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He is considered a senior so will be in draft. Think he could have applied for a medical hardship to stay in college another year, but don't believe he has done so.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000587386/article/tracking-underclassmen-intentions-for-2016-nfl-draft

He's not on the "Notable seniors leaning toward draft entry rather than applying for medical hardship waiver" section, but rather the "Intending on early draft entry" list. It may not be right though. I guess we'll see.

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He is considered a senior so will be in draft. Think he could have applied for a medical hardship to stay in college another year, but don't believe he has done so.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000587386/article/tracking-underclassmen-intentions-for-2016-nfl-draft

He's not on the "Notable seniors leaning toward draft entry rather than applying for medical hardship waiver" section, but rather the "Intending on early draft entry" list. It may not be right though. I guess we'll see.

he's on the Official Senior Bowl Roster: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000626557/article/2016-reeses-senior-bowl-rosters

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that word at the Senior Bowl is that "MSU teammates have been less than effusive in their praise of [Michigan State QB] Connor Cook."

Cook, himself, is not at the Senior Bowl, as he opted to skip the annual post-post season event due to the shoulder injury he struggled with down the 2015 stretch run. Rumblings about the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Spartan's personality issues have been widely publicized, from his Big Ten Championship Game snub of Archie Griffin to the beginning of the season when he wasn't named a team captain. To this point, though, his Spartan teammates have at least been publicly supportive, with LB Darien Harris calling the talk "blasphemous" before adding that he's a "great guy who comes from a great family." Harris made his comments last week. NFL teams will be questioning Cook on his personality issues (perceived or otherwise) as the draft process commences in full. We doubt this is the last you'll hear of Cook's more prickly aspects.

Source: Tony Pauline on Twitter

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Cook sounds like Jake Locker part 2 to me.

Let's see: Appears to be a tool. Bad collegiate completion %. Numbers didn't improve from 1st season as starter to 3rd.

People are going to line up to NOT like him. He's going to be one of those guys that NO ONE will mock to their favorite team.

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2016 Senior Bowl: Monday Rumor Mill

By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

With all the general managers, coaches and scouts in attendance for the Senior Bowl, there is a lot of chatter going around. Here are some of the highlights from the rumor mill on Day 1.

  • One area scout of a team picking in the top 10 that doesn't need a quarterback was gushing over North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The team has given him a first-round grade and thinks that Wentz is the real deal. They say that Wentz has a good arm, size and athleticism, and they love him off the field. They like his pocket presence, field vision, experience under center, making play calls in the huddle, and potential to grow in the NFL. The scout said that he will fill out his frame in a NFL strength and conditioning program. That area scout said the big challenge for Wentz will be the drastic change in the speed of the game coming from North Dakota State's opponents compared to the NFL. This week at the Senior Bowl could vault Wentz high in the first round.

  • How high? Extremely high. In speaking with sources at the Browns, Wentz is definitely in play with Cleveland. He's viewed as a first-rounder despite a small sample size of starts in college. Sources say the Browns really like Wentz. There are some who believe that Wentz is the best quarterback prospect and they say the only reason why Wentz isn't the consensus No. 1 quarterback is the helmet he wears (i.e. coming from a small school). Assuming the Browns move on from Johnny Manziel and draft a quarterback, it sounds like they are focused on Wentz or Cal quarterback Jared Goff. Both are rated ahead of Memphis' Paxton Lynch, and Wentz could be the early lean.

  • Sources from one team picking high in the first round that is in the market for defensive back with their top selection said that Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple is behind Florida's Vernon Hargreaves and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey. Those evaluators say that Apple has a lot of talent with size and speed, but happens to be very raw. They say he is very "handsy" with receivers downfield and is always grabbing at them while they run their routes. They feel that until Apple is developed and coached up, he is going to get flagged a lot. It is understandable that Apple is a work in progress considering he is only a redshirt sophomore. Now, all that being said, other teams could disagree, as we've documented that there are some wide ranges in the draft grade of Ramsey.

  • Sources with multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that Florida's Keanu Neal could be in the running to be the first safety selected, if you count Florida State's Jalen Ramsey as a cornerback. Neal has impressed teams with his combination of size and speed. A team picking high in the second round that could consider a safety said that there is the possibility that Neal could go in the late first. They believe he is going to be a Combine standout who could become a hot prospect. Teams also really like Neal off the field.

    Team sources say that it is wide open to figure out who is the top safety prospect. West Virginia's Karl Joseph is really liked by teams, but he's coming off a season-ending injury. Thus, Neal could be the first true safety drafted.

