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An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that Pitt's shift to a more of a motion-spread offense did not play to G Dorian Johnson's strengths.

"Two years ago, they ran more power and Dorian had a really good year. Last year they went to more motion spread with about 10 jet sweeps a game and it didn’t suit his game. He’s more of a power scheme guy," the scout said of Johnson, who has 39 starts at left guard under his belt for his Pitt career. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lands the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder with the Seahawks at pick No. 58 (third round) in his most recent four-round mock draft.
Apr 25 - 10:27 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman is "a Brian Hoyer."

"Like him," he said. "He’s a Brian Hoyer. Good, tough, mid-round guy that if he gets in the right system maybe he becomes a starter." The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Peterman, a favorite of ESPN's Jon Gruden, played in a pro-style offense in college. While polished and perfectly able to go through multiple progressions, Peterman has an average arm and isn't much of an athlete. "The guy just has really good command," one scout said. "Got a lot of poise, lot of moxie. Not the most gifted physically but the guy moves around well." A third scout said: "Played really well at the Senior Bowl. That’s obviously a big deal for a quarterback. Go down there and work in somebody else’s system with a bunch of guys you haven’t worked with. Then you go back and start watching his film and you say, ‘You know what? This guy is pretty good.’ Not a top-tier starter, but I think he is a starter."
Apr 25 - 2:50 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he would be "afraid to draft [Pitt RB James Conner] because of that cancer."

Conner's recovery from Hodgkin's lymphoma is just about as inspirational a story as you will find in sports, but this particular scout is scared of a relapse, telling the Journal-Sentinel that "[s]upposedly, he’s cancer-free, but he’s not a good enough player to take a shot on. He’s a big guy without speed and he’s not real quick. There’s nothing special there." In an attempt to address concerns about a recurrence from the dread disease, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner previously sent copies of his clean February medical scan to every team in the NFL. In a dissenting opinion, another scout said, "Old-school bruising back. Pretty good hands. Like to have him." Conner should see interest in the latter rounds of Day 3 a week from Saturday.
Apr 21 - 8:05 PM

Pitt RB James Conner said, "Just call me Beast Mode 2.0."

"[Marshawn Lycnh has] always got such amazing willpower to go along with an 'I'm not gonna be denied' mentality, and those are two things I bring to the table every time I suit up," Conner wrote in an open letter to NFL GM's on the Player's Tribune. "I'm not going down on first contact. It's just not gonna happen." NFL Media's Chad Reuter pegs the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder as a sixth-round selection by the Patriots in his most recent mock draft. He would be a perfect fit for that locker room.
Apr 20 - 5:15 PM

ESPN's Jon Gruden calls Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman the most NFL-ready quarterback in this class.

This opinion is probably largely predicated on the fact that the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Peterman played in a pro-style offense in college. Gruden predicts that four quarterbacks will go in Round 1, and he mentioned Peterman as a one of the possibilities in addition to Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. Peterman has his fans, but we'd be stunned if he went on Day 1. We think Rd. 3 is far more likely than Rd. 1.
Apr 19 - 3:09 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Pitt TE Scott Orndoff to San Francisco 49ers TE Logan Paulsen.

"Orndoff will struggle to get open, but can make contested catches and function as a play-action threat near the end zone," Zierlein writes, adding, "He does have the size and desire to become an NFL blocker who might improve a rushing attack that is soft on the edge." The 6-foot-5, 253-pounder caught 35 passes for 579 yards and five scores this past season. He could potentially fall off the board late on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 7:15 PM

An NFC director of personnel said that Pitt QB Nathan Peterman's performance in a win over Clemson this past season "made me a believer."

Peterman threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns in that November victory. He did not throw for more than 300 yards in any other contest during the campaign. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder to Raiders QB Derek Carr and notes that Peterman's "experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league." He is currently looking like a late Day 2/early Day 3 pick. The Jaguars, Bills, Chiefs, Steelers and Patriots have all either brought Peterman in for private workouts or plan to do so before the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 5:56 PM

Pitt RB James Conner visited the Texans on Wednesday.

