04/21/17 - Auston Robertson, Fr/2020, Michigan State, 6-2, 235 (DS#999 DE) DE Auston Robertson of Michigan State was charged with third-degree sexual assault on Friday. Prosecutors announced the charges one day after receiving investigation results from police. The alleged assault took place on April 9 in Meridian Township, not far from the Michigan State campus in East Lansing.
04/07/17 - Thomas Sirk, rSr/2018, East Carolina, 6-3, 220 (DS#999 QB) QB Thomas Sirk announced Friday he will play his final collegiate season at East Carolina in 2017. Sirk formerly played for Duke. As a graduate transfer, Sirk will be eligible to play immediately for the Pirates this season. Sirk was granted a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA in November after he missed the entire 2016 season due to an Achilles tear suffered last February. In August, he re-aggravated the injury to his Achilles' tendon -- the third of his career. Sirk was Duke's starter in 2015, throwing for 2,625 yards and 16 touchdowns with eight interceptions while leading the team with 803 rushing yards and eight scores.
03/29/17 - *Teez Tabor, Jr/2017, Florida, 6-0, 199 (DS#11 CB) Florida cornerback Jalen "Teez" Tabor wants NFL coaches, general managers and scouts to forget everything he's done the last two months. The 40-yard dash, the vertical leap, the broad jump, the shuttle run, the cone drill, the bench press, flush them all. Tabor believes there's only one way to truly evaluate his talent. "Just press play," Tabor said after Florida's annual pro day Tuesday. "Just press play, you know what I mean? That's what I do. I'm pretty sure I've got more picks than a lot of the top guys. I'm pretty sure I've got more touchdowns, probably more touchdowns than they got picks. I don't get it. They say I'm slow, but I'm not getting beat that way and I'm beating people back this way."
Tabor was widely considered a first-round draft pick heading into the NFL combine earlier this month, but less-than-impressive workout numbers have his stock plummeting. He had hoped to rebound on campus Tuesday, but he was actually slower in the 40-yard dash. Tabor, who clocked a 4.62 in Indianapolis, ran in the 4.7s inside Florida's practice facility. The ultra-confident defensive back seemed unfazed by his latest performance, even though it could cost him millions. "I'm not a track guy," Tabor said. "If we were trying out for the Olympics, I wouldn't be here. The thing is we're going to the NFL. I'm catching picks and running back this way, jamming people at the line. So I'm a good football player. "When it comes 53 yards this way and 120 yards this way, I'm the best. Now, you line me up, I might not beat you in the race, but reading routes and all that stuff, it's no question." - AP Sports
03/27/17 - Brandon Harris, Jr/2018, North Carolina, 6-2, 206 (DS#24 QB) Former LSU QB Haris transferring to UNC...Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris announced Sunday that he is transferring to North Carolina. Harris plans to graduate at LSU this spring, and that will make him eligible to play for the Tar Heels this fall. Harris lost his starting job at LSU after two games of last season to Danny Etling. He started 12 games in 2015 as a sophomore and passed for 2,165 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Harris settled on North Carolina after a visit over the weekend. "Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player," Harris wrote on Facebook. "The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my official visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I'm going to get that opportunity." North Carolina doesn't have a current starting quarterback as Mitch Trubisky departed school to enter the NFL draft. Trubisky is expected to be among the first picks in the draft. - The Sports Xchange
03/27/17 - Hassan Childs, rJr/2018, South Florida, 6-0, 188 (DS#999 SS) South Florida DB Childs hospitalized after shooting...South Florida senior defensive back Hassan Childs is hospitalized in stable condition after he was involved in an off-campus shooting Saturday, the school announced. Bulls coach Charlie Strong also released a statement on Sunday, saying the team was "deeply concerned" about the overnight incident. "Thankfully, Hassan is in stable condition and being well cared for, and no one else was (injured)," Strong said in a statement. "There is an ongoing investigation of the incident and we are in the process of gathering further information. Out of respect for the integrity of the investigation, we cannot comment further at this time." Strong and the school did not provide information on where the off-campus shooting took place or in which hospital Childs is receiving treatment. Childs, who is from Kissimmee, Fla., recorded 16 tackles in eight games and also saw action on punt returns last season. He has collected 28 tackles and three interceptions in 26 career contests for the Bulls. - The Sports Xchange
