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    2015 NFL Draft: Baylor Preview
    By Dane Brugler Senior Analyst
    May 30, 2014 11:01 am ET

    Since head coach Art Briles took control of the program, Baylor has produced 18 NFL Draft picks, including a handful of first rounders. The Bears had at least one top-100 draft pick each of the last five years, but that streak was snapped with the 2014 class, despite having five draft total picks. However there is an excellent chance for Baylor to have multiple top-100 draft choices in the 2015 NFL Draft class.

    A year ago, Baylor was unranked entering the season and picked to finish middle of the pack in the Big 12 before going 11-2 in 2013, including the first BCS bowl appearance in program history. But the Bears won't be sneaking up on anyone in 2014 as Briles' crew will likely start the season ranked in the top-15 with one of the top offenses in the country, including a passing attack that returns several playmakers. Quarterback Bryce Petty might have the most production of any passer this season, but his NFL future isn't easy to predict, largely due to the offense he runs at Baylor. Nonetheless, he has several traits that make him an appealing specimen for NFL scouts.

    Baylor's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

    1. OT Spencer Drango, RS Junior (6-5 | 315 | 5.10 | #58)
    One of the top offensive linemen in college football, Drango has an impressive NFL skill-set as the game appears to come very easily to him, showing similarities to Dallas Cowboys' 2014 first rounder Zach Martin in some areas. The Bears starting left tackle the last two seasons, he has an easy kickslide with a wide base and the fluid lower body movements to properly protect the pocket from speed or power rushers. Drango is always alert and rarely caught off guard with a high football IQ and overall awareness to process situations quickly. He has the stone hands to jolt with little resistance, displaying the balance to handle defenders and stay off the ground. Drango has very few holes to his game, but Nov. 2013 back surgery is a bright red flag and definitely something to monitor. If healthy and there are no long-term concerns, he has the overall ability to compete to be the top tackle drafted when he goes pro.

    2. DE Shawn Oakman, RS Junior (6-8 | 285 | 4.92 | #2)
    A freakish specimen on the hoof, Oakman is just scratching the surface of who he can be as a football player. He started his collegiate career at Penn State, but several off-field issues and poor academics led to his dismissal by then head coach Bill O'Brien. Tabbed as angry and troubled, but not a bad kid, Oakman transferred to Baylor, sitting out the 2012 season, and played a part-time role in 2013, finishing among the Big 12 leaders in tackles for loss (12.5). While leverage will always be an issue due to his height, he plays much lighter than he looks with burst off the ball to rush the pocket and the coordination to drop and play comfortably on his feet in space. According to Briles, Oakman has a “chance to be dominant” and if he takes the next step in his development in 2014, he has legitimate talent to be considered an early first round pick, projecting best as a five-technique in a 3-4 scheme.

    3. QB Bryce Petty, RS Senior (6-2 | 230 | 4.74 | #14)
    The most intriguing quarterback prospects for the 2015 class are the underclassmen, but Petty leads the senior group and has a chance to be a top-32 pick less than a year from now. He has more than enough arm strength to make every throw, displaying excellent timing within Baylor's pass-happy, shotgun offense. Petty has little experience under center or with his three, five and seven step drops and needs to improve his pocket presence to feel pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. He is reminiscent of a younger, more athletic version of Brandon Weeden, coming from a spread offense that relies on a lot of quick, one-read plays that make it easy to identify single match-ups. Petty led the Big 12 in passing last season with 4,200 yards, 62% completions and a 32-to-3 TD-to-INT ratio and should only improve on those statistics in 2014.

    4. WR Antwan Goodley, RS Senior (5-10 | 225 | 4.52 | #5)
    Baylor has had a wide receiver drafted each of the last three years and Goodley will likely extend that streak in the 2015 NFL Draft. A stockier version of former Bear Kendall Wright, he is a balanced athlete who tracks the ball well and does a nice job in contested situations. Goodley lacks elite straight-line speed and is unpolished in several areas, but has easy acceleration off the line of scrimmage with dangerous ability after the catch, immediately looking to create with the ball in his hands. Coming off a highly productive junior season (71 catches, 1,339 yards, 13 scores) he has taken full advantage of Baylor's pass heavy offense and the Big 12's suspect secondary play, allowing him to win in one-on-one situations. While he isn't quite the prospect Wright was a few years ago, Goodley has the natural talent and competitive hunger to have a role in the NFL.

    5. WR Levi Norwood, RS Senior (6-1 | 195 | 4.52 | #42)
    Baylor's second-leading receiver from a year ago, Norwood stepped up in 2013 when Tevin Reese was sidelined with an injury, recording career-highs with 47 catches for 733 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also the team's primary punt returner, averaging 9.6 yards per return with two scores. Norwood is a string bean with a skinny body type and very limited muscle tone and growth potential, but is a tougher ballcarrier than he looks. He catches the ball well with his hands and is at his best using his straight-line speed to get vertical with vision and determination to be a threat when he has the ball in his hands. Coming from an athletic family, Norwood's father, Brian, is an associate head coach on Art Briles' staff and two of his brothers played college athletics at a high level – Gabe was a starter on George Mason's 2006 Final Four team and Jordan was a blue chip recruit at Penn State and is currently earning a paycheck in the NFL. Norwood has a limited route tree with some clear tightness in his breaks, but like his brother Jordan, Levi has the professional approach and enough ability to have more than a cup of coffee at the NFL level.

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    2015 NFL Draft: Kansas Preview
    By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
    June 2, 2014 10:57 am ET

    The Kansas football program has seen better days with only nine combined wins and one NFL Draft pick the last four years. The Jayhawks have only produced one top-100 draft choice since 1997 (CB Aqib Talib, 2008) and that streak will likely extend another season with only a few possible late round draft picks for the 2015 draft class. Kansas hasn't finished a season above .500 since 2008, but there is some optimism for the 2014 season. Entering year three of his tenure, head coach Charlie Weis has arguably his most talented roster, including a few players who will draw some interest from NFL teams.

    Kansas' top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

    1. ILB Ben Heeney, Senior (5-11 | 230 | 4.83 | #31)
    The Jayhawks' leading tackler the past two seasons, Heeney has been the heart and soul of the Kansas' defense since he became the full-time starter in 2012 and will again be one of the team leaders in 2014. The Jayhawks' defense ranked near dead last in college football last season, allowing 31.4 points per game, but Heeney was one of the lone bright spots, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors the past two years. He has average straight-line speed and appears tight in space, but plays with a try-hard motor and leaves everything he has on the field. Heeney is a physical wrap tackler and aggressive in pursuit, taking decisive angles and breaking down well on the move – locks onto his target and won't make many mistakes. He performs better than expected in man coverage with his read/react skills to float while reading the eyes of the quarterback, breaking well to make plays on the ball. Although his average athleticism tends to show up too much, Heeney has the mental make-up and competitive nature needed for the position and he will make it tough for a NFL team to cut him next year.

    2. S Isaiah Johnson, RS Junior (6-1 | 210 | 4.65 | #5)
    The team leader in interceptions a year ago, Johnson transferred to Kansas from the JUCO level and made an immediate impact in 2013, finishing second on the team in tackles (73) and second in the conference in interceptions (5). He earned Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors and is one of the top returning safeties in the conference for the 2014 season. Johnson shows a versatile array of skills on tape, playing in the box as an impact run defender and also lining up as a single high safety and covering both sidelines. He also covers the slot receiver in man coverage, showing good quickness in his breaks and the route anticipation to click and close and make plays on the ball in front of him. Johnson's pedal and transitional work still need to develop and he isn't as natural finding the ball once his back is turned to the line of scrimmage. But if he takes the next step in his development as a junior in 2014, the NFL will take notice.

    3. WR Nick Harwell, RS Senior (6-1 | 193 | 4.59 | #88)
    With 229 catches in three seasons at Miami (Ohio), Harwell has been one of the most productive pass catchers in college football the last few years. But due to off-field issues, he was dismissed from the program last year, transferred to Kansas and was forced to redshirt in 2013. Harwell returns to the field in 2014 for his final year of college football and first official season in a Kansas uniform after serving on the scout team all of last season. He has ordinary size and speed and doesn't have the most natural hands, but works well out of the slot, using the middle of the field with a veteran field sense. Harwell displays quickness in his breaks and smooth redirection skills, creating a cushion in coverage with his short-area route quickness. While the measureables aren't ideal for the NFL level, he is proven and if he can be productive in Kansas' suspect passing attack, Harwell will attract attention as a possible NFL Draft pick.

    4. WR Justin McCay, RS Senior (6-2 | 210 | 4.54 | #19)
    A five-star recruit out of high school, McCay signed with Oklahoma as a high profile blue chipper and redshirted in 2010. He played in just three games with the Sooners in 2011 with no catches, but decided things weren't working out in Norman and transferred closer to home, sitting out the 2012 season because of the move despite several appeals. McCay started seven games in 2013 for the Jayhawks, but finished with only nine catches as Kansas ranked 117th in passing offense, including just nine touchdown passes as a team. Kansas' quarterback situation is again unsettled entering the 2014 season with Jake Heaps transferring and sophomore Montell Cozart and his zero career passing scores presumably taking over the starting job. But McCay was a highly-regarded recruit a few years back due to his frame, athleticism and natural ability and 2014 might be the year he emerges as an impact talent.

    Other Kansas players to watch:
    CB Ja'Corey Shepherd, Senior (5-11 | 190 | 4.53 | #24)
    S Cassius Sendish, RS Senior (6-0 | 195 | 4.53 | #33)
    WR Tony Pierson, Senior (5-10 | 175 | 4.46 | #3)


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      2015 NFL Draft: Kansas State Preview
      By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
      June 3, 2014 11:01 am ET

      Kansas State has had at least one draft pick every year since 1994, a streak that was in danger of being snapped in the 2014 NFL Draft until OT Tavon Rooks was drafted in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints. The Wildcats' consecutive draft pick streak will likely extend another year in the 2015 NFL Draft with a current KSU squad that has several intriguing senior prospects.

      Almost all of Kansas State's senior prospects are lacking in NFL qualities in one way or another, but they're all extremely well coached and productive. Players like WR Tyler Lockett, DE Ryan Mueller and QB Jake Waters don't necessarily pass the eye test, but they are high motor football players with the ability to make difference-making plays.

      Kansas State's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

      1. WR Tyler Lockett, Senior (5-11 | 175 | 4.47 | #16)
      Arguably the top wideout in the conference, Lockett doesn't look like much, but he runs like the wind with sudden footwork in his breaks to create separation before, during and after the catch. He is a smaller target with a limited overall catching radius and smaller hands that will lead to double catches and him fighting the ball at times. However, Lockett is very dangerous in space, using his quick, decisive feet to sell routes and speed to stretch the field and take the top off a defense. He runs a lot of vertical and deep routes on tape, including a deadly stop-and-go move – just ask former TCU corner Jason Verrett, a first round pick last month. Lockett finished top-three in just about every Big 12 receiving statistic last season with 81 catches for 1,262 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns and will likely compete with Baylor's Antwan Goodley for the distinction of the conferences' top wideout in 2014. He doesn't have ideal size for the NFL level, but will compete to be a top-five senior wide receiver in the 2015 class.

