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Pro Football Focus lists Colorado State RB Dalyn Dawkins as one of the most versatile offensive weapons in the 2018 draft class.

Dawkins was mostly used at running back for Colorado State, and he was one of the most productive backs in the Mountain West during his time with the Rams. He's also shown effectiveness as a receiver, and PFF notes that some believe he profiles best in the slot. "[Dawkins has] shown though that he can be a value-added slot player who can still take carries from the backfield in the same way Green Bay’s Randall Cobb has or Percy Harvin did in the past," the analysis team writes. At 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, Dawkins will have to show that versatility if he's going to be drafted. He could be a steal if he does.
Feb 18 - 4:57 PM

Multiple players have reported that workouts under new Florida HC Dan Mullen and the strength and conditioning coaches have been more difficult than in the past.

It's Mullen's first year at the school, so that could lead to the extra intensity, but it was commonly understood that workouts for the coach at Mississippi State were also difficult. That's not to say that workouts under former coach Jim McElwain were "easy," but Mullen appears to be pushing players harder as they try and get back to relevance in the Southeastern Conference. We'll find out if that pays off for the Gators in a little over six months.
Feb 18 - 4:40 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Alabama LB Rashaan Evans as the most productive pass-rusher in the draft class.

Evans was able to achieve success -- a sack, a pressure, a hurry, what have you -- on 21.9 percent of his pass rushes, easily the best of any linebacker in the class who attempted a rush at least 55 times. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker battled injuries all year, but when healthy, he showed the talent of a legitimate outside linebacker talent. How he performs in his pro day will go a long way towards determining where he'll go in the draft -- his fluctuation is among the highest of any prospect on either side of the ball.
Feb 18 - 4:25 PM

Iowa State redshirt sophomore T Sean Foster was arrested for being in a bar while underage and interfering with an official.

Foster was released from jail, and charged $600 dollars in total bonds for the two charges. He was the starting tackle for the Cyclones for the final six games of the season, including their appearance in the Liberty Bowl. There's no word at this time whether or not this will result in any type of discipline for the 6-foot-8, 304-pound tackle, but we'll obviously update if we here more on the situation.
Feb 18 - 3:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the 49ers are a team that is high on Oklahoma State WR Marcell Ateman.

The 49ers looked much improved under Jimmy Garoppolo, but they still have needs at wide receiver. Ateman isn't as "famous" as his teammate James Washington, but some view him as the better pro prospect. "Ateman grades as a third-round selection on our board but could rise into the draft’s initial 45 picks with good testing results in Indianapolis," Pauline writes. "What exactly does "good" mean? We’re talking a 40-yard dash under 4.45 -- he was estimated with a 4.6 40 by scouts entering the season -- and a vertical jump over 40 inches. I’m told he can hit 42 inches." If he does hit those marks, it'd be an upset if Ateman is still on the board before the end of the second round.
Feb 18 - 3:38 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt writes that Georgia signed the best running back class of any team in the 2018 recruiting cycle.

Rivals ranks Miami's haul second, with Ohio State coming in third. This was an easy one, as Georgia not only brought in James Cook, they also signed Zamir White, which gives them the rare class with two five-star tailbacks. That's a big development, since Georgia is losing two probable second-round picks in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. "White is coming off an ACL injury and his ability to impact right away remains to be seen," writes Helmholdt, "but Cook is a versatile back who could help the Georgia offense in multiple ways right off the bat."
Source: Rivals
Feb 18 - 3:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says that Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson has "looked great" in training ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Robertson (6'1/210) was outstanding for the Golden Eagles despite their quarterback issues in 2017, catching 76 passes and 12 touchdowns while going for 1,106 yards in his redshirt junior season. "[Robertson] has looked very good in training," Pauline writes. "I’m told he’s been running the 40 under 4.45 and expects a vertical jump at or near 38 inches." If Robertson can do that in Indianapolis, he might solidify himself as a Day 2 pick this April, with a chance to go in the second round.
Feb 18 - 3:06 PM

NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that in studying Florida WR Antonio Callaway, he reminded him of former Gator Percy Harvin.

