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Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo wants to be the next Scarlet Knight player to play for the Patriots.

"Whatever happens happens, but speaking to those guys that I played with, especially Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon, Devin (McCourty), they always say they would love to have me and would enjoy playing on the team again," Carroo said. New England and Carroo make for a natural fit. For one, the Patriots are known to value Rutgers as a prospect pipeline. For two, Ben McDaniels, the brother of Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, was Carroo’s WR coach at Rutgers in 2014 and his OC last year. I think if you talk with a lot of people who have interviewed him, they’ll tell you he has a really high football IQ. He has a great aptitude . . . he really understands defense, whether it’s corners coverage, cover-3, cover-2, whatever it is," current WR coach Anthony Campanile said. Related to this topic, Jets beat writer Kimberley Martin passed along the following gem on Twitter: New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak told Jets HC Todd Bowles to "Get [Carroo] before Belichick gets h
Apr 25 - 6:17 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo called his Tuesday visit to the Texans "awesome."

Carroo was positively fawning over his experience in Houston. "Bill O'Brien is an awesome coach. He's a great coach. You can tell he relates to players very well. It felt great just to sit in his office," he said, adding that he had the privilege of shaking DeAndre Hopkins' hand. The 6-foot, 211-pound Carroo believes that he would make an ideal complement to Hopkins due to his physicality. The Texans have been linked to many a first-round receiver in various mock drafts. Carroo won't be a first-rounder, but is among the more interesting second-tier receiving prospects in the pool.
Apr 23 - 8:46 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo to a faster James Jones because of his "strong hands" and because he's "a strong runner after the catch."

We think Carroo separates quite a bit easier than Jones, but the similar hand strength and run-after-the-catch ability is notable. "He's a better player than Mohamed Sanu coming out of there," a different scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's a No. 2 for sure, and if he's a No. 3 you've got a hell of a receiving corps. He can play inside or outside. He's got speed, he's tough, got ball skills, good run after (the catch). In and out of the lineup with injury and character issues." That we know of, Carroo has visited the Saints, Texans, Dolphins, and Patriots.
Apr 22 - 5:16 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo is visiting the Saints on Thursday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Add the Saints to the Texans, Dolphins, and Patriots for Carroo's visit list. Once the top six receivers go off the board, Carroo should be coveted as a receiver who understands how to create a sliver of separation at the catch point and make difficult grabs in contested situations. Carroo will need to answer questions about an event last year that led to a brief suspension before being reinstated, but those interviews likely took place at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Apr 21 - 9:42 AM

NJ.com's Dan Duggan reports that Rutgers sophomore TE Anthony Folkerts will transfer.

A native of Ray City, Georgia, Folkerts will likely transfer closer to home (per Duggan). The 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore appeared in just one game last season. He has been limited by a hamstring injury this spring. While losing depth always stings just a little, this shouldn't be an irreplaceable piece for new HC Chris Ash.
Source: nj.com
Apr 19 - 2:12 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo will visit the Texans on Tuesday.

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson sniffed this one out. In addition to Tuesday's Texans visit, Carroo (again, per Wilson) will also be visiting AFC East rivals in the New York Jets and New England Patriots. The best news for Carroo this week is that his balky ankle -- it's been bothering him to varying degrees since midway through the 2015 season -- was deemed 100% during medical rechecks in Indianapolis. Carroo isn't the most highly-touted prospect, but those who love him absolutely love him. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called him one of his favorite potential mid-round prospects, while Pro Football Focus has long viewed him in a different light than most other scouting outlets. PFF analyst Wes Huber spoke of Carroo's "immediate playability" due to his lack of drops. The site ranks him as the fifth-most underrated prospect in all the land and their favorite receiver out of the Big Ten (sorry, Michael Thomas). They also grade him as a first-round talent.
Apr 16 - 6:00 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Wes Huber called Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo's catching ability "a truly special trait."

Huber notes that Carroo has dropped just two of the 95 catchable passes that have come his way over the past two seasons. That sort of consistency, he believes, "will allow him to provide immediate playability." We've heard this refrain from Pro Football Focus for a while now. Of the national draft scouting outlets, they have been the highest on him by a fair bit during the pre-draft process. Earlier in February, they tagged him as the fifth-most underrated player in the pool. They graded Carroo as a first-round talent, too, so no surprise that he doubles as their favorite receiver in the Big Ten. They wrote, "What makes the Rutgers’ star all-the-more promising beyond production is twofold: the average longevity at the position and an exceptionally high ceiling for further development."
Mar 26 - 7:21 PM

Rutgers junior QB Chris Laviano is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the team's depth chart.

