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An NFL scout says Utah S Marcus Williams is "like Eric Weddle in terms of his ability to work."

"True professional. Great tester," he said. "Rare athlete. Very good ball skills. May be a corner." The biggest question about Williams in the scouting community is his tackling. "He’s just not very aggressive playing the run," said another scout. "Just doesn’t show up enough on tape." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Williams to Denver Broncos S Justin Simmons.
Mar 17 - 1:46 PM

An NFC area scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Utah RB Joe Williams "just [has] too many red flags."

"Getting kicked out of UConn for theft was strike one, but then you have his fumbles and his 'retirement,'" the scout said. "I just don't want that hassle. Too many players to choose from." These are legitimate concerns that will knock him down -- or off -- some draft boards, though he at least showed out athletically in Combine testing. His 4.41-second run through the 40-yard dash ranked second among all invited running backs, as did his 4.19-second blaze through the 20-yard shuttle. He could see love as early as Round 3.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 9:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Utah S Marcus Williams to Denver Broncos S Justin Simmons.

Zierlein refers to Williams as a "[b]all-hawking free safety who has outstanding ball skills and has shown a propensity for causing turnovers" and notes that "[h]e can play from a high centerfield spot and utilizes his instincts to swoop down and challenge throws." While the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder was a likely Day 2 prospect prior to the Combine, he turned in one of the better all-around performances in Indianapolis -- most notably in his 43.5-inch vertical, second best among safeties -- and has upward stock mobility that gives him an outside shot of hearing his name called on Day 1. If not Round 1, then Round 2 is very much a possibility for the Utah product.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 6:28 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Utah T Garett Bolles is "more of a traditional mauler."

"He’s athletically gifted and plays the game dirty tough," the scout said. "He is an LDS Mormon guy that’s kind of recaptured his life. He ran with gangs earlier in his life. He’s pretty good." Bolles bounced between high schools as a prep, spent time in the JUCO ranks and was only at Utah for one season. "Checkered past," said another scout. "He’s the most talented of all of them (tackles). Really athletic and tough. Plays hard. He’s got to get stronger." Bolles will be 25 as a rookie.
Mar 13 - 3:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Utah C J.J. Dielman to Wesley Johnson.

Dielman is the cousin of former NFL lineman Kris Dielman. He kicked inside to center this past season after spending 2014 and 2015 as the starting right tackle. "An athletic center with the plus athleticism of a three-year tackle, but he lacks the core power that some teams will require from an interior lineman," Zierlein wrote. "Needs to bulk up and add as much strength as possible in order to be a functional NFL player. While his movement skills will be enticing for zone-scheme teams, he could be limited by scheme fit, which narrows the teams who might consider drafting him." Dielman's 2016 season was cut short by a leg injury.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 2:35 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah sophomore QB Tyler Huntley "likely will get about an even share of reps with [Troy] Williams."

Let the games begin. Williams started last year, but his performance didn't necessarily make him a lock to start in Week 1 of 2017. Huntley is a former three-star recruit who has drawn positive reviews since he stepped on campus. New OC Troy Taylor's offense will include a more throwing, which could benefit the pocket-passing Huntley. However, Taylor says Williams is the current leader in the clubhouse due to his playing experience.
Mar 13 - 2:10 PM

Utah RB Joe Williams posted the No. 2 40-yard dash (4.41) and 20-yard shuttle (4.19) among running backs at the NFL Combine.

Williams added a 35-inch vertical, which was in the top half of the RB field. "There were some questions about Williams' athleticism, but those should be gone now," ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote. "I have Williams rated as a Day 3 guy, but he could be taken in the third round." Williams rushed for 1,017 yards in only five games following his four-game retirement in 2016.
Source: ESPN
Mar 8 - 12:29 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "word is getting louder" that the Jets are high on Utah T Garrett Bolles.

