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USC RB Javorius "Buck" Allen is "capable of being a three-down back in the NFL, given his pass-catching ability," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His specialty is as a downhill runner, but that doesn't mean he's limited to a power-rushing attack," McShay wrote. "I thought he showed a good sense for identifying cutback lanes and displayed good patience in setting up his blocks, so his best fit in the NFL might actually be in a zone-blocking scheme that allows him to take advantage of his good acceleration." McShay ranks Allen No. 93 overall, higher than some, though the NFL may be higher on him than most draft analysts. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks spoke to a veteran NFC scout who identified Allen as one of this year's "hidden gems" at RB. "He isn't particularly elusive in the open field, but he has good burst and a very effective stop-and-start move," McShay wrote.
Apr 23 - 8:01 PM

An analytics director says USC WR Nelson Agholor would be a great value if he slips to the second round.

Two months ago, it seemed assured that Agholor would be available on Day 2, but that no longer seems like anything close to a certainty. College Football Focus documented Agholor with a 76.3 percent catch rate, tops amongst receivers. Many of those catches came out of the slot, which ESPN reasons "could reduce his perceived value."
Apr 22 - 7:47 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday.

You might be surprised by this, but we think it is in the realm of possibility that Williams is available at pick No. 5. Think about it: the two quarterbacks go first, then an edge rusher, then a wide receiver. The redskins recently signed Stephen Paea, but Jason Hatcher turns 33 soon and could be a post June 1st cut after next season in this scenario.
Apr 22 - 11:36 AM

USC CB Josh Shaw "could be a big corner, but I think he would excel inside," believes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

Shaw could conceivably play CB or S at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder's 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. CBS' draft team is high on Shaw as a group, with Dane Brugler urging the Cowboys to target Shaw in Round 2 or 3. Shaw is "instinctive, highly physical and a reliable tackler, however, which I believe makes him one of this year's better safety prospects," wrote Rob Rang.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 21 - 9:10 PM

USC DL Leonard Williams "graded out extremely well in our system," said Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo.

It's not all good news, however, for Mel Kiper's No. 1 graded player. "But a lot of people here think he will not be the impact pass-rusher who typically warrants a top-five pick, that he will be a run-stop player in a passing league," Palazzolo said. ESPN's player comparison tool sees Williams as similar to Cameron Heyward, Justin Harrell and Gerald McCoy on the basis of physical characteristics and athletic ability.
Apr 20 - 6:51 PM

USC CB Josh Shaw is "instinctive, highly physical and a reliable tackler, however, which I believe makes him one of this year's better safety prospects," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

CBS' draft team is high on Shaw as a group, with colleague Dane Brugler last week urging the Cowboys to pick Shaw in Round 2 or 3 if they target the RB/DL/LB positions earlier. At the combine, Shaw impressed with the third fastest CB forty time (4.44), a 37 1/2-inch vertical, a 10-10 broad jump and a DB-best 26 reps on the bench. "Shaw successfully took the spotlight off of a bizarre off-season fabrication about saving a drowning nephew," Rang wrote. "The workout makes Shaw look capable of remaining at cornerback but after watching Shaw closely during Senior Bowl drills, I have reservations about his fluidity. While certainly possessing the straight-line speed to handle perimeter duties, Shaw lacks the change of direction that I believe is critical to success at cornerback."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:14 PM

USC WR Nelson Agholor "is a fierce competitor with excellent work habits in the weight and film rooms and takes his role as a team leader seriously," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Agholor's fascinating footwork will serve well on run-after-catch, but probably as a No. 2 receiver on a team that can also enjoy his entertaining style on returns," Cooney wrote. Agholor recently had a private workout with the Panthers (No. 25) and will soon work out for the Patriots (32). He's going to go at the end of Round 1 or near the beginning of Day 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 11:12 PM

NFL media's Bucky Brooks spoke with one veteran NFC scout who pointed to USC's Buck Allen, UNI's David Johnson and South Carolina's Mike Davis as this year's "hidden gems" at RB.

We aren't sure how "hidden" these ball carriers are, since one posted a top Combine performance and the other two were starters for their respective big time programs. Still, it is worth pointing out the three prospects are receiving NFL love. We'd highlight Texas' Malcolm Brown (who played in a rotation) and Gus Johnson from Stephen F. Austin as other "gem" candidates.
Apr 17 - 12:05 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney dubs USC RB Javorius "Buck" Allen "is a jack of all traits and the master of none, which may be credentials for some team looking for somebody to control the clock at the end of a game or help play defense on offense."

