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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

NFL Media ranks Stanford HC David Shaw as the No. 9 head coach in the country.

"Stanford might have taken a small step back in 2014, but make no mistake, the team's head coach is still one of the best around," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He'll be just 43 years old when entering his fifth season as the head coach on 'The Farm' and already sports two conference titles and a Rose Bowl win on his resume. Navigating Stanford's tough admissions policy is difficult in itself, but he's managed to turn that into a fantastic asset to lure quality football players and turn them into NFL prospects." Shaw is 42-12 in four seasons at Stanford. He has consistently turned down NFL overtures and there's a decent case to be made that he's actually under-ranked on this list. Shaw's Cardinal will not be an easy out in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 4 - 2:08 PM

Stanford senior T Kyle Murphy "should be among the top tackle prospects in the draft," observes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"Murphy was probably talented enough to start at left tackle for Stanford as a freshman, but because he arrived as part of the same recruiting class as Andrus Peat, he's had to wait his turn," Bonagura wrote. The 6-foot-7, 298-pound Murphy seems likely to shift to the left side to replace Peat this year. He'll square off against several elite edge rushers this year, and acquitting himself well protecting Kevin Hogan's blindside would spur a jump up draft boards.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 8:17 PM

Stanford redshirt freshman DL Solomon Thomas "is primed to be a key player for the team in 2015," reports NFL Media.

"Stanford has plenty of pieces to replace on defense this season, but it might be reloading instead of rebuilding thanks in part to players like Thomas," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Injuries slowed Thomas a bit during spring practices, but the Pac-12 will quickly get to know his name." Thomas was a five-star recruit by Scout and the nation’s 20th-best overall recruit in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 4:10 PM

NFL Media notes that Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan "was part of the reason the Stanford offense struggled [in 2014], as he took far more sacks than usual and came up short in a number of losses."

It must be noted that Hogan's father passed away in December after losing a battle to cancer, a devastating situation which affected Hogan last season. "The senior started to turn things around late in the year and Stanford is hoping he can continue to bounce back in 2015," Bryan Fischer wrote. Hogan was lost in the pocket early last season, but looked like a top-flight prospect again in season-ending blowout wins over UCLA and Maryland.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 8:36 PM

Stanford senior S Zach Hoffpauir will choose baseball over football if he gets the right offer from the team selecting him in June's Major League Baseball Draft.

"I'd say that if I wanted to play pro baseball, this would be the year to do it," Hoffpauir said. "I'm very solid -- I'm 100 percent signable, and I want to sign this year. If I get what I want, then I'll go." Hoffpauir is set to start at safety next to Kodi Whitfield in 2015. He is a middle- to late-round NFL prospect, but leads the baseball team in homers and slugging percentage as an outfielder this spring and very well could receive more money as a baseball prospect.
Source: NFL.com
May 15 - 7:12 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw pointed out there is no longer a "Christian McCaffrey" package, instead he sophomore RB will be a meaningful piece in the RB rotation.

"I got a lot of flak from people for not playing him enough," Shaw admitted, adding McCaffrey has developed and "that only continued in the spring, to the point of us feeling really comfortable with him being able to do it all." As a true freshman, McCaffrey recorded 300 rushing yards and 251 receiving yards to go along with two receptions, and much of that production occurred in the final four games of the season. Christian is the son of Ed McCaffrey.
Source: OC Register
May 12 - 11:19 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper thought the Saints desperately needed a good draft but merely "did OK."

The analyst gave the Saints a grade of "C," ranking New Orleans' class near the dregs of the league. "Andrus Peat hits a need on the offensive line, but he's probably not ideal as a starter in Week 1 because NFL-level pass-rushers could give him fits. He might start at guard initially," Kiper wrote. "The first-rounder they got back from Seattle [in the Jimmy Graham trade] turned into Stephone Anthony, and though he hits a need, I had a trio of inside linebackers ahead of him on my board." Rotoworld's Evan Silva was considerably higher on the haul, giving it a "B+" grade (he included the acquisition of standout C Max Unger). "The Saints did not draft a single pass catcher after parting with Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason," he wrote. "They are revamping their team philosophy, and I think this was a very fine start."
May 4 - 10:45 PM

Bills signed Stanford ILB A.J. Tarpley.

Tarpley (6'0/232) started all four years for the Cardinal, compiling 20.5 career TFLs, 6.5 sacks, and four interceptions. He earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior. An average athlete for an NFL linebacker, Tarpley ran 4.75 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump at Stanford's Pro Day. Tarpley was one of the better pure tacklers in college football, but isn't big or rangy and lacks thump in run defense. He projects as a reserve and special teamer.
May 3 - 7:58 PM


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