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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

Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters could move to ILB in the pros, writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Strong, disciplined and sneaky explosive, Vaughters can bring the rush but is particularly good with leverage and containment," Kiper wrote before mentioning the possible shift of positions. Vaughters collected only 36 tackles, 6 TFL and 4 sacks last season as an OLB in Stanford's 3-4 scheme, but draft insider Tony Pauline passed along earlier this month that the NFL stamped the 6-foot-2, 254-pounder "as a third rounder based on athleticism alone." Pauline believes Vaughters could become one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014.
Jun 22 - 7:04 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Stanford junior T Andrus Peat is "a future franchise tackle to build around."

"With Peat already displaying a game that's mature beyond his years, the Stanford standout is squarely on the radar of evaluators looking for a future franchise tackle to build around," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound junior showed evaluators that he could handle himself against elite rushers in the Pac-12 last season. In his first year as a starter for Stanford, Brooks mentions that Peat "was sensational, mauling defenders at the point of attack on runs and shadowing slippery pass rushers off the edges."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 19 - 7:41 AM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan "has a long windup on his release and needs to clean up some things mechanically," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The venerable analyst graded Hogan tied for fifth in his rankings of underclassmen quarterbacks, writing that the Cardinal star "should take a step forward this season with another good O-line and several outstanding weapons in the passing game." Kiper isn't as high on Hogan as some -- CBS' Rob Rang ranks him as the No. 10 overall prospect -- but perceives the upside nonetheless. "[Hogan is] a very good athlete and should continue to improve," Kiper wrote.
Jun 9 - 10:27 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Stanford junior T Andrus Peat "still has work to do in terms of technique, patience and playing with better balance."

"But man does he have an enormous ceiling," Weidl drooled. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Peat is likely to declare for the draft after this season, and experts are calling him a potential top 10 pick. In addition to his ideal NFL size, Peat is a superb athlete who is a premium technician, as you'd expect from a Stanford product. "Peat is thick (tree trunks for legs), powerful and very athletic/agile," Weidl wrote.
Jun 6 - 8:44 PM

Stanford senior OLB James Vaughters' name is "making the rounds in scouting circles," writes draft insider Tony Pauline.

The interest isn't based in productivity, as Vaughters collected only 36 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks last season as a 14-game starter, an OLB in Stanford's 3-4 scheme. "He’s an athletic defender who shows terrific agility and little stiffness in his game," Pauline wrote. "Standing up over tackle as well as occasionally coming out of a three point stance, he’s quick off the edge, possesses a fluid change of direction and Vaughters is almost never off his feet. He’s a leverage defender who consistently gets underneath blockers and holds the point of attack, working his hands to come free." The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder has been stamped "as a third rounder based on athleticism alone" by scouts, according to Pauline. The scribe wouldn't be shocked if Vaughters becomes one of the Pac-12's best defenders in 2014.
Jun 2 - 11:00 PM

Half of the six-man NFL.com panel asked to name the NCAA coach with the most potential to succeed in the NFL selected Stanford's David Shaw.

"David Shaw would be an excellent head coach in the NFL," wrote Daniel Jeremiah. "He has pro-coaching experience, he's very organized and he relates well to his players. A lot of people expected Stanford to drop off the map following Jim Harbaugh's departure after the 2010 season. Instead, the program has improved under Shaw and Stanford is among the favorites to win another Pac-12 title this fall." Bryan Fisher noted that Shaw's system is essentially an NFL scheme. "Shaw played for Bill Walsh and has a very similar demeanor on the field and in the meeting room," Fisher wrote. "He won't leave Stanford anytime soon, but he'd be the first guy to get a call if I'm an owner looking for a new coach." David's father Willie Shaw was an assistant coach and coordinator in college and the NFL. "Shaw's style evokes an "old school" theme of physical football, but he can adapt, play multiple styles ... and beat you," Charles Davis wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 8:58 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks says NFL scouts "salivate" over the potential of Stanford junior WR Ty Montgomery.

Scouts highly value dual-threat playmakers, Brooks writes, making Montgomery a hot property. "The senior standout is arguably the most explosive returner in college football, but is equally impressive as a pass-catcher," wrote the scribe. "Montgomery averaged 15.7 yards per catch in 2013 with 10 touchdown catches, while also ranking second in kickoff returns with a 30.3-yard average and two return scores. Those numbers are not only indicative of his overall explosiveness, but it speaks volumes about his playmaking ability in the open field. Thus, it is not surprising to hear scouts rave about his upside and potential as a future pro." The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is in line for a monster season, and it's scary to think what he could do if Kevin Hogan takes an expected step forward in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 10:37 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Stanford redshirt junior-to-be QB Kevin Hogan as the No. 10 overall prospect on his first big board.

Hogan "is a savvy and refined passer with a good arm and underrated athleticism," Rang writes. "He's not the second coming of Andrew Luck but has the tools to intrigue as a future franchise quarterback." Hogan was mainly used as a game manager, which is not an insult, that took vertical shots off of play action passes.
Source: CBS Sports
May 27 - 1:46 PM

Stanford coach David Shaw envisions Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan as a "new-school quarterback with the versatility to effectively run read-option or function as a traditional pocket passer."

"Those skills make him an intriguing prospect for teams looking for an athletic playmaker to direct an offense at the next level," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote. Hogan is coming off an uneven campaign in which he logged eight games with fewer than 200 passing yards. "He also needs to display better big-game moxie after failing to play well in each of the Cardinal's three losses (Utah, USC and Michigan State) a season ago," Brooks wrote. "If Hogan can make significant steps in each of those aforementioned areas, he is an ideal candidate to make a rise up the charts when scouts dig into his game this fall."
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 9:13 PM

Bengals signed Stanford TE/FB Ryan Hewitt over the weekend.

Hewitt is likely to focus on FB at the next level, though he's an emergency H-back option. He wasn't used as a receiver much for the Cardinal, but Hewitt is a strong lead blocker who has displayed solid hands out of the backfield in the past. Stanford lined him up all over, and it'll be interesting to see if Hewitt can sneak onto the Bengals' roster as a versatile player that could save another roster space for a luxury.
May 13 - 10:23 PM


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