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Pro Football Focus compared USC RB Justin Davis to Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford.

"Like Langford, he fits well in a zone-heavy scheme, has good speed, and will make the right reads and cuts to get what the offensive line provides," PFF notes, adding that "[n]either are players that are going to create their own yardage often behind poor blocking." The outlet does like the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder's open-field wiggle more than that of Langford. He is a likely Day 3 selection come the draft.
Mar 30 - 4:20 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that UNLV LB Tau Lotulelei has "emerged as [a] priority free agent prospect."

During his pro day work earlier this week, Lotulelei ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds (that was with the wind) and a 4.88s run against the wind. He additionally checked off a 34.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1 broad jump and a 6.96s jaunt through the three-cone drill. This past season, the 6-foot, 229-pounder recorded a hearty 117 tackles (16.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played. His brother John, by the by, is a linebacker with the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

LSU hired former Wisconsin S Michael Caputo to serve as a defensive assistant.

Caputo should be a known name for those familiar with recent college football history, as the Saints signed the three-year Wisconsin starter as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 draft. He was waived after May rookie minicamp and has opted not to try to scrap and claw his way in the NFL. Instead, onward to LSU, where he will test out his coaching chops. As his recent try at the pro ranks would indicate, this job with the Tigers will be his first coaching gig at any level.
Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

Houston OLB Tyus Bowser met with Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard during his pro day earlier this week.

Bowser has been a strong performer during the evaluating process, landing in the 95th percentile for edge rushers during Combine work earlier this month. Among the results that the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder turned in, a 4.65s 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical jump and a 127-inch broad jump. All those marks were among the best in the linebacking group, as was his 6.75s run through the three-cone drill. While he is most likely ticketed for a second-round selection, a late first-round pick is not out of the question for the Houston standout.
Mar 30 - 3:42 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber said that he is "most definitely" ready to be a leader in 2017.

"[RB coach Tony] Alford is doing a good job of helping me lead the guys. We’ve been in the playbook, and everything that comes with being a leader, I’m learning that and taking on the task right now," Weber said. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder received the bulk of the running workload with the Buckeyes last season, rushing for 1,096 yards (6.0 YPC) and nine touchdowns, taking 182 carries over the course of 13 games. He is hoping for even bigger and better things during the coming campaign, saying, "I felt like my name rang a little bit last year and I want it to be out there this year."
Source: Land of 10
Mar 30 - 3:30 PM

Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett said that he will meet with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.

The 49ers and Bears hold the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively. Garrett is also scheduled for an official meeting with the top draft dawg in the Browns. While San Francisco and Chicago are doing their due diligence on the 6-foot-4, 272-pound force of nature, it would either take a giant trade up or Cleveland shocking by passing on Garrett to put either team in realistic play to draft the Aggies star.
Mar 30 - 3:12 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols to former New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas.

"Like Thomas, McNichols is of similar build and holds his own in strength and yards after contact," notes the PFF analysis team. The outlet writes that the 5-foot-9, 214-pounder's "vision can be a bit sporadic at times but he should be an above-average runner at the next level." They believe he might be best suited splitting time with another back or two in the NFL, an opinion that Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline would seem to agree with. Pauline wrote earlier this month that McNichols' upside will likely come as part of a rotation, rather than as a workhorse.
Mar 30 - 2:59 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht writes that assuming the Longhorns receive serviceable quarterback play, Texas sophomore WR Devin Duvernay "should shine as a speedy slot option in coach Tom Herman’s offense."

Duvernay got himself on a roll early in October, notching receiving efforts of 81, 96 and 80 yards during the month. The wheels then proceeded to fall off the Texas offense. Duvernay would surpass 30 yards receiving in just one of his final five games. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder finished the season with a 20-412-3 receiving line while posting a mouth-watering yards-per-reception mark of 20.6. Those numbers could be in for a developmental boost during the coming season, though he can only do so much if Shane Buechele struggles as he did down the 2016 stretch.
Mar 30 - 2:45 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called Ohio DT Casey Sayles "one of [his] favorite no-name prospects."

