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Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell is expected to declare for the NFL draft after this season, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Word (at) this time is he’s likely to enter the draft," Pauline writes. "I love Fackrell’s physicality as well as his instincts and discipline. He does struggle making plays in reverse, showing stiffness and an inability to backpedal." Fackrell received a second day grade from Pauline. Mel Kiper also brought the outside linebacker's name up during preseason tape work.
Jul 7 - 10:46 AM

Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton received a "free agent" preseason grade from draft insider Tony Pauline.

Keeton ranks behind his fellow MWC quarterbacks, namely Colorado State's Garret Grayson (fourth-round), Nevada's Cody Fajardo (sixth-round). We think Keeton can really emerge this season, as his passing charts were impressive. We'd like to see him be forced to handle the pocket more often, but that is unlikely. Keeton only played in six games last season before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

Utah State redshirt junior OLB Kyler Fackrell ranks as draft insider Tony Pauline's top prospect from the Mountain West Conference.

Fackrell was hyped up by Mel Kiper just a few weeks ago, but CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was "underwhelmed" after watching two games. Pauline gives Fackrell a day two preseason tag. Two Fresno State prospects, safety Derron Smith and receiver Joshua Harper, both received third-round labels.
Jun 30 - 3:39 PM

Utah State redshirt junior edge player Kyler Fackrell's film tape has left CBS Sports' Dane Brugler "underwhelmed" through two games of film study.

"Utah State LB Kyler Fackrell has received a ton of hype, but through two games of film, I'm very underwhelmed. I need to see more," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fackrell was recently ranked as Mel Kiper's No.1 underclassmen OLB. One of Utah States' top defenders in 2013, Fackrell had 82 tackles, an interception returned for a touchdown, with 13 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks on the season.
Jun 23 - 3:49 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Utah State redshirt junior edge player Kyler Fackrell as the No. 1 underclassmen OLB.

The ranking will surprise nobody who saw Fackrell slotted at No. 18 overall on Kiper's initial big board last month. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fackrell is an outstanding athlete who will wreak havoc on MWC offenses this fall. "His versatility stands out," Kiper wrote. "He's got a ton of athleticism and could pile up more TFL and sack totals if he just lined up at either end and pinned his ears back, but he can also drop and cover. A name to watch." Fackrell had 13 tackles for loss last season; as Kiper mentions, expect that number to go up.
Jun 22 - 5:19 PM

NFL scouts are "touting" Utah State senior QB Chuckie Keeton as a "sleeper candidate to watch in the fall," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Keeton completed almost 70 percent of his passes with an 18/2 TD/INT ratio before his junior campaign was truncated by an ACL injury. "Keeton displayed the mobility and elusiveness to flee the pocket under duress, while maintaining the awareness, poise and savvy to make pinpoint throws down the field," Brooks wrote. "With NFL teams becoming increasingly comfortable with a run-pass threat in the backfield, Keeton's skills as a mobile playmaker fit the mold of the 'new school' quarterback that's taking over the league." According to the analyst, scouts will be watching closely this year to make a determination if Keaton's game -- which has been heavily imbued by tricks of the Aggies' spread scheme such bubble screen, pop passes and other quick-rhythm throws -- can translate to the next level. This is a player helped by Russell Wilson's success, and he'll be aided further if Johnny Manziel has a successful transition to the pros.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 8:57 PM

Former Oregon redshirt freshman QB Damion Hobbs transferred to Utah State.

Hobbs, a member of the 2013 class, redshirted last season. "I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Oregon, but things simply didn’t work out football-wise," he said. "I’ve been to Utah State and had a good rapport with the coaches so everything was in place and it just felt right." With star QB Chuckie Keeton‘s eligibility set to expire after the coming season, Hobbs could conceivably helm the offense for three years beginning in 2015. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hobbs will likely compete with Darell Garretson for QB-of-the-future honors on the practice field in 2014. "I just want to bring that winning attitude to the program," Hobbs said. "They’ve been doing that there lately and winning games but I want to keep it going and really want to win and learn as much as I can. I want to come in and be a good teammate too right off the bat."
May 28 - 8:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper listed Utah State redshirt junior edge player Kyler Fackrell at No. 18 overall on his initial big board.

