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Penn State T Donovan Smith "was fat and messy and played lazy," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He has had issues like that," he added. "He's got talent. It's more where you think he is as far as want-to." The 6-foot-6, 328-pounder is possibly rated higher by the NFL than the media. "He's a giant human being that can kind of do whatever he wants," another scout said. "He's got good feet and bend for a big guy. Definitely can be a left tackle. He also can play with power. He was completely dominant at the Senior Bowl. But he's selfish, is up and down in games and has weight and conditioning issues." Smith started all three eligible years at LT for Penn State. "He's not a feisty, Wisconsin-type guy," said a third scout. "The new staff there does not rave about him. Maybe he doesn't have that killer instinct, but he'll play." A fourth scout concluded: "I hope he goes in the second round because we wouldn't take him until the mid-rounds. He's got a little bit of a work ethic issue."
Apr 25 - 6:44 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Penn State T Donovan Smith would be the best fit with the No.63 pick.

"Smith is massive (6-6, 338 pounds), physical and battle-tested. He could slide into Carpenter's old spot as a rookie and perhaps give the Seahawks some flexibility a year from now should left tackle Russell Okung attract big dollars following next season -- the last year of his rookie contract," Rang wrote. The Seahawks lost Pro Bowl center Max Unger via trade and starting left guard James Carpenter to free agency. Seattle could definitely address their offensive line early in the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 2:30 PM

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly put Penn State DB Adrian Amos through a workout on PSU's campus.

You'll recall that Amos recently visited the Eagles, so this was something of a follow-up. "The Eagles said I did well," Amos wrote in a draft diary. "It all comes down to where they see value. I personally know what I can do and what value I bring to the team. It's about getting everybody to realize that. With this draft, you never know where you may fall or how you may fall to another team." Amos also passed along that he will attend the Ravens' local workout on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 6:29 PM

Penn State T Donovan Smith is a prospect who should be "available in the second round but ultimately emerges as an NFL starter," noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Smith, along with Oregon's Jake Fisher and Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo, is a prospect who I anticipate is available in the second round but ultimately emerges as an NFL starter. I liked Smith on tape and was even more impressed when scouting him in person at the Senior Bowl," Rang wrote. The Penn State prospect has recently visited with the 49ers, Bills, and Eagles. Smith should probably hear his name called in the second round of the draft, but could slip into the first, if there is a major run on tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 3:34 PM

Penn State TE Jesse James "was under-utilized in Penn State's offense" and "he'll prove more effective in the NFL," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"James, frankly, was under-utilized in Penn State's offense and I think he'll prove more effective in the NFL if for nothing else because of his height, leaping ability and ball-skills as a red zone target. His height, speed and leaping ability (10-1" broad jump, 37.5" vertical) finished first and second, respectively, among tight ends at the Combine this year," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-7, 261-pound James has been making his rounds as of late, as he's visited or worked out for the Steelers, Packers, Chargers, Eagles and Ravens.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 3:01 PM

Penn State TE Jesse James will visit or workout for the Steelers, Packers, Chargers, Eagles and Ravens.

James makes a lot of sense for the Steelers in the fourth round. Teams will tag James with an upside label, as he flashes contested catches from an inline position and has a blocking frame, but neither of those skills were displayed at a consistent level.
Apr 15 - 9:51 AM

Penn State T Donovan Smith is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Smith previously visited the Bills and Eagles, the latter likely considered a local visit. We would not place Smith in the top two rounds, but PFT's Mike Florio recently hosted a mock draft that placed the Penn State product in the first round. We can name at least six tackles we prefer.
Apr 14 - 9:55 AM

Penn State T Donovan Smith visited the Eagles, according to Aaron Wilson.

We have not heard of many visits or workouts for Smith, but that might just be his agent's preference. Smith is a massive blocker who needs to use his size and strength to compensate for foot speed. We doubt he is selected before the third round.
Apr 12 - 3:42 PM

Penn State DB Adrian Amos recently visited the Eagles.

"They like my versatility at safety and being able to play cornerback," Amos wrote. "They wanted to see how we pick up defenses and just get an overall understanding of my knowledge of the game." This marriage makes so much enough, and it is even obvious enough that Josh Norris mocked it in the Eagles' draft preview. The team seems to prioritize athleticism and versatility. Amos has both. A third round selection is definitely possible.
Apr 11 - 9:30 AM

Penn State DB Adrian Amos "checks all the boxes when it comes to strong football intelligence, a willingness to digest tape and cover skills," NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst compares him to Husain Abdullah. "The biggest question is whether or not he can fit with a coordinator looking for playmakers and chance-takers," Zierlein wrote. "He must prove that he can play with greater overlap. Amos' scheme versatility is a big plus, but I wouldn't ask him to play inside the box very often." Amos ranks as the No. 5 safety in the class, according to Zierlein. The six-foot, 215-pounder, who is experienced, versatile, muscled-up and athletic, recorded a 4.38 forty and posted an impressive 21 reps on the bench press at his pro day.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 11:58 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Penn State DB Adrian Amos "has plenty of speed and athleticism."

The 6-foot, 218-pound former All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection put up 225 pounds 21 times, and brought his 40-yard dash down to 4.39 seconds(4.56 at combine). The Penn State prospect posted a 35.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-1 broad jump, with 4.03 three-cone drill (ranked second among safeties) at the combine. Amos has the ideal size for the position, and teams will love the aggressiveness he brings in both the run and passing game. With an improved forty time, Amos could see a nice boost in his stock.
Mar 27 - 3:28 PM

Penn State edge rusher Deion Barnes recorded a 4.95 forty at the school's pro day.

This is a bad number, but the rest of Barnes' workout was similar to Dante Fowler's. Those results include: a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-4 broad jump, a short shuttle in 4.32 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.26 seconds. Barnes declared early but was not invited to the Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 11:00 AM

Penn State DB Adrian Amos had an "impressive workout" at the school's pro day, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Amos recorded a 4.38 forty and posted an impressive 21 reps on the bench press (which would have been good for fourth-best amongst DBs at the combine). The six-foot, 215-pounder is experienced, versatile, muscled-up and athletic. Teams must decide if his best fit is at corner or safety. We think he might end up as the fifth defensive back in nickel packages.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 1:26 AM

Per CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, Penn State T Donovan Smith "might be ranked lower in the media than in the NFL."

The 6-foot-6, 328-pounder "looked very good in positional drills," according to one of Brugler's sources. "The three-year starting left tackle is likely to be the first player from Penn State selected this year and there were 'several' scouts and offensive line coaches watching him closely during his drills, I'm told, including several representatives of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles," Brugler wrote. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt previously pegged Smith as a sixth-rounder, but it's looking like Smith could go as early as Round 2. Brugler previously called Smith "similar to a Michael Oher type."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 21 - 11:47 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Penn State T Donovan Smith was down about 13 pounds from his Senior Bowl weight at the school's pro day.

Smith weighed in at 328 pounds. "The feedback I'm getting is he looked very athletic and fluid moving around the field," Pauline wrote about Smith's pro day performance. The 6-foot-6 Smith (34 3/8 arms) also had a good combine, posting a 5.27 40 and 9-foot-1 broad jump. He could go as high as Round 2, or as low as Round 4.
Mar 21 - 10:24 PM


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