Running back isn't one of Houston's primary need spots, but the Texans wouldn't need to spend more than a Day 3 pick to add Conner to the stable. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Conner as a potential fifth-round selection. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner, who overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and a torn MCL to get here, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the NFL Combine. He should be an effective short-yardage back and tremendous locker room presence, if nothing else.
Apr 12 - 6:25 PM

The Jaguars scheduled a private workout with Pitt QB Nathan Peterman.

Assuming the Jaguars don't go off script and take a quarterback in the first two rounds, Peterman could make some sense as a developmental prospect capable of pushing Blake Bortles. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline slotted Peterman into Rd. 4 in a recent mock draft, while ESPN's Todd McShay shipped him to the Cardinals in Rd. 3 of a mock draft published Wednesday.
Apr 12 - 1:47 PM

An NFC South scout "like[s] everything about" Pittsburgh G Dorian Johnson and believes he'll start for a decade in the NFL.

"Hard-nosed and smart," the scout said. "I like everything about him -- his length, his frame, his toughness, his durability, his consistency. Ten-year starter in the league." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Johnson to Jack Mewhort. "He has functional power to turn defenders out of the hole and enough athleticism to match any run-game scheme," Zierlein wrote. "Johnson doesn't carry bad weight and should be able to add more bulk with no problem. While he has some weaknesses, nothing appears to be glaring and he should set into a starter's role right away and become a solid NFL guard."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 12:25 PM

A director of scouting for an NFC team called Pittsburgh edge rusher Ejuan Price "a little ball of dynamite."

"He's got some physical limitations, which will keep him from getting picked early, but I see an NFL rusher. He's strong and twitchy and can finish when he gets the tackle beat," the scouting director said. The 5-foot-11, 241-pound Price earned All-ACC honors after recording 45 tackles (23.0 for loss), 13 sacks and three forced fumbles in 13 games played this past season. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Steelers LB James Harrison and writes that "[w]hile his draft stock might be limited, he has the ability to be a sub-package rusher who could flash on the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 8:59 PM

Pitt QB Nathan Peterman has private workouts scheduled with the Steelers, Bills, Chiefs and Patriots.

Peterman has been moving up boards during the pre-Draft process. Right now, he appears to have moved into early-Day 3 territory. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline slotted him to Kansas City at No. 132 overall in Rd. 4 in a recent mock.
Apr 10 - 2:04 PM

Pitt OC Shawn Watson said that redshirt senior QB Max Browne and redshirt sophomore QB Ben DiNucci have pulled away from the competition in spring practice.

Browne -- who transferred from USC to Pitt in December -- and DiNucci have been fighting it out with redshirt freshman QB Thomas MacVittie and true freshman QB Kenny Pickett this spring. Their experience is starting to show, with Watson saying that "[b]oth [Browne and DiNucci] have really upped the ante the last week." Browne is looking to redeem himself after winning the Trojans' starting gig in August of 2016 only to find himself benched for Sam Darnold after three games due to extreme ineffectiveness.
Apr 4 - 7:45 PM

The Eagles have a private workout scheduled with Pitt QB Nathan Peterman.

Peterman is a favorite of some in the draft media, ranking as the fourth or fifth passers on some evaluators' boards. Peterman attended the Senior Bowl and started at Pitt after transferring from Tennessee. We expect Peterman to be a fourth or fifth round pick.
Mar 23 - 8:57 AM

Eagles beat writer Mark Eckel appears certain the team will not draft a RB in the first round.

Eckel is "intrigued" by Leonard Fournette, but does not expect him to be on the board. Instead, Eckel suggests a ball carrier like James Conner later in the draft, a running back "the Eagles definitely like." Prior to the Eagles second trade, which moved them up to pick No. 2 to select Carson Wentz, there was plenty of buzz linking them to Ezekiel Elliott.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 22 - 9:58 AM


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