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Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar worries about Florida EDGE Dante Fowler's "ability to get off blocks in every area at the NFL level."

"At 6'3'' and 261 pounds he has the size and speed to be a stand-up linebacker and a hand-on-the-ground defensive end, but I don't always see the ability to penetrate protections that he'll need to be a multi-sack guy in the pros," Farrar noted. "Fowler is a pursuit player with incredible range for his size and impressive recognition skills, but he tends to over-run on rushing plays. I'd like to see Fowler get a bit more directionally aware, and when he does, he'll be an amazing player. He already is in a lot of ways." It may sound like Farrar is down on Fowler, but that's not really the case. The analyst ranks the Gators' prospect as the No. 11 player in the class.
Feb 26 - 9:43 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell said two names came to mind when watching Florida EDGE Dante Fowler's game tape: Clay Matthews and Justin Houston.

"He really impressed me on film," Cosell said. "Watching him live just enhanced that." The analyst added that he started to get more "blown away" the more he watched of Fowler. "Moves really well," Cosell said. He went on to say that the prospect was used all over the place by Florida and has supreme versatility. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Fowler to Kansas City OLB Justin Houston.
Feb 25 - 9:40 PM

Florida EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. moved up seven spots to No. 7 overall on his latest top 32 rankings.

"He is an ideal "Sam" linebacker with the potential to play over top of tight ends on early downs and rush the passer as a defensive end in a team's sub-package," Brooks writes. That clarification is an interesting one, as Brooks does not see Fowler as an every down defensive end but only moving to that edge role in sub-package personnel. We aren't sure if Fowler has the athleticism to stick as an off line of scrimmage linebacker, but instead his best asset is disrupting as a rusher.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 1:09 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. could be the Jacksonville Jaguars guy at No.3 in his latest mock draft.

"Jacksonville has drafted offense in the top-five (OT Luke Joeckel, QB Blake Bortles) in the first two years of the David Caldwell era so the Jaguars' focus turns to defense this year. Fowler is a pesky pass rusher that loves to stress offenses and should make an impact on day one," Brugler wrote. The Jaguars currently lack an elite-level pass rusher, and the Florida prospect could be an option, if the versatile Leonard Williams is off the board. The other top edge rushers in play in the top-5, may lack the size and strength the Jaguars prefer off the edge.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 24 - 2:10 PM

Florida EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. moved up from No. 11 to No. 3 on Joel Klatt's post Combine big board.

"While he doesn't have the explosiveness of Shane Ray or Vic Beasley, he is probably the more complete defender," Klatt writes, calling attention to Fowler's dense 260 lbs frame as an opportunity to play on every down/ Fowler is ahead of the game in terms of his hand and length use to win off the snap or on counter attempts. Don't ask Fowler to bend the edge, but he combines quickness and power and could be a top 10 selection.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 24 - 11:02 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "probably has to be an outside backer for a 3-4 team."

"He's got those first two steps," the scout said. We think the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder could succeed in a variety of schemes; he showed versatility at Florida, excelling all over the defensive line and at outside linebacker. "Played on a very average football team but stood out," another scout said. "You saw offenses (slide) his way. Double-teaming and chipping. Definitely a pass rusher first. He has the athleticism and skill to play outside linebacker."
Feb 24 - 1:23 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that Scouts Inc. "really liked [Florida T D.J. Humphries'] movement skills" during tape study.

"He has the potential to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL, but he doesn't fit for a power running team because he isn't a drive blocker," McShay wrote. "There's also some durability concerns with him. But his workout was very good, with a great 40 (5.12) and short shuttle (4.64) and above-average scores in the bench press (26 reps) and broad jumps (8-8). One measurement concern: His 33 5/8-inch arms are problematic for a left tackle prospect." Humphries also had a vertical jump of 31 inches. McShay believes Humphries would "make sense for the Eagles on Day 2, as they're looking for athleticism at the tackle position over size" and mentioned the Panthers as another possibility.
Feb 23 - 10:05 PM

Florida EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. recorded a 1.56 10 yard split on his 4.61 forty.

