Player Notes

  • Pauline: Nathan Stanley a Day 3 prospect
    Iowa senior QB Nathan Stanley is considered to be a Day 3 draft prospect by Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

    Advice: While some draft analysts believe that Stanley (6'4/243) is a Day 2/3 prospect, Pauline is firmly in the Day 3 camp. "Stanley is a tough, heady prospect, but his accuracy and pass placement leave a lot to be desired. I compare Stanley to a less accurate Ryan Finley, who was selected in the fourth round last April by the Cincinnati Bengals," Pauline wrote. Stanley's coming off of a junior season in which he completed 59% of his passes, throwing for 2,852 yards and 26 touchdowns with ten interceptions. The rising senior's completion percentage increased three percentage points from the number he put up as a sophomore, and Stanley will need to continue to make strides in order to improve his standing as a draft prospect. 39 minutes ago
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  • Tagovailoa has been cleaning up diet, habits
    Alabama junior QB Tua Tagovailoa has been on a strict diet this summer.

    Advice: Tua's father has put the quarterback through the conditioning and diet gauntlet, going so far as to confiscate his car keys at night in order to prevent any late night fast food binges during training. He has also been working on his strength training, right down to an Apple Watch for step-monitoring purposes (if you want to out-step Tua, his record for a day is 28,000, the equivalent of almost 15 miles walked). The offshoot of all of this is that Tagovailoa says that he feels healthier at this juncture than at any previous time in his college career. The junior was nagged by knee and ankle injuries down the stretch last season, lingering into the spring. He was dealing with minor hamstring tightness earlier this offseason, in addition, enough of a concern that it nixed him from serving as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. Tagovailoa, when right, is a star, but these little injury concerns add up, especially during the season. Alabama needs him right to make their title push. Today, 4:19 pm
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  • Bama WR Jerry Jeudy is 'addicted' to football
    Alabama junior WR Jerry Jeudy said, "I either watch film, train, or watch highlights. That’s mostly like my hobby is football. I won’t say I love football. I’ll say I’m addicted to it."

    Advice: The perfect "scouts are listening" answer. But Jeudy's comments are probably actually true. The potential top-five pick is one of the most intelligent receivers in recent memory and can run routes with the best of them. On top of that, Jeudy offers elite speed and tons of on-field production. There's basically zero holes in his games, making him as close to a first-round lock as a receiver can be before the college football season starts. Today, 11:30 am
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  • WR Isaiah Zuber 100% after hip surgery
    Mississippi State redshirt senior WR Isaiah Zuber is now healthy after undergoing offseason surgery.

    Advice: Zuber (6'0/183) went under the knife to repair an issue with his hip, but he's fully expected to be ready for the 2019 season opener. At Kansas State, Zuber was a moderate producer and he should slide into a near full-time role for the Bulldogs this season. In 2018, Zuber caught 52 passes for 619 yards and five touchdowns. That's likely his ceiling in the Mississippi State offense. Zuber is a UDFA-level prospect. Today, 11:12 am
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  • Brugler: RB Zack Moss is 'a terrific talent'
    The Athletic's Dane Brugler called Utah senior RB Zack Moss "a terrific talent."

    Advice: Moss (5'10/215) was Brugler's RB2 going into November of last year, but a worrisome knee injury knocked him out of draft contention. If healthy -- and that's a big if -- Moss possesses Day 2 talent. It's just impossible to know if he actually is healthy right now. There is a good chance Moss exits Utah as the career leader in most rushing categories and he reportedly has a great personality off the field. Today, 11:07 am
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  • RB A.J. Dillon said he wasn't healthy in 2018
    Boston College junior RB A.J. Dillon said he wasn't healthy after Week 4 last year.

