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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees Tulane redshirt senior CB Parry Nickerson as a "late rounder... [who will] be a very good dime back at the next level with potential in a variety of schemes."

"The senior engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, shows terrific awareness and quickly locates the ball in the air, routinely plays on the pass," Pauline wrote. "Nickerson works well with the safety to bracket receivers in deep coverage and plays a physical brand of football." Nickerson briefly considering entering the NFL draft after last season. He was a second-team All American Athletic conference selection last year and boasts 10 career interceptions. "What Nickerson lacks is size as he’s rail thin and loses out in battles," Pauline wrote.
Jul 11 - 2:01 PM

According to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, NFL scouts are high on Tulane senior DE Ade Aruna.

Last season, Aruna (6'6/265) logged five sacks, 10 TFL and two fumble recoveries. "Aruna is an explosive athlete who plays with great balance, speed and agility," Pauline wrote. "He’s intense, plays through the whistle and closes to the action with a great burst. Aruna is also rough around the edges and has limited football experience yet a tremendous amount of upside." Pauline grades the Nigerian-born prospect as a fifth-rounder, but adds that some scouts think he could end up going on Day 2 (Rds. 2-3). Aruna has been known to do backflips while running off the field. "He’s a freak," quarterback Glen Cuiellette said. "He’s long, fast and physical. Every time I have to read him in practice, I’m just like, aah."
Jul 9 - 3:50 PM

Tulane HC Willie Fritz named redshirt junior QB Jonathan Banks the starting quarterback.

"What I've been impressed with is him being able to grasp this offense so quickly. We knew the athletic ability was there with running and throwing the football, but he's got to keep progressing," Fritz said. Banks spent last season at a JUCO. Prior to that, he played for Kansas State. Despite his inexperience in Fritz's unique spread-option attack, Banks had seized the first-team reps at quarterback by the latter part of spring practices. This spring, the media described Banks as a perfect fit for Tulane's offense. He has impressive speed, open field ability and the arm strength necessary to take deep shots in the Green Wave's play-action passing game. "He's got some velocity he can put on the football," Fritz said. "One time, also, there was a bit of a pass rush and he took off and ran and he might have gotten 20, 30 yards out of it if it was a real situation."
Source: NOLA.com
Jun 5 - 1:08 PM

Rams selected Tulane DT Tanzel Smart with the No. 189 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Smart (6’1/296) made 36 starts on Tulane's defensive line, amassing 40.5 career tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks and earning first-team All-C-USA as both a junior and senior. Smart was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, posting 11th-percentile SPARQ results and managing 22 reps on the bench. A stubby three-technique prospect who won with bull rush and quickness against lower-level guards and centers, Smart faces an uphill climb toward NFL relevance.
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Tulane DL Tanzel Smart to Kansas City Chiefs DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

"Smart needs to be in an upfield scheme that takes advantage of his ability to play in the gaps," Zierlein writes. "His draft stock will take a hit due to his lack of measurables, but he has NFL backup potential thanks to his ability to rush the passer." The 6-foot-1, 296-pounder notched 68 tackles (19.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 12 games played during the past campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 4:42 PM

Tulane senior K Andrew DiRocco has left the team.

It isn't clear yet whether DiRocco has simply decided to step away from football or whether he will pursue a graduate transfer. During his time at Tulane, he made 27-of-41 boots. His career long kick was good from 48 yards out. Randy Harvey, Zachary Block and Merek Glover will be competing to take over for DiRocco for the 2017 season.
Mar 18 - 12:14 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein suggested Tulane DL Tanzel Smart could fit a role in the NFL similar to Grady Jarrett.

Smart flashed during Senior Bowl week after weighing in a 6-foot-1 and 295-pounds. He displays bend from the interior, something that is difficult to find out of the college level. Smart likely projects as a 3-technique, an alignment where Jarrett thrived after shifting over late in the season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Jarrett as the No. 20 overall prospect in 2015 and likely won't grade Smart as highly.
Feb 6 - 11:16 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Tulane DT Tanzel Smart "has been impossible to stop" at Senior Bowl practices.

Pauline tagged Smart as one of his "risers" from Wednesday's practice sessions, noting that the 6-foot-1, 305-pounder, exhibited a "combination of quickness, movement skills and surprising power [that] has knocked blockers back off the ball every day." This, despite the fact that he is undersized in comparison to most of the opposing offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl. This past season, Smart registered a career-best season with 68 tackles (19.0 for loss), 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He should be viewed as potential Day 3 sleeper for the draft.
Jan 26 - 7:54 PM

Tulane DR Tanzel Smart has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Smart has dominated his final collegiate season, totaling 12.5 tackles for loss from the interior, including 4.5 sacks. Tulane is by no means a bad program, but events like this are perfect for a prospect like Smart to shine.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:23:00 AM

Tulane junior RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in Saturday's 50-27 loss to Tulsa.

Tulane might have lost by 23 points, but their running game was absolutely on point in this one. Not only did Hilliard impress in averaging 11.08 YPC, Josh Rounds picked up 166 yards rushing of his own. Tulane finished out with 364 yards rushing as a team. For his part, the 6-foot, 185-pound Hilliard has now picked his way to 538 yards and seven touchdowns through seven games played. He makes for a low-grade fantasy option.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 10:51:00 PM

Tulane junior RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for just 21 yards on eight carries in Friday's 24-14 loss to Memphis.

Hilliard wasn't doing much, though that just makes him one of a crowd, as this was a lackluster offensive showing on all fronts for the Green Wave. QB Glen Cuiellettt managed just 144 yards passing and the running game as a whole totaled just 169 yards. Only Lazedrick Thompson (eight carries for 69 yards) made much of a positive impression. For his part, the 6-foot, 185-pound Hilliard has rushed for 405 yards and five touchdowns through six games this season.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Tulane junior RB Dontrell Hilliard is starting in Friday's game against Memphis.

Hilliard will once again see the bulk of carries with Sherman Badie (groin) out for a fourth consecutive contest. The 6-foot, 185-pound junior has rushed for at least 95 yards in three of five games this season.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 08:07:00 PM

Tulane redshirt junior RB Sherman Badie (groin) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Memphis.

Badie has played in just two games this season. He initially sustained the groin injury in a Week 2 win over Southern and has been sidelined ever since. Dontrell Hilliard will again start in his place during Friday's date with the Tigers.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Tulane junior RB Dontrell Hilliard ran for 97 yard and a touchdown on 22 carries in Saturday's win over Massachusetts.

From a fantasy perspective, the Green Waves' backfield situation as it pertains to Hilliard is starting to clear up. When Sherman Badie (groin) is out, you want to start Hilliard. When Badie plays, neither can be counted on. Badie missed this one. Check on his status leading up to this weekend's UCF game if you're deciding on Hilliard.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Tulane redshirt junior RB Sherman Badie (groin) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Not only will Badie sit out Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette, HC Willie Taggart indicated that he will miss "at least a few weeks." The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder suffered a groin injury against Southern in Week 2. Despite a bye last weekend, he has been unable to heal up sufficiently. This season, he has rushed for 66 yards on 12 carries.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 02:44:00 PM


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