02/25/15 - Pharaoh Brown, Jr, Oregon, 6-5, 241 (DS#999 TE) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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 AM, 6-5, 306 (DS#9 OT) 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
02/19/15 - Connor Halliday, rSr, Washington State, 6-3, 196 (DS#8 QB) 2015 NFL Combine: 5 takeaways from quarterback interviews...3. Halliday's transition: Given that he played his ball at Washington State under spread guru Mike Leach (and previously Paul Wulff), Halliday is also making the transition from a shotgun-heavy attack. Even tougher, he's being forced to make the transition on one leg as he's still recovering from the gruesome broken ankle that abruptly ended his record-setting career with the Cougars. Halliday won't be working out this week at the Combine and may not be able to participate in Washington State's Pro Day March 12, but that doesn't mean he isn't drawing interest from teams. The highly confident and strong-armed passer said that he's already met with several clubs this week, including the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) 2015 NFL Combine 5 Things To Know: 2. Rebirth of the RB? The running back position hasn't seen the first round since the 2012 NFL Draft, but there is a great chance that will change in April. Indiana RB Tevin Coleman is one of the backs trying to crash the top-32 party. "There are a lot of great backs in this class," Coleman said. "We're all trying to be that guy to go in the first round." Coleman won't work out at the Combine after December surgery to repair a toe injury he played through since September. Georgia RB Todd Gurley won't run in Indianapolis and won't be ready for Georgia's pro day either, but it's still a busy week for him with 24 meetings already set up, he said Thursday. Gurley tore his ACL last November and isn't expected to return to field form until the summer.
"It feels great," Gurley responded when asked about his injury. "I'm taking it day-by-day, doing some light jogging." Gurley said he lost his post-surgery limp and is starting to do lateral agility drills. Despite the injury, he hasn't lost his confidence, saying he has anger to take out once he returns to the field. Gurley also doesn't regret returning to the field after his four-game suspension for accepting money for autographs. "I'm a strong-minded person," Gurley said. "I came back because I love football. I manned up to my mistakes, suffered the consequences. Teams know I'm a great person at the end of the day." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/15 - Dres Anderson, Sr, Utah, 6-1, 187 (DS#22 WR) 2015 NFL Combine Quick Hits: Utah WR Dres Anderson hasn't seen the field since October when he suffered a knee injury that ended his college career. But his meniscus tear is almost fully healed and he plans on running at Utah's Pro Day on March 26. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - *Tevin Coleman, Jr, Indiana, 5-11, 206 (DS#6 RB) 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 60/6. *Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana, 6-0, 210, 4.59, 2...Coleman displayed athleticism to spare at Oak Forest High School where he spread the wealth as a dynamic running back, wide receiver, cornerback, kick and punt returner and was a champion long-jumper (23-feet, 0.25 inches). Not bad for a kid born three months early and given only a 20 percent chance to live. Coleman is a rare combination of wild athletic ability and religious leader who is so solidly grounded his nickname is Rock. As a junior at Indiana last year, Coleman became the 18th player in FBS history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a single season (2,036) and his 7.5 average per carry is the fifth-highest among those 18 2k rushers. Except for lacking impressive power and a problem with fumbling, Coleman is exceptional at all tasks required of a running back. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com compares Coleman to Dallas Cowboys star DeMarco Murray in terms of body type, running style, toughness and home-run ability. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/17/15 - Michael Bennett, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 293 (DS#8 DT) 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 49/7. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State, 6-2, 288, 4.96, 2...Bennett is a hyperactive defensive tackle with range, quickness and the mental discipline one might expect from somebody whose parents both graduated from West Point. Bennett capped a complete, four-year career with 35 tackles and six sacks in 2014 to follow up a 2013 season in which he collected 44 tackles, 11.5 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Although he lacks great strength to throw blockers aside, Bennett relies on quick, decisive moves to slide between opponents and persistence that gives him range to do damage even when the play doesn't come his way. Bennett missed four games in 2012 with a groin injury, otherwise his opponents took more of a beating than he did. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/17/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#14 CB) 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 40/5. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon, 5-09, 195, 4.46, 1-2...After showing first-round talent since his freshman season, Ekpre-Olumu's projections as a pro prospect were thrown into turmoil in December when he tragically blew out his knee (torn ACL) in practice. This soon after surgery it is probably too early for doctors to determine if, how and when he will return to action so it is difficult to predict how high or low he might be drafted. Recent history says standout players with such an injury can fall to the third or fourth round. Just before the injury, Ekpre-Olumu was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the country and was a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Jim Thorpe and Bednarik awards. He was second on the team in pass breakups (6) and interceptions (2) as opponents learned to stay away from him. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/17/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 22/2. *Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia, 6-1, 226, 4.52, 1...Gurley is a big back with a fearless, in-your-face style that is similar to Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Beast Mode. Gurley was on track to be a top-10 draft pick until Nov. 15, 2014 when he tore the ACL in his left knee, which was surgically repaired Nov. 26 and the ETA for a return to combat approximately the time of his 21st birthday on August 3. Gurley was a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, but that disappeared even before the ACL injury when, on October 9, he was suspended indefinitely -- which turned into four games -- for accepting $3,000 to autograph memorabilia. In his first game back, Gurley blew out the ACL, leaving his yards rushing for the year at an ominous total of 911. More red flags: Gurley missed three games with an ankle injury in 2013 and after his departure last season, his replacement, Nick Chubb, was so productive that some scouts wonder if Georgia's offensive line should get more credit. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/17/15 - *Tevin Coleman, Jr, Indiana, 5-11, 206 (DS#6 RB) Indiana University running back Tevin Coleman is coming off foot surgery and will not work out in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. That was reported Monday night by NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. Attempts to reach Coleman's agent, Adisa Bakari, have been unsuccessful. Coleman, 6-1 and 210, is still scheduled to perform before NFL scouts at the Hoosiers' pro day April 15. Multiple news outlets reported he had surgery in December for an injury he developed during the college football season. Despite video game statistics out of an offense that lacked a passing threat, Coleman is projected to be selected no higher than the second to fourth rounds of the NFL draft. - David Woods, Indianapolis Star
02/17/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) 2015 NFL Combine: Five Bold Predictions...1. The most important Combine test won't be on television...The NFL Combine is imperative to NFL prospects, but for more than merely 40-yard dash times. The medical evaluations and interviews carry much more weight, although they won't grab the headlines. Florida State QB Jameis Winston might throw, he might not, but everyone knows his interviews are what will drive his draft stock. Every year there is one prospect who garners the most attention in the media room (2014: Johnny Manziel; 2013: Manti Te'o; 2012: Andrew Luck; 2011: Cam Newton; 2010: Tim Tebow, etc.) and this year there is no doubt that Winston will be this year's media darling when he steps to the podium to face the music.
