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Penn State redshirt junior WR Juwan Johnson was seen in a walking boot and didn't participate in the spring game.

It's unknown why Johnson was in a walking boot but it isn't expected to have serious implications for next season or his starting position. Johnson recorded 54 receptions for 701 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt sophomore in 2017. With WR DaeSean Hamilton off to the NFL, Johnson will look to take on an even bigger role in 2018.
Apr 23 - 12:26 AM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Caedan Wallace.

Wallace was considering most of the big players along with Penn State; including Oklahoma, Auburn, Notre Dame and Florida; just to name a select few. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard ranks 84th overall in the latest 247 Sports composite rankings, and the fourth-best guard overall. It's a huge -- literally and figuratively -- get for James Franklin and company. We wonder if Wallace could compete for playing time for the Nittany Lions in 2019.
Source: Land Of 10
Apr 21 - 2:35 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Penn State G Brendan Mahon to New England Patriots OL Joe Thuney.

Zierlein lists several strengths on Mahon's report, including his ability to move naturally in space and ability to adjust to moving targets. He does note some concerns, including his average drive blocking ability and that he doesn't always flash on tape. "Mahon has the talent to become a decent backup, but still has room to improve in pass protection and as a block finisher," Zierlein summarizes. He projects him to go in the middle of Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 2:23 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang reports that the New York Giants are "leaning heavily" towards taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the second pick.

Rang notes that Giants GM David Gettleman gushed about Barkley on Thursday, saying he's a player "that his mother could have scouted." He also said that the devaluing of running back was "a myth." "If you have a great running back, he immediately makes your quarterback better, your offensive line better and your passing game," he said. Both Rang and fellow NFL Draft Scout writer Dane Brugler project Barkley to go to the Giants. Where there's smoke there's fire, and there's a lot of smoke here.
Apr 20 - 6:17 PM

Of the running backs graded by ESPN's Todd McShay since 2007, Penn State's Saquon Barkley tied for the second-highest grade.

Former Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson drew McShay's top grade, followed in a tie by Barkley and former Arkansas RB Trent Richardson. On the tail of that trio were Ezekiel Elliott, Marshawn Lynch and Leonard Fournette. We've seen similar proclamations on Barkley before -- best since Adrian Peterson, generational talent, etc. There's been much rumored momentum toward his landing with the Giants at No. 2 come the start of the draft in one week.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:39 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said that the team previously hosted Penn State RB Saquon Barkley for an official predraft visit.

Licht did not specify exactly when this visit took place, but it would have been Wednesday or earlier, as there will be no more predraft trips in this, the final week before the draft itself. If we're to just work the thought experiment of Barkley-to-the-Bucs for a moment, there are a few thorny spots to cut through before such a move would be possible. To begin with, the New York Giants -- selecting second overall -- have been heavily tied to the Penn State star in rumor this month but would need to pass on him. With the Jets presumably selecting a quarterback, the Bucs would still need Cleveland to look elsewhere at No. 4, likewise Denver and Indianapolis at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Perhaps the most realistic path for Barkley to end up in a Tampa Bay jersey would be if we see teams begin to jostle upward to fight over the top quarterbacks in the class. This is very much possible, if not likely, and would have the side effect of pushing Barkley down the board.
Apr 19 - 2:13 PM

In an SI cover story, Ben Baskin writes Penn State RB Saquon Barkley's "handlers" at Roc Nation "don't want him in Cleveland."

"They want him to go second to the Giants and play in the media capital of the world," Baskin writes. "That’s where you can become the Face of the League." The writer adds Barkley's agent even "implored" him to pull an Eli Manning and request to not play for the Browns. This does not mean Barkley shares the same opinion, and he certainly wants to be drafted as early as possible.
Source: SI.com
Apr 18 - 11:29 AM

Referencing "important people in the building," ESPN's Todd McShay believes Penn State RB Saquon Barkley being drafted by the Giants "feels inevitable."

McShay says those decision makers believe Barkley can help the Giants be "a physical, run-first team" and be the face of the franchise for 10 years. For one, running backs don't stick with the same team for 10-plus years. Adrian Peterson might be the only example. Dave Gettleman drafted McCaffrey in the top 10, but it was based on an offensive shift. Prior to that he basically avoided the running back position in the draft, waiting until the third day. Barkley might be the pick at No. 2, but it isn't clean cut.
Apr 18 - 10:57 AM

A regional scout for an AFC team said that Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton is "one of the best" he's evaluated in terms of his maturity and demeanor.

