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One NFL scout expects San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to be drafted before the fifth round.

"Might be the toughest guy in the draft... I’ll be surprised if he’s there in the fifth (round)," the scout told Bob McGinn. Pumphrey has drawn some Darren Sproles comparisons due to his 5-foot-8 and 176-pound frame, but he has a steep hill to climb to be a successful NFL player. One scout noted his power and aggression on a run against Obi Melifonwu during Senior Bowl week.
Apr 21 - 7:53 AM

An AFC West scout dismissed size concerns regarding San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey.

"I don't care how big he is, he's a good player...You have to have an offense that makes sense for him but everyone I talk to on the road likes the talent," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein offered a supplemental note on this front, writing that the 5-foot-8, 176-pounder "won't even be an option for teams married to physical minimums, but there is a place on the roster for his talent provided he can become a return man or viable receiving option as well." Zierlein compares likely Day 3 pick Pumphrey to Texans RB Tyler Ervin, while Pro Football Focus comps him to former Buccaneers standout Warrick Dunn.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 6:02 PM

San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee has 10 official visits lined up.

Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst tossed out the Vikings, Eagles, Jets, Cowboys and Buccaneers as five of the 10 teams who will be hosting Kazee for official tours of team facilities. The 5-foot-10, 184-pounder showed off well during the Senior Bowl practice week and answered some questions about his speed with a serviceable -- if unspectacular -- 40-yard dash of 4.54 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Pauline had been hearing that scouts were expecting him to run in the high 4.5's. In his scouting breakdown of Kazee's game, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that the Aztec defensive back's "willingness in run support and his penchant for taking the ball away should follow him into the pros and make for an early transition into a third or fourth cornerback role." He could see love as early as Round 3 of the draft.
Apr 9 - 12:38 PM

An NFC West Coast scout said, "I don't see a lot of drop-off between [San Diego State G Nico Siragusa] and Josh Garnett from last year."

Garnett, if you will recall, was selected by the 49ers with the No. 28 pick in the first round of the 2016 draft. The 6-foot-4, 319-pounder posted some of the best overall marks among offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine, including 28 reps on the bench press, a short-shuttle run of 4.56 seconds and jumps of 9-foot-2 (broad) and 32 inches (vertical). NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Siragusa "[h]as an NFL-ready frame with the ability to open holes for the running back but will likely appeal to power teams only." The analyst believes that pass-protection could be an issue for the San Diego State product early in his NFL career.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 12:51 PM

Pro Football Focus compared San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Warrick Dunn.

"Among the reasons that Dunn was so successful was his ability to run inside despite his small stature," writes the PFF analysis team. "Pumphrey shows many of the same skills that Dunn possessed: great vision, quick change of direction, and finding his way through tight areas." The San Diego State star was phenomenally productive during his collegiate career -- he exited stage left as the FBS' all-time leading rusher -- but could have an uphill climb at the next level due to size concerns. He checked into the Combine measuring a scant 5-foot-8, 176 pounds. That is an inch shorter and about 10 pounds lighter than Dunn's NFL playing weight. Pro Football Focus does not seem particularly concerned about Pumphrey's size, though, noting that he "could be used as a change-of-pace back, a third-down back, or a chess piece to move around the offense to create mismatches" and is "capable of being an impactful player at the next level."
Mar 31 - 3:35 PM

At the NFL Combine, San Diego State G Nico Siragusa finished in the top-five of offensive linemen in the bench press (28 reps), short shuttle (4.56), broad jump (9 feet, 2 inches) and vertical (32 inches).

That vertical jump led the OL field. "These tests have had a strong correlation with success in the NFL for interior offensive linemen, and Siragusa's short shuttle and broad jump numbers fall in the outstanding range," Scouts Inc. noted. In addition to the stellar testing numbers, consider that Siragusa measured in at a healthy 6-foot-4, 319 pounds with 33.5-inch arms.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 10:46 AM

Rutgers redshirt senior QB Chris Laviano transferred to San Diego State as a graduate transfer.

