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03/26/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State's compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products. Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes' championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts. Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products. - AP Sports
03/25/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Ohio State 'looking into' possible Braxton Miller endorsement violation...An Ohio State spokesperson says the school is "aware" of a deleted Braxton Miller Instagram post that showed the Buckeyes senior quarterback with a collection of AdvoCare nutrition products -- and more importantly, appeared to endorse the multi-level marketing brand. Per Land-Grant Holy Land, the Instagram handle mentioned in the caption to Miller's post belongs to trainer Brandon Oshodin of the company Authentik Fitness (who would later re-post Miller's image). Oshodin appears to be a distributor of AdvoCare products. AdvoCare makes it clear it does not approve of NCAA athletes promoting the product (even if no doubt would be happy to have them use them).
So what's the potential fallout from Miller's misstep? Not much, most likely, unless Oshodin or another AdvoCare party has paid Miller handsomely for the privilege of the above photo, in which case the violation may be of the "secondary" variety. An apology, repayment of any minor impermissible benefits and promise to keep any future mentions of AdvoCare off his social media accounts may potentially resolve the case. But as Ohio State knows better than most, delving into the murky world of the NCAA rulebook can sometimes offer some surprises. Stay tuned. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] While the Cincinnati Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year. NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects - Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall. Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee. "He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick." - The Sports Xchange
03/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] While the Bengals will not likely be in the market for a running back in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft after adding Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard the past two years, coach Marvin Lewis is impressed with the talent pool at the position this year.
NFLDraftScout.com has two running backs currently rated as first round prospects Georgia's Todd Gurley (No. 18 overall) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, with 10 running backs rated within the top 100 overall.
Gurley continues to recover from ACL surgery, and the bulk of his pre-draft process has been focused on the strength of the knee.
"He's going to spend a lot of time jumping through hoops but the ACL injury is one that is not as career-ending or career-threatening as it used to be," Lewis said. "The way our medical operations are today guys come back depending on the severity of it. He'll have to do all of those things in order to prove and at some point somebody will think he's right for the value at that pick."
03/23/15 - *Jalen Collins, rJr, Louisiana State, 6-1, 203 (DS#6 CB)[Newsfeed] LSU CB Jalen Collins underwent foot surgery last week...LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins underwent foot surgery last week and will not be able to participate in the school's Pro Day workout March 27. The procedure, which was first reported via a tweet by NFL.com's Gil Brandt, took place in North Carolina Thursday, March 19 and was conducted by Dr. Bob Anderson. The specifics of the injury were not immediately available but Brandt reported that Collins is expected to be ready by mini camps, which can take place as early as the week after the draft. The short rehabilitation means that Collins' injury may be something as relatively minor as adding stability to a stress fracture.
The injury, which was almost surely discovered during the intense medical examinations at the Combine, didn't keep Collins from working out in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-1, 203 pound Collins worked out very well at the Combine, in fact, registering a 4.48 second time in the 40-yard dash and 6.77 second time in the 3 cone drill, leading all cornerbacks tested in Indianapolis in this key drill measuring change of direction and explosion. Collins was less impressive in the short shuttle - his 4.27 second time was middle of the pack among cornerbacks - as was his 36" vertical jump and 10'3" broad jump.