In this way, Cooney believes Allen compares to journeyman NFL back LeGarrette Blount "with no aspersions to PED use" and "minus about 25 pounds." That's not an unattractive package, though Allen unfortunately declared into what is considered one of the best RB classes in history. "A dedicated weight-room fanatic, "Buck" Allen is probably a work-in-progress, but we will list him here because he has toughness that may work at the next level," Cooney wrote. When asked at the combine what he wanted teams to know about him, Allen responded: "I'm very unique. I have great hands, and I can be a workhorse for a team. You're going to have to drag me off the field because I love the game of football." The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, who has drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans' Bishop Sankey, has a 4.53 second forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 5:05 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that USC WR Nelson Agholor had a private workout with the Panthers, and plans to work out for the Patriots next.

The USC prospect's stock is on the rise as of late, and it looks like he could go in the first round. Both teams select in the back end of the first, with the Panthers at No.25, and the Patriots at No.32. The versatile playmaker should make an immediate impact on offense and on special teams right away.
Apr 16 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that USC WR Nelson Agholor "can play inside or outside, and is a smooth and sudden route runner."

"He has average size at 6-0, 198 pounds, but possesses good speed (4.42 40) and is a competitive player," McShay wrote. "He has above-average ball skills and can contribute in the NFL as a punt returner, having averaged 14.6 yards per return with four touchdowns during his USC career." The analyst ranks Agholor as the No. 35 overall prospect. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has a first-round grade on Agholor. Agholor, who caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards (12.6) and 12 scores in 2014, posted a 1.53 10-yard split at the combine.
Apr 14 - 9:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that the Dallas Cowboys could target USC CB Josh Shaw in the 2nd to 3rd round, if they draft a "RB/DL/LB in the 1st round."

The Dallas Cowboys could look to add some quality depth to the CB position, and the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Shaw could be seen as a versatile playmaker, to bring to the ranch. The USC prospect improved on his stock, at both the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. At the combine, Shaw impressed with the third fastest forty (4.44) amongst the cornerbacks, and threw up a position-best 26 reps of 225 on the bench.
Apr 14 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock has eight first-round grades on receivers.

"I've got eight wide receivers with potential first-round grades. Of those eight, I think six will go in the first round," Mayock said. "Kevin White and Amari Cooper are both top 10 talents. I like White slightly higher because he's got a higher ceiling." Of particular surprise on the eight-man list is perhaps USC WR Nelson Agholor's inclusion on a list with mostly familiar names. "Nelson Agholor from USC is perhaps the fastest riser in the entire draft," Mayock said. "He's an impeccable route runner who can play inside or outside. He has tremendous value as a punt returner." Dorial Green-Beckham is the other inclusion not always mentioned by other analysts.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 1:07 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis thinks USC DL Leonard Williams could slide out of the top six.

Davis ranks Williams as the No. 1 player in the draft, but sees potential trouble if Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota go Nos. 1-2, as expected. "The Jaguars (No. 3), Redskins (No. 5) and Jets (No. 6) all are consistently linked to the top edge rushers available, and most expect the Raiders (No. 4) to take a wide receiver," Davis wrote. "Could Williams, an interior defensive lineman, fall all the way to the Bears at No. 7, who would most likely jump at the chance to pick him? I don't think Williams will fall that far, but it's not implausible."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 8:54 PM

NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock believes USC DL Leonard Williams fits the Tennessee Titans "like a glove."

"They could go a bunch of different ways (at No. 2 overall), it's really intriguing," Mayock said on "The Rich Eisen Show". "Leonard Williams fits them like a glove. He makes sense for them. Or, there's the intrigue of a trade." While the No.2 spot has been a rumored landing spot for teams trying to trade up for Marcus Mariota, Williams would be a great fit along the Titans' defensive line. The USC prospect would offer the Titans a versatile chess piece along their front line. Mayock noted that, Williams "is a natural five-technique who can play up and down the line of scrimmage. He's kind of a no-brainer, I think, if he continues to want to be the best player."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 4:05 PM


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