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NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks calls Stanford DL Solomon Thomas "a crafty defender with a set of tools to thrive as a designated playmaker in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme."

"Scouts and coaches love disruptive defenders with high-revving motors and explosive athletic traits. Thomas fits the bill as a 6-3, 273-pound lineman with exceptional first-step quickness and violent hands," Brooks writes. The analyst is particularly impressed with the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder's ability to stuff the run, noting that he "flashed dominant skills as a run defender/rusher at the point of attack." In his first mock draft of 2017, Rotoworld's Josh Norris tagged Thomas to the Cincinnati Bengals at pick No. 9.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 5:01 PM

Stanford redshirt freshman QB K.J. Costello is the school's only scholarship quarterback for offseason workouts and spring practice.

That's because Ryan Burns is transferring and Keller Chryst needs six months to recover from a knee injury. Because of Chryst's timeline, Costello has a real chance to steal his job with a big summer. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound Costello is a former four-star recruit who possesses a big league arm. He drew comparisons to former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion as a prep star.
Jan 14 - 10:55 AM

Three of five NFL executives who spoke with NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said that Stanford DL Solomon Thomas was the player who boosted their draft stock most during bowl season.

"[Thomas] didn't do anything different than he normally does as a player [in the Sun Bowl vs. North Carolina]," one executive said, "but I feel like a lot of people weren't as familiar with him before that game. He made a ton of big plays and showed the kind of emotion and passion you want in a defensive leader." Another executive referred to the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder as "unblockable" in his showdown with the Tar Heels. "He just seemed to be playing at a different level," said a third exec. Earlier this week, Stanford HC David Shaw told FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman that he expects Thomas to "wow" the NFL during the draft process.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 12 - 6:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Stanford G Johnny Caspers will retire from football and not pursue an NFL career.

Per Pauline, Caspers was a potential Day 3 pick. No word yet on why he's hanging up the cleats.
Jan 12 - 3:24 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw says he expects DL Solomon Thomas "to wow NFL folks."

Shaw told Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman that he expects his former star defensive end to run the forty in the high 4.5s with a vertical jump close to 40 inches. That's at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, folks. Rotoworld's Josh Norris had Thomas as a top-10 pick in his first 2017 mock. We're gaga for Thomas' game, which blends size, strength, speed and smarts.
Jan 11 - 4:03 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst suffered severe ligament damage in his knee in the Sun Bowl.

Chryst reportedly tore his anterior cruciate ligament in that game against UNC, but the school has been sparse with details. The San Jose Mercury News has learned that Burns will have knee surgery and miss at least six months. Best case? He's healed just in time to use training camp to shake off the rust beginning in early August. Worst case? That he misses Stanford's proposed opening game against Rice in Sydney in late August. Freshman K.J. Costello will function as the school's No. 1 QB until Chryst can challenge him.
Jan 11 - 3:16 PM

Stanford redshirt senior QB Ryan Burns will transfer.

Burns leaves Stanford under the NCAA’s graduate transfer policy, which means he's eligible to play immediately at the FBS level. He began 2016 as Stanford's starter but was replaced by Keller Chryst after throwing for 1,065 yards with a 5/7 TD/INT ratio during the 4-3 start.
Jan 11 - 2:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Stanford redshirt sophomore DL Solomon Thomas "looks like a smaller version of [J.J.] Watt."

"[Thomas is] fluid, it looks effortless, he can string moves together," Zierlein noted. "There's a wicked spin move there that he hasn't even fully developed yet. He can move around and play different spots." The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder declared for the draft on Wednesday after posting 62 tackles (15.0 for loss) and eight sacks this past season. Zierlein believes he needs to pack on playing-weight as he enters the NFL, but that aside, is supremely impressed by Thomas' technique. "His hands and feet work in perfect unison and he's always working the blocker's edge. Once he's in that seam," Zierlein wrote, "you're finished."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 5 - 6:32 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore DL Solomon Thomas declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Projected as a first-round lock this spring, Thomas is coming off a huge season in which he led the Cardinal with 62 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks. For that, the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder was named a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and a second-team All-American. During Thomas' dominant Sun Bowl showing against UNC, CBS color commentator Gary Danielson compared him to Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. "Thomas sports a power-packed frame and game that translates very well to the NFL," CBS' Rob Rang wrote. "Quick enough to slip through gaps on the interior or stack and shed blockers to pursue running backs, Thomas is an easy first-round projection."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 4 - 1:32 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst likely suffered an ACL injury in the school's bowl win over UNC.

Chryst injured his knee in the first quarter and was replaced by Ryan Burns. The schedule lines up where Chryst should be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst was forced out of action in the first quarter of Friday's Sun Bowl due to an apparent knee injury.

Chryst injured his knee on a run early in the first quarter. He fought off tears as he was carted into the locker room. Ryan Burns replaced him on the field. Further information as to the extent of this injury is not available at this juncture, but it doesn't look encouraging at the outset.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 03:32:00 PM

An AFC personnel director said that the draft grades on Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey "are going to be all over the place."

"Teams that run a lot of three- and four-wide looks will like him because he can run those inside zone plays out of the shotgun and they can also motion him out of the backfield and just try to mismatch him," the personnel director said. On the other side, he believes that some teams will view C-Mac as more of a complimentary piece than an out-and-out workhorse. The 6-foot, 202-pounder will be sitting out the Sun Bowl against North Carolina on Friday, but NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah does not think will matter for his draft stock.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 06:07:00 PM

Former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott took to Twitter to criticize the decisions by LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey to opt out of their respective bowls in order to prepare for the draft.

Elliott posted a series of tweets, writing in part, "I would do anything to play one more time with my brothers in that scarlet and gray." He softened somewhat after he was told that both McCaffrey and Fournette have been nursing injuries, saying, "I guess it makes sense." Social media has been predictably abuzz over Elliott's mini-tweetstorm, with current Stanford WR Trent Irwin stepping to the defense of McCaffrey, writing, "The whole team supports [McCaffrey] in everything and anything. Hes been a leader to this team through the easy times and tough times."
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:18:00 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey announced he will not play in the school's bowl game against UNC.

The impact of Jaylon's Smiths knee injury from last bowl season is obvious. Leonard Fournette announced last week he would not play in LSU's bowl game, and McCaffrey has decided on doing the same. McCaffrey has been the focal point of the school's offense over the last two seasons, both as a runner and a receiver. Expect this move to become a trend, with top players electing to not play in a mostly meaningless game in order to avoid the chance of injury. McCaffrey missed time in October with an undisclosed injury.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 09:17:00 AM

FOX 26 sports director Mark Berman reports that Stanford and Rice's 2017 season-opener will be played in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to this reported shift down under, this contest had been set to be played on September 2. It could potentially be pushed back by a week or thereabouts, similar to what Cal and Hawaii did for their 2016 season-opener in Brisbane, Australia. According to Berman, the move to the land of kangaroos for this showdown still requires NCAA approval.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:26:00 PM


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