      2. DE/LB Ryan Mueller, Senior (6-2 | 245 | 4.82 | #44)
      A former walk on, Mueller led the Wildcats in both tackles for loss (18.5) and sacks (11.5) last season and is one of the top returning defenders in the conference. He is quick and low out of his stance to shoot gaps and disrupt the backfield, using relentless pursuit and a tremendous competitive nature to finish plays. Mueller is well-built throughout for his body type, but his lack of ideal height and length shows up on tape and his functional strength is average-at-best, allowing for him to be easily engulfed on the edges. He has a very strong understanding of leverage and angles and appears comfortable on his feet, leading some teams to believe his NFL future is at linebacker. Mueller is lacking in a few areas, but he has some similar characteristics as Tedy Bruschi, who lined up on the defensive line in college before successfully making the transition to a stand up linebacker spot in the NFL.

      3. OG Cody Whitehair, RS Junior (6-3 | 309 | 5.22 | #55)
      Although Kansas State loses both of their starting offensive tackles from last season, the Wildcats have a veteran interior presence, led by Whitehair and Finney. Starting 25 games the last two seasons, Whitehair was a Second Team All-Big 12 honoree last season at left guard. He looks the part with good quickness off the snap and shuffles well, anchoring when he keeps his knees bent. Whitehair's best trait is his ability to pick up extra pressures and keep his head on a swivel with vision and instincts. He is too much of a catch blocker and NFL scouts want to see more of a nasty attitude to bully and bury his targets. Whitehair is at his best when he extends to make first contact with rushers, but doesn't do that consistently, allowing his pads to rise and rushers to attack his body. He needs to show some improvements as a junior in 2014, but is definitely a player to watch moving forward.

      4. C B.J. Finney, RS Senior (6-3 | 303 | 5.18 | #66)
      A former walk on, Finney is entering his fourth season as the Wildcats' starting center, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors the last two seasons. He has a stout body type and is not an easy guy to move from his spot, exhibiting excellent toughness in the trenches. Finney has quick snap and set up, but also gets too high and straight-legged in his stance, relying too much on his upper body to get the job done. He is mobile enough to get to the second level and uses body angles very well, but needs to refine his hand placement, often landing his grip outside his target and getting tossed aside. Finney plays like a veteran and won't make many mistakes, but also doesn't have too many excitable traits for the NFL level.

      5. QB Jake Waters, Senior (6-1 | 210 | 4.68 | #15)
      A year ago at this time, Waters was a JUCO transfer new to the Kansas State program and considered a wildcard competing for the starting quarterback job. But he quickly proved his ability and is the unquestioned starter entering the 2014 season, leading former starter Daniel Sams to transfer to McNeese State. Waters lacks ideal height with average-at-best build, but is a tough competitor who stays focused in clutch situations. He operates well in the Wildcats' shotgun, zone-read offense, showing quick feet in his drops with the pocket presence to recognize pressures and get the ball out quickly. Waters is athletic with vision as a ballcarrier, evading pressure and also stepping up in the pocket to deliver with a solid base. He doesn't always see all 11 defenders and tends to lock onto targets, leading to mistakes and turnovers. Similar to Connor Shaw a year ago, Waters' skill-set doesn't scream NFL quarterback, but with a productive and winning senior season, he will earn a shot to make a pro roster.

      Other players to watch:
      FB Glenn Gronkowski, RS Sophomore (6-3 | 234 | 4.74 | #48)
      CB Randall Evans, Senior (6-0 | 190 | 4.61 | #15)
      OLB Jonathan Truman, RS Senior (5-11 | 219 | 4.76 | #21)


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        2015 NFL Draft: Iowa State Preview
        By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
        June 4, 2014 11:03 am ET

        Iowa State isn't exactly the most well-known football factory and hasn't had an offensive skill player drafted since QB Seneca Wallace in 2003. However, the Cyclones program has produced double digit draft picks since 2005 and should be improved in 2014 after a disaster three-win season a year ago.

        Iowa State's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

        1. TE E.J. Bibbs, Senior (6-3 | 252 | 4.76 | #11)
        A highly recruited JUCO transfer a year ago, Bibbs stepped in as a starter for the Cyclones and finished 2013 as the team's second-leading receiver with 39 catches for 462 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was used as more of an inline blocker, but still proved capable in the passing game with good body control and hand-eye coordination to snare off-target throws. Bibbs has solid size and frame with room to get stronger, but his upper body strength is average at-best and he needs to improve his hand placement to do more than simply get in the way of defenders. He shows some laziness in his routes and needs to do more to create separation, but lowers his pads well as a ballcarrier, staying balanced through contact. Bibbs is one of the few bright spots for an offense that ranked near the bottom of the Big 12 last year in most categories.

        2. WR Quenton Bundrage, RS Junior (6-2 | 189 | 4.57 | #9)
        The Cyclones 2013 leading receiver, Bundrage emerged as the team's top go-to threat through the air with 48 catches last season, finishing among the conference leaders in touchdown grabs with nine. He has good height for the position and uses his frame to fight through contact as a ballcarrier, but has a lanky build with little muscle definition. Bundrage catches the ball well in stride and although he has average speed, he flashes a second gear down the field to run away from defenders once he gains a step. He is tight and lacks explosive qualities, but shows sharp footwork in his routes to create some separation. With Mark Mangino taking over the offensive coordinator duties for the 2014 season, the Iowa State passing attack should be much improved, which will help Bundrage's development.

        3. C Tom Farniok, RS Senior (6-3 | 295 | 5.24 | #74)
        After redshirting in 2010, Farniok earned the starting center job as a redshirted freshman and enters his senior year with 35 career starts under his belt. He displays average quickness, but plays with urgency and mobility, having no issues advancing to the second level. Farniok has aggressive, forceful hands, but his placement is streaky, causing him to overextend himself at the waist due to impatience with his overeager demeanor. Although he lacks the upper body strength to simply overpower defenders, he is a veteran and battle-tested with the tough competitive nature to anchor and fight through the whistle. Farniok isn't a sure draft pick at this point, but a strong senior performance could change that.

        4. RB Aaron Wimberly, Senior (5-9 | 173 | 4.52 | #2)
        Although he doesn't look like a prototypical running back, Wimberly led Iowa State in carries (141) and rushing yards (567) last season, including back-to-back 100-yard performances against Tulsa and Texas. He is clearly more comfortable outside the tackles where he can operate in space, using his coordinated footwork to redirect and make sharp cuts with his accurate field sense. Wimberly is tough, but shows very little power and won't do much after initial contact with his undersized frame and minimal growth potential. He lacks distinguishable athleticism like other pint size backs (i.e. Dexter McCluster) and needs to improve as a pass catcher to boost his NFL resume. Wimberly isn't going to get much bigger, but a healthy and productive 2014 season won't hurt his chances of a NFL future.

        Other players to watch:
        OLB Luke Knott, RS Sophomore (6-0 | 216 | 4.65 | #21)
        DE Cory Morrissey, Senior (6-4 | 249 | 4.78 |
        OT Jacob Gannon, RS Senior (6-6 | 300 | 5.08 |
        WR Dondre Daley, RS Sophomore (6-1 | 191 | 4.56 | #13)
        OG Daniel Burton, RS Sophomore (6-4 | 302 | 5.14 | #70)


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          2015 NFL Draft: Oklahoma Preview
          By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
          June 5, 2014 11:11 am ET

          Only two college football programs have produced at least four draft picks each of the last seven years and the Oklahoma Sooners are one of them. Since Bob Stoops took over as head coach in 1999, Oklahoma has produced 73 NFL Draft picks, including 13 first round picks.

          Although the Sooners' 2015 crop of senior prospects isn't as impressive as past years, Oklahoma has a trio of offensive linemen who might earn draftable grades along with a few notable underclassmen. One of the more intriguing potential prospects might be former quarterback Blake Bell who is making the transition to tight end.

          Oklahoma's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

          1. OLB Eric Striker, Junior (6-0 | 219 | 4.73 | #19)
          The only Sooner who registered double digit tackles for loss last season, Striker is an exciting player who jumps off the screen. He plays a variety of roles in Oklahoma's base 3-4 scheme, standing up on the edges where he can rush the passer, drop in space or hold up in coverage. Striker, who has drawn comparisons to Ryan Shazier by some NFL scouts, has outstanding play speed, but needs to find the weight room and commit himself to getting stronger and maxing out his frame as he is too easily overwhelmed and locked up once engaged by blockers. He has excellent initial get-off quickness and edge speed as a pass rusher to win the corner, dip his shoulder and flatten to the pocket. Striker is energetic and covers a lot of ground, using his eyes well to track and anticipate with his improved ball awareness. He isn't quite the first round prospect that Shazier was, but he's not too far off with the athleticism and position versatility that will impress NFL teams.

          2. OG Adam Shead, RS Senior (6-3 | 316 | 5.34 | #74)
          Oklahoma returns three starters on the offensive line and while the tackles receive most of the attention, Shead is a noteworthy NFL prospect in his own right. With 28 career starts at left guard, he is battled tested and plays like a veteran with the base strength to rarely play on his heels. Shead extends well with good arm length to keep rushers from his body, delivering pop at contact with good quickness in his movements from snap to finish. He needs to improve his feel at the second level with a tendency to get sloppy on the move, but he displays the balance and flexibility to pick up extra rushers and bury his man. Shead needs to tweak some areas of his game, but brings favorable traits to the field that should translate well to the NFL level.

          3. OT Daryl Williams, RS Senior (6-5 | 321 | 4.97 | #79)
          In 2012 Lane Johnson turned heads at left tackle for the Sooners, but Williams earned the starting right tackle job that year and has progressed well the past two seasons, earning All-Big 12 honors by league coaches both years. The projected starter at right tackle in 2014, he has assumed a leadership role on the Oklahoma offense, a year after helping the Sooners average 223.9 rushing yards per game – the most by an Oklahoma team since Bob Stoops became head coach. Williams looks the part with excellent body thickness throughout and an anchor to hold his ground. He displays an understanding of angles, but has a bad habit of lunging and doesn't properly use his length, lacking the aggressive hands to punch and initiate contact. Williams doesn't burst off the snap and plays heavy and he has admitted that he's “not even close” to being as athletically gifted as former teammate Lane Johnson or current teammate Tyrus Thompson. Williams sees the field well mentally but doesn't always show the physical gifts needed to react consistently, which could ultimately hurt his NFL value.

          4. OT Tyrus Thompson, RS Senior (6-5 | 320 | 5.08 | #71)
          After serving as a part-time player his first few seasons in Norman, Thompson started 11 games at left tackle last season, missing a pair of starts due to injury. He is the more athletic of the Oklahoma offensive tackles, but not as polished or reliable as Williams at this point in their development. Thompson lacks overwhelming strength and is too easily bullied on his heels, not effectively extending and utilizing his reach. He will get grabby with late hands and reactions and needs to eliminate the mental mistakes and immaturity as a senior to prove he can be a consistent edge blocker. Thompson does some things well with his natural balance in space, staying patient and not overextending himself. But in order for him to have a NFL future, he needs to show considerable improvement in 2014, currently penciled in as the Sooners' starting left tackle.

          5. DE Charles Tapper, Junior (6-4 | 261 | 4.83 | #91)
          With Oklahoma transitioning to a 3-4 scheme last season, Tapper developed at a five-technique defensive end role in his first year as a starter, showing steady improvement as the season advanced. He uses his length well at the point of attack to get push off the snap with his upper body strength. Tapper has ordinary athleticism and coordination with limited rush moves and pass rush arsenal, playing mostly contain and locking down the edges of the pocket. He doesn't have much closing burst and needs to be a more consistent finisher, but he has the motor and effort you want with the play speed to find the ballcarrier. In his first year as a starter last season, Tapper finished second on the team in tackles for loss (9.0) and sacks (5.5) and his development as a junior in 2014 will be something scouts watch closely.

