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An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that UCF TE Jordan Akins has the most upside of the TE class.

Akins hasn't been talked about as much as the "big four," but at least one scout believes the 6-foot-3, 249-pound tight end offers big upside. Another in the report, however, was less than sold. "I don’t think he can run," the other scout said. "He doesn’t play fast and he doesn’t play hard. He has good hands but nothing special. He won’t block. He won’t hit the floor if he fell out of bed. He’s an undersized guy so you’ve got to be able to at least wham block or stalk block." Akins currently projects as a Day 3 pick.
Apr 25 - 2:43 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football if UCF CB Mike Hughes "was taller you’d be talking about him as the No. 1" corner in this class.

Hughes (5'10/189) is slightly undersized for a cornerback but makes up for it in other ways."He’s twitchy, quick, fast enough. He’ll come up and hit you" the scout continued "He wasn’t getting beat deep." Another scout is also concerned about his hieght saying, "Not as fluid as (Jaire) Alexander but more physical,He can press. Little reckless. Will miss some tackles because of it. He’s solid. You wish he were bigger." Hughes has a solid chance to be drafted towards the back half of the first round on Thursday.
Apr 25 - 11:00 AM

One anonymous NFL scout believes UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith "may have" been the best blocking wide receiver he saw in this class.

"He started off a little slow but he’s not a sleeper anymore," said the scout. "He ran like a scalded dog. He’ll catch in the middle and he will block. He may have been the best blocking wide receiver I saw. He’ll be there in the third day because nobody’s talking about him but will end up being a good, solid player." The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Smith has been compared to Tennessee Titans WR Taejae Sharpe by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Strong, physical," a second scout said. "He’s a windup speed guy. Excellent downfield blocker. They used him more as a possession receiver. He was not the primary. No. 5 (Dredrick Snelson) was. He’s a nice project." Smith tested in the 64th percentile of NFL wideouts during the pre-Draft process.
Apr 24 - 3:40 PM

An NFC regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that UCF CB Mike Hughes could have benefitted from another year in college.

"He's just raw right now but he's got the ability to become a really tough ball challenger," the scout explained. Hughes (5'10/189) will be in the mix for a first-round selection come Thursday. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Broncos CB Bradley Roby. Hughes has seen interest from -- among others -- the Panthers, Eagles, Vikings, Packers and Chiefs during the evaluating process.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 3:18 PM

Reports indicate that UCF DB Mike Hughes transferred from North Carolina to Central Florida after a sexual assault accusation.

Hughes transferred from UNC to UCF for reasons unknown at the time, but during the interview and research process, it has come out that Hughes was accused of sexual assault, with the charges dropped due to insufficient evidence. Teams have reportedly no issues with Hughes' story, and it reportedly hasn't affected his draft stock of the late first, early second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 12:42 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Browns to take UCF LB Shaquem Griffin in the fourth round in his "perfect" mock draft.

He also projects the Browns to take Wyoming QB Josh Allen and NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb in the first; and LSU RB Derrius Guice, Louisville OT Geron Christian and Memphis WR Anthony Miller in the second. Griffin has had some talk about going on Day 2, but there's just as good of chance he falls into the early parts of Day 3. "I want Griffin on my team," Kiper writes. "He has special traits, no matter how much of a tweener he is. He's a football player. Put him on the field as a nickel rusher. Let him get after quarterbacks." We think this is a great fit, as well.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 6:34 PM

A scouting director for an NFC team said that UCF LB Shaquem Griffin is "fast and athletic and makes a ton of plays."

The scouting director acknowledges that Griffin will necessarily be limited in some aspects due to the fact that he does not have a left hand, but the 6-foot, 227-pounder fought through that disability to find fantastic success with UCF. He's a rangy athlete with plenty of burst -- at the NFL Scouting Combine, he tested in the 77th percentile of pro linebackers -- and will be attending the draft in Dallas next week as he anticipates a potential Day 2 or early Day 3 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 6:16 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith to Tennessee Titans WR Taejae Sharpe.

