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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

Tulane junior RB Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 97 yard and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 21-14 loss to Navy.

Hilliard rocked and rolled for a 36-yard scoring run with 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter. That gave the Green Wave a 14-13 lead heading into the fourth, but Navy would top them with a touchdown in the final quarter, one which they were unable to answer. After rushing for just 36 yards in a season-opening loss to Wake Forest, the 6-foot, 185-pound Hilliard has racked up an even 200 yards over the last two games. He will try to keep it rolling against Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:38:00 PM

Tulane senior DT Tanzel Smart's "quickness, change of direction and ability to get leverage on opponents is impressive," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Tulane held the Deacs to 175 yards of offense over the weekend, with Smart a big reason why, "omnipresent and tough to stop all evening," Pauline wrote. Smart totaled four tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. He's a sleeper interior prospect to monitor.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Tulane named redshirt sophomore QB Glen Cuiellette the starter for 2016.

In naming him the starter, Green Wave HC Willie Fritz cited Cuiellette's experience and "command of the offense." For his part, the 6-foot, 215-pound Cuiellette explained that "[t]here's a slight relief [to being named the starter], but overall the way I feel is that this is just the beginning." While he appeared in just one game last season and did not attempt a pass, ESPN graded him as a three-star recruit for the 2014 cycle.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 01:10:00 PM


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