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NFL Network's Mike Mayock sees Utah State OLB Kyler Fackrell as a potential second or third-round selection in this spring's draft.

As Mayock colleague Chase Goodbread noted, during Saturday's Senior Bowl, Fackrell showed well when he "beat Texas Tech left tackle Le'Raven Clark with an inside move in the first quarter to get a hit on Alabama QB Jake Coker just as he released a pass, forcing an incompletion." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound NFL hopeful might have received a second-to-third round evaluation from Mayock, but Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage indicated that he's heard first-round chatter during the practice week. This past season, Fackrell notched 82 tackles (15 for loss), four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He's done well to recover from a torn ACL suffered in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 6:55 PM

Two-star WR/CB Rayshad Lewis committed to Utah State on Tuesday.

Lewis publicized his commitment with a Twitter post that included a famous face--that would be Ray Lewis, Rayshad's father. As for the junior Lewis, he's a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiving prospect, though he might end up playing corner for the Aggies. He's not an all-world recruit, but received offers from the likes of Idaho, Appalachian State and Florida Atlantic before his visit to Utah State last weekend worked to seal the deal.
Jan 30 - 12:14 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said he's heard some first-round talk surrounding Utah State OLB Kyler Fackrell.

"He missed some time with an injury as a junior, but I felt like if he came back and had a good senior year, he'd be a good candidate down here," said Savage. "You hear some talk that he could potentially be in first-round consideration. I think he's definitely in the class of guys that could get a potential (NFL) starter grade. We'll see where he goes from there over the next few months." The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder had 82 tackles, 15 TFL, four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries in his return to the field last year. He's a a pass-rushing linebacker best suited to a 3-4 defense, but is auditioning as a 4-3 strong-side linebacker this week to fit his squad's scheme. "Striking, getting off blocks, I'm always trying to gain weight and mass in my upper body," Fackrell said. "So shedding blocks is something I want to work on. The advantage to my game is speed and an ability to play in space."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 8:35 PM

Utah State OLB Kyler Fackrell patterns his game after Clay Matthews.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris is "surprised by the lack of attention" Fackrell is getting. "An injury in 2014 sidelined him, and Fackrell returned to the field at a high level," Norris wrote. "It is easy to see which edge players, and defenders in general, move differently. They look fluid, in control, explosive. Fackrell fits this. Utah State used him in a Connor Barwin drop end/backer role and he played very well. [Senior Bowl] week will be a good indicator as to if his crutch is bend or power when rushing the passer." Fackrell came back from a torn ACL to post 76 tackles, 13.5 TFL, and two forced fumbles in 2015. "Fackrell is playing a true linebacker spot with some snaps as a pass rusher," Norris wrote. "He profiles as a drop end in an odd man front, but moves well enough to play in space as a true linebacker if necessary."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 27 - 8:06 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Utah State OLB Kyler Fackrell has "an intriguing skill-set with his size, length and loose movements to smoothly redirect and cover a lot of ground."

Brugler wrote that during the Senior Bowl practice week, Fackrell has the opportunity to show himself as a more traditional outside linebacker. With the Aggies he mostly worked as a 3-4 edge rusher. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder rebounded from a 2014 torn ACL to record 76 tackles (13.5 for loss) and two forced fumbles during the 2015 regular season. "Fackrell is one of the more interesting players in this class," Brugler concluded, "due to his raw ability and questions about scheme fit."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 8:15 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that Utah State WR Hunter Sharp struggled with drops over the course of the Shrine Game practice week.

Wrote Jeremiah, "[Sharp's] sudden off the line of scrimmage and he can separate down the field. The issue has been his hands." According to the draft analyst, the 6-foot, 200-pound receiver would "make an impressive, extended catch and then follow it up with an easy drop." That being said, Jeremiah admitted that he's excited to dig into further film on Sharp. Unfortunately, he missed Thursday's practice and will be held out of the Shrine Game due to an undisclosed injury.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 11:02 PM

Shrine Game coach June Jones indicated that Utah State WR Hunter Sharp will miss Saturday's Shrine Game due to an injury.