Smith was one of the best deep-ball players in the draft last year, and with his 6-foot-2, 203-pound size, he can body defenders and high-point the football with the best of them. Zierlein does mention he needs to do a better job "selling" his routes, and he needs to get better at finishing plays. He still thinks he belongs in the fourth round of this draft, and he could go on Day 2 for a team looking for a deep threat.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 5:03 PM

Pro Football Focus rated UCF CB Mike Hughes as the highest rated returner in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Hughes averaged 31.9 yards per kick return, which was second highest of any in the class with a minimum of 10 returns, and his 16.6 yards on punt returns were fourth highest. That's secondary to the fact that the 5-foot-10, 189-pound corner is among the best man-to-man corners in this class, but the fact that his speed makes him an impact player with the ball in his hands certainly doesn't hurt. Expect to hear Hughes name called either late in the first-round or early on Day 2.
Apr 7 - 4:41 PM

UCF LB Shaquem Griffin plans on attending the 2018 NFL Draft.

Griffin (6'0/227) is not expected to be drafted until Day 2 at the earliest -- and probably in the third round at the highest -- but we're thrilled to see that not only did he receive an invitation to festivities in Dallas, he'll also be on-hand. His is a truly inspirational story, but beyond that, he's a heck of a football player and it's lovely that he'll have his moment in the sun later this month. Regardless of when he's drafted.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 5:02 PM

UCF DL Antonio Guerad met with the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts during Thursday's pro day.

This according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, who passes along that the 6-foot-3, 298-pound Guerad "looked fluid in drills." He was a consistently disruptive presence in college, recording 19 tackles for loss over his final two years with the Knights. He'll likely being trying to find an NFL home as an undrafted free agent later this spring.
Mar 30 - 6:40 PM

UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith is scheduled for an official predraft visit with the New York Giants.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Smith has previously turned in private workouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions and will additionally go through a workout with the Dallas Cowboys upcoming. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder did not take part in athletic testing during his Thursday pro day, instead opting to stand on his combine marks. Makes enough sense, as those were quite respectable -- he tested in the 64th percentile of NFL wideouts, one of six wideouts to post composite athletic scores over 50-percent. Smith's angling for a Day 2 selection for next month.
Mar 30 - 2:35 PM

UCF CB Mike Hughes has official predraft visits scheduled with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passing along these nuggets on Hughes. He notes that both the Panthers and Saints met with the 5-foot-10, 189-pounder during his pro day on Thursday. At said pro day, Hughes -- who tested in the 73rd percentile of NFL corners at the combine -- stood on his numbers from Indianapolis, but did take part in drills. Per Pauline, he generally looked sharper in his drill-work than was the case for the combine. Hughes could potentially be swept off the draft board on Day 1 next month and doesn't figure to be waiting around for long on Day 2 should a first-round selection not materialize.
Mar 30 - 2:03 PM

In a poll of five NFL executives regarding the best team-fit for UCF LB Shaquem Griffin, they offered up the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.

Five executives, five different answers. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah -- who conducted the informal poll -- writes that he "love[s]" the 6-foot, 227-pound Griffin "as a Will linebacker in a 4-3 scheme who can make plays in space." After being widely viewed as a Day 3 selection for the draft, Griffin came out and crushed the NFL Scouting Combine (after receiving his invite very, very late) with a blazing 40-yard dash run of 4.38 seconds. He's pushing up toward Day 2 at this juncture. Jeremiah sees his draft range beginning in the third round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 3:36 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that UCF CB Mike Hughes was among the best at stopping the go route in 2018.

This was also the route that Hughes was most often targeted, so this is not a case of a small sample size. On those routes, he allowed just a 6.3 percent completion percentage. "He wasn’t limited to success on just downfield routes either as he was also able to limit opposing offensive success on other routes designed to get the receivers the ball with space to work with: slants and screens," they writes. "Hughes was targeted 12 times combined on those two routes and allowed just eight receptions for a total of 55 yards." His draft stock seems to be the most volatile of the "big" cornerbacks in this draft, but combining his coverage prowess along with his ability to make plays in the return game should see him go in the first 45 picks.
Mar 26 - 2:43 PM


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