As a graduate, Laviano is immediately eligible to play at SDSU as a fifth-year senior. Laviano began last year as starter before losing the job to Gio Rescigno in October. The 6-foot-2 Laviano passed for 3,102 yards and a 21/15 TD/INT rate at Rutgers over 24 games.
Feb 27 - 2:20 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes San Diego State T Daniel Brunskill's athleticism but worries that he's too small and not strong enough to play an effective NFL tackle.

Brunskill moved from tight end to left tackle prior to his senior year and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors at his new position. "Intriguing athletic ability for the tackle spot, but will need time on a practice squad for additional schooling and weight work to get his skill and size where it needs to be," Zierlein wrote. "Teams could decide to use him as a big blocking tight end, but his best shot to make it in the NFL will likely be as a tackle for a zone-scheme team."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:05 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler frowned upon San Diego State LB Calvin Munson's lack of invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Although not elite in any one area, Munson is a well-rounded linebacker who can defend the run, blitz and drop in coverage," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder drew praise from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline back in October, with the insider noting that Munson is "the type of prospect [who] will go have a ten-year career in the NFL." The former Aztec recorded a stellar 116 tackles (11.0 for loss), 4.5 sacks and an interception in 14 games played this past season. Despite his lack of invitation to Indianapolis for the Combine, he should be considered a potential Day 3 sleeper with NFL upside.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 18 - 3:59 PM

San Diego State signed three-star 2017 RB Kaegun Williams.

Williams took January officials to Navy and San Diego State. The latter official came on the final weekend before National Signing Day. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 7 all-purpose back in the country, while Scout.com slots him in as the No. 11 running back in the state of Texas. Per Scout's Gabe Brooks, Williams is "a highly productive running back prospect w/the skills and versatility to move around the formation." Brooks is keen on the newest Aztec's ability to shake-and-bake to make defenders miss.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 5 - 2:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "NFL decision-makers were impressed with [San Diego State CB Damontae] Kazee’s footwork, movement in reverse and secure tackling [during the Senior Bowl week]."

Kazee opened some eyes via his Senior Bowl work, but Pauline provides a few words of caution. Wrote the analyst, "While the corner has been stamped as a possible third-round pick, I’m told teams are concerned about his speed and don’t expect Kazee to run faster than the high 4.5’s at the combine." Pauline's little birdies tell him that during training, Kazee has been running in the vicinity of 4.53 seconds when electronically timed and closer to 4.45 seconds on stopwatch-timed runs.
Feb 4 - 7:52 PM

The San Diego Bowl Game Association announced that the Poinsettia Bowl has ended.

The final Poinsettia Bowl saw BYU beat Wyoming 24-21 in December. The game had pitted a Mountain West school against either a MAC team or BYU. Apparently, the SDBGA is shuttering the contest to centralize its focus on the Holiday Bowl.
Jan 25 - 2:23 PM

San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey was returning punts during Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday.

Pumphrey is a possible pick for late on Day 2 or early on Day 3. Should he take to return duties in rapid fashion, that would certainly be something that could enhance his value for NFL squads. However, it should be noted that (predictably) San Diego State's star back returned just five kickoffs in his career with the Aztecs and did not return a punt.
Jan 24 - 2:36 PM

San Diego State announced a five-year contract extension for HC Rocky Long.

The 66-year-old Long is 54-26 across six seasons for the Aztecs. San Diego State has turned into one of the sport's premier Group of 5 programs under his tutelage. The school has won consecutive Mountain West titles, going 22-6 over the past two seasons.
Jan 19 - 3:01 PM

San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Kazee is a bawl hawk who had seven interceptions this year to make it 17 for his prodigious career. He originally declared for the NFL Draft last year before deciding to return. Kazee projects as a mid-round pick, according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 2:19 PM


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