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Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan writes that Stanford G Joshua Garnett "found the going tougher when up against some of the elite defensive linemen in college."

Connaghan points to two specific instances when Garnett earned negative grades by PFF's metrics--against Oregon's DeForest Buckner and Notre Dame's Sheldon Day. Not great, but struggling against a sure-fire first-round selection (Buckner) and a strong sleeper candidate (Day) is nothing to hang your head over. Even with those sub-par contests on his resume, the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder still closed the season with PFF's second-highest overall grade for a Power-5 guard. Of late, ESPN's Todd McShay praised the "high football IQ" Garnett demonstrated over the Senior Bowl practice week.
Feb 8 - 1:41 PM

Stanford signed four-star CB Treyjohn Butler.

A California native, Butler received the predictable Pac-12 love, with offers rolling in from Arizona State, Cal and Arizona. HC David Shaw reeled him in at the end, though. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound corner can be found at No. 177 on the ESPN 300. The Worldwide Leader's scouting report loves his football smarts, noting that Butler "will mirror receivers tightly in and out of their breaks and at the top of their stem" and that he's already mentally adept with concepts of zone defense.
Feb 6 - 8:26 PM

Four-star S Andrew Pryts signed with Stanford.

Pryts had previously been committed to Penn State, but he flipped to the Cardinal come National Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety is a Pennsylvania native, too, which must make this sting all the more for HC James Franklin. Scout.com's Brian Dohn observed that Pryts is a "physical safety who delivers big hits to anyone coming across the middle." As Dohn notes, his backpedal's not perfect, but that downside should be at least somewhat nullified by the fact that he'll rarely be up to the line in man-to-man coverage.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 5:50 PM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett "a road grader in the run game and very effective in pass protection," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranked No. 8 among all prospects at the Senior Bowl. "He plays with a high football IQ," McShay wrote. "He didn't always look like it this week, but he's still our top-ranked guard prospect." The 6-foot-5, 321-pounder was "swiftly rising up draft boards" towards the end of last season, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. Garnett won the Outland Trophy (top lineman) for his work in 2015.
Feb 3 - 1:20 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks noted that Stanford G Joshua Garnett "displays adequate functional strength to move defenders off the ball."

That's something of a subdued scouting report from Brooks considering the sorts of highly colorful hyperbole sometimes heaped on prospects. The analyst is also keen on Garnett's technical ability in addition to his "adequate functional strength." This past season, the 6-foot-5, 321-pound NFL hopeful was named to the All-America first team. In a recent four-round mock draft, NFL Media's Chad Reuter projected him as a late second-round selection. Reuter has him heading to the Steelers with the 58th pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 10:37 PM

Four-star T Clark Yarbrough committed to Stanford in May.

Stanford HC David Shaw's looking to replace multiple offensive lineman (as he lost a pair to the draft and another who simply decided he was done playing), which means that Yarbrough could see some early run. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder out of Woodberry Forest, Virginia, didn't even start playing football until the 10th grade. That he's already progressed as much as he has is a good sign for his acclimation to the collegiate level. Scout.com's Michael Clark notes that Yarbrough "fires of the ball and has really good feet." On top of that, he offers a "good initial punch, great flexibility and good balance." He's a bit on the slimmer side and will need to throw on some weight, but the tools are all there.
Source: scout.com
Feb 2 - 10:24 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Stanford sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey as the best returning player in college football.

"He was PFF’s choice for the 2015 Heisman Trophy, over winner Derrick Henry, so it is no surprise that he comes in at No. 1 on the list," wrote Jeff Dooley. "There wasn’t a more dynamic offensive playmaker in all of college football last season, as he carried the Cardinal’s offense as both a pass-catcher and a runner. The top-ranked running back in PFF grades, he was nearly impossible to bring down after the catch or on runs, forcing a nation-leading 82 missed tackles versus Power-5 competition." The 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey finished the 2015 campaign with an astounding 3,864 total yards.
Feb 1 - 5:19 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris says Stanford T Kyle Murphy's struggles at the Senior Bowl may have to do with switching positions.

Murphy was a Cardinal left tackle last year. At the Senior Bowl, the 6-foot-7, 298-pounder was shifted to the right side. "Murphy, a player I liked off his games, is really struggling this week," Norris wrote. "But consider that Murphy is moving to the right side after spending the entire season on the left. His footwork, hand use, balance, weight distribution, etc. is all flipped. Murphy is not moving his feet on first contact and easily being beat around the edge. Perhaps this is one reason why." Murphy "is a solid right tackle prospect who could slide inside to guard," NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter suggested over the summer.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 28 - 6:54 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Patriots interviewed Stanford QB Kevin Hogan at the Senior Bowl.