There's no huge surprise there, as Laviano started 11 contests last season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior finished the 2015 campaign having thrown for 2,247 (60.9% completions) with a 16/12 TD/INT ratio. Strong-armed redshirt junior Hayden Rettig could also push for playing time should Laviano struggle in spring and summer work.
Source: nj.com
Mar 22 - 4:47 PM

NJ.com's Dan Duggan reports that Rutgers redshirt senior RB Desmon Peoples will miss spring practice due to concussions.

It is tough enough that Peoples will miss the spring with concussion woes (they forced him to miss the 2015 season), but it could be even worse than that. Duggan writes that the 5-foot-8, 174-pounder's "career may be over" and that a decision regarding his football-playing future could be coming soon. For his career, Peoples has rushed for 463 yards (3.8 YPC) with three touchdowns scored.
Source: nj.com
Mar 17 - 9:46 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo as the fifth-most underrated prospect in the entire draft.

Carroo is dangerous and sure-handed. He had only two drops on 96 catchable balls and averaged 7.2 yards after the catch over the past two years. Last season, his 68 percent deep-ball catch rate ranked No. 2 in the nation and his 4.11 yards per route run average lapped the field. "He was excellent during Senior Bowl week, catching seven passes (including a touchdown) on eight one-on-one practice reps," Jeff Dooley wrote. "The drop-off in his play while he was injured and his modest 40 time at the combine (4.50 seconds) are concerns, but overall there’s a lot to like here."
Mar 17 - 12:29 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah called Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo "one of my favorite receivers in the draft in that middle-round area, third or fourth round."

"[Carroo's] [s]omebody [who] plays very strong, very physical and attacks the football in the air," Jeremiah noted. The analyst also liked what he saw of Carroo during the Senior Bowl practice week, at least before the 6-foot, 211-pound wideout suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the game itself. Brooks colleague Lance Zierlein indicated in late February that he wants to see sharpened route-running out of the Rutgers product, but likes his hands and blocking ability (though not his straight-line speed). To the initial point, Carroo is scheduled to run routes for NFL squads on March 31.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 2:11 PM

Pro Football Focus grades Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo as a first-rounder.

It's a stunningly optimistic projection. PFF is as high on Sterling Shepard as anybody -- calling him a first-round talent -- but even Shepard is behind Carroo in the site's receiver rankings, as are both Michael Thomas', Tyler Boyd, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and a host of others. "When breaking down Carroo’s tape, it at times felt like you were watching two completely different players," Gordon McGuiness wrote. "When fully healthy he was up there with the best receivers in this class, but the drop-off when he was coming back from injury was severe. Despite that, he still managed to force seven missed tackles on 39 receptions in 2015, and had an impressive one-handed grab in his final game of the year against Maryland to add some wow factor." For the record, PFF ranks Carroo as the No. 4 receiver behind usual suspects Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson and Laquon Treadwell.
Mar 14 - 10:19 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris lists Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo (ankle) as the No. 58 overall prospect in the NFL Draft.

"Makes difficult catches on a consistent basis," Norris wrote. "Defenses knew he was the only receiving threat on the team, yet Carroo still produced at a very high level. Knows how to create slivers of separation at the catch point. Has played both outside and in the slot." Carroo, still trying to kick a nagging ankle injury that forced him out of the Senior Bowl and apparently hampered him at the Combine, says he'll run routes for NFL teams at his pro day on March 31.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 13 - 4:59 PM

Earlier this week, Rutgers OLB Quentin Gause met with the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Bucs, Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

That dispatch comes courtesy of TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, who added that Gause has "built a buzz about himself with his performance and one local AFC East team told me he was the best player in attendance at the pro day." Gause has scheduled three official visits. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder clocked a 4.75 forty, had a vertical jump of 36 inches and a broad of 9-9 and posted 23 reps on the bench as his pro day.
Mar 12 - 5:33 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline called Rutgers OLB Quentin Gause the "big winner" of Wednesday's pro day.

Gause clocked a 4.75 in the 40, had a vertical jump of 36 inches and a broad of 9-9 and posted 23 reps on the bench. It was nice to see the 6-foot-1, 235-pounder test well athletically, because we already know he can ball. He collected 96 tackles and 12 TFL last year.
Mar 10 - 9:45 PM


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