According to a police report obtained by Florida Times-Union correspondent Patrick Pinak, Florida DT Caleb Brantley faces a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching a woman in the face and knocking her unconscious.
The incident is believed to have occurred on April 13. Per the report, the victim pushed Brantley after he made "crude comments." Brantley allegedly responded by punching the woman in the face with a closed fist, knocking her unconscious and dislodging a tooth. The police report considered that action retaliation, not self-defense. Previously considered a Round 3 pick -- with a ceiling of Round 2 -- Brantley's stock will freefall if this report proves to be true. "Great chance he goes undrafted with this charge coming so close to the draft," Bleacher Report's Matt Miller tweeted. "Teams will be scrambling for info."
Breaking down Miami TE David Njoku, one NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "I don’t know how you take an unproductive backup guy from an average team and take him in the first or second round … he’s a track guy but as far as a football player, he is a long ways away."
That scout was lower on Njoku than the others quoted, and Njoku did finish No. 2 behind O.J. Howard in the Sentinel's poll regarding the top TE in the class. "Lot of wow plays," said a second scout. "An athletic freak." Said a third scout: "Gonna be a star. He’s better RAC (run after the catch) than O.J. Howard. O.J.’s better, but this kid has up side." The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Njoku, a high jumper in high school, tore up the NFL Combine. "He’s a beautiful looking thing," a fourth scout said. "His broad jump (11-1) and vertical jump (37 ½) were out of this world. Very explosive linear but when he runs he’s kind of stiff upper body. Little herky-jerky. Last year he had a lot of drops; this year he cleaned up his hands a little bit. He needs a boot up his (expletive) but he’s got a lot of ability. His blocking is OK."
North Carolina WR Mack Hollins visited the Texans last week.
Hollins is an interesting evaluation and a potential bargain on Draft Day. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder is a tantalizing size/speed proposition who boasts 4.53 speed. He's also an ace on special teams coverage units. The issue is durability. Hollins was limited to seven games last season due to a collarbone injury, and then he injured his hamstring while running the forty in Indianapolis. The former walk-on is being given mid-round draft grades. In a recent seven-round mock, NFL.com's Chad Reuter had Hollins going in Round 5. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks him as the No. 98 overall prospect in the class. "I love watching Hollins' tape: He's a very good blocker and shows the toughness to make contested catches over the middle. The only reason he's this low on my board is because he's coming off a collarbone injury."
Former NC State sophomore TE Thaddeus Moss transferred to LSU.
Thaddeus, the son of former NFL superstar Randy Moss, caught only six balls during his true freshman campaign at NC State. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Thaddeus Moss told The Advocated that he'll have a better opportunity at LSU under first-year coordinator Matt Canada, who once upon a time recruited Moss to NCSU before getting fired prior to Moss' arrival on campus. Canada was unable to flip Moss to Pitt, but he's now landed his man. Moss must sit out the upcoming year but has three years of eligibility remaining at the start of the 2018 campaign. He's the second recent high-profile transfer that LSU has landed, following the Monday commitment of former five-star Texas Tech DL Breiden Fehoko.
In a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll on the class' top receiver, Western Michigan WR Corey Davis narrowly topped Clemson's Mike Williams and Washington's John Ross to finish best in show.
"I don’t know how fast he could run but Michael Irvin ran 4.57 and he makes all those plays like Michael Irvin," one scout said. "Watch the games against Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin. Strong, quick, can break tackles. He’s the best." Davis' pre-Draft process has been quieter than most after he missed the NFL Combine due to minor ankle surgery he underwent in February. "He’s good, but not like some of the top guys from the past two years," said a third scout. "He’s like the kid from the Eagles (Jordan Matthews). Little better hands."
The Patriots hosted Lamar CB Brendan Langley for a pre-Draft visit last week.
Langley, who played some receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs before transferring, is athletic but raw. He ran the forty in 4.43s at the NFL Combine at 6-foot, 201 pounds and also chipped in a 7.06s three-cone time.
In a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll of 16 NFL evaluators, Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer was named the most likely quarterback to bust among the class' top-five signal-callers.
Kizer received nine votes. Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes finished a distant No. 2 with two votes, while UNC's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson received one apiece. Two of the executives copped out and said all five -- Cal's Davis Webb being the fifth -- were equally risky. "He’s not as good as he should be because he’s not committed to the game," one AFC executive said of Kizer. "He’s committed to building a brand. He wants all the things that come with being a starting quarterback but doesn’t want to put in the work." An NFC personnel man agreed, saying Kizer is most interested in status and money. "That’s what drives him," said the executive. "It’s all about him. Prima donna. Thin-skinned." Chad Reuter's most recent mock draft has Kizer slipping to Round 3.
Washington WR John Ross received more first-place votes (6) in a poll of NFL scouts on this year's top wide receiver prospect than Western Michigan's Corey Davis (5 1/2) and Clemson's Mike Williams (4 1/2).
"[Ross will] be in that DeSean Jackson mold," said one scout. "He’s a burner but he’s also skilled. He is extremely explosive and he’s got very good body control through the route." Based on the Sentinel's point system, Davis, and not Ross, actually finished as the No. 1 receiving prospect in a tight three-way battle at the top. East Carolina's Zay Jones finished fourth, followed, in order, by USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp and Ohio State's Curtis Samuel.