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Former NFL QB Michael Vick referred to Louisville QB Lamar Jackson as "a spitting image of me."

Vick appeared on the 'Move the Sticks' podcast this week and had plenty to say on Jackson, who has received his fair share of "right-handed Michael Vick" comps as he preps for the spring draft. Vick is down for those comps. What he's not down for? Talk of Jackson shifting to receiver. Explained the former athletic star, "... for anybody to say Lamar Jackson is a receiver, I don't think they understand the quarterback position." Former Colts GM Bill Polian made waves earlier this week when he said that the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was "too short" to play quarterback. We find this patently absurd, though it does add at least the slightest bit of intrigue to measurements at next week's NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:42 AM

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL hired Fresno State DC Orlondo Steinauer.

Steinauer worked as defensive coordinator with the Ticats from 2013-16, with Fresno State hiring him last December. After one year on the job in California -- his lone year of FBS coaching to date -- he's heading back to Canada to work once more with Ticats HC June Jones. This leaves the Bulldogs in something of a late lurch. Fresno State will start running spring practices on March 12. Expect them to name a new defensive coordinator in relatively short order.
Feb 23 - 10:27 AM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares New Mexico State WR Jaleel Scott to Lions WR Kenny Golladay.

Zierlein projects Scott (6'5, 215) to go anywhere from the fourth-to-fifth round and considers him an "ascending prospect." Going more in-depth, "Scott saw both his production and confidence explode in 2017 and consistently found ways to win once the ball was in the air. Scott doesn't have the quickness to win underneath, but he does use stride length and hand fighting to create space for himself as a downfield threat." Scott is likely to be viewed as a backup with upside that will have to fight his way into a WR3 role on an NFL roster.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 9:08 PM

An NFC West Coast scout sees Stanford DT Harrison Phillips "as a day three player."

The scout is surprised how high the media has Phillips (6'4/278) ranked, questioning, " Where do you play him? Loses balance which makes nose tough and he doesn't have the athleticism to play with three-technique." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares him to Cincinnati Bengals DT Ryan Glasgow and projects Phillips to be selected in rounds 1-2. Zierlein explains, "Phillips plays a little upright and looks more like a guard than nose, but he definitely has the leverage and power to play to anchor and muddy the run game waters." He expects Phillips to be an early starter that could eventually "find snaps on passing downs as well."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 8:41 PM

An AFC team pro personnel director said Ohio State C Billy Price " Has a lot of edge" and "might hit 40 on the bench."

The pro personnel director also mentioned he love's Price's (6'4/315) "toughness" and "grit" and expects him to have a great combine. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Price to LeCharles Bentley and projects him to be selected in the second round. Zierlein is also excited about his athleticism saying, "Price's power and leverage give him a huge advantage over most centers in this draft." He believes Price is an "early starter with Pro Bowl potential."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 8:28 PM

Yahoo's Pete Thamel reports UCLA has hired Boston College OL coach Justin Frye.

Frye spent the last five seasons at Boston College and has 11 total years of coaching experience. Frye helped construct multiple top-20 rushing offenses at Boston College, likely a big reason UCLA HC Chip Kelly's interest. Frye will likely have similar responsibilities to that of his current position with Boston College.
Feb 22 - 8:13 PM

An NFC team West Coast scout said Washington Huskies WR Dante Pettis is "really good with his routes."

The scout also acknowledged Pettis'(6'1/192) punt return ability saying, "He's not incredibly fast which is why his punt return production is so impressive. He has a great feel for it." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Pettis to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and projects him to be drafted in rounds 2-3. Zierlein say's he's a "solid secondary receiving option" that "may see snaps from the slot" due to his lack of physicality and ability to gain separation in press-coverage.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 8:00 PM

An NFC team executive said Western Michigan T Chukwuma Okorafor is "big and has talent so he's probably going to play early on."

