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Profootballtalk cites a league source that says the "current buzz" is Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will get picked before the end of Round 3.

A possible top-10 pick only days ago, Conley's stock has been in a freefall since he was accused of rape by a Cleveland woman earlier this week. This is a fluid situation similar to the La’el Collins affair from a couple years back. Collins, a sure-fire first-rounder, ended up going undrafted. Conley could end up being exonerated. He could also end up being charged and potentially convicted of a first-degree felony. The NFL is working hard to gather information in advance of the beginning of the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Apr 26 - 9:05 PM

In a statement released Wednesday, Ohio State CB Gareon Conley called the rape allegation against him "untrue, wrongful, and malicious."

"The allegations against me concerning the night of April 8/9 that have recently been reported in multiple media outlets are completely false," Conley said in the statement. "I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime." On Tuesday, it was reported that police are investigating Conley after he was accused of raping a woman on April 9 in a Cleveland hotel. Investigators are trying to schedule an interview with him, according to Cleveland Police Dept. spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia. Conley is one of the best defensive prospects in this class. Whether true or not, the allegations against him will almost certainly hurt Conley's draft stock. Conley will not attend the NFL Draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 3:43 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will meet with Cleveland police on Monday to discuss the accusation of rape being levied against him.

Conley is being accused of raping a Cleveland woman during an incident in a hotel bathroom on April 8. He has denied this very serious allegation. Monday will be his first meeting with the authorities regarding this case. It is difficult to gauge just how far Conley might slide in the draft given how little information is available, here, but for what it's worth, the OSU standout will no longer be attending Philadelphia's big show on Thursday.
Apr 25 - 9:34 PM

A college scouting director said that Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel could be used in a similar capacity to Percy Harvin at the next level.

Harvin is an easy comp for Samuel given their shared position versatility. Said the scouting director, "He’d be a receiver for us, I think, but like you saw with Harvin … I think they’re similar in some ways. You can use him on jet sweeps and different things off motion, like they used to do with Brian Westbrook years back. I like him." A more troublesome comparison which has cropped up several times is that of Jalin Marshall (who went undrafted in 2016), with one AFC regional scout saying that Samuel is "not a running back and his routes and hands really aren't that good." The Ohio State Swiss Army Knife is a probable Day 2 selection, which would have him going off the board on Friday.
Apr 25 - 8:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Ohio State CB Gareon Conley won't attend the NFL Draft.

News broke Tuesday that Conley has been accused of rape by a Cleveland woman for an incident in a hotel bathroom on April 9. Not much is known at this time outside of the fact that a police report was filed but no charges have been levied and no arrests have been made. Conley denies the allegation. Reports of his absence from the NFL Draft so soon after the news broke may suggest that Conley or his reps believe a drop out of Round 1 may be forthcoming.
Apr 25 - 3:04 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley was accused of rape in a police report filed by a Cleveland woman.

No charges have been filed, no arrests have been made, and Conley hasn't yet spoken with police. The alleged victim said Conley raped her in a hotel suite bathroom on April 9. She called 911, and a rape kit was administered at a local hospital. The alleged victim refused to speak with police after that. Conley adamantly denies the allegations and his attorney called the claims "ludicrous and ridiculous." Conley was likely to go in the top-14 before this. Regardless of the validity of this claim, he may be in for a fall lower than that now. The NFL has only a little more than 48 hours to gather information about this incident before Thursday night's Round 1.
Source: TMZ
Apr 25 - 2:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport posted a video to Twitter of Ohio State S Malik Hooker (labrum, hernia) running and making cuts.

Hooker underwent surgery to repair his labrum and a hernia back in January. Not much can be read into a singular video of the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder running, but at the very least, it is a good sign that Hooker is progressing in his recovery. The hope here is that the potential top-10 pick will be ready for training camp this summer.
Apr 24 - 3:09 PM

An NFL assistant GM said that Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore is "better than [New York Giants CB Eli] Apple."