Collins enjoyed an impressive positional workout, however, and scouts are intrigued by the combination of size, fluidity and physicality he shows on tape. Collins currently ranks sixth on NFLDraftScout.com's cornerback rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft but some talent evaluators believe that his upside could help him crack the first round despite the redshirt junior starting just 10 games over his collegiate career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/15 - Carl Lawson, So, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] Friday Five: The non-QB breakout candidates for 2015: 2. Auburn DE Carl Lawson: If I'd written this same post last year, Lawson would have been on it, but sometimes things don't go according to plan. Lawson missed the entire 2014 season, thanks to a torn ACL, and his absence certainly had an impact on the defense. There's a reason Will Muschamp is on The Plains now, and having a healthy Lawson makes things a lot easier as he tries to revamp that side of the ball. Lawson was a five-star recruit in the 2013 class, and considered the second-best defensive end prospect. His presence in 2015 will help improve a defense that finished No. 12 in the SEC (No. 96 nationally) in sacks per game at 1.62, and Lawson could help key a possible playoff run. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
03/20/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] While he continues to rehab his knee - and his reputation - Todd Gurley is relying on game film to make his case for the NFL draft. Gurley could only watch during Georgia's Pro Day on Wednesday. About four months after his tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over Auburn, Gurley says his recovery is on schedule. Even so, he's not ready for the 40-yard dash and other drills that were part of the day for other Georgia players looking to impress NFL scouts. Gurley said he wished he could have performed for the NFL scouts but he added "Good thing I've got a little film to prove something." That film and the statistics make a strong case for Gurley to be considered with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon as one of the top running backs in the draft.
Gurley is expected to be the first Georgia player drafted. He bypassed his senior season, lost four games to a suspension for accepting money for autographs, lost more time to the injury and still is the second-leading rusher in Georgia history, behind only Herschel Walker. He also trails only Walker on the career lists for touchdowns, all-purpose yards and 100-yard games. Gurley says NFL teams have asked about the suspension, as well as his progress in recovering from the knee surgery. He says he knows he'll continue to have to explain why he took money for autographs, breaking NCAA rules that led to the suspension. "It has to. They're not just going to not say anything about it," he said. "You have to ask, so I definitely tell them the situation and you go on from it. "Like I told them before, I made a dumb mistake, something I did in my freshman and sophomore year. I should have never have done it. I knew the rules but I still broke them. I'm definitely ready to move on and get on with my life. It's still going to be something that comes up. It's just something I learn from." - AP Sports
03/18/15 - Cameron Smith, So, Arizona State, 5-11, 195 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Sun Devils lose WR Smith for season...Arizona State wide receiver Cameron Smith was hoping a few months of offseason rest and rehabilitation would let him avoid having surgery on his right knee. He was limited in practice as last season wore down and the injury prevented him from playing in the Sun Bowl. On Tuesday, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham revealed that Smith had surgery and will be lost for season. "Obviously, that's a big blow for us," Graham told the Arizona Republic. "It's one of those things that he tried to work through it. It's something he dealt with all year. "He got two or three different opinions and we just thought the best interest for him in the long-term was to have surgery and to get it finished. It's kind of a lengthy, seven-to eight month recovery."
Smith was third on the team last season with 41 receptions and 596 receiving yards while hauling in six touchdowns. Graham said Smith's knee injury was "unusual." The news of Smith's surgery comes on the heels of reports that junior college transfer Davon Durant had been suspended. Durant, who is projected as a starter at linebacker, was arrested on charges related to a domestic violence incident. - The Sports Xchange
03/14/15 - Charles Jackson, rJr, Nebraska, 5-11, 180 (DS#999 FS)[Newsfeed] Nebraska defensive back Charles Jackson will undergo minor arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of spring practice. Coach Mike Riley also announced Saturday that cornerback Daniel Davie probably would miss a week of practice with an ankle injury. Jackson and Davie were injured on consecutive plays during coverage drills on Wednesday. Riley said Jackson will be ready for summer conditioning. Jackson was in line for work as a nickelback last fall but missed the entire season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Davie is a returning starter. - AP Sports
