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NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Stanford redshirt junior WR Devon Cajuste could be more special than teammate Ty Montgomery.

Montgomery has earned plenty of buzz thanks to his exceptional straight-line speed, but we think Montgomery does not show that same speed during non-vertical routes and does not consistently win in contested situations. Cajuste is a much bigger frame and has previously been used in the same capacity as receiving tight ends.
Aug 20 - 2:26 PM

One NFL scout praised freshman QB Keller Chryst before any others after watching one of Stanford's scrimmages.

The news was tweeted via former NFL personnel man John Middlekauff. Chryst was ranked as a four-star recruit by all the scouting services and is the son of the 49ers Quarterbacks Coach Geep Chryst. Keller will not be starting in 2014 with redshirt junior Kevin Hogan locking down the top spot. We aren't as sold on Hogan as others, but Chryst's first opportunity might be in 2015 if Hogan declares for this spring's draft.
Aug 19 - 11:36 AM

NFL.com grades Stanford junior T Andrus Peat as the 15th-best player in college football.

"Pro-ready offensive tackle with impressive technical skills and athleticism," said panelist Bucky Brooks. The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder with a wide frame and stunning athleticism showed evaluators he could neutralize elite rushers in the Pac-12 last season. "Has the prototypical left tackle's size but has the athleticism to play tight end," said Bryan Fischer. Added Chase Goodbread: "In Peat, the Cardinal has the most gifted pass protector on the West Coast, and a relentlessly hard worker to boot."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 12:44 PM

Stanford head coach David Shaw believes redshirt junior WR Devin Cajuste is being overlooked.

"He's worked extremely hard this year. He's 224 and runs in the low 4.4s," Shaw told reporters last week. "Numbers like that don't make sense." Cajuste only had 28 receptions last season, but had 22.9 yards per catch in compiling 642 yards and five touchdowns. "He broke our yards-per-catch record, which hasn't been talked about much," Shaw said. "I'm excited we're taking the next step to give guys (like Cajuste) the chance to influence football games." Cajuste's short shuttle time would have been second fastest at the 2014 NFL Combine behind Brandin Cooks' 3.81 seconds.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 8 - 12:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline says NFL scouts see Stanford senior WR Ty Montgomery as a second-round pick.

Pauline disagrees, grading Montgomery as a Rds. 3-4 prospect. "His size and inconsistent hands worry me," the analyst noted. Montgomery tallied 2,208 all-purpose yards last season, the third most in school history, leading the Cardinal with 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's a superb receiver, but perhaps a better kick returner, averaging 30.3 yards per opportunity to earn consensus All-American honors as a kick returner in 2013. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is in line for a monster season.
Jul 27 - 11:34 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline labels Stanford junior T Andrus Peat an "elite" prospect.

"There’s a good amount of NFL talent on the Stanford roster yet only a single prospect I label elite," Pauline wrote. "Peat has the size, athleticism and footwork to start on the left side in the NFL. I’d just wish he’d develop a nasty streak." The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder with a wide frame and stunning athleticism showed evaluators that he could handle himself against elite rushers in the Pac-12 last season. Peat is a superb athlete who is a premium technician.
Jul 27 - 11:19 PM

Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters is a polarizing prospect in scouting circles, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"When mentioning the name of Vaughters several scouts anxiously nod their heads up and down while others give a quizzical look as if to ask 'who?'" Pauline wrote. "Vaghters has the physical skills to play at the next level but needs to translate those talents into production." Vaughters had only 36 tackles, 6 TFL and 4 sacks last season as a 3-4 OLB, but Pauline thinks the 6-foot-2, 254-pounder could be one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014.
Jul 27 - 10:26 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson and senior ILB A.J. Tarpley will both be under-drafted next spring.

The analyst believes both will go on Day 3 and "then go on to have long NFL careers if placed in the right system." Anderson is coming off an injury-plagued season, but the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks over a full slate of games in 2012. "Neither are great athletes and both come with average size/speed numbers yet Anderson and Tarpley are tough, instinctual players with polished games," Pauline wrote.
Jul 27 - 7:37 PM

Stanford junior WR Ty Montgomery (arm and knee) has been labeled questionable for the season opener against USC.

"It will be close for USC," coach David Shaw said. Montgomery missed spring practices after undergoing surgeries on his arm and knee. "Hopefully, by the end of training camp, he’ll be able to do more contact stuff," Shaw added. Montgomery led Stanford with 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He's also a dynamo kickoff return man who averaged 30.3 yards per opportunity to earn consensus All-American honors in 2013. Sophomore Francis Owusu would likely step into the starting lineup if Montgomery is forced to miss time.
Jul 27 - 6:01 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman notes Stanford redshirt junior WR Devin Cajuste posted a short shuttle time that would have been second fastest at the 2014 NFL Combine.