For reference's sake, the Giants selected Apple with the No. 10 last season. Said this particular assistant GM, "I’ve struggled with a few of the one-year [starters]. Not him though. Very clean sheet. A few things here or there, but nothing glaring that makes you think he can’t be very, very good. I am a tough grader, but I liked it." Like former OSU CB Apple, Lattimore could potentially hear his name called in the top-10, with stock upside toward the first five picks. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees him falling just past Apple's draft slot in his most recent mock draft, pegging Lattimore to the defense-needy Saints at No. 11.
Apr 24 - 2:56 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that NFL teams are reviewing Ohio State S Malik Hooker's medical info.

Rap Sheet wrote that there are no questions about Hooker's NFL Combine recheck, which "went as well as it could" and showed healing of the labrum he underwent surgery on in January. Assuming the medical coast is clear, expect Hooker to go in the top-10.
Apr 21 - 3:49 PM

An AFC college scouting director called Ohio State S Malik Hooker "a special one."

"I can look at 13 games of a one-year starter at safety and project what he’s going to be a lot easier than I can a quarterback," the scout said. Then he offered an emphatic prediction. " Mark my words: I love [LSU’s Jamal] Adams, but Hooker will be the better player in five years." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Hooker will be jostling with Adams in Philadelphia next Thursday for the honor of being the first safety selected. Both players are Top-10 probable.
Apr 20 - 6:35 PM

When asked about Ohio State CB Gareon Conley's "rise" up draft boards, Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas said it is the public catching up to what the NFL thinks.

We have mentioned the same, and Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Conley as a top two corner in this class. Conley was asked to face off against numerous top receivers on the right, left and even in the slot. He has a larger sample size of snaps than Marshon Lattimore and tested in the 86th percentile.
Apr 20 - 11:04 AM

A south area scout for an NFC team said of Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan, "He's been pretty productive but I don't see anything special."

"I see him as a backup early on who will become a starter at SAM (strong-side) for a 4-3 team," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder to Redskins LB Mason Foster and writes that he "might have benefited from playing alongside a slew of NFL talent, but he's active and plays the game with good instincts" and concludes (somewhat lukewarmly) that McMillan "has the potential to become an average starter in the league." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs him to the Dolphins at pick No. 54 (Round 2) in his most recent four-round mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 10:52 PM

The Panthers brought in RB/WR Curtis Samuel for a top 30 visit.

Let's discuss why this makes sense. Samuel is a runner and receiver type, who was used as a ball carrier and slot receiver at Ohio State with the goal of creating mismatches. That might sound somewhat similar to Christian McCaffrey, who the Panthers have been linked to at No. 8. If the Panthers pass on McCaffrey, they could target Samuel in order to fill a similar role. The Panthers have two second round picks, No. 40 and 64.
Apr 18 - 9:33 AM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will visit the Jets on Tuesday, according to beat writer Manish Mehta.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently connected Conley and the Jets at No. 6 overall. Conley is an outstanding prospect, winning from the left, right and slot with ball skills and physicality. His teammates, Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore, have not produced clean processes due to injury. The Jets are tight-lipped, but top end corners are vital to their defensive scheme.
Apr 17 - 7:59 AM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley met with the Jets and visited the Jaguars and Bengals last week.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora is hearing that Conley could crack the top-10 later this month. "Conley has always been a first-round corner, and I understand why he is the top guy on some boards," an NFL source told La Canfora. "He may not be as flashy as some of the other corners, and maybe the upside isn't quite as high, but neither is the risk. This is a clean player who started for two years and who made big plays in big games. There is a lot to like." La Canfora's report included the nugget that the Panthers, Browns, Eagles, Bengals, Lions, Titans, Saints and Jets are "among those quite interested" in Conley's services. The top-10 is a real possibility, while the No. 14 slot is our humble guess for Conley's draft floor.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 12:13 PM


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