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Alabama defensive line coach and top recruiter expected to leave

Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis is expected to leave or resign due to possible recruiting violations, the Tuscaloosa News has reported. 

Apparently Davis was being looked into not only internally but also by the NCAA into the possible transgressions. It is not known which players he was recruiting at the time that the possible transgressions took place.

If Davis left, it wouldn’t be his first departure from Alabama. Davis was hired in 2007 then left after the 2010 season for Texas, stayed 3 years in Austin and then came back in 2014, where he has been ever since.

Both Nick Saban and players have been nothing but complimentary about their coach.

When Davis departs, it could set off a college football-wide domino effect – especially as Alabama is the biggest name in college football and would be a top spot for any top recruiter or defensive line coach.

Ed Orgeron, anybody?

 

Knoxville Police called Jones about rape investigations

A report from The Tennessean seems to show that police informed Tennessee coach Butch Jones that two of his players – AJ Johnson and Michael Williams – were being investigated for the rape of a female student.

Both Johnson and Williams were later charged.

The paper said: “The players first heard the news from their Tennessee football coaches — in Johnson’s case, four hours before police showed up at the scene of the alleged crime to question him“, quoting sources.

According to the report, Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch and another detective called Jones out of professional courtesy. Rausch has said that such a call in commonplace at Tennessee when there has been a potential crime involving an athlete, but has denied that such a call would tarnish an investigation — even though there are several ways in which it could do.

In this case, it gave the accused players the time to make a series of calls to each other, to potential witnesses, and to obtain lawyers, according to sources,” the paper said, adding that a representative of Knoxville Police Department called Jones at 8.40 am to alert him of the Johnson investigation. Two minutes later  – and five hours before the police arrived – Jones called Johnson.

The Tennessean added: “Rausch called Jones at 8:38 a.m. — the first of four calls between the Knoxville police chief and the head UT football coach that day. Law enforcement experts not associated with the investigation called the calls “unusual” and said they were cause for concern.”

 

Spring Game Round-Up: Florida, Auburn, South Carolina

The round-up from the first two Spring Games in the SEC are this: Florida and South Carolina seem to have their starting quarterbacks in place, and Auburn doesn’t.

GATORS CHOMPING WITH DEL RIO

Florida fans are suddenly excited that in the post-Grier and (thankfully) post-Harris world, they suddenly looked as they have a starter for 2017: Luke Del Rio. And while Del Rio is hardly a new face in college football – he walked on at Alabama, transferred to Oregon State, then transferred to Florida in 2014, where he sat out a year. He’s now a graduate, and suddenly the face of Gators football. Del Rio went 10-11 for 176 yards and 2 TDs. Sure, the defense wasn’t exactly vintage Florida, but it still made the fans in The Swamp smile.

Also making fans smile is that the Gators seem to have a good ‘un in Kyle Trask, too. The three-star freshman threw for 74 yards and looked comfortable.

NOT making fans smile was Feliepe Franks, who was much-heralded after his decision to spurn LSU to come to Gainseville. Now, it’s a bit early to start discussing transfer papers with the kid, but the fanbase was hardly in adoration of his three interception effort. That puts him at the back of the line.

AUBURN NEEDS AN OFFENSE

Listen, we know that Auburn’s got talent….on the defensive side of the ball. Bruce Feldman on the Fox Sports College Football Podcast (which is awesome, by the way), said that Auburn’s defensive front three –  led by Carl Lawson – is among the best in the nation.

But offensively, they are a struggle.

At Auburn’s A-Day it was pointed out that neither Jeremy Johnson, Sean White or new arrival Jonathan Franklin separated themselves in the scrimmage. “I’m not concerned about nobody separating themselves on a day like this,” Malzahn said in a press conference. Which might be good for Gus, but not good for Tigers fans, who – the Montgomery Advertiser noted – saw the offense have NINE three-and-outs.

Some of that was blamed at the fact that quarterbacks couldn’t be tackled, meaning that Franklin couldn’t show his considerable speed outside of the pocket. The non-tackle rule on quarterbacks also annoyed many at Oklahoma, who watched former Texas A&M QB Kyler Murray drop jaws during the Spring Game. We also think that they were disgruntled because Murray’s not going to be eligible to play until 2017, either.