          Other players to watch:
          K Michael Hunnicutt, RS Senior (6-0 | 176 | 4.89 | #18)
          ILB Frank Shannon, RS Junior (6-1 | 229 | 4.69 | #20)
          CB Julian Wilson, RS Senior (6-1 | 199 | 4.49 | #2)
          TE Blake Bell, RS Senior (6-5 | 252 | 4.86 | #10)
          DT Chuka Ndulue, RS Senior (6-2 | 274 | 4.76 | #98)
          DE Geneo Grissom, RS Senior (6-4 | 263 | 4.69 | #85)


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            2015 NFL Draft: Oklahoma State Preview
            By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
            June 6, 2014 11:34 am ET

            For the first time since the ‘80s, Oklahoma State has recorded six straight years with at least one draft pick, including six first rounders over that span. The Cowboys had only one draft pick in the 2014 class, but they made it count with CB Justin Gilbert, who was drafted eighth overall, the school's third top-10 draft pick since 2010 (OT Russell Okung, WR Justin Blackmon).

            The Cowboys' prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft likely won't have a first round caliber player, but there are still a few players who could hear their names called in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or wherever the draft ends up next spring.

            Oklahoma State's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

            1. CB Kevin Peterson, Junior (5-11 | 185 | 4.58 | #1)
            With Gilbert now in the NFL, Oklahoma State has a big hole at one of the cornerback spots and the Cowboys' coaches feel Peterson can step up and fill that role. He started 11 games last season and was routinely subbed on and off the field, finishing the season with 24 tackles, six passes defended and a pair of interceptions. Peterson has solid size and length for the position and understands how to make just enough contact downfield without drawing flags, but in typical Big 12 fashion, he isn't asked to jam or attempt to reroute despite playing at the line of scrimmage. He has good, not great, speed with coordinated footwork to redirect and the natural awareness to turn his head and make plays on the ball. Peterson tends to get tall in his stance and pedal and needs some technique work like most young corners, but he has the skills to develop into one of the conference's top defensive backs.

            2. DT James Castleman, Senior (6-2 | 296 | 5.04 | #91)
            Oklahoma State hasn't had a defensive tackle drafted since Pro Bowler Kevin Williams was the ninth overall selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. But Castleman is looking to change that, lining up mostly at the one-technique spot for the Pokes. He is stout at the point of attack with strong hands to finish tackles, but is too easily slowed at contact, relying on upper body strength over technique to shed blocks. The most glaring weakness for Castleman based off his junior tape is his propensity to fall off balance, struggling to stay coordinated through contact and constantly ending up on the ground. He is slow footed and late to redirect, but plays comfortable on his feet, which allows him to pursue in space and gives him hope for the next level.

            3. DE Jimmy Bean, RS Junior (6-4 | 245 | 4.69 | #92)
            The Cowboys' top pass rusher from a year ago, Bean registered 4.5 sacks in his first year as a starter, lining up at both the left and right end spots. He has a workable and athletic frame with flexible joints and the body control to comfortably play in space. Bean is at his best when he combats blockers with his hands to win the edge, showing flashes of this, but not consistently, lacking ideal functional strength at this point in his development. He has an ordinary get-off with rudimentary pass rush skills and passive hands, playing too reactionary with a limited arsenal to beat blockers. Bean improved his ball awareness throughout last season, but doesn't always properly use his physical gifts to get there on time, something he needs to improve in 2014.

            4. WR Jhajuan Seales, RS Sophomore (6-2 | 201 | 4.58 | #81)
            Since 1990, Oklahoma State has had three wide receivers drafted and all three have gone in the first round: Justin Blackmon (2012), Dez Bryant (2010), Rashaun Woods (2004). Although he doesn't belong in that discussion yet, Seales has flashed the raw talent to be the next pro-caliber pass-catcher out of Stillwater. He is the top returning receiver for Oklahoma State in 2014 after finishing his redshirt freshman season with 39 catches for 571 yards and three scores, his first year as a starter at the college level. Seales accelerates well off the line of scrimmage and does a nice job selling his route, but is still unpolished in several areas and needs to improve the “little things” at receiver to be viewed as a viable draft pick by NFL scouts.

            5. OT Daniel Koenig, RS Senior (6-6 | 310 | 5.30 | #58)
            The third Koenig brother to start on the offensive line at Oklahoma State, Koenig was the starting right tackle the past two seasons, but moved over to the left side midway through last season. While he does some things well, Koenig needs to improve in several areas as a senior before any NFL team gives him a draftable grade. He is lean limbed and tight hipped with a narrow trunk and doesn't boast the muscle definition or functional strength to match up physically in the trenches. Koenig lacks natural coordination in his kickslide and doesn't consistently bring his feet with him, making him unreliable in space, especially vs. speed rushers (Kony Ealy ate him up in the Cotton Bowl). He has some traits to work with, but needs to improve in several areas as a senior if he hopes to have any type of future at the professional level.

            Other players to watch:
            QB J.W. Walsh, RS Junior (6-2 | 205 | 4.54 | #4)
            RB Desmond Roland, Senior (6-1 | 210 | 4.60 | #26)
            RB/WR Tyreek Hill, Junior (5-10 | 183 | 4.52 | #24)
            DE Emmanuel Ogbah, RS Sophomore (6-4 | 270 | 4.86 | #38)


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              2015 NFL Draft: Texas Preview
              By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
              June 10, 2014 11:41 am ET

              The Longhorns' football program hasn't been the well-known powerhouse in recent years, a fact reflected in both the team's records and NFL Draft picks. Not one prospect from the University of Texas was selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, marking the first time burnt orange was shutout of draft since 1938.

              With Mack Brown's prosperous yet tumultuous tenure coming to an end, Texas moves forward with Charlie Strong as head coach of a roster that isn't void of talent. While Texas doesn't have no brainer first round players for the 2015 class, no one expects the school to go back-to-back years without a draft pick.

              Texas' top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

              1. DE Cedric Reed, Senior (6-5 | 258 | 4.80 | #88)

              Texas' top returning pass rusher, Reed tallied 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss last season, taking home Second Team All-Big 12 honors. He passes the eye test and is well-built from head to toe, but he doesn't play as powerful or physical as he looks and needs to play up to his size. Reed is too easily slowed and controlled by single blockers and lacks the upper body functional strength and nasty attitude to create much separation between him and offensive linemen. He is at his best when he keeps his pads low and uses his length to attack the chest of blockers, but he isn't overly fluid, showing some clear hip and joint tightness. Reed has the size, motor and football character that have landed him in some way too early first round mock drafts, but he needs to improve his bland pass rush arsenal and continue to get stronger to come anywhere close to a first round grade next spring.

              2. RB Malcolm Brown, Senior (5-11 | 225 | 4.59 | #28)

              Considered the Nation's top running back out of high school four years ago, Brown led the Longhorns in rushing yards last season (904), but he hasn't exactly lived up to the monumental hype. Nonetheless, his talent is obvious and was on display late last season when he finished the 2013 season strong with three straight 100-yard performances (128, 131, 130). Brown looks the part with NFL build, running square to the line of scrimmage with the body strength to shake off single defenders and play with lower pad level than most on the field. He doesn't have dynamic elusiveness, but shows effective plant-and-go quickness with excellent play speed, always looking to get north-south in a hurry. Brown follows his blocks well with good feel and vision to find openings and get to the second level. Although he doesn't have ideal power and explosive traits, Brown runs physical, low to the ground and always seems to be picking up positive yardage.

              3. DT Malcom Brown, Junior (6-3 | 315 | 5.24 #90)

              After serving as a true freshman reserve in 2012, Brown started all 13 games a year ago, lining up mostly at nose tackle for the Longhorns' multiple defensive front. He definitely passes the eye test with a tall, wide frame and carries his 315-325 pound frame very well, showing easy movement skills. Brown looks natural on his feet with the range and redirection skills to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. He needs to improve his functional strength and won't generate much movement off the snap with an average punch and undeveloped understanding of leverage and pass rush. However Brown has shown the ability to take on multiple blocks while keeping his eyes elevated to track the ball and his development as a junior in 2014 will be interesting to track for both fans and NFL scouts.

              4. RB Joe Bergeron, Senior (6-1 | 230 | 4.60 | #24)

              Texas has a three-man backfield, led by Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, but Bergeron shouldn't be overlooked. He finished third on the team in rushing last season with 386 yards, but had the best yards per carry average (5.0) of the trio. Bergeron runs low to the ground with good pad level and is at his best running downhill, not slowing down and keeping his legs pumping. However he shows some backfield hesitation reading the line of scrimmage and is a slow starter with little explosive qualities. Bergeron can be easily caught from behind, but he's also quick-footed for a 230+ pounder and stays balanced with body power to work through arm tackles and absorb contact well. His blend of quickness and strength for his body type makes him an intriguing change of pace option in the NFL, especially at the goal line and short-yardage situations.

              5. CB Quandre Diggs, Senior (5-10 | 200 | 4.48 | #6)

              Over the last decade or so, Texas has garnered a reputation for routinely producing NFL-quality defensive backs, most recently Kenny Vaccaro, Earl Thomas and several others. The Longhorns didn't have a DB drafted last season, but with a strong senior season, Diggs should hear his name called next spring. A four-year starter, he has 36 career starts under his belt with excellent experience playing both inside and outside, often moving inside as the nickel corner on tape. Diggs has good, not great, size and speed for the position and shows natural field and ball awareness, keeping his head on a swivel and his anticipating route combinations. At times he doesn't have the lower body burst to break on the ball in time and clearly lacks quick-twitch movements, but he plays the game with a veteran sense, leading the team last season in passes defended (10) despite no interceptions. He isn't the first round caliber player like Vaccarro or Thomas, but he has NFL skills to work with and is arguably the top defensive back in the conference.

              6. WR Jaxson Shipley, Senior (6-0 | 195 | 4.58 | #8)

              The Longhorns' leader in receptions the past two seasons, Shipley, who is the younger brother of Jordan Shipley, has a similar skill-set as his brother, who was a third round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The younger Shipley won't match his older brother's receiving marks at Texas, but that's largely due to the fact that Jordan played with Colt McCoy and Jaxson has had to catch passes from wildly inconsistent Case McCoy and David Ash. Shipley doesn't have elite physical traits with only ordinary size, speed and strength, but he has some shake in his routes and knows how to hold defenders, displaying a strong competitive nature at the catch point. Shipley likely won't be drafted as high as his brother (84th overall), but like his brother, he knows how to operate out of the slot and be an effective and reliable underneath target.

              Other Texas prospects worth watching:
              QB David Ash, RS Junior (6-3 | 220 | 4.68 | #14)
              The projected 2014 starter at quarterback, Ash missed 10 games last season (concussion) and recently broke his left foot.

              RB Johnathan Gray, Junior (5-11 | 207 | 4.49 | #32)
              Arguably the most talented skill player on the roster, Gray has exciting and explosive qualities, but his return from an Achilles injury is a question mark.

              WR Daje Johnson, Junior (5-10 | 180 | 4.44 | #4)
              One of the fastest players are on the team, Johnson has been a jack-of-all-trades type with his versatile skill-set on offense.

              WR Kendall Sanders, Junior (6-0 | 187 | 4.54 | #2)
              The Longhorns No. 2 receiver opposite Shipley, Sanders emerged last season as a worthy target with 37 receptions.

              TE Geoff Swaim, Senior (6-4 | 252 | 4.92 | #82)
              A JUCO transfer last season, Swaim recorded only three catches in nine starts, but look for his role to expand in 2014.

              OT Josh Cochran, Senior (6-6 | 301 | 5.07 | #78)
              After starting 18 games his first two seasons, Cochran missed most of 2013 with a shoulder injury and needs to prove he is fully healthy.

