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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah writes that Ole Miss TE Evan Engram "has entered into the discussion [as a Day 1 pick]."

One NFL executive who spoke with Jeremiah believes that Engram has had the strongest draft process of any player this winter/spring. Said that executive of the 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, "He answered every concern people had about him. People questioned his blocking in the fall. Well, he goes to the Senior Bowl and shows tremendous improvement. Any questions about route running and speed were answered [in Indianapolis]." We wouldn't say that Engram has completely eliminated all questions about his blocking, but on the speed front, yessir. The Ole Miss standout destroyed the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds during Combine testing. We still see a second- or third-round selection as most realistic for Engram.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 3:55 PM

Pro Football Focus believes that Mississippi State T Justin Senior will "need a complete re-tool of his pass-blocking technique [in the NFL]."

"Senior may not be a Day 1 starter but his physical ability will quickly make up for his learning curve and bad fundamentals. His versatility to play in any scheme and make any block will serve him well," notes the PFF analysis team. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 331-pounder surrendered a trio of quarterback sacks, two quarterback hits and 15 hurries. These numbers represent an improvement over his performance from the previous two campaigns. Speaking further to Senior's learning curve, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein cautions that "lack of bend and inconsistent footwork could cripple his NFL cause if he doesn't improve them."
Mar 29 - 3:41 PM

Two of five NFL executives polled by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believe that Washington CB Kevin King has impressed the most during the pre-draft process.

"Kevin King's height, length and ball skills show up on tape, but he was even better at the [C]ombine," said one executive. "He owned that event. It's hard to find corners with that combination of length and movement ability." Another executive referred to King's pro day as "unbelievably impressive" and predicted a first-round selection for the Washington standout. During the aforementioned pro day, King "moved well, displaying a smooth backpedal and was very quick in all his actions," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Tons of momentum toward a Day 1 pick, here.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 3:26 PM

Iowa redshirt junior DE Matt Nelson (leg) did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Just when Nelson might be ready to return is uncertain. His right leg was encased in a boot on Wednesday, so this injury might be one that will take a little time. The 6-foot-8, 270-pounder recorded 43 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks over the course of 13 games started this past season.
Source: Land of 10
Mar 29 - 3:12 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared UNC WR Ryan Switzer to former Houston Texans WR David Anderson.

"Wes Welker and Julian Edelman have become go-to comparisons for undersized slot receivers who utilize option routes to torment defenders underneath, but Switzer isn't quite on that level," Zierlein writes. The analyst notes that the 5-foot-8, 181-pounder is "able to create separation underneath and shows quality release quickness" and refers to him as a "slot-only target with punt return skills." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps Switzer with a third-round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 2:56 PM

Miami CB Corn Elder said that he has gone through a private workout with the Panthers.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views Elder as a potential fifth- or sixth-round selection. Size questions could scrub the Miami corner off some boards, with an NFC North area scout telling NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that while he "love[s]" Elder as a player, the 5-foot-10, 188-pounder is "too small for what we are asked to look for." This past season, Elder notched 69 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 12 games played.
Mar 29 - 2:43 PM

The Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts met with Western Kentucky T Darrell Williams prior to his pro day.

In addition, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along word that the Panthers have put the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder through a private workout. Fellow OL Forrest Lamp has drawn the bulk of the interest among Hilltopper offensive linemen during the draft process, but Williams was a rock on the line in his own right and could potentially land as a selection late on Day 3. More realistically, though, he will probably have to claw his way onto an NFL roster through undrafted free agency.
Mar 29 - 2:31 PM

Western Kentucky senior basketball forward Justin Johnson is practicing with the football team this spring.

Johnson saw initial interest from Western Kentucky as both a tight end and a forward during the 2014 cycle. He ultimately opted to pursue his basketball dreams. This past season, the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder was a 31-game starter for the Hilltoppers. A determination as to the feasibility of a football future will be made after team and player meet at the end of spring practice.
Mar 29 - 2:17 PM

Georgia hopes that sophomore WR Riley Ridley (ankle) will be able to return to action by the end of spring practice.

Ridley continues to work his way back from an ankle injury suffered in the lead-up to Georgia's Liberty Bowl date with TCU. He ultimately underwent surgery on that ankle. Slow and steady, now, but a return could be in the offing for the near future. Said HC Kirby Smart, "We think Riley will be back by the end of spring, at least running, maybe not doing full contact but being able to run routes and do some things." This past season, Ridley logged a 12-238-2 receiving line. He may be facing a one-game suspension to start the 2017 season after being arrested for marijuana possession earlier this month.
Mar 29 - 2:05 PM

Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp had dinner with the Los Angeles Chargers before his pro day on Monday.

In addition to the Chargers, Lamp has seen interest from the Falcons, Panthers and Titans. That trio of squads has put him through private workouts. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported last week that the Packers, Vikings and Seahawks are also intrigued by the 6-foot-4, 309-pounder's potential. While Lamp's most likely NFL position would probably be guard, Pauline relays that "several teams" believe that center might be his snuggest fit.
Mar 29 - 1:52 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Clemson TE Jordan Leggett to Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers.

This comparison actually isn't the most flattering, as PFF's analysis team sees Leggett and Rodgers as similar in their run-blocking abilities. Or lack thereof. Noted the outlet, "Short of playing a one-dimensional receiving role, any chance of Jordan’s chances of a prolonged NFL career depend entirely around revamping his overall blocking technique." For what it's worth, during the Clemson pro day earlier this month, scouts reportedly came away impressed with the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder's strength during blocking drills. He could potentially find an NFL home near the end of Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Mar 29 - 1:30 PM

LSU junior RB Derrius Guice has been fighting through an ankle injury this spring.

Guice appears to have suffered this ankle injury during an intrasquad scrimmage on March 21. The Tigers figure to play things relatively safe with their 5-foot-11, 216-pound Heisman contender for the remainder of spring work. There is no upside in HC Ed Orgeron pushing Guice at this early stage.
Mar 29 - 1:18 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah reports that "every GM/scout" he has spoken with regarding Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon sees him being drafted in the second round.

After months of uncertainty regarding Mixon's draft position -- there were reports over the winter that he could go undrafted due to his well-documented outburst of violence against a woman in the summer of 2014 -- Day 2 is looking more and more likely. And perhaps early on Day 2, at that. Not everybody is interested, though. Among the teams that have reportedly already ruled themselves out of the running for the former Sooner, the Patriots and Dolphins. As for the parties who do not appear to be checking out, the Saints, Chargers, Raiders and Broncos have all either previously met with Mixon or plan on doing so in the near future.
Mar 29 - 1:05 PM

Florida S Marcus Maye met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans around his pro day.

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Maye met with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and also checked in with the Browns on Monday night. The Texans picked his brain on Tuesday. As for his pro day showing itself, Pauline called the 6-foot, 207-pounder "the day's big winner" and notes that during positional drills Maye "looked as good as the Gators' highly rated corners, displaying a quick, fluid pedal and smooth hip turn." Pauline has trumpeted Maye's wares throughout the process, writing back in early February that he had the potential to emerge as the "hidden gem" from Florida's secondary.
Mar 29 - 12:52 PM

Alabama junior RB Damien Harris sprained his foot on Saturday.

While Harris did ding up his foot earlier this week, he is expected to return to practice on Thursday. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, the 5-foot-11, 214-pounder should be able to resume spring work without issue. He rushed for 1,037 yards (7.1 YPC) and two touchdowns during the past campaign.
Source: AL.com
Mar 29 - 12:39 PM



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