An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that Pitt's shift to a more of a motion-spread offense did not play to G Dorian Johnson's strengths.
"Two years ago, they ran more power and Dorian had a really good year. Last year they went to more motion spread with about 10 jet sweeps a game and it didn’t suit his game. He’s more of a power scheme guy," the scout said of Johnson, who has 39 starts at left guard under his belt for his Pitt career. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lands the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder with the Seahawks at pick No. 58 (third round) in his most recent four-round mock draft.
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Memphis DB Art Maulet's "size (5-foot-10, 189 pounds) will require him to move inside to the slot where his athleticism and ball skills are a plus."
Maulet recorded 71 tackles (7.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble during the past campaign. Zierlein notes that the 5-foot-10, 189-pounder "[s]howed immense improvement in coverage from last year to now." The analyst was hoping to see a speedy run at the Combine, but that did not come to pass, as Maulet clocked a Teez Tabor-esque 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash during testing in Indianapolis at the beginning of March. Size and speed limitations could lock him out of the draft later this week. If he does manage to creep in, his selection likely won't come until Round 6 or Round 7 on Saturday.
Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley did not participate in the team's spring game on Saturday.
No need to panic, Nittany Lion faithful, as Barkley's sitting out was something planned by the team. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder is coming off a 1,496-yard, 18-touchdown showing in 2016. He is a true Heisman contender and could potentially land as a top-10 pick in next spring's draft should he declare at the end of the 2017 campaign.
An NFC college scouting director said that Washington WR John Ross "would have been even better and put up bigger numbers if the quarterback could have gotten him the ball."
Shots fired at Mr. Jake Browning. Given that Ross posted a marvelous 81-1150-17 receiving line in 14 games this past season, it is certainly saying something that those numbers could have been even better. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported on Monday that Ross was "in the conversation" to be drafted by the Bengals at pick No. 9. That should probably be considered close to his ceiling. A pick in the teens or early 20's is very much in play should the Bengals opt to look elsewhere.
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs relays that there was "scuttlebutt in league circles" on Monday that the 49ers could select LSU RB Leonard Fournette at No. 2.
We have heard slight rumbling of Fournette-to-San Francisco before during the process, but it still feels like a stretch to us. Not only do the 49ers already house Carlos Hyde in the backfield, their roster has numerous holes which should take priority over selecting a running back at such a premium pick.
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will meet with Cleveland police on Monday to discuss the accusation of rape being levied against him.
Conley is being accused of raping a Cleveland woman during an incident in a hotel bathroom on April 8. He has denied this very serious allegation. Monday will be his first meeting with the authorities regarding this case. It is difficult to gauge just how far Conley might slide in the draft given how little information is available, here, but for what it's worth, the OSU standout will no longer be attending Philadelphia's big show on Thursday.