Fowler arrived in Indy weighing 261 lbs at 6'2 1/2" with 33 3/4" arms. He is already ahead of the game in terms of hand use and power on first contact. However, Fowler's weight fluctuated at times during his Florida career, so this kind of straight line athleticism is nice to see.
Feb 22 - 10:52 AM

A pro personnel man said Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "competes on every single play."

"That guy competes on every single play," he said. "You know what you get from him." The quote comes courtesy from a column by Pete Prisco in which the scribe wonders where all of the 4-3 edge rushers have gone. Spread offenses, one theory posits, have cut down on the amount of big defensive ends in favor of speed. "It makes it harder to find them," one defensive coach said. "The big, power ends are almost a thing of the past. The 265-pound ends we all need are all now 235-pound guys who might have to stand up." Because of this, the 260-pound-plus Fowler is in high demand. "In a league starved for edge rushers, Fowler's stock is on the rise," Prisco wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 21 - 2:53 PM

NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis both believe Florida T D.J. Humphries will be the No. 1 left tackle in the draft.

They aren't necessarily calling Humphries the best overall offensive lineman, it should be noted. Jeremiah said Humphries, who measured 6-foot-5, 307 pounds at the official combine weigh-in, has "the best feet of any tackle in this draft class." Humphries ran a 5.12 second 40, a 4.64 20-yard shuttle, and had a vertical jump of 31 inches.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 2:36 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries received a "go back to school" grade from the advisory committee.

This is one that the committee got wrong and the player got right. In advising Humphries to return to the Gators, the committee was telling him that he wouldn't go in Round 1 or 2. Now, however, Humphries very clearly has a chance to go in Round 1, and there's almost no chance he falls out of Round 2. He told reporters that his "fluid athletic ability" sets him apart. Humphries has more than 20 team interviews scheduled at the combine in Indianapolis.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 9:32 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries has more than 20 team interviews scheduled at the combine in Indianapolis.

You won't get a clearer picture that a prospect's stock is rising. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline previously predicted that Humphries will "leave the combine with biggest bump in his draft stock." Humphries ranks No. 18 overall on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.
Feb 19 - 5:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah reports that Florida T D.J. Humphries checked in at 6-foot-5, 307-pounds at the NFL combine.

"Only thing keeping DJ Humphries from being my top OT in this draft was the unknown factor of his size. Checked in at 6'5 307. Works for me," Jeremiah tweeted. Originally Jeremiah had the Florida prospect as his No.2 rated tackle with a first round grade, behind Pitt's TJ Clemmings. It's safe to say, that Humphries should receive a bump up in Jeremiah's next rankings.
Feb 18 - 2:24 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries made his debut at No. 18 on NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's board.

"He has a lean, narrow frame with excellent length. In the pass game, he is quick out of his stance and plays with excellent knee bend," Jeremiah wrote. "He has a sharp punch and rarely exposes his chest to defenders. He is smooth to redirect versus counter moves. He does have issues under-setting at times, which allows defenders to beat him on the edge. In the run game, he uses his athleticism to reach/cutoff but he doesn't generate a lot of power at the point of attack. Overall, Humphries lacks ideal girth and experience but he has a very high ceiling as an NFL left tackle because of his quickness, length and athleticism." Humphries is Jeremiah's No. 2 offensive tackle, behind only Pitt's T.J. Clemmings.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 1:42 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compares Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to Kansas City OLB Justin Houston.

ESPN.com's Steve Muench has also made this comparison, while NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Fowler to Khalil Mack. This is how Muench explained the juxtaposition: "Whether [Fowler] has the same kind of elite physical tools as Houston remains to be seen. Houston ran in the 4.6s after measuring 6-3 and 270 pounds with 10 7/8-inch hands and 34 1/2-inch arms coming out of Georgia. If Fowler, who is 6-2, 271 pounds, posts similar numbers, he could challenge for the top defensive end spot in this class." Fowler will get that chance at the combine later this week.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 12:43 AM


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