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Penn State WR Chris Godwin visited the Jets on Wednesday.

Godwin is a really fun and intriguing day two receiver. According to matt Harmon's charting, Godwin is the best contested catch receiver over the last two years. Add on that Godwin will be 21 years old as a rookie and tested in the 88th percentile, and there's plenty of perceived upside to work with. Godwin versus USC is one of the best prospect games in this class.
Apr 13 - 8:52 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Baltimore Ravens have "expressed an interest" in moving Penn State S Malik Golden to cornerback.

Pauline refers to Golden as "an instinctive defensive back with special-teams potential" and notes that concerns about his top-end speed were lessened by degrees after he ran a sturdy 4.49s 40-yard dash on pro day. This past season, the 6-foot-1, 201-pounder recorded 75 tackles (6.0 for loss), an interception and a forced fumble in 13 games played. If he manages to land with an NFL squad at the draft, it likely won't happen until late on Day 3.
Apr 7 - 3:02 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris expects the Steelers to add a pass catcher in rounds one or two.

The Steelers are bringing in a number of receivers for workouts, and mainly prospects projected in the first or second round. Mike Williams or David Njoku in round one make the most sense, or possibly Chris Godwin in the second round. Ladarius Green's future is uncertain, and the team obviously can't rely on Martavis Bryant.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 7 - 10:56 AM

Penn State junior CB John Reid suffered a potentially serious knee injury in practice.

While exact details as to the circumstance of Reid's knee injury have yet to surface, 247Sports' Sean Fitz writes that the corner will miss "significant time." If this turns out to be a torn ACL, the 5-foot-10, 191-pounder's 2017 season could be in jeopardy. This past season, he registered 35 tackles (5.0 for loss), half-a-sack, seven passes defended and an interception over the course of 14 games played. With Reid potentially out of the picture for an extended amount of time, Grant Haley and Christian Campbell figure to be handling the bulk of starting duties during the coming campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Apr 6 - 5:36 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley clocked a 4.33s 40-yard dash in spring testing.

A Northeast scout told MMQB: "[T]he hype is 100 percent warranted." FOX Sports Bruce Feldman reported last month that he had spoken with several NFL personnel members who believe Barkley will be a top-five pick if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. He's a prime Heisman contender.
Source: MMQB
Apr 5 - 2:43 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Penn State DE Garrett Sickles to former Falcons LB Tyler Starr.

"Sickels' play strength at the point of attack is a big concern," Zierlein writes, "and he may be forced into an outside linebacker role in order to keep tackles off of him." During pro day work in mid-March, the 49ers, Broncos and Jets all met with the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder. Teams like his versatility, with one evaluator calling him a "Swiss Army Knife" during his pro day drills. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps him with a fifth-round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 1:29 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that Penn State WR Chris Godwin has worked his way into the second-round conversation.

"I didn't think he played like a top-50 prospect earlier in the 2016 season [when he registered a 59-982-11 receiving line], but he has really helped himself in the postseason portion of the evaluation process," Jeremiah writes. That continued this week, when Godwin turned in a stellar performance during pro day drills. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that he "looked natural in all aspects of the position." Looping back to Godwin's work during the 2016 season, it is important to remember that Penn State's offense did not start to click in earnest until midway through the campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 8:09 PM

The San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and New York Jets met with Penn State DE Garrett Sickles at the program's pro day.

Tip of the hat to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline on this one. Wrote the analyst, "Sickels worked both defensive line and linebacker drills, looking very athletic and fluid in each. Teams love the fact he can line up at multiple positions and in multiple schemes, with someone referring to him as a 'Swiss Army Knife.'" While many prospects choose to sit on at least some of their Combine results on pro day, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder opted to re-do most of his tests. Among the notable numbers he put up, a three-cone drill time of 4.80 seconds. Sickels is a likely Day 3 selection.
Mar 17 - 7:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Penn State WR Chris Godwin "looked tremendous catching the ball" during pro day drills.

"Those on hand said he was very quick and looked natural in all aspects of the position," Pauline writes. Godwin was one of the stars of the Combine, putting in a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, a 10-foot-6 broad jump and -- tops among all receivers -- a stellar 4.00-second run in the short shuttle. He reportedly has a visit to the Steelers on his docket in the coming weeks. The team is already paying close attention, here, with Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley present for Godwin's pro day work. Expect to hear the Penn State wideout's name called on Day 2.
Mar 17 - 6:27 PM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin is scheduled to visit the Steelers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Godwin dominates in the contested catch department, something the Steelers currently lack with the ongoing uncertainty with Martavis Bryant. Godwin then displayed astounding athleticism, producing a composite score in the 89th percentile. An evaluator can look at his game and see that Godwin shines in one area with the potential upside to grow in others. The 21-year-old will be a second day selection.
Mar 15 - 8:42 AM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin's Combine workout places him in the 89th percentile of athleticism at the position, according to Zach Whitman.

At 6-foot-1 and 209 lbs, Godwin produced a top five workout among receivers. We knew Godwin shined as a contested catch receiver, converting those opportunities at a higher rate than any pass catcher over the last two years, according to Matt Harmon. Now add on Godwin's athleticism and his age (21 years old during rookie year) and you have yourself a second round pick at the latest.
Mar 8 - 11:28 AM

FOX Sports Bruce Feldman relays that he has spoken with several NFL personnel members who believe that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will be a top-five pick should he declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Feldman heard this scuttlebutt while hanging out in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. Barkley, one of the best returning players in the FBS, rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season. While projecting any player for the draft (in the top-five, at that) more than a year out is fraught with its own set of issues, there is no denying the phenomenal talent here. Barring injury, Barkley should be in the conversation.
Mar 5 - 4:46 PM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

That mark tied for No. 5 among receivers. At 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, he added a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump and a 4.00-second short-shuttle, the quickest in show. That latter showing, per Scouts Inc., "may help ease some concerns about some tightness transitioning out of breaks." Answering that question is critical to Godwin's evaluation, as the NFL is already quite high on his ball skills. Matt Harmon of Reception Perception charted him as the top receiver in contested situations over the last two years in college. "During drill work he was still a bit segmented with his routes but tracked and caught the ball well," noted Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "Godwin's ball skills and ability to track the ball down the field are his strengths on tape, and running faster than expected will only boost his stock for teams looking to add a vertical threat on the perimeter."
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 11:10 AM

Matt Harmon of Reception Perception charted Penn State WR Chris Godwin as the best prospect at contested catches over the last two years with a conversion rate of 85.7%

That topped 2016's champion Josh Doctson by 0.7%. Godwin shines in this area of the game, either along the sideline or in the end zone. The question is if his game can grow beyond that, and athletic testing might help his cause. Godwin is aggressive after the catch and will work over the middle of the field. His best game was his last, the Rose Bowl against USC.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 22 - 9:09 AM

Scout.com's John Garcia Jr. passes along that Penn State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Justin Fields "spun the ball with power and consistency" at The Opening regional in Orlando.

Fields impressed to the point where he was named positional MVP at the regional. That shiny work earned him an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals. Garcia notes that the 6-foot-3, 221-pounder "anticipated breaks well and knew when to take something off of the ball when necessary." He didn't just sparkle in his passing work, though, as Scout.com's No. 57 overall prospect in the 2018 class also logged an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 21 - 9:35 PM


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