Player News

Date:

Bears selected Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman with the No. 230 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Braverman (5'10/175) was a rare small-school early entrant after a prolific junior campaign (108-1,367-13) in which he ranked second in the nation in receptions. Per College Football Focus, Braverman's 2015 catch rate (76 percent) was the highest among draft-eligible receivers. Braverman's athletic limitations showed up at the WMU Pro Day, running 4.53 with an anemic 28 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Due to his short-area playing style, Braverman has drawn comparisons ranging from Julian Edelman to Cole Beasley.
Apr 30 - 5:55 PM

Vikings selected Western Michigan OT Willie Beavers with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Beavers (6'5/321) was a three-year starter, earning second-team All-MAC as a junior and first team as a senior. Beavers struggled when asked to play guard at the Senior Bowl, but offers right tackle potential with 34-inch arms and above-average short-area movement ability, posting a 4.75 short shuttle and 7.75 three-cone time at Western Michigan's Pro Day. Beavers needs to get stronger and refine his technique, but he has an outside chance to develop into a Bobby Massie-level player.
Apr 30 - 1:25 PM

The Patriots worked out Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman, according to beat writer Mark Daniels.

Of course they did. Braverman might be the best pure slot receiver in this class, creating separation in the short and intermediate areas with extreme quickness and change of direction. Braverman also separates on wheel routes out of the slot and picks up a handful of yards after the catch by turning up the field. Obviously these traits fit so many of the Patriots' stereotypes at the position, and the marriage makes a ton of sense. A fourth or fifth round pick makes sense for Braverman.
Apr 26 - 11:37 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman "has some NFL teams wondering if he can be the next Wes Welker."

Hey, we're as tired of comparisons to Wes Welker as you are, but shouting at the storm will not cause the rain to cease. Among the teams who have shown interest in Braverman in terms of official visits, the Vikings, Saints and Dolphins. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder was one of our favorite players to watch at the collegiate level and Pro Football Focus believes that Braverman would have value as a draft pick as high as the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 4:02 PM

Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman has already visited the Vikings, Saints and Dolphins, according to Rand Getlin of NFL Media.

Braverman also has meetings with the Raiders, Bengals and Seahawks. Braverman is a true role player in the NFL, like a one use tool in the kitchen. He thrives in the slot, and his game matches up extremely well. Everyone will project Braverman to land with the Patriots, and it is possible, but the question is in what round? Also, the success rate is very low for drafted receivers who were not invited to the NFL Combine, but we will take our chances on Southern Miss' Mike Thomas and Braverman.
Apr 11 - 8:58 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman's build and playing style to Dallas Cowboys slot WR Cole Beasley.

"With quickness out of his breaks and shiftiness after the catch, Braverman could become a productive slot specialist in the right situation," he wrote. Pro Football Focus agrees that Braverman could be a steal, calling him a second-round value earlier this month while arguing that his slot profile has become far more valuable to the NFL in recent years.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 1:26 PM

During Western Michigan's Pro Day on March 15, WR Daniel Braverman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and 4.49 seconds.

Braverman didn't receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, but his Pro Day performance was nothing to sneeze at. In addition to his plenty-respectable 40 times, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout also recorded a 28.5-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 broad jump and a short shuttle of 4.20 seconds. While Braverman caught 108 passes (second-best mark in the country) for 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2015, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that he's a "likely priority free-agent pickup for a team following the draft," assuming he doesn't manage to sneak in through the backdoor in the sixth or seventh round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:38 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt noted that Western Michigan T Willie Beavers "always seemed to elevate his game against better opponents in college."

Brandt believes that Beavers' tendency to perform against tougher competition "bodes well for his move to the NFL." The 6-foot-4, 324-pounder also impressed the analyst on Pro Day last Tuesday, when he recorded the short shuttle in 4.75 seconds and notched 7.75 seconds in the three-cone drill. "He does need to get stronger," Brandt wrote, "but some team will take him in the second round and get a very good player with a ton of upside." Not everybody's as keen on him--of late, Pro Football Focus tabbed Beavers as the second-most overrated draft prospect in the pool.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 6:21 PM

Western Michigan T Willie Beavers was panned by Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus as being the second-most overrated player in the class.