  • Sources with multiple teams have been extremely critical of Penn State head coach James Franklin and his handling of quarterback Christian Hackeneberg. Just to be clear, none of these sources are with the Houston Texans. They say that Franklin was a terrible coach for Hackenberg. These sources have known Franklin for years and feel he is responsible for a lot of the problems with Hackenberg. Franklin tore down Hackenberg and hurt his confidence. They say that Franklin is a rah-rah type of coach who showed a lot of favoritism toward the players he brought to Penn State over the players he inherited from Bill O'Brien and Joe Paterno. On top of Franklin's poor handling, Hackenberg was sacked 103 times in his 38 collegiate games with the vast majority of those sacks coming in the two seasons with Franklin. The offensive line was pathetic, but teams feel that Franklin set up Hackenberg for some failure because he tried to fit a square peg into a round hole from a scheme perspective. They feel a good coach would have adapted their scheme to Hackenberg and the other pro-style players O'Brien cultivated. They say that Franklin never embraced Hackenbarg as his guy to lead the program.

    The sources from these teams already have franchise quarterbacks and were just calling it like they see it. They believe that Hackenberg could get selected on Day 2. Some around the believe still think that Hackenberg could go late in the first round because there are so many teams that are utterly desperate to land a franchise quarterback.

  • One quarterback who made a huge mistake in not taking part in the Senior Bowl was Michigan State's Connor Cook. Teams have really soured on Cook, on the field and off of it. At the East-West Shrine, I caught up with Michigan State linebacker Darien Harris and asked him about Cook not being voted a team captain.

    "He was a captain whether he had the title or not," said Harris. "He was a leader on the team. I love him like a brother as does the rest of the team and the coaching staff. We wouldn't have been as successful as we were without Connor Cook under center."

    I also asked Harris if there was any truth to the talk that Cook was a bad teammate and disliked in the locker room.

    "Not at all. I don't buy any of that. I feel like as he is my brother and he is family to me, I feel like it is my obligation to try and kill some of that noise. Hopefully I've been able to do that by getting people to understand that inside that locker room we loved him. He was the best quarterback in the country. No doubt about it."

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Stanford G Joshua Garrett said that QB Kevin Hogan, "Knows everything, even OL techniques."

Garnett noted that you "can't stump [Hogan] on a football question." If the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Cardinal hopes to crack an NFL roster as a potential backup gunslinger, his game smarts will be what push him over the top more than his measurables. This past season, he threw for 2,867 yards (67.8% completions, 9.4 YPA) with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio. While Hogan was rarely asked to carry the team during his time at Stanford, he set personal bests for touchdown passes, completion percentage, yards per attempt and quarterback rating in 2015, making himself into a likely mid-to-late round draftable commodity in the process. He'll be playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Source: Eric Edholm on Twitter

Jan 26 - 10:14 PM

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Ohio State WR Braxton Miller indicated that he never gave serious thought to transferring to Alabama.

It's all moot now, but with the ascension of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones during the 2014 season, there was much talk that Miller might transfer from the Buckeyes last offseason. That didn't happen. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder instead transitioned over to wide receiver with Ohio State and went on to catch 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns during the 2015 campaign. He's at the Senior Bowl now, and boy howdy, people are high on him. Among the praise that he's received during the early practice week, CBS Sports Dane Brugler said that "when it comes to athletes at North practice, it's Braxton Miller and then everyone else" while Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas wrote "other wideouts don't compare to Braxton Miller in agility drills. Amazing athlete."

Source: Dan Kadar on Twitter

Jan 26 - 9:49 PM

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Hunter Henry - TE - Razorbacks

In his most recent listing of the Top-32 NFL draft prospects, ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Arkansas TE Hunter Henry at No. 19.

One question entering this spring's draft is how the tight end position will fare given that it's not viewed as a particularly stacked class (particularly with Alabama's O.J. Howard returning to school for the 2016 campaign). McShay's not shying away from slapping a high ranking on former Razorback Henry, though, writing that he "reads coverages well and has a good feel for finding the soft spots in zone coverage." The long-time ESPN analyst also loves Hunter's 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame because it helps him make plays down the seam, a must for any offensive-minded tight end at the NFL level. He caught 51 passes for 739 yards and a trio of touchdowns this past season. In early January, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tabbed him as a potential second-round pick. With Howard out of the picture, Henry has a very good chance to be the first at his position off the draft board come April.

Source: ESPN Insider

Jan 26 - 9:35 PM

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