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Saints sign Western Kentucky WR Jared Dangerfield.

Dangerfield (6'2/214) spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers after transferring from community college, parlaying 151 receptions into 1,669 yards (11.1 YPR) and 19 TDs. Dangerfield's Pro Day numbers weren't made available to the media, but he's known as a sub-par athlete with concerns regarding his separation skills and ability to win versus man coverage. Lacking NFL-level movement skills, Dangerfield is a pretty extreme long shot.
May 2 - 3:15 PM

An NFL scout panned Los Angeles' selection of Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee in the fourth round.

"He is a major partier. That was his big problem, despite the arrests," the scout said. "He has a lot of maturing to do, and I'm not sure he can mature fast enough." Higbee was arrested last month and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication and fleeing or evading police. An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Higbee is "an idiot" whose legal problems go with "his personality, his reputation."
May 1 - 1:41 PM

49ers selected Western Kentucky CB Prince Charles Iworah with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Iworah (5'10/192) made 27 starts for the Hilltoppers, logging five career interceptions and earning All-Conference USA honorable mention from the league's coaches as a senior. His stock got a jolt at WKU's Pro Day, burning 4.34 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Smallish and raw, Iworah offers developmental potential at slot corner.
Apr 30 - 6:34 PM

Dolphins selected Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty with the No. 223 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Doughty (6'3/213) started three seasons at Western Kentucky, wrapping his career with a 68.6% completion rate, 8.62 yards-per-attempt average, and 111:34 TD-to-INT ratio. He was voted Conference USA MVP as both a junior and senior. Doughty was a terrific lower-level college passer, but he is a classic system quarterback with sub-NFL arm strength and plodding athleticism. He'll have to lean on his accuracy and smarts to work his way into a No. 2 role.
Apr 30 - 5:42 PM

Rams selected Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee with the No. 110 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Higbee (6'6/249) converted from wideout to tight end before becoming a starter in his senior year, earning first-team All-Conference USA with 38-563-8 (14.8 YPR) receiving. A knee injury prevented Higbee from working out before the draft, but his athleticism pops on tape. Higbee has big hands (10 1/4") and dropped just one pass in 2015. He needs a ton of work as a blocker, however, and sent up red flags with an April arrest on charges of second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication and fleeing or evading police. Ultimately, Higbee is an intriguing pass-catching prospect with some obvious obstacles to overcome. He would have been a day-two pick without his legal troubles.
Apr 30 - 12:48 PM

The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson reports that Western Kentucky TE George Fant worked out privately for 13 teams and had five pre-draft visits.

We're most interested in the five pre-draft visits, as teams only get 30 of those and don't waste them on prospects they don't have interest in. Fant, a former all-conference basketball player at WKU, is a 6-foot-6, 295-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash between the high 4.7s and low 4.8s at his Pro Day workout. He's being considered as a possible defensive end, offensive tackle or tight end.
Apr 27 - 4:34 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee is "an idiot" whose recent legal indiscretion goes with "his personality, his reputation."

"He probably goes undrafted now," the scout said. "He's already hurt (knee)." Higbee was arrested earlier this month and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police. "Interesting guy but durability is the question," one scout said. "He was productive. He has skills." According to the Sentinel, an NFL personnel man who investigated said Higbee punched a man who was hitting on his girlfriend at a bar. That specific source condoned Higbee's actions. "He's all banged up," a fourth scouting source said. "Little bit of pass-catching skills but doesn't block at all."
Apr 22 - 7:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that "[g]iven the medical concern and the arrest, [Western Kentucky TE Tyler] Higbee's stock is moving in the wrong direction."

Including Higbee as a potential slider in the draft might be low-hanging fruit (it might actually be fruit that is literally lying on the ground), but Reuter did just that in a rundown earlier this week. He noted that "even before his arrest on assault charges earlier this month, teams weren't sure they wanted to use a top-75 selection on Higbee, as he's coming off of a knee injury." The 6-foot-6, 249-pounder is recovering from surgery to his left knee meant to clear up an issue that limited him down the stretch in 2015. When healthy, he is as athletic as you'll find at the position. Unfortunately, health and skill are not the only factors here, as Higbee has also been charged with second-degree assault (among other things) following his alleged confrontation with a man named Nawaf Alsaleh earlier in April. Day 3 is probably the best Higbee can hope for in the draft at this point.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 4:01 PM

