns, adding 52 carries for 392 yards and a score.
Jun 14 - 8:50 PM

Oregon redshirt senior T Tyler Johnstone (ACL) "would've been the Ducks' best offensive lineman last season, and he will be expected to be just that this fall," noted NFL Media.

It's a big statement when one considers the talent of Jake Fisher, but it's possible, health permitting, that Johnstone could be better. "He should vie for, at the least, All-Pac-12 honors this season," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Johnstone re-tore the ACL in his right knee last August, forcing him to miss the season. The 6-foot-6, 283-pounder moves like a tight end but mauls like a brawler.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 4:57 PM

NFL Media ranks Oregon redshirt sophomore WR Devon Allen as their No.2 fastest players in college football.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Allen lead the Ducks in touchdown catches (7) and ranked second in receiving yards (684) even though he missed the final two games, due to an injury he sustained in the Rose Bowl. The Oregon prospect was the 2014 NCAA champion in the 110 hurdles with a personal record and second fastest time in NCAA history (13.16). Allen ran a personal best 10.48 in the 100 Meters in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 3:17 PM

Despite the ubiquitous comparison, Oregon senior DE DeForest Buckner "not similar to [Dion] Jordan," according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, "because his thicker frame portends an NFL career with his hand on the ground."

The analyst argues that the comparison isn't at all fair to Buckner, and he isn't the first writer to say so. "Buckner's path toward 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," Reuter wrote. "If he can improve his stack-and-shed ability and motor while consistently winning the edge, scouts will forget about Jordan and grade Buckner well based on his own merits." The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Buckner led the Ducks' in TFL (13) last year and added 81 tackles and four sacks. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 23 overall draft prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 10 - 9:27 PM

As a presumed three-way player, Oregon sophomore WR/DB/KR Charles Nelson will "be one of the most fun players to follow in the game," noted NFL Media.

"How does the versatile freshman follow up a season that established him as the Ducks' best special-teams player, and included a season-high 104 receiving yards in the Pac-12 title game? By playing defense, of course," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Nelson saw action in the secondary in the Oregon spring game and is expected to play defense this fall, but his role as a return specialist and kickoff coverage ace isn't going anywhere." The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Nelson had 23 catches for five scores, 11 rushes for 101 yards and 589 total kick return yards. Phil Steele's pre-season First Team punt returner will add defense to his resume this fall, which won't hurt his pro prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 9:20 PM

Oregon senior QB Vernon Adams "is unlike any graduate transfer we can recall because he’s already a star," wrote ESPN's Travis Haney.

Adams, an Eastern Washington transfer and two-time Walter Payton Award finalist, threw for 10,438 yards and 110 touchdowns across the past three years. "Russell Wilson became the standard for college football's version of free agency, in large part because he was able to quickly win over his new teammates. He was named a captain shortly after he arrived at Wisconsin," Haney wrote. "Adams has similar leadership earmarks; he has been in contact with his future teammates for months. Not to apply too much heat, but a Wilson-type tale would not be at all surprising." First, he's going to have to beat out junior Jeff Lockie, which is no sure thing.
Jun 8 - 10:38 PM

Many in the industry expected Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost to bolt for a head coaching opportunity after last season, reported NFL Media.

Frost, of course, opted to stay for another year in Eugene. He has been Oregon's offensive coordinator and QB coach since 2013. "The offense has hummed along, and Frost is given a lot of credit for how well Marcus Mariota played the past two seasons," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "If Oregon's offense continues to produce big numbers, there's a good chance Frost will be implementing that offense elsewhere during the 2016 season as a head coach." NFL Media ranks Frost as the best assistant coach prospect in the country.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 7 - 9:31 PM


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