              OG Sedrick Flowers, RS Junior (6-3 | 312 | 5.04 | #66)
              Flowers has been a back-up most of his career, but moved into the starting line-up for last year's bowl game and played well.

              C Dominic Espinosa, RS Senior (6-3 | 305 | 5.06 | #55)
              A battle-tested blocker, Espinosa has started 39 straight games at center and is the senior leader of the Longhorns' offense.

              LB Steve Edmond, Senior (6-3 | 245 |4.76 | #33)
              One of the top returning tacklers, Edmond is a punishing hitter who switched between MIKE and WILL linebacker spots last year.

              LB Jordan Hicks, RS Senior (6-2 | 238 | 4.72 | #3)
              A top prep player out of Ohio, Hicks simply hasn't stayed healthy with only 15 starts in his career after season-ending injuries the past two years.


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                Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                2015 NFL Draft: Texas Tech Preview
                By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
                June 11, 2014 11:15 am ET

                After producing four draft picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, including three picks in the top-100, Texas Tech has had only four selections total over the last five years. And two of those four selections came in the 2014 class with TE Jace Amaro and OLB Will Smith.

                Texas Tech was shut out of the NFL Draft in 2012 and 2013 and there is a strong chance the 2015 NFL Draft will come and go without any Red Raiders being represented. Starting left tackle Le'Raven Clark is the team's top draft-eligible prospect, but he's only a junior and starting quarterback Davis Webb has a bright future ahead of him, but he won't be eligible for the NFL until the 2016 class.

                Texas Tech's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                1. OT Le'Raven Clark, RS Junior (6-5 | 320 | 5.06 | #62)

                After starting all 13 games at right guard as a freshman in 2012, Clark moved outside and manned the left tackle duties last year as a sophomore, starting all 13 games and earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors. He looks more like a guard with his body type, but he has the light feet to play on the edges and cover a large area. Clark is more of a catch blocker with his high cut stance and tendency to play upright, lacking ideal base strength. He flashes a nasty punch in the run game with the ability to drive defenders out of the play, but doesn't show the same strength as a pass blocker. In Texas Tech's offense, the left tackle is almost always retreating in pass protection, making it easy to criticize Clark's technique and footwork, but it's just a product of what he's asked to do. Clark has started every game the past two seasons and has several NFL tools that can be groomed at the next level.

                2. RB/LB Kenny Williams, Senior (5-9 | 225 | 4.58 | #34)

                The Red Raiders' leading rusher from a year ago, Williams saw snaps at both running back and linebacker during recent spring practices and on the official post-spring depth chart, he was listed as the starting “RAID” linebacker – and nowhere to be found on the offensive side. With his toughness and pop at contact, it's not a surprise that the Texas Tech coaches are trying Williams on defense, but with his 5-9 height, it's probably more likely that he's viewed at running back by NFL scouts. Time will tell the type of workload on offense he receives in 2014 (if any), but he has the quick feet and physical run style that turned some heads the last few seasons. Williams has the work ethic and competitive drive that will make him stand out, regardless if he's playing linebacker, running back…or kicker.

                3. WR Bradley Marquez, Senior (5-10 | 200 | 4.54 | #4)

                On most football depth charts, the offense lists two starting wide receivers, sometimes three. The Texas Tech depth chart lists four receivers for an offense that averages about 720 pass attempts each year. With that type of pass happy attack, it highlights the pass-catchers like Marquez who was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honoree as a first-year starter in 2013 and could emerge as the Red Raiders' top target in 2014. He recorded 49 catches for 633 yards and six scores last year and led the team with a 12.9 yards per reception average. Marquez is average in the size, strength and speed categories, but he shows natural route acceleration to change gears well with toughness to work over the middle and do damage in contested situations. He is always looking to turn the catch upfield and is much more than just a possession target. With Jace Amaro (106 catches) and Eric Ward (83) off to the NFL, that's 189 receptions not returning to Lubbock this season so look for Marquez's role and production to grow this fall.

                Other Texas Tech prospects worth watching:
                RB DeAndre Washington, RS Junior (5-7 | 190 | 4.58 | #21)
                With Kenny Williams moving mostly to linebacker, Washington will likely assume the starting running back duties in 2014.

                WR Jakeem Grant, RS Junior (5-6 | 160 | 4.45 | #11)
                The top returning receiver from a year ago, Grant is a speedy underneath target, but the size will scare off several NFL teams.

                OG Alfredo Morales, RS Junior (6-3 | 315 | 5.34 | #56)
                The projected starter at left guard, Morales is a physical player in the run game and played well in eight starts last season.

                MLB Sam Eguavoen, Senior (6-1 | 220 | 4.74 | #13)
                Texas Tech lost their top defender from last year (Will Smith), but Eguavoen will try and replace that production as a defensive leader.


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                  Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                  2015 NFL Draft: West Virginia Preview
                  By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst
                  June 12, 2014 10:54 am ET

                  Since becoming a member of the Big 12 conference in 2012, West Virginia has an uninspiring 11-14 (.440) record. But the Mountaineers have been well represented in the NFL Draft the last two years with five total draft picks, all top-100 selections.

                  The Mountaineers snapped an 11-year bowl game streak last year, finishing with only four wins due to a defense that finished 100th in the nation in points allowed. But West Virginia has a few prospects on the defensive side of the ball that will attract NFL attention this season, including DE Shaquille Riddick, who recently transferred to Morgantown for his final season of college football eligibility.

                  West Virginia's top NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                  1. DE Shaquille Riddick, Senior (6-6 | 242 | 4.87)
                  Is it possible that the top NFL prospect on the West Virginia roster has yet to take a snap at the FBS-level? Absolutely. Riddick spent the past three years at Gardner-Webb, earning FCS All-American honors last season with a team-best 19 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Transferring to WVU for his final season of eligibility, Riddick was a skinny twig out of high school and didn't receive much attention as a recruit, but he's gained nearly 75 pounds and is close to maxing out his lean, long frame. He is quick off the snap and gets upfield in a hurry with an on-field motor that is never idle and a competitive demeanor that pops on film. Riddick is a balanced athlete with a flexible lower body and the natural bend to use his long arms while winning the edge vs. offensive tackles. He has active hands to swat blockers' limbs, but his functional strength is a strong concern as he makes the jump to the FBS-level. Although he's played at a lower level of competition, Riddick shows excellent ball awareness with zero give up in his play style, showing not only All-Big 12 potential, but also intriguing NFL upside. He reminds me of a more polished version of Larry Webster Jr., who was a fourth round pick of the Lions last month.

                  2. RB Dreamius Smith, Senior (5-11 | 217 | 4.54 | #2)
                  The second-leading rusher for West Virginia in 2013, Smith played behind Charles Sims last season, who was drafted 69th overall last month by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But on film, there really aren't too many differences in the two prospects. Smith has quick feet and lateral agility with a balanced lower body to make strong cuts and shake defenders. He has a solidly-built frame for the position and does a nice job lowering his pads with forward lean and a physical mentality to gain positive yardage. Smith also has the speed to finish, but is sometimes late to anticipate run lanes and needs to do a better job with his vision to recognize holes and set up his rush moves. He had only two catches last season and needs to prove to be a capable pass-catcher, an area that Sims excelled at with 45 receptions last season. Smith will share the backfield duties with sophomore RB Wendell Smallwood, but look for the senior to emerge as one of the better backs in the conference.

                  3. FS Karl Joseph, Junior (5-10 | 200 | 4.63 | #8)
                  The Mountaineers' defense was a sieve last season, but Joseph was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise disappointing unit. He finished last season with 68 tackles, displaying rangy play speed with the ability to make stops at every level of the field. Joseph tends to be an ankle biter at times and has room to clean up his tackling technique, but he is a more than willing run defender with the drive quickness to attack downhill. He will take some unnecessary steps in coverage and needs to clean up his footwork, but is quick to recover and shows loose movements. Joseph's anticipation and instincts are still in the development phase, but he has shown improved eye use to make quick decisions and stay true to his aggressive nature. He has started all 25 games at free safety since arriving in Morgantown and is still far from hitting his football ceiling, making his NFL potential an intriguing storyline moving forward.

                  4. OG Quinton Spain, RS Senior (6-5 | 335 | 5.29 | #67)
                  A player who has lined up at both left tackle and left guard the past few seasons, Spain appears much more comfortable inside at guard and hopefully sees more snaps there in 2014. He is stiff, tight-jointed and high cut, which shows up quite a bit during games, but he does have the body and length that coaches want to work with at the next level. Spain's functional strength and timing are both question marks, but where he needs to improve the most is his hand placement, which is all over the place and causes him to fall off blocks or get grabby. His kickslide and blocking ability at the second level aren't strengths either, but it's also easier to mask his short-area skill-set when he lines up inside at guard. Spain has some NFL traits, but isn't a sure thing to be drafted at this point and needs to improve in several areas this season.

                  Other West Virginia prospects worth watching:
                  QB Clint Trickett, RS Senior (6-2 | 180 | 4.82 | #9)
                  The Mountaineers' leading passer last season, Trickett isn't much of a pro prospect unless he can improve upon his 52.8% completions last season.

                  QB Paul Millard, Senior (6-2 | 219 | 4.84 | #14)
                  The quarterback who will battle Trickett for snaps in 2014, Millard started three games last season, but wasn't much more impressive than Trickett.

                  WR Kevin White, Senior (6-3 | 211 | 4.56 | #11)
                  A tall, lean athlete, White finished third on the team in receiving last season with 35 grabs and also averaged 14.5 yards per catch.

                  OG Mark Glowinski, RS Senior (6-5 | 305 | 5.11 | #64)
                  After transferring from the JUCO ranks, Glowinski started all 12 games last season at right guard and could fight Spain for the distinction of being the team's top lineman.


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                    Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                    2015 NFL Draft: Arizona Preview
                    By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                    June 13, 2014 11:57 am ET

                    In his two seasons as head coach at Arizona, Rich Rodriguez has led the Wildcats to identical 8-5 records and bowl victories based largely on his innovative spread offense.

                    The success of Rodriguez's scheme is undeniable. It has generated gaudy statistics against Pac-12, Big Ten and Big East defenses over the past decade, including back to back All-American seasons from running back Ka'Deem Carey, the first of three former Wildcats drafted into the NFL in May - the most from Arizona since 2008.

                    If not for a torn ACL from star wideout Austin Hill, the Wildcats could have matched their highest total of drafted Wildcats since the turn of the century. As it stands, Hill, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2012, projects as Arizona's top returning prospect. Strong senior campaigns from spur safety Tra'Mayne Bondurant and left tackle Mickey Baucus could push each of them into the 2015 draft, as well.

                    Arizona's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                    1. WR Austin Hill, RS Senior (6-2 | 210 | 4.54 | #29)

                    Possessing a similar frame as former Wildcat star (and current Oakland Raider) Juron Criner, Hill exploded onto the scene in 2012, hauling in a team-leading 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn All-Pac-12 Second Team honors. The Wildcats were counting on Hill to pull defenders away from the line of scrimmage to free up Carey in 2013 but a torn ACL suffered during spring practice ended those thoughts abruptly. Rather than stew about the injury, Hill committed himself to the weight room, earning public acknowledgement from the coaching staff for his dedication.

                    Hill possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame, overall. He shows above-average initial burst off the snap to quickly get into his route but tops out quickly. He is a savvy route-runner who shows good lateral burst and balance to generate separation with his cuts. The majority of his production, however, came out of the slot where Hill was able to physically dominate smaller cornerbacks and rarely saw press coverage. He plays with the physicality to handle it, however, and is effective as a run-blocker and after the catch due to his strength and aggression. Hill's best attribute may be his hands and body control. He can contort his frame to adjust to poorly thrown passes and secures the ball quickly.