"Type of athletic quarterback prospect they like to develop," he wrote. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has taken a shining to Hogan as a developmental prospect. "Hogan’s entire throwing process looks ugly, but it works for him," he wrote. "He is much better than I previously gave him credit for." The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder threw for 2,867 yards (67.8 percent completions, 9.4 YPA) with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio in 2015.
Jan 27 - 3:39 PM

Stanford G Joshua Garrett said that QB Kevin Hogan, "Knows everything, even OL techniques."

Garnett noted that you "can't stump [Hogan] on a football question." If the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cardinal hopes to crack an NFL roster as a potential backup gunslinger, his game smarts will be what push him over the top more than his measurables. This past season, he threw for 2,867 yards (67.8% completions, 9.4 YPA) with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio. While Hogan was rarely asked to carry the team during his time at Stanford, he set personal bests for touchdown passes, completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating in 2015, making himself into a likely mid-to-late round draftable commodity in the process. He'll be playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
Jan 26 - 10:14 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein admitted that while he's been "a little low" on Stanford WR Devon Cajuste, he's upgraded his opinion based on this week's Shrine Game practices.

Zierlein entered the week down on Cajuste, in part because he viewed him as a bit of a tweener between WR and TE, but "the NFL scouting community has stood firm in their idea that Cajuste is a good football player and will find a place in the league. Based on this week's practices," Zierlein wrote, "I would agree with them." He praised the 6-foot-4, 227-pounder's ability to finish on catches. This past season, he logged a rather disappointing 27-383-3 receiving line for the Cardinal, but he's started out the draft process well with his practice performances.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 3:00 PM

An NFC executive says Stanford WR Devon Cajuste is "a damn good player."

"I don't know if you play (Devon) Cajuste at tight end or as a big receiver or as an H-back, but he's a damn good player," the exec said. "He's too much for some of these cornerbacks out here. He could have played at the Senior Bowl." Cajuste is currently on the practice fields at the East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound had only 27 receptions, for 383 yards and three touchdowns last year and has been labeled by some as a WR/TE 'tweener. The NFL, however, may be looking at Cajuste as a specialized player, a jumbo WR in the Devin Funchess mold or an H-back in the Lance Kendricks mold. Cajuste has become a candidate for late Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 3:21 PM

Stanford WR Devon Cajuste "is destined for the Y-spot in an NFL offense, utilizing his height and hands over the middle and in the red zone," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

In that way, the NFL will utilize Cajuste similarly to 2015 second-rounder Devin Funchess. "This large receiver (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) wasn't utilized as much as he could have been by the Cardinal this year -- partially because they needed to feed Christian McCaffrey as much as possible," Reuter wrote. "But when given the chance to shine, Cajuste did just that; he made five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame." Cajuste is currently auditioning for scouts on the practice fields at the East-West Shrine Game. "A big week in St. Pete, along with strong workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, could cement a top-100 draft grade," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 9:59 AM

Stanford C Graham Shuler announced that he will not be returning to Stanford for his final year of eligibility.

To be clear, Shuler's not heading to the draft. He'll be looking to pursue non-football dreams in the future. In a heartwarming open letter to his school, the 6-foot-4, 282-pounder wrote, "We built friendships that transcended what I knew about friendship. The type of brotherhood you watch someone try to portray in films like 300 and The Goonies." He went on to thank HC David Shaw and closed by saying, "Stanford wasn’t just the best four years of my life — it prepared me for the best forty years of my life." Speaking pragmatically, Shaw will have to replace three of his five starters on the offensive line next season, as left tackle Kyle Murray and left guard Joshua Garnett have both declared for the draft.
Jan 19 - 8:13 PM

Stanford sophomore DL Harrison Phillips (knee) said that he's "more settled in [with the reality of his injury] now."

In an interview with Rivals, the 6-foot-4, 278-pound Phillips details his path to recovery since suffering a torn ACL in a season-opening loss to Northwestern. Said the sophomore, "I get my redshirt year now. I get another year to actually develop, turn into a 20 year-old man instead of a 19-year-old boy. I think I'm more settled in with it now. The guys have been helping me out a lot." He also noted that one of his happiest moments of the season was seeing best friend Christian McCaffrey nominated for the Heisman Trophy.
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 6:52 PM


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