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks posted the fastest short shuttle (3.81 seconds), followed by Damian Copeland (3.90) and Odell Beckham Jr. (3.94). Projecting success from one Combine figure might be a slippery slope, but the time is impressive regardless. However, it does not matter until next February's event. Stanford coaches have previously placed Cajuste in the voided Zach Ertz role.
Jul 25 - 9:31 AM

ESPN's Brad Edwards fingers Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson as the Pac-12's best defensive breakout candidate.

"The Cardinal lost several veterans from last year's defense, including Trent Murphy, who led the Pac-12 with 15 sacks last season," Edwards wrote. "Some of that lost production should be replaced by Anderson, who has a similar knack for being disruptive in the backfield, even though he's much bigger than Murphy and plays a true defensive end role. Head coach David Shaw has used the word 'unblockable' when describing Anderson's play in spring practices. If Anderson can stay healthy this fall, he has a chance to break out with an All-America type of season." Anderson received honorable mention All-Pac-12 acknowledgement last season despite only playing in seven games due to injury, his second straight year earning postseason honors. Over a full slate of games in 2012, the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Jul 19 - 9:13 PM

Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote that Stanford senior WR Ty Montgomery "is a different caliber of athlete than we've seen at Stanford in recent seasons."

Montgomery ran up 2,208 all-purpose yards last season, the third most in school history. He's a superb receiver, but perhaps a better kick returner, averaging 30.3 yards per opportunity to earn consensus All-American honors as a kick returner in 2013. "He is well-built and fluid, changing directions well and boasting sudden acceleration to leave defenders in his wake," Rang wrote. "He is very aggressive, bursting upfield and fighting through arm- tackles to generate positive yardage rather than dancing to avoid contact. He's asked to run a variety of routes in this pro-style scheme but does most of his damage on quick screens and verticals and could stand to improve the consistency of his breaks." Montgomery led Stanford with 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 10:09 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan compares to Philip Rivers in his ability to overcome a quirky delivery with his "instincts, accuracy and velocity," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang is as high on Hogan as anyone, ranking him as the No. 10 overall prospect heading into the season. "Hogan has good accuracy to all levels with especially impressive touch on deep passes when he has the room to step into his throw," he wrote. "Hogan has been well protected by the elite talent blocking in front of him but when pressure does force him off his spot, he is willing to step up in the pocket, exhibiting poise, toughness and quick decision-making to either throw or run. Like Luck before him, Hogan is faster (and stronger) than he looks, making him a formidable threat on the run. Stanford's scheme calls for lots of play-action, boots and throwing on the move and deep shots -- staples of a pro-style offense that suit Hogan's athleticism and strong arm well." Stanford's conservative, run-based offensive scheme has limited Hogan to 3,726 yards and 29 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 20 career starts, but he should be in line for more in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 9:50 PM

Though he's played both positions, Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson projects as a five-technique DE rather than a NG in the pros, wrote Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

"Despite his imposing build, Anderson is just as likely to be beat opponents with his quickness off the snap as he is power," Rang wrote of the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder. "Anderson varies his pass rush speeds and chops with hands to create space and slip into the backfield. He's more flexible than he looks and uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers." Anderson received honorable mention All-Pac-12 acknowledgement last season despite only playing in seven games due to injury, his second straight year earning postseason honors. Over a full slate of games in 2012, Anderson had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. "Anderson shows good functional strength to lock-out and create a pile but struggles a bit with leverage as he tires," wrote the analyst.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 9:09 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees in Stanford junior T Andrus Peat a "remarkable talent."

At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds with a wide frame and stunning athleticism, we know what he's talking about. "He has long arms, broad shoulders and good weight distribution with tree trunks for thighs," Rang wrote. "Given Peat's monstrous frame, it is almost unfair that he gains an immediate advantage on his opponent with surprising quickness off the snap. He is balanced and light on his feet to slip out to the second level and can adjust to moving targets. In pass protection, Peat has the agility to slip wide to his left, sealing off speed rushers trying to turn the corner, as well the strength to latch and control defenders. Peat is patient, allowing the defender to come to him, showing good lateral agility and balance to mirror." Rang, however, believes Peat must work on coming off the ball lower, exploding his hips into opponents on contact, and eliminating the propensity to get lazy and bend at the waist in pass protection.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 8:52 PM


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