This one is pretty straightforward, from the perspective of PFF. Last year, playing against mostly MAC edge rushers, Beavers graded out as PFF's No. 220 run blocker, No. 226 pass blocker and finished No. 226 overall. "The chances of molding those numbers into an NFL-level player seems nearly impossible," Renner wrote. NFL.com's Gil Brandt is perhaps Beaver' biggest fan.
Mar 19 - 2:01 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman a second-round value, arguing that his skillset has become far more valuable to the NFL in recent years.

"Braverman would have probably been considered a late-round draft pick five years ago," Gordon McGuiness wrote. "But in a league that utilizes the slot as much as the NFL does now, his ability has some serious value." Braverman led all draft-eligible receivers with 3.27 yards per route run from the slot last year. In all, the 5-foot-10, 177-pounder grabbed 108 passes for 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns during 2015's monster campaign. PFF ranks him as the No. 8 receiver in the class, ahead of more established prospects like Will Fuller, Rashard Higgins, Braxton Miller, Tyler Boyd and Pharoh Cooper.
Mar 16 - 6:27 PM

Western Michigan hired Dave Duggan to serve as LB coach.

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reported Duggan's hiring back in early March. It's official now. The former Southern Miss defensive coordinator was let go from that program after three seasons serving as defensive coordinator, but landed on his feet well enough a month-and-a-half later. In a statement, Western Michigan HC P.J. Fleck said, "To be honest I think it was a little bit of a surprise he was available. A former NFL head coach in NFL Europe, defensive coordinator at multiple stops, he has an incredible resume and incredible energy and a passion to teach and coach along with a willingness to come take our program to a completely different level."
Mar 15 - 4:10 PM

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans reports that Western Michigan will hire former Southern Miss DC Dave Duggan to serve as LB coach.

Duggan had served faithfully as Southern Miss' defensive coordinator for each of the last three seasons, but he parted ways with the program after new HC Jay Hopson took over earlier this offseason. He lands at Western Michigan, now, replacing former LB coach Tem Lukabu, who SI's Evans is reporting has taken a role with the 49ers.
Mar 4 - 4:18 PM

NFL Media Analyst Lance Zierlein compares Western Michigan T Willie Beavers to Derek Newton.

"Beavers is very athletic with the feet to play left tackle, but has the talent and traits to play all over the offensive line with more technique work"," Zierlein wrote. "While he clearly has some power and twitch in his hips, he could use a year in an NFL weight room to strengthen his core and upper body. Beavers is an eventual NFL starter who is likely to be targeted by teams who covet tackles who can excel in space." NFL Media colleague Mike Mayock ranks Beavers as the No. 5 prospect tackle, ahead of prospects like Jason Spriggs, Le'Raven Clark, Shon Coleman. Gil Brandt is a known Beavers fanboy.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 4:27 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock listed Western Michigan T Willie Beavers as the No. 5 prospect at his position.

We always think it is worthwhile to point at certain prospects that Mayock is higher on than the rest of the draft community, as he speaks with many NFL evaluators and their opinions might be reflected in the rankings. Beavers played a lot of guard at the Senior Bowl and did not have a good week. However, he likely feels more comfortable at tackle after playing there during his collegiate career. On these rankings, Beavers is listed ahead of prospects like Jason Spriggs, Le'Raven Clark, Shone Coleman and many others.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 12:03 PM

Western Michigan WR Daniel Braverman, who declared for the NFL following his redshirt junior season, did not receive a Combine invitation.

He was one of three surprising non-invites among receivers (Braverman, Southern Miss' Michael Thomas and TTU's Jakeem Grant). Braverman and Corey Davis, who elected to return to WMU, formed one of the nation's most productive receiver duos. Not to get caught up in stereotypes, but Braverman's game does project to the slot and he will have a chance to show off his athleticism at a Pro Day workout.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:03 AM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired

    Short: Waiver Wired
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB

    Norris: Eagles to Draft QB
  •  
    Short: Waiver Wired

    Short: Waiver Wired
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold?
  •  
    Draft: Pro Day Breakdowns

    Draft: Pro Day Breakdowns
  •  
    Norris: Best NFL Draft fits

    Norris: Best NFL Draft fits