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Stanford redshirt senior S Dallas Lloyd was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

Lloyd didn't need football to attend Stanford, but the football team sure appreciates his help. A Pac-12 All-Academic second team last year and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in high school, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lloyd posted 55 tackles last season. He's made a smooth transition to the secondary after coming to the Cardinal as a highly-regarded prep dual-threat quarterback.
May 22 - 3:20 PM

Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey believes that some downgrade his athleticism because of the perceptions about white athletes.

"When you read about white athletes these days and white skill possession receivers specifically, one word you'll always find is tough," McCaffrey said, adding that "[y]ou'll rarely see [descriptions like] explosive, athletic, stuff like that." The 6-foot, 197-pound Stanford stud isn't out of bounds here. The word "gritty" has been used to describe the Wes Welkers of the world so often that it borders on self-parody. McCaffrey smashed Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last year with 3,864 of 'em. The word "gritty" would be underselling that achievement by a fair margin.
May 21 - 3:04 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey as the sixth-best player in college football.

"In many other years, McCaffrey might have run away with the Heisman Trophy after breaking Barry Sanders' single-season all-purpose yardage mark (3,864)," he wrote. "Much like Sanders, McCaffrey's combination of toughness and agility makes you hold your breath every time he gets the ball." The 6-foot, 197-pounder lost out to Alabama RB Derrick Henry in 2015 and will once again battle a gamut of gifted competitors (like LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson) for the hardware this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 9:39 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey shares a similar skill-set with former USC RB Reggie Bush.

"McCaffrey offers a terrific blend of vision, burst and agility - just like his boyhood idol," Rang wrote. The analyst ranked McCaffrey as his No. 7 underclassman for the 2017 draft, but cushioned that slot with the belief that the 6-foot, 197-pounder is "[a]rguably the most dynamic player on this list." The three-headed running back race between McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook and Leonard Fournette to be the first back off the 2017 board should provide buckets of fun between now and the draft itself. Before we reach that point, all three gentlemen figure to be in conversation for the Heisman.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 3:30 PM

Stanford junior ILB Joey Alfieri was named to the Lott Impact Trophy preseason watch list.

A Portland native, Alfieri is first and foremost a smart cat. He was on the high school honor society and is a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder is also an NFL prospect who logged 40 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season as a sophomore.
May 19 - 5:55 PM

Stanford sports performance director Shannon Turley indicated that junior RB Christian McCaffrey is in better shape now than he was last year.

"[McCaffrey]’s substantially better than he was during his exact training period last year," Turley said, adding that "this guy is at a higher physical level than he was last year." The 6-foot, 197-pounder is coming off a record-breaking 2015 campaign, making Turley's words all the more terrifying for the Pac-12. "You’re talking about a guy who’s leaner, faster, stronger, and more explosive now." McCaffrey crunched the universe with 3,864 total yards last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 9:03 PM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings wrote to "keep an eye on" Stanford sophomore WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Jennings believes Arcega-Whiteside "could make big plays for the Cardinal [this coming season]." We will have to wait and see here, as the 6-foot-3, 221-pounder did not appear in a game last season. Coming out of high school, Rivals ranked him as their No. 62 wide receiving recruit for the 2015 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 8:46 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey is a "top five NFL Draft talent."

Farrell loves McCaffrey's video game-esque versatility, but does raise a few questions as to his general perception, writing, "McCaffrey is a rare athlete, but will he be downgraded because of his position? Will some NFL team try to make him a gadget guy?" The 6-foot, 197-pound junior could have won the Heisman in 2015 without anybody blinking. He lost out to Alabama RB Derrick Henry, of course, but put on a show in the Rose Bowl Game to close out Stanford's season, gouging Iowa for 368 total yards.
Source: Rivals
May 14 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi sees Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey as the team's most versatile player.

In other breaking news, water is wet. Lombardi called McCaffrey the most versatile player, not just at Stanford, but in the country. Last season, the 6-foot, 197-pounder broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for total yardage, racking up 3,864 between rushes, receptions and returns. Lombardi is already looking ahead to the coming season and wrote, "Just how much better can McCaffrey be in 2016? That's the big question, considering he did all that damage as a 19-year-old last year." Pro Football Focus ranked him as the best returning player in college football earlier this offseason. Barring injury, he is a legitimate Heisman contender.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 6:29 PM

The 49ers list UDFA Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste as a receiver.

Cajuste has a receiver's game and athleticism, but a tight end's body (6'4/234) and a classic tweener's speed (4.62). Whether Chip Kelly intends to use him as a classic outside receiver, a "big slot" or a move tight end remains to be seen, but Cajuste could contribute early if he makes the team regardless of capacity because of San Francisco's dearth of pass catchers.
May 9 - 11:44 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Stanford TE Austin Hooper was the Cardinals' best pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

"[Hooper] isn't a great route runner and he needs to continue to add weight and strength," McShay noted, "but for a team in major need of some pass-catchers with upside, Hooper is a good fit in Atlanta. Ryan can't have enough weapons." The Falcons snatched the 6-foot-4, 254-pounder up with the 81st pick in this weekend's draft. McShay specifically complimented Hooper's frame and his ability to stretch defenses with whatever the tight end equivalent of wheels might be.
May 1 - 8:00 PM

49ers signed Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste.

Cajuste (6'4/234) was a three-year starter for the Cardinal, parlaying 90 career catches into 1,589 yards (17.7 YPR) and 14 touchdowns. Blessed with long arms (33") and huge hands (10 3/4"), Cajuste may have to transition from college wideout into a pass-catching tight end or H-back with 4.62 speed. Another option would be a "big slot" role. Cajuste is a plus athlete, finishing in the 88th percentile of SPARQ testing. There is a place for Cajuste in the pros; it just remains to be seen where he'll fit.
May 1 - 2:10 PM

Eagles signed Stanford DL Aziz Shittu.

Shittu (6'2/288) earned first-team All-Pac 12 in his lone season as a starter, ranking second on the Cardinal in tackles (57), leading the team in tackles for loss (14), and registering four sacks. He exposed himself as a poor athlete at Stanford's Pro Day, running 5.41 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Shittu (pronounced SHIT-too) was an overachieving college defensive tackle who lacks NFL-level penetration ability and will have to make his living as an undersized run defender. It could be a tough ride.
May 1 - 12:49 PM

Packers selected Stanford OT Kyle Murphy with the No. 200 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Murphy (6'6/305) was a two-year starter for the Cardinal, manning right tackle as a junior before protecting Kevin Hogan's blind side in his senior year. Murphy earned first-team All-Pac 12 accolades in 2015. A 'tweener NFL prospect, Murphy isn't quite a good enough athlete to excel on the left side and lacks ideal playing strength for a right tackle. His best NFL fit is as a swing-tackle reserve.
Apr 30 - 4:54 PM

Chiefs selected Stanford QB Kevin Hogan with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Hogan (6'3/218) started 3 1/2 years, posting a 36-10 career record with a 65.8% completion rate, 8.51 YPA, and 75:29 TD-to-INT ratio. He ran 4.78 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. A "push passer" with an awkward release, Hogan has mediocre arm strength and was primarily used as a game manager at Stanford. He showed a tendency to panic and play too fast under pressure, scrambling around like a poor man's Jeff Garcia. Hogan is intelligent (Wonderlic of 38) with a gym-rat work ethic, but physical limitations will likely cap his ceiling at NFL backup. He will open his career behind Alex Smith and the winner of the Aaron Murray-Tyler Bray camp battle.
Apr 30 - 3:13 PM


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