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Western Michigan senior RB Jarvion Franklin "has terrific size and speed numbers and runs with a powerful style, picking up a lot of yardage off contact," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The senior is a bit one-dimensional, as he presents himself purely as a downhill runner who cannot turn the corner or change direction," Pauline wrote. Franklin (6'0/225) ran for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.5 ypa last year. He added a nifty 25-288-2 receiving line out of the backfield.
Jun 23 - 2:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Western Michigan LB Asantay Brown as "a late round pick as a nickel linebacker/special teams player."

"Brown is a small but very quick one-gap linebacker who shows terrific skill in pursuit," Pauline wrote. Last year, Brown (6'1/203) was named Second-Team All-MAC after recording 83 tackles. It was his first season as a linebacker after shifting over from safety. He added 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks.
Jun 23 - 1:37 PM

Western Michigan senior T Chukwuma Okorafor "offers terrific size, agility and quickness," per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, and is seen by some scouts as a Rd. 1 prospect.

"He slides well laterally and shows the ability to shut down edge rushers," Pauline wrote. "Okorafor has long arms which he uses to his advantage and he showed a lot of improvement in his game the past two seasons. He doesn’t run block the way a 330-pound plus lineman should, and to this point I wouldn’t grade him as high as I graded former WMU lineman Taylor Moton." Okorafor (6′6/330) was named to the First-Team All-MAC last year. Mel Kiper pegs him as the No. 4 senior OT prospect.
Jun 23 - 12:50 PM

The Titans' draft class earned a "B" grade from Rotoworld's Evan Silva.

Silva was high on nearly every early Tennessee pick, with the exception of No. 18 overall pick USC CB Adoree’ Jackson, a prospect Josh Norris ranked No. 96 overall in the class. "[A] solid haul in [GM Jon] Robinson’s second year on the job. Robinson deserved NFL Executive of the Year consideration last season and should be in the mix again," Silva wrote. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline graded the class as "B+," while ESPN's Mel Kiper graded it as a "B." The Rd. 3 pick of WKU WR Taywan Taylor -- who led the FBS over the past two years with 3,197 receiving yards and 34 touchdown catches -- drew praise. Taylor is a favorite of Josh Norris'.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 3:07 PM

Steelers selected Western Michigan OLB Keion Adams with the No. 248 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Adams (6'2/247) registered 13 sacks over his final two seasons in college, totaling 15.5 for his career to go along with 33 tackles for loss. He ran a 4.7-flat forty at his Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump.
Apr 29 - 6:38 PM

Panthers selected Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton with the No. 64 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Moton (6’5/319) was a 52-game starter on Western Michigan's offensive line, earning first-team action at both guard and tackle. He was a first-team All-MAC pick as a senior. PFF College charged Moton with only two sacks allowed over his final three seasons, and only two QB hits allowed in 2016. Moton posted the No. 5 SPARQ score among offensive linemen at the Combine and offers plus arm length (34 1/8") with huge hands (10 5/8"). A skilled mover who also packs power, Moton was compared to Kelechi Osemele by Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris. He will likely start out a right tackle in Carolina.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

Titans selected Western Michigan WR Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Davis (6’3/209) graduated as the NCAA’s all-time leader in receiving yards (5,278), tallying 331 career receptions (15.9 YPR) and 52 touchdowns and earning 2016 MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Also smart, Davis scored 31 on the Wonderlic Test. Post-season ankle surgery prevented Davis from testing before the draft, and he did drop 11 passes as a senior. A plus-sized wideout who moves like a smaller man, Davis showed impressive quickness for his size on tape and dominated after the catch a la early-career Brandon Marshall. Davis drew pre-draft comparisons to Michael Thomas and Keenan Allen. Tennessee is a strong fit for Davis' immediate fantasy outlook with high-level quarterback play and non-dominant talent in the rest of the Titans' pass-catcher corps.
Apr 27 - 8:48 PM

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager reports that the Ravens' interest in Western Michigan WR Corey Davis is "real."