"I think he goes undrafted, but I also think football is going to be a very small part of what he accomplishes in his life," the scout said. This is very much a common refrain with the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder, who possesses a true team captain's mentality -- it's well known that Hamilton was a positive light in helping guide and teach younger players during his time at Penn State. On the field, he's a beautiful route-runner, one of the best in the class. We believe he'll ultimately earn a Day 3 selection due to his technical proficiencies as well as his top-flight character.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 7:51 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler ranks Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton as the second-best route-runner in this draft.

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley comes in first, and Colorado State's Michael Gallup comes in behind Hamilton. Brugler calls the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Hamilton a "crafty route-runner with subtle tempo to leverage patterns." He projects Hamilton to go with the 95th pick to the Arizona Cardinals, but after his strong showing in the All-Star events, it wouldn't be a huge upset if he went in the first 64 picks.
Apr 16 - 7:15 PM

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan spoke with a personnel member "with knowledge of the Giants' thinking" who remarked all of the team's offseason moves point to selecting Penn State RB Saquon Barkley.

Raanan adds the Giants love Barkley. We all do. There are four scenarios: quarterback, Barkley, Bradley Chubb or a trade out. We know Dave Gettleman selected Christian McCaffrey int he top 10 last year, but Josh Norris notes that prior to that Gettleman did not use premium picks on the position. Chubb is his kind of prospect, big, powerful and a disruptor.
Source: ESPN
Apr 16 - 9:35 AM

New York Post's Paul Schwartz reports it "doesn't appear likely" the Giants will select a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

Schwartz also said the Giants view Saquon Barkley as a "near-perfect prospect" and is "a better player than Ezekiel Elliott, who went No. 4 to the Cowboys in 2016." An NFL scout continued to build the hype around Barkley going to the Giants at No. 2 by saying "I thought all along this is the guy Dave (Gettleman) wants." In addition to these reports, Gettleman has never traded down during the five years he spent as the general manager of the Panthers. At this point, it seems to be a strong possibility the Giants don't trade out of the No. 2 spot and draft one of the best running back prospects in the past few years in Barkley. While drafting a running back early in the draft isn't a priority in the eyes of many, surrounding aging Giants QB Eli Manning with top-tier talent could be their way of attempting to hide his decline.
Apr 15 - 3:27 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter believes TE Mike Gesicki is one of the most overrated prospects among all tight ends and wide receivers.

Reuter says many of his colleagues in the media are expecting Gesicki (6'5/247) to be selected in the first round, but most NFL teams don't "view him as a good value that early in the draft." He also mentions "there's no doubt Gesicki's a tremendous athlete -- everyone knew he would test well at the combine, and he was one of the biggest stars of the event. He struggled in his route running during position drills, though. His inconsistent hands are also a concern." Reuter has Gesicki ranked fourth among tight ends and projects him to be drafted in the late second round. While there are some concerning aspects of his overall profile, Gesicki didn't just excel at the combine, he produced an athletic composite score in the 99th percentile. In today's upside-driven NFL it's tough to imagine Gesicki being selected later than the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 7:33 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah views Penn State RB Saquon Barkley as the best running back prospect in the last three draft classes.

In order, Jeremiah's top three backs of recent years are Barkley, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott. The latter two backs both were drafted with the No. 4 pick in their respective classes. That's certainly a slot which could be home to Barkley, too, should Cleveland select a quarterback with the first selection as is widely expected. In a recent mock draft, NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler had the Penn State standout going just slightly lower than that, landing him at No. 6 with the Colts.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 1:29 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Penn State TE Mike Gesicki to Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham.

"Gesicki needs to improve his play strength and his issues as a blocker could limit the amount of teams who will target him," Zierlein writes, "but he has a chance to become one of the better pass catching tight ends in the league." The 6-foot-5, 247-pounder tested out phenomenally at the NFL Scouting Combine, posting a composite score in the 99th percentile of pro tight ends. The Penn State standout could potentially be the first tight end drafted later this month and we're not ruling out a Day 1 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 1:30 PM


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