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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Temple senior S Sean Chandler is highly rated by NFL scouts, with some believing he'll land in the third round next spring.

The analyst isn't as on Chandler as the scouting community. "Presently I grade Chandler as a last-day pick, as there’s no outstanding physical trait in his game and I don’t believe he covers well enough to overcome mediocre size and speed," Pauline wrote. Chandler shifted from starting corner to safety last fall. He ended up being named All-American Athletic Conference Second Team by the AAC and Phil Steele.
Jul 13 - 5:22 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says Temple redshirt senior FB Nick Sharga is "a nasty lead blocker with size and power."

"Sharga has enough speed and athleticism to get out on the second level and annihilate linebackers or defensive backs. He’s also a solid short-yardage ball carrier," Pauline wrote. All that said, the analyst doesn't believe Sharga will garner too much interest on Draft Day next spring. "Sharga is unlikely to test well and I don’t believe he’ll be anything other than a late-round pick, but I do feel he’ll be a very good Sunday player with a long career," Pauline wrote.
Jul 12 - 2:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs Temple redshirt junior WR Ventell Bryant as the Owls' top NFL prospect.

"Bryant is a nice-sized receiver with terrific hands as well as next-level ability," Pauline wrote. Bryant posted a 54-895-4 line last year despite missing three games. "Fundamentally sound, Bryant consistently wins out for contested passes and makes a lot of athletic receptions," Pauline wrote. "Downfield speed and 40 times are a question and could determine whether Bryant is a last-day pick or sneaks into the second night of the draft."
Jul 12 - 12:34 PM

Temple redshirt junior WR Marshall Ellick caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the team's spring game.

Ellick caught 12 passes for 141 yards this past season, but failed to log a reception after Temple's loss to Memphis on October 6. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder will probably be looking at a backup role along with fellow depth wideouts Isaiah Wright and Adonis Jennings during the coming campaign.
May 16 - 10:01 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Cardinals a "C+" grade for their draft.

Arizona used their first two picks on defensive prospects Temple LB Haason Reddick and Washington DB Budda Baker. "Ultimately, this was a meat-and-potatoes draft with minimal flash," Silva wrote. "Reddick and Baker are the only likely year-one contributors, even if neither is a safe bet to start." CBS Sports' Pete Prisco liked the class quite a bit more, scoring it an "A" and singling out mid-round picks WR Chad Williams and G Dorian Johnson as potential steals. ESPN's Mel Kiper graded it as a "B."
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 12:28 PM

Colts selected Temple CB Nate Hairston with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hairston (6’0/196) converted from wideout to cornerback as a redshirt junior and started as a senior, tallying three tackles for loss and two interceptions as part of Temple’s No. 2 nationally-ranked pass defense. Hairston’s Combine numbers were merely average, running 4.52 with a 35 ½-inch vertical. A still-developing defensive back with plus size and tackling ability, Hairston will likely have to earn a special teams role before pushing for playing time in an NFL secondary.
Apr 29 - 2:42 PM

Bills selected Temple OL Dion Dawkins with the No. 63 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Dawkins (6’4/314) made 40 starts as Temple's left tackle, overcoming early-career foot and ankle injuries to earn first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a senior. While Dawkins needs technical work in pass protection, he demonstrated NFL-caliber run-blocking power on tape and is blessed with vine-like arms (35"). NFL scouts seem mixed on Dixon’s best position, with some projecting him to guard and others to stay at tackle. He also managed a 12 on the Wonderlic Test. Either way, Dawkins is a quality prospect with early-starter potential.
Apr 28 - 9:37 PM

Cardinals selected Temple LB Haason Reddick with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Reddick (6’2/237) played tailback and safety in high school, enrolled at Temple as a walk-on cornerback, and developed into an edge rusher, where Reddick tallied 46 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and four forced fumbles and led the nation in TFLs (22.5) as a redshirt senior. Reddick played middle linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He ruined the Combine, testing as a 95th-percentile athlete with 4.52 speed and an absurd 11-foot-1 broad jump. Despite his shortage of size, PFF College gave Reddick its No. 2 run-stop grade among all outside linebackers in 2016, in addition to plus pass-coverage marks. Reddick has drawn Jamie Collins and Clay Matthews comparisons as an exceptionally athletic swiss-army knife. We suspect Reddick will play most of his snaps at inside linebacker in Arizona, also rushing off the edge at times.
Apr 27 - 9:47 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Temple LB Haason Reddick will go before before Alabama's Reuben Foster.