The executive also mentioned, "He got started in football a little late but I still think he should have some of these issues cleaned up by now." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Okorafor (6'6/331) to Buccaneers T Donovan Smith and projects him to be drafted in the second round. Zierlein says his "size and potential will likely get him drafted earlier than where the tape says he should go." Okorafor wasn't able to participate in the Senior Bowl, something that could have potentially helped his draft stock due to the questions surrounding his ability to compete against top-tier talent.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 7:49 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares T Brian O'Neill to Bengals T Jake Fisher.

O'Neill (6'6/300) is projected to go in rounds 2-to-3, largely due to his great athleticism and length. After a poor Senior Bowl showing where O'Neill apparently "raised question marks" according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, Zierlein voiced other concerns saying, " O'Neill seemed to panic and lose technique in certain matchups" and "he needs to get thicker and stronger or swing tackle could be his ceiling." For a player that has been discussed as a potential first-round pick, there seems to be a lot of concern.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 7:39 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore TE Miller Forristall received a medical redshirt for the 2017 season.

Forristall (6'5/225) played in 15 games his freshman year and got the starting nod against Florida in the SEC Championship Game. Forristall fell to third on the depth chart behind Hale Hentges in 2017. Receiving a medical redshirt is good news for Forristall, but he has a tough path to making an impact after recording only 6 career catches through two seasons.
Feb 22 - 7:27 PM

Coach Greg Knox said Florida sophomore RB Malik Davis' rehab is "coming along well."

Davis (5'11/194) suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2017 during Florida's loss to Georgia. While Knox seemed confident in Davis' rehab, he didn't have much to say about a timeline for return. Prior to his injury, Davis was one of the most dynamic pieces of the Florida offense. He rushed for over 90 yards in 5-of-7 games, averaging 6.7 yards-per-carry.
Feb 22 - 7:25 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy writes that uncommitted three-star 2019 CB Travis Jay "seems like a near lock" to commit to Florida State.

Jay (6'2/181) was sporting FSU sneakers following a recent visit to Tallahassee and was sky high for his experience during junior day. While the Seminoles might currently hold an edge, we would just caution that recruits can sometimes be a little overzealous in their support of a given program that they've just visited. Recency bias etc. Beyond Florida State, Miami, Alabama and Tennessee are all additionally in play for Jay's pledge. He ranks as Rivals' No. 65 prospect in the talent-rich state of Florida.
Source: Rivals
Feb 22 - 6:59 PM

247Sports' Steve Robertson reports that Mississippi State will hire former South Alabama HC Joey Jones to serve as special teams coordinator.

Jones helmed the ship at South Alabama from 2008-17 before opting to resign from his post at the end of the most recent campaign. The Jaguars finished just 4-8 for the season. Overall, Jones owned a 52-50 record during his lengthy tenure at the program. This new gig with Mississippi State will be his first coaching in the SEC.
Feb 22 - 6:52 PM

Florida QB coach Brian Johnson said that the team will hold an open quarterback competition this spring.

That sounds about right. Not only did Florida receive little from incumbent starter Feleipe Franks last year, but HC Dan Mullen will want to keep his options open as he evaluates his new outfit. Said Johnson, "The beauty of us all coming in, and I talked to the guys about this [Wednesday], is that everybody is kind of starting from the same spot in terms of learning our offense." As for the combatants in this competition, the strong-armed Franks threw for 1,438 yards (54.6-percent completions) with a 9/8 TD/INT ratio over the course of 11 games in 2017 and will be trying to hold off redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask and four-star true freshman Emory Jones. We've always been fans of Franks' athletic talent -- he has a cannon -- but his output on the field for the past campaign was very, very discouraging.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 22 - 6:37 PM

Oregon senior RB Taj Griffin has moved to wide receiver.

Rather than jostle with Tony Brooks-James and Kani Benoit for carries, Griffin will see if he can't break into a receiving rotation led by Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder ranked as Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect coming out of high school in 2015, but after putting in a respectable 570 yards rushing (7.4 YPC) and three touchdowns on 77 carries as a true freshman, he has seen his touches drop considerably. During the 2017 campaign, Griffin managed just 95 yards on 18 carries.
Source: goducks.com
Feb 22 - 6:24 PM



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