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CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso lists Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith as an underclassmen to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Smith (6'6'/242) didn't have a big season in 2017, but he showed flashes of brilliance; particularly in the Pac-12 title game when he scored two touchdowns on 80 yards receiving. We've seen Stanford tight ends go early before, and as Trapasso notes, he has the size and wingspan you're looking for at the position. "Smith was a reliable run-blocker on the edge for David Shaw's club," he writes. "And he if demonstrates more well-rounded play this year with increased receiving numbers, he could be an early entrant to the 2019 draft and get picked in one of the first few rounds."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 11:33 AM

Stanford senior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside recorded the highest yards per route run among returning PAC-12 wide receivers.

This stat shouldn't be all that surprising as Arcega-Whiteside ran tons of deep routes and was highly efficient, catching all 15 of his targets that traveled 20-or-more yards in the air. He finished 2017 with a 48-781-9 receiving line and will once again be Stanford's No. 1 wideout next season.
Jun 16 - 12:09 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star C Branson Bragg.

Bragg is considered one of the very best centers in the class, with ESPN ranking him second at the position in the class. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman was also considering schools like Texas, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma. Reports indicate that Bragg has "nastiness" in finishing blocks and has the strength to wall off defenders. This could be a near-ready prospect who could play early for the Cardinal.
Jun 15 - 8:15 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compared Stanford senior RB Bryce Love to Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers.

Jeremiah explained, "Both guys lack ideal measurables, but they have natural instincts, toughness and a ton of production. Love has a little more top speed than Rodgers, but they both possess outstanding quickness. I don't see Love becoming a heavy-workload back at the next level, but he should have a long, successful NFL career as a complementary back." This seems like a really underwhelming comparison for the 2017 Heisman runner-up and the odds-on favorite in 2018 due to how Rodgers turned out in the NFL. Eliminating Rodgers' pedestrian tenure in the NFL and solely looking at him as a prospect makes the comparison slightly more palatable.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 12:02 PM

In their latest odds for the Heisman Trophy, Westgate Superbook has Stanford senior RB Bryce Love listed as the favorite at 5/1.

Love is followed by Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (7/1), Georgia QB Jake Fromm (10/1), Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (10/1), Oregon QB Justin Herbert (14/1) and Arizona QB Khalil Tate (14/1). The likes of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham and Georgia RB D'Andre Swift can be had at 20/1. If you're looking for a long, long shot, Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence is drawing 100/1 odds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 11:11 AM

ESPN's Edwards Aschoff lists Stanford's secondary as the biggest question mark for the Cardinal in 2018

The Cardinal lost a couple of players in the defensive backfield from 2017; and in truth, the secondary wasn't exactly a strength for Stanford last fall. They will return redshirt senior Alijah Holder, but he's missed time the last two years with injuries. "The defense as a whole has a lot of questions to answer going forward, but the secondary really has a lot of uncertainly with the losses of top players Justin Reid and Quenton Meeks," writes Aschoff. "It's hard to say how close the Cardinal have come to replacing those guys after spring practice was plagued by a rash of injuries."
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 2:45 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Stanford senior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside tied for the least in most "deep ball" receptions without a drop among returning receivers.

Arcega-Whiteside caught 15 passes without dropping one on passes over 20 yards, which tied Western Kentucky wideout John Gardner for the lead among players that are returning. "The key thing with Arcega-Whiteside, he made his opportunities count," writes PFF's Cam Mellor. "He hauled in all 15 catchable deep passes thrown his way in 2017, bringing in 458 yards and two touchdowns on targets at least 20 yards downfield without a drop." Expect Arcega-Whiteside (6'3/221) to get more opportunities in 2018, and for him to again to make the most of them.
Jun 1 - 7:01 PM

Stanford redshirt senior LB Bobby Okereke was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List for the upcoming season.