    Advice: This was evident #OnTape and his injuries, primarily his ankle, caused him to miss a few games. Despite the limitations, Dillon still turned in a nice season with 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2019, Dillon is expected to be one of the best backs in college football and should be, at minimum, a Day 3 prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. To help his outlook, Dillon needs to show more receiving work. Today, 10:44 am
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  • Doak Walker Watch List announced Wednesday
    The Doak Walker Watch List was announced on Wednesday.

    Advice: There were more than a few dozen running backs on the watch list, including eight Pac-12 running backs. One of those is sophomore RB Max Borghi, who "could be a very solid bell cow" this fall, according to ESPN's Edward Aschoff. Borghi should be a productive runner with high-end receiving production in the Washington State offense. The early favorites for the Doak Walker Award are Jonathan Taylor, Travis Etienne, Eno Benjamin, D'Andre Swift, and others. Today, 10:32 am
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  • FSU QB James Blackman is starting for now
    Florida State redshirt sophomore QB James Blackman will start the preseason with the first-team offense.

    Advice: Blackman (6'5/181) is considered the starting quarterback for now, but Alex Hornibrook isn't too far behind after impressing since transferring. Willie Taggart believes Blackman will face tough competition from the Wisconsin transfer and that pressure is likely to chase him into the 2019 season. Behind a questionable offensive line, it's not a lock that Blackman maintains his starting role for the entire season. This is a camp battle to watch. Today, 10:02 am
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  • ASU RB Eno Benjamin surprised Brugler
    The Athletic's Dane Brugler said Arizona State junior RB Eno Benjamin was the running back who he liked more than expected.

    Advice: D'Andre Swift out of Georgia is his RB1 entering the season, but Brugler believes Benjamin (5'10/201) can end up as a top-50 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Benjamin flirts with being "too small" but he's very elusive and can break arm tackles with underrated strength. The junior back also offers pass-catching ability, making him a potentially strong fit for the NFL. Today, 8:08 am
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  • Waddle, Ruggs, RBs candidates for Bama KR
    Alabama sophomore WR Jaylen Waddle is competing with Henry Ruggs and a few running backs for the kick returning job.

    Advice: Nick Saban could pick any of these insane athletes and get high-end return production, but it's at least something to track. NFL scouts love to see versatility and returning kicks certainly counts. It also indicates athleticism -- we already knew these dudes are fast -- and that the player is trusted to not fumble. Overall, it's just the cherry on top of a draft profile. Today, 7:48 am
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  • Connelly calls Miami's weakness the pass
    ESPN's Bill Connelly believes Miami's biggest weakness is "the forward pass."

    Advice: And that's not up for debate. Last year, Miami finished 113rd in passing yards per game (167.3) and 81st in passing touchdowns per game (1.5). It seems like there's only one way to go from here and that's up, but the 2019 quarterback depth chart doesn't exactly make us confident there will be a big leap forward. Instead, Miami should be a solid run and defend team in the ACC. They aren't considered a threat to Clemson, however. Today, 7:32 am
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  • WR Tyler Johnson's 'suddenness translates'
    PFF's Austin Gayle said Minnesota senior WR Tyler Johnson's "suddenness translates after the catch."

    Advice: Gayle and Jesse Reeves went through the positives (a lot) and the negatives (not many) of Johnson's game, and Johnson's suddenness was a clear talking point. Johnson can win off the line of scrimmage and can separate at breaks during his route. PFF and the analytics community is going to be high on the Minnesota senior during the pre-draft process, especially if he cleans up his drop rate. Johnson has top-50 overall potential. Yesterday, 7:04 pm
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  • Brugler: TCU's Darius Anderson is senior RB8
    The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranks TCU senior RB Darius Anderson as the No. 8 senior running back in the 2020 NFL Draft class.

