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NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang lists Miami RB Mark Walton as the "must-watch" running back participating in the NFL Scouting Combine.

Walton was recently cleared as a full participant for the combine, and the former Hurricanes' tailback should "show out," as the kids say. As Rang notes, players who are coming off major injuries are often the most anticipated in the combine, and because Walton missed a large portion of the year after undergoing season-ending ankle surgery. "Though Walton only played two and a half seasons for the Hurricanes, he left tied for fifth in school history with 26 rushing touchdowns, a testament to the fluid change of direction and explosive acceleration that should result in impressive workout numbers," Rang writes. NFL Draft Scout currently has Walton as the 13th best running back in the class, which earns him a potential fourth-or-fifth round grade.
Feb 24 - 9:52 PM

Kyle Posey of FanRag Sports ranks Florida State S Derwin James as the top prospect worth trading up for.

James has received lots of mock draft love in the 17-25 range, which Posey mentions. The difference is, Posey feels there's not reason for the safety to "fall" that far, believing he shouldn't leave the top 10. "Don’t listen to anyone who says he can’t cover," he writes. "They haven’t watched him. James is a star. James moves like a corner. He can stay with small shifty slot receivers or big tight ends. As a tackler, he does a great job of squaring up and wrapping ballcarriers to the ground." It seems like James is currently being viewed as a high-floor player, with some questions about his upside. If Posey is correct -- and there's a good chance -- those concerns will become invalid.
Feb 24 - 9:31 PM

Florida received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 LB Jammal Abrams.

Abrams hails from Birmingham, Alabama; and his final three were the Gators, Louisville and Oregon. He's rated the 18th best inside linebacker in the class by 247 Sports, and the 21st best player in the state of Alabama. This gives Dan Mullen four commits in his 2019 class, with three of them being of the three-star variety.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 24 - 9:23 PM

Four-star 2019 S Demani Richardson verbally committed to Texas A&M.

Richardson was reportedly down to Texas A&M, Texas, TCU and Alabama, but ultimately has verbally committed to the Aggies. He currently is ranked the sixth best safety in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and 140th overall. He also plays running back for Waxahachie high school in Texas, but most analysts believe he profiles best as a safety. It's just another big get for Jimbo Fisher and company for their already loaded 2019 class.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 24 - 9:01 PM

Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton hauled in 73.3 percent of his "deep" passes last year, according to Pro Football Focus.

In this case, a deep pass constitutes a throw over 20-yards long. That 73.3 mark for Hamilton is exceptional, and it's not surprising that it lead all of the draft-eligible players in the FBS. There have been concerns about Hamilton's drops at times, but there's no question he's able to make plays down field, and he showed as much during the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl events. Hamilton very likely is off the board before the end of Day 2.
Feb 24 - 8:44 PM

Iowa signed previously uncommitted three-star 2018 S Julius Brents.

Brents was also considering schools like Michigan State, Louisville, NC State, Vanderbilt and Indiana, among others. He is rated the fourth best player to come out of Indiana, and the 30th best safety by 247 Sports composite rankings. Reports indicate he's long (6'2/177) and athletic safety, and that he's also a sure tackler. Those traits could make him a special-teams contributor as a freshman if he shows those skills once he enrolls.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 8:26 PM

Pro Football Focus named Ole Miss RB Jordan Wilkins as one of the running backs in the draft class that can help in the pass game as a professional.

Wilkins was third among FBS draft-eligible running backs in yards-after-catch with 13.4, showing his ability to make tacklers miss in the open field. He's not the fastest player in the class -- most expect him to run a 40-yard dash in the upper 4.5's -- but he has soft hands, and he has shown shiftiness despite his 6-foot-1, 215-pound size. He's also powerful, so he's not easy for linebackers or defensive backs to bring down. PFF also notes that he was excellent as a blocker; with his 85.2 grade as a pass blocker ranking fourth-best among draft-eligibles.
Feb 24 - 8:17 PM

Three-star 2018 S Josiah Bradley signed with Nevada in December.

Bradley was one of the bigger gets for the Wolf Pack. The safety had offers from schools like Washington, Arizona State, California and Louisville, among others. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back was ranked the eighth best player coming out of the state of Arizona, and the 52nd best safety overall by 247 Sports.
Feb 24 - 8:03 PM

NFL.com Analyst Michael Robinson ranks Penn State RB Saquon Barkley as the second-best running back to target via the NFL draft or free agency.