03/27/17 - Kai Nacua, Sr/2017, Brigham Young, 6-1, 205 (DS#13 FS) BYU Pro day: Safety Kai Nacua stood out as well with his times, which would have ranked among the best at the combine among safeties. He ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical, 10-foot-7 broad jump, 6.84-second three-cone drill and 15 reps on the bench. Nacua is a late rounder or priority free agent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Andrew Eide, rSr/2017, Brigham Young, 6-5, 302 (DS#18 OT) BYU Pro day: Offensive lineman Andrew Eide isn’t a well-known prospect, but he should be. He was a defensive lineman at Southern Utah before moving to the offensive line and transferring to BYU for his final season in 2016. He started all 13 games at left tackle and more than held his own, projecting best inside at guard. At Friday’s pro day, Eide (6-foot-4, 303 pounds) had a 5.12-second 40-yard dash, 33 reps on the bench press, 9-foot-6 broad jump and 31-inch vertical. He was worked out as a guard, but by request from several NFL reps in attendance, Eide also snapped the football. He met with the Saints and Patriots after the workout. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Jamaal Williams, rSr/2017, Brigham Young, 6-0, 212 (DS#11 RB) BYU Pro day: The main attraction in Provo was running back Jamaal Williams who improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.59 at the combine to 4.53 at the pro day. He also improved his vertical (33 inches, up from 30 inches) and three-cone drill (7.07, down from 7.25). Williams is on the short list to be the first senior drafted at his position, somewhere in the middle rounds. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Khalfani Muhammad, Sr/2017, California, 5-07, 170 (DS#46 RB) California Pro day: Running back Khalfani Muhammad, who wasn’t invited to the combine, also ran track for the Golden Bears, and it showed with his 4.34-second 40-yard dash. He is a possible late rounder or priority free agent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - *Chad Hansen, rJr/2017, California, 6-2, 202 (DS#11 WR) California Pro day: Wide receiver Chad Hansen turned in a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the combine, which wasn’t a bad time, but scouts expected better. At the pro day on Friday, he improved that time by a tenth of a second, getting in the mid-4.4 range. He also caught the ball well, especially considering the conditions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Davis Webb, Sr/2017, California, 6-5, 229 (DS#5 QB) California Pro day: Unfortunately, the Cal pro day was outside in what was described as a “torrential downpour” by one person in attendance. That didn’t prevent quarterback Davis Webb from throwing, with the expected mixed results from the wet conditions. He has several fans around the league, with some thinking he is worthy of a top-50 selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Erik Magnuson, rSr/2017, Michigan, 6-5, 305 (DS#14 OT) Michigan Pro day: The Ohio State-Michigan rivalry has been one-sided in recent memory, but the Wolverines have a chance to break a Buckeyes record on draft weekend. With 14 players selected in the 2004 NFL Draft, Ohio State owns the NFL record for draft picks in a seven-round draft. Michigan led all college programs with 14 players invited to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, and that doesn’t include two offensive line snubs and possible draft picks: Kyle Kalis and Eric Magnuson. Michigan should at the very least hit double digits with a chance at the record. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Jake Butt, Sr/2017, Michigan, 6-5, 246 (DS#6 TE) Michigan Pro day: Tight end Jake Butt obviously wasn’t able to work out as he continues his rehab from ACL surgery in January. However, he told NFL Network that he is on track to be “ready” by mid-July, just in time for training camp. A second-round projection prior to his injury, Butt is still viewed as a possible top-75 pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Amara Darboh, rSr/2017, Michigan, 6-2, 214 (DS#10 WR) Michigan Pro day: The Wolverines have two draft-worthy receivers in Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, who both looked smooth catching the ball on Friday. Darboh improved his vertical jump by half an inch to 36.5 inches and recorded an impressive 6.81-second three-cone drill after not performing the drill at the combine. Chesson ran his 40-yard dash attempts in the high 4.4s, matching what he did in Indianapolis. