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NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said USC LB Uchenna Nwosu is the "most overrated" player among all edge defenders.

Zierlein explains "There's no doubt that Nwosu possesses the athletic traits teams look for from edge rushers, but he lacks the rush plan and rush tools that teams typically covet from a second-round talent, as he's been billed." He adds that "Nwosu lacks the plus play strength to set a strong edge and could get bumped into a role as a standard 4-3 linebacker with some sub-package rush potential." Nwosu has had multiple visits including the Titans, Eagles, Vikings, 49ers, Saints, and Bills since his pro day. Despite the concerns from Zierlein, he will likely be a mid-Day 2 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 9:33 PM

USC RB Ronald Jones took an official predraft visit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris coming in with this Jones tip. The USC speedster is not the only running back whom the Eagles have been kicking the tires on of late, as they also hosted LSU's Derrius Guice on Tuesday. Should Philly be legitimately interested in the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Jones, they're in a prime position to sit back, assess the draft waters and then decide whether a trade up or down might be in order. The 32nd pick is in the wheelhouse -- perhaps just a touch early -- for a potential Jones selection.
Apr 17 - 6:45 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang ranks Sam Darnold at the top of his 2018 NFL Draft board.

Darnold is followed by UCLA QB Josh Rosen, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson and NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb. Darnold ranked at the top of many boards coming into the year -- if not most -- but his stock wavered after an inconsistent sophomore season. Rang remains very high on the Trojan gunslinger, in large part because of his strong pro day. "Darnold is accurate, including on the move, and also shows very good instincts and anticipation for such a young quarterback," he writes. "Darnold plays bigger than his size and shows good overall athleticism."
Apr 16 - 9:39 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along that USC QB Sam Darnold is taking an official predraft visit to the Giants on Monday.

What the Giants do with the No. 2 overall pick may well end up playing a significant part in how the first round ends up shaking out. If they select Darnold -- in this scenario, the Browns take Josh Allen -- then that could potentially open the floodgates for teams to begin jumping over each other in an attempt to beat the early quarterback rush. If, however, they opt to select Saquon Barkley (or another non-quarterback) at No. 2, that could have the ultimate impact of pushing a signal-caller such as Josh Rosen down the board. Darnold will be visiting with the other New York team in the Jets on Tuesday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 5:59 PM

In a conversation with The MMQB's Peter King, Saints coach Sean Payton suggested USC QB Sam Darnold is the passer he is most comfortable with sticking in the NFL.

Payton opened by saying he would feel "uneasy" if he were selecting a quarterback at the top of the draft. "I wouldn’t be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I’d guess it would be Sam Darnold." The interesting part of this conversation is the Saints are in the quarterback market. Maybe not in round one, but they've been poking around this group for sure. We appreciate Payton's honesty and to not hide behind anonymity.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

NDT Scouting's Jonah Tuls compares QB Sam Darnold to Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Tuls has Darnold as No. 1 overall quarterback but acknowledges he is a polarizing prospect. Tuls explains, "He was able to show the most promise on tape from the quarterback position. Whether it was the arm talent to make plays at all three levels of the field, the ball placement to drop those passes in, the pocket presence and accuracy on the run, or his mobility inside and outside of the pocket, Darnold showed that he can be the real deal with continued development." Darnold is an elite prospect who seemed to be a lock to go No. 1 overall a few weeks ago but since then reports have suggested Josh Allen may be in the mix as well. It's unsure whether he will be selected at No. 1, but he should definitely be selected within the top five picks of the NFL draft.
Apr 15 - 6:15 PM

USC LB Uchenna Nwosu is visiting the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.

Hat tip to Rotoworld's Josh Norris on this one. Nwosu (6'2/251) has additionally seen interest from the Titans, Eagles, Vikings, 49ers and Saints (among others) during the evaluating process. He performed well during pro day position drills near the end of March and earlier posted a respectable composite athletic testing score in the 57th percentile of NFL edge rushers. A Round 2 selection would not be beyond the pale for Nwosu.
Apr 11 - 5:12 PM

A regional scout for an AFC team said that USC DL Rasheem Green may need a "redshirt year" during his first season in the NFL.

The scout notes that while Green does possess "juice," he just doesn't have the strength to handle the rigors of pro ball at this juncture of his development. Once the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder starts to level up, though, look out. Said the evaluator, "He's going to be a dude when it all comes together." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Green to Bengals DE Lance Dunbar and assigns him a second-round grade for the draft later this month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 1:15 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USC QB Sam Darnold will be taking an official predraft visit to the Jets.