SOUTH CAROLINA’S EXCITED ABOUT THEIR FRESHMEN

South Carolina fans are pretty excited about their freshmen offensive players. Quarterback Brandon McIlwain lit up the Garnet and Black Game in Columbia, throwing for 169 yards and 2 TDs. What’s also got to excite new coach Will Muschamp and Carolina fans about McIlwain – who recruited as the second-best dual-threat quarterback, according to 24-7Sports, is the fact that there were no interceptions. Devin Dingle had over 70 yards receiving on just two receptions. Bryan Edwards had two touchdowns. Suddenly, Carolina’s looking good on that side of the ball, right?

Defensively, we don’t know much about this team. We know that they were awful in 2015 at stopping people – and was the offensive contribution due to that? The writers think not. David at Garnet & Black Attack said the Defensive Line actually gives him hope for the first time in years.

The one thing we missed was Steve Spurrier, who was probably watching golf at Augusta.

 

Former Vandy player found guilty of rape

Former Vanderbilt player Corey Batey was found guilty of the aggravated rape of a woman late on Friday night.

Batey had been convicted of the rape – which happened in 2013 – in an initial trial in 2015, but the decision was overturned and he was tried again this year. He was found guilty once again this year, and immediately taken into custody.

His teammate – Brandon Vandenburg – who also had his guilty conviction turned over in 2015 – will be re-tried in June. Two others – Brandon Banks and Tip McKenzie – have all been charged but it is not known when they will be tried, the Tennessean says. All four players were booted from the Vanderbilt team when the charges emerged by then-coach James Franklin.

Batey had been charged on seven counts of aggravated rape, and was found guilty of that as well as ‘lesser’ charges of aggravated sexual battery. We would go into details, but seriously – click on the link. It’s grotesque. Especially when you think that the woman that Batey did it to was unconscious at the time.

Batey’s lawyer, Courtney Teasley blamed the fact that he had been drinking and said that he had no memory of the incident, and then blamed Vandenburg for orchestrating the event, even calling him a “puppet master”. She pleaded leniency to the jury, who ignored her pleas.

Batey could be sentenced for 15-25 years. As could Vandenburg, Banks and McKenzie.

In the first trial, James Franklin – the then-coach at Vandy – testified at the first trial that he had originally told players that he had seen the video, but then – through his attorney – confessed that that was a lie. Franklin is now the head coach at Penn State.

 

NCAA bans Satellite Camps

wThe SEC and four other major conferences have voted against the idea of having satellite camps, securing dominance in some of the biggest recruiting lands in the USA.

The SEC, Big XII, Pac-12 and ACC all voted against the idea of the camps, which would see colleges be able to spread their wings to other states than their own in an effort to expand their footprint – like Michigan proposed doing with their satellite camp idea, which was going to host high school players around the states.

The new rule will not allow FBS schools to conduct camps ANYWHERE other than their “school facilities or facilities reguarly used for competition”, according to the Seattle Times.

The SEC wants to ensure the recruiting strongholds of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas are all focused towards them, while the Big XII also wants to make sure Texas will be virtually ‘safe’ from the recruiting attacks of a Michigan or Ohio State, as both schools look south to gain their advantages. The ACC keeps Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida and Virginia to themselves, while the Pac-12 keeps California.

A satellite camp by Michigan – and ones following up by an Ohio State would have hurt their strongholds – regardless of what the teams would have said.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at a press conference: “”I’m really not even thinking that it has that much value. What would be a more interesting question for you to research — and I can’t answer this — the teams that have done them, what value does it serve? How many players did they get? They had some players commit to them and some of those players decommitted, and I know they even wanted to drop some of those players when they found out they could get better players.”

He added: “”If everybody has a satellite camp, every player will have 62 camps to go to,” he said. “I don’t know how that works. The way it is right now if a player is interested and comes to your camp, he gets to see your campus, he gets to meet players, gets to work with your coaches a little bit more because he’s in your camp at your place. I think there’s a lot of value.”

