2015 Draft Scout Ratings:Offense:QB | RB | FB | TE | WR | C | OT | OG | KDefense:DE | DT | ILB | OLB | CB | FS | SS | P | LS | Team Reports ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
01/28/15 - K.J. Brent, rJr/2016, South Carolina, 6-4, 192 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] South Carolina reserve receiver K.J. Brent is leaving the Gamecocks. Brent said in a Twitter post on Tuesday night he talked to South Carolina's coaches about transferring to find playing opportunities at another school. Brent is a junior who had nine catches for 111 yards last season. He played in every game and started in South Carolina's 24-21 victory over Miami in the Independence Bowl last month. Brent said in his post that leaving was the best decision for him. He thanked the university for the opportunity to play the past three seasons. The 6-foot-4 Brent of Waxhaw, North Carolina, is another blow to South Carolina's receiving corps. One-time starter Shaq Roland left the program last month, while regulars Nick Jones and Damiere Byrd were both seniors last season. - AP Sports
01/28/15 - Doniel Gambrell, rSr/2015, Notre Dame College, 6-5, 306 (DS#35 OT)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: A prospect with an interesting backstory, Notre Dame College OT Doniel Gambrell (6-5, 306) is one of the better offensive line prospects in Arlington this week. He looks the part and is built well with broad shoulders and a large wingspan (82-inches). Gambrell showed light feet and mobility to get to the second level, but he does need to do a better job breaking down in space to square up his blocks. On several occasions, he showed the upper body strength to latch-and-drive and is a prime candidate for a NFL practice squad while he irons out some wrinkles in his game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Gabe Holmes, rSr/2015, Purdue, 6-5, 256 (DS#24 TE)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: Purdue TE Gabe Holmes saw his NFL Draft stock decline over the years, mostly due to injury. But he did a nice job on Tuesday, using his size to be a mismatch against safeties in receiving drills. Holmes (6-5, 256) is muscle-bound and stiff, but he presented a big target for quarterbacks to throw to and did a nice job looking the ball into his large 10-inch hands. There isn't much flash to this player, but he was one of the more reliable players during Tuesday's practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Dee Hart, rJr/2015, Colorado State, 5-08, 189 (DS#25 RB)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: Another junior prospect in attendance this week, Colorado State RB Dee Hart looked smaller on the field than he does on the tape, officially weighing in at 5-8 and 189 pounds. The Alabama transfer doesn't look like much, but he was a jitterbug with the ball in his hands, showing explosive quickness to make defenders miss. Hart will have a tough time holding up physically at the next level with his limited frame, but he could add some spice to a NFL backfield as a change of pace option. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Travis Lee, rSr/2015, Miles, 5-11, 172 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: The most talkative player on the practice field was Miles College CB Travis Lee, who also stood out for his play on the field. Although his reaction quickness needs work, he showed quick movements and natural athleticism needed to survive at the position at the next level. Lee is very lean at just 172 pounds, but he has adequate height (5-11) and above average arm length (32-inches) for a cornerback. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Ashton Dorsey, rSr/2015, Texas AM-Commerce, 6-2, 295 (DS#62 DT)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: A well-traveled prospect, Texas A&M-Commerce DL Ashton Dorsey (6-2, 295) was a high school All-American and blue chip recruit who spent his first three collegiate seasons at Texas. During Tuesday's practice, he showed flashes of why he was once one of the top prep players in the state of Texas, using his strength and quickness to overwhelm blockers. Dorsey also knocked down two passes at the line of scrimmage, watching the eyes of the quarterback and disrupting the passing lane. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Jimmay Mundine, rSr/2015, Kansas, 6-2, 237 (DS#10 FB)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: Kansas' leading receiver this past season, FB Jimmy Mundine (6-2, 237) displayed his receiving skills during drills on Tuesday with the body control and hand-eye coordination to secure catches away from his body. He played a hybrid tight end role for the Jayhawks and projects best as an undersized “move” tight end or H-back at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Nigel King, rJr/2015, Kansas, 6-2, 213 (DS#54 WR)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: A junior who decided to leave school early, Kansas WR Nigel King (6-2, 216) also impressed with his size/athleticism combination, towering over defensive backs and plucking the ball well. He had some tightness, which caused rigid movements in his routes, but he showed enough vertical speed to win over the top. King had only one touchdown in 2014, but he finished second on the Jayhawks in receiving with 537 yards on 30 receptions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Neal Sterling, rSr/2015, Monmouth (NJ), 6-3, 239 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] College Gridiron Showcase Tuesday practice: The most impressive player on either roster on Tuesday was Monmouth WR Neal Sterling, who is well-built (6-3, 239) and although he lacks ideal speed, his routes were controlled with no wasted movement, allowing him to gain a step on defensive backs. Sterling showed some lower body burst to plant-and-go in his breaks with strong hands to be a reliable finisher at the catch point, boasting a large catching radius with his 33-inch arms. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/28/15 - Vernon Adams Jr., rJr/2016, Eastern Washington, 5-11, 205 (DS#18 QB)[Newsfeed] Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams Jr. visiting Oregon...Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has spent much of his career dominating at the FCS level and putting up big numbers against FBS competition like Kansas State and Washington. According 247Sports, Washington could finish his college career as a part of Oregon's high-octane offense in 2015. 247Sports' Oregon site, Duck Territory, is one of many outlets reporting that Adams is planning to visit Eugene this weekend. The report also indicates that Adams has received a release from Eastern Washington and could be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.