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Jourdan Lewis, Sr/2017, Michigan, 5-10, 188 (DS#12 CB) Michigan Pro day: After being charged with domestic violence last week, cornerback Jourdan Lewis was a popular prospect on Friday as he attempted to explain his side of the story. He also improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.54 at the combine to 4.45 at the pro day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Chris Wormley, rSr/2017, Michigan, 6-5, 298 (DS#3 DT) Michigan Pro day: A prospect with one of the highest floors in the draft, defensive lineman Chris Wormley didn’t work out at the combine due to a left hamstring injury, putting a lot of pressure on his pro day performance. And he didn’t disappoint, with his 40-yard dash in the low 4.8s, adding a 31.5-inch vertical, 9-foot-2 broad jump and 7.08-second three-cone drill. At 6-foot-5 and 297 pounds, Wormley looks like an interior lineman, but he projects best as a base end who can kick inside on passing downs. Although he might not give you consistent pass rush value, he is a stout run defender who won’t hurt your team on the field. Wormley projects as a solid second-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Taco Charlton, Sr/2017, Michigan, 6-6, 277 (DS#4 DE) Michigan Pro day: Another projected first-round Wolverine, defensive end Taco Charlton, disappointed at Lucas Oil Stadium last month with a 4.91 40-yard dash, but he improved that time to 4.83 seconds on Friday. With only 15 career starts, Charlton is still very much a work-in-progress, but he has the size (6-6, 277) and length (34 1/8 inches) that teams covet at edge rusher. NFL teams see him as a first-round pick for what he could be down the road. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - *Jabrill Peppers, rSo/2017, Michigan, 5-11, 213 (DS#2 SS) Michigan Pro day: A day after Ohio State attracted 100-plus NFL scouts and decision-makers to Columbus, Michigan did the same on Friday, with over 100 NFL personnel in Ann Arbor for the program’s pro day. Notable head coaches in attendance included the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, Saints’ Sean Payton, Ravens’ John Harbaugh, Jets’ Todd Bowles, Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and Steelers’ Mike Tomlin. Safety Jabrill Peppers, who is one of the most debated prospects in league circles, stood on his numbers from the combine (4.46-second 40-yard dash, 6.99-second three-cone drill, 35.5-inch vertical, 10-foot-8 broad jump). He went through positional workouts as a safety and impressed, as expected. Peppers is a top-20 pick for several around the league, while others see more of a second-round player, largely due to position confusion and his struggles in coverage. There is no doubt that he should improve once he can focus on one position in the NFL, but there is no consensus on his draft day “value.” - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/27/17 - Jalen Hurts, Fr/2020, Alabama, 6-1, 209 (DS#5 QB) Nick Saban has a starting quarterback returning to Alabama for the first time since 2013. If he's feeling more comfortable because of that, it didn't show Tuesday after the first spring practice. "Well, we have one year of experience — all of our quarterbacks combined," Saban said. "So that's more of a dynamic than having the starting quarterback back." Two early-enrolled freshmen are competing for the chance to back up quarterback Jalen Hurts: Mac Jones and Tua Tagovailoa. Saban said he thought all three passers had the potential to develop into really good players. But only one of those quarterbacks can lead the offense, and the team will need Hurts to take the next step, especially as a passer, if the Crimson Tide's next season is going to end better than its last one, which closed with a 35-31 loss to Clemson in the national championship game.
"It's easier for us to self-assess what we need to do for him (Hurts), with him, to help him, to coach him so that he can develop in areas that would be helpful to him becoming even more of a complete player — mostly in the passing game," Saban said. Saban said his new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, is tweaking the offense to suit Hurts' style of play, but he reiterated that no dramatic changes with regards to how Alabama's offense operates would occur because of the loss to Clemson. Saban didn't think the system was at fault against the Tigers. - AP Sports
03/27/17 - Eric Dungey, So/2019, Syracuse, 6-2, 212 (DS#21 QB) Syracuse is back on the field after a snowy end to winter, and coach Dino Babers has it a little bit easier the second time around. "The main thing is basically that everybody knows what they're doing," Babers said Monday. "I really appreciate the speed that practice went at today." Babers also appreciated the fact that starting quarterback Eric Dungey is healthy again and back in the lineup. "He's just a leader," Babers said. "He's a lot more confident. Obviously, his head is fine. He's out there and he's leading our football team. We're always better when Eric is on the field." Dungey was ecstatic to be back and hopeful that his junior year will be injury-free. He was knocked out in the first quarter at eventual national champion Clemson last November after a hard hit to the head/shoulder area by linebacker Dorian O'Daniel.
