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    130.S Ed Reynolds, Stanford 6'1" 207

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 62. *Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford, 6-2, 206, 4.54, 2...Reynolds is physical, instinctive and has lanky build that teams like for at the position. Shows ability to handle athletic tight ends, which is becoming more important every year in the NFL. Had only one highly-productive season in terms of creating turnovers while playing on a defense with dominant front seven. Father, also Ed Reynolds, was an NFL linebacker for New England and the New York giants (1983-92). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    01/14/14 - Reynolds Headed to Draft...Ed Reynolds has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, as announced Tuesday by the Stanford senior free safety. The All-American from Stoneville, N.C., will re-enroll into Stanford for the spring quarter and return again during the offseason to complete work toward his degree in political science. “After much thought and discussion with my family and mentors, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft,” Reynolds said. “I would to thank the Stanford football family for putting me in this position and preparing me for the next level. A very special thanks to our coaching staff, support staff and my teammates for making the memories of these past four years last a lifetime. “I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere gratitude to the Stanford community for its support during my time on The Farm. A better script could not have been written for my experience at Stanford as a student-athlete.”
    Reynolds was third among Stanford defenders in 2013 with 87 tackles, adding four breakups, five passes defended and one interception. He was a pivotal cog in a defensive unit that ranked third nationally in rushing defense (89.4 yards/game), seventh in tackles for loss (7.8/game) and 16th in total defense (343.1 yards/game). Reynolds shelved in the accolades during his final season on The Farm, garnering All-America honors from the FWAA (second team), CBSSports.com (first team) and SI.com (honorable mention). The Pac-12 recognized Reynolds as a first team all-conference safety. The Lott IMPACT Award semifinalist also earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic second team. As a junior in 2012, Reynolds had a team-high six interceptions, the most by a Stanford player since Jim Kaffen’s seven in 1973. - Stanford football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=FS

    Strengths
    Good size to contend with tight ends. Reads the quarterback and displays good instincts and anticipation. Showed ballhawking skills as a junior. Functional range off the hash. Wrap tackler. Has NFL bloodlines.
    Weaknesses
    Small hands. Very average play speed, twitch and flexibility. Unsudden change of direction. Lacks burst to close suddenly or recover when beat. Occasionally loses field leverage and takes some inaccurate angles. Leaks yards after contact. Misses too many tackles in the open field and can be run over (see Utah). Can be manipulated by quarterbacks. Limited experience in man coverage. Poor leaping ability. Appeared extremely rigid in positional workout at pro day.
    Draft Projection
    Rounds 6-7
    Bottom Line
    Big, assignment-sound, Cover-2 safety who brings a dependability factor, but lacks ideal athletic ability and physicality. Is the type you look to replace as a starter, but could have longevity as a backup.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profil...lds?id=2543656
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    131.QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh 6'4" 228

    03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Pittsburgh DT Donald continues climb...Quarterback Tom Savage, who could be a late-round riser, went through a scripted workout of 100 passes. Savage (6-4, 228), has the arm strength to be at least a quality backup. A two-time transfer, Savage said he patiently explains to scouts that his travels should not be a red flag. But his limited experience against FBS defenses do complicate Savage's evaluation. Savage, who also attended Rutgers and Arizona, said it doesn't have to be a negative.
    "I've been in three different systems, probably four or five different offensive coordinators. I don't even know anymore I've been to so many schools," Savage said. "You kind of have to pick it up on the run. You have to learn on your own. At Pittsburgh, I had to walk on and earn my spot. I had to pick up the offense and learn it by myself. Being ineligible you can't offer to much to the team. You really have to grind in the film room and pick it up on your own, kind of like the NFL will be. There will be veterans that know the playbook. They're not going to slow down for some rookie." - The Sports Xchange
    02/17/14 - In that (Nov. 23 Syracuse) game, Savage took a vicious hit in the ribs but played through the pain. A week later, he threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Miami. Then, in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Bowling Green on Dec. 26, Savage was hit near the same spot and was forced to leave the game with fractured ribs and, as it turned out, a bruised kidney. At halftime, he said he discovered blood in his urine. That forced him to set aside his courage and let backup quarterback Chad Voytik finish the game. “When I saw that, I said, ‘All right. You have to pull back.' “It was better for the program for Chad (a redshirt freshman) to get to play. It gave everyone a confidence boost for next season.” But it didn't help Savage, who was forced to turn down an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game. He also couldn't serve as an alternate for the Senior Bowl.
    Instead, he put his workout schedule on hold for two weeks to rest and recuperate. He said he is healed and ready for the combine and a return to Pittsburgh on March 3 for Pitt's pro day. While working out with former NFL quarterback Travis Brown, he has learned that a strong arm — and he has one — isn't enough. “A lot of guys in the NFL can throw the ball 70 yards,” Savage said. “The tough thing is doing it with people in your face.” Working with Brown almost every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., he is trying to improve his footwork. “I want to quicken up my feet, quicken my game up in general,” he said. - Jerry DiPaola, Tribune-Review
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=QB

