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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein tabbed USC DL Leonard Williams as a "Pro Bowl caliber player" and graded him as the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class.

There is so much time left in the process, but Zierlein awarded Williams with a 7.4 grade, with Amari Cooper and Shane Ray receiving 7.0 grades. "It doesn't matter how raw he is because he's got freakish qualities that are rare for men his size," one NFC Director of College Scouting told Zierlein. "I think he has a chance to be as good as Kevin Williams."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 9:48 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt called USC DL Leonard Williams "a man among boys" and said his "upside is off the charts."

"I believe his upside is that he can be a Pro Bowl player for years to come," Brandt wrote. "He has outstanding athletic ability, and as he gets older and stronger, I expect him to become an even better player than he already is. You could just see his improvement last season, playing with a lot more competitiveness and showing an ability to knock players away rather than simply relying on his speed. There's no question in my mind that he's ready to play and start in his first season for whoever takes him; I see him being taken in the top five of the draft. Normally, I'm against guys coming out early, but when he's a player like Williams, it makes sense." Williams has been "the most dominating player" NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah has watched during the evaluation process. Jeremiah compares Williams to Richard Seymour. Williams has also been compared to J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 9:59 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams "has been the most dominating player" NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah has watched thus far in the evaluation process.

"Everything you want -- the size, the length, the explosiveness, the versatility. You can play him all over the line on defense," Jeremiah said. "He reminds me a lot of Richard Seymour. That's pretty good company to keep." Our only hang up with Williams is his tendency to put himself a step behind once the ball is snapped due to a poor get off. The strength and power he possesses when using his hands is impressive.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 12:08 PM

Fast forward five years from now, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes USC junior DL Leonard Williams "will be the best NFL player from this draft class."

"Fast forward five years from now and if I had to guess the best NFL player from this draft class, it would be Williams with his combination of athleticism, power and versatility," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder can dominate on the inside or outside, depending on your preference. Williams has been compared to J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour. He figures to greatly interest the Jaguars and Raiders in the top five.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 3:39 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks said defensive coaches at the Senior Bowl will attempt to ascertain whether USC senior CB Josh Shaw should play CB or S in the NFL.

"The weird circumstances behind Shaw's lengthy suspension will be addressed in meetings throughout the week, but scouts will spend a ton of time looking at his work between the lines," Brooks wrote. "Shaw entered the season regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the class, and defensive coaches will want to see if he displays the athleticism to match up with elite receivers on the perimeter. Most important, they will attempt to ascertain if he is best suited to play corner or safety as a pro." The 6-foot-1 and 200-pounders versatility is so lauded that Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke thinks Shaw could wind up in a "Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 1:31 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt blasted USC redshirt junior WR George Farmer's decision to enter the draft, writing "it's hard to believe when someone who wasn't good enough to start in college decides he's ready to play in the NFL."

"Farmer (6-foot-1, 209 pounds) has been at USC for three years, and this past season was the first in which he really did anything, posting four touchdown receptions," Brandt wrote. "That tells you that maybe he's beginning to learn how to play, and that it would probably have been in his best interest to stay in school and get even better. This is especially true at a position that is as stacked as wide receiver is in this year's draft." We cosign this opinion, though we can't imagine anyone outside of the player himself disagreeing. Farmer caught 25 passes for 314 yards in 2014, his first season receiving decent playing time.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 10:40 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw "is going to need to show maturity throughout the entire pre-draft process," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay

"Specifically, he'll need to be honest and straightforward in answering interview questions related to an August incident in which Shaw claimed he injured his ankles while trying to save his nephew from drowning, but reportedly was actually involved in an incident with the police," McShay wrote. "As a player, there's a lot to like about Shaw's length (he's 6-1, 195 pounds) and instincts, and he was productive during his stints with Florida and USC (119 tackles, six interceptions). He had a good showing at last week's East-West Shrine Game." In that contest, Shaw picked off Old Dominion's Taylor Heinecke and and also impressed onlookers with his work on special teams. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently wrote that he would not be surprised if Shaw "winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" in the pros.
Jan 20 - 7:31 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke would not be surprised if USC senior CB Josh Shaw "winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role" at the next level.