The exact day for Darnold's visit hasn't been divulged. After weeks in which it looked as though he was trending toward the No. 1 selection by the Browns, there's been a burble of rumors that Cleveland might actually be targeting Josh Allen with that first pick. That opens up the possibility that Gang Green could actually be in play for the USC signal-caller, a scenario that seemed a stretch just a few weeks ago. It's very possible that the Giants would select Darnold at No. 2 should Cleveland pass on him, though. We're just over two weeks away from finding out. Get your popcorn ready.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 12:33 PM

NFL.com Analyst David Carr believes that USC QB Sam Darnold will be the best quarterback to ever come out of USC.

USC has had it's share of quality players -- and busts -- to play the position at the NFL level, but Carr thinks Darnold is talented enough to be the best from the school. "Darnold possesses several different qualities that will allow him to break the "struggling USC quarterback" mold," writes Carr. "The most apparent attribute Darnold possesses is his ability to go above and beyond the play call and transcend the Xs and Os. Leinart couldn't do that in the NFL." Expect Darnold to go in the first five picks come draft day, and there's a very good chance he'll be the first player selected on April 26.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 8:26 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that USC QB Sam Darnold will be put through a private workout by the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

The Bills have already scooted up to No. 12 via their earlier trade with the Bengals, but they would need to make another move if they're seriously angling to land Darnold as their quarterback of the future. And even a trade to No. 2 with the Giants would not secure that possibility, as they would still be at the mercy of Cleveland's decision with the No. 1 selection. Even if Buffalo is ultimately priced out on Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, they would remain a strong bet to select a quarterback in the first round, be it Baker Mayfield or the suddenly-hot-in-rumor Lamar Jackson.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 5:27 PM

In his latest mock draft, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline slotted USC QB Sam Darnold in to the Giants at pick No. 2.

This possibility is one that has begun to surface in rumor over the last week or so, with an NFL evaluator recently telling NJ.com that the Giants are not particularly keen on Josh Rosen and that Darnold would be the selection if the Browns don't take him first overall. For much of the evaluating season, the conventional wisdom had New York moving in a direction outside of quarterback -- perhaps even trading down from No. 2 altogether. In his mock, Pauline projects signal-callers to fall off the board with four of the first five picks later this month.
Apr 9 - 2:27 PM

One unnamed NFL evaluator told NJ.com the Giants will select USC QB Sam Darnold if he is on the board at No. 2.

"They don't like [Josh] Rosen," he added. This is not the first time we've blurbed about the Giants interest in Darnold, and that they might punt the quarterback position in round one with this if Darnold is selected No. 1 overall. The expectation is Darnold is the Browns selection, but if Josh Allen is the shoice instead look for Darnold to wear the Blue and White.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 9 - 10:23 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that USC RB Ronald Jones "looked solid in position drills and caught the ball well."

This isn't exactly the most glowing endorsement of a pro day workout that we've seen, but it would appear that Jones did what he had to do. During the athletic testing portion of the day, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder ran a much-anticipated 40-yard dash with a top-end time of around 4.48 seconds. He had not completed a clean run previously due to a hamstring injury sustained in his initial attempt at the 40-yard dash while at the combine. We're not dismissing the possibility that Jones could see a first-round selection later this month.
Apr 6 - 2:06 PM

USC WR Deontay Burnett met with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons around his pro day on Thursday.

Hat tip to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Burnett did not test at the combine, nor did he take part in the team's initial March pro day -- he's been dealing with an undisclosed injury during the evaluating season -- but was on the field for Thursday's makeup affair. The 6-foot, 186-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in the range of the high 4.5's to mid 4.6's. Not particularly impressive, there, but the lightning-quick Burnett excelled in short-area testing, most notably rocking the three-cone drill around 4.70 seconds (a stellar mark). Pauline passes along that the USC wideout "caught the ball well and people said he looked exceptionally smooth" during his drill work on Thursday. Sam Darnold was actually tossing the ball to Burnett during those drills, a very cool touch that we don't often see -- and one which we think shows very well on Darnold as a teammate. He had no obligation whatsoever to participate. Burnett will likely be in the early Day 3 mix later this month.
Apr 6 - 1:48 PM


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