    STRENGTHS: Big, tall strong-armed gunslinger who can make all the throws from the pocket, with a quick, fluid throwing motion. Could have the strongest arm in the 2014 class. Consistent drop exhibiting light feet to slide and move within the pocket. Senses pressure to side-step or elude to buy time. Leads receivers nicely on crossing routes, slants and out routes. Will drop it in the bucket. Impressive strength to drag or shrug off bigger defensive linemen and break tackles. Not an elite athlete but has a quick enough first step to escape the pocket with better-than-average acceleration for his size.
    WEAKNESSES: Will overpower shorter-range throws that call for more touch. Passes tend to hang when he throws on the run. Won with arm strength in college, staring down his target from the snap without repercussions. Must learn to read and move defensive backs to create openings. Played only one year at Pittsburgh after a couple of transfers (Rutgers to Arizona to Pitt) and body of work is limited.
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    132.RB Devonta Freeman, Florida St. 5'8" 206

    01/11/14 - Report: Florida State's Devonta Freeman to enter NFL Draft...Another Florida State player is leaving school early to join the NFL Draft. The latest is running back Devonta Freeman. According to a report from ESPN, Freeman will make an official announcement on Monday. The report says Freeman received a third-round grade from the draft advisory committee, which matches up with CBSSports.com's projection for him. Whereever Freeman winds up, he won't be so easily replaced in Tallahassee. Freeman led Florida State in rushing this season with 1,016 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 278 yards and a score. Freeman becomes the fourth underclassmen to leave Florida State this year, joining fellow running back James Wilder, receiver Kelvin Benjamin and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
    12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Devonta Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=RB

    Strengths
    Well-built with a compact frame. Very good eyes and lateral agility in the hole -- shimmies through small spaces and can create yardage where there is none. Squares his shoulders to the line and runs efficiently. Good lower-body strength, surprising power and superb balance. Tough and runs hard. Catches outside his frame and can make the difficult catch. Strong and nifty after the catch. Reliable in pass protection. Terrific competitor. Extremely durable and never missed a game. Works at his craft and is a student of the game.
    Weaknesses
    Lacks ideal size and power for a bellcow back and does not run heavily between the tackles. Does not possess home-run speed. Ran behind one of the most talented offensive lines in college football in an offense stacked with talent. Has been nagged by back injuries.
    Draft Projection
    Rounds 2-3
    Bottom Line
    Compactly built, downhill slasher with the agility and balanced skill set to emerge as a workhorse back. Earned the top assignment in a very talented backfield and has a similar build, running style and all-around utility as San Francisco 49ers 2005 third-round pick Frank Gore. Could prove to be a better pro than college player.
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    133.WR T.J. Jones, Notre Dame 6'0" 188

    01/13/14 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 6. WR T.J. Jones, Notre Dame (6-0, 195, 4.54, #7)...With Tyler Eifert gone, Jones stepped up and led the Irish in receiving this past season, finishing his senior year with a career-best in catches (70), receiving yards (1,108) and touchdowns (9). He's a natural plucker with strong hands and projects as a down-the-road starter at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/24/13 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR TJ Jones (Sr.) Notre Dame,...Jones anchors the Notre Dame wide receiver corps. He leads the Irish in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Jones is the seventh wide out in school history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. His 65 catches, 1,042 yards and nine touchdown catches rank ninth, eighth and tied for ninth, respectively, in single-season school history.
    Jones has recorded 100-yard receiving games on five different occasions in 2013 - tied for the fourth-most in school history. He also registered a touchdown grab in seven consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in school history. Jones' career totals are equally impressive. He has caught 176 passes for 2,363 yards and 19 touchdowns. Jones ranks third in school history for all-time receptions, sixth in all-time receiving yards and tied for sixth in all-time touchdown catches. - Notre Dame football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=WR