Of course, you’d argue that if Michigan and Ohio State – and other B1G schools like Penn State and Maryland DID set up satellite camps – someone like Saban – would grudgingly get involved with an arms race….and probably win it. So would 13 other SEC schools, who have more money than any other conferences.

There has been the argument that the people who lose out on the satellite battle are the players – according to two Alabama high schools (Bob Jones and Prattville) that would have hosted Michigan camps. “Well, obviously it’s disappointing for us,” said Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose. “Because I thought it was a great opportunity for kids in north Alabama to get some exposure in front of the Michigan coaching staff. Maybe get an opportunity to earn a scholarship.” One of Bob Jones’ most famous recent alumnus is Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, who’s almost certainly going to be a Top 10 pick in this year’s NFL draft. Prattville had 13 players on Division 1-A rosters in 2015.

Who will win the SEC West QB battles?

Here are the QB battles from each of the SEC teams – even when they’re unwarranted (we see you, Ole Miss) before spring practices begins on March 1st.

Alabama

Blake Barnett vs Cooper Bateman vs David Cornwell 

The biggest conversation in college football will be about the Crimson Tide’s quarterback battle, and Barnett’s the big favorite to win it. He’s got the arm, and according to former QB Greg McElroy, played well on the scout team. Bateman’s speed gives the Tide options, too. Whatever happens, Lane Kiffin’s going to turn this QB into something special. Call him the QB whisperer.

Projected Winner: Barnett

Auburn

Jeremy Johnson vs Sean White vs Woody Barrett vs John Franklin III

After an awful quarterbacking season for Gus Malzahn’s quarterbacks, it’s not surprising when the head coach has said the competition is “wide open.” Frankly, we think that Johnson will get another chance to start, although Franklin’s track speed (he runs a 4.38 40) could be something to watch out for. Certainly he thinks so: “I feel like my speed alone seperates me from a lot of quarterbacks. The fact I have a cannon and can throw the ball a mile because I’ve been playing baseball all my life really helps, so I feel I’m the true definition of a dual-threat quarterback.” So he’s humble, too.

Projected Winner: Johnson

Arkansas 

Austin Allen vs Rafe Peavy vs Ty Storey vs Ricky Town

This is one of the most intriguing battles – especially with the talent on offer. Allen – brother of Razorbacks starting QB Brandon – has some monster assets, including a great arm. According to Saturday Down South, he’s already drawing comparisons to former UA great Ryan Mallett (hopefully this won’t continue to his professional career!). We love the battle that’s going to go on between Allen and Town, who couldn’t get the starting job at USC so promptly came south. Town was a former Alabama commit who decided to play for the Trojans. He was a four-star recruit – the 6th-ranked pro-style QB in the country by 24-7 Sports. If the two player as a dual pair, we hope to be hearing one of our favorite Billy Joel tunes….

Projected Winner: Town

LSU

Brandon Harris vs Danny Etling

It was thought that Harris would battle himself for the LSU starting job. But now Danny Etling’s transferred from Purdue via the graduate transfer, at least the battle’s medium (it’s certainly not hot). If Harris is awful in Spring Training, Etling’s job is his to lose. And if both are awful, they could lose Les Miles his job.

Projected winner: Harris

Ole Miss

Chad Kelly vs Shea Patterson

Kelly, last season’s incumbent, was one of the best quarterbacks in college football last season, so it’ll be difficult to see if this will be so much a battle as Patterson watching to see what Kelly does and learning from him. Oh, and rookie Patterson’s a five-star recruit and will fill in nicely next year. Talk about depth, Hugh Freeze. Last year’s competitors Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade have both left the school, with Buchanan deciding to concentrate on academics and Kincade off to Grambling State.

Projected Winner: Kelly

Mississippi State

Damian Williams vs Nick Fitzgerald vs Elijah Staley vs Nick Tiano

Replacing Dak Prescott is going to be really difficult for the Cowbellers. We all know that. Williams is seen as an early favorite thanks to his 6-1, 228lb build- which according to blog “For Whom The Cowbell Tolls” – compares him more to Dak’s predecessor Chris Relf or any imposing running back out there – while Fitzgerald’s a tiny 6-5, 227lb. Staley also plays for MSU’s basketball team. The blog hints that Fitzgerald should win the job, but God knows.

