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Jets signed Temple C Kyle Friend.

Friend (6'1/295) started all four years, earning first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. His Pro Day workout was solid, running 5.09 with a 28 1/2-inch vertical and 41 bench-press reps. Friend has some movement ability and was a solid college blocker, but he is a short-armed center only lacking big-league size. His NFL ceiling is probably Tim Barnes.
May 5 - 5:32 PM

Jets signed Temple WR Robby Anderson.

Anderson (6'3/187) opened his college career as a special teamer and defensive back before converting to wideout, where he led the Owls in catches (70), yards (939), and touchdowns (7) as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Anderson showed explosive athleticism at Temple's Pro Day, blazing 4.36 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump. During the pre-draft phase, some scouts viewed cornerback as Anderson's best NFL position due to his small hands (8 3/8") and rangy frame. Ultimately, Anderson is a multi-year project with some developmental upside.
May 2 - 5:02 PM

Steelers selected Temple OLB Tyler Matakevich with the No. 246 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Matakevich (6'0/238) was a decorated college linebacker, earning the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards as a senior in addition to American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He piled up 40 career tackles for loss with seven sacks, seven interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Matakevich was exposed as a sub-par athlete in Indy, running 4.81 with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. A "heart and soul" player whose game is built on aggressive relentlessness, Matakevich's size and speed deficiencies may limit him to special teams. His ceiling is probably a smaller version of A.J. Hawk.
Apr 30 - 6:27 PM

Redskins selected Temple DE Matt Ioannidis with the No. 152 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ioannidis (6'4/299) was a three-year starter, tallying 29 career tackles for loss with 10 sacks and seven batted passes. He earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. Ioannidis tested out as an average athlete, but he wins with brute power and toughness and is never on the ground. Whether it be at five or one technique, Ioannidis is an old-school, two-gap player with a fairly safe floor.
Apr 30 - 2:47 PM

Ravens selected Temple CB Tavon Young with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Young (5'9/183) was a 2 1/2-year starter for Temple, logging eight career tackles for loss and seven interceptions. His Combine measurables were good-not-great, running 4.46 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. Young has short arms (30 5/8") and ended his senior year weighing just 180 pounds. Still one of Mike Mayock's favorite sleepers, Young's strengths are quick feet and elite change-of-direction skills, making him a slot-corner candidate when he gets stronger.
Apr 30 - 12:35 PM

Temple WR Robby Anderson is visiting the Packers, according to Tom Silverstein.

Anderson produced an outstanding performance against Houston in the school's bowl game and had a solid, yet unspectacular, East West Shrine week. It is noteworthy to add that Anderson went through corner drills during his pro day workout, which might be the position some teams project his future.
Apr 11 - 8:26 AM

Temple CB Tavon Young is scheduled to visit the Ravens and Steelers, according to Aaron Wilson.

Young has or will work out for the Cardinals, Titans, Jets, and Ravens. Likely a zone corner in the NFL, Young might be Temple's top prospect in this class despite not getting the attention others have. He produced a number of fun one on one matchups against Braxton Miller during Senior Bowl week.
Mar 30 - 1:05 PM

Temple WR Robby Anderson worked out as a defensive back at his Pro Day event this week.

"I'm told he looked good in both receiver and defensive back drills," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote. "He caught the ball well at wideout and was clean in the defensive back drills. Scouts commented that they feel Anderson has definite potential as a next-level cornerback." Anderson clocked forty times of 4.46 and 4.40 seconds at the event. He's likely to go on Day 3. The ability to potentially play corner is obviously a big plus for his stock.
Mar 19 - 12:37 PM

Temple CB Tavon Young has met with the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers this week.

At his Wednesday pro day, Young elected not to run. He did, however post a broad jump of 10-foot-1, an improvement of three inches over his Combine showing. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Temple product collected 41 tackles, 5 TFL, a sack and seven passes defended in 2015.
Mar 18 - 4:06 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that "[Temple CB Tavon] Young's lack of size is going to take him off draft boards for teams."

"While he's small and doesn't have as much quick-twitch or high-end speed to make up for it," Zierlein notes, "he does play with decent ball skills and competes hard against consistently bigger targets." The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Temple product recorded 41 tackles (5.0 for loss), a sack and seven passes defended in 2015. He failed to log an interception after picking off four passes in 2014. "He will have to transition into the slot, but the quickness and separation ability of those NFL receivers could be challenging for Young to match," Zierlein concludes.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 4:55 PM

Temple's board of trustees voted unanimously to pursue a potential on-campus football stadium.

Since 2003, the Owls have been playing their games at Lincoln Financial Field. Their planned on-campus stadium would include 35,000 seats and cost in the ballpark of $126 million. Important to note, just because the board of trustees approved moving forward with the idea does not necessarily mean it's a slam-dunk. They would still need approval from the city of Philadelphia. That being said, Temple hasn't played an actual home game on campus since 1977. It would probably be a nice boost if they could work out a home all their own.
Feb 8 - 8:12 PM

Four-star DE Karamo Dioubate signed with Temple.

Dioubate took official visits to Michigan State and South Carolina in late January, but the Philadelphia native ultimately chose to stay closer to home. At 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, he's a "powerful player who can help stabilize a defensive line," according to ESPN 300. He ranks as their 91st overall player in the 2016 class. It's possible that with added bulk, he could move to defensive tackle down the road.
Feb 4 - 2:23 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris preaches caution when it does to the great week of Senior Bowl practices Temple DL Matthew Ioannidis is having.

"Ioannidis won multiple 1 on 1 reps on day 1, which surprised me," he wrote. "After reviewing them, Ioannidis crossed over multiple gaps on a few occasions, something that would not be possible with a unit of five linemen moving in unison off the snap. This is a common occurrence and another reason why the drill is set up for the defensive players to win." The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Ioannidis has been praised by the NFL Network's Mike Mayock for his work in practice.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 29 - 9:24 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock came away from Tuesday's Senior Bowl sessions highly impressed with the defensive tackle group.

"We knew going in the deepest positional group was defensive tackle, and boy did that hold true," he said. "I thought Matt Ioannidis from Temple had a great day. I thought the kid from Louisiana Tech, Vernon Butler, had a phenomenal day. But the topper was Adolphus Washington from Ohio State. He was all over the field in one-on-one drills; he was too quick, too stout. He was great in team drills. I thought he put on a show." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has also reported positively about his early impressions of both Ioannidis and Butler.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 6:10 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been most surprised at Senior Bowl practices by Temple DL Matthew Ioannidis.

"The Temple Owl was disruptive in every single drill," Norris wrote. "I will closely be monitoring his play tomorrow and when reviewing practice film tomorrow night." The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was highly disruptive in Temple's elite defense last year. Ioannidis could potentially play inside or outside at the next level.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 27 - 1:41 PM


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