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NFL.com's Lance Zierlein projected Temple LB/EDGE Haason Reddick to go off the board at No. 5 to the Titans.

No prospect has improved their evaluation more during the process than Reddick. He fits in every scheme thanks to his pass rushing skill and comfort in open space when dropping into coverage. He can bend while turning the corner and close thanks to great athleticism. He could be the first off-ball linebacker off the board, or one of the top three edge rushers off the board.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 11:32 AM

An area scout for an NFC team said that Temple RB Jahad Thomas "[will] get drafted based on his roster flexibility more than anything."

"He's a player who fits very specific needs so it's hard to tell where he might go. If you want a player who can return kicks, catch some passes and be a third or fourth running back, he gives that. I think he's tough enough to play," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the 5-foot-8, 192-pounder to New Orleans Saints RB Marcus Murphy and writes that "[w]ith his ability to operate from the slot and as a jet-sweep runner, he could be an interesting toy for a creative play-caller."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 12:38 PM

Temple hired former Texans WR coach Stan Hixon to serve in the same capacity.

Hixon coached on the Texans' staff from 2014-2015. His last job at the collegiate level came at Penn State, where he worked under then-HC Bill O'Brien from 2012-2013. This hiring presumably ends a somewhat rocky ride for the Owls when it comes to their wideouts coaching search. Temple's two previous hires at the position this offseason both subsequently jumped for other jobs.
Source: philly.com
Mar 17 - 4:52 PM

An NFC pro personnel executive told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that he would not be surprised to see Temple LB Haason Reddick drafted ahead of Alabama LB Reuben Foster.

"I like Foster a lot and I think he's the better player of the two, but Reddick is bigger than Foster and is a legit rusher on the edge, too," the executive said. "Any time you have someone who can rush the quarterback, they get pushed up the board." While Reddick did check into the Combine at 6-foot-2, 237 pounds (eight pounds heavier than Foster), Zierlein is of the opinion that Foster "plays stronger and heavier than Reddick once they hit the grass." Even if Foster still ultimately lands ahead of Reddick in the draft, the latter prospect has done everything right during the pre-draft process and has clearly worked his way into the first-round conversation.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 4:26 PM

Temple CB Nate Hairston visited the Bills on Thursday.

We know very little of Hairston. He was invited to the NFL Combine, produced a 4.52 forty and a 35.5-inch vertical jump. He did not finish the entire workout. Hairston has 31 inch arms and only emerged as a starter in 2016. His best game was against UConn.
Mar 16 - 9:52 AM

During last Wednesday's pro day, Temple RB Jahad Thomas failed to improve on his 40-yard dash run of 4.62 seconds from the NFL Scouting Combine.

While we often see testing improvements from Combine to pro day, Thomas didn't come close. His fastest run last Wednesday came in at 4.68 seconds (he also put in an even slower 4.69-second dash). In addition to the clear speed questions present, here, the 5-foot-8, 192-pounder also lacks the desired size for NFL work. At best, he might be able to scrape out a role as a third-down back. He caught 69 passes during his time at Temple.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 7:55 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick has "solidified himself as a first round pick."

Reddick took part in Temple's pro day last Wednesday. While he mostly stood on his Combine numbers (a fair enough move given that he crushed the Combine), the 6-foot-2, 237-pounder did re-take the short shuttle and three-cone drill. He ran just a touch slower in the short shuttle (7.01 seconds at the Combine, 7.02 on pro day), but a bit faster in the three-cone drill (4.37 seconds vs. 4.26 seconds). Following the Combine, CBS Sports' Rob Rang mocked Reddick to the Bengals at No. 9. He has been, without caveat, one of the most impressive performers during the pre-draft process.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 5:43 PM

In his post-Combine mock draft, CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang pegged Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick to the Bengals at No. 9.

There has not been a hotter draft prospect than Reddick during the process. He built on a strong performance during the Senior Bowl practice week by absolutely demolishing the NFL Scouting Combine over the weekend. And we do mean demolished. The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder posted a mind-boggling broad jump of 11-foot-1 and a stellar 40-yard dash of 4.52 seconds (tops among defensive linemen) during his time in Indianapolis. Even if Rang's top-10 projection doesn't come through, Reddick should probably be considered a solid bet for the first round at this juncture.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 4:11 PM

An AFC West scout believes Temple OL Dion Dawkins can play guard or tackle in the NFL.

"I don't know if I see him as a guard or a tackle yet, but I think he can play both," he said. "I like him because I think he could upgrade our pass protection inside if we did bump him to guard, but he's athletic enough to play right tackle, too." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Dawkins to Joe Barksdale. "Shows some good initial quickness and a smooth kick-slide out of his stance, but might be better in short areas as a guard rather than in open space as a tackle," Zierlein wrote. "He's athletic enough to operate in space, but power appears to be his calling card." The analyst thinks Dawkins, a three-year starter, could be an early NFL starter.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 8 - 5:08 PM

Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds to lead all defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

So basically, the same speed -- at a very similar 6-foot-2, 237 pounds -- as LSU RB Leonard Fournette. Reddick also tied the third-best broad jump among defensive linemen and linebackers at the Combine since 2006, leaping his way to an 11-foot-1 mark to match Darron Lee and AJ Hawk from past festivities in Indianapolis. He impressed during the Senior Bowl practice week, he is impressing at the Combine and he might be working his way into the first round in the process.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 12:29 PM

Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick posted an 11-foot-1 broad jump at the NFL Combine.

That freaky showing ties him with Darron Lee and AJ Hawk for the third-best mark among defensive linemen and linebackers at the NFL Combine since 2006. Between his dominant performance at the Senior Bowl and his work in Indianapolis, Reddick has made a strong case to go in Rd. 1 in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Mar 5 - 11:47 AM

Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick said that NFL teams are not asking him to put on weight.

Reddick checked into Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine measuring out at 6-foot-2, 237 pounds. He turned heads during the Senior Bowl practice week and could post big numbers in testing on Sunday. Reddick also told reporters on Saturday that pro teams see his potential as both an outside and inside linebacker.
Mar 4 - 3:49 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter believes Temple OL Dion Dawkins is a first-round talent.

Reuter made the statement after re-watching the Senior Bowl, where Dawkins practiced at both tackle and guard. Many project Dawkins to the inside, displaying athleticism and power as a guard. Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney are other interior prospects drawing first round love.
Feb 8 - 10:46 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah says Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick "clearly generated the most buzz in personnel circles" among prospects at the Senior Bowl.

His colleague Mike Mayock is on record agreeing. Reddick earned rave reviews at the Senior Bowl for dominating at ILB after spending most of his Temple career aligned on the edge. "He showed the athleticism to easily cover running backs and tight ends while also excelling during the blitz periods of practice," Jeremiah wrote. "Most impressively, he showed excellent run instincts and the ability to sort through the trash and find the ball carrier in team drills." The analyst believes Reddick is closing in on Florida's Jarrad Davis to become the No. 2 ILB behind Reuben Foster in this draft class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 12:55 PM

Temple EDGE/ILB Haason Reddick landed at No. 30 on the latest Big Board of CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

Rang wrote that it is "the agility and acceleration [Reddick] showed playing off the ball in Mobile [during the Senior Bowl practice week] that has his stock skyrocketing as one of the few true three-down linebackers in this class." NFL Media's Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah came away from the Senior Bowl similarly impressed, with Mayock saying that Reddick "showed versatility that people didn't realize he had." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees him as potentially putting up rock star numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 5:12 PM


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