Projected Winner: Williams 

Texas A&M

Nick Starkel vs Jake Hubenak

Wow. This was very different a few months ago, when we could wait for the Spring battle between Kyler Murray and Kyle Allen. Unfortunately, Jake Spavital managed to enrage both camps, and they both transferred. Sumlin’s move of getting rid of Spavital was too late. Spavital’s now at Cal, so good luck Bears. Anyway, Starkel was a three-star QB while Hubenak has the in-game experience, having played 5 games for the Aggies, including starting the bowl loss to Louisville, where he had an OK game (302 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QB rating of 58.3). Hubenak might be the favorite in most camps because he’s got the experience, but Kevin Sumlin’s pretty good at throwing in freshmen…

Projected Winner: Hubenak

 

Jones denies Bowles allegations

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has denied allegations that he called former wide receiver Drae Bowles a “traitor” for helping a female student who was allegedly raped by two of his Volunteers teammates.

Jones said in a statement:The assertion that I ever attempted to belittle or demean a young man for taking action to help another person is absolutely false. To the contrary, I did all I could to assist the former student in question. During the course of the judicial process, campus officials, as well as the young man’s own words, will clearly establish that I have done nothing wrong. I will fight all of these false attacks on my character, and I know that once this process has been completed, my reputation will be affirmed.

 

 

Is Butch Jones in legal trouble at Tennessee?

Is Butch Jones in a huge amount of trouble at Tennessee?

Well, if the civil charges against him are true in a latest case, then yes.

Apparently, the Volunteers head coach called Drae Bowles – the player who helped a woman after she was allegedly raped by two teammates – and told him he had “betrayed the team”. He later called to recant, but it doesn’t change the fact that he initially did it.

Bowles had already been assaulted by teammate Curt Maggitt as retribution for his brave decision, according to the Tennessean.

This accusation comes just one day after Jones and his fellow UT coaches called a press conference to say how troubling all the accusations about the players were.

BOTTOM LINE: If Butch Jones knew about the rape and then knew about the assaults on Bowles, then he should be fired. 

Two more females sue Tennessee for covering up sexual assault

Two more females are suing Tennessee for covering up sexual assault or brushing it under the carpet.

In the new accusations the females attack Tennessee for allowing WR Von Pearson back on campus after “an internal investigation found that he had assaulted one of the new plaintiffs”.

According to the Tennesseean, they also say that UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek ignored warnings that Volunteer Hall was an unsafe place for females to go (I was going to use the words “rapists’ playground” but decided not to, because it’s not great journalism), and that the school allowed an underclassman with an arrest record to work at the school.

BOTTOM LINE: I’m not so worried about the final charge as I am about the first two. The lawsuits that are coming out against the school are making the place seem worse and worse. The school HAS to close down Volunteer Hall and make the football players go and live and work amongst other students, or simply raze the place to the ground and rebuild it. Sorry, but hard times equal hard measures.

 

SEC Players To Watch In The NFL Combine

Whoa. It’s the NFL Combine already? Wasn’t it just a minute ago we were thinking about Spring Games and Auburn had a ton of hope for Jeremy Johnson, and Alabama was worrying about who their quarterback would be, and Georgia was being talked about as a play-off contender?

Here’s the list of players, per SEC Country….