"First and foremost, Shaw brings some size to the secondary at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. Experience at both cornerback and safety adds a nice element to his resume -- don't be surprised if he winds up in a Jimmie Ward-type hybrid role between the two positions as a rookie," Burke wrote. The USC prospect picked off Old Dominion's Taylor Heinecke at the Shrine Game and impressed evaluators with his work on special teams. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Shaw is "a press corner in today's NFL."
Jan 19 - 10:32 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that USC senior CB Josh Shaw "had more riding on [Shrine Game] performance than most" and "took full advantage."

Shaw intercepted a pass in the end zone and also impressed onlookers with his work on special teams. "Shaw sports an NFL-ready frame but there is some question as to where he fits best," Rang wrote. "He's a bit tight in the hips, which limits his quickness and flexibility in coverage. His length and aggression could make him a press corner or possible convert back to safety, where he played early on with the Trojans." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw earned himself some money this weekend.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 11:29 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock said during Saturday's broadcast of the Shrine Game that USC senior CB Josh Shaw is "a press corner in today's NFL."

"He's long, put together like you can't believe," Mayock wrote. "He's a little stiff. He's best when he's in a press situation." Shaw's career began as a safety at Florida. He has only played corner since transferring to USC. Some believe Shaw will shift back to safety in the NFL, but Mayock was clear on how he saw Shaw's ultimate role: "He's 6-1, with long arms; he's a press corner in today's NFL."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 9:40 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw intercepted a pass at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

He returned the pick out of the end zone for 12 yards. Shaw had an exceptional day both in coverage and on special teams. Rotoworld's No. 11 prospect at the event also had a great week of practice. "Shaw was very physical and pushed his opponent out of bounds along the sideline or stood them up with a jam on more than one occasion," wrote Josh Norris. "I could definitely see Shaw as a possible safety conversion, which is not a slight. Expect to see a number of corners from the 2015 class be asked to make the switch."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 18 - 7:20 PM

USC senior CB Josh Shaw's showing at East-West Shrine Game week was "a good start to an important process for him" of rehabilitating his draft stock, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although he has the bad habit of grabbing and not locating the football, Shaw showed plenty of positives during Wednesday's practice," Brugler wrote. "He loves to get physical off the line and did a great job disrupting routes, using his long arms to gain body position on receivers. Shaw does have some body tightness, leading some scouts to believe his future is at safety, but he displayed quick feet and coordinated athleticism during drills with the size/speed combination that is rare for a cornerback." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw boasts NFL skills, but must answer questions about an off-field incident that resulted in two battered ankles and one very big lie.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 12:35 PM

Former NFL safety and current broadcaster Brian Jordan praised USC senior CB Josh Shaw's "good hips" and said he liked how easily Shaw is able to turn and run.

"I like confident players," Jordan said, pointing out that Shaw plays with a swagger. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw is an intriguing size/speed prospect who will need to answer questions about his sordid season. Before the opener, you'll recall, Shaw lied about an off-field incident that resulted in two injured ankles. He was suspended for most of the season before a cup of coffee in a sub-package role.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 6:39 PM

USC senior TE Randall Telfer will not participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl because of an injury(foot), according to Orange County Register's Michael Lev.

The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Telfer hurt his foot in USC's 45-42 win over Nebraska. Telfer finished the year with 21 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns. The USC prospect was called upon to help out in pass protection with USC's young offensive line, rather than being used in pass routes. As a Trojan, Telfer caught 65 passes for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons.
Jan 14 - 3:47 PM

USC redshirt junior WR George Farmer will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Farmer made the position switch from running back to receiver during his time at USC with mixed results. This season he caught 25 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns, his first year of real playing time. He might turn into a better pro than college player, but do not expect to hear Farmer's name until the third day.
Jan 14 - 12:58 PM


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