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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Virginia's Eli Harold as the No. 6 edge rusher in the class.

"Explosive, leggy outside linebacker who has surprising strength at the point of attack, and the hands and length to become an outstanding edge-setter," he wrote. "Harold's burst upfield to threaten the edge is pro caliber and his ability to bend the corner at a 45-degree angle creates potential for him to become a quality pass rusher from either outside linebacker spot in a 3-4." The analyst compares Harold to Olivier Vernon. The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder posted a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.60 forty at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 8:39 PM

Virginia S Anthony Harris "has some coverage limitations in man, but his skills will get him drafted and should also earn him a starting spot fairly quickly," wrote NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst compares him to Jaiquawn Jarrett. "Productive three-year starter with above-average instincts and football intelligence," Zierlein wrote. "Was an interchangeable safety, playing both deep and in run support, but lacks the bulk, physicality and sure tackling to make a living in the box in the NFL." Harris ranks as the class' No. 4 safety, writes Zierlein. Harris recorded at least 80 tackles in three straight years and led the country with eight interceptions in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 1:01 AM

Virginia edge rusher Eli Harold "may not be a potential superstar, but has the mind, body, spirit and enough athletic ability to serve as a consistently productive defender," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder is young -- he'll be 21 as a rookie -- and athletic, with a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.60 forty at the combine. He was also productive in college, leading Virginia in tackles for loss (14.5) last season and chipping in seven sacks and two fumble recoveries. Harold, who lost his mother at 14, comes across as driven as well. "It forced me to, I say, become a man early," Harold said. "Not having a dad growing up, being told things as a child a child shouldn't be told. It definitely pushed me to be the athlete I am today. Everything I do, I think of her. It just motivates me to be that much better."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 6:28 PM

Virginia edge rusher Eli Harold made his debut on Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay's Top 32.

Perhaps we should have had an inkling of this when McShay tweeted earlier this week that Harold "keeps growing" on him. The edge rusher is McShay's No. 32 overall prospect. "His instincts are just average and he needs to improve as an open-field tackler, but there's a lot to like about his game," McShay wrote. "He has the length to set the edge against the run and is a good pass-rusher as well, displaying good initial quickness and flashing the ability to convert speed-to-power." Harold (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds), who will be 21 as a rookie, ran a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.60 forty at the combine.
Mar 21 - 10:39 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay noted Virginia EDGE rusher Eli Harold "keeps growing" on him.

"He's got a chance to be one of the best edge rushers in this class when it's all said and done," McShay writes. The longtime evaluator adds Harold is still "developing" into his long build, saying he flashes converting speed to power. We think Harold solely wins on his athleticism right now, so counting his athleticism displayed at the Combine again could lead to a sticky situation. We aren't saying McShay is, but Harold has major issues on counter moves and disengaging to create space.
Mar 17 - 10:45 AM

Per ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz, Virginia S Anthony Harris recorded at least 80 tackles in three straight years.

It's an interesting stat, and Katz astutely points out why it's topical: Some will undoubtedly make the mistake of conflating Harris and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman as prospects receiving an unnecessary boost for being in the right place at the right time due to their interception totals. Holliman picked off 14 balls last year, and Harris led the country with eight interceptions in 2013. Harris also defensed at least 12 passes in two straight seasons, and added all of those tackles, showing that he's a willing supporter in the run game despite his lithe frame. For sake of comparison, Holliman didn't even reach 80 total tackles in his entire career.
Mar 15 - 7:41 PM

If the Saints don't draft a pass rusher at No. 13, ESPN's Kevin Weidl thinks Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold will appeal to them at No. 31.

The analyst is discussing the pick New Orleans acquired in the Jimmy Graham trade with the Saints. "This may be a little early for Harold, but with edge-rushers such as Beasley, Nebraska's Randy Gregory, Florida's Dante Fowler and Missouri's Shane Ray all likely off the board, he is next in line," Weidl wrote. "He has the developmental upside as a rusher that makes him worthy of taking a chance on in the late first round. While he needs to continue to get stronger, Harold has a lot of natural tools as an edge-rusher. He displays above-average first-step quickness and good torso flexibility bending the edge and flashes some savvy abilities both in working his opponents and maneuvering his pads to get skinny and slip through tight creases." Harold (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds), who will be 21 as a rookie, ran a 1.56 10-yard split on his 4.60 forty at the combine.
Mar 12 - 10:12 PM

Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold went No. 21 to the Bengals in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

We like Harold, but even we aren't as high on him as this exercise is. As the analyst points out, though, Harold would fill a gaping hole on Cincy's roster. "You can quibble all day about whether Harold is a perfect fit in Cincinnati; what can't be argued is that the Bengals' pass rush was absolutely dreadful in 2014 -- pretty safely the worst in the NFL -- and they simply need to find more explosiveness off the edge," Kiper wrote. "Harold isn't the total package in terms of his ability to counter when he gets blocked or display great awareness against the run, but the guy has tremendous get-off and is an exceptional athlete who can beat people with quickness." Harold (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds), who will be only 21 years old as a rookie, finished 4.6, 1.56 and 4.16 in the 40-yard dash, the 10-yard split and the short shuttle, respectively, at the combine. It was a sensational showing.
Mar 10 - 10:35 PM

Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold "is held in high regard," noted the National Football Post's Greg Gabriel, "in NFL draft rooms around the country."

"Harold is a very solid high second round pick, but some teams must be considering that with his age and upside, is he worth taking in the first?" Gabriel wrote. Harold (6-foot-3 and 247 pounds) has great size for a 3-4 outside linebacker, and he'll be only 21 years old as a rookie. In addition, his combine numbers were sensational, where he finished 4.6, 1.56 and 4.16 in the 40-yard dash, the 10-yard split and the short shuttle, respectively. "Where Harold needs to improve is with his ability to shed blocks in the run game. Better technique and added strength in the upper body will help achieve that," Gabriel wrote.
Mar 8 - 6:54 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay has Virginia DE/OLB Eli Harold as "more of a second-round guy, but there's a lot of ability here."

The analyst noted that Harold "really helped his stock" at the combine due to his performances in rusher-centric drills such as the 40-yard dash, the 10-yard split and short shuttle. Harold finished with superb numbers of 4.6, 1.56 and 4.16 in those three events, respectively. "The Titans, Bears, Steelers and Cowboys would all make sense for him in the second round," McShay wrote.
Mar 4 - 1:29 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that Virginia RB Kevin Parks' low 4.7s forty time at the school's pro day "will likely knock Parks out of any late-round consideration he had been receiving."

Earlier, Pauline had called Parks "a legitimate late-round candidate." On Monday, the analyst reported: "I'm told in recent weeks, Parks had been timing in the mid-4.5s, which makes his performance today even more disappointing." Parks did jump well -- posting a 39.5-inch vertical and a 9-10 broad -- did well with 21 bench reps and "looked good in position drills," according to Pauline. The 5-foot-8, 208-pound Cavalier just struggled through arguably his worst collegiate season out of four (745 rushing yards on a 3.9 YPC average).
Mar 3 - 8:43 PM

Virginia OLB Max Valles "looked very good in both linebacker and defensive line drills" at Monday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Interestingly, Pauline reported a drastically different set of 40 times than NFL.com's Gil Brandt, reporting that Valles "was clocked in times which ranged from the high 4.6s to low 4.7s." Brandt had him between 4.88 and 4.84 seconds. 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 last season.
Mar 3 - 7:58 PM

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


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