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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

Pittsburgh junior RB Darrin Hall (lower body) will be limited in spring practice.

The pesky practice of injury vagary is afoot, here, as all we know about the circumstance and extent of Hall's injury is that he suffered it in a Pinstripe Bowl loss to Northwestern back in December. Said HC Pat Narduzzi, "He might be back to 90 percent. He will not go out there and risk any injuries this spring." With James Conner and Qadree Ollison receiving the bulk of the work this past season, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Hall rushed for 160 yards (4.4 YPC) on 36 carries.
Mar 16 - 6:02 PM

Pitt TE Scott Orndoff will take a local visit to the Steelers ahead of the draft.

It does not count against the Steelers top 30 visits. Orndoff is a late third day selection and projects as an inline target with redzone receiving ability. He tested in the third percentile at the NFL Combine.
Mar 15 - 9:48 AM

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Pitt RB James Conner gave interviewing teams discs showing his most recent scan for cancer.

Conner's most recent scan came on February 23 and came back clear. Proof of health is key for the inspirational Pitt back, as he missed the bulk of the 2015 season after suffering a severe knee injury and subsequently being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. A head coach who spoke with NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones said that he believes that the 6-foot-1, 233-pound Conner will "play in this league for years."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 6:16 PM

Pitt RB James Conner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

Conner is much more of a battering ram than a dancer. He measured into the Combine at 6-foot-1, 233 pounds and performed 20 reps on the bench press during Thursday's work. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views the much-beloved Pitt back as a potential fifth-round selection come April's draft.
Source: SB Nation
Mar 3 - 6:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Pitt RB James Conner to T.J. Duckett.

"Physical, battering-ram style runner who makes the hitting a two-way affair," Zierlein wrote. "Conner's lack of speed and reactive quickness could limit his role as a pro, but his heart, work ethic and ability to keep the chains moving could make him a red-zone specialist with the ability to handle some third down duties as well." The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner beat both Hodgkin's lymphoma and a significant knee injury to return to the field last season, rushing 216 times for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 3:36 PM

Pitt RB James Conner's received a recent clean lymphoma scan, according to Adam Schefter.

This is fantastic news. Conner played in 2016 after undergoing chemotherapy, amassing 216 carries for 1,060 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. Conner is unlikely to go before day three, but we can't wait to see him in Indianapolis. His aggression and balance for a big back is impressive.
Feb 24 - 11:16 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Pittsburgh OT Adam Bisnowaty to Daryl Williams.

Bisnowaty is a four-year starter with a nasty streak. "In a phone booth, Bisnowaty can handle himself with pure brawn and power, but once he's forced to play in space, his athletic limitations become more pronounced," Zierlein wrote. "He'll likely have to move to the right side, but athletic opponents will always cause him problems. His ceiling could be as a low-end starter while his floor is fighting for a roster spot within a couple of years." Bisnowaty played in the Senior Bowl last month.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay tweeted the more he watches Pitt QB Nathan Peterman, the more he likes.

"Full field read. Fast eyes. Ball is out on time and perfect placement," McShay wrote with a video of a play from a clean pocket on an inside breaking route with good timing with a throw over top of a linebacker in coverage. Peterman is loved by a number of media evaluators, namely Lance Zierlein, and some have suggested a second round pick could be in his future.
Feb 20 - 12:11 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler was surprised that Pitt TE Scott Orndoff received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Orndoff put forth the best statistical season of his career in 2016, registering a receiving line of 35-579-5 over the course of 12 games played. While those are more than respectable numbers, the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder could have some issues in testing when he arrives in Indianapolis for Combine festivities. During the East-West Shrine Game practice week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along that Orndoff appeared to be "marginally athletic" and that "speed is a major question." Street free agency is a very real possibility come draft time, but he will at least have a chance to make an impression alongside other draft-hopeful athletes later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 12:51 PM

Pitt hired former FAU HC Charlie Partridge to serve as DL coach.

Partridge managed a trio of 3-9 campaigns with FAU. This past 3-9 stinker was enough to cost him his job at the end of November. Prior to taking on the Owls' head-coaching gig, he served as Arkansas' defensive coordinator in 2013. He also previously served on Pitt's coaching staff from 2003-2007. "Charlie’s familiarity with Pitt is a major asset and the fact that he has experience as a head coach will benefit our entire staff," said HC Pat Narduzzi in a statement. "His reputation as a strong recruiter is highly deserved and will serve us well all across the ACC footprint, including Pittsburgh."
Feb 14 - 4:22 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter tagged the Chicago Bears as a potentially nice fit for Pitt QB Nathan Peterman.

"Peterman could be attractive because of his experience in a pro-style offense at Pitt," Reuter writes. "While the former Tennessee Volunteer doesn't have a plus arm, it's strong enough to move an NFL offense." He likes the fit with the Bears because Peterman presumably won't have to go through extensive system growing pains (something that was noticeably an issue for Jared Goff's development with the Rams in 2016). The only real stumbling block here is that the Bears may well draft a quarterback on Day 1 or Day 2 as they try to turn their franchise around with a higher-upside name. Peterman will likely be drafted on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 5:41 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell notes that Pitt freshman RB Todd Sibley has the potential to outperform his three-star rating.

Sibley was committed to Ohio State up until the middle of June, when he flipped his pledge over to Pittsburgh. Farrell sees the 5-foot-10, 211-pounder as a potential diamond in the rough. "He’s not super fast but he sets up his blocks, is patient and can break tackles," writes the analyst. "Plus, Pitt’s running back tradition is elite." Rivals ranked him as the No. 24 running back prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Feb 11 - 5:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Brian Batko reports that Pittsburgh will not retain DL coach Tom Sims.

Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi hired Sims --previously of Youngstown State -- to his staff in 2015. Sims played his college ball with Pitt and the defensive lineman was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 1990 draft. He played six seasons in the NFL. It is not yet known where the Panthers will turn for his replacement.
Feb 5 - 3:04 PM


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