We’ll add a little bit about (most of) the players so you know a bit more about them…

Alabama
RB Kenyan Drake – There will be a lot of focus on his 40 and speed drills after Drake’s injury in 2014 to see if he’s FULLY returned. Drake’s numbers weren’t great last year due to the dominance of Derrick Henry.
RB Derrick Henry – 2015 Heisman winner. I expect him to kill it on the bench press, although not exactly move heads otherwise. That’s because those scouts who have seen him play will have seen him enough.
G Domenick Jackson – Part of a monster offensive line that helped Derrick Henry to a Heisman. Simple.
CB Cyrus Jones – This will be all about the 40-yard dash for this playmaker. We’re not quite sure about him in coverage, but we love him as a punt returner.
C Ryan Kelly – Intelligent and sure center. He’ll be tested on his bench press skills and will hope to interview well.
DE D.J. Pettway – Lucky enough to be a part of the Nick Saban Second Chance Club, he returned to be quite a leader on the Alabama defense despite the fact that many thought he shouldn’t be on the team at all. I’m still not sure about whether his past will play well with NFL coaches – even if his on-field talent makes him a 3-5 round pick. There may be too many red flags, though.
LB Reggie Ragland – The leader of the defense, winning SEC Defensive Player Of The Year. And it really wasn’t close. Ragland is so good, and the scouts will be just checking out the numbers to see if the projections of a first round are correct.
DT Jarran Reed – Exceptionally talented DT who made it impossible for running backs to have a good day. Smothered Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb, two of college football’s foremost running backs.
DT A’Shawn Robinson – A dominant defensive linesman who was part of an insanely good rushing defense at Alabama. The scouts will be drooling.

Arkansas
QB Brandon Allen – Allen led the SEC in passing efficiency rating, passing yards per attempt, and total yards per play, and threw for 3,550 yards last year. He’s definitely capable. It’ll be interesting in scouting interviews if also explains some inexplicably bad plays he had during the season – especially his red-zone play against Toledo.
RB Alex Collins – 12th all-time in the SEC in rushing yards (3,703) isn’t something to be sniffed at, and Collins’ rushing style could be best compared to Todd Gurley- expect we think Collins has more speed. Can’t wait to see that in the 40.
TE Hunter Henry  – We expect Henry – an All-American and receiver of the John Mackey Award for best tight end in the sport – to shine in the Combine. Has already been compared to Jason Witten. Not a bad comparison.
OT Denver Kirkland – Part of a monster offensive line for Bret Bielma that made the Razorbacks one of the best offenses in the SEC, but scouts are worried about his stiffness. Sounds like he’s needs Viagra.
G Sebastian Tretola – People think he’s a better O-Line option than Kirkland, thanks to his physicality, but like Kirkland, they worry about the fact that he’s too stiff. Did Bret Bielema not teach technique?
RB Jonathan Williams – Could have been one hell of a 1-2 punch for the Razorbacks if he hadn’t been injured before the season started. We will see how he’s recovered for the Combine.

Auburn
RB Peyton Barber – NFL scouts have already said that he’s got no “wow” factor. So he’ll need to find it in interviews and the 40.
OT Shon Coleman – Considering the fact that he overcame leukemia in 2012, it’s a miracle that Coleman’s coming to the Draft. NFL teams might hate him for that very reason, but we hope his bench press and agility numbers make the scouts’ mouth’s drop.
OLB Kris Frost – Yeah – so the scouts might keep on looking at what happened against LSU, and think: “I don’t want a guy like this.” He’s better have good explanations.
CB Jonathan Jones – Part of a horrible Auburn secondary, so we’re not holding out a lot of hope.
WR Ricardo Louis – Seen by many as the luckiest WR in college football after lucky helmet and hand bounces against Georgia and Alabama ended up in his hands, but really he’ll need a great 40 to make people perk up.
LB Cassanova McKinzy – Just read what it says about the LSU game.
WR D’haquille Williams – Yeah. We actually love Duke Williams, but he’s also a petulant pain in the ass. His vertical jump and skills might wow people, but the interviews would be great to be a fly-in-the-wall at.
OT Avery Young – A right tackle who started all his games for the Tigers.