Adams has totaled 110 touchdowns and 31 interceptions in three years with EWU, averaging 9.7 yards per attempt across his career with an eye-popping 4,994 passing yards in 2013. There is no clear-cut successor to Marcus Mariota on Oregon's roster, which has made the Ducks a potential landing spot for graduate transfer quarterbacks this offseason. If Adams decides to join the Ducks, he should have a great shot at the starting job in 2015. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
01/26/15 - Sammie Coates, rJr/2015, Auburn, 6-2, 213 (DS#6 WR)[Newsfeed] Former Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates has landed an endorsement deal with Under Armour, the company's official Twitter account revealed Monday night. Coates joins an Under Armour stable that includes former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, former Alabama stars Eddie Lacy and Julio Jones and San Francisco 49ers teammates Eric Reid and Vance McDonald. Coates, who is projected as a first or second-round pick, confirmed the news by tweeting back at the company. "Happy to be with the family," Coates said. By choosing Under Armour, Coates is sticking with what he wore in college. Auburn has an official apparel agreement with Under Armour.
Coates is coming off of an impressive Senior Bowl week in Mobile, although he was forced from the game early due to a groin injury on Saturday. But his stock rose during the week, both as a deep threat and as a red-zone target capable of going up and making tough catches over the top. Now, Coates has to try to recover from that groin injury and build on his Senior Bowl week with an impressive showing at the NFL Combine in three weeks. A freakish athlete at 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, Coates is expected to turn in one of the best workouts among a deep wide receiver class. - Joel A. Erickson, AL.com
01/26/15 - Travis Blanks, Jr/2016, Clemson, 6-0, 200 (DS#999 SS)[Newsfeed] Clemson defensive back Travis Blanks has had surgery to repair a torn knee ligament and will miss spring practice for a second straight year. The school announced Blanks status Monday but per school policy did not say which knee. He had torn his ACL in a win over Citadel in 2013 and missed last season. Blanks re-injured his knee during practice In Orlando, Florida as the Tigers prepared for the Russell Athletic Bowl. He had surgery two weeks ago. The Tigers hope he'll return for the start of fall workouts. Blanks had 51 tackles, an interception and seven passes broken up as a freshman in 2012. He played in 13 games, eight as a starter. The next season, Blanks started 10 games and had 35 tackles before tearing his ACL. - AP Sports
01/26/15 - Justice Hayes, rJr/2016, Michigan, 5-10, 190 (DS#35 RB)[Newsfeed] Michigan running back Justice Hayes to transfer...Jim Harbaugh picked up his first two recruits at Michigan over the weekend, but on Monday he lost a player he already had on the roster. Wolverines running back Justice Hayes announced on his Instagram page that he's decided to transfer. “The fact that I will be graduating from the University of Michigan in April will be meritorious,” Hayes said. “I have earned team captain on numerous occasions, won respect from coaches and players, and most importantly played my heart out every Saturday. I truly appreciate the offer from Coach Harbaugh to allow me to return for my 5th year, but I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student.”
