Springtime Top-30

Springtime Top-30
Amidst spring football practices, we're releasing our early Top 30 rankings, beginning with a surprise at the very top.
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An AFC scout present for Missouri's pro day told College Football 24/7 that edge rusher Charles Harris was "damn impressive."

On pro day, Harris retook several of the athletic tests he had previously completed at the Combine (his initial workout in Indianapolis was not noteworthy). Among his results on Thursday, he managed to improve on his vertical leap by a considerable margin, upping the jump from 32 inches to 37.5 inches. An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn praised him for being "athletic [and] physical." He could potentially hear his name called in the back half of Day 1 come the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 9:58 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Michigan WR Amara Darboh to Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell.

"Like LaFell, there’s no one area in which Darboh excels, but he can be a productive complementary receiver," notes the PFF analysis team, "particularly in a vertical passing attack that gives him a chance to make plays down the field." Another comp for the 6-foot-2, 214-pounder, courtesy of NFL Media's Lance Zierlein -- Mohamed Sanu. Darboh caught 52 passes for 826 yards and seven touchdowns this past season. The potential Day 2 selection also graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 9 wideout in blocking among all NCAA receivers for the 2016 campaign.
Mar 23 - 9:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that USC TE Taylor McNamara "caught the ball exceptionally well" on pro day.

McNamara took part in the East-West Shrine Game, but did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. Pauline writes that "many" insiders felt he deserved that invitation. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder caught 25 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns during his career with the Trojans. He will likely have to fight his way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent unless he draws a look late on Day 3.
Mar 23 - 9:32 PM

Ohio State S Malik Hooker (labrum, hernia) began jogging last week.

Hooker did not participate in OSU's pro day on Thursday, but indicated that he is "on schedule" in his recovery from the labrum and hernia surgery he underwent during the winter. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder expects to be healthy come training camp this summer. In a poll of five NFL executives by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah, Hooker received two votes as the best defensive back in this class.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 9:16 PM

The Baton Rouge Advocate's Ross Dellenger reports that LSU junior DE Isaiah Washington is not eligible to take part in spring practice due to an academic issue.

It hasn't been the smoothest ride for Washington of late. He missed the entirety of the 2016 campaign due to a severe knee injury. Now, an academic issue looks like it will sideline the 6-foot-4, 236-pounder as he tries to get back into the swing of things. Washington was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class and saw six games worth of action during his freshman season.
Mar 23 - 9:00 PM

Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey took part in wide receiver drills during Thursday's pro day.

No huge surprise there. A huge part of McCaffrey's appeal comes in the fact that he is a silky smooth receiver. "It’s something I pride myself on, being extremely versatile and I feel like I can do that stuff," McCaffrey said. "To show coaches I can play running back, I can play receiver, I can do all the return game stuff, that’s important to me." During pro day festivities, the 6-foot, 202-pounder opted to stand pat on his sharp Combine testing results. We are starting to see him creep into the creamy middle of the first round in mock drafts, with ESPN's Todd McShay pegging him to the Eagles with the No. 14 pick in his latest mock up.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 23 - 8:41 PM

Virginia Tech redshirt junior WR Jaylen Bradshaw has left the team.

A Virginia Tech spokesperson said that Bradshaw has not been with the Hokies during the spring semester. The reason for the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder's departure has not been disclosed. Bradshaw ranked as the No. 20 player in the state of Virginia for the 2014 cycle. He made three catches for 25 yards this past season.
Mar 23 - 8:28 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said that on his pro day, Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer "took a step forward from Indianapolis."

"I thought he was letting it rip a little bit more than he did at the [C]ombine," Jeremiah explained. "I thought he was guiding the ball in Indianapolis, didn't look very comfortable, and had a tough time repeating both footwork and his delivery." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt was hearing from scouts present for Kizer's pro day "everything from exceptional to just okay." Brandt, himself, believes that the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder "finds a home at the back end of the first round somewhere." One team drafting much higher up -- the Chicago Bears -- will reportedly be putting him through a workout late next week.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 8:15 PM
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