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A director of scouting for an AFC team called Stanford DL Solomon Thomas a "damn good player."

"I don't think he gets drafted as early as you do because he's not big enough for inside and he's not as long as you like on the outside," the scouting director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. "You have to figure out where you will play him, but he won't stop. He's going to be really productive." While Thomas could rise as high as the top-five, former NFL scout John Middlekauff is wary of such a high selection, though he does say that he "really like[s]" the 6-foot-3, 273-pounder. Zierlein comps Thomas to former 49ers DT Justin Smith.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 1:08 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff doesn't believes that Stanford DL Solomon Thomas is a top-five talent.

On a Bay Area radio show, Middlekauff was asked about Todd McShay’s recent mock draft that had the 49ers taking Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick. Did he agree with that selection? "I don’t," Middlekauff said. "I mean, I really like the guy. ... [but] I think sometimes, we have the NCAA Tournament going on right now, and sometimes guys can make a lot of money in the tournament when they just go nuts." That's a reference to Thomas’ dominant performance in his last college game against North Carolina, which caused his stock to spike. Thomas has also had a good pre-Draft process. Pro Football Focus has comped him to Seattle Seahawks DL Michael Bennett.
Source: knbr.com
Mar 24 - 1:48 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey took part in wide receiver drills during Thursday's pro day.

No huge surprise there. A huge part of McCaffrey's appeal comes in the fact that he is a silky smooth receiver. "It’s something I pride myself on, being extremely versatile and I feel like I can do that stuff," McCaffrey said. "To show coaches I can play running back, I can play receiver, I can do all the return game stuff, that’s important to me." During pro day festivities, the 6-foot, 202-pounder opted to stand pat on his sharp Combine testing results. We are starting to see him creep into the creamy middle of the first round in mock drafts, with ESPN's Todd McShay pegging him to the Eagles with the No. 14 pick in his latest mock up.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 23 - 8:41 PM

Greg Cosell sees similarities between Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey and the Atlanta Falcons' Tevin Coleman.

McCaffrey has a different body type, of course, but the pair's abilities to play in the regular run game and be multi-dimensional weapons in the passing game are similar. Cosell envisions McCaffrey playing 60-70 percent of the snaps in an offense like the Green Bay Packers’, a pass-first, shotgun-based scheme. "He won’t be a foundation back like Elliott or DeMarco Murray," Cosell wrote. "But he can be a matchup weapon in the passing game with his ability to align anywhere in the formation and run routes at all three levels of the defense."
Source: Yahoo
Mar 23 - 2:56 PM

In his most recent mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay projected Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey to the Eagles at No. 14.

McCaffrey impressed in both athletic testing and drills at the NFL Scouting Combine several weeks ago. He has seen a subsequent ascension in his draft stock. Indeed, McShay's mock actually has him jumping over FSU RB Dalvin Cook, whom the analyst pegs to the Redskins at No. 17. McShay believes that McCaffrey's "elite character" could serve as a tiebreaker for some teams when deciding between Cook and C-Mac.
Mar 19 - 3:32 PM

Panthers beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue believes it seems "ever-likelier" the team will add a DE in the draft.

The Panthers re-signed and added edge rushers in free agency, meaning "the Panthers have a little freedom when deciding the time to scoop one up" in the draft. The free agency contracts were mostly bandaids to older pass rushers, and an injection of youth is necessary. A defensive end in the top three rounds seems likely.
Mar 16 - 11:22 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline pushed a connection between the Broncos and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey as one he heard throughout the NFL Combine.

Pauline says the buzz is so strong "in large part due to the Elway/McCaffrey family relationship dating back to Stanford." We don't think John Elway would make the pick for that reason alone, but McCaffrey is a very talented runner and receiver, and we would not be surprised if he is the top rated running back on at least a few boards.
Mar 16 - 11:03 AM

An anonymous NFL scout compared Stanford DL Solomon Thomas to John Randle.

