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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay noted that Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew is "similar to the Cardinals' Deone Bucannon."

For reference's sake, the Cardinals drafted Bucannon with the 27th pick in the 2014 draft. McShay writes that the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Killebrew "has the size and skill set to be a hard-hitting in-box safety -- and he also could play LB in sub packages." During the Senior Bowl practice week, it was reported that he received a lengthy interview from the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to the Bucannon comp, Killebrew's also been compared to Shaq Thompson and Jaquiski Tartt.
Jan 30 - 1:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Dallas Cowboys interviewed Utah Southern S Miles Killebrew "for a while" at the Senior Bowl.

Killebrew played out of the spotlight in the FCS ranks. Now that the talented defensive back is at the Senior Bowl, the NFL will conduct more than it's due diligence on him. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Killebrew is ridiculously athletic, having been clocked with a 4.45 forty. An NFL scout told NFL.com during the season that Killebrew is "a better football player than Shaq Thompson and Deone Bucannon were when they came out."
Jan 27 - 12:56 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims as the No. 7 prospect he scouted at the East-West Shrine Game.

Norris admitted he hadn't seen much of Sims before the week, but he came away impressed after taking in the prospect's work in person. "He and [Minnesota OLB De’Vondre] Campbell were the two standouts on the West side," Norris wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound Sims currently has a Rds. 5-6 grade from Tony Pauline.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Southern Utah QB Ammon Olsen completed 6-of-12 passes for 75 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

No touchdowns for Olsen, but this was the case for every player on his National team. They won (and scored all their points) on the strength of six field goals by Mizzou kicker Andrew Baggett. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Olsen will need to continue to progress positively through the process if he wants a shot at being drafted in the later rounds this spring. While he didn't light the field on fire on Saturday, he is coming off a nice season in which he threw for 3,344 yards with a 26/8 TD/INT ratio.
Jan 24 - 12:38 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "several teams" believe Southern Utah CB LeShaun Sims will be a better NFL player than heralded teammate S Miles Killebrew.

"The belief is Sims, who looked terrific at Shrine practice on Monday, is a plug and play cornerback while Killebrew, who’ll be at the Senior Bowl next week, is more a product of size and speed," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot, 200-pound Sims currently has a Day 3 grade, while Killebrew is perceived as a surefire Day 2 selection.
Jan 19 - 4:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wants Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser to "drop in space and play linebacker on occasion" at East-West Shrine Game practices.

Those practices, of course, began on Monday. The analyst reported back in November that Cowser was "moving up draft boards" and "drawing comparisons to former Big Sky defender Jared Allen." Cowser has an opportunity this week to truly make a leap if he can excel against superior competition. "His speed, quickness and ability to penetrate off the edge against IA offensive tackles (Alex Lewis/Nebraska, Tyler Marz/Wisconsin, Stephane Nembot/Colorado) is something that will be monitored," Pauline wrote.
Jan 19 - 11:26 AM

Southern Utah redshirt senior QB Ammon Olsen has accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Olsen might not be a household name, but he did a nice job in helping the FCS boys of Southern Utah to an 8-2 record this season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound redshirt senior threw for 3,344 yards and a 26/8 TD/INT ratio. He's not a huge rushing threat, but managed to score seven touchdowns on the ground over the last two seasons. He'll look to increase the country's knowledge-base when he plays in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 23.
Jan 3 - 9:31 PM

Southern Utah senior CB LeShaun Sims will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

A three-year starter, Sims is one of three future NFL players on Southern Utah's defense (James Cowser and Miles Killebrew are the others). The 6-foot, 200-pounder has good speed but will need to acquit himself well against superior competition. He currently has a late Day 3 grade.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:33:00 PM

Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Because there are three NFL prospects on the Thunderbirds' defense (LeShaun Sims, Miles Killebrew), Cowser is well known to NFL scouts, who often stop by practice. "Accountability increases performance. So having them (NFL scouts) around keeps you accountable," Cowser told the Deseret News in October. "Same goes for the team." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Cowser is "moving up draft boards" and is "drawing comparisons to former Big Sky defender Jared Allen."
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 05:46:00 PM

Utah Southern senior S Miles Killebrew is "this year's version of Jaquiski Tartt," posits NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Tartt, you'll recall, was a 2015 second-round pick of the 49ers. "Killebrew [is] a linebacker-sized strong safety who shuts down FCS receivers and running backs on a regular basis," Reuter wrote. "While he has great size, Killebrew doesn't just play inside the box, though he'll likely flourish there on Sundays." The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Killebrew has been clocked with a 4.45 forty. An NFL scout told NFL.com recently that Killebrew is "a better football player than Shaq Thompson and Deone Bucannon were when they came out."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 04:04:00 PM

An area scout says Utah Southern senior S Miles Killebrew is "a better football player than Shaq Thompson and Deone Bucannon were when they came out."

Considering Thompson and Bucannon were first-round picks, this is quite the endorsement for the rising Killebrew. "He jumps off the tape and has a chance to be a name you'll hear a lot leading up to the draft," wrote NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Killebrew has good size at a little under 6-2 and 230 pounds. He's been clocked at 4.45 in the 40. Everything we hear is that his character is impeccable." Killebrew will play in the Senior Bowl.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:25:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Utah Southern senior DB Miles Killebrew is a potential Day 2 draft pick.

The Thunderbirds boast three legit NFL prospects on defense, with Killebrew graded highest by evaluators. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder already has 105 tackles in only 10 games this year. Last season, he ranked second on the team with 101 tackles. Killebrew is Senior Bowl bound. Also, he's a lock to have the nickname "Killer" by a future NFL fanbase.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 08:56:00 PM

Utah Southern senior DB Miles Killebrew accepted his invite to play in the Senior Bowl.

Killebrew, 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, has already posted 105 tackles in merely 10 games surpassing his 2014 total of 101 (which earned him Second team-all Big Sky honors). "One of the best safeties in the nation," the Senior Bowl noted in its press release. The NFL loves its big, hard-hitting safeties. If his speed grades out poorly, Killebrew could also potentially bulk up for LB duties at the next level.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Utah Southern edge rusher James Cowser is "moving up draft boards" and is "drawing comparisons to former Big Sky defender Jared Allen," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Already during this monster campaign, Cowser has accrued 10 sacks, 13.5 TFL, three quarterback hurries and 56 tackles. "The explosive pass rusher possesses linebacker size and constantly disrupts the action off the edge," Pauline wrote. "He’s fast (high 4.5’s forty) agile and can quickly change direction then run down quarterbacks or make plays in backside pursuit. Cowser ... plays intense football and goes hard on every down." The analyst added that the industry expects Cowser to play in the Shrine Game and receive a combine invitation.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:29:00 PM

Chargers selected Southern Utah QB Brad Sorensen with the No. 221 overall pick.

Sorensen (6-foot-4 1/2, 229) left Southern Utah as the school's all-time leading passer, but regressed sharply as a senior after earning Player of the Year in the Great West Conference as a junior. Sorensen looks like a camp arm or practice-squad candidate at this point.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 06:13:00 PM


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