Zierlein thinks Reddick will be gone by the No. 15 pick, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah says Reddick is one of the "hottest names right now" in league circles. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Reddick could go as high as the Jets' pick at No. 6.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 2:27 PM

Temple OL Dion Dawkins could jump into the late part of round one or the early part of round two, according to Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan.

Dawkins impressed some at the Senior Bowl for his ability to work at both guard and tackle. Teams are obviously in need of offensive linemen, and after the perceived top four the class is a cluster. Dawkins could be viewed as a starter at multiple spots. We've suggested the Dolphins in round two.
Apr 27 - 10:58 AM

In a poll of NFL evaluators conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Temple LB/EDGE Haason Reddick was named the No. 1 4-3 OLB prospect in the class.

In a similar poll about 3-4 ILBs, however, Reddick finished No. 4 behind Reuben Foster, Jarrad Davis and Zach Cunningham. "There’s a lot of hypothesizing going on with [Reddick]," said one evaluator. "I don’t like to do that with kids. The Senior Bowl put him where he is now in the first round but I never saw that on tape. He’s the real enigma in the draft." Reddick, a former walk-on CB, moved to S early in his career and eventually to DL. "For his size I could see somebody taking him and saying, ‘On run downs we’re going to get you off the ball, and then on third down move you outside and let you rush,’" an AFC evaluator said. "Who’s been able to do that? I can’t think of any." The Senior Bowl was key for Reddick, because many evaluators didn't completely trust his production at Temple. "Those offensive linemen in the American Athletic Conference that Reddick went against are not worth a (expletive)," one personnel man said.
Apr 26 - 1:58 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes there is a "0% chance" that Temple LB/EDGE Haason Reddick falls to the Texans at No. 25.

There is probably a better chance of Reddick being selected within the first 10 picks than there is of him sliding into the 20's. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah went so far as to say that the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder has a "good chance" of being a top-10 selection. He is vying with Reuben Foster to be the first linebacker drafted on Thursday. Reddick's draft process has been dynamite in all aspects.
Apr 24 - 1:47 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called Temple OL Dion Dawkins "a big mauler."

"He’s got some power and tries to finish you," said the scout, who proceeded to offer up a few bullet points: "He has some edge issues. Not going to be a great second-level guy. Not a bad athlete. Love his length." Another scout questioned his Wonderlic result (we see no need to post the exact number beyond gossip's sake), saying that it "will hold him back a little bit." That same scout believes that the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder has the ability to work his way in as a starter early, though, calling him "a big, square dude that I can see walking in and starting Day One."
Apr 22 - 3:59 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that "there's a good chance" Temple LB/EDGE Haason Reddick is drafted within the first 10 picks.

"I can't recall a prospect having a better postseason run than [Reddick]," Jeremiah gushed. "He was the most dominant player at the Senior Bowl and he followed that up with an excellent NFL Scouting Combine and pro day performance. The hype train hasn't slowed down." Not only has the hype train continued to chug steadily along, it might actually be accelerating. The uncertainty surrounding Alabama LB Reuben Foster, who just hasn't been able to get of his own way over the last few months, has probably helped Reddick in his ascension.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 3:32 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Temple LB/EDGE Haason Reddick to Cleveland Browns LB Jamie Collins.

"Similar to Reddick, Collins is an elite athlete capable of producing in all three phases of defense. Also like Reddick, tackling is Collins’ single biggest issue (50 combined misses in the past three seasons)," writes the PFF analysis team. They refer to the 6-foot-2, 237-pound Temple standout as "a scheme-independent player," one who "shows the instincts, speed and change of direction to help on coverage drops." With Alabama LB Reuben Foster putting in a dismal evaluation process, Reddick has a chance to be the first linebacker off the board come Day 1 on Thursday.
Apr 22 - 2:09 PM


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