Since Hayes will be graduating he won't need to sit out a season, and will be eligible to play in 2015. The former four-star back in Michigan's 2011 class appeared in all 12 games for the Wolverines last season, rushing for 213 yards on 48 carries. He finishes his Michigan career with 302 yards and a touchdown on 68 carries. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
01/26/15 - Cory Helms, So/2017, South Carolina, 6-4, 302 (DS#3 C)[Newsfeed] Wake Forest OL Cory Helms transfers to South Carolina...South Carolina's offensive line is getting a boost from one of Wake Forest's most consistent linemen of the past two seasons. Cory Helms, who played center and guard for the Demon Deacons, tweeted Sunday he will be transferring to play for the Gamecocks. "I had a really good feeling today and wanted to talk to my family and stuff before I made it official," Helms told GoGamecocks.com. "I have a really good relationship with the players I was around and the recruits who were there. And it's the closest school to my home." In his two seasons at Wake, Helms started 23 of 24 games with the only missed start coming as part of the Deacons' Senior Day honors in 2013. He was named to 247Sports' 2013 true freshman All-American team. Helms said South Carolina allows him to be closer to an ill grandmother and that he will apply for an immediate eligibility waiver. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/26/15 - Devonte Fields, rSo/2017, TCU, 6-4, 250 (DS#2 DE)[Newsfeed] Former TCU DE Devonte Fields visiting Louisville...Three years after taking the Big 12 by storm, former TCU star defensive end Devonte Fields could reportedly resurface at Louisville. ESPN's Max Olson reported Monday that Fields is visiting Bobby Petrino's program this weekend and the Cardinals are "in the lead" to land the 2014 preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Despite that honor, Fields didn't play a snap of NCAA football this past season, having been "separated" from TCU after being connected with a domestic violence incident in July. Fields allegedly punched and threatened an ex-girlfriend, and after a planned transfer to Stephen F. Austin fell through, transferred to Trinity Valley Community Valley College in Athens, Texas.
Two seasons earlier, Fields was named the media's choice for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles-for-loss in his freshman season. His sophomore season was marred by injury and lasted only three games. The 247Sports composite rankings list Fields as the No. 4 JUCO prospect in the class of 2015. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/26/15 - Marcus Mariota, rJr/2015, Oregon, 6-4, 215 (DS#2 QB)[Newsfeed] Injury could keep Mariota from throwing at combine...In recent years many of the top quarterbacks have elected not to throw at the annual scouting combine, opting instead to wait until their personal pro days. Marcus Mariota may not have a choice, as he's only now starting to throw again after suffering a sprain in the AC joint of his shoulder in the national championship game loss to Ohio State on Jan. 12. "Right now we're still making that decision, whether to throw at the combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half," Mariota said, according to Honolulu's staradvertiser.com. "I sprained the AC [shoulder] joint. But now, I'm able to throw. Feels good." The combine this year will be held Feb. 17-23. Oregon's pro day will take place in March.
Mariota was in his native Hawaii this weekend to attend the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrinement of Luther Elliss, Russ Francis, Jesse Sapolu, Ray Schoenke, Mosi Tatupu and Mark Tuinei. He and his family elected to attend the enshrinement rather than compete in the 2015 Senior Bowl -- a game the redshirt junior was eligible for because he had already graduated from Oregon. "I had an opportunity to go to the Senior Bowl," Mariota said. "But as a family we decided it was best to come here and be a part of this. Being able to meet all these men is pretty remarkable. They paved the way for me and Polynesian athletes everywhere. For us, it's really just saying, 'Thank you.'" - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/26/15 - Marcus Mariota, rJr/2015, Oregon, 6-4, 215 (DS#2 QB)[Newsfeed] Injury could keep Mariota from throwing at combine...Given the Heisman Trophy winner's incredible success at Oregon, Mariota's workout may not seem important to his final grade. Mariota completed a sparkling 66.75 percent of his passes over the past three seasons for the Ducks for 10,796 yards and threw 105 touchdowns against just 14 interceptions. The speedy 6-foot-4, 219-pounder also ran for another 2,237 yards and 29 scores, earning comparisons to San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick for his dazzling dual-threat capabilities. Few of the passes Mariota attempted at Oregon, however, translate directly to most NFL offenses and there are concerns that he will struggle with durability should he run often against NFL defenses.
Mariota is battling with Florida State's Jameis Winston to be the first quarterback selected. At this time, Winston has overtaken Mariota atop NFLDraftScout.com's board. While there are plenty of concerns about Winston off the field, his success in a pro style offense makes him an easier projection to the NFL. He is the more accurate passer from the pocket. A strong showing in Indianapolis with Mariota sidelined could give Winston momentum as the draft nears. Sources close to NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated quarterback Brett Hundley suggest that the UCLA quarterback will fully participate at the combine. According to the staradvertiser.com report, Mariota has been training in San Diego with Kevin O'Connell and Ryan Flaherty of Prolific Athletes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/15 - Eilar Hardy, rJr/2016, Notre Dame, 6-0, 201 (DS#999 FS)[Newsfeed] Notre Dame S Hardy to transfer...Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy will follow through with his intention to transfer after graduating this spring. Hardy said before the Music City Bowl in December that he was playing his last game with the Fighting Irish and his departure was made official Friday when he was released from his scholarship. Hardy was one of six players suspended last summer by Notre Dame as part of an academic investigation.