    Strengths
    Fluid movement with good balance and body control. Releases cleanly and accelerates off the line. Excellent route runner. Sinks his hips and gets in and out of cuts cleanly to create separation. Adjusts to throws and has soft, reliable hands. Exhibits field awareness and is quarterback friendly. Quick and slippery after the catch. Comes from football family. Durable and experienced. Mature, likeable, intelligent team captain.
    Weaknesses
    Could stand to add some body armor and improve functional strength. Average physicality. Lacks elite top-end speed. Not exceptionally explosive, nor is he a go-up-and-get-it guy. Limited kick-return experience.
    Bottom Line
    Athletic, smooth-moving, polished receiver who runs crisp routes, has terrific hands and boasts NFL bloodlines. Balanced skill set, dependability and versatility will be valued at the next level, where he could be a productive No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in a sophisticated passing system. Arrow pointing up.
    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...nes?id=2543836
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    134.TE Crockett Gilmore, Colorado St. 6'6" 260

    01/25/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Helped Themselves: Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State - Gilmore came in late to the Senior Bowl as an injury replacement but the former defensive end impressed scouts immediately with his size and overall athleticism. He really caught fire during Thursday's practice, extending to haul in an impressive touchdown and continued his stellar play in the game itself. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/18/13 - 2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): TE Crockett Gillmore, Sr., Colorado State,...Gillmore earned all-conference honors after hauling in 43 receptions for 533 yards. The 533 yards are the fourth-most in a single season by a CSU tight end and it is a figure that ranks as the ninth-most nationally among NCAA FBS tight ends. His blocking has also dramatically improved, helping the Rams rush for 202.7 yards per game. - Colorado State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=TE

    STRENGTHS: Good size potential. Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and a thick lower half. Has improved as a route-runner, showing a nice shoulder-dip to slip past defenders at the line of scrimmage, as well as fair agility, balance and burst to create separation.
    Natural hands for the reception. High-points passes, showing impressive hand-eye coordination, timing on his leap and overall body control. Competitive blocker who gets a solid initial shove on the defender and works to sustain. Shows some nastiness as a blocker, knocking defenders to the ground when he senses them off-balance.
    WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal initial burst off the snap and is only a fair athlete, overall. Lumbers a bit off the line of scrimmage, showing only average top-end speed. Doesn't explode out of his cuts, struggling to create consistent separation against man coverage. Could use more upper body development.
    COMPARES TO: Jeff King, Arizona Cardinals - Gillmore isn't an elite athlete who will zip past NFL defenders, but even when he's covered closely his hand-eye coordination and big, soft mitts make him a solid short-yardage and red-zone target worthy of a roster spot.
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    Curious i just saw Erik Swoope declared having zero football experience before. How many solid TEs have been bball players before going nfl with no football experience before. And how does Swoope fare?
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    135.OG John Urschel, Penn St. 6'3 313

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 4. Wiz kid could challenge Wonderlic. The NFL says the famed Wonderlic isn't an intelligence test, but Penn State right guard John Urschel is smart enough to recognize the exam for what it is. This year's recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation's top football scholar-athlete is smart enough to recognize plenty of things. He earned a 4.0 GPA while receiving his Master's Degree in Mathematics in May, and spent his off-time teaching a class (Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry) to fellow Penn State students.
    Further, he had a paper published -- "Instabilities of the Sun-Jupiter-Asteroid Three Body Problem" -- last spring in the journal, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. Math is one of several content areas found on the Wonderlic and therefore it is possible that Urschel may not get a perfect score. If he doesn't, I'm pretty confident that with a series of pie charts and bar graphs, he'll be to convince us that his test was actually better than perfect and that the whole 100 percent idea is actually throwing off his Bell curve. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): John Urschel, Penn State, Guard...Urschel has started all 24 games at right guard the past two seasons. He was instrumental in helping Hackenberg break several school freshman and all-time game and season passing records and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton combine to rush for 1,792 yards this season. Urschel joins Jeff Hartings (1993-95) and Stefen Wisniewski (2009-10) as the Nittany Lions' offensive linemen to earn multiple first-team All-Big Ten accolades. - Penn State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OG

