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Scout Inc's Steve Muench lists Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder as a potential late-round sleeper.

Yelder was also listed by Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist as a potential late-round sleeper, and he seems to have some helium in the draft process. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tight end had a breakout senior season with 52 catches for 688 yards and seven scores, and Muench notes that he has "has the frame to develop into an effective in-line blocker who can box out defenders underneath." He probably can't be an immediate contributor, but given a chance to develop, he could become an NFL contributor.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 10:54 PM

Western Kentucky QB Mike White is visiting the Titans Monday.

The Titans absolutely could be in the backup quarterback market during draft weekend. They signed Blaine Gabbert during the offseason, but a long-term backup on a cheap deal is a sound plan. White will be a third-day selection.
Apr 16 - 8:32 AM

AN NFC regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Western Kentucky "has a chance to make it."

"I thought he looked pretty good at the NFLPA practices. He probably needs time on practice squad but he has a chance to make it," the scout told Zierlein. In his scouting report, Zierlein notes that Yelder (6'4/255) plays tough and makes the most of his size, and he makes adjustments on the football. He also notes he's too tight on his routes, and he "double catches" the football. Expect Yelder to either go in the late rounds or sign as an UDFA.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 7:16 PM

NFL Media Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah lists Western Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe as a potential sleeper.

Tough name to spell, good player. Iyiegbuniwe was an All-Conference USA player during his junior and final year for the Hilltoppers, and scouts took notice. "He has the agility to match up in man coverage with tight ends and running backs," writes Jeremiah. "He's worthy of a late second- or early third-round selection." Sounds like the 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker will be off the board before the end of Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 10:14 PM

Western Kentucky Junior RB Quinton Baker has been removed from the team for violating team rules.

Baker reportedly "consistently" violated team rules, the main reason for his dismissal. He will be allowed to transfer to any school that isn't in Conference USA or a part of Western Kentucky's non-conference schedule in 2018. Baker was a member of the CUSA all-freshman team in 2016 after rushing for 542 yards and four touchdowns.
Source: WKU Herald
Apr 8 - 11:26 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Western Kentucky TE Deon Yelder "looked good in position drills, ran solid routes and caught the ball well" during Friday's pro day.

The pro day was apparently held outdoors in rather dreary conditions, but Yelder fought through it for a decent day's work. The tight end measured in at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds and went on to run the 40-yard dash around 4.72 seconds with recorded jumps of 33.5 inches (vertical) and 120 inches (broad). During Friday's show, he met with Detroit Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter, plus reps from the Vikings, Bills and Redskins. Pauline notes that he also has official predraft visits scheduled with the Chiefs and Titans. DraftScout.com believes his most optimistic projection would see him home with an NFL team at some point during the seventh round of next month's draft.
Mar 30 - 6:00 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior LB Eli Brown transferred to Western Kentucky as a graduate.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder started five games last season for the Wildcats. A former four-star recruit from the 2015 class, Brown has a strong chance to start for the Hilltoppers immediately.
Mar 25 - 12:56 PM

Football Scoop reports that Western Kentucky has promoted offensive GA Matt Mitchell to quarterbacks coach.

This past season was Mitchell's first with Western Kentucky. He had served as an analyst at Notre Dame for two years prior to linking up with the Hilltoppers. This promotion to quarterbacks coach will be his first as an on-field position coach at any level.
Mar 24 - 12:40 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Western Kentucky QB Mike White to free agent QB Zach Mettenberger.

This is an interesting comp, and while Mettenberger essentially became a "bust," he wasn't exactly put in a position to succeed. Zierlein notes that the former Hilltopper signal-caller can put velocity on the football, and is able to put the pigskin between tight windows. He also notes that he relies too much on that arm strength, and "struggles with anticipation." White is one of the more volatile prospects at the position in this class, but Zierlein gives him a third-round grade, so it's possible we see him go to a team looking for a developmental quarterback on Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 2:37 PM

Western Kentucky QB Mike White ran the 40 yard dash in 5.09 seconds on Saturday in the NFL Scouting Combine.

That's the slowest 40 time of any quarterback who ran. He also posted less-than-spectacular numbers in the vertical leap (27 inches), broad jump (96 inches) and 3-cone drill (7.4). This isn't a huge surprise, as White wasn't exactly known as a speed demon during his time at Western Kentucky. He currently projects as a late Day 2, early Day 3 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 9:32 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks lists Western Kentucky QB Mike White as a potential long-term developmental quarterback who could be a fit for the Patriots.

Brooks also mentions Richmond's Kyle Lauletta -- a common name associated with the Patriots since his standout Senior Bowl performance -- and Washington State's Luke Falk as potential signal-callers that make sense. Brooks calls White a "quick-rhythm thrower with above-average arm talent" who is at his best working a "mid-range game that allows him to fire the ball to receivers on a variety of "catch, rock and throw" tosses under 10 yards." As he summarizes: "With a completion rate of 66.4 percent and a 63:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the past two seasons, White has the production to match his immense talent and potential as a developmental QB."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 7:25 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior LB Eli Brown will transfer as a graduate to a new school.

A former four-star recruit in the 2015 class, Brown (6'2/215) played in all 12 games for the Wildcats, accumulating 38 tackles with two tackles for loss and a pass defensed. Because he'll leave as a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately for any FBS school.
Feb 10 - 9:53 PM

Western Kentucky coach Geoff Dartt (illness) will remain on staff, but will no longer serve as offensive line coach.

Dartt underwent surgery in October to have two brain tumors removed. While the Hilltoppers are keeping him on for the 2018 season, they're bringing in TJ Woods to serve in his now-former capacity of offensive line coach. Just what role Dartt will play moving forward has not yet been specified. This past season was his first with Western Kentucky. He was hired last offseason after turning in a four-year run as offensive coordinator at Division III Mount Union.
Feb 3 - 1:00 PM

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that T.J. Woods will be hired to be the new offensive line coach at Western Kentucky.

Woods last served as Oregon State's offensive line coach; a job he held from 2015-2017. Prior to that he was with Wisconsin from 2012-2014, and he also coached in that capacity for Utah State. Woods is taking over for Geoff Dartt, who is currently undergoing treatment for the removal of brain tumors. Feldman reports that Dartt will have a full-time job when he's able to return in a role that has yet to be determined.
Feb 2 - 5:13 PM

Western Kentucky QB Mike White had a 144.6 passer rating on throws between the numbers during the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

White looked like he was going to be the QB standout of the game until Josh Allen and Kyle Lauletta went nuts in the final 30 minutes of the game. Still, the 6-foot-4, 221-pound signal-caller was outstanding for the South squad, and went 4-for-5 for 46 yards with a touchdown on throws between the numbers. White was seen as a late-round pick coming into the event, but he might have moved himself into mid-round consideration -- maybe even as a candidate for Day 2.
Jan 28 - 4:54 PM


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