                    Hill wasn't a nifty athlete prior to the ACL tear so it remains to be seen how explosive he'll be upon his return. If he picks up where he left off, however, Hill could push for a spot among the top 100 next spring.

                    2. S Tra'Mayne Bondurant, RS Senior (5-10 | 198 | 4.54 | #21)

                    Bondurant has starred the past two seasons in Arizona's hybrid "Spur" role, a rover-safety/outside linebacker role in a 3-3-5 scheme that asks him to wear multiple hats. This versatility makes Bondurant intriguing but also a projection to the NFL as it minimizes some of the 'tweener traits that scouts may find troubling when determining whether his future at the next level lies.

                    Bondurant possesses a lean, athletic frame and natural athleticism, including loose hips to quickly swivel and change directions. He's alert and fluid enough to drop down and cover receivers as a nickel cornerback, as he frequently did a year ago in Arizona's stunning 42-16 shellacking of Oregon. Bondurant complements his athleticism with good awareness. He's aggressive and isn't afraid to break on the ball in the hopes of creating a big play, picking off seven passes over the past three seasons and returning three of them for touchdowns, including two for scores last year. He doesn't possess an intimidating build but closes quickly and can deliver a pop, forcing three fumbles over the past two seasons.

                    3. OT Mickey Baucus, RS Senior (6-7 | 305 | 5.33 | #68)

                    After redshirting in 2010, Baucus has started 38 games at the all-important left tackle position, helping protect the likes of future NFL players Nick Foles, Matt Scott and Carey. The former prep basketball player is one of four returning starters up front for Arizona, a unit which has ranked among the conference's best in recent years.

                    Aiding Baucus and the rest of the Wildcats' offensive line is Rodriguez's scheme, which spreads out defenses and generally gets the ball out quickly. Baucus boasts an intriguing build with great height and long arms. He possesses enough initial quickness to handle most of the conference's speed rushers due to a smooth kick-slide and his length allows him to catch defenders that his feet can't keep up with. Where Baucus struggles is with leverage and balance. Baucus' top-heavy high-cut frame makes him susceptible to counter moves and too often he's forced to lunge at defenders, as a result. Scouts will appreciate Baucus' size and durability but if he's going to be the first Arizona offensive lineman drafted since Eben Britton in 2009, Baucus may want to explore playing right tackle or even moving inside to guard at a senior all-star game, as this is where he projects best against NFL speed. Baucus currently checks in as's No. 24 tackle in the 2015 class.

                    Other Arizona prospects worth watching:

                    S Jared Tevis, RS Senior (5-10 | 195 | 4.58 | #38)
                    Tevis lacks ideal size but the homegrown product (and former walk-on) has developed into one of the better all-around safeties in the Pac-12. He's an instinctive, physical player but lacks ideal flexibility and speed for coverage.

                    OT Fabbians Ebbele, RS Senior (6-8 | 312 | 5.29 | #73)
                    Like Baucus, Ebbele offers intriguing length and durability as a four-year starter. He lacks ideal balance and flexibility in pass protection and doesn't drive defenders off the ball in the running game due to struggles with leverage.

                    WR Trey Griffey, RS Sophomore (6-2 | 191 | 4.53| #5)
                    The son of former MLB All-Star Ken Griffey, Jr., this redshirt sophomore has the size and athleticism worthy of keeping an eye on. He enjoyed a breakout performance in Arizona's bowl game victory over Boston College, hauling in the first two scores of his career.


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                      Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                      2015 NFL Draft: Arizona State Preview
                      By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                      June 16, 2014 9:37 am ET

                      Featuring a dynamic spread-option offense and as aggressive a defense as there was in college football a year ago, coach Todd Graham guided the Arizona State Sun Devils to a first-place finish in the Pac-12 South and their second consecutive bowl berth.

                      Graham will have his work cut out for him if the Sun Devils are going to match (or beat) last season's success given that two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton is now playing for the Chicago Bears. Other standouts, including Carl Bradford, leading tackler Chris Young and running back Marion Grice also are gone.

                      Plenty of sparks will fly on the offensive side of the ball with top prospect Jaelen Strong, quarterback Taylor Kelly and versatile playmaker D.J. Foster returning and with a steady influx of JUCO talent ready to contribute on defense, it could once again be a hellish ride for Pac-12 opponents heading to Tempe.

                      Arizona State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                      1. WR Jaelen Strong, RS Junior (6-4 | 205 | 4.55 | #21)

                      Choosing the Sun Devils over offers from a number of other high profile programs such as South Carolina, Miami and Nebraska, Strong exploded onto the FBS-scene in 2013, hauling in 75 passes for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns to earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors as a JUCO-transfer (Pierce College). Strong only played one year at Pierce (67 passes for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 games) and therefore has two more years of athletic eligibility for the Sun Devils. A third highly productive season in a row, however, could make the 2014 season Strong's last at the amateur level, as Strong is currently's No. 3-rated WR in the 2016 class

                      Strong is aptly named as he is a well-built receiver whose height, body control and leaping ability make him a difficult matchup for cornerbacks. He runs hard and forces defenders to take him to the ground, fighting through arm tackles to generate good yardage after the catch. His size makes him equally effective on the perimeter (where he excels on back-shoulder fades) and when dragging across the middle. Strong accelerates quickly off the line, making him an effective vertical threat.

                      Strong's talent is undeniable but he's far from a finished product. He generally catches the ball with his hands and can make the dazzling acrobatic reception but fights the ball on occasion and needs to do a better job of extending his arms fully to high-point passes and take full advantage of his height advantage. He's going to need to sharpen up his route-running, as well, as too often he gets by on simply posting up defenders at this level.

                      2. OG Jamil Douglas, RS Senior (6-4 | 301 | 5.09 | #74)

                      Though ASU's talented skill position players will generate most of the attention, Douglas ranks as one of the team's most intriguing NFL prospects. He's entering his senior campaign with experience at all four exterior positions and 27 consecutive starts - most of them coming at the left guard position which he's starred for most of his career and projects best at the next level. Douglas is expected to make the transition to the all-important left tackle position as a senior.

                      Douglas looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman with broad shoulders, a trim middle and good balance. He is quick off the snap and plays with good leverage in pass protection to absorb bull rushers, showing good flexibility and core strength. He slides well laterally and looks to help his teammates when not covered up, often shoving unsuspecting defensive linemen to the ground. Douglas is a bit more inconsistent in the running game. He plays a bit high while drive blocking, dropping his head and leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves. He's frequently asked to pull -- showing above average agility and balance when doing so -- but is indecisive and too often resorts to sealing off defenders from the action rather than driving his opponent out of the way and creating a hole.

                      Scouts will want to investigate Douglas' past. He was arrested midway through the 2010 season for second-degree burglary charges for stealing from a teammate and was suspended by then-head coach Dennis Erickson. The charges were later reduced and Douglas has had no known issues in the three years since.

                      3. RB D.J. Foster, Junior (5-11 | 195 | 4.49 | #8)

                      Foster's comfort with the ball in his hands is his greatest attribute. He is a fluid athlete, who accelerates and cuts smoothly. He has very good field vision, knowing when to throttle down and exercise some patience to set up blocks and when to drive ahead to get what he can. Perhaps best of all, he's a reliable pass-catcher who shows the ability to extend and pluck outside of his frame as well as track over his shoulder. The Sun Devils took great advantage of his hands as Foster all running backs with 653 receiving yards in 2013. While a significant number of Foster's production came while split out as a slot receiver, the Sun Devils expect him to take over as the team's leading running back this season with Grice now a member of the San Diego Chargers.

                      Foster has committed himself to the transition. He spent the off-season getting stronger and reportedly has bulked up to 208 pounds. He's also being asked to take part on special teams as an edge rusher on punt returns.

                      4. QB Taylor Kelly, RS Senior (6-2 | 205 | 4.84 | #10)

                      Athletic, instinctive and a gifted passer, Kelly has emerged as one of college football's better dual-threat quarterbacks as a perfect match in Graham's spread-option attack. In a conference boasting several next-level passers, Kelly earned Second Team All-Pac-12 accolades a season ago, finishing behind only Oregon's Marcus Mariota, the top prospect on my initial 2015 Big Board.

                      Kelly completed a school record 67.1% of his passes in 2013 for 3,635 yards and 28 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. Excluding sacks, he also ran for another 823 yards and scored nine touchdowns on the ground -- numbers that made him a dark horse Heisman candidate for much of the year and a potentially intriguing prospect as NFL teams are increasingly on the lookout for dual-threat passers.

                      Kelly's production is impressive and there is no reason to think he won't be at least as effective in 2014 but a slim frame, less-than-ideal arm strength and transition from a shotgun-based offense will complicate his jump to the NFL.

                      Kelly has a slim build, especially in his lower half, which will raise concerns about his ability to stand up to pressure in the NFL, despite the fact that he's proven durable throughout his collegiate career. He has a quick set-up and release but is allowed to simply flick passes without stepping into them based on the quick tempo of this read-option attack. When he steps into his throws, Kelly can deliver passes with impressive velocity. When he doesn't, however, too many of Kelly's passes flutter. Kelly's ball placement, especially on intermediate and deep passes with low trajectory, is inconsistent, though he does show good touch.

                      Other Arizona State prospects worth watching:

                      FB/H-Back De'Marieya Nelson, RS Senior (6-2 | 230 | 4.76 | #12)
                      The loss of First Team All-Pac-12 tight end Chris Coyle opens up a window for Nelson to see more playing time. The JUCO-transfer is a more explosive and versatile athlete than Coyle. If Nelson has the big senior campaign expected he could make a push for draft consideration.

                      DE Marcus Hardison, Senior (6-4 | 296 | 4.96 | #1)
                      Hardison signed with ASU as a highly celebrated JUCO transfer but recorded just five tackles in his first season in Tempe. His bulk and quickness are intriguing as is his experience all over the defensive line.

                      S Damarious Randall, RS Senior (6-0 | 185 | 4.56 | #3)
                      Another JUCO transfer, Randall will be looked upon for leadership as he is the only member of ASU's secondary with more than one career start on his resume. He is alert and athletic but has size limitations and despite ranking as ASU's leading returning tackler (71 stops in 2013), Randall could be a more physical and secure tackler in the open field.

                      DT Jaxon Hood, Junior (6-0 | 301 | 5.10 | #92)
                      Hood struggled through an injury-plagued sophomore season but his bowling ball-like frame and strength makes his bull-rush tough to handle.

                      NG Mo Latu, RS Junior (6-3 | 384 | 5.43 | #98)
                      The NFL loves size and Latu, who has switched back and forth between the offensive and defensive lines while in Tempe certainly offers that. Latu, who recorded two tackles a year ago, reportedly weighed in at 370 during the spring. Graham wants him in the 330-335 pound range. As you'd expect, Latu is tough to move, making him an intriguing developmental prospect at nose guard.


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                        Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                        2015 NFL Draft: California Preview
                        By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                        June 17, 2014 9:46 am ET

                        Year One of the Sonny Dykes era as head coach at California did not go as well as hoped.

                        The Golden Bears finished without a win in the Pac-12 and just a 1-11 record, overall. Cal's sole victory was a 37-30 win over FCS Portland State on September 7.

