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Cowboys selected Purdue DE Ryan Russell with the No. 163 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Russell (6'4/269) made 47 starts at Purdue, amassing 25 career tackles for loss and ten sacks. Measuring in with long arms (33 3/8") and big hands (10 1/4"), Russell showed good athletic ability in Indianapolis, running 4.75 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Russell offers big-time tools, but was seen as an underachiever in college, and NFL scouts have questioned his toughness. He has the makings of a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 2 - 3:06 PM

Purdue TE Gabe Holmes is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday.

As reported here previously, Arizona has already worked him out privately. Connecting the logic dots, you have to imagine he impressed during that showcase. It's not hard to understand why: The 6-foot-5, 258-pound is a former top recruit who has a 4.7 forty and a 33 1/2 inch vertical. Hampered by injuries and lackluster teammates in college, it isn't difficult to dream on his upside. Particularly in this TE class, which is rather wretched.
Apr 16 - 2:26 PM

Purdue TE Gabe Holmes has worked out for the Cardinals and will work out for the Dolphins on Friday, reports to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Holmes visited and worked out for the Raiders on Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder, who didn't produce much over the past two years due to injuries and quarterback play, has a 4.7 forty and 33 1/2 inch vertical. A former top recruit, Holmes' tools could convince a team to take a shot on him late in Day 3.
Apr 8 - 6:35 PM

Purdue TE Gabe Holmes visited the Raiders on Thursday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Holmes ran in the 4.7 range at Purdue's pro day, along with a 33 1/2 inch vertical. Holmes missed most of 2013 with a dislocated wrist, but teams are always in the market for tight end "steals" late in the draft of as free agents. The Raiders already have their receiving tight end in Mychal Rivera.
Apr 3 - 7:06 PM

Purdue DL Ryan Russell met with the Cardinals and Eagles on Wednesday.

"Interesting in that the Eagles will be looking to replace Trent Cole, whom they recently cut," noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. Russell clocked a 4.70 forty at his Wednesday pro day workout. Afterwards, he was called a "sleeper of sorts" by Pauline, who added that Russell could "end up being selected earlier than people presently project as teams like his size, athleticism and versatility to line-up in different defensive packages."
Mar 5 - 8:22 PM

Purdue TE Gabe Holmes posted a 4.7-second forty at the school's pro day.

He added a vertical jump of 33 1/2 inches and hoisted up 21 reps on the bench. Holmes, a former top recruit, struggled with his health over the past few seasons. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder recorded 17 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, one year after missing most of the 2013 campaign due to a dislocated left wrist. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in September that scouts had "stamped Holmes as a priority free agent."
Mar 5 - 12:28 AM

Purdue DL Ryan Russell is "a sleeper of sorts," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

At the school's Wednesday pro day, Russell shaved one-one hundredth of a second off his 40 time. He clocked a 4.70 Wednesday after posting a 4.71 mark at the combine. In addition, Russell went through both outside linebacker and defensive end drills. "Russell... could end up being selected earlier than people presently project as teams like his size, athleticism and versatility to line-up in different defensive packages," according to Pauline.
Mar 4 - 11:46 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt clocked a 4.37 second 40 and a 3.96 second short shuttle at his pro day Wednesday.

"Hunt was very impressive today," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline wrote. In addition to his stopwatch times, Hunt leaped to a vertical jump of 37 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10-2. "During drills, he looked outstanding at catching the ball," Pauline wrote. "Like Corey Grant of Auburn, Hunt is a legitimate triple-threat skill player with the ability to carry the ball around the perimeter, catch the ball out of the backfield, or line up and return kicks or punts. Someone will get a steal in the late rounds or as an undrafted FA with him." Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Hunt "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner.
Mar 4 - 10:41 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt didn't receive a combine invite.

The senior posted 949 rushing yards (5.5 YPA) for six touchdowns and 48 receptions for 292 yards and two more scores in 2014 for the Boilermakers. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Hunt "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner. Hunt recently auditioned for scouts at the Medal of Honor Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 11:17 PM

Purdue TE Gabe Holmes didn't receive a combine invite.

The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Holmes recorded 17 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, one year after missing most of the 2013 campaign due to a dislocated left wrist. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote in September that scouts had "stamped Holmes as a priority free agent."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 9:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Purdue redshirt senior TE Gabe Holmes "did a nice job on Tuesday, using his size to be a mismatch against safeties in receiving drills" at The College Gridiron Showcase.

"Purdue TE Gabe Holmes saw his NFL Draft stock decline over the years, mostly due to injury. But he did a nice job on Tuesday, using his size to be a mismatch against safeties in receiving drills," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Holmes recorded 17 receptions for 178 yards, with two touchdowns in 2014. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline wrote in September, that scouts this year "stamped Holmes as a priority free agent."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 2:23 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt ran for 35 yards on seven carries in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

His day included a long run of 18 yards. The senior posted 949 rushing yards (5.5 YPA) and six touchdowns, along with 48 receptions for 292 yards and two more scores in 2014 for the Boilermakers. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Hunt "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner.
Jan 11 - 6:39 PM

Purdue senior RB Akeem Hunt will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The senior finished with 949 rushing yards (5.5 YPA) and six touchdowns, and 48 receptions for 292 yards and two more scores in 2014 after beating out Raheem Mostert for the starting gig. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline compared Hunt to Darren Sproles in early October, writing that despite being just 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, he "plays big" and has a similar style to the Eagles' runner.
Jan 7 - 12:26 PM

Purdue redshirt senior DL Ryan Russell received a Combine invitation.

Russell, a 6'5/273 pound defensive end will intrigue odd man fronts or potentially ply a power-end role for 4-3 defenses. He will play in the East West Shrine game.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Purdue redshirt senior DE Ryan Russell accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

At 6-foot-5, 273 pounds, Russell looks every bit the part of a potential long-time NFL defensive end. He adds to that frame an impressive combo of muscle and explosion. The parts, however, have never added up. While Russell can hold his own and contain the edge in the run game, he's never figured out how to be consistently productive or develop a pass-rushing aspect to his game. He's on the Day 3 fringe right now.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 03:10:00 PM


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