    Advice: The Horned Frogs have two top-10 senior backs on the roster, according to Brugler's rankings. The other is freak athlete Sewo Olonilua. Both Olonilua and Anderson (5'11/212) are fringe Day 3 prospects right now, and they could be cannibalizing each other's upside. Last year, Anderson saw 124 carries, averaging your standard 4.8 yards per carry with three touchdowns. That production makes Anderson a UDFA candidate. Yesterday, 5:43 pm
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  • Waldman finds 2 ways Tee Higgins can improve
    Film grinder Matt Waldman believes Clemson junior WR Tee Higgins needs to learn to track deep balls deeper in his route.

    Advice: In terms of height and speed, Higgins (6'4/210) is a special college receiver and a potentially special NFL prospect, but there are ways he can go from a Day 1/2 prospect to a Day 1 lock. One way is by manipulating defenders on deep routes. Waldman notes that Higgins should keep his head down to separate even more and that he needs to get his hands elevated at the catch point. While this is somewhat nitpicking, these details are what will separate this stacked receiver class. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
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  • Reporter offers 63-804-10 projection for Redd
    The Athletic's Tyson Alger offers a 63-804-10 receiving line prediction for Oregon junior WR Jaylon Redd.

    Advice: Getting stat projections from reporters is a gold mine, and this projection definitely makes some sense given the available production with the loss of Dillon Mitchell. Now, not all of Mitchell's targets will go to Redd with transfer Juwan Johnson in town, but there should be enough opportunity for Redd to break out if he's truly talented. Alger notes Redd is by far the most comfortable with Justin Herbert, which obviously helps his case. Consider the 63-804-10 projection as more of a best-case scenario. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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  • Tenn WR Marquez Callaway on Senior Bowl radar
    Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy said Tennessee senior WR Marquez Callaway is "definitely intriguing."

    Advice: Callaway (6'2/200) hasn't fully broken out, but he at least has two 400-yard seasons with a career 16.3 yards per reception average. The senior is likely a 750-yard season away from a Senior Bowl invite, but that's not a guarantee given the limited production. One way Callaway can improve is by showing more ability to win underneath. Thus far, Callaway has mainly spread defenses vertically. Yesterday, 4:40 pm
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  • ISU RB Breece Hall is 1-of-5 listed starters
    Iowa State freshman RB Breece Hall is listed as one of five starters.

    Advice: Just five? Why not more? Of the group, Hall (6'0/215) is the most intriguing with a four-star recruiting profile. Built with size and with athleticism, Hall could emerge as the lead back later in the season if the Cyclones opt to start a more experienced player early one. But Hall has the upside to leap into a watered-down version of David Montgomery's role operating as a nice skill position player for quarterback Brock Purdy. Hall is a freshman to watch and a deep sleeper for college fantasy football leagues. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
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  • Texas HC: RB Jordan Whittington is phenomenal
    Texas HC Tom Herman said freshman RB Jordan Whittington is "phenomenal."

    Advice: Nothing like a little coach speak to get us through July, but this comment just may be true. Whittington (6'1/198) is a four-star athlete with experience as both a running back and receiver. At Texas, he'll be a back who should pick up a couple dozen receptions per season once he's the lead back. Keaontay Ingram is expected to be the leader for 2019, but Whittington could eventually take over. 247Sports has compared Whittington to Ty Montgomery. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
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  • WVU QB Jarret Doege 'could' gain eligibility
    West Virginia junior QB Jarret Doege "could receive a waiver that would let them play in the upcoming season."

    Advice: This is not official, at all. But it's interesting that the team thinks this is a possibility. Even if he is granted eligibility, he's not likely to be much of a factor in 2019 with Austin Kendall on the roster, but it does add more competition to the group. Last year, Doege threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,660 yards across 12 games. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
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  • Minnesota RB Nolan Edmonds retires
    Minnesota redshirt sophomore RB Nolan Edmonds medically retired.

    Advice: Edmonds (5'11/200) redshirted last year and was limited all this spring. It's an unfortunate turn of events with years left of eligibility. Edmonds' career ends with zero carries. As for Minnesota, this has zero effect on their depth chart. The Golden Gophers are loaded at running back. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
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