We're heavy into draft season now. It's a wonderful time where rumors fly, potential stars are judged on every imaginable attribute, and nearly every draft day scenario is covered in the numerous mock drafts. To best understand how the draft will actually play out, make sure to pay attention to those in tune with the league and each teams player needs. Check out Thor Nystrom's running back rankings and Mark Lindquist's seven-round mock draft.
*** Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat has been one of the stars of this draft season after a strong Senior Bowl season and running the fastest 40-yard dash (4.41 seconds) ever from an edge rusher at the scouting combine. We did get some potentially bad news on Sunday, however, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that medical exams at the NFL Scouting Combine revealed that Sweat has a pre-existing heart condition
Heart conditions are scary for anyone, regardless of position. Heck, regardless if you're an athlete, so this obviously can't be considered "good" news. If there's a positive, however, it's that doctors didn't prevent Sweat from competing in athletic testing and drills after learning of the heart condition and Sweat's agent said that "this is not news." Obviously, teams will want to do their own testing on Sweat, and we have seen other prospects see their stock fall because of concerns involving the ticker.
We still expect Sweat to be a top 10 selection -- possibly even top five -- but at the very least, it is something that could concern.
*** We usually know who will be in the draft before February, but we (potentially) got another player added to the class this weekend. East Carolina defensive lineman Nate Harvey waiver asking for an additional year of collegiate eligibility.
Harvey was a very productive player for the Pirates, and was named the AAC defensive player of the year after racking up 14.5 sacks in the 2018 season. That being said, it appears his odds of being a highly drafted player appear slim. At 6-foot-1, 225-pounds, Harvey doesn't exactly have the size you're looking for in an EDGE, and there are concerns about his speed and athleticism as both a pass-rusher or potentially a player that could drop into coverage.
It's not known if Harvey will be in this year's draft class or next year's, but despite his production for East Carolina, it appears he's a late-round selection, at best. There was certainly a reason he was looking to pick up another year of eligibility for the Pirates.
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*** It's been a very, very busy season for transfers -- particularly for quarterbacks -- and we had another big one come last Sunday. Redshirt senior QB Alex Hornibrook transferred to Florida State as a graduate from Wisconsin. This comes after Hornibook entered the transfer portal at the end of February, and after taking an official visit to Tallahassee, he committed to the Seminoles not long after.
This is an interesting fit. Hornibrook has shown flashes of productivity, but also has been known to drive folks crazy because of questionable decisions. It's also worth pointing out that he has been known to hold the football too long, and that can lead to sacks/turnovers. Let's remember that he's going from a quality offensive line in Wisconsin to a wretched one in Florida State. He's also dealt with concussion issues, which is (obviously) always a concern. He should have a chance to win the starting job, but he doesn't offer the upside that James Blackman does. We'll see where this one turns out; it should be among the more interesting battles this summer.
*** To the surprise of absolutely no one, Urban Meyer is heading to the booth in 2019. He, along with former USC Heisman Trophy winner (yes, he is) Reggie Bush are joining the FOX Sports analyst team for the next year. This has been rumored for a long time, but it was made official on Monday. We've heard Meyer in the announcing circles before -- and in my opinion, he's done a solid job -- but we're guessing this is just a short-term thing before he takes his next coaching gig. Despite the off-field issues and the fact that he's left a couple of jobs earlier than anticipated, he'll likely be a candidate for every job.
*** David Beaty wants his money, man. Beaty, the former Kansas coach who was let go after a disastrous stint with the Jayhawks, is suing the university for breach of contract and unpaid wages. Beaty claims that KU has not paid him any part of his $3 million buyout after the university canned him in November. The lawsuit claims Kansas officials launched an NCAA inquiry to avoid paying him a $3 million buyout he is owed for the final three years of his contract. The Jayhawks hired Les Miles to replace Miles this offseason. It's probably safe to say that Beatty won't be watching Kansas play in the NCAA tournament this weekend.
San Diego State redshirt senior FB Isaac Lessard is expected to miss the 2019 season after tearing his ACL in a weekend scrimmage ... Michigan State redshirt senior QB Brian Lewerke (shoulder) said that he's "pretty much 100%" ... Nebraska sophomore RB Maurice Washington turned himself in over his revenge pornography case ... Redshirt senior OL R.J. Proctor transferred from Virginia to Oklahoma ... The Athletic's Dane Brugler "keeps hearing" that Virginia S Juan Thornhill will be selected in Round 3 ... ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "many believe [Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson] will go higher than expected in the draft."... Penn State redshirt freshman OL Frederick "Juice" Scruggs has been ruled out for spring practice due to his being involved in a recent car accident ... Florida redshirt sophomore RB Malik Davis (foot) is at full health for spring practice ... Four-star 2020 WR John Humphreys announced Thursday that he has verbally committed to Stanford ... Oregon State redshirt sophomore CB Jaydon Grant was taken to the hospital after running into a metal fence while defending a pass during Thursday's practice. Grant (6'0/171) collided with the metal fence while going up to try for an interception. He was down on the field for about half-an-hour before subsequently being taking in an ambulance to the hospital ... Boise State promoted OLB coach/ST coordinator Jeff Schmedding to defensive coordinator ... ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that the New York Giants "are not doing a lot of work on" Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins ... Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that "there is legitimate buzz for [Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson] around the league" ... USC Assistant athletic director-recruiting and player personnel man Eric Ziskin left the program.