                        Despite the struggles (or perhaps because of them), several of Cal's most talented underclassmen choose to leave early for the NFL. Cal, in fact, tied with Alabama and Southern Cal for second among all universities last year in early entrants to the draft with five each, two behind LSU. Only two Cal players of any eligibility were ultimately drafted - tight end Richard Rodgers and linebacker Khairi Fortt, both juniors.

                        Another year of recruiting players to fit Dyke's innovative spread offense should help bring up the overall talent level but with a senior class gutted by last year's early entrants, 2015 could be a another lean year for the Bears. Some intriguing underclassmen dot the roster. Unfortunately, many of them also come with durability concerns.

                        California's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                        1. OG Jordan Rigsbee, RS Junior (6-4 | 310 | 5.32 | #73)

                        The good news for Cal fans isn't just that their top-ranked prospects are underclassmen but that due to their position and size limitations, they're less likely to gamble on declaring for the NFL early. Rigsbee, projected to start his third consecutive season on the inside, could be an exception. His aggression and upper body strength have stood out at left guard the past two years and with these traits should help him perform well at center, where he lined up in the spring for the Bears.

                        On tape, Rigsbee looks shorter and stockier than his listed size. His stout frame and tenacity is well-suited to the interior, where the battles are won and lost with leverage and power. Rigsbee plays with heavy hands, jolting defenders with his initial punch and shoving them off the line when run blocking. He plays with a nasty disposition, scrapping through the whistle's echo.

                        While Rigsbee's wrestler's mentality makes for some exciting de-cleaters, he's far from a sure thing as an NFL prospect. Rigsbee is so consumed with knocking defenders back that he gets over-balanced, leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves and light-footed pass rushers able to slip past him on counters. This is especially true when he's asked to block at the second level, where his average change of direction and speed are exposed.

                        2. WR Chris Harper, Junior (5-11 | 170 | 4.53 | #6)

                        Though he hasn't received much help from Cal's collection of quarterbacks the past two seasons, Harper has quietly established himself as one of the Pac-12's most explosive and versatile weapons, earning a "poor man's DeSean Jackson" by one scout familiar with the program.

                        Harper does not possess Jackson's straight-line speed but possesses a similarly wiry frame with good lateral agility, hands and determination to maximize the yardage gained. He wasn't an especially highly regarded prep but quickly rose up Cal's depth chart, earning five starts as a freshman and ranking second to only Keenan Allen in catches (41), receiving yards (544) and touchdowns (two) in 2012. Harper followed that up with 70 receptions for a team-leading 852 yards and five scores as an encore.

                        Dykes' scheme spotlights Harper, allowing the diminutive receiver to gain easy releases out of the slot and getting the ball into his hands in the open field where his elusiveness, vision and burst make him most dangerous. His light feet and balance make him a very efficient route-runner and he possesses soft hands, though size limitations are a obvious concern when projecting him to the next level.

                        3. OLB Jalen Jefferson, RS Junior (6-2 | 230 | 4.67 | #7)

                        While some the prospects that former head coach Jeff Tedford brought to Berkeley are relatively poor schematic fits for Dykes' systems, Jefferson's agility and speed make him an intriguing candidate as a chase linebacker in the 4-3. Jefferson lined up at strongside throughout much of his sophomore campaign, racking up 64 tackles (three off the team lead), 6.5 tackles for loss and tying for tops in sacks with three.

                        Jefferson could use more time in the weight room, playing last season with a relatively slim build for linebacker. He possesses very light feet and good balance to beat backs to the edge, as well as avoid blockers and break down to make the effective open-field tackle. He isn't an explosive hitter but wraps his arms securely to drag ball-carriers to the ground.

                        Jefferson is prone to over-aggression, however, too often over-committing and leaving cutback opportunities to savvy runners. The junior needs polish but the tools are there to develop.

                        Other Cal prospects worth watching:

                        S Avery Sebastian, Senior (5-10 | 195 | 4.59 | #4)
                        Sebastian was one of several crippling injuries to the defense last season, tearing his Achilles in the season-opener. He earned Honorable Mention all-conference honors in 2012 as a part-time starter and looked like a future standout. He has some 'tweener traits but showed off the combination of athleticism and awareness in the past that could generate interest if he returns to health.

                        DB Stefan McClure, RS Junior (5-11 | 200 | 4.53 | #21)
                        McClure signed with Cal as a highly touted prep and looked like a future standout, starting twice as a true freshman. He's suffered two ACL tears and undergone microfracture surgery on his knee since, missing all but five games last year. His previous experience came at cornerback but McClure is currently listed by Bears as a safety.

                        DE/OLB Brennan Scarlett, Senior (6-3 | 260 | 4.97 | #17)
                        Scarlett suffered from an infection in his surgically-repaired hand a season ago and missed the entire 2013 campaign. Used as an OLB in former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergrast's 3-4 scheme, Scarlett recorded 40 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2012. Like his teammates in Cal's secondary, with a return to health, Scarlett could help spark a defensive turnaround this season for the Bears and intrigue NFL scouts, along the way.

                        WR Bryce Treggs, Junior (5-11 | 180 | 4.49 | #1)
                        Though he didn't produce as many big plays as Harper, Treggs actually led the Golden Bears with 77 receptions (for 751 yards and a score). He possesses a slim build but good agility and speed. His father, Brian, also played at Cal and spent one year at receiver with the Seattle Seahawks.


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                          Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                          2015 NFL Draft: Colorado Preview
                          By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                          June 18, 2014 8:21 am ET

                          Head coach Mike MacIntyre's first season at Colorado wasn't much better than Sonny Dykes at California, though the Buffalos did beat the Golden Bears for one conference win and finished the season at 4-8, overall.

                          The 2014 NFL draft provided some relief. The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks made wideout Paul Richardson their top pick and the No. 45 overall selection. Unfortunately, the excitement was limited to Richardson, as he was Colorado's only player selected.

                          There is reason for optimism in Boulder, however. Some intriguing talent lies in wait for the 2015 draft and even more is blooming for the future with sophomores Sefo Lifua (quarterback), Addison Gillam (linebacker) and Chidobe Awuzie (cornerback) ranking among the team's most gifted prospects.

                          Colorado's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                          1. DT Josh Tupou, Junior (6-2 | 320 | 5.10 | #55)
                          Boasting size, strength and athleticism, Tupou is the most intriguing of Colorado's potential NFL prospects though the true junior remains quite raw. He generated some buzz among scouts as an underclassman to watch but the thick run-stuffer hardly wowed in the statistical category a season ago, posting 38 tackles with two tackles for loss and just half a sack.

                          Statistics don't tell the whole story with Tupou, however. While not particularly nimble, Tupou offers at least average initial quickness, good strength at the point of attack and pursues with passion. Tupou can push the pocket with good upper body strength on the bull-rush and gets his hands into passing lanes. His frame, physicality and effort could intrigue 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike, as a developmental interior prospect.

                          2. CB Greg Henderson, Senior (5-11 | 185 | 4.53 | #20)
                          The Buffs haven't had a defensive back selected in the NFL Draft since 2011 (CBs Jimmy Smith, Jalil Brown) but if Henderson can build upon a breakout 2013 campaign, he is in good position to end this streak. Henderson enters his senior campaign with 32 career starts but "only" five career interceptions. Four of those, however, came a season ago.

                          Henderson has a broad frame with good overall musculature, actually appearing a little bigger on film than his listed size. He registered a team-leading 10 passes broken up a season ago despite missing the first two games (and being hampered in more) with a knee strain. Scouts are intrigued by Henderson because despite last year's injury, he has steadily improved throughout his collegiate career. He is a fluid athlete with balance, agility and speed who has shown with improving awareness and mitts for the interception.

                          3. OG/OC Daniel Munyer, RS Senior (6-2 | 290 | 5.06 | #52)
                          Munyer entered the 2013 season among Colorado's most intriguing prospects but struggled with consistency and must play with greater focus and physicality as a senior to earn NFL draft consideration. Rotated between right guard and center throughout his career, Munyer flashes initial quickness, good lateral agility and the balance to handle run and pass-blocking responsibilities. He's athletic enough, in fact, that Colorado is reportedly considering pushing him outside to left tackle in 2014.

                          Regardless of his role for the Buffs this season, Munyer is best suited for the interior as an NFL prospect. He's an intriguing athlete who can fire off the snap and surprise second-level defenders with his quickness and agility. Munyer was recognized as a team captain this spring. If he takes this role seriously, Munyer could be on the verge of a breakout season that could result in his earning a selection in the 2015 NFL draft.

                          Other Colorado prospects worth watching:

                          WR Nelson Spruce, RS Junior (6-1 | 205 | 4.61 | #22)
                          Spruce isn't the same caliber of athlete as Richardson but he should emerge as the team's top target in 2014. He finished second behind Richardson in all three major receiving categories in 2014 with 55 receptions for 650 yards and four touchdowns and could see significant gains this season. While not the same caliber of athlete as Richardson, he offers a well-built frame, reliable route-running and hands.

                          CB Kenneth Crawley, Junior (6-1 | 165 | 4.55 | #2)
                          Crawley missed much of the spring with a hand injury but previously proved a capable Pac-12 defender, starting the past two seasons on the boundary. He struggled with consistency in 2013 after turning heads as a true freshman but offers intriguing length and athleticism.


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                            Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                            2015 NFL Draft: Oregon Preview
                            By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                            June 19, 2014 12:36 pm ET

                            Mark Helfrich guided the Oregon Ducks to an 11-2 record and 30-7 whipping of Texas in the Alamo Bowl in his first season taking over for Chip Kelly.

                            For most teams, that would count as an extraordinary accomplishment. For Oregon -- a team that had qualified for four consecutive BCS bowls -- it was a disappointment. That led to a number of highly regarded underclassmen ignoring the promise of an NFL contract and instead returning to Eugene.

                            Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                            1. QB Marcus Mariota, RS Junior (6-4 | 215 | 4.52 | #8)
                            Boasting a combination of size, speed and passing ability that has often earned comparisons to San Francisco's star quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Mariota enters his fourth season in Eugene as a Heisman Trophy favorite and arguably the elite NFL prospect in the country. He is my personal top-rated prospect entering the 2014 season.

                            Perhaps surprisingly, Mariota turned down the chance to be a top five pick a year ago. Few prospects are willing to put off the glamor and riches of an NFL deal but Mariota will likely be better off with this decision as another season at the collegiate level gives him time to polish his game. He is blessed with extraordinary tools and his production thus far has been outstanding (63 touchdowns/10 interceptions at a 65.8 percent completion rate and another 1,467 yards on the ground with 14 scores over the past two years), but after only emerging as a starter as a senior in high school, Mariota remains very much a work in progress.

                            The Ducks' innovative offense simplifies QB decisions and this is roughly the same scheme Mariota played in high school. As such, some of the basics like taking the ball from under center and scanning downfield while dropping back are skills Mariota hasn't been asked to master yet. He's overly reliant (at this point) on his first read, occasionally commits the cardinal sin of throwing late across his body and wasn't a year ago when injury sapped him off his maneuverability and he was forced to throw from the pocket.

                            These are coachable skills and given that Mariota is often lauded for his intelligence, humility and work ethic, scouts expect growth in these areas in 2014. Mariota has a quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. He has a very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows. He also shows good touch to loft passes over defenders down the seam or to backs and receivers on quick swing passes. He has good balance and agility to avoid pressure and keeps his eyes downfield rather than looking for an excuse to run. Like Kaepernick, Mariota puts extreme pressure on the defense because of his scrambling ability. He offers rare straight-line speed, making him a legitimate threat for a big play via his arms or legs on every snap.

