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Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett "has the size, power and experience NFL scouts are looking for," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Physically, Garnett has the look of a Coke machine with limbs. His stout core and long arms make him a intimidating interior blocker, whose girth can overwhelm defenders. He has enough quickness to pull and block at the second level, though too often Garnett is unable to reach linebackers in time," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Garnett comes from NFL bloodlines, as his father, Scott, was a former NFL nose tackle that played for four years in the NFL. The Stanford prospect started 13 games last season, earning All-Pac-12 first team honors. Garnett is currently on the Rotary Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch list.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 2:56 PM

Stanford senior T Kyle Murphy is "simply the latest in a long line of Stanford offensive linemen with bright NFL futures," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

The 6-foot-7, 298-pound Murphy has 40 games on his resume, earning 2014 Second Team All-Pac-12 honors for Stanford in 2014. Rang notes that the Stanford prospect, who has a "prototypical NFL build," is "very effective" as a "drive blocker, showing surprising flexibility to get under the pads of opponents and impressive leg drive to consistently move the pile."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 2:41 PM

Stanford redshirt senior WR Devon Cajuste "has some 'tweener traits that could limit his draft stock," cautions CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"He's been reported to have impressive speed but shows only average burst off the line and does not appear to have a legitimate second gear to pull away," Rang wrote. "Cajuste creates separation with firm breaks on his routes and uses his height, body control and hand-eye coordination to win contested passes." The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Cajuste had 34 catches for 557 yards and six touchdowns last year while struggling with a nagging injury that Stanford didn't disclose due to school policy. "Cajuste has the strength and length to control defensive backs as a blocker when he locks on but his lack of speed and agility (relative to defensive backs) too often leave him scrambling to find them," Rang wrote. "Cajuste does not possess the power at this time to hold up as a traditional inline blocker and may, in fact, project best as an H-back type. His greatest asset may be his strong, reliable hands."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 2:12 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan's "instincts, accuracy and velocity are enough to overcome the quirky delivery."

"He has an elongated wind-up that will earn plenty of criticism in the pre-draft process but like San Diego Chargers' star Philip Rivers, Hogan's instincts, accuracy and velocity are enough to overcome the quirky delivery. Hogan has good (but not great) accuracy to all levels with especially impressive touch on deep passes when he has the room to step into his throw," The Stanford prospect threw for 2,792 yards (completing 65.9 percent) with 19 touchdowns and eight picks last season. If the athletic signal caller can stay consistent in 2015, he should be an early target for some teams, with his experience running a pro-style offense.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 3 - 2:02 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes "there's no reason to think [Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan] can't land at least a fifth-round spot with some improvements in his senior season."

"Following Andrew Luck is not a fate I'd wish on anyone. But Hogan's handled it well, even if the Stanford faithful aren't pleased with his inconsistent accuracy after being spoiled by Luck the previous three years," Reuter wrote. "Hogan certainly looks the part, has won a lot of games (24-8 as a starter), and possesses the athleticism to be effective running the zone read at that size." The 6-foot-4, 225-pound threw for 2,792 yards (65.9 percent completions) with a 19/8 TD/INT ratio last year. "His downfield accuracy is only average, as is his arm strength," Reuter wrote. "However, there's no reason to think he can't land at least a fifth-round spot with some improvements in his senior season."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 2 - 11:29 PM

Stanford senior ILB Blake Martinez "is a solid player who will be tough to cut if he shows the athleticism to contribute on special teams and defense early in his NFL career," observes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

A 6-foot-2, 247-pounder, Martinez broke out as a first-time starter in 2014, collecting 102 tackles, seven for loss, 4.5 sacks and three interceptions. "The honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree is tough between the tackles and reads routes well to anticipate throws," Reuter wrote. Martinez is on the Butkus Award watch list, the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, the Nagurski Trophy watch list, the Bednarik Award watch list, the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list and the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 3:23 PM

Stanford head coach David Shaw has indicated sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey will be a "full-time offensive centerpiece" this season.