He returned to the team in October. Possible destinations for Hardy after the current academic year, according to SI.com, are Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Connecticut and Bowling Green. He'll be able to play next fall as a graduate transfer. Miami is coached by Chuck Martin, who became the RedHawks' head coach last year after serving as Notre Dame's secondary coach and then defensive coordinator. UConn head coach Bob Diaco is also a former Irish defensive coordinator. Hardy played in 15 games for the Irish during the past two seasons and had 35 tackles. He made two starts in 2013. - The Sports Xchange
01/25/15 - Brandon Shell, rJr/2016, South Carolina, 6-5, 333 (DS#4 OT)[Newsfeed] South Carolina starting offensive lineman Brandon Shell will miss spring practice after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Shell played right tackle and started every game for the Gamecocks (7-6). He had surgery earlier this month, according to athletic spokesman Steve Fink. Shell is expected to be back in time for summer workouts and the season. Shell is a 6-foot-6, 333-pound junior who had the chance to jump to the NFL, yet chose to finish his senior season at South Carolina. He has started 36 of the past 39 games, including every contest the past two seasons. Shell, of Goose Creek, is the great nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell. - AP Sports
01/25/15 - Braxton Miller, rSr/2016, Ohio State, 6-2, 215 (DS#6 QB)[Newsfeed] Miller hints at Ohio State return...Quarterback Braxton Miller of Ohio State, considered a Heisman Trophy candidate before he missed the 2014 season because of right shoulder injury sustained in August, might return to the Buckeyes after all. Miller is a senior and can transfer without having to sit out a year, and has been speculation that he might be heading to Florida State, Oregon or LSU. However, when Ohio State celebrated its national championship with a rally at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Miller sounded like he wasn't going anywhere. "Privilege and honor to be part of this team," Miller told the fans. "Guess what, we've got another year to do it. So go Bucks." Miller would have to beat out Cardale Jones, who took the Buckeyes to the national championship after injuries sidelined Miller and J.T. Barrett. - The Sports Xchange
01/25/15 - Tyler Varga, Sr/2015, Yale, 5-10, 227 (DS#2 FB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Senior Bowl Stock Report: Ten who stood out in Mobile...Tyler Varga, RB/FB, Yale: Varga ran for 31 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries and delivered a couple of crushing blows when asked to line up as a fullback. Varga's toughness, physicality and versatility stood out all week, but surprising agility and balance despite his rocked-up frame most intrigued scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/15 - Martrell Spaight, Sr/2015, Arkansas, 6-0, 232 (DS#13 OLB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Senior Bowl Stock Report: Ten who stood out in Mobile...Martrell Spaight, OLB, Arkansas: With projected second round pick Denzel Perryman limited with an abdominal strain, scouts were anxious to see if any of the "other" linebackers in this contest would step up. Spaight flashed with his agility and terrific closing speed, making several eye-popping hits. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/15 - Quinten Rollins, rSr/2015, Miami (OHIO), 5-11, 193 (DS#4 CB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Senior Bowl Stock Report: Ten who stood out in Mobile...Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio): The most impressive corner throughout the week of practice, Rollins carried it over into the game. His interception with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter may have been the game's most impressive catch, as he tracked the ball directly over his head and leapt to haul it in. Scouts are excited about Rollins' upside. He earned the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, the only season he spent on the football field, after playing his first four seasons on the basketball court for the Redhawks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/15 - Steven Nelson, Sr/2015, Oregon State, 5-10, 199 (DS#13 CB)[Newsfeed] 2015 Senior Bowl Stock Report: Ten who stood out in Mobile...Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State: Nelson stood out in coverage all day long, showing quick feet, a fluid turning motion and the closing burst. He officially broke up four passes, consistently undercutting receivers to bat away passes. Nelson has the blend of size and tenacity scouts are looking for in a nickel corner. He does, however, have a tendency to get grabby and drew a penalty in this game for holding. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/25/15 - Ali Marpet, Sr/2015, Hobart, 6-4, 307 (DS#8 OG)[Newsfeed] 2015 Senior Bowl Stock Report: Ten who stood out in Mobile...Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart College: Marpet was arguably the most pleasant surprise of the 2015 Senior Bowl. All week long, the former Statesman left tackle demonstrated impressive strength, balance and toughness despite making the jump from Division III and switching inside to guard. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com