"Excellent quickness and motor," he said. Thomas is highly versatile, though the NFL sees more of a 3-technique than a 5-technique at the moment. Adding some weight would make him a neater fit at multiple positions. "Great kid," another scout said. "Team captain. Top worker. Explosive athlete. Plays hard. Runs and chases. Strong hands."
Mar 15 - 1:08 PM

An anonymous NFL scout speaking to Packers' beat writer Bob McGinn assured him that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is a far superior prospect to Ty Montgomery.

"This guy is a better runner than Montgomery, a better catcher, he’s more explosive, more agile and he’s probably faster," said the scout. "Montgomery is more of a straight-line guy." McCaffery, of course, was once Montgomery's teammate at Stanford. "He’s a jack-of-all-trades guy," another scout said. "He can be your returner and give you 15 snaps a game (at RB). Once he tests and runs 4.38 (he ran 4.49) guys will fall in love with his personality and his genetics."
Mar 14 - 12:31 PM

Fox Sports' Joel Klatt ranks Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey as the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2017 class.

"The most NFL ready offensive player in the draft, McCaffrey is a great running back but also has the ability to be used as a wide receiver and kick returner," Klatt writes. "Expect him to get 18-25 touches per game." We hear what Klatt is saying about McCaffrey, as Stanford's offense certainly prepares a running back for an NFL style and workload. However, many still question McCaffrey's ability to handle a full workload due to standing 5-foot-11 and 205-pounds. McCaffrey produced highlight runs along with difficult yards between the tackles thanks to vision and patience. Leonard Fournette is Klatt's No. 2 running back at No. 9 overall.
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 14 - 10:47 AM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey tested in the 70th percentile at the NFL Combine.

McCaffrey's best scores were the forty (4.48), broad jump (10'1") and a stunning 3-cone (6.57 seconds). At 202 pounds, this composite score placed McCaffrey fourth among running backs who went through a full workout. Many still question if McCaffrey can "hold up between the tackle," despite the Cardinal shining in that area while at Stanford. He's also a dynamic player when matched up one on one against a linebacker in space.
Mar 8 - 9:55 AM

An NFL GM who spoke with NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones said that "[t]he question becomes, is [Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey] big enough and physical enough to be an every-down back?"

McCaffrey was one of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, but even those fine testing results (4.48-second 40, vertical leap of 37.5 inches, 60-yard shuttle of 11.03 seconds) have not erased all questions. The general manager who spoke with Jones said that he views McCaffrey as a potentially "elite player on third or fourth down." There are going to be teams that see the former Stanford star as a more complimentary piece (rather than a bellcow back), but there is a ton of scuttlebutt that McCaffrey could be nearing first-round lock status.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 5:25 PM

Stanford DL Solomon Thomas recorded jumps of 35 inches (vertical) and 126 inches (broad) during the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Thomas also clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.70 seconds. He is doing all of this at 6-foot-3, 273 pounds. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called it a "great day" and noted that Thomas has looked "smooth in drills." Pro Football Focus has comped him to Seattle Seahawks DL Michael Bennett.
Mar 5 - 1:53 PM

Stanford DL Solomon Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

Thomas' day in the athletic testing is not quite done yet, as he still has to turn in his broad and vertical jumps. Solid 40-time, though, and he put in 30 reps at the bench press to boot. Earlier in the week, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports' said that the 6-foot-3, 273-pounder is "getting more buzz [in Indianapolis] than I've seen or read." He is a potential top-10 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 12:11 PM

Bleacher Report's John Middlekauff wrote that he has not spoken to an evaluator who believes that Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey will be available in Round 2.

McCaffrey aced his drills at the Combine on Friday, turning in a 40-yard dash of 4.48 seconds, a vertical leap of 37.5 inches and a 60-yard shuttle of 11.03 seconds. Middlekauff, himself, does not view McCaffrey as a first-rounder, but the Stanford star may well have locked up a Day 1 selection with his work this weekend.
Mar 4 - 12:26 PM


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