Georgia RB Todd Gurley won't perform any drills in Indianapolis, but after tearing his ACL in November, NFL teams are eager for an update on his rehab process. As long as Gurley receives two thumbs up from the trainers that his rehab is on track, he will be drafted in the first round. Several other players have questions that need answered. UCLA DE Owa Odighizuwa should test well, but after two hip surgeries in 2013, what is his long-term prognosis? Washington CB Marcus Peters was kicked off the team after multiple run-ins with the coaching staff; Can he convince NFL teams that he's worth the risk in the first round? - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Laquon Treadwell, So, Mississippi, 6-2, 229 (DS#1 WR) Ole Miss star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell didn't just suffer a routine broken leg against Auburn last November 1 -- he both fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle in one of the 2014 season's most gruesome injuries. That fact makes it all the more remarkable that three-and-a-half months later, Treadwell is alreay moving well enough to post a video to his Instagram account, one in which he and injured Rebels linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche show off how much progress they've made. Though it still seems unlikely Treadwell will see action during the spring, if the former five-star recruit can already run that well, it's also hard to imagine he won't be full speed (or close to it) by the time the Rebels kick off their 2014 season -- extremely good news as Hugh Freeze takes aim at the program's first SEC West title. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
02/16/15 - Michael Bennett, Sr, Ohio State, 6-2, 293 (DS#8 DT) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, VERIFIED MEASUREMENTS: DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State...One of the unsung heroes of the Buckeyes' national title run, Bennett was a consistent inside penetrator down the stretch for Ohio State in 2014. But his lack of size might limit him at the next level to a three-technique role in a four-man front. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr, Oregon, 5-09, 192 (DS#14 CB) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon...Durability was never an issue for Ekpre-Olomu after starting 40 consecutive games for the Ducks, but he suffered a serious knee injury during practice a week before the Rose Bowl. Ekpre-Olomu isn't considered an elite athlete at the position so his knee rehab will be closely inspected. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Hroniss Grasu, rSr, Oregon, 6-3, 297 (DS#3 C) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon...There is no questioning his toughness as Grasu played through several injuries in 2014 despite not being at 100 percent health. But his medical evaluation will better detail the damage and whether or not any issues are worrisome long-term. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Cedric Ogbuehi, rSr, Texas AM, 6-5, 306 (DS#9 OT) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M ... After a senior season where it appeared he was playing not to get hurt, Ogbuehi unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in Texas A&M's bowl game. His lower body movement skills are first-round worthy, but now his draft projection is a question mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Jeff Heuerman, Sr, Ohio State, 6-5, 254 (DS#7 TE) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: TE Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State...Although he started 14 games in 2014, Heuerman managed only 17 catches and was limited most of the season with a stress reaction to his surgically repaired foot from March 2014. If healthy, Heuerman is in the discussion to be the top senior prospect at his position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - DeAndre Smelter, rSr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 226 (DS#69 WR) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: WR DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech...At 6-3 and 222 pounds, Smelter has an enticing skill set for the NFL, but he suffered a torn ACL in the regular-season finale against Georgia. NFL teams will have an opportunity to find out how his knee rehab is progressing while at the combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Dres Anderson, Sr, Utah, 6-1, 187 (DS#22 WR) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: WR Dres Anderson, Utah...Scouts haven't seen Anderson, who is the son of former NFL receiver Flipper Anderson, on the field since October when he suffered a knee injury that prematurely ended his time at Utah. He isn't expected to be ready to run in Indianapolis, but teams will soon receive an update on his rehab process. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - *Todd Gurley, Jr, Georgia, 6-1, 222 (DS#1 RB) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: RB Todd Gurley, Georgia...Gurley is a special talent and should snap the two-year drought of first-round running backs, but his draft projection is up in the air after his ACL tear in November. Nonetheless, as long as his rehab proves to be on track when trainers examine his knee in Indianapolis, Gurley should still hear his name in the top 32 picks and be ready for game action in August. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/16/15 - Connor Halliday, rSr, Washington State, 6-3, 196 (DS#8 QB) 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, MEDICAL EVALUATIONS: QB Connor Halliday, Washington State...In Mike Leach's air-raid offense, Halliday was on pace to shatter several passing records in 2014 before a broken tibia and fibula against Southern California in November ended his college career. He has been the forgotten man in this quarterback class, but positive reports from the combine could change that. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com