                            2. OT Tyler Johnstone, RS Junior (6-6 | 283 | 5.08 | #64)
                            Johnstone hasn't yet generated the attention of some of Oregon's other top prospects but expect that to change soon.

                            Johnstone's frame and athleticism is befitting more of a tight end rather than a traditional offensive tackle but don't think for a moment that it keeps him from being successful. Johnstone, in fact, may be the most underrated element of Oregon's success the past two seasons, as he's emerged as one of the country's most reliable blockers on the perimeter.

                            Johnstone offers a rare blend of length, agility and initial quickness which makes him a formidable blindside pass protector. He springs out of his stance and latches on to corral speed rushers and is surprisingly effective against bull rushers due to good core strength, balance and technique to maintain leverage. Johnstone's athleticism makes him very effective blocking on the move in Oregon's zone attack, frequently beating opponents at the line of scrimmage or the second level with quickness to turn and seal them from the play. Unlike many athletic blockers, Johnstone seems to revel in the opportunity to drive block opponents, as well, offering a physical jolt to greet defenders and a tenacious play-to-the-whistle style that is sure to endear him to NFL offensive line coaches.

                            There is no question that Johnstone is aided by all of the athletes surrounding him in Oregon's scheme and that to continue his success at the next level he'll need to get bigger and stronger, but like former teammate Kyle Long, Johnstone's upside is such that a first round selection is attainable.

                            3. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Senior (5-09 | 195 | 4.46 | #14)
                            With opponents forced to try and keep up with the Ducks' high-octane offense, Oregon's defenders are often in position to make big plays - something that Ekpre-Olomu has proven quite adept at doing in earning consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons. Athletic, physical and instinctive, Ekpre-Olomu (full name is pronounced ee-fo eck-pray-olo-moo) is a turnover machine, registering 15 takeaways (seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery) during this time.

                            While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu isn't necessarily the shoo-in first round prospect that his hype may lead one to believe. He lacks prototype size and relies on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than extraordinary speed or fluidity to shut down opponents. He possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame, overall and is sound in run-support, traits that could make him one of the country's best all-around cornerbacks but one perhaps best suited to playing the nickel in the NFL.

                            4. OC Hroniss Grasu, RS Senior (6-3 | 297 | 4.52 | #55)
                            Grasu enters his senior campaign with 40 career starts, a two-time first-team all-conference pick and atop NFLDraftScoutcom's center rankings.

                            Grasu sports a pro-ready NFL frame with good weight distribution. He generally plays with very good initial quickness, though he can be caught flat-footed, on occasion. He can be guilty of trying to do too much when he senses a blitz up the middle, trying (sometimes in vane) to slow two defenders, rather than stoning one of them and relying on teammates. Grasu has a bad habit of dropping his head on contact (which provides defenders an easy swim move over the top), though he shows impressive lateral agility and balance to recover. He plays low to the ground and locks out well, showing good functional strength absorb the bull rush. He's an ideal match in Oregon's zone-blocking offense due to his agility when blocking on the move. Grasu is quick to get to the second level and can adjust to hit and sustain against a moving target.

                            5. DE/OLB Tony Washington, RS Senior (6-3 | 250 | 4.73 | #91)
                            Washington emerged as Oregon's leading pass rusher in 2013, his first season as a full-time starter. He was awarded honorable mention all-conference accolades with 60 tackles, as well as 12 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, each of which led the Ducks.

                            A versatile defender asked to rush the quarterback from the two-point and three-point stance, well as drop back into coverage, Washington offers an intriguing skill-set certain to draw the attention of scouts throughout the NFL. He possesses broad shoulders and with additional weight added in his lower body could bulk up to play defensive end in the NFL. He is surprisingly balanced and fluid in his transition when in coverage, as well.

                            Washington can boost his stock by gaining strength as a pass rusher, as too often he's controlled by opponents if they're able to latch on. He has good agility to avoid and the burst to close but his inexperience also shows up on tape, as Washington can be a bit hesitant. As he learns to trust his eyes and flow quicker to the ball, Washington should be even more productive, potentially making him a top 100 candidate in the 2015 draft.

                            Other Oregon prospects worth watching:

                            DE Arik Armstead, Junior (6-7 | 296 | 4.97 | #9)
                            Armstead's production is far from staggering but he boasts such an incredible combination of size and athleticism that he could wind up as Oregon's hottest NFL prospect on the defensive side of the ball. Armstead signed with the Ducks as a highly regarded prep and immediately impressed, recording 26 tackles in 13 games (including one start) in 2012. He didn't progress as hoped a season ago (15 tackles in 13 games, including five starts) but could be on the verge of a breakout campaign after quitting Oregon's basketball team to focus on football. A monstrous man with natural power and light feet, Armstead's upside is undeniable.

                            OT Jake Fisher, Senior (6-6 | 299 | 5.22 | #75)
                            A reliable blocker with good size, athleticism and strength, Fisher would earn more of a spotlight on many Pac-12 teams. He's a legitimate NFL prospect set to start at right tackle for the third consecutive year. Fisher is a very effective double-team blocker, releasing from one target to hit another. Fisher has broad shoulders, long arms and quick, strong hands to latch onto opponents and good lateral agility to shuffle. He can get himself in trouble when his feet stop moving and when he tires and loses the leverage battle.

                            OLB Derrick Malone, RS Senior (6-3 | 220 | 4.68 | #22)
                            Malone took over for Kiko Alonso at inside linebacker in 2013 and earned Most Improved honors following the year in a vote by his teammates. He led the Ducks with 105 tackles but projects best outside at the next level due to his slim frame and reliance on his athleticism to make plays.

                            RB Byron Marshall, Junior (5-9 | 201 | 4.47 | #9)
                            Despite being overshadowed by De'Anthony Thomas and true freshman Thomas Tyner, Marshall continued Oregon's sterling reputation for running backs by leading the team with 1,038 yards and 14 scores as a true sophomore. Marshall has a nice stutter-step and burst to avoid defenders and enough speed to break free for long gains. He struggled a bit with ball security a year ago and like many of the Oregon backs before him, Marshall lacks the size to be a full-time contributor in the NFL.

                            WR Bralon Addison, Junior (5-10 | 190 | 4.49 | #11)
                            A talented wideout and punt returner due to his quickness and acceleration, Addison was being counted on to emerge as the Ducks' primary receiver in 2014 but his junior campaign is in doubt after he suffered a torn ACL during spring practices. Addison had 61 receptions for 890 yards with seven touchdowns last season. He also returned two punts for scores.

                            TE Pharaoh Brown, Junior (6-5 | 241 | 4.74 | #85)
                            With Addison's injury robbing Oregon of their primary pass-catcher, Brown could be in position to leap forward in 2014. He's a talented athlete with good size and big, soft hands. Brown's sophomore season (10 receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns) was tainted by injury and a suspension for his participation in a snowball fight but he has the talent to be Oregon's next star tight end.


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                              Re: NFL Draft Scout 2015 Draft Previews

                              2015 NFL Draft: Oregon State Preview
                              By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/
                              June 20, 2014 1:36 pm ET

                              Oregon State "only" had two players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft but while the quantity was limited, wideout Brandin Cooks and defensive end Scott Crichton certainly provided the quality.

                              Prior to Cooks' selection by the New Orleans Saints with the 20th pick, the last OSU Beaver to get selected in the first round came 10 years ago, when the St. Louis Rams nabbed star running back Steven Jackson at No. 24 overall. The 2004 draft was the last time in which two Beavers were among the first 75 picks (DL Dwan Edwards selected No. 51 by Baltimore), as was the case in May with Crichton getting picked No. 72 overall by Minnesota.

                              The Beavers may lack the pure athleticism and depth of their in-state rival but scouts appreciate the easy projections that former San Diego Chargers' head coach Mike Riley brings to the program. His pro-style principles on the offensive and defensive side of the ball consistently produce quality prospects - a pattern which will certainly continue in 2015 with a returning star at quarterback and two all-conference picks perhaps on the verge of national recognition.

                              Oregon State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014:

                              1. QB Sean Mannion, RS Senior (6-5 | 220 | 4.94 | #4)
                              Reportedly given a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee after a record-breaking junior season, Mannion elected to return to Corvalis for a final year of college football before joining former Riley pupils Derek Anderson, Matt Moore and Sean Canfield in the NFL.

                              Mannion is similar in many ways to Anderson and Canfield. He sports an NFL-caliber frame, has the arm to make every throw and is a classic drop-back passer with limited mobility. When he feels secure in the pocket and has the time to step into his throws correctly, Mannion's touch on intermediate and vertical passes is as impressive as any quarterback in the country. He lofts the ball with perfect trajectory over the shoulder of his receivers and allows them to go get it, demonstrating pinpoint accuracy to lead his target away from defenders.

                              Mannion has an easy, natural throwing motion and he's well-versed in Riley's pro-style offense, which asks him to take snaps from under center as well as from the gun. While he can drive the ball when needed, it cruises, rather than explodes out of his hand. The result is that Mannion's passes look effort-less but there is some question as to whether he has the top-notch velocity to significantly boost his stock this season.

                              Where Mannion can improve is poise under pressure. Mannion is intelligent and typically is able to read defenses prior to the snap. When he's fooled and his primary read is taken away, he has a tendency to drop back further into the pocket, rather than stepping up. Mannion is willing to absorb a hit to complete the pass, but too often does so while falling back (rather than stepping into his passes), erasing some of the zip and accuracy from his throws.

                              Mannion's production (and Riley's track record) speak for themselves. He threw for a Pac-12 record 4,662 passing yards last season, including a school record 37 touchdowns. He's entering his fourth season as the starter and is a three-time team captain.

                              2. OC Isaac Seumalo, Junior (6-3 | 305 | 5.14 | #56)
                              While his quarterback gets most of the attention, the Beavers' top NFL prospect may very well wind up being Seumalo, the man who snaps the ball to Mannion. Possessing a squatty, powerful frame prototypical for playing in the trenches, Seumalo (pronounced Say-u-mah-low) is entering his third season as a starter after getting thrust into the starting role as a true freshman in 2012.

                              He possesses good quickness off the snap and plays on the balls of his feet with knees bent, allowing him to efficiently shuffle laterally to handle athletic rushers as well as anchor against power. He turns and seals defenders from the action efficiently and shows impressive speed and agility in the open field for a center. Seumalo also has earned kudos from the coaching staff for his selflessness, as indicated by his willingness to switch to right tackle for two games last season as injuries mounted along Oregon State's offensive line.

                              3. CB Steven Nelson, Senior (5-11 | 192 | 4.53 | #2)
                              Nelson signed with Oregon State as a celebrated JUCO transfer after an impressive tour of duty at the College of the Sequoias where he registered 71 tackles, 19 passes broken up and six interceptions in two seasons. Nelson wasted little time proving a fit with the Beavers, earning a starting role almost immediately and setting an OSU record with four interceptions in the first four games of the 2013 season, including a game-winning pick-six with 2:31 remaining against San Diego State.

                              Nelson has a broad build for a cornerback and he uses his size and aggressive hands well to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He is too aggressive, at times, fighting with receivers as they go downfield but doesn't rely on his hands to cover due to the fact that he is a fluid athlete, who turns efficiently and accelerates smoothly. Nelson has a second-gear to close when the ball is in the air and shows excellent hand-eye coordination to make the tough interception, turning six of his 14 passes defensed a year ago into turnovers. Nelson plays the run well also, aggressively fighting through blockers and taking on bigger ball-carriers with no hesitation. He breaks down patiently and makes ball-carriers commit before closing efficiently to make the physical wrap-up tackle.