Florida
DT Jonathan Bullard – Excellent tackler and all-SEC player. Should be great in the NFL.
CB Vernon Hargreaves – Can’t wait to see his vertical jump numbers for a player that we think was the best CB in college football for the last two years. All-time 2nd in SEC history in passes defended (27), and was a consensus All-American last year. He’s a freak.
DE Alex McCalister – NFL scouts would like to talk to McCalister about why he was booted from Gainseville for violating team rules probably more than they care about his stats. He did lead the team in sacks, though.
TE Jake McGee – Tremendous catcher who played four years at Virginia and Florida. Had 41 receptions, 381 yards and 4 TDs for the Gators.
LB Antonio Morrison – After his injury in 2014, there will be questions about his athleticism. He was another brilliant defensive player for Florida. 10th on the all-time SEC list for assisted tackles during his career, and had 96 tackles in 2015.
S Keanu Neal – Hard-hitting safety. In just 11 games he had 96 tackles, two sacks and an INT. Athletically excellent. We hope this translates to the Combine.
WR Demarcus Robinson – There’s no question about his speed, but are NFL teams really willing to take a chance on a player who was suspended four times in three seasons? I’m not sure.
RB Kelvin Taylor – Where Taylor excels is finding a hole and flying through it. We can’t wait for him at the Gators.

Georgia
DE Sterling Bailey – Didn’t exactly kick ass last year, so we’ll see if he blows people away at the Combine. He’ll need to.
OLB Leonard Floyd – Length won’t be a problem for Floyd, who’s a giant, but scouts will be worried about his thin frame. Needs to visit McDonald’s a lot.
FB Quayvon Hicks – Knee injury that made him miss Georgia’s bowl win over Penn State will be scrutinized by scouts. He will have to be exceptional at the draft to move himself up the FB draft board
OLB Jordan Jenkins – As Jenkins became the linebacker a lot of offensive co-ordinators wanted to avoid, Jenkins’ numbers fell, but don’t get us wrong- he was still really effective. Good speed numbers could vault him into the first round.
RB Keith Marshall – Questions will be about his speed, although there shouldn’t be anything about his heart after Marshall rebounded continuously from injuries. He might just impress enough to be 4-6 round pick.
DT Chris Mayes – Outside chance of his making the NFL.
WR Malcolm Mitchell – He’s a great wide receiver and was a lynchpin for Georgia’s receiving game in 2015 -even as things were going to the crapper offensively. The key will be his explosiveness and speed – the vertical jump shouldn’t be a problem.
OT John Theus – Seen as being a let-down since his arrival at Georgia, and there are worries about his strength.

Kentucky
LB Josh Forrest – Combine profile noted that Forrest had 9 broken tackles and 22 missed ones in the last two years. Had 93 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two INTs and a forced fumble.
S A.J. Stamps – 67 tackles and 1 INT. Down 10 tackles from 2014’s production of 67 (and 4 INTs). It’s said that he only has “fair” speed – so we’ll have to see his 40 and agility drills.

LSU
G Vadal Alexander – The labels on him are that he’s “slow” and one scout said he wasn’t a great blocker, either. We wait for his speed drills -although we have no doubt about his bench pressing drills. Height’s going to excite people – but we can’t stop thinking about his being a part of a LSU line that really wasn’t that great.
OT Jerald Hawkins – Hawkins has medical issues – he played with a bad foot and ankle  – and it’ll be interesting how great he’ll be at the Combine on speed drills.
OLB Deion Jones – The scouts love the athleticism on Jones, although the biggest questions will be his experience (he only started a year at LSU, which seems to send LBs to the draft every 5 minutes). He could well get drafted in the first two rounds – Mel Kiper’s saying that – and we’re expecting great things at the Combine.
S Jalen Mills – Can’t wait to see him in the agility drills. Also there are questions about whether he should have played on the 2015 team at all after being arrested for second degree battery of a woman in 2014. 
CB Rashard Robinson – That fact that he was booted from LSU a year ago will bring up questions about whether he should be at the Combine at all. He was arrested for breaking into a teammate’s house. 

Ole Miss
OT Fahn Cooper – Part of an offensive line that continued to shine in two straight wins against Alabama.
WR Cody Core – Had 644 yards and 4 TDs. Numbers have been increasing over the last four years.
LB C.J. Johnson – Two interceptions last year, but will be good to see vertical jump times. And speed.
DT Robert Nkemdiche – He’ll post high for all the athletic stuff, but he’d better not show up stoned to the meetings.
WR Laquon Treadwell – One of the best WRs in the NFL who should shine in the vertical jump. Injury worries will be addressed.
OT Laremy Tunsil – One of college football’s best offensive linesmen despite being suspended in 2015.