03/13/15 - Mike Bennett, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 293 (DS#9 DT)[Newsfeed] Ohio State Pro Day: Bennett (6-2, 293), who was unable to work out at the NFL Combine due to injury, pulled up on his 40-yard dash attempt with a hamstring problem. The injury forced him to withdraw from the other on-field drills and didn't help answer questions about his durability concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/13/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] J.T. Barrett would be 'shocked' by Braxton Miller transfer...Braxton Miller isn't opening up about his future just yet. But if his teammate and fellow quarterback competitor J.T. Barrett is correct, that future won't include a 2015 season spent anywhere other than Ohio State. "I'm not Braxton, but being that I do talk to him every day, I think that would be something me and you both [would] be shocked if he was to leave," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Thursday, following a Buckeyes spring practice. "I think it's ridiculous honestly." Following Barrett's breakout season and Cardale Jones' season-ending star turn, Miller has been rumored to be considering a transfer, possibly to Florida State. But there have been no public indications such a decision is imminent, no serious reports of unhappiness on Miller's part. The fifth-year senior has taken his expected limited reps in the early part of Ohio State's spring camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
"Some of the things talking about Braxton leaving Ohio State, I think that's really silly," Barrett said. Both Barrett and Jones described the competition between the three as friendly to the Associated Press. "We always competed with each other," Jones said. "It's not like, 'Oh, Braxton's going to start, or J.T.'s going to start, let me just chill and not prepare like a starter or compete with them.' We always push each other." That said, hearing that Miller is happy from his teammates is different from hearing it from Miller himself -- and unlike Jones and Barrett, Miller declined to speak to reporters Thursday, either the AP's or the Plain-Dealer's. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/12/15 - Clint Trickett, rSr, West Virginia, 6-2, 186 (DS#999 QB)[Newsfeed] Former West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett is entering the coaching ranks. Trickett has been hired as quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College, which has won back-to-back national junior college championships. Trickett retired two days before the Mountaineers played in the Liberty Bowl in December because of five concussions over a 14-month period. Trickett is the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. He began his college career with Florida State before transferring to West Virginia, where he played two seasons. Trickett was born in Starkville while his father was coaching at Mississippi State. - AP Sports
03/11/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr, Ohio State, 6-1, 215 (DS#10 QB)[Newsfeed] Miller joins other Ohio State QBs for practice...National champion Ohio State kicked off spring practice Tuesday with three high-profile starting quarterbacks taking the field. Fifth-year senior quarterback Braxton Miller, J.T Barrett and Cardale Jones each participated in various drills. Miller did most of his work on the sideline, tossing the ball 10 to 15 yards, with other injured players. Miller sat out the Buckeyes' 2014 title season with a shoulder injury. Coach Urban Meyer said the most important thing for Miller is to get healthy. And the OSU staff will be watching Miller very carefully. Miller was one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates last season before injuring his shoulder. Barrett stepped in and finished fifth in the Heisman race. Many people believed that either Miller or Barrett would transfer in the offseason.
Others believe that maybe quarterback won't be Miller's primary position this season. Asked if Miller potentially could play another position, Meyer shot down the idea. "No," Meyer said. "All of our conversations are about health of the athlete. I just want to see him get healthy. To sit there and start saying how about safety or cornerback or H-back or receiver, no, we haven't had that conversation." During Tuesday's practice, Barrett threw a little more than Miller. But he too was limited as he recovers from a broken ankle suffered in the Michigan game. Jones, Ohio State's postseason hero who led the Buckeyes to victories against Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Alabama in a national semifinal and Oregon in the championship game, took the bulk of reps Tuesday. - The Sports Xchange
03/07/15 - Deshaun Watson, Fr, Clemson, 6-3, 190 (DS#4 QB)[Newsfeed] Next Big Things at Quarterback: 1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson: Like Kaaya, this may be cheating a bit since Watson entered the 2014 season as Clemson's starter. Unlike Kaaya, though, Watson would have been on this list last year, if I had made this same list last year. He's here now because we saw flashes from Watson early in the season, but he then missed just about half the season due to injuries. In Watson's first five games, before he got hurt against Louisville, he threw for 1,181 yards, rushed for 137 yards and totaled 15 touchdowns. A lot of those numbers came against North Carolina, but the potential was there throughout. And that same potential will return in 2015. While I have some concerns about Clemson losing offensive coordinator Chad Morris to the SMU job, with Jeff Scott and Tony Elliott both being promoted from within, at least Clemson's offense will be run by people familiar with its concepts. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
03/05/15 - Reese Phillips, rFr, Kentucky, 6-1, 222 (DS#36 QB)[Newsfeed] Kentucky loses another QB as Reese Phillips ruptures Achilles...Kentucky finds itself quite thin at quarterback following an injury to Reese Phillips on Wednesday. The school confirmed that Phillips suffered a ruptured Achilles. The injury will keep Phillips out for the spring and the summer, though it's possible he could return in time for the 2015 season following his surgery. Still, at the moment, the loss of Phillips leaves Kentucky with only Patrick Towles and Drew Barker as quarterbacks on the roster heading in to spring practice. While Towles started all 12 games for the Wildcats last season, Barker redshirted, and his status is also a bit perilous at the moment.