                              Pac-12 quarterbacks may have greater success against Nelson with a year to learn his tendencies but his debut in the conference was impressive, earning him honorable mention honors. If the press-corner can duplicate his success in 2014, he'll earn better recognition from media and the NFL, alike.

                              Other Oregon State prospects worth watching:

                              TE Connor Hamlett, RS Senior (6-7 | 263 | 4.82 | #89)
                              Despite two separate knee injuries limiting his throughout the 2013 season, Hamlett caught 40 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns. Healthy and with OSU needing weapons to pick up the slack with Cooks' departure, he could be in for a monster senior campaign. Hamlett offers extraordinary size and soft hands. He isn't as physical at the point of attack as his size would indicate and is more of a short-yardage security blanket rather than a seam threat.

                              WR Richard Mullaney, RS Junior (6-3 | 194 | 4.65 | #8)
                              Mullaney is nowhere near the athlete that Cooks (or former OSU standout Markus Wheaton) are but his height, superb hands and experience should help him emerge as the Beavers' top receiver in 2014. Mullaney tracks the ball well, showing good hand-eye coordination and body control to haul in tough grabs while getting hit. He has functional quickness and speed and uses size, hand strength and precise route-running to get off the line of scrimmage and gain separation.

                              DE Dylan Wynn, Senior (6-2 | 260 | 4.92 | #45)
                              While Crichton generated all of the buzz, Wynn quietly led the Beavers' defensive linemen with 67 tackles a season ago. Wynn doesn't possess an ideal build but he's very strong, surprisingly quick and plays with a relentless motor.

                              OLB Michael Doctor, RS Senior (5-11 | 226 | 4.64 | #40)
                              Doctor missed all but the opening snaps of the 2013 season due to a hairline fracture in his foot suffered against Hawaii. He is a speedy and productive Will linebacker who returns as the team's active leader with 172 career tackles. Doctor's size limitations are an obvious concern but he's instinctive and tough and could surprise as a special teams' demon.


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                                Mel Kiper's too-early 2016 Big Board
                                by Nick
                                Mel Kiper's too-early 2016 Big Board
                                Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst

                                There are hundreds (thousands?) of hours of work to be done on the 2016 NFL draft class, but as is custom, I have a first look about 355 days early. The usual question I get before you read this one: How was last year's offering? Actually, not terrible, at least at the top of the board. About 52 weeks ago, I had Jameis Winston at No. 1; Marcus Mariota at No. 4; Leonard Williams at No. 5; Amari Cooper at No. 6; Brandon Scherff at No. 7; Dante Fowler Jr. at No. 8; and Andrus Peat at No. 9. A couple of top-10 guys who fell dramatically were No. 3 Randy Gregory (off-field issues) and No. 2 Cedric Ogbuehi (knee injury), but both of those weren't about football.

                                As for this class? My initial thought is it looks more unpredictable, just because there's SO much sorting to be done with the quarterbacks. It's just a really unsettled group at this stage. But that's part of the fun.

                                A couple of parameters: This includes all players who could be eligible for the 2016 NFL draft based on time spent in college, which means juniors and redshirt sophomores qualify. I'm not going to provide a lot of scouting notes at this point, with most of the evaluation work on this class still to come. Note that in two weeks, I'll release early rankings across every position group, about 200 players in total.

                                An asterisk denotes a junior for the 2015 season; two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore.

                                1. *Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Buckeyes
                                John Bosa was the No. 3-ranked defensive end in my 1987 draft guide coming out of Boston College and eventually went No. 17 overall to Miami. I'd put No. 17 overall on the low end of any projections for his son. Joey has size (6-foot-6, 275 pounds), versatility that will fit any scheme and the ability to go around blockers or right through them. He has piled up 34.5 tackles for loss in two seasons, and that's without a developmental redshirt season.

                                2. *Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Rebels
                                He will be coming back from a fibula fracture suffered in the Peach Bowl, but Tunsil is still just a true junior with two sparkling seasons of play against top competition, all following a highly celebrated prep career. A nimble but powerful left tackle prospect, he has all the traits you look for at that spot.

                                3. *Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State Seminoles
                                A does-it-all secondary talent who has already started 28 college games heading into his junior season, Ramsey would have been the top safety taken in the 2015 draft had he been allowed to enter. He has length, range and exceptional instincts to make plays all over the field.

                                4. *Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss Rebels
                                The top name in the incredible Ole Miss recruiting Class of 2013, Nkemdiche moved inside after starting his Rebels career on the edge. He has exceptional movement skills for a player his size (6-4,...
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                                The Official 2014 Senior Bowl Thread
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                                Interesting list to ponder over
                                by vanillasue
                                Cody Latimer, Tom Savage among 10 draft sleepers to watch

                                By Bucky Brooks
                                NFL Media analyst
                                Published: April 10, 2014 at 10:35 a.m.

                                The 2014 NFL Draft is as deep and talented as any collection of prospects that I've evaluated in my 20-plus years around the league.

                                Although the conversation centers around the top prospects on the board, it's the unheralded players surging up the charts that will shape the opinions of evaluators when they reflect back on the class in a few years. Thus, it's important to know the sleeper picks that scouts are buzzing about behind closed doors to get a better perspective of how things will play out on draft day.

                                After conducting a few conversations with scouts and decision-makers around the league, here are 10 under-the-radar players to remember heading into the draft:

                                1. Terrance West, RB, Towson

                                West has been quietly touted as the draft's best running back in some meeting rooms around the league due to his powerful running style and impeccable instincts. He has a natural feel for finding creases in the middle, yet is quick enough to bounce around the corner for big gains. Some skeptics will question his skills due to his status as a small-school standout, but the film doesn't lie, which is why I'm going all in on West's potential as a feature back.

                                2. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

                                The dynamic pass catcher created a buzz in scouting circles with a spectacular performance at his pro day, even though he wasn't able to do a full workout as he recovered from a broken foot that kept him sidelined at the NFL Scouting Combine. Latimer surprised scouts with his overall athleticism and explosiveness, while confirming his solid skills as a big-bodied receiver. Although Latimer is still rough around the edges as a route runner, his explosiveness as an athlete and playmaker has teams salivating about his potential at the next level.

                                3. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

                                After taking a long, hard look at Savage earlier this week, I'm convinced NFL coaches will come away smitten with his prototypical size and arm talent. He looks like a franchise quarterback and evaluators will view him as a potential starter despite his limited experience as a full-time starter. Given the question marks that surround every quarterback in the 2014 class, it is quite possible that Savage ranks higher on draft boards than most expect based on his performance last fall.

                                4. Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech

                                Attaochu is a powerful edge player with outstanding first-step quickness. He explodes off the line of scrimmage on passing downs, exhibiting terrific snap-count anticipation. Attaochu shows good balance and body control turning the corner to hit the quarterback on rush attempts. He complements his speed rush with an explosive bull-rush maneuver that overwhelms blockers. While Attaochu...
                                -04-10-2014, 05:33 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                With The 190th Pick In The NFL Draft, LA Rams Take Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
                                by r8rh8rmike

                                Although Forrest didn't play football until his junior year of high school, he did enough there (14 touchdowns receiving, seven interceptions -- three returned for touchdowns) to earn a scholarship from the Wildcats. After two years as a reserve, Forrest took over as a starter, leading the team in tackles in each of the past two seasons (110 in 2014, 93 in 2015). He also made plays in the passing game, intercepting two passes each year (including a 81-yard pick six against Louisville this year).

                                PRO DAY RESULTS

                                40-yard dash: 4.78 and 4.85 seconds
                                20-yard short shuttle: 4/22 seconds
                                3-cone drill: 7.48 seconds



                                Tall, long*-limbed and athletic. Was used all over the field by Kentucky staff. Has 202 tackles during his two-year stint as starter. Has plus chase speed. Lateral quickness is a strength. Length and closing burst gives him extended range to make tackles. Has quick direction change to put himself in position for difficult open field finishes. Uses hand and foot quickness to side*step and brush away blockers targeting him on second level. Frequently used as blitzer and gap shooter. Able to "get skinny" and sneak through crevices and into the backfield.


                                Could use more strength in his lower half. Needs to add play strength to avoid being washed down against run. Physical tight ends can push him at point of attack. Too upright on downhill charges and blitzes. Gets jostled out of the play by redirect blocks. Effort runs hot and cold. As tackler, below average job of breaking down in space. Relies on catch-*and-*drag technique over chesting up and finishing. Had nine broken and 22 missed tackles over last two years. Slow to diagnose and gets few head starts on the play. Average awareness in pass coverage and needs to get better at squeezing targets in his zone.

                                DRAFT PROJECTION

                                Rounds 5 or 6

                                BOTTOM LINE

                                With his athleticism and length, teams may be tempted to try him out as an edge rusher, but he is a much better straight-*line blitzer through the A and B gaps than he is around the edge. Forrest is a WILL linebacker with the size and range teams look for, but his combination of average instincts and wasted movement in space could be an indicator of up-*and-*down play in the pros.
                                -04-30-2016, 03:13 PM
                              • Nick
                                CBS Sports Very Early 2018 Top 100 Prospects
                                by Nick
                                An incredibly early look at the top 100 prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft
                                It's never too early to start looking ahead at next year's NFL Draft
                                by Chris Trapasso

                                While the 2017 NFL Draft is still fresh on our minds, it's never too early to start looking forward at next year's crop of standout prospects. Here are the guys you need to know to get you ready for the 2017 NCAA season and ultimately, the 2018 NFL Draft.

                                1. Arden Key | DE | LSU | Junior
                                At 6-foot-6 and just over 230 pounds, Key has plenty of room to grow into his gigantic frame. Even at sub-240 pounds in 2016, the Tigers sophomore had 55 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks after a freshman All-American season in 2015. If he adds some weight to his and builds on his first two seasons at LSU, Key is a prime candidate to go No. 1 overall.

                                2. Sam Darnold | QB | USC | RS Sophomore
                                Darnold shined in 13 starts as a redshirt freshman last season. He completed more than 67 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. And he ended the season on a high note. Darnold went bonkers in a crazy comeback victory in the Rose Bowl against Penn State. He threw for 453 yards with five touchdown passes and one pick. If he tightens up his delivery, and shows more consistency drifting in the pocket, he should be a top-three lock.

                                3. Harold Landry | DE | Boston College | Senior
                                Landry has everything NFL evaluators want in an edge-rushing specialist. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he possesses quality outside linebacker size. The production is undoubtedly there too. Even as a sophomore in 2015, Landry had 16 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. In 2016, he led the ACC with 16.5 quarterback takedowns to go with 22 tackles for loss. With another big season, Landry will compete with Key to earn the No. 1 edge-rusher spot in the 2018 class.

                                4. Mason Rudolph | QB | Oklahoma State | Senior
                                Like Landry, Rudolph will check many boxes for NFL scouts and GMs. Firstly, he'll enter the 2018 draft with loads of experience. He's already started 29 games and thrown 958 passes. As far as efficiency, Rudolph's figures are stunning. He has 55 touchdowns to just 17 interceptions in his college career, including a 28/4 TD/INT ratio in 2016. Also, he's 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds and plays in the wide-open Big 12. A pure pocket passer with a strong arm, there's not much to dislike about Rudolph's game.

                                5. Derwin James | S | Florida State | Junior
                                A former five-star recruit with freakish athleticism, linebacker-esque hitting ability, and cornerback-like ball skills. That's a description of either former Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey or current Seminoles star Derwin James. At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, James is enormous for the position. He's super-fluid on the field with quick play-recognition gifts, as evidenced by his 91 tackles as a true freshman in 2015. He missed most of 2016...
                                -06-27-2017, 07:51 AM