The Lott is handed out annually to the top defensive player in the country. Okereke (6'3/332) has steadily improved each year he's been in Palo Alto, culminating with a lovely campaign last season which saw him post 88 tackles (8.5 for loss), four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. We wouldn't be surprised if he made first- or second-team All-Pac this year. He earned honorable mention for the most recent campaign.
Source: Diehards
May 31 - 4:19 PM

The Mercury News' Jon Wilner writes that Stanford junior G Nate Herbig "has the footwork to be a force in pulling situations."

Herbig (6'4/350) had no issues acclimating to the collegiate game coming out of high school, appearing in 13 contests as a true freshman. The big man then took a big step forward last season, when he was named an All-Pac-12 first-team performer for the campaign. While we still have a ways to go before time comes for draft declarations, Herbig figures to be off the board by the end of Day 2 should he come out upon completion of his junior season in Palo Alto.
May 26 - 3:21 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 CB Salim Turner-Muhammad.

Turner-Muhammad was also reportedly strongly considering Notre Dame, and he had offers from several other big-name schools like Georgia, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech. He ranks 16th on 247 Sports list of the top corners in the class, and fifth among prospects out of the state of Virginia. We've seen several quality defensive backs produced by the Cardinal who played in the NFL. Turner-Muhammad could be next.
May 21 - 1:06 PM

Stanford junior QB Jack Richardson was awarded a scholarship this spring after initially walking on with the program.

A scholarship and a nice little note on ESPN, with Worldwide Leader analyst Edward Aschoff singling him out as the team's breakout for the spring. Richardson (6'5/202) doesn't figure to see the field much this year so long as starter K.J. Costello can come back healthy from a hip injury which kept him on the sideline this spring. Backup QB Davis Mills (knee) also missed the spring, hence why Richardson has received a closer look.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 2:29 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Stanford senior RB Bryce Love as his top tailback in his way-too-early 2019 draft board.

Love is ranked 10th, and he's one of two running backs on Kiper's list; joining Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson. Love put up monster numbers -- even when he wasn't healthy -- but some don't seem terribly sold on the 5-foot-10, 184-pound tailback as a first-round pick. Kiper doesn't seem to be one of those people. As Kiper summarizes: " year after Christian McCaffrey averaged 6.3 yards per carry and caught 37 passes on his way to the top 10 of the draft, all Love did was average 8.1 yards per carry last season. What he will want to do more is catch passes, because he's slippery in space."
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 7:59 PM

Stanford sophomore WR Connor Wedington caught five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown in the team's April spring game.

"[Wedington] knew what he was doing, he played fast, and the ball found him," said OC Tavita Pritchard. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder's touchdown grab came on a nice little 15-yard wheel route. While the former four-star athlete is a candidate for a breakout campaign after he caught 31 passes for 243 yards a year ago, Stanford is not without depth at the position -- upperclassmen JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin are both back in the fold this year -- and it might be another year before Wedington is truly able to blossom as a potential No. 1 target. Of the three names we're batting around, here, we expect Arcega-Whiteside to be the most active and productive wideout for the Cardinal this coming season.
May 6 - 11:55 AM

Stanford signed three-star 2018 TE Tae Le in December.

Le (6'4/237) is the type of tight end we've seen come in and succeed at Stanford for what seems like forever, with many analysts citing his soft hands and ability to make plays over the middle of the field. He also had offers from Iowa State, Boise State and Colorado State, and he was also considering Ivy League offers. This is an under-the-radar player to keep an eye on going forward, even if he doesn't make a big impact in 2018.
May 5 - 12:32 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay projects Stanford senior RB Bryce Love to go to the Raiders with the 18th pick in his way-too-early 2019 mock draft.

Oh this would be fun. Love is one of two running backs that McShay projects to go in the first round in 2018, with Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson (30th to the Steelers) being the other. The 2017 Heisman Trophy finalist would be the replacement for heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch, who will be a free agent after this year. As McShay notes: "The diminutive (5-10, 186) running back played through an ankle injury and finished second in the Heisman voting, compiling 2,118 rushing yards on the season (second in the nation)."
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 7:34 PM


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