He's one of three Kentucky players allegedly involved in a fight at a bar in January. Barker has not been charged with anything in relation to the incident, but should that change in the future, so could his status with the team. Kentucky's former starting quarterback, Maxwell Smith, graduated in January and transferred to San Diego State, further depleting the depth chart. Mark Stoops has said that there will be a competition for the starting quarterback job next season and that Towles will have to earn his job back, but at the rate things are going, he may be competing against nobody but himself soon. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
03/05/15 - Shai McKenzie, Fr, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 212 (DS#999 RB)[Newsfeed] Hokies RB Shai McKenzie suspended for charges involving minors...Virginia Tech running back Shai McKenzie has been suspended indefinitely after being charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Roanoke Times reported Wednesday. The charges are both Class 1 misdemeanors. Per the Times, the 18-year-old McKenzie was one of two subjects of an investigation into an alleged incident involving two girls, one 15 years old and the other 14. According to police, the girls alleged to officers that they interacted with two men -- identified as McKenzie and fellow Virginia Tech student Davin Gavion -- over social media, then met with the men in a Christiansburg, Va. residence and engaged in sexual intercourse.
Per the Times, warrants were issued on Feb. 27 for the recovery of DNA from both McKenzie and Gavion. Gavion has been charged with one count of felony carnal knowledge and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is currently held at Western Virginia Regional Jail, while McKenzie has been freed on a $5,000 bond. "We are aware of the situation and misdemeanor arrest," Hokies athletic director told the Times. "We take these matters seriously. Coach Beamer has suspended Shai indefinitely from all team related activities as of [Tuesday]. It's in the hands of the proper authorities and we will respect the process." A four-star prospect in the class of 2014 out of Washington, Penn., McKenzie rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns before tearing his ACL five games into his true freshman season. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
03/03/15 - Davis Tull, rSr, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6-2, 246 (DS#7 OLB)[Newsfeed] After a pulled hamstring prevented him from running at the NFL combine last week, then having to wait for more than an hour as four of his former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teammates worked out for the 23 pro scouts at the D1 training facility Monday morning, Davis Tull accomplished exactly what he hoped to do once he stepped onto the field. Although the hamstring again tightened up on him about halfway through his first 40-yard dash, Tull was timed at 4.57 seconds at UTC's pro day. The FCS All-America defensive end is projected as an outside linebacker in the NFL and measured in at 6-foot-2 1/2 and 244 pounds. He did not make a second 40 attempt but didn't need to. The 4.57 would've tied him for fifth best among all linebackers at the combine and led one scout to turn to another and say, "I've seen enough. He can move." "It's been a little bit of a crazy process and I didn't run as well as I had before the injury, but I think I may have helped myself today," Tull said. "But my opinion isn't the one that matters. It's what those scouts thought. They're the ones who will help decide whether I get drafted and how high."
Tull, who will have surgery to repair a labrum injury in his right shoulder later this week, had been laser-timed at 4.49 before the injury and tested well in the events he tried at the combine. He had the best vertical jump (42.5 inches) and second-best broad jump (11 feet) among linebackers and completed 26 repetitions at 225 pounds in the bench press, which tied two others players for fifth best among linebackers. Before running the 40 on Monday, Tull completed a few linebacker drills and chose to stand on his combine performance in the other events. "He probably helped himself more by showing us how tough he is by running that fast despite the injury," said one scout who asked to remain unidentified. - Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga Times Free Press
03/03/15 - Carl Lawson, So, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#3 DE)[Newsfeed] Muschamp expects Carl Lawson to participate in 'a good bit of spring'... If new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is going to earn his colossal contract this season, he'll probably need former five-star defensive end Carl Lawson to do it. The good news for Auburn: Lawson's return from the ACL injury that robbed him of his 2014 season won't keep him away for most of the Tigers' spring drills, Muschamp believes. "He's moving around extremely well," Muschamp told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Friday. "We expect him to partake in a good bit of spring. How much will be determined by our doctors." That assessment was echoed by Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner. "He will be able to participate this spring," Garner said. "Obviously, we've got to be smart about how we use him. But he's doing well with the winter workout program thus far."
