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Purdue named redshirt sophomore QB David Blough the starter for the Sept. 3 opener against Eastern Kentucky.

HC Darrell Hazell has benched his opening-game starter in three straight seasons, so Blough's job can't be considered safe unless he comes out of the gate firing on all cylinders. "I told David earlier, ‘There’s no reason to look over your shoulder. This is your job. This team will go as you go. If you throw a pick, I don’t care – let it go and keep doing the things that you’re capable of doing,’" Hazell said Monday. Blough ousted Austin Appleby as starter last season.
Aug 22 - 7:05 PM

Purdue hired Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski to serve in the same capacity.

Bobinski had been overseeing the Yellow Jackets' athletic operations for the last three years. In a statement, Georgia Tech president Bud Peterson said, "While I regret that Mike is leaving us, I appreciate his tremendous efforts the last three years to forge a unified, strategic direction for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and to energize our coaches, student-athletes and fans." Bobinski will step in for current Boilermakers AD Morgan Burke, who himself will be stepping aside when his contract runs up at the end of June, 2017.
Aug 9 - 1:31 PM

Purdue senior DT Jake Replogle ranks among Pro Football Focus' top-seven returners in both as a pass rusher and against the run.

Replogle is a multi-time Academic All-Big selection who decided to carve his own path. All three of Jake's older brothers -- Tyler, Mike, and Adam -- played at Indiana. In 2014, Jake had 40 tackles and three sacks, numbers he upped 60 tackles and 14 TFL last year. On 349 rushes, he had two sacks, 12 QB hits and 32 hurries. He's been named to two National award watch lists this offseason. Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 63 player in college football. Steve Palazzolo has only one nit to pick: "He could stand to finish better as a pass rusher."
Jul 13 - 4:25 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Purdue DT Ra'Zahn Howard will declare for the supplemental draft.

Per Schefter, Howard is leaving Purdue for academic reasons. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder recorded 23 tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery. Players can apply for July's supplemental draft if their situation changes after the early-entry January deadline, but just five prospects have been selected in the last six years. Any team selecting a player in the supplemental draft must surrender their corresponding pick from the next year's draft proper. The Rams are a prime example of this. They selected T Isaiah Battle with a fifth-round selection in last year's supplemental draft and consequently did not have that pick available in this year's draft. The most notable supplemental pick in recent years would be Josh Gordon, who cost the Browns a second-round selection in 2012.
Jun 25 - 2:41 PM

Colts signed Purdue WR Danny Anthrop.

Anthrop (6'0/187) rebounded from a November 2014 ACL tear to catch 57 passes for 430 yards (7.54 YPR) and two touchdowns as a senior at Purdue. After a relatively nondescript college career playing for bad teams, Anthrop put himself on the draft radar by running 4.49 at the Boilermakers' Pro Day. Anthrop is still a limited athlete (30 1/2" vertical, 9'11" broad jump) and short on length (29 1/2-inch arms). He'll have to carve out a role on punt returns and/or in the slot to forge an NFL career.
May 2 - 3:20 PM

Bills signed Purdue C Robert Kugler.

Kugler (6'3/297) converted from tight end to center as a freshman and went on make 43 straight starts, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Kugler's arms (30 1/2") limit him to center only and his Pro Day workout was horrific, running 5.47 with a 26 1/2-inch vertical.
May 1 - 7:05 PM

Cowboys selected Purdue CB Anthony Brown with the No. 189 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Brown (5'11/192) was a three-year starter for Purdue, breaking out as a senior with four interceptions. He sports an impressive athletic profile, running 4.35 at the Combine with a passable 35-inch vertical. Brown's game tape is worrisome, however, as he yielded 17 TD passes over the last three seasons, committed six pass interference penalties as a senior, and looked disinterested in run support. Brown is a project with upside who could also be out of the league before his rookie deal expires.
Apr 30 - 4:17 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Purdue DT Ryan Watson has either visited, worked out for or drawn inquiries from eight NFL teams since his Pro Day.

