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Virginia ILB Henry Coley clocked 4.95 and 4.98 second 40-yard dashes at Virginia's pro day on Monday.

"There is concern about his speed," NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote in an understatement. The 2014 second-team all-ACC selection was a terror on the field for the Cavs, as Brett Hundley could attest. An AFC East scout told NFL.com in October that he'd be "up all night trying to figure out how to block [Virginia's defense], especially middle linebacker Henry Coley." Coley (6-foot-1 1/8, 239 pounds) was a team captain.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:49 AM

Virginia OLB Max Valles ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.84 seconds at Virginia's pro day on Monday.

Valles added a 36-inch vertical jump and a 9-9 broad jump before calling it a day and standing on the rest of his combine numbers. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder gave us one of this year's most shocking early entrant announcements. Is he without talent? Absolutely not. As a 19-year-old, Valles had a team-leading nine sacks, ranked seventh in the ACC with 12.5 tackles for loss, led all non-defensive backs in the conference with eight passes defended, and tied for fourth in the ACC with three forced fumbles. Valles desperately needed additional developmental time, however, and passed up his final two seasons of eligibility in a way that he may look back on as brazenly. Only time will tell. Lance Zierlein compares him to Aaron Lynch.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 12:16 AM

Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold "put forth an impressive enough workout at Virginia's pro day Monday that could have upgraded his stock for the 2015 NFL Draft," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Harold (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds) leaped to a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and did 24 bench reps at 225 pounds. He elected to stand on his other combine numbers, including a 1.56 10-yard split on a 4.60 forty. "Harold looked good in the position drills, showing a good burst with his hand in the ground," Brandt wrote. The edge rusher is the No. 26 prospect on Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 rankings.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 10:39 PM

Virginia S Anthony Harris was unable to work out at the school's Monday pro day due to an injury.

We haven't heard specifics about the injury, but will pass them along when we do. Harris, who ran the 40-yard dash at the combine in 4.56 seconds, is seen as an intelligent ballhawk (he led the nation with eight interceptions in 2013). The 6-foot-1, 183-pounder, however, is a bit lithe to hold up as an NFL safety, so adding bulk will be of the utmost importance. ," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 9:59 PM

Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold will "probably never reach double digits [sacks], but you'll like him because he plays the run well and rushes the passer well," an NFL scout said.

"Good athlete, not elite," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Just a solid, productive football player. He'll get six, seven, eight sacks a year." The third-year junior was a two-year starter who collected 17.5 sacks in college. Harold ran a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.60 forty at the combine. He briefly worked out for evaluators on Wednesday.
Mar 2 - 5:48 PM

After Virginia EDGE player Eli Harold's strong Pro Day, "he likley upgraded position in the draft," according to NFL.com's Senior editor Gil Brandt.

"My scout at Virginia's pro day said Eli Harold looked good in pass-rush drills with hand on ground, likley upgraded position in draft," Brandt tweeted. The Virginia prospect did all the drills as both a defensive lineman and as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Brandt mentioned last month that Harold's "value lies in his ability to reach the quarterback as a 4-3 pass-rusher." With a strong Pro Day behind him, Harold could have just made himself some extra money.
Mar 2 - 3:06 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that this class boasts a deep group of edge rushers, as well as teams in desperate need of edge rushing help.

Match made in heaven. The analyst mentioned that Nebraska's Randy Gregory and Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. didn't show as well at the combine as Clemson's Vic Beasley and Kentucky's Bud Dupree, "who solidified his first-round status and moved into first-round consideration, respectively." Obviously, premier edge rusher Shane Ray didn't participate in workouts due to an injury. "I don't consider Virginia's Eli Harold a likely first-round pick, but he represents some of the depth that can be found for teams that miss out on the first wave of pass-rushers," McShay wrote.
Mar 1 - 6:26 PM

Virginia EDGE player Eli Harold ran a 1.56 10 yard split on his "official" 4.60 forty.