One of the nation's top recruits in the class of 2013, Lawson collected 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks as a true freshman, seemingly poising him to step into Dee Ford's shoes as the Tigers' top pass-rusher as a sophomore. But Lawson tore his ACL late in Auburn's 2014 spring drills, costing him the entire season. Lawson did return to practice before the Tigers' bowl loss to Wisconsin but did not play. He enters the 2015 season as a redshirt sophomore -- and given that the Tigers finished 94th in the FBS in sacks without him, his return can't come soon enough for Muschamp's defensive rebuilding job. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
02/27/15 - Andre Yruretagoyena, rJr, Oregon, 6-4, 284 (DS#999 OT)[Newsfeed] Oregon OL Andre Yruretagoyena retires from football...No adjective was used to describe the 2014 Oregon offensive line more often than "banged-up," and on Thursday, the Ducks announced that one of those banged-up linemen has elected to retire from football. Andre Yruretagoyena said in a statement he has left the team to "focus on getting my body healthy and graduating," forgoing his final season of eligibility. As a junior in 2014, Yruretagoyena started the Ducks' first two games of the season before a leg injury forced him out of the lineup. He finished the season with six total appearances, 17 for his three-year career. "I have the utmost respect for all my coaches and teammates, and can't thank them enough for the support and opportunity to represent the University of Oregon," Yruretagoyena said.
Yruretagoyena was one of the the Ducks' most highly sought-after recruits in their class of 2011 (or any recent class), a consensus top-100 four-star recruit out of Paradise Valley, Ariz. His departure is a heavy blow for an offensive line that is already losing three senior starters, including star tackle Jake Fisher and All-American center Hroniss Grasu. The good news is that, due to all of the Ducks' 2014 injuries, Mark Helfrich will be able to call on five different players who started a game on their way to the national championship game -- a list that doesn't include longtime tackle starter Tyler Johnstone, who was lost before the start of the season to an ACL injury. Yruretagoyena is the second Ducks player to retire this offseason, following backup defensive lineman Sam Kemp, who announced his decision in January. Kemp had 33 tackles for the 2014 season. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
02/25/15 - Pharaoh Brown, Jr, Oregon, 6-5, 241 (DS#999 TE)[Newsfeed] After near-amputation, Oregon TE Brown's future in doubt...Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown's playing future is unknown as he recovers from a serious injury that nearly resulted in amputation of his leg. In a win over Utah on Nov. 8, Brown suffered two torn ligaments in his right knee and a stretched artery that caused internal bleeding and cut off blood flow below his right shin. That issue had doctors contemplating amputating the lower leg, he told The Oregonian. Brown was hospitalized in Salty Lake City for nearly a week after the game and has had three surgeries on the leg since then. He is riding a stationary bike and jogging lightly on an underwater treadmill, but he is unsure whether he will be back in time for his senior season or whether he might redshirt.
