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Penn State T Donovan Smith "has to work through some natural laziness," according to an NFL scout.

Don't we all? "Big guy who is more athletic than his peers," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The 6-foot-6, 338-pounder (34 3/8 arms) had a good combine, posting a 5.27 40 and 9-foot-1 broad jump. "Looked good in the Senior Bowl," one scout said. "Now he's got to get through the interviews. He's kind of a different kid. Not bad. Just different."
Mar 1 - 10:20 PM

Penn State T Donovan Smith "likely go in the third- or fourth-round range to a team in need of a tackle," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's a talented player with up-and-down tape, and teams are going to need to sort through some issues related to his football character," McShay wrote. "But he did well on Friday, posting good athletic numbers (5.27 40, 9-1 broad jump) for a guy his size (6-6, 338 pounds)." Smith recently made his debut at No. 48 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Smith is "similar to a Michael Oher type."
Feb 23 - 11:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that NFL teams like Penn State LB Mike Hull "as a core special teamer/nickel linebacker."

Hull logged an unofficial 4.71 forty on Sunday, slightly below the mid-4.6s time the analyst was hoping to see. Still, the number was easily acceptable enough to get him drafted. That's because his motor never stops, he's a leader, and Hull boasts quick diagnostic skills which should translate well. Scouts only questioned his athletic shortcomings, which he's proven are not pronounced enough to push him out of Day 3.
Feb 22 - 4:53 PM

Penn State TE Jesse James posted 40-yard dash times of 4.86 and 4.83 and added a 10-foot-1 broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Get ready to hear more of James' name over the next week. These numbers are outstanding for a prospect who measured into the event at 6-foot-7, 261 pounds with 33" arms and 9 3/8" hands. James' broad jump, in fact, bests the showings of Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski during their respective testing. We wouldn't be surprised if he runs in the 4.7s at Penn State's pro day, either. This is the rare inline tight end with athleticism.
Feb 20 - 2:49 PM

Penn State TE Jesse James "could get into the low 4.7’s during his forty and over 35-inches on the vertical jump," reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

James measured in at 6-foot-7, 261 pounds at the combine with 33" arms and 9 3/8" hands. "I’m told James has also run good shuttle times in training," Pauline added. We'd previously heard his 40 time reported at 4.78, with 27 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.
Feb 19 - 7:41 PM

Penn State TE Jesse James' Combine measurements were 6'7" and 261 lbs.

James also has 33" arms and 9 3/8" hands. Expect the Penn State product to have a great Combine, but his game needs a good bit of refinement. Still, James boasts inline tight end traits, which can be difficult to find.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 11:10 AM

Penn State T Donovan Smith made his debut at No. 48 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"He has excellent height, bulk and length for the position," Jeremiah wrote. "In pass pro he has average foot quickness, but he plays with good knee bend and a firm base. His hands need some work. He catches and absorbs instead of shooting his hands and keeping his chest clean. He can cover up speed rushers, but he struggles to redirect versus counter moves. In the run game, he has a powerful upper body to torque and control defenders. He creates a lot of movement on down blocks. He's effective on the second level when he can stay on one track, but he struggles to adjust in space. His overall awareness is solid. Overall, Smith has all of the tools to be a solid starting right tackle early on and he could eventually develop into a left tackle." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Smith is a sixth-rounder. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Smith is "similar to a Michael Oher type."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 12:15 AM

Penn State T Donovan Smith "will be looking to show that he has the needed athleticism to play tackle [at the combine]; the perceived lack of athleticism is a knock on him," passes along NFL.com.

"While he was criticized for his early-entry decision, his work at the Senior Bowl was better than expected, and he will be a closely monitored lineman at the combine," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He is a big man (6-5, 335) who might fit best inside at the next level." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Smith is a sixth-rounder. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler calls Smith is "similar to a Michael Oher type."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 11:51 AM

Penn State redshirt junior DE Deion Barnes was snubbed from the combine, noted CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"A junior who declared early, Barnes showed potential to be an early-round draft pick early in his career, but he struggled to show much improvement over the years and wasn't able to show enough development to earn a combine invitation," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Barnes has impressive physical tools, though his consistency wavered in Happy Valley. A former Big Ten Freshman Of The Year, Barnes had six sacks this past season.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 1:32 AM

Stanford graduate C Kevin Reihner will finish his collegiate career at Penn State.

Reihner is from Scranton, PA. so he is moving much closer to home. PSU really struggled preventing interior disruption last season, but Reihner does not have a wealth of in-game experience.
Feb 4 - 11:03 AM

Penn State redshirt junior DT Anthony Zettel has been clocked in high 4.7s in the 40, reports NFL.com.

The site also passes along that Zettel set a state record in the discus in high school. The fourth-year junior requested an evaluation from the NFL's College Advisory Committee after the season but later said he never considered opting early into the draft. Zettel (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) collected 42 tackles, 17 tackles for loss (second-most in the Big Ten), eight sacks and three interceptions and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this past fall. He must work on adding bulk in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 4:37 PM

Penn State redshirt senior DE C.J. Olaniyan accepted an invitation to participate in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

This past season, Olaniyan ranked third on PSU with three sacks, sixth in TFL with 5.5 and eighth in tackles with 43. He also collected one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Olaniyan runs a 4.73 forty at 6-foot-3, 244 pounds. "His size and power don't jump out, but his aggressive, relentless approach and quickness to win off the snap and penetrate the pocket are traits to watch," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote.
Source: Penn State
Jan 31 - 2:25 PM

CBS Sports Rob Rang wrote that Penn State redshirt junior T Donovan Smith was "a pleasant surprise" at the Senior Bowl.

"Smith has a reputation of being lazy, but that hasn't been the case thus far this week," Rang wrote. "The 6-6, 341-pounder, has good initial quickness, a fluid kick-step and strong hands to stone pass-rushers. He has also consistently turned defenders to create space in the running game. Better yet, Smith has performed well while operating almost exclusively at left tackle." Smith announced late last month that he would enter the draft early. Most panned the decision, with NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt saying Smith grades out as a sixth-rounder and could have improved his stock by returning to school.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 24 - 11:27 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Penn State redshirt junior T Donovan Smith grades out as a sixth-rounder and could have improved his stock by returning to school.

Smith announced late last month that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Interestingly, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently that scouts think Smith made a mistake opting in, echoing Brandt's thoughts. "To Smith's credit, he graduated in December with a degree in criminology," Brandt wrote. "At 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, he looks like he's got a lot of upside, but he's not very consistent with his technique and has issues with pass protection. His workouts will be even more vital than usual when it comes to his draft position, and if he doesn't have a good combine he's probably going to be a sixth-round pick. Had he stayed in school and maybe lost some weight, I think he really could've improved his draft position." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Smith is "similar to Michael Oher type."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 12:34 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts think Penn State redshirt junior T Donovan Smith made a mistake opting into the draft.

"As a redshirt freshman Smith blew me away and I graded him as a second round prospect but his game has leveled off and even regressed in some areas the past two years," Pauline wrote. "Why? Word from a variety of sources here in St Petersburg is Smith does not work hard at his craft rather gets by on natural ability." The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Smith announced late last month that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Smith is "similar to Michael Oher type."
Jan 14 - 2:11 PM


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