"He’s a blue collar player who gets the most from his ability," Pauline writes, adding, "I’m told his quickness and explosion stood out in [pro day] drills." The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder registered 32 tackles (6.5 for loss), five sacks and three passes defended in 14 games played during the past season. For this solid output, he was named third-team All-MAC at the end of the 2016 campaign. He is unlikely to find a home during the draft proper unless a team takes a flier on him late on Day 3, but could land on a roster as an undrafted free agent later this spring.
Mar 30 - 2:33 PM

An AFC area scout said that Louisville junior QB Lamar Jackson's inconsistency as a passer hurt WR Jamari Staples during the 2016 season.

Staples finished out the campaign the owner of a 35-593-2 receiving line, but the scout in question believes that plenty was left on the field -- courtesy of Heisman winner Jackson. Said the evaluator, "That staff is really high on him. They love his leadership and talent. When you watch the tape, you see how many yards were left on the field for him due to bad throws or missed reads by Lamar Jackson." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder to Steelers WR Justin Hunter and notes that Staples "will likely draw the attention of a team looking for a big-play lottery ticket they can try and develop as a third-day pick." The analyst would like to see improved tightness in the wideout's route-running.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 2:20 PM

A foot injury could sideline Auburn freshman DT Tashawn Manning for the rest of spring practice.

Auburn DL coach Rodney Gardner deemed Manning to be questionable for the rest of the spring session. The Tigers have just five practices remaining. Manning was a three-star recruit out of high school, but his story goes beyond a mere star rating. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in November of 2015. He subsequently underwent a grueling eight-month chemotherapy cycle which he finished last July, after which he was declared cancer-free. While Manning signed with Auburn as part of the 2016 cycle, he did not enroll in classes until this January.
Source: AL.com
Mar 30 - 2:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "scouts were impressed with [Ohio edge rusher Tarell Basham's] technique and athleticism" during positional drills on pro day.

One scout offered a little gem of a quote on Basham, telling Pauline that the 6-foot-4, 269-pounder showed off a "million dollar rip move." Basham took part in both defensive line and linebacking drills at pro day. He did likewise at the Combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes that the Ohio standout's "alpha playing style will appeal to teams looking to groom a solid backup with starter's potential." He figures to come off the board on Day 2, with upward mobility toward the second round.
Mar 30 - 1:55 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said that freshman QB Hunter Johnson "had the best day, for sure" during Wednesday's scrimmage.

"This is the first time we had an opportunity to put him in some designed quarterback runs like we had with Deshaun and Tajh in the past," explained co-OC Tony Elliott, "and he looked really comfortable." During Wednesday's scrimmage, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder completed 5-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. A five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, Johnson is fighting it out with Kelly Bryant and Zerrick Cooper as the Tigers tackle the unenviable task of replacing Deshaun Watson. ESPN's Tom Luginbill believes that either Cooper or Johnson will ultimately win the 2017 starting gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 30 - 1:42 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Tennessee CB Cam Sutton to former Cowboys CB B.W. Webb.

Writes Zierlein of Sutton, "Four-year starter with the fluidity to handle man coverage on the outside, but [he lacks] desired physicality and run-support traits that zone teams covet." The analyst believes that the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder might have to coax his way into NFL action via special teams work. During Combine testing, Sutton put up respectable enough numbers on the whole, running the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds while logging jumps of 34 inches (vertical) and 120 inches (broad). A potential Day 2 pick, Sutton registered 23 tackles (2.0 for loss), an interception and four passes defended in seven games played during the 2016 campaign. A fractured ankle suffered in September kept him out of action for the first half of the season.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 1:29 PM

Houston OC Brian Johnson called his transition from Mississippi State QB coach to his current position "pretty seamless."

Johnson is taking over offensive-coordinating duties from HC Major Applewhite, who saw a promotion after Tom Herman fled the nest for Texas at the end of the 2016 season. "It’s very similar to the program I was at previously," Johnson said, "in terms of the culture and the expectations from the staff and the players and the alignment of the coaching staff." Johnson's previous program would be Mississippi State, where he spent the past three seasons as quarterbacks coach before accepting the shiny new Houston OC gig. As for the offense he will be helping to guide, junior QB Kyle Allen feels his year sitting out as a transfer from Texas A&M has helped him. Said the gunslinger, "I think last year gave me time to reflect and really grow as a person and as a player and become the man I am right now. It was tough, but at the end of it I wouldn’t change a thing." Allen has the tall task of taking over the starting mantle from Greg Ward Jr in 2017.
Mar 30 - 1:09 PM



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