Mississippi State
OLB Beniquez Brown – 93 tackles, two passes defended, 1 INT, and a two kicks blocked. However, even with all these numbers he’s not seen as being that inspiring to scouts. He will have to impress in all categories.
CB Taveze Calhoun – Had 2 INTs and 8 passes defended. Was meant to be a part of a great cornerback duo with Will Redmond in 2015, but Redmond got injured.
DT Chris Jones – Second team All-American with 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four passes defended. Started all 13 games – so no worries about his durability.
QB Dak Prescott – Mobile quarterback who can make players miss. A leader who brought MSU to relevance in 2014.
CB Will Redmond – Tore his ACL in 2015. Should be interesting to see how he’ll cope with cuts and speed.
WR De’Runnya Wilson – Sure-handed wide receiver, but there will be questions about speed. Can’t wait to see his 40.

Missouri
C Evan Boehm – Four-year starter, and never stopping going on a lousy team last year. About the only bright spark of Missouri’s offense. Won’t go high, but will start.
OLB Kentrell Brothers – Incredible linebacker for the Tigers. Led the SEC and NCAA with 152 tackles and was 2nd in the SEC in solo tackles.
G Connor McGovern – Part of an atrocious offensive line for Missouri in 2015, but he was a three-year starter so you can blame 2015 on OC Josh Henson, who’s now been fired. Scouts like the fact he can play a number of positions.

South Carolina
TE Jerell Adams – Profiled as a player who doesn’t have the “surest hands”. It’s said Adams might make back-up, but we’re still worried about catching drills.
WR Pharoh Cooper – One of the most underrated wide receivers in college football. He’ll be a bargain if he’s picked anywhere outside of the second round. He would have led the SEC in both receptions and yards if his quarterback was competent.
OT Brandon Shell – He’s seen as being “better suited as a back-up”, which means he’ll have to really impress at the Combine for anyone to believe his starting qualities.
RB Brandon Wilds – There are going to be worries about his injury history. And there are better RBs coming into the draft ahead of him.

Tennessee
OLB Curt Maggitt – The biggest worries will be his medical history. He spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the field…. in two out of four seasons he played in just two games.
WR Marquez North – Hopefully a lot of people will see North’s talent in the vertical jump and the 40 – there are worries about his speed, but injury questions will remain all the way through. I would have loved to see North stay for another year, because he’s really good.

Texas A&M
RB Tra Carson – A Texas A&M player who would have shone more if Spavital hadn’t been his offensive co-ordinator. Will need to do special things in the 40 and cone drills to even get thoughts of a drafting.
G Joseph Cheek- Versatility will be the key for Cheek. In interviews he’ll need to emphasize how well he can play at both guard and offensive tackle, and talk up his time with Johnny Manziel. You know, the college Johnny Manziel not the strip club Johnny Manziel.
CB De’Vante Harris – He’s not a great tackler and if we’re honest, he’s not a great defensive player. He’s been either been invited to the NFL Combine because his dad played in the NFL, or that he played in the SEC. We don’t see him being anything special here – unless he blows up the NFL Combine with his vertical leap, broad jump and 40. Then we’ll still come back to his tackling failures.
G Germain Ifedi – From what the scouts say, Ifedi should have stayed an extra year instead of opting for the cash…but they see him as the best A&M offensive linesman with major potential “on the inside”. He will have to impress on bench press skills and the other cool stuff tested for offensive tackles.
P Drew Kaser – First in the SEC all-time in yards per punt (46.2), and will be the best at his position in the Draft.
CB Brandon Williams – Moved from RB to CB and had 37 tackles and 7 passes defended for the Aggies. His vertical jump could be key to see him move up a little, although we’re not expecting miracles.

Vanderbilt
OLB/DE Stephen Weatherly – Vandy’s “D” may not have been great, but Weatherly stood out with 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 39 total tackles. Seen as a DE or LB. Drills will be key to even hearing his name called, though.

 

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