Stanford failed to produce a 1,000 yard rusher for the first time since 2007. McCaffrey was not turned loose until the final four games of the season, and averaged 7.1 yards per carry on the season. Christian is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey. The Cardinal don't hide their gameplan: ground and pound, but set it up with different personnel groupings and offensive line strengths.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 11:05 AM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett brings "impressive physicality to the table for a team that continues to develop quality offensive linemen," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Cardinal lost first-round pick Andrus Peat at tackle, but the line as a whole should be better in 2015 -- and the run game should be better too," Brown wrote. "Garnett, a 325-pound senior, is the best of the bunch." The analyst ranked Mills as the No. 66 overall player and the No. 7 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-5, 325-pounder is the son of former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett.
Jul 29 - 8:55 PM

Stanford senior ILB Blake Martinez is "an average athlete, but finds himself around the ball making plays all the time," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Martinez stared for the Cardinal last season, posting 102 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. That work hasn't gone unnoticed: Martinez is on the Butkus Award watch list, the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, the Nagurski Trophy watch list, the Bednarik Award watch list, the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list and the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 7:41 PM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett "packs a punch and blocks well on the move," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The 6-foot-5, 325-pound senior is the best returning player on the line at left guard," Brown wrote. "He'll be key in what should be an improved offense with sophomore Christian McCaffrey emerging as a multi-purpose weapon at tailback." Brown ranks Garnett as the No. 7 offensive lineman in the country. Garnett, the son of former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett, is a brawling type who isn't a great athlete.
Jul 19 - 3:18 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore edge rusher Peter Kalambay "has a golden opportunity this year to step in at outside linebacker in Stanford's 3-4 defense," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 245-pound Kalambayi, a pass-rush specialist, recorded 32 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss last season as a redshirt freshman. "With Henry Anderson and James Vaughters gone, the Cardinal defense -- one of the best in the country last year -- will rely heavily on Kalambayi to fill the pass-rush void as the next man up for a program that keeps putting together dominant defenses," Brown wrote.
Jul 10 - 2:25 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Stanford junior TE Austin Hooper as the No. 4 underclassmen tight end prospect in the country.

"He came to Stanford as a big-time defensive end prospect but has transitioned well to tight end; he caught 49 passes last season after not playing as a freshman," Kiper wrote. Recently, Hooper made the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team and the Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Last season, Hooper logged 499 yards (12.5 yards per catch).
Jul 9 - 9:41 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan "has always had impressive physical tools," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Hogan dealt with things much bigger than football during the season, as his father passed away in December," Brown wrote. "Hogan and the Cardinal did catch fire down the stretch, and with nine starters returning to the offense, Stanford has high hopes for a bounce-back season in which it can contend for the Pac-12 title again. If he can find consistency next to an improved running game, his senior year could be memorable." The draft expert ranks Hogan as the No. 19 signal-caller in the land. He threw for 2,792 yards (completing 65.9 percent) with 19 touchdowns and eight picks last year.
Jul 8 - 5:35 PM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett is a "beefy, rugged guard with a lower body built for moving heavy things (out of the B-gap)," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Garnett isn't a silky smooth athlete, but he moves well enough to be fully functional in Stanford's diverse blocking scheme," Zierlein wrote. "Garnett can match power for power and can be a devastating blocker on an angle." The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Garnett is the son of former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett. "His biggest issue will be in how he handles athletic interior defenders," Zierlein wrote. "At times, Garnett will get his weight too far out in front of him, which leads to balance issues against tackles who are gap shooters or who play with plus foot quickness."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 11:25 AM

Stanford failed to produce a 1,000 yard rusher in 2014 for the first time since 2007.

In fact, Stanford barely surpassed a 600 yard rusher. Remound Wright contributed with 601 yards and Kelsey Young had 331 yards. Stanford head coach David Shaw has discussed changing his offense based on personnel in the past, but their foundation is running the football with multiple tight ends or extra linemen. Expect sophomore Christian McCaffrey to receive many more carries in 2015.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 11:21 AM


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