Harold is a "don't count it twice" type edge rusher, who mainly wins with his athleticism rather than technical ability. Still, there is so much to work with, and that is why testing matters for edge players.
Feb 22 - 1:27 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wonders if Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold has "the body type that will allow him to add about 15 pounds without sacrificing speed."

"His value lies in his ability to reach the quarterback as a 4-3 pass-rusher," Brandt wrote. Harold accrued 15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions across his two seasons as a Cav starter. Harold is an athletic freak who is going to test like gangbusters at the combine. Expect a forthcoming stock jump.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 4:09 PM

Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold was selected by the Colts with the No. 29 pick in Todd McShay's mock draft.

"Admittedly, this is a bit early for Harold to come off the board," McShay wrote. "We have a second-round grade on him, but he is a good fit for the Colts' defense as a 3-4 outside linebacker and he offers good upside as a pass-rusher. He's raw but has the length, flexibility and closing burst to develop into a good all-around player, and he was productive at Virginia (15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions his last two years at Virginia). He'd help the Colts get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks -- something they need -- and would benefit from playing alongside veteran Robert Mathis." Harold is an athletic freak who is going to test like gangbusters at the Combine. We expect his stock to rise at that time. Harold "could be a major riser in the draft process," McShay's colleague Mel Kiper wrote last month.
Feb 5 - 10:29 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold as the No. 24 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

"Harold lined up in both a two- and three-point stance on the edge for the Cavaliers," Jeremiah wrote. "He is a very active player who grows on you the more you study him. As a pass rusher, he is at his best when he has a runway to generate power versus offensive tackles. He has some snap in both his hips and hands to torque and unsettle blockers. As a run defender, he can lock out and set the edge as well as use his quick hands/feet to work an edge and disrupt. His overall effort is excellent. He is an ideal fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker." Harold is an athletic freak who is going to test like gangbusters at the Combine. We expect his stock to rise at that time. Harold "could be a major riser in the draft process," ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote last month.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 6:55 PM

Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks is believed to have suffered a calf injury during Medal of Honor bowl practices.

The news comes on the heels of Park's worst statistical season from a per carry standpoint, compiling 745 rushing yards on a 3.9 YPC average.
Jan 10 - 10:46 AM

Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

The 5-foot-8, 208-pound Cavalier could have worked his way into draft consideration with a big year, but Parks regressed instead, struggling through arguably his worst season out of four (745 rushing yards on a 3.9 YPC average). Over the summer, CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote that "lack of ideal size and home run speed are the biggest knocks on Parks," criticisms which played out true in 2014, as Parks only had two games with more than 100-plus rushing yards.
Jan 8 - 6:18 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted the more he watches Virginia EDGE play Eli Harold, the more he likes him.

Harold "needs a runway but he can generate power and he has a tight inside counter move," Jeremiah tweeted. We are in agreement on Harold and he will test like an athletic freak at the Combine. However, do not count his athleticism twice, since it is already a major part of his on-field evaluation.
Jan 8 - 11:08 AM

Virginia true sophomore OLB Max Valles announced he will declare for the NFL draft.

A shocker, as Valles hasn't been spoken of as a high-round pick, and the prospect himself announced more than once this winter that he was returning to school. "I’m not going anywhere," Valles said after Virginia’s season-ending 24-20 loss at Virginia Tech. "For one thing, I’m still just 19." He later tweeted the same message. Valles is eligible jump because he spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy before enrolling at Virginia. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder had a team-leading nine sacks, ranked seventh in the ACC with 12.5 tackles for loss, led all non-defensive backs in the conference with eight passes defended, and tied for fourth in the ACC with three forced fumbles. Valles and Eli Harold led a dynamic defense which was tied for 24th in the nation with 34 sacks heading into bowl season (the 5-7 Cavs didn't qualify).
Jan 6 - 3:24 PM


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