"I mean, this is a career decision, so I want to make sure my stuff is fully healed, that I can do everything and not rush back," said Brown, who caught 25 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns last season. "That's why I don't even look that long out. If I'm able to play, I'll play. If I'm not, I'm not. "I'm not getting out there 'til I'm 100 percent healed and not only 100 percent healed but 100 percent in my mind that I'm healed," he added. "A lot of people get out there and are timid to cut. When I'm on the football field, I'm a different guy and I only know how to play one way -- that's fast. I play hard, real nasty. I can't take it soft. I know how I play and how I gotta be to play at that level. - The Sports Xchange
02/24/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Most Important Pro Day Dates: Georgia, March 18: No team will select Bulldogs star running back Todd Gurley in the first round without first investigating his surgically-repaired knee. Gurley hasn't committed to working out at the Bulldogs' scheduled Pro Day but is expected to attend and if doctors can evaluate him or during the Combine re-check, he has a shot at ending the two-year absence of backs in the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#14 CB)[Newsfeed] Five takeaways from Saturday's DL/LB NFL Combine media session: 4. Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu...With 40 straight starts under his belt, few thought Ekpre Olomu would face durability questions during the draft process, but after a knee injury during December practice, everything changed for the former Ducks' defensive back. Nonetheless, Ekpre-Olomu is staying positive after surgery eight weeks ago. I'm not really too worried how it will affect my draft stock, Ekpre-Olomu said on Saturday. I'm more worried about once I get there, how I'm going to move on from there, and how I'm going to perform once I get onto the team.
Ekpre-Olomu said he feels great and the doctors tell him the knee is healing ahead of schedule. Although the reality is, he likely won't be ready for the start of the 2015 NFL season, which will put him at a disadvantage, missing rookie mini-camps, training camp and the pre-season. So how does he plan to compensate while on the sidelines? I'm going to have to be determined to learn the playbook and make sure all those mental reps those guys are getting on the field, I have to make sure I'm getting a double amount because I'm not going to actually be on the field. You just have to work as hard as you can every day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#14 CB)[Newsfeed] Five takeaways from Saturday's DL/LB NFL Combine media session: 4. Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu...Ekpre-Olomu cited his instincts and quickness as his best strengths, which fits what the tape says. The bigger question might be, is he ideally suited to stay outside or might he be better inside as a nickel cornerback in the NFL? I'm a versatile player, Ekpre-Olomu said in response to that question. I was able to play nickel throughout my career at Oregon and it is going to help me in the long run because now the league runs through the slot receiver. If you can have a guy that can cover the slot and shut him down, it helps the team. And that's all you're looking forward to, trying to win games for the team. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Georgia running back Todd Gurley is projected as a first-round pick, but a big piece of his final draft evaluation will be medical tests on his surgically repaired knee. Gurley plans to wait for the official medical re-check in April to allow teams to examine his left knee. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament November 15 -- in his first game back from a suspension handed down Oct. 9 for receiving payment for his autograph -- and surgery was performed by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Andrews did not want teams pulling and manipulating the knee. All 323 players in attendance at the annual Scouting Combine are scheduled for thorough medical exams performed by NFL team doctors at a local hospital near downtown Indianapolis. Players do not opt out of the tests. It is not known to have happened in at least two decades.
Gurley, who signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency, will not participate in Georgia's pro day March 18. It's unlikely he will hold a workout in April before the draft. Gurley said he is just beginning to perform lateral agility drills. "The timetable is six to nine months. I got hurt in November, so I'm not really giving no timetable," said Gurley, who admitted patience is not his strong suit, Thursday afternoon. "I'm just trying to get back safe, but as quick as possible." He does not expect his recovery to hinder his draft grade. Along with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Gurley is a player teams could consider in the bottom half of the first round. No running back was selected in the first round in 2013 or 2014. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
02/20/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas A&M, 6-5, 306 (DS#10 OT)[Newsfeed] Cedric Ogbuehi expects to be paid like a first-round pick regardless whether he goes in the first round. Texas A&M took out an insurance policy on the offensive tackle last year, paying $60,000 to entice Ogbuehi to return for his senior season. Ogbuehi said he had four first-round grades last January, but decided to return to play left tackle. Ogbuehi, who moved back to right tackle during the season, tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the Aggies Liberty Bowl victory over West Virginia. He projects as a second-round pick. I have to see where I go first, Ogbuehi said, when asked what the policy would pay him. The Allen High School product follows former Aggie offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews as highly-regarded draft prospects. Ogbuehi, who measured 6-foot-5 and 306 pounds, did 23 reps in the 225-pound bench press Thursday. - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star Telegram