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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

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that Stanford junior TE Austin Hooper is being compared to Indianapolis Colt TE Coby Fleener.

Hooper recently made the Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason first team, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team. "As a first-time starter in 2014, Hooper was a consistent performer relying on a quick release off the line of scrimmage and long strides to create separation in his routes," Zierlein wrote. "Stanford QB Kevin Hogan targeted Hooper 56 times last year. With a year of chemistry built between Hogan and Hooper, we could see Hooper challenging for an All-America spot." The analyst ranks Hooper as the No. 3 tight end in the nation. Last year, Hooper had 40 catches for 499 yards (12.5 yards per catch).
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 9:55 PM

Stanford senior G Joshua Garnett's "combination of size and movement are jaw-dropping -- especially when he takes an occasional turn as an H-back," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Garnett is the son of former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett. Despite the bloodlines, he has been overshadowed due to playing next to 2015 first-round pick Andrus Peat on the left side of Stanford's line. That's about to change. "The fourth-year player will get his turn to shine in his last season on The Farm now that Peat has moved on ... and scouts will take notice," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 12:33 AM

Stanford redshirt freshman WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims recently recorded the No. 4 fastest 200-meter dash amongst football players.

Brandt-Sims is a track stud who redshirted last year while the coaching staff worked on his receiving skills (he was an all-state high school tailback). If everything goes to plan this fall, he'll chip in at wide receiver and on special teams. Brandt-Sims captured the Washington state 100- and 200-meter championships in all four high school years. Kevin Hogan would have a challenge overthrowing him.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 5:41 PM

ESPN writer Kevin Gemmell hyped up the Stanford edge rushing duo of redshirt sophomore Peter Kalambayi and redshirt senior Kevin Anderson.

Kalambayi recorded 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss last season, while the veteran Anderson recorded 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. James Vaughters moved on to the NFL last season, as did defensive linemen David Parry and Henry Anderson. There are a number of defensive prospects Stanford needs to replace, but they seem to conquer the holes every year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 12:40 PM

NFL Media believes Stanford HC David Shaw is the country's most attractive coach to the NFL.

Shaw is 42-12 in four seasons at Stanford. "If an NFL team with an opening is looking at college coaches, chances are that team will make a call to Shaw," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He's unlikely to leave 'The Farm' by choice anytime soon, but that doesn't mean he's not ready to make the jump after spending nearly a decade in the league with the Eagles, Raiders and Ravens. Some of his Cardinal predecessors have had plenty of success making the move to the NFL, and everything about Shaw's demeanor and the way he runs a program suggests he would be next in the Stanford line to rack up wins in the NFL." The Cardinal had a down year last year, but they figure to again contend for the Pac-12 title in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 12:29 AM


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