Dungey, who was leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing yards and completions per game, was ruled out of the game by the Orange training staff and never took another snap. He ended up missing the final three games of the season after undergoing tests. Results of those tests were kept confidential. Dungey, listed at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds this spring, also missed four games in 2015, suffering at least one concussion from a vicious hit early in the season against Central Michigan. All of that was in the rearview mirror on Tuesday. "I feel a lot more comfortable," Dungey said. "Just trying to get other guys on board who aren't used to the offense, still trying to learn the offense more and more every day. It's definitely been a lot better than last year's first spring ball." - AP Sports
03/26/17 - Donnel Pumphrey, Sr/2017, San Diego State, 5-08, 176 (DS#16 RB) San Diego State Pro day: As the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher (6,405 yards), as well as a Senior Bowl and combine standout (4.48 in the 40-yard dash), scouts already knew that the Aztecs’ Donnel Pumphrey was a special runner. During Thursday’s pro day, he focused more on his receiving skills, catching passes out of the backfield and as a returner. The 5-foot-8, 176-pound Pumphrey looked comfortable catching the ball, extending to pluck a couple of tough passes, easing concerns about his ability to project as a true changeup back at the next level. Following Thursday’s workout -- which also featured two more possible top-100 picks in guard Nico Siragusa and cornerback Damontae Kazee -- Pumphrey shared that he has already met with representatives from the Cardinals, Cowboys, Lions, Chargers and Jets. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/17 - Hunter Dimick, rSr/2017, Utah, 6-3, 268 (DS#17 DE) Utah Pro day: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles will almost surely be the first Ute selected this year, with guard Isaac Asiata and safety Marcus Williams likely following close behind. All three currently rank among my top 64 prospects, but after turning heads in Indianapolis, all three focused on positional workouts, leaving the spotlight to fall on arguably this year’s biggest combine snub: edge rusher Hunter Dimick. The 6-3, 274-pound Dimick led the Pac-12 with 14.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2016 but was nevertheless not invited to the combine in large part because he lacks the desired length (including 31-inch arms) for NFL edge rushers. While his arms might be shorter than ideal, they certainly are powerful, as Dimick recorded 38 reps on the bench press Thursday, three more than Asiata’s combine-best 35 a few weeks ago. Dimick also proved quicker than expected in the 40-yard dash, registering a time in the low 4.7s, according to a source on the scene. Despite the fact that he was not invited to the combine, Dimick currently ranks 19th among defensive ends and a solid Day 3 value. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/17 - *Charles Harris, rJr/2017, Missouri, 6-3, 253 (DS#5 DE) Missouri Pro day: He won’t generate the same sort of attention as Thursday’s skill position talent, but talented edge rusher Charles Harris certainly boosted his chances at earning a first-round selection. The 6-3, 253-pound Harris added 5 1/2 inches to the 32-inch vertical jump he posted in Indianapolis and was clocked at 7.05 seconds in the three-cone drill. Even better, his explosiveness and competitiveness were just as obvious during positional drills, which were run by a member of the Lions -- a club looking for a complement to former first-round pick Ziggy Ansah. The trademark burst that helped Harris record 16 sacks over the past two seasons against SEC completion was clear during pass rush drills, as was his balance and flexibility while running the arc. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/17 - Francis Owusu, Sr/2017, Stanford, 6-2, 221 (DS#50 WR) Stanford Pro day: While Stanford’s superstars certainly were the big story in Palo Alto, wide receiver Francis Owusu enjoyed the type of workout that will force scouts to take a closer look. The 6-2, 223-pound wideout was reportedly clocked as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 39-inch vertical jump. Owusu, the younger brother of former Stanford and NFL receiver Chris Owusu, caught just 34 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns over his career. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/17 - *Solomon Thomas, rSo/2017, Stanford, 6-3, 273 (DS#2 DE) Stanford Pro day: Thomas was arguably just as impressive, demonstrating a unique blend of speed (4.69 in the 40-yard dash), power (30 repetitions of 225 pounds) and explosiveness (35-inch vertical) at 6-3 and 272 pounds that project well to any scheme. “It’s a blessing to be a tweener,” Thomas was quoted following the workout. “It’s an advantage to be versatile. It’s an advantage to play in any system. I can play in any system. I can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 [front].” Shanahan, whose 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick, agreed. “He can line up inside anywhere he wants,” Shanahan said. McCaffrey showed his electric lateral agility and burst during running back drills and caught the ball cleanly out of the backfield (including on wheel routes) and while taking kickoffs. He might lack the bulk of most running backs but his ability to be a weapon on all four downs makes him perfectly suited to today’s wide-open NFL, while Thomas’ burst, power and refined hands remind me a little of Rams star Aaron Donald. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com