"Fackrell is a big-time athlete at 6-5 and about 250 pounds," Kiper begins. "He had 13.0 tackles for loss last season and could have had more on what was a very good Aggies defense." We expect to hear more about the ways Fackrell wins on the field rather than his stats, but he is a new name to watch this season.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 10:31 AM

Oregon redshirt freshman QB Damion Hobbs plans to transfer, according to Duck Territory.

Hobbs was a member of the 2013 class but redshirted during his first season. Jake Rodrigues, another Ducks quarterback, stated he intended to transfer last week. Jeff Lockie appears to have locked up the school's backup quarterback job. Marcus Mariota will almost certainly declare for the NFL following the 2014 season. The school is thin at the position after him, however.
Source: 24/7 Sports
May 19 - 11:25 AM

Dolphins signed Utah State C Tyler Larsen.

Larsen (6-foot-3 5/8, 313) made 52 starts for the Aggies, earning first-team All-WAC recognition in each of his final three seasons. A power player who's limited athletically, Larsen pumped 36 reps on the bench at the Combine, but posted a 23 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-6 broad jump. Larsen is big enough to offer versatility at guard, but projects best at center due to 31 1/2-inch arms. He could develop into a lower-end spot starter and quality reserve for the Dolphins.
May 11 - 2:39 PM

Lions selected Utah State CB Nevin Lawson with the No. 133 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Lawson (5-foot-9 1/8, 190) made 40 starts for the Aggies, tallying 9.5 tackles for loss and six interceptions, including four as a senior en route to first-team All-Mountain West honors. He played both outside and slot corner, and garnered pre-draft comparisons to versatile Ravens Pro Bowler Lardarius Webb. An undersized but quick-twitch sleeper, Lawson ran 4.48 at the Combine with a 10-foot broad jump. He also offers extensive experience as a special teams gunner.
May 10 - 2:32 PM

Rams selected Utah State S Maurice Alexander with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Alexander (6-foot-1 1/4, 220) only made honorable mention All-Mountain West as a senior despite 90 tackles -- 9.0 for a loss -- and two forced fumbles. Much more a box safety than center fielder, Alexander played linebacker as a sophomore and does his best work close to the line. He does offer plus athleticism with a 38-inch vertical and 4.54 forty. Alexander's stock was affected by a junior-year aggravated assault charge, which cost him the entire 2012 season. He's likely ticketed for special teams in the pros.
May 10 - 12:49 PM

Utah State CB Nevin Lawson had a pre-draft visit last week with the Falcons, according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench sniffed out a potential fit between Atlanta and Lawson in March. Lawson (5-foot-9 1/2, 190 pounds), who posted a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine, had 53 tackles, four interceptions, 13 pass deflections and a forced fumble last season. Muench wrote last month that he "compares favorably with Baltimore's 2009 third-round pick, corner Lardarius Webb."
Apr 20 - 8:45 PM

Utah State CB Nevin Lawson has a pre-draft visit lined up with the Cleveland Browns next Wednesday and Thursday, according to Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

While At Utah State, Lawson started in 39 consecutive games and was a two-time All-Moutain West Athletic Conference selection. Last season Lawson had 53 tackles, four interceptions, 13 pass deflections and a forced fumble. While lacking the ideal size(5-foot-9 1/2, 190 pounds) at the next level, Lawson makes up for it with his athleticism and physicality to his game. It's possible Lawson could hear his name called on day three of the draft.
Apr 18 - 5:10 PM

Utah State CB Nevin Lawson "compares favorably with Baltimore's 2009 third-round pick, corner Lardarius Webb," according to Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Lawson (5-foot-9 1/2, 190 pounds) asserted himself onto scouts' radars with good showings in both the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. He posted a 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. "I was excited to see his tape as a result and he didn't disappoint. He is a quick-twitch corner with the instincts, quickness and balance to shadow receivers underneath plus he's fast enough to turn and run with receivers," wrote Muench. "His competitiveness and short-term memory when it comes to getting beat are also noteworthy." The analyst sees Lawson as a Day 3 pick and suggests the Falcons as a possible fit.
Mar 11 - 6:06 PM


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