No word as to the nature of the injury, but Sharp's down for the count. The 6-foot, 200-pound wideout missed Thursday's practice due to his ailment. In 2015, he logged 77 catches for 1,019 yards and eight touchdowns. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler likes the speed element in his game, but alas, we won't have a chance to see that in action on Saturday.
Jan 21 - 7:15 PM

Utah State WR Hunter Sharp is "quick off the line, accelerates in his routes and shows burst at the top of routes," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Sharp moves fast in everything he does," Brugler wrote from the practice fields of the East-West Shrine Game. "He needs to be more consistent catching the football, especially over the middle on slants and crossers, but his play speed stood out during drills." The 6-foot, 200-pound Sharp led the Aggies last season with 77 receptions, 1,019 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns despite missing two games.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 3:36 PM

Utah State LB Nick Vigil declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Hat tip to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline for the scoop earlier this week. Zach Vigil's younger brother played an insane 97-percent of the school's defensive snaps last fall. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder collected 144 tackles. Pauline reported last month that he's been hearing Vigil graded anywhere from Rd. 3 to Rd. 6.
Jan 14 - 2:55 PM

Utah State redshirt junior LB Nick Vigil will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline.

Nick is Zach's younger brother, who also played at Utah State and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dolphins. Nick stands at 6'2/235 lbs and was an all around player for the Aggies this season and was on the field for a ridiculous number of snaps (97% of the school's defensive plays this season).
Jan 12 - 10:37 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that the Idaho Potato Bowl could have been Utah State redshirt junior LB Nick Vigil's final college game for Utah State.

"I first mentioned this back on November 9th and the grades I’ve received on the junior range anywhere from rounds three through six," Pauline writes. The Utah State prospect has been a tackling machine for the Aggies in 2015, leading the team in tackles, with 144 tackles. Only eight Aggies in Utah State history have posted more tackles in a season.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Utah State sophomore QB Kent Myers completed 14-of-20 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 23-21 setback against Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Myers platooned with Chuckie Keeton, who was returning from injury. The Aggies gave Keeton the start and half the run because he's the face of the program. That good faith display may have cost them the win. Myers was the superior quarterback throughout the season and was again on Tuesday. Keeton's career was wrecked by knee injuries. Myers is the new face of the Aggies. The 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore proved to be effective both inside and outside of the pocket this year.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:39:00 PM

Utah State senior WR Hunter Sharp had 11 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 23-21 loss to Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder was the Aggies' No. 1 go-to receiver in his last year of eligibility, leading the school with 77 receptions, 1,019 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns despite missing two games. He earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West honors for that. Sharp will attend the East-West Shrine Game.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton (knee) is expected to start on Tuesday against Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Keeton's collegiate career was derailed by a serious of knee injuries that limited him to only 15 games over the last three seasons. Even so, he's Utah State's all-time leader in touchdown passes and completion percentage and will finish second in total yards, passing yards and completions. "We ushered in a new [era at] Utah State," Keeton said. "… I've always been told stories of what it used to be like. It sounded like a horror story compared to what it is now. And my thing is, yeah, it's my senior year. But I don't want this thing to go back to that spot. That's been my mentality the whole year — passing down some knowledge and advice — to prevent that from ever happening again." Expect sophomore QB Kent Myers to rotate in for Keeton. The offense has been more efficient with Myers on the field this year.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 03:07:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Utah State redshirt senior OLB Kyler Fackrell is "a classic strongside linebacker with the size, power and agility to play all three downs."

Fackrell's 2015 production (76 tackles, 13.5 for loss, two forced fumbles) is made all the more impressive by the fact that he missed almost the entirety of the 2014 campaign due to a torn ACL. His five fumble recoveries this season rank as the most in the country. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound redshirt senior will look to mash Akron in Tuesday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He's also accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 05:18:00 PM


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