"They'll go best player as they typically do, but that's a strong connection," Schrager wrote. Depending on the way the board falls, Davis -- if he's there -- could easily be the top player on Baltimore's board when they come on the clock at No. 16.
Apr 27 - 6:21 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that "[e]very exposure I felt better about [Western Michigan OL Taylor Moton]."

By "exposure," the scout is referring to steps of the evaluating process such as the Senior Bowl, Combine and pro day. "He’s a mauler," a different scout told the Journal-Sentinel. "Not a great athlete. Little bit of a waist-bender but he’s big and can maul you." The 6-foot-5, 319-pounder began his career at Western Michigan as a guard before shifting over to tackle for each of the past two seasons. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline sees him off the board at No. 52 (second round) to the Jets in a four-round mock draft posted last week.
Apr 25 - 8:29 PM

In a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll on the class' top receiver, Western Michigan WR Corey Davis narrowly topped Clemson's Mike Williams and Washington's John Ross to finish best in show.

"I don’t know how fast he could run but Michael Irvin ran 4.57 and he makes all those plays like Michael Irvin," one scout said. "Watch the games against Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin. Strong, quick, can break tackles. He’s the best." Davis' pre-Draft process has been quieter than most after he missed the NFL Combine due to minor ankle surgery he underwent in February. "He’s good, but not like some of the top guys from the past two years," said a third scout. "He’s like the kid from the Eagles (Jordan Matthews). Little better hands."
Apr 23 - 2:53 PM

Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) went through a workout with veteran WR coach Jerry Sullivan on Friday, who relayed to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that Davis "didn't have any limp."

Davis has mostly been a been bystander during the draft process due to a minor ankle surgery he underwent in February. Sullivan told Rapoport that in Friday's workout, "I thought he was very explosive, even on his foot. Remember, he hasn't really done much in three and a half months." Sullivan additionally said that Davis is probably about 75% of the way back to full health. There has been talk of the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder slipping to Round 2, but we think he still has a solid chance of landing on Day 1 next Thursday, when he will jostle with Mike Williams and John Ross for the privilege of being the first receiver off the board.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:33 PM

Western Michigan EDGE/LB Keion Adams was put through a private workout by the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday.

Adams has also reportedly either met or worked out with the Steelers, Chargers 49ers and Colts over the past few weeks. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder will likely hear his name called on Day 3 of the draft next Saturday. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Adams to Steelers OLB Arthur Moates and writes that the Western Michigan standout "will have to prove he can set a strong edge and hold his ground at the point of attack if he wants to become anything more than a situational rusher."
Apr 20 - 4:15 PM

One NFL executive believes that Western Michigan WR Corey Davis might slide to the second round.

"I like Corey Davis as a player, but he's been out of sight, out of my mind in the spring," the executive said, adding that "[t]he fact that he won't run a 40 isn't a huge deal but it could impact the thinking of some teams around the league." We have heard these kinds of rumblings over the past few weeks. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has been largely unable to participate in the pre-draft process due to a minor ankle surgery he underwent in February. Davis was mocked in the top-10 during some industry exercises this winter, though, and could end up being one of the steals of the draft if he does, indeed, take a little tumble.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 4:43 PM

An area scout for an NFC team said that Western Michigan OL Taylor Moton "was a little rough at tackle this year but that isn't his spot."

The scout in question might not see Moton as a tackle, but he is a big fan of the 6-foot-5, 319-pounder's previous work inside. "Big and strong as a guard. He was moving guys from Ohio State around like it was nothing," the evaluator said. Pro Football Focus, too, sees his snuggest NFL fit coming at guard rather than tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 3:07 PM

Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) is among the prospects who've been invited to medical rechecks in Indianapolis later this week.

Davis is recovering from minor ankle surgery. The group joining him in Indy to meet with doctors includes Washington WR John Ross, Western Michigan WR Corey Davis, UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley, Michigan TE Jake Butt, Alabama LB Reuben Foster and Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk.
Apr 11 - 4:00 PM


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