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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that he "fully expect the Vikings to grab a linebacker in Round 2, 3 or 4 during the 2015 NFL Draft."

Within the past week, the Vikings have worked out or met with Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard and North Dakota State edge rusher Kyle Emanuel, and a few weeks ago they traveled to Michigan to see Jake Ryan. The Purple have Anthony Barr locked into one outside gig for the next decade, but OLB Chad Greenway might only have one year left and the team probably would like to find competition to push MLB Gerald Hodges.
Mar 29 - 4:56 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah DB Eric Rowe's "schedule is bulging at the seams with visits and workouts," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Rowe, who is "making an assault north up draft boards and is a favorite of the Philadelphia Eagles," worked out for scouts this week at Utah's pro day event and "looked terrific in position drills yesterday and was smooth as well as athletic," the analyst reported. Rowe worked out for the Texans (with Bengals HC Marvin Lewis watching), had a private workout with the Browns and a meeting with their defensive backs coach, and met with the Patriots and Cowboys. The Eagles will work out Rowe on Monday. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe ran a 4.45 40 at the combine.
Mar 27 - 11:19 PM

Utah WR Dres Anderson (knee) was unable to perform for scouts at Thursday's pro day.

Anderson has scheduled a personal Pro Day on April 14. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote previously that Anderson could sneak into the top-100 if can run an impressive forty time at his pro day. Anderson certainly believes he'll do so. When asked what he expected to run, the receiver replied: "4.3, high 4.3. I feel like I can do it." The 6-foot-1, 187-pound wideout tore his meniscus in October against USC.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 10:12 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah DB Eric Rowe "is flying up draft boards and most feel there's no way he gets out of the second round," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Last week, Pauline reported Rowe had visits scheduled with the Dolphins, Ravens and Lions, and now he passes along that the Philadelphia Eagles "are very high on Rowe, who's drawing intrigue based on his size/speed and ability to line-up at either cornerback or safety." The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe ran a 4.45 40 at the combine.
Mar 27 - 2:46 AM

Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard has met with the Browns, Colts and Vikings over the past few days, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Per the analyst, the Browns project Orchard to linebacker and the Colts project him to defensive end. The defensive end hoisted up 23 reps on the bench and "looked terrific in position drills" at his pro day event, wrote Pauline. At the combine, Orchard logged a mediocre 31.5-inch vertical jump and 4.80 second 40-yard dash. He didn't bench due to a shoulder injury. The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks last season after posting only three sacks in 2013.
Mar 27 - 12:55 AM

If Utah senior WR Dres Anderson can run an impressive forty time at his pro day, he "might be able to creep back into that top-100 picture," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Anderson, who is the son of 10-year NFL receiver Flipper Anderson, has set the bar high for himself. Not only does he hope to break his father's NFL record for receiving yards in a single game (336), but when I asked him what he expected to run in the 40-yard dash, he was confident with his answer: "4.3, high 4.3. I feel like I can do it." And if he's able to meet his goal, Anderson might be able to creep back into that top-100 picture," Brugler wrote. The Utah prospect tore his meniscus in his left knee back in October and required surgery. Unfortunately for Anderson, his college career came to an end after the injury. Anderson was forced to miss the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, as he was still rehabbing from the injury. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound wideout plans to put on a show for evaluators on March 26th.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 23 - 3:10 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah DB Eric Rowe has visits scheduled with the Dolphins, Ravens and Lions, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline adds Rowe recently went through workouts with the Bucs, Texans and had a one on one with Bengals HC Marvin Lewis. We expect Rowe's name to be mentioned much more frequently the closer April 30 approaches. He should be in the first-round discussion.
Mar 19 - 2:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports that Utah senior WR Dres Anderson will hold an on-campus Pro Day on April 14.

The Utah prospect plans to do a full workout during his pro day, after his MCL surgery kept him out of the Combine. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson tore his meniscus in October in the game against USC.
Mar 13 - 4:31 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard is a "hard-working defender whose strength may be his reliability and endurance more than any expectations of being an NFL superstar."

The analyst ranks Orchard as the No. 47 overall prospect. "I've had my hand on the ground for the last 10 years, so I think that's probably where I'm most comfortable. But a transition to outside linebacker wouldn't be a problem just because I've been dropping into coverage a lot. It's something I'm used to," Orchard said. At the combine, Orchard logged a mediocre 31.5-inch vertical jump and 4.80 second 40-yard dash. He didn't bench due to a shoulder injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 12 - 8:41 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah CB Eric Rowe "is not a proven playmaker and doesn't transition out of breaks as well as you would expect from a player with his ability, so he projects as a Day 3 pick," noted ESPN's Steve Muench.

The analyst, however, ranks Rowe as the No. 10 athlete in the entire draft class. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe ran a 4.45 40 at the combine. "More importantly, he eased concerns about his change-of-direction skills by posting a 3.97 short shuttle and a 6.70 three-cone drill," Muench wrote. "Both are excellent times for corners, let alone safeties and taller defensive backs. He has average arm length (31½ inches) for the position despite his frame, and length has proved more important than some may realize when it comes to projecting defensive backs." In addition to his ability to play CB, Rowe can shift to S.
Mar 8 - 9:33 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Pro Football Focus Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo noted that Utah senior CB Eric Rowe missed two tackles all season.

The former safety turned corner, offers some versatility to his game. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe, spent three years playing safety before switching to CB for the Utes in 2014. Rowe has ideal size and speed at the next level and runs a 4.39 forty. While Rowe prefers to play CB, having the ability to play both safety and CB gives a boost to his draft stock.
Mar 5 - 3:33 PM

Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard said he wants to remain at defensive end.

"I've had my hand on the ground for the last 10 years so that's where I'm most comfortable," he said. Orchard, who currently weighs 250 pounds, said he intends to keep adding bulk. The big question, as NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted recently, is whether Orchard has "the body build to support another 15 pounds without losing any quickness."
Feb 20 - 9:00 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that he wants "to see if [Utah edge rusher Nate Orchard] has the body build to support another 15 pounds without losing any quickness."

"Will Orchard be able to play every week like he did against Stanford and top tackle prospect Andrus Peat last season, when he had 10 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble?" Brandt wrote. "Of course, we won't be able to answer that, but I will be looking to see if Orchard has the kind of get-off and speed to produce at the pro level. How quickly will he get across the bag during the bag drills? How quickly will he get across the line in the simulated pass-rush drills?" The breakout star recorded 84 tackles, 21.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks this past season after posting only three sacks in 2013. An NFC director of college scouting recently told NFL.com that Orchard doesn't show toughness on game film. "At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, Orchard wins with quickness and effort over skill and counter moves," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 3:05 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson said he will run at Utah's pro day on March 26th, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson is currently recovering from an October meniscus tear that he sustained in the game against USC. Unfortunately for Anderson, the injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. Anderson is Utah's fifth all-time leading receiver with 2,077 career yards and has 17 career touchdown catches, which is tied for sixth all-time at Utah.
Feb 19 - 2:40 PM

Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi is drawing the label of "Mike Iupati Jr." from evaluators, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline opens by saying most teams are evaluating Poutasi at guard, and we would not put it past the NFL to be making this comparison based on physical appearance. Poutasi played left tackle and right tackle while at Utah.
Feb 16 - 1:58 PM


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