Callaway oozed talent in his time at Florida, but his off-the-field issues are rampant, as he's been cited for marijuana possession on multiple occassions and also was kicked off the team due to his role in a credit card fraud case. Still, his ability as a receiver and punt-returner is readily apparent, even while playing with some of the worst quarterbacks in the conference. Someone might take a chance on him, but you have to wonder if the risk is worth the reward.
Feb 18 - 2:49 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 edge-rusher Brandon Smith will begin to take more visits after his basketball season.

Smith ranks fourth among weakside defensive ends on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 35th overall. He's recently made visits to Clemson and Virginia, and his summer visit list included Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State, Miami, Tennessee and Notre Dame, but for future trips are yet to be set.He was also recently offered by Michigan, and he plans on visiting the school to learn more about the Wolverines as well.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 18 - 2:38 PM

In ranking his safest prospects, NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Stanford DT Harrison Phillips could be a fit for the Falcons or Bills.

Phillips was one of -- if not the -- most productive defensive lineman during his redshirt junior season with Stanford, picking up 98 tackles and 17 of them going for a loss. He also impressed at the Senior Bowl practices. Reuter calls that Ndamukong Suh-type production, but he won't go that high because he's not as physically dominant. Both the Falcons and Bills could use a player that can make plays in the run game, and Phillips should be able to do just that.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 2:26 PM

Florida State received a commitment from 2020 DB Jadarius McKnight.

McKnight doesn't currently have a recruiting ranking, as there are very few websites that have more than a handful of 2020 prospects ranked at this time. This is clearly a big get based on his offers, however, as he already held them from Tennessee, Notre Dame, Miami, Oregon and Auburn, just to name a select few. He commits to the Seminoles at their Junior Day, and is the first member of their 2020 class.
Source: Diehards
Feb 18 - 2:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Virginia Tech DT Tim Settle has shown "quickness" during his training for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Settle (6'3/335) obviously won't post a tremendous 40-yard dash time at his size, but he doesn't have to. What he posts in the ten-yard splits are much more telling for his position, and those times are expected to be among the best of any defensive tackle in the class. "I’m told Settle’s 10-yard splits have been fast recently, clocking as low as 1.61," Pauline writes. "That’s quick for a guy expected to tip the scales around 325 pounds. By comparison, Eddie Vanderdoes of UCLA had the fastest 10-yard split at last year’s combine, timing 1.69. Rams All-Pro tackle Aaron Donald was clocked at 1.63 when he worked out at the combine." Draft Analyst currently has Settle with a third-round grade, but that could go up with a solid showing at the combine.
Feb 18 - 1:55 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 DB Kenyatta Watson will make another trip to visit Notre Dame.

Watson was a visitor to the Irish during their Junior Day, and he'll make an official visit to the school on either April 8 or April 13. He's also planning on taking unofficial visits to Michigan, Texas and USC. 247 Sports rates him as the 13th best safety in the class, but other recruiting sites like Rivals believe the 6-foot-27, 177-pound defender profiles best at cornerback.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 18 - 1:45 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank is expected to run a 40 in the 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Cruikshank played mostly at safety for the Wildcats in 2017, but has played corner, and the defensive back looked solid there at the East-West Shrine Game. "I’m told there’s a chance that Cruikshank, who measured 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds at the Shrine Game, could run in the 4.3s," Pauline writes. "If he does, expect him to jump into the early part of Round 4." This is definitely a player to keep an eye on at the combine; especially when you consider his versatility.
Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Chad Simmons lists Clemson with the best collection of defensive ends in the 2018 recruiting class.

Alabama finished second, with Georgia coming in third. What a haul this was for the Tigers. They not only bring in Xavier Thomas, widely considered by many to be the best defensive end available, they also brought in KJ Henry and Justin Mascoll. "Thomas leads the way, and he is the top strongside end and the No. 5 prospect in the country," Simmons writes. "Henry is another five-star that signed with the Tigers and he is labeled as a weakside end. Then add four-star Mascoll and you have an elite group." Clemson already has the best defensive line in football. Looks like that might not be changing any time soon.
Source: Rivals
Feb 18 - 12:17 PM



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