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Stanford redshirt junior WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims has clocked a 10.53s 100-meter dash (10.48 wind-aided).

One of the fastest players in college football, Brandt-Sims has also posted a 60-meter indoor time of 6.64s and won a Pac-12 title on Stanford's 4x400 relay team. Brandt-Sims should be a bigger part of Stanford's offense this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 3:08 PM

Stanford junior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside's five touchdowns account for the most returning on the roster.

Christian McCaffrey's gazillion all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns have left the building, and Arcega-Whiteside is one player who will likely benefit via increased usage in 2017. He posted 24 receptions, 379 yards and five touchdowns on 15.8 yards per catch last year. Arcega-Whiteside has a nice connection with Keller Chryst; he posted back-to-back 100-yard games at Oregon and California in November with Chryst at the helm.
May 20 - 12:46 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura named Stanford redshirt senior edge rusher Peter Kalambayi the team's best pro prospect.

Kalambayi had a disapointing 2016 campaign, but he very much remains an NFL prospect to monitor. "Kalambayi has the potential to become an effective pass-rusher in the NFL. ... and will be one of the most feared edge rushers in the Pac-12 in 2017," Bonagura wrote. Over three years, Kalambayi has 14.5 sacks and 21 TFL.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 1:35 PM

Stanford was working out senior LB Joey Alfieri at inside linebacker this spring.

Stanford has extreme depth on the outside with Peter Kalambayi, Mike Tyler, Casey Toohill, and Curtis Robinson, giving the team room to play around with Alfieri's role. ESPN's David Lombardi writes that the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder's "trial run at inside linebacker has pleased the Stanford coaching staff," adding that "[t]hey now believe they have a Swiss Army knife-type player on the second level to complement an already formidable crew." This past season, Alfieri recorded 51 tackles (10.5 for loss), four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 3:39 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi notes that Stanford sophomore RB Trevor Speights "exploded on several runs" during the team's spring game.

Bryce Love is already locked in as starter for the coming season, but looking beyond him, Speights has the chops to turn into a valuable backup option. Said HC David Shaw of the 5-foot-11, 201-pounder, "The athletic ability has been there. He's strong and he's physical." Cameron Scarlett and Dorian Maddox could also see backup work during the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 3:11 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the San Francisco 49ers with a "C+" for their draft.

Silva's grade stands in stark contrast to those of Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke, who assigned the Niners marks of "A" and "A-," respectively. In offering the more critical assessment, Silva writes that "[t]his draft was okay, not great as it was initially billed to be by [GM John] Lynch’s media friends. The talent-poor 49ers have an extremely long way to go." He liked Lynch's trade down from No. 2 to No. 3 with the Bears, but was critical of the selections of Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon (No. 66), Iowa QB C.J. Beathard (No. 104) and Utah RB Joe Williams (No. 121). Silva also called the 49ers' trade of a future fourth-round pick for Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs "the worst move any team made during the draft."
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 4:13 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva tagged the Carolina Panthers with a "B" grade for their draft.

Silva writes that he "really liked" the Panthers' first four picks in Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey (No. 8), Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel (No. 40), Western Michigan T Taylor Moton (No. 64) and Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall (No. 77). Silva also called Miami CB Corn Elder a potential "fifth-round steal." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline similarly assigns Carolina with a "B" grade, while Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke is so kind as to given them a "B+."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 7:34 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw said that he expects redshirt junior QB Keller Chryst (knee) to "[participate] relatively early" in August camp.

Chryst continues to rehab from a knee injury suffered against North Carolina in Sun Bowl action. Said Shaw, "We won’t rush it if he’s not 100 percent at the beginning of training camp. That’s fine, we’re not going to hit the panic button." In his absence, K.J. Costello and Ryan Burns have received the bulk of first-team reps in spring practice. Five-star true frosh Davis Mills will enter the fray this summer.
May 2 - 7:07 PM

The Mercury News' Jon Wilner observed that Stanford redshirt junior TE Dalton Schultz was the standout at the tight end position this spring.

Schultz caught 23 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown last season. His work earned him All-Pac-12 honorable mention at the end of the campaign. Those numbers could be set to take a significant jump during the coming season, with Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom tagging the 6-foot-6, 239-pounder as having legitimate "riser" potential for next spring's draft. Schultz was a consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school.
May 2 - 5:15 PM

Lions signed Stanford WR Michael Rector.

Rector (6’0/193) earn playing time on offense in each of his four seasons at Stanford, graduating with a career 104-1,681-15 (16.2 YPR) receiving line but never reaching 35 catches in an individual year. Rector blazed 4.42 with an explosive 10-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine. While certainly athletic, Rector was not a dominant college player, seeming to plateau after a fast start to his career. He also flashed poor ball skills, frequently struggling with drops and double catches. Still, Rector’s vertical speed makes him a worthy flier as a possible No. 3 or 4 sub-package receiver.
May 1 - 1:49 PM

Panthers selected Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft

He had been consistently linked with the Panthers over the last couple weeks, and he is a great fit under creative OC Mike Shula. McCaffrey (5’11/202) turned pro after a prolific three-year college career, posting a 632-3,922-21 (6.21 YPC) rushing line with 99 catches and two return TDs. He was the 2015 Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year before a mildly disappointing 2016 campaign. At the Combine, McCaffrey posted top-four SPARQ results among running backs with a 4.48 forty and position-best 6.57 three-cone time. The top blitz-pickup back in this class, McCaffrey should be an immediate passing-game asset even if he doesn’t project as a 300-carry workhorse. Even with Jonathan Stewart still in Carolina, McCaffrey should immediately contribute in the running game, passing game, and as a returner. H
Apr 27 - 9:14 PM

49ers selected Stanford DE Solomon Thomas with the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft.

Thomas (6’3/275) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after tallying 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and four fumble recoveries in only two years at Stanford. He earned the 2016 Morris Trophy as the Pac 12’s top defensive lineman. An exceptional athlete for his size, Thomas registered 94th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy with 30 reps on the bench. On tape, Thomas is a dominant run defender who wins with an uncommon blend of power, speed, and quickness on the interior. From a utility standpoint, Thomas’ best NFL comparisons are Seahawks DE/DT Michael Bennett and Panthers DE/DT Charles Johnson.
Apr 27 - 8:35 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw said that he views the Jets, Eagles and Chiefs as the best fits for RB Christian McCaffrey.

"I look at teams like that, who will absolutely run the ball, but will look to get their backs the ball out of the backfield," Shaw said, adding that "you'd love for him to go some place that will use all the things he does well, which is run it inside and outside, catch it out of the backfield, but also line up as a receiver and catch it." Looping back to Shaw's call on the Eagles, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported earlier on Thursday that Philly is "infatuated" with McCaffrey.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 6:24 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey is "likely" to go in the top 10.

McCaffrey has been most heavily linked to the Panthers at No. 8 (though a source speaking with Profootball deemed that connected a "smokescreen.") Other teams that could consider McCaffrey in the top-10 are the Jets at No. 6, the Chargers at No. 7 and the Bengals at No. 9.
Apr 27 - 5:15 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora wrote that he "[w]ouldn't be shocked if the Chargers beat the Panthers to the punch on selecting Christian McCaffrey."

The Chargers hold pick No. 7, one slot ahead of Carolina. A move for McCaffrey would be an interesting one, as the team already houses Melvin Gordon in the backfield. The Panthers, meanwhile, have been linked to both McCaffrey and LSU's Leonard Fournette, though Mike Florio of PFT reported earlier on Thursday that the team's supposed interest in McCaffrey is "likely a smokescreen."
Apr 27 - 5:04 PM


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