NFL scouts have become "enamored" with Western Kentucky TE George Fant, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

One man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. So it is for Fant, who scouts dug into after Tyler Higbee's arrest on assault charges. Fant, a former all-conference basketball player at WKU, has workouts booked with the Bengals, Broncos, Cardinals, Chargers, Saints and Seahawks. He caught only one pass in 2015, but was obviously new to the sport. At a monstrous 6-foot-5, 296 pounds, Fant runs the forty in 4.8 seconds. "Fant has received consideration at offensive tackle, working out at the position for several teams, but scouts believe he's a good enough pass-catcher that he should drop weight and continue playing tight end," Pauline wrote.
Apr 13 - 3:41 PM

Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee will plead not guilty to charges levied against him from a violent incident that occurred over the weekend.

Higbee was arrested Sunday morning and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police. Brian Lowder, Higbee's attorney, contends that the alleged victim followed Higbee's girlfriend to another establishment and then shoved her, causing Higbee to punch him. The police report backs up that the alleged victim, whom they didn't previously know, repeatedly bothered Higbee and his girlfriend that evening. The victim, Nawaf Alsaleh, had two previous DUIs and had been booked at Warren County Regional Jail five times, per legal records.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 3:09 PM

An NFC Southeast area consultant questioned Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty's determination.

"I liked him a lot better this year and he really knows how to run that offense but there was a play against North Texas where he scrambled out of the pocket and had a chance to dive in for a touchdown but slid at the 1 yard line rather than take the hit and make the play," the scout said. "That's not good enough." An anecdote like that probably wouldn't have larger meaning with a gifted prospect, but for Doughty, sheer will is the only thing that might allow him to hang in the NFL. "There are several games where Doughty plays with confidence, great accuracy and a winning understanding of his offense," wrote NFL Media's Lance Zierlein. "However, when the heat is on he shows a lack of poise that can affect his footwork and touch. Doughty is missing an NFL arm or plus athleticism, but his production and ability to get through his progressions will get him a shot to prove the 'system quarterback' label wrong."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 12:57 PM

Prior to news breaking about his arrest, Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee had upcoming scheduled workouts with the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens.

No word yet on whether those teams will still want to audition the Hilltopper tight end. Higbee was charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police on Sunday. The alleged victim of his assault was so badly injured that he had to be flown to a different hospital. "We are currently gathering facts but this incident appears to have been precipitated by the aggressive actions of the alleged victim towards both Mr. Higbee and his girlfriend," Higbee's attorney, Brian Lowder said in a statement. "We will have additional comment as the situation develops." NFL Media's Chad Reuter projected Higbee as a fifth-rounder in a recent mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 2:46 PM

Police revealed more details of the altercation that resulted in WKU TE Tyler Higbee's arrest, including announcing the alleged victim remains in the hospital.

The victim "had a concussion as well as a hemorrhage in his brain or a brain bleed" after the altercation, and was flown to a different hospital due to the seriousness of his injuries. The firsthand accounts from some witnesses paint an ugly picture for Higbee. Click the link at the bottom of the blurb to read more. Higbee was likely a third day selection, but who knows how this impacts his future.
Apr 11 - 12:36 PM

Bowling Green Daily News' Zach Greenwell reports that Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee was arrested on Sunday morning and charged with second-degree assault, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree fleeing or evading of police.

Higbee was booked at the Warren County Regional Jail at 2:41 a.m. Sunday morning and was held on $10,000 bond until he was released Sunday afternoon. There is no further information as to the exact circumstance of the arrest at this time, but expect further details as they become available. The 6-foot-5, 251-pounder is one of the better tight ends in this draft pool, but his stock could take a major hit depending on the circumstances here.
Apr 10 - 5:17 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler referred to Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee as "an explosive player on tape."

Alas, Higbee has been sidelined by a knee injury throughout the pre-draft process and he has been unable to demonstrate that explosive athleticism that Brugler cited from his tape. The 6-foot-5, 251-pounder underwent surgery in December. While he chose not to participate in testing drills during his Pro Day, "he did run routes for the scouts in attendance and impressed despite being only 75-percent healthy," according to the analyst. Higbee won't be the first tight end drafted in the 2016 pool, but makes for an intriguing Day 2 or Day 3 possibility. In just nine games last season, he caught 38 passes for 563 yards and eight touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 1:51 PM


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