During Watson's Pro Day, he hoisted the bar 27 times on the bench press while notching 26 1/2 inches on his vertical jump and 8-foot-9 on his broad jump. The former four-star recruit recorded 31 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery for the 2015 season. No word from Wilson as to which teams might be eyeing the 6-foot-1, 291-pounder as a juicy draftable steak, but if he is selected, that won't be happening until the later rounds.
Apr 26 - 11:10 PM

Purdue DT Ryan Watson was invited to participate in Tuesday's Washington Redskins local prospect day.

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson passed word along of Watson's invitation. While he failed to receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, he did perform testing work on Pro Day, managing 27 reps on the bench press and 5.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Plus, relatively modest jumps of 26 1/2 inches (vertical) and 8-foot-9 (broad). The 6-foot-1, 291-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school per Rivals and finished the 2015 campaign having recorded 31 tackles (2.0 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovered. Should he crack the draft, that won't come until late on Day 3. Undrafted free agency is a legitimate possibility here.
Apr 17 - 12:45 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that Purdue T David Hedelin is drawing interest from the Chiefs, Lions, Falcons, Broncos, Patriots, Redskins and Dolphins.

NFL Draft Bible reported recently that Hedelin was drawing interest from eight teams, with the Vikings added to Wilson's list. This native of Sweden figures to get drafted on Day 3.
Apr 15 - 2:22 PM

NFL Draft Bible reports that Purdue T David Hedelin has generated interest from eight teams.

Those teams are the Falcons, Broncos, Lions, Chiefs, Dolphins, Vikings, Patriots and Redskins. While German sensation WR Moehritz Boehringer is new to United States fans, Hedelin, a Swede, is a known commodity. Hedelin protected the blind sides of Boilermaker quarterbacks in each of the past two seasons.
Apr 13 - 4:11 PM

At Purdue's Pro Day on Tuesday, WR Danny Anthrop said, "I’m excited to go back to doing football stuff and not being a track athlete."

On Tuesday, 23 NFL teams (plus two CFL teams!) were present to watch Anthrop and company run through the testing rigmarole. The wideout blazed his way through the 40-yard dash in just 4.40 seconds, a remarkable achievement given that he tore his ACL a year ago November. His agent had been hearing that scouts expected a time more in line with a 4.50-4.60-second mark. The 6-foot, 193-pound draft-hopeful caught everything thrown his way during position drills, too. The best Anthrop can probably hope for in the draft is a selection in the sixth or seventh round.
Mar 26 - 6:18 PM

Purdue CB Anthony Brown had a gigantic Combine showing with forty times in the low-to-mid 4.3s and a vertical jump of 35 inches.

"Brown was not highly rated entering the year, but has been on a tear since January. He followed up a terrific showing at Shrine Game week with an outstanding Combine workout," wrote Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider's. "Brown kept the momentum going and looked sharp in position drills." NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compares Brown to A.J. Bouye. The 6-foot, 187-pound Brown netted honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2015.
Mar 2 - 7:18 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compares Purdue CB Anthony Brown to A.J. Bouye.

The 6-foot, 187-pounder, who played in the Shrine Game and is currently at the Combine, intercepted four passes last year and broke up six others. "Extensive tape work is required for Brown because he's much more talented in coverage than his touchdown total," Zierlein wrote. "His slight transition stiffness combined with grabby play in man is a concern, but his field vision and discipline from zone will appeal to zone teams. To earn playing time, Brown needs to play to his size and improve his aggressiveness and willingness as a tackler." Brown netted honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2015. He figures to begin his career as a special teams contributor and reserve corner.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 12:31 PM

Purdue WR Danny Anthrop caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Anthrop didn't receive much draft talk during the practice week, but the 6-foot, 191-pound prospect led the West squad in receiving on Saturday. He tore his ACL a year ago November before bouncing back to catch 57 passes for 430 yards and a pair of scores for the 2015 campaign. Of note, he had his best receiving game of the season in the Boilermakers' finale against Indiana catching nine passes for 96. Add to that Saturday's nice showing in the Shrine Game and it's possible he's just starting to get back into the swing of things. He'll need to prove himself healthy in medical reports if an NFL team's going to gamble here.
Jan 23 - 7:59 PM


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