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NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Western Michigan OL Willie Beavers has a chance of following in the MAC steps of NFL offensive linemen Eric Fisher and Khalil Mack.

Fisher was the No. 1 overall selection by the Chiefs in the 2013 draft while Mack went No. 5 to the Raiders in 2014. Brandt sees MAC alum Willie Beavers in the same mold. Wrote the analyst, "Don't judge him by his tape from the 2015 season -- he had an injured ankle and played at less than 100 percent. He has long arms, good agility and is very competitive. I think he has chance to be an NFL regular." That's not necessarily the consensus opinion, though. In December, CBS Sports draft guru Dane Brugler cautioned that there's still mechanical work to be done for the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder before he's polished enough to hold his own against NFL-caliber defensive linemen.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 7:22 PM

Western Michigan redshirt junior WR Daniel Braverman announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

It is somewhat surprising news as Braverman's receiver teammate Corey Davis indicated he will return for the 2016 season. Braverman will receive all of the white slot receiver comparisons, so prepare yourself. That is not a big negative, however, and he is fairly advanced for a collegiate receiver. He makes an impact on underneath routes after the catch but can also get downfield.
Source: WMU Sports
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt junior WR Daniel Braverman caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

As will happen from time to time when you play with another stud wideout, Braverman took a relative backseat to Corey Davis, who logged an 8-183-1 receiving line. When you're still surpassing 100 yards receiving in the backseat, that's not to shabby. The 5-foot-10, 177-pound catch-magnet finishes the 2015 campaign having grabbed 108 passes for 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:42:00 PM

Western Michigan freshman RB Jamauri Bogan rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries in Thursday's 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Bogan's performance didn't exactly come out of nowhere--he rushed for 115-plus yards in three of the Broncos' final seven games prior to bowl action--but it was by far his best rushing display of the 2015 campaign. He scored touchdowns of 62 and 46 yards in the first half before pushing home a pair of more modest one-yard scores late. The diminutive (5-foot-7, 174 pounds) freshman finishes out with 1,051 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns. All 16 touchdowns came in the month of October or later.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis caught eight passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Davis hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass just before the end of the first quarter. He did most of the work on that one, catching the ball on a curl just past the sticks before turning up field to break an arm tackle and race for glory. Thursday's bowl marked the fourth time that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior's averaged 20 or more yards per catch this season (he averaged 22.9 in the contest). He finishes the 2015 campaign having caught 90 passes for 1,436 yards and 12 touchdowns. An added bonus for Western Michigan, it was reported before the game that Davis would return to school for the 2016 season.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 04:12:00 PM

Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis is returning to school for the 2016 season, according to Brian Kaufman of WWMT News.

Davis is one of the top receivers in the country and will hold that same title heading into 2016. Davis and receiver teammate Daniel Braverman should tear up the competition again next year. Western Michigan faces Middle Tennessee State on Thursday. 82 catches for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns will be difficult to top.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 11:25:00 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Western Michigan redshirt senior OL Willie Beavers "needs a lot of mechanical work before he's ready for NFL snaps."

Said Brugler, "Beavers is balanced in his pass-sets with the adequate lower body quickness to operate well in space. He stays busy and moves his feet to mirror, but will get himself in trouble when he lunges with late hands and an overaggressive punch." While the draft analyst admitted that Beavers isn't up to the NFL level in terms of the technical side of things yet, he also noted that the 6-foot-4, 309-pound redshirt senior "has the raw tools that coaches will want to groom." We'll have a chance to see said raw tools in action in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve, when Western Michigan takes on Middle Tennessee. Beavers has also accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:26:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis occasionally has issues with his focus.

Wrote Brugler, "Davis tends to lose focus too easily and needs to eliminate the drops and double-catches" before adding that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior "can work back to the ball and elevate to attack the football before defenders can make a play." During the pre-bowl campaign, Davis tallied 82 catches for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns thanks to (per Brugler once more) "a quick release and athletic route-running to create separation and track the ball down the field." He'll be spending Christmas Eve in the Bahamas as Western Michigan faces off with Middle Tennessee in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:08:00 PM

Western Michigan (7-5) will play Middle Tennessee (7-5) in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on December 24.

They'll kick this one off at high noon on Christmas Eve in Nassau, Bahamas. Western Michigan's currently checking in as a 3.5-point favorite. Santa might want to force Rudolph to park the sleigh at Robinson National Stadium, because this one has slick shootout potential. Both teams operate offenses averaging in excess of 34 points per contest. At the helm for the Broncos, junior QB Zach Terrell. He's thrown for 3,225 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio and has five games in which he's nailed at least three touchdown passes. Manning the Blue Raider offense will be freshman standout Brent Stockstill, who's thrown for 3,678 yards with an identical 27/8 TD/INT ratio. He's had six games of at least three touchdown passes.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:00:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt senior OL Wilie Beavers accepted an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.

Over the past few years, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline has emerged as a champion of sorts for who Beavers, whom he says "projects nicely as a zone blocking guard on Sunday’s and fits well in the late rounds." Beavers moves well and is strong. He was a standout LT for the Broncos but will likely slide inside at the NFL level. Before heading to Mobile, the second-team All-MAC performer in 2014 has a date with Middle Tennessee State in the Bahamas Bowl.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Western Michigan redshirt junior WR Daniel Braverman caught four passes for 78 yards in the school's 35-30 win over Toldeo.

Braverman has starred out of the slot this entire season, creating separation and also picking up yards after the catch. Both he and Corey Davis have shown more than enough for NFL evaluators to take notice, and both could be back for the 2016 season.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis caught six passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 35-30 win over Toledo.

Both of Western Michigan's receivers, Davis and Daniel Braverman, are NFL caliber talents. Davis will not likely wow with athleticism. Instead, there is nuance to his game. Body control, timing, little wasted footwork, etc. Davis has spent most of his time on the outside, and the question is if he returns for another collegiate season.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:51:00 PM

NFL scouts consider Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis a mid-rounder.

"Though slightly off his numbers from a year ago, scouts still consider Davis a legitimate middle round choice and potential fourth receiver in Sunday’s line-up," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote. We wouldn't be too concerned about that. Davis logged a monster 78-1,408-15 line last year and currently has a monster-lite 76-1,114-9 line. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Corey is the younger brother of NFL receiver Titus Davis.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 06:10:00 PM

Western Michigan junior WR Corey Davis caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the school's 27-19 loss to NIU.

A majority of Davis' yards came from a single touchdown catch of 72 yards, but it was an extremely impressive play. Davis caught a lofted pass over top of the linebackers and displayed speed we have not frequently seen from the Western Michigan receiver. Davis could be a "surprise" early NFL entrant.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Western Michigan redshirt junior WR Daniel Braverman caught nine passes for 126 yards and a touchdown in the school's 27-19 loss to NIU.

Braverman is one of the breakout stars of the 2015 season, dominating defenders from the slot with yards after the catch and quickness. With one regular season game and another bowl contest left, Braverman is already at 99 catches for the year. We doubt he declares for the draft since he is a slot receiver, however, a promising one at that.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:36:00 AM


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