The only tailback that ranks ahead of Barkley? Le'Veon Bell, who just might be the best running back in the world. He ranks ahead of established NFL players like Carlos Hyde, Dion Lewis, and LeGerrette Blount. Robinson goes far as to say that Barkley can be a "transcendent" player at the next level. "He has exceptional lateral quickness and knee lift, spatial awareness and hands (carrying the ball effectively in both hands)," he writes. "Barkley has the unique ability to turn a corner tight and eliminate defensive angles of pursuit." Barring something unexpected, Barkley is going to be off the board in the first half-dozen selections.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 7:49 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang lists Iowa C James Daniels as the "must-see" offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine.

You might have expected to see Quenton Nelson or Willy Hernandez or Orlando Brown at this spot, but nope, it's Daniels in Rang's eyes; and Rang has very good eyes. "Don’t let his projected 40-yard dash number fool you," Rang writes. "Daniels shows rare initial quickness, balance and agility, and scouts are eager to get measurements on his height, weight and arm length." Rang does note that Daniels has medical red flags because of missed time with knee issues, but he's not alone in praising the former Hawkeyes' center. He has a great chance to be the first center off the board.
Feb 24 - 7:31 PM

ESPN's David Hale lists NC State senior defensive end Darian Roseboro as a player that can help replace the loss of edge-rusher Bradley Chubb.

Roseboro was a player that some analysts believed could leave early after his 2017 campaign, but he'll be back in 2018 to try and help the Wolfpack replace the impressive production of Chubb. He didn't have huge numbers last year, but he did have seven sacks as a sophomore, and more playing time should help him come close to those numbers again in 2018. As Hale says: "Roseboro turned down an opportunity to leave early for the NFL draft, and all eyes will be on him to become an every-down pass-rusher now that he has his opportunity."
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 7:17 PM

Stanford signed previously three-star 2018 CB Ethan Bonner in December, who had previously been committed to Northwestern.

Bonner (6'1/180) had been committed to Northwestern since last April, but he decommitted and pledged to the Cardinal in September. He's ranked as the 126th best cornerback in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 192nd in the state of Texas. He's been clocked at 4.55 in his 40-yard dash, so he has the athleticism on top of the size to be a competent Pac-12 corner.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 7:01 PM

CBS Sports writer Tom Fornelli believes that Florida Atlantic can be 2018's version of UCF.

There weren't many teams that ended hotter than Florida Atlantic did last year, excluding UCF itself, of course. Outside of needing to replace Jason Driskel at quarterback, there really aren't many questions on the FAU roster, and they bring back superstar tailback Devin Singletary. "The Owls will once again be the most talented team in the conference, and they also have two big "prove it" games against Oklahoma and UCF," writes Fornelli. "Even if they lose to the Sooners, a win over UCF would go a long way toward seeing the Owls ranked ahead of the Knights or another possible AAC champion should they win out elsewhere." We're excited, too.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 24 - 6:48 PM

Maryland signed previously uncommitted four-star 2018 DE Tyler Baylor in December.

Baylor chose the Terps over offers from schools like Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. He ranks as the 28th best weak-side defensive end in the class by 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 11th best player in the state of Maryland. He's also the grandson of NBA hall of famer Elgin Baylor, which is really fun. Scouting reports indicate he has quality closing speed, and with improved hand placement he could be a solid pass-rusher for the Terrapins in the future.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 24 - 6:33 PM

ESPN college football analyst Booger McFarland appeared on the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum Show Friday evening and said that Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher agreed that the Aggies were a "soft" team in the past.

"I talked to Jimbo in Atlanta. I told Jimbo point-blank — the same thing I told you guys about Texas A&M the last several years — A&M is a soft program," McFarland said. "Jimbo looked me in the eye and was like, ‘You know what, you’re damn right. We are soft, but I’m going to change that.’" Alright then. This is a pretty blatant shot at Kevin Sumlin and his previous staff. It's also not an uncommon criticism of the Texas A&M program; you just don't usually see head coaches acknowledge it. We kind of with Texas A&M played Arizona this year, now.
Feb 24 - 5:58 PM



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