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Bears signed Rice CB Bryce Callahan.

Callahan (5'10/184) started all four years for the Owls, piling up 13 interceptions, 14 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles. Although Callahan is undersized and overaged for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 in October -- he is a highly explosive athlete with a 4.32 forty time, 43 1/2-inch vertical, and 11-foot broad jump. Callahan is a bit of a tweener, as he lacks the bulk to handle big perimeter wideouts and is short on physicality, hurting Callahan's chances of flourishing in the slot. Callahan must add weight to become a meaningful NFL contributor.
May 4 - 6:44 PM

Broncos signed Rice WR Jordan Taylor.

Taylor (6'4/209) was a three-year starter for the Owls, piling up 175 career receptions for 2,585 yards (14.8 YPR) and 20 TDs. He made second-team All-Conference USA as both a junior and senior. Taylor showed well at the Rice Pro Day, running 4.52 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Although Taylor needs to get stronger, he's something of a sleeper with outside and slot experience, plus size, and sneaky vertical ability.
May 3 - 9:35 PM

Texans selected Rice DT Christian Covington with the No. 216 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Covington (6'2/289) earned first-team All-Conference USA as a sophomore before missing all but seven games in 2014 due to a dislocated kneecap. He still went pro after racking up 13 career sacks and 28 TFLs. Covington was healthy enough to perform at the Owls' Pro Day, where he shined with forty times of 4.89/4.91, adding an impressive 9-foot-3 broad jump and 30 1/2-inch vertical. When healthy, Covington flashed power and penetration skills at Rice, with the ability to both two gap and rush the quarterback. Not yet 22 years old, Covington offers sneaky-high upside as an interior disruptor.
May 2 - 5:20 PM

Rice DT Christian Covington "has a quick burst off the ball and is functionally strong enough to compete for early playing time despite his lack of ideal size," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Covington was coming on as a prospect before dislocating his kneecap in 2014, throwing a wrench into his NFL evaluation. "The question with Covington isn't talent or effort, only health. If his knee is OK'd by doctors, Covington could prove quite a Day Three steal," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Covington has a 4.90 40-yard dash, a 30.5" vertical jump and a 9-3" broad jump.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 9:44 AM

Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor "showed impressive overall athleticism during his workout," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4, 209-pound wideout ran a 4.52 and 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 36.5" vertical, a 10-2" broad jump and a 6.72 3-cone time at his pro day. The Rice prospect caught a team high 54 receptions for 842 yards and seven scores in 2014. Back in January, Taylor impressed evaluators during East West Shrine week, and combined with his solid pro day, he should be a middle round selection in this year's draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 26 - 2:43 PM

Rice redshirt junior DT Christian Covington had a private workout with the defensive line coaches from the Vikings and Lions, CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Covington, was the first Rice sophomore defensive tackle since 1965 to earn First Team all-conference honors, as he posted 59 tackles, with 14 tackles for loss and four sacks in 2013. Unfortunately for Covington, he dislocated his kneecap during the 2014 season, which limited his production(20 tackles, 4 TFLs, 3 sacks). The Canadian prospect clocked a 4.90 in the 40-yard dash, and posted a 30.5" vertical jump, with a 9-3" broad jump and 24 reps on the bench press.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 26 - 2:29 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports Rice CB Bryce Callahan will visit the Bucs, Browns, Titans and Chargers.

Callahan posted a very good pro day workout, running a 4.32 in the 40 and jumping 43.5 inches in the vertical and 11 feet in the broad jump. An East West Shrine attendee, Callahan could be a name who receives more attention in the next month.
Mar 26 - 1:53 PM

The Sporting News' Chris Kouffman noted that Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor "flashed a unique ability to plant a leg and explode out of breaks" at Shrine Game practices.

"He cut his routes sharply and finished with fantastic catch radius," Kouffman wrote. "His body language and ability to complete challenging catches leave one wondering what he may do Saturday when he steps onto the artificial turf of Tropicana Field. Taylor is capable of highlight-reel plays, which is the primary reason he gets the nod over a player who clearly had a better practice week." The Owls' prospect has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, and is expected to run well in the forty. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Jan 20 - 1:30 AM

Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor "has a tall, lanky frame and does a great job working back to the ball with quick hands and natural ballskills," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"A foot injury sidelined him for the start of 2014, but Taylor rebounded nicely with a team-best 54 catches for 842 yards and seven scores. He has a tall, lanky frame and does a great job working back to the ball with quick hands and natural ballskills," Brugler wrote. The Owls' prospect has ideal size for the next level at 6-foot-5, and weighing in at 210 pounds. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 3:17 PM

Rice redshirt junior DT Christian Covington will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Covington first broke out in the opening game of the 2013 season against Texas A&M. We can't say he has duplicated that performance and Covington was lost for the season following knee surgery in mid-November. He's another prospect from Canada.
Jan 5 - 9:20 AM

Rice redshirt senior CB Bryce Callahan accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Callahan, who stepped out of Phillip Gaines' shadow this season, ranks fourth on the Rice career list with 12 interceptions. He recorded a career-high 38 tackles in 2013. Callahan "doesn't have ideal cornerback measureables," but his "relentless fight and toughness" are apparent on game film, notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. Callahan (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) could hear his name called on Day 3.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Taylor missed three games with a foot injury to begin the season, and he recorded only one catch in his return, but has since posted 48 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns over the team's last eight games. The Owls' prospect has outstanding size at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, and is expected to run well in the forty. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes he could be drafted in the middle rounds.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 05:04:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Rice redshirt senior WR Jordan Taylor has become more consistent this season.

Back in August, Pauline was writing about lapses in Taylor's concentration. The senior's made strides to improve this and Pauline has noticed improvements. Taylor was out with an injured foot for several games earlier this season. Pauline went so far as to say that the senior's been "impossible to stop" over the last three games, over which he's compiled 334 yards on 19 receptions. "Fast forty times as well as a clean bill of health on his foot could push Taylor into the middle rounds next April." This stands in stark contrast to Pauline's summer evaluation, which pegged Taylor as a fifth or sixth-rounder.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 06:56:00 PM
Zach Patt - DL - Owls

The play of Rice redshirt senior DE Zach Patt is generating a second look from at least one NFC scout.

"He caught my eye during the Notre Dame game, and I made a note to watch him again later. After last week, I am definitely going to take a closer look.," the scout said. The statement is noteworthy, as Patt made his first start of his career this season against Notre Dame. He has recorded 7.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 of which are sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:32:00 AM

Rice starting redshirt sophomore TE Connor Cella will miss 4-6 weeks due to a fractured rib.

The Owls open against Notre Dame and then face Texas A&M in their second contest after a week off. Cella, who stands at 6'3/240, caught 13 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown in 14 games last year.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 09:59:00 AM


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