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Virginia senior WR T.J. Thorpe broke his collarbone in scrimmage and will miss at least 10 weeks.

Thorpe broke his clavicle in a scrimmage on Wednesday. A transfer from North Carolina, the senior is no stranger to injuries and the time they can cost. He missed the entirety of the 2012 season due to a broken foot. For his checkered career, the 6-foot, 210-pound receiver has caught 42 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 13 - 8:01 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding has "the closing speed to make plays deep as well as in the box," notes NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter.

A five-star recruit, Blanding exploded as a true freshman, piling up 123 tackles (best for a freshman last season) while intercepting three passes. Draft analyst Reuter went so far as to call him a "run-stopping machine." With a high football intelligence and an added year of experience, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety is primed to absolutely erupt this season and could be an early round selection when he becomes eligible for the draft in a year.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 6:54 PM

Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady "is highly thought and scouts stamped him as a middle round choice," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The analyst stamped him as a fifth-round prospect. Canady, 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, started all 12 games last year, posting 12 pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 37 tackles to earn second-team All-ACC honors.
Aug 9 - 9:53 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline feels Virginia junior CB Tim Harris is a better pro prospect than more heralded teammate Maurice Canady.

He believes so because Harris is "more explosive and seems more confident." The analyst grades Harris as a fifth-rounder. "Harris needs to improve his play when his back is to the ball but could develop into second day material," Pauline wrote.
Aug 9 - 6:15 PM

Virginia senior WR Canaan Severin is a "strong possession receiver who can run all of the NFL routes," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"In Severin's breakout 2014 season, he made highlight reels all over the country for a spectacular one-handed catch that helped the Cavs beat Miami on Senior Day," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder recorded 42 catches, 578 yards and five scores during that eye-opening campaign. "Scouts will look for more of that this yea," Reuter wrote. "They'll also be looking for him to be more consistent."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 3:02 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding "should also have another monster tackle season thanks to his understanding of field leverage and tackling fundamentals," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding, a former five-star recruit who runs in the 4.5 range, posted 123 tackles and three interceptions as a true freshman last year. "I'm expecting his pass defense to improve this season," Zierlein wrote. If Blanding continues to develop, he'll be discussed as an early-round possibility at this time next year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 5:57 PM

So long as he's healthy, Virginia redshirt senior CB Demetrious Nicholson (toe) "will contend for first-team All-ACC honors in a league that has a number of top-flight corners," notes NFL Media.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Nicholson was an All-American as a freshman and sophomore, but has missed 18 of the last 19 games for the Cavaliers while dealing with nagging turf-toe injuries. "He has four picks and 28 pass breakups in his tenure at UVa, and also is physical against the run," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 9:17 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding "runs well, and he is smooth, tracks the ball well, is physical and packs a punch," notes NFL Media.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding, a five-star recruit, runs in the 4.5 range. "Blanding has a high football IQ and is the best safety in the ACC; he should contend for All-America honors this fall," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Blanding started all 12 games as a true freshman and led the team with 123 tackles, chipping in three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 6 - 12:52 PM

Virginia sophomore S Quin Blanding is "a hard hitter with range in coverage, and he likely has a bright NFL future," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The draft analyst ranks Blanding as the No. 4 safety in the land. "With fellow safety Anthony Harris gone, Blanding is now the unquestioned star of the defense, a unit that looked really good at times last year," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Blanding, a five-star recruit, started all 12 games as a true freshman and led the team with 123 tackles, chipping in three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Jun 29 - 9:17 PM

Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady "brings nice athleticism and ball skills to the position, although he could stand to be a bit more physical."

"The Cavaliers had impressive talent in their secondary last year, and while safety Anthony Harris is gone, they'll still return the terrific combination of Canady at corner and Quin Blanding at safety," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior started all 12 games last year, posting 12 pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 37 tackles to earn second-team All-ACC honors. Brown pegs Canady as the No. 20 corner in the land.
Jun 29 - 2:43 AM

Virginia redshirt senior CB Demetrious Nicholson is a "pesky cover man with instincts and ballskills that will give him a chance at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA for one final season of eligibility in 2015 and if spring practice is any indication, Nicholson is healthy and ready to compete as a senior. He lacks elite size for the position, but is a pesky cover man with instincts and ballskills that will give him a chance at the next level. Turf toe injuries have been known to end careers so a healthy senior year is imperative for Nicholson's pro evaluation," Brugler wrote. Due to a lingering turf toe injury, Nicholson's career has taken a detour. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder earned All-American and All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, but has missed 18 of the last 19 games for the Cavaliers. Moving forward, a healthy 2015 season is imperative for Nicholson's draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 2:47 PM

Virginia redshirt senior David Dean "plays stout and is rarely moved from his spot or put in reverse, anchoring down and occupying multiple blockers," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He has a tough time maneuvering through the trash and doesn't have the first step burst on tape that his measureables suggest. Although he can get lost in a crowd, Dean, who will be a team captain in 2015, plays stout and is rarely moved from his spot or put in reverse, anchoring down and occupying multiple blockers," Brugler wrote. The Virginia prospect recorded 40 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss with three pass break ups, one forced one fumble, and one sack in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 2:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that "NFL teams who prioritize height, confidence and speed at defensive back will be interested" in Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady.

"Canady plays with nonstop competitiveness and shows a keen awareness vs. the run, but lacks ideal strength to push through blocks and is more of a hugger than overpowering finisher. He needs technique and discipline work, but NFL teams who prioritize height, confidence and speed at defensive back will be interested in what Canady has to offer as a pro prospect," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has the ideal frame for the next level, with athleticism to match. The Virginia prospect led the team in passes defended with 15 last season and started all 12 games at corner for the Cavaliers. Canady flashes the ability to line up outside and inside with the skills to cover slot receivers. However, he'll have to show scouts that he is willing to get his hands dirty, and show that he can play physical to improve his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 1:53 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter paints Virginia senior CB Maurice Canady as a polarizing top-50 prospect with work to do.

"There's a lot to like about Virginia's next cornerback prospect: He's tall (listed at 6-2), has long arms to knock away passes from receivers (12 pass breakups in 2014), and flashes hands to snatch low or high errant passes (three interceptions last year)," Reuter wrote. "However, his strength and physicality will be questioned by scouts that see his lean 185-pound frame." If you watched this year's draft, you know that the NFL is increasingly scrutinizing corners who don't have the willingness or bulk to tackle running backs or take on blockers when defending a bubble screen (Jon Gruden hammered this point repeatedly). Hopefully Canady was listening. "If he proves able to wrap up ball carriers and get them to the ground more consistently as a senior, he'll move up draft boards like tall Cavs corners Ras-I Dowling and Chris Cook did before him," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 3:23 PM

Virginia redshirt senior CB Demetrious Nicholson (toe) "has All-ACC talent if healthy," observes NFL Media.

The former top-50 prospect's career has been derailed over the past few years due to a lingering case of turf toe. After starting every game in 2011 (his true freshman season) and '12, he has played in just six games combined across the past two years. "Nicholson has excellent speed (he has been clocked as fast as 4.35 seconds in the 40) and is active and physical in run support," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 10:32 PM


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