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Vanderbilt redshirt senior T Bailey Granier transferred to UCF as a graduate.

Granier (6'6/316) had actually earlier announced a transfer to Tulane -- he even attended the team's spring game -- but for reasons unknown has backed off that previous commitment. Count it as the Knights' gain. He started five games at right tackle during his career at Vanderbilt, including two contests this past season, but has experience all over the line outside of the center position. His exact place on the UCF depth chart will clarify over the summer.
May 22 - 12:16 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson lists UCF junior WR Tristan Payton as the breakout star of spring practices for the Knights.

Payton was suspended for six games for a failed drug test last year, and was switched back to wide receiver after spending last year as a defensive back. "Payton made some head-turning plays in the spring game, including a 43-yard touchdown reception," writes Adelson, "but he also proved he can make an impact in the return game." He could be in for a big year in 2018.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 12:35 PM

UCF sophomore G Samuel Jackson sustained a torn ACL during spring practice.

While Jackson sustained the severe knee injury earlier in the spring, we're just now receiving confirmation from Knights HC Josh Heupel. It's a tough blow, as the 6-foot-6, 356-pounder appeared in 12 games last season and was in line for starting work during the upcoming campaign. Said campaign should not automatically be considered a lost cause, but at the very least, Jackson is unlikely to be cleared for game action until October at the earliest. Jordan Johnson moved from center to guard for the team's spring game and Notre Dame transfer Parker Boudreaux figures to be in the mix come August camp, but the exact depth chart positioning on the line won't clarify until the summer.
May 3 - 3:23 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Minnesota Vikings a "B+" grade for their work in the draft.

The Vikings are one of the teams in the NFL who currently don't have many pressing needs. Kadar especially liked the Vikings first two picks and said of UCF CB Mike Hughes he "is capable of coming up and playing man and dropping back in zone coverage. He’s willing to be aggressive, and doesn’t hesitate to mix it up at the line of scrimmage." Second-rounder OT Brian O’Neill is "an athletic tackle who can get to the edge in a hurry." The Vikings weren't able to get any high-profile players but continued to add even more depth to a roster chalk full of talent.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 29 - 5:53 PM

Seahawks selected UCF OLB Shaquem Griffin the No. 141 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Griffin (6’0/227) overcame the loss of his left hand at age four to become 2017 DPOY in the American Conference, tallying 30 career tackles for loss, 17 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. PFF credited Griffin with the nation’s No. 2 pass-rush productivity rating in the 2018 draft class, and he crushed the forty (4.38) at the Combine. Griffin missed 24 tackles over his final two seasons and will always have a limitation, but he is a blur on tape attacking the ball and offers innate playmaking ability. At worst, he should be a plus special teamer and sub-package pass rusher.
Apr 28 - 2:13 PM

Texans selected UCF TE Jordan Akins with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Akins (6’3/249) will be a rare 26-year-old rookie after taking up football following a four-year minor-league career with the Texas Rangers. Akins played wideout and kickoff returner his first two years at UCF before converting to tight end and starting his final two seasons, graduating with a 79/1,093/13.8/8 career receiving line. Although Akins is a standout all-around athlete, his lack of college dominance at such an advanced age and well below-par blocking are significant red flags. Akins would do well to carve out a Richard Rodgers-like career.
Apr 27 - 10:58 PM

Saints selected UCF WR Tre’Quan Smith with the No. 91 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Smith (6’2/203) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting all three years for the Golden Knights, logging a career 163/2,659/22 receiving line with 16.3 yards per catch. PFF College charted Smith with a class-best 142.9 passer rating when targeted in 2017, and a 70.8% catch rate when targeted 20-plus yards downfield, the second-highest clip in all of Division I. With long arms (33 3/8"), 4.49 speed, and a 37 ½-inch vertical, Smith was one of the nation’s most dangerous deep threats and offers enough tools to potentially challenge for a No. 2/3 receiver role down the line.
Apr 27 - 10:33 PM

Vikings selected UCF CB Mike Hughes with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Hughes (5’10/189) played his first college season at North Carolina, his second in JUCO, and his third at UCF in 2017, where Hughes earned first-team All-American Conference at cornerback and second team at return specialist. He averaged 31.9 yards per kickoff return and 16.6 yards on punts, all told scoring three return TDs. Hughes also intercepted five passes at corner and allowed an anemic 43.9 passer rating when targeted (PFF). A 73rd-percentile SPARQ athlete who specializes in press coverage, Hughes’ biggest drawback is his size.
Apr 26 - 11:28 PM

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


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