    Strengths
    Highly intelligent -- will be successful with or without football. Engages quickly. Good leverage, balance and body control. Works his feet and hips to position and seal. Can pull and trap and work up to the second level very quickly. Protects with awareness. Shuffles, slides and mirrors. Three-year starter. Team captain. Sparkling intangibles. Well-versed in a pro-style offense having played for newly minted Texans coach Bill O'Brien.
    Weaknesses
    Lacks ideal size and plays short-armed. Functional strength is just adequate -- gets pushed back. Is not explosive or powerful. Lets defenders cross his face and struggles to reach. Athletic ability is average.
    Bottom Line
    Underpowered, quick-footed, scrappy, zone blocker with the smarts, movement skill and competitive zeal to emerge as a very efficient pro. Displays the quickness highly desired at the pivot and might prove to be best at center.
    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...hel?id=2543845
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick1 View Post
    Curious i just saw Erik Swoope declared having zero football experience before. How many solid TEs have been bball players before going nfl with no football experience before. And how does Swoope fare?
    I would say the odds are stacked against him, but who knows? Gates and Gonzalez made the transition, but they had at least some experience with the game.
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    136.OT Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee 6'6" 311

    04/04/14 - Week 5 Pro Day Takeaways: While junior left tackle Antonio Richardson has received the most fanfare, it was senior right tackle Ju'Wuan James who turned in the best workout, demonstrating the impressive fluidity and balance which helped him start all 49 games of his collegiate career.
    12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Ja'Waun James, Tennessee, 6-6, 316, Sr,...Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. James started all 49 games of his college career, all at right tackle. With 49 starts, the Suwanee, Ga., native set the record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history, passing Jeff Smith (48). His 49 games played, stands second to former teammate and 2013 Senior Bowl invitee Dallas Thomas (50) for most games played on the offensive line at Tennessee. - Tennessee football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OT

    Strengths
    Outstanding size, girth and overall body mass. Good hand placement. Can steer and control blockers once he gets his hands on them. Very patient pass protector. Matches up very well vs. size and power (see Alabama). Battle-tested, experienced four-year starter in the SEC. Outstanding personal and football character. Very smart, mature and highly respected.
    Weaknesses
    Raw footwork. Has a lot of heaviness in body and can improve sustain. Lumbers to the second level and struggles to cut off and adjust to moving targets. Does not roll off the ball with power and generate strength or movement in the run game.
    Bottom Line
    Big, strong, heavy pass protector with good balance, anchor strength and hand use to handle power and speed. Does not affect the run game the same way and almost appears more destined for the left side in the pros. Has instant-starter potential.
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    137.C Chris Elkins, Youngstown State 6' 2" 289

    01/03/14 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Chris Elkins, Youngstown State, Sr.,...Elkins had a standout senior campaign for the Penguins and was named second-team All-America by The Associated Press and third-team by The Sports Network. He was a two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree. - Youngstown State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...=2014&genpos=C

    Strengths
    Plays with leverage and competes. Able to bend his knees and work his hips. Nice mobility to the second level. Durable, experienced team captain with 38 career starts. Has played center and guard. Assignment-sound, consistent performer who did not allow a sack as a senior. At his pro day, had outstanding 40-yard time (4.98 seconds) and three-cone drill time (7.33 seconds), which would have led all guards at the combine.
    Weaknesses
    Plays short-armed and hand strength is just pedestrian. Does not jolt or control defenders. Could stand to improve his balance. Cannot overpower interior defenders and could struggle to anchor against widebodies.
    Draft Projection
    Priority free agent
    Bottom Line
    Left-handed, scrappy positional blocker who will have to prove versatile enough to provide depth at more than one interior position to give himself a chance to stick in a zone-blocking scheme.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profil...ins?id=2543887
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