Understandable enough. We are high on Bolles, too. While he did not participate in the bench press on Thursday due to a slight pectoral strain, the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder did take part in the 40-yard dash one day later. And how. Bolles split the atom via a beautiful sprint of 4.95 seconds. He also put in a vertical jump of 28 inches and a broad jump of 115 inches.
Mar 3 - 3:01 PM

Utah T Garrett Bolles did not participate in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a slight pectoral strain.

Bolles, a phenomenal athlete, is considered one of the top tackle prospects in the 2017 pool. While he did not lift with his fellow offensive linemen on Thursday, the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder plans on working the bench press on Utah's pro day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes that he could potentially challenge offensive line agility records in Indianapolis (assuming the strained pectoral does not keep him out of further events).
Mar 2 - 6:51 PM

Utah G Isaac Asiata performed 35 reps on the bench press to lead all offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TCU’s Aviante Collins, Texas A&M’s Jermaine Eluemainor and Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp all played bridesmaid to Asiata with 34 reps. This is a strong (no pun intended?) showing for the former Utes lineman, particularly given that his draft process got off to a sluggish start when he was unable to perform in the Senior Bowl due to a hamstring injury. CBS Sports views Asiata as a potential third-round selection. He was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and earned Morris Trophy honors from the conference this past season. The Pac-12 doles out that award to its best offensive lineman.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 2 - 5:09 PM

Utah T Garett Bolles arrived at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-5 and 297-pounds.

Bolles also has 34-inch arms and 9 3/8-inch hands. The 24-year-old Utah tackle is expected to be one of the top athletes among offensive linemen, if not the top. Many suggest he could land as a top 20 pick, but others might be turned off due to the sub-300 pound weight.
Mar 1 - 1:13 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris suggests Utah T Garett Bolles might push OL agility records at the NFL Combine.

The agility tests include the 3-cone and 20-yard short shuttle. Both Combine records are held by Jason Kelce (7.22 3-cone, 4.14 short shuttle). Bolles, who will be 25 years old prior to his first NFL game, is extremely talented and one NFC scout called him the most athletic player he's evaluated in that area at that position. Bolles has a strong chance of being the first player at his position drafted, despite his older age.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 1 - 9:16 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah writes that he expects Utah S Marcus Williams' "stock to soar with NFL evaluators" after the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jeremiah sees big things from Williams for the Combine this week. "He should run the 40 in the low 4.4s, post a vertical of 40-plus inches and broad jump at or beyond 11 feet," forwards the analyst, who refers to the 6-foot, 190-pound Utah product as "a rangy safety prospect with outstanding ball skills and production." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs Williams as a potential third-rounder.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 1:58 PM

A west area scout for an NFC team says Utah T Garett Bolles is the "most athletic offensive lineman I've done since I took over this area of the country."

"He's also mean on the field, which you love. I'm projecting him to get stronger once he locks into an NFL strength-and-conditioning program," the scout said. "He's underdeveloped right now. What you see isn't what you are going to ultimately get, in my opinion." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Bolles to Cedric Ogbuehi. "He clearly has elite athletic ability and foot quickness, but his lack of core strength and ability to sustain blocks against power across from him is a concern at this time," Zierlein wrote. "While he has Pro Bowl potential for a zone-scheme team, his floor will be a little lower than you might like in an early round pick." The 6-foot-6, 300-pounde Bolles will be 25 years old by the opening of fall camp.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that "[w]hile [Utah T Garrett Bolles] has Pro Bowl potential for a zone-scheme team, his floor will be a little lower than you might like in an early round pick."

"He clearly has elite athletic ability and foot quickness," Zierlein explains, "but his lack of core strength and ability to sustain blocks against power across from him is a concern at this time." On top of these questions, one more in terms of his age -- the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder will turn 25 in May. These are all potential blocks to a high slot, but Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is of the opinion that Bolles could wind up being drafted in the first half of Round 1 this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 9:19 PM


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