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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.
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.
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

The ACC approved a medical hardship waiver that grants Virginia senior CB Demetrious Nicholson a sixth season of eligibility.

Nicholson missed all but one game in 2014 with a turf toe injury. He also suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game of the 2013 season. 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. 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."
Jan 5 - 6:48 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 05:23:00 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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:29:00 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.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 03:32:00 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
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 08:32:00 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.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 02:08:00 AM

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