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Virginia junior DE/OLB Eli Harold has a "could be a major riser in the draft process," reports ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Big-time athlete with a long, solid frame who can provide a pass-rush and could be something special as he develops his skill set," Kiper wrote. "He could definitely land in Round 1 and could be a major riser in the draft process." Kiper's colleague Todd McShay wrote in late October that Harold is likely to be "off the board by the third round" if he declares. Harold has continued to improve, forcing a sunnier projection. In fact, Rotoworld's Josh Norris currently ranks Harold as the No. 18 overall prospect in the class.
Dec 10 - 5:23 PM

Virginia junior edge rusher Eli Harold announced he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

We will say it right now, Harold will receive the draft "riser" label at some point in the process. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Harold as the No. 6 edge rusher in a loaded class at the position, which places him at No. 18 overall. Harold is a fluid athlete with a great frame and has already been used as an end or in a two point stance as a standup linebacker. He recorded seven sacks in 2014.
Dec 10 - 11:29 AM

The Washington Post reports that Virginia redshirt junior QB David Watford has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer to another school.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound Watford was the starting QB for the Cavaliers for all of the 2013 season, leading Virginia to a 2-10 record. Watford threw for 2,202 yards, eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions. This year, Watson has been passed on the depth chart by redshirt sophomores Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns as the Cavaliers finished with a 5-7 record this season. Watford saw time in four games this season, however, with Virginia dealing with injuries, Watford played two games at the wide receiver position.
Dec 3 - 3:32 PM

Virginia senior S Anthony Harris accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Let's get this out of the way first: There was no way Harris was going to replicate his stats from last season. Even so, he was an all-ACC honoree who an AFC East scout called a "good player" earlier this year. Harris led the nation with eight interceptions in 2013, named a Walter Camp and Sports Illustrated All-American as a junior. This season, he had 108 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and 10 breakups. Harris is a good athlete with ball skills who is likely to go during the draft's first two days.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 8:32 PM

Virginia announced that head coach Mike London will return next season.

London is 5-6 this season and 23-37 overall. If the Cavs lose to Virginia Tech on Friday, he will have missed a bowl game in four of five campaigns. Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said he has "seen signs of progress in many areas" and added that "through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes." London has recruited well and will be in a good position to succeed next year with 15 starters returning.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 27 - 2:08 AM

Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks had 15 carries for 43 yards in Saturday's loss to Florida State.

Parks also had four catches for 27 yards. The running back doesn't have blinding speed and against a defense filled with athletes like Florida State's, he can find himself mired in a barrage of short runs. In this contest, he averaged just 2.9 YPC and didn't bust anything longer than 11. 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 have played out true in 2014, as Parks only has two games with more than 100+ rushing yards.
Nov 9 - 11:39 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Virginia senior RB Kevin Parks has "some make-you-miss ability."

Brugler did start out his note on Parks with a bit of a backhand compliment, saying that the 5-foot-8, 208-pound Cavalier "doesn't look like much," but went on to write that the runner "is shifty." Parks has used that shiftiness to rack up 626 rushing yards in 2014. Parks had a breakout season a year ago in which he rushed for 1,031 yards. While he's averaging a relatively average 4.2 YPC this season, over the summer CBS Sports' Derek Stephens speculated that Parks might land somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds of the NFL draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 6 - 8:31 PM

Virginia senior WR Miles Gooch will miss the remainder of the year with a knee injury.

Gooch suffered the injury on October 25 against North Carolina. The receiver is not eligible for a medical redshirt. Prior to the injury, Gooch had caught 24 passes for 371 yards, good for third on the team. Gooch was rated as a three-star athlete coming out of high school.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 6:36 PM

Virginia junior DE Eli Harold has a "long frame with room to add a lot more bulk," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay makes it clear that he isn't even sure if Harold will declare for the draft, but if the Cavalier does opt to bolt, McShay thinks it's likely he'll be "off the board by the third round." Harold is listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds and his strengths include "good upper-body power, recognition skills and playmaking instincts." Additionally, Harold has shown improvement in his pass-rushing moves this season. With added bulk, he has the potential to "play different roles in a multiple-front defense." In the preseason, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that the junior's film "oozes quickness, explosion and the ability to force the action."
Oct 29 - 6:07 PM

Virginia senior S Anthony Harris is a "good player," according to an AFC East scout.

"Harris' future looks bright," added NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis. "Harris is establishing himself as one of the better safeties in college football." Harris rode a nation-leading eight-interceptions in 2013 to the preseason Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List. He's a good athlete with ball skills who is likely to go during the draft's first two days.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 8 - 8:13 PM

An AFC East scout said he would stay up all night as a coach trying to figure out how to block Virginia, especially senior middle linebacker Henry Coley.

"If I'm an offensive coach, I'm up all night trying to figure out how to block them, especially middle linebacker Henry Coley, who was a force against UCLA," the scout said. Coley, you might recall, terrorized Brett Hundley in the opener, setting the stage for what has been a big senior season. Coley led the Cavs with 91 tackles last year and ranked twelfth in the ACC at 7.6 tackles per game.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 8 - 5:05 PM

Virginia senior CB Demetrious Nicholson will sit out the rest of the season with a turf toe injury and will seek a medical redshirt.

Nicholson has missed all but one game this season, but recorded an interception in that contest. The senior has a fairly long injury list, suffering a season ending injury in the fifth-game of 2013. This turf toe injury required surgery last May, but obviously there have been complications. His goal is to play for the Cavaliers in 2015.
Source: Daily Press
Oct 6 - 10:47 AM

Virginia senior CB Demetrious Nicholson had an interception in Saturday's win against Kent State.

Nicholson, who suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game last season, secured his first pick of the 2014 campaign. Over the summer, CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote that Nicholson's "quickness and natural cover skills could earn him a spot on an NFL roster as a nickel option." In his last fully-healthy season, Nicholson tied for the ACC lead with 15 passes defensed in 2012, and finished fourth on the Cavs with 56 tackles.
Sep 28 - 3:51 PM

Virginia junior DE Eli Harold "shows the necessary athleticism to get consideration at both defensive end and outside linebacker," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Harold's consistent pressure -- he had two sacks and a pair of tackles for loss -- helped the Cavs upset Louisville on Saturday and snap an ACC winless streak of almost two years. "Late in the fourth quarter Harold registered his second sack of the game that put Louisville in a third and 20 situation which eventually forced the Cardinals to punt the ball, sealing victory for UVA," Pauline wrote. "Harold is a natural pass rusher whose game has been moving north the past two seasons. On film he shows the necessary athleticism to get consideration at both defensive end and outside linebacker." Pauline saw Harold as a preseason Rds. 3-4 prospect, writing in late August that he was "on the fringe of being a top 75 pick and could move higher with a big season and solid pre-daft workouts, assuming he opts for the NFL."
Sep 16 - 6:52 PM

Virginia senior S Anthony Harris intercepted a pass in Saturday's upset win over Louisville.

It was Will Gardner's first interception of the season, as well as Harris' first pick of the year. The Cavaliers already have 38 points off turnovers this year after finished with only 13 total in 2013. Harris, of course, rode a nation-leading eight-interceptions in 2013 to the preseason Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List. If he proves last year wasn't a fluke, he could go as high as the first round.
Sep 13 - 7:36 PM


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