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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr lists Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks as his favorite inside linebacker prospect.

Kiper notes Burks versatility, as the 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker also played safety while with the Commodores. "He has good instincts and the athleticism to cover tight ends and backs leaking out of the backfield," he notes. He projects Burks to in the third-to-fourth round range, and someone who believes he can be a starter at the MIKE position could select him on Day 2.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 3:51 PM

FanRag Sports' Jon Ledyard passes along that Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks has "close to 10 private workouts" scheduled with NFL teams.

Burks (6'3/233) is a prospect whom Ledyard points to as on the rise with under a month remaining before the draft. The linebacker tested fantastically at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month, posting a composite score in the 94th percentile of NFL linebackers. He remains a likely Day 3 pick, though that athletic score could be tempting enough for a team to take a swing late on Day 2. DraftScout.com views his ceiling at the fourth round.
Mar 31 - 12:21 PM

Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks dined with Giants LB coach Bill McGovern prior to the school's pro day.

Burks is one of the top athletes at linebacker in this class, and we know Dave Gettleman will invest more at that spot than the previous regime. He already has, with the trade of Alec Ogletree. The Panthers defense focused on defensive tackle talent and allowed linebackers to run free at the second level. Look for the Giants to do the same.
Mar 14 - 10:04 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks to Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead.

"[Burks] needs to play with more consistency in diagnosing and tackling," Zierlein writes, "but his athleticism, cover talent, and ability on special teams make him a developmental prospect with decent upside." Whitehead was drafted in the fifth round back in 2012 and the fifth round should probably be considered the stock ceiling for the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Burks, though we'll see if his stellar combine performance -- he posted a composite testing score in the 94th percentile of NFL athletes -- might help him to bust through that ceiling.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 10 - 1:27 PM

Vanderbilt LB Oren Burks produced a composite score in the 94.7 percentile during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Burks' score ranked third, right behind Florida State's Matthew Thomas and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound linebacker impressed with his 4.59 second 40 yard dash, but also showed impressive hops in his broad and vertical jump along with quickness in the shuttles. NFL.com Analyst Lance Zierlein projects Burks as a 6th-to-7th-round prospect, but that could improve after his impressive showing in Indianapolis.
Mar 5 - 6:53 PM

Vanderbilt HC HC Derek Mason "appeared giddy" to give the ball to redshirt junior RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn, according to Adam Sparks of The Tennessean.

"It’s good to see Mamba," Mason said, referring to Vaughn’s nickname. "It’s been a long time coming." A product of Pearl-Cohn, Vaughn was Tennessee's top running back recruit in 2014. He went to Illinois and fell out of Lovie Smith's plans in 2016, prompting his return home. Vaughn, who rushed for 1,024 yards and nine TDs in 22 games over two seasons for the Illini, is the heavy favorite to take over starting duties following the departure of Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt’s all-time rushing leader.
Feb 27 - 8:58 PM

Vanderbilt hired Washington graduate assistant Terrence Brown to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Brown has been working as a defensive graduate assistant in Seattle for the past three seasons. He's well-acquainted with Vandy HC Derek Mason, who helped coach him up when he played corner at Stanford from 2010-12.
Source: wkrn.com
Feb 10 - 5:51 PM

Vanderbilt hired former Texas A&M WR coach Aaron Moorehead to serve in the same capacity.

Moorehead turned in three years of service with the Aggies, but was not retained after HC Kevin Sumlin was replaced by Jimbo Fisher earlier this winter. He's previously worked as receivers coach at Virginia Tech (2013-14) and Stanford (2010-12).
Source: wkrn.com
Feb 10 - 12:16 PM

Vanderbilt hired 49ers defensive assistant Jason Tarver to serve as defensive coordinator.

Tarver had been on staff with the 49ers since 2015. He'll be Vandy's first defensive coordinator hired in Derek Mason's time at the helm of the ship -- Mason had previously been working not only as head coach but also as DC. The Commodores ranked 88th in FBS scoring defense for the 2017 season. Tarver's previous experience as coordinator came with Stanford (2011) and the Oakland Raiders (2012-14).
Source: wkrn.com
Feb 8 - 7:08 PM

Vanderbilt signed four-star 2018 S Brendon Harris.

Harris (6'1/205) inked up with the Commodores in December. Vandy flipped him over from Tennessee midway through the 2017 season. The Chattanooga native rumbles into the ESPN 300 at No. 293 overall, with the outlet noting that while Harris is a strong open-field tackler and plays with a desired physicality, he still has work to do on the technical fronts, particularly in terms of his footwork.
Feb 8 - 2:40 PM

Vanderbilt received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 WR Amir Abdur-Raman.

Rahman is a consensus three-star player who was ranked 149th of the wide receivers in the class by 247 Sports. He also had offers from USF, Maryland, Iowa State and Wake Forest. He already has red-zone target size (6'4/200), and reports indicate he has quality size and the ability to jump over defenders. This could be an under-the-radar get for the Commodore offense.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 4 - 2:55 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Vanderbilt has hired former Texas A&M WR coach Aaron Moorehead to serve in the same capacity.

Moorehead served as receivers coach under former Aggies HC Kevin Sumlin from 2015-17. He previously worked in the same role with Virginia Tech (2013-14) and Stanford (2010-12). The former Indianapolis Colts wideout got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at New Mexico in 2009.
Feb 1 - 1:33 PM

247Sports reports that Vanderbilt will hire Cleveland Browns assistant special teams coach Shawn Mennenga to serve as special teams coach.

Mennenga has worked on special teams for the Browns since 2011. This new gig with the Commodores will be his first in the FBS.
Jan 27 - 1:06 PM

Vanderbilt signed four-star 2018 WR Camron Johnson.

Johnson comes from the Brentwood Academy -- a powerhouse in the state of Tennessee -- and picks the Commodores over offers from Tennessee and Auburn, among other high-profile schools. 247 Sports calls Johnson the 42nd best wideout in the class, and scouting reports note impressive hands and route-running. Johnson could be an immediate factor for Vanderbilt in 2018.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 09:39:00 PM

Vanderbilt redshirt senior RB Ralph Webb accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Webb (5'10/190) proclaimed himself as the best running back in the country during the summer, but managed just a modest 831 yards (4.3 YPC) and 10 touchdowns this season. He had turned in back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns prior to his statistical step back. NFL Draft Scout currently has him projected as a seventh-round selection for the spring draft.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 11:20:00 PM


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