July 30th, 2021
Gamecocks Could Have Two TEs On The NFL Radar
South Carolina tight end Nick Muse discussed the potential of playing alongside small school transfer wide receiver/tight end EJ Jenkins, who adds an intriguing dynamic with his 6-7, 242-pound frame. “I think he has a little bit more speed than me and I have a little more run blocking ability,” Muse stated at media day. “With us, we can be a one-two punch and maybe the Three Musketeers, if you add Jaheim Bell.” A standout at Saint Francis, Jenkins earned All-NEC honors, averaging 20 yards per catch and setting a school record with 13 touchdowns in 2019. Once the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the Red Flash season a year ago, he immediately hit the transfer portal. He will now have an opportunity to shine in the SEC spotlight. “You can put him at wide out, he's a mismatch. You can put him at tight end, he's a mismatch. He's a diamond in the rough,” Muse continued. “He's an FCS kid that took a chance on us and South Carolina took a chance on him. So we're about to see what he can do this year.” While neither player is certain to be drafted, both Muse and Jenkins will garner plenty of interest amongst the NFL scouting community.
July 29th, 2021
NFL Draft Buzz Continues To Grow For Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec
During ACC media day, Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley noted the great strides that quarterback Phil Jurkovec made during the spring but specifically pointed out one attribute that has him really excited. “Confidence,” Hafley said proudly. “He's so talented. He can throw the ball all over the field. He's big, he's strong, he's hard to sack. He sees it, he can process. I saw confidence and I saw leadership coming in and out of the huddle as each practice went on.” Hafley also elaborated on some of the pro traits that NFL scouts will come to appreciate. “We're kind of different, we don't sit there and signal everything,” he explained. “We actually get in the huddle. The way this guy breaks the huddle and walks through the line and approaches it, you can see the confidence building, the leadership coming out of him, which is what excites me. But confidence and leadership are what I see. I'm really excited about it.” The Eagles showed some promise under the first-year duo of Hafley and Jurkovec, earning a winning record (6-5), along with a bowl game birth. Jurkovec, who transferred from Notre Dame, demonstrated great pocket awareness, arm strength and decision-making, tossing for 2,558 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions in ten games played. There is some talk that the redshirt junior could enter the 2022 NFL Draft with a strong showing this season.
Georgia DT Jordan Davis Ballooned Up To 370 Pounds At One Point
During SEC media day, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart revealed that defensive tackle Jordan Davis weighed as much as 370 pounds at one point before he was told to shed the weight. Davis, who is considered to be a top pick for the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, now weighs a svelte 330. He was asked about how he dropped the extra baggage. “Honestly, I've been working with Collier, our nutritionist and we haven't even been talking about weight, we've been talking about body fat content or BMI index,” Davis explained. “We have this little bio-pod (phonetic) thing we do every two weeks, biweekly. Definitely, the weight, I'm trying to keep control of it. I'm doing more things. I'm drinking smoothies. I'm drinking vegetables. I hate vegetables, but I put them in a smoothie and drink them. I definitely think it's a really big impact this off-season because I feel myself more energy, being able to sustain more. When you can sustain more, then you can play more. So hopefully, that will translate down the road in the season.” This is sure to play into the evaluation process for Davis, as he transitions to the next level. If he can’t keep his weight in check, teams may be reluctant to invest a first-round pick on the space-eater.
July 28th, 2021
Kansas State RB Deuce Vaughn Expected To ‘Bust Out’ In 2021
Somewhat flying under the national radar is Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn, who could be the greatest Wildcats running back since Darren Sproles. His head coach Chris Klieman acknowledged what a special player Vaughn is during media day stating, “It's great to have him on our squad. He has the ultimate respect from our older guys in how he conducts himself not only on the field and in the weight room but more importantly off the field and in the classroom and in our community. He does everything right.” Klieman also hinted at developing more ways to utilize Vaughn, who gained over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a freshman. “Just finding more and more creative ways to get the kid the football. I think he's an underrated running back. And what I mean by that is everybody knows his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make people miss and get match-up problems there, but just in our two-back offense, behind a fullback or one-back set with Skylar (Thompson) or Will (Howard), he's such a terrific running back with great vision and great balance and sees things so well but I know he needs to improve on his pass protection and I know he wants to improve on more adjustments and checks and more defensive identity things that he wants to master, so to speak. But what a terrific young man to have in our program.” Look for Vaughn to bust out in a big way in 2021 and garner plenty of scout interest. However, Vaughn will not be draft-eligible for another two seasons, so enjoy him while you can!
Could Alabama LB Henry To'oTo'o Be One And Done In Tuscaloosa?
Alabama head coach Nick Saban found great success in the transfer portal last season with the addition of linebacker Jabril Cox, who transferred up from the FCS level and went on to be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (fourth round). This year, Saban seeks to strike gold once again from the portal at the same position, this time from the SEC ranks, as former Tennessee linebacker Henry To’oTo’o is expected to have an immediate impact on the Crimson Tide defense. “We're talking about a fine young man who's very intelligent, very instinctive player, very conscientious,” Saban said. “He wants to know everything about not only what he does, but everybody on the defense. He's got really good leadership qualities.” In fact, it sounds as if To’oTo’o, who strangely enough has yet to be listed on the Alabama website roster, could be handed play-calling duties on defense. At least, that is how it sounded while listening to Saban speak on media day. “I think that there's a lot of positives that he can bring, especially – you always want to have a great signal-caller or quarterback type guy on defense. Regardless of what kind of player they are, those things really enhance the chances of all the other players on defense playing with confidence because they're confident in the call that they're getting, the adjustment that they're making and I think that's something that Henry can really add to us as well as being a very productive player.” In two seasons with the Volunteers, he accumulated 140 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and created a handful of turnovers. Another strong season and To’oTo’o could be one and done in Tuscaloosa.
July 27th, 2021
Arkansas HC Sam Pittman Challenged WR Treylon Burks To Get In Shape
Speaking at SEC Media Day, Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman divulged on inner conversations he had with wide-out Treylon Burks during the offseason. “What he needed to do to become a standout, an unbelievable player, is get in better shape and we talked to him about that,” Pittman stated. “Just going out there and hunting them Hogs wasn't really getting him in the greatest shape in the world, so he had to do more than just that. He has done that. He's lost some weight. He looks good. He's more confident, things of that nature. He's got 5XL hands. He's just a tremendous person, a south Arkansas, Warren, Arkansas kid.” This will resonate well with scouts, as Burks was already considered to be a potential first-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. The long, athletic playmaker is one to watch as we approach the college football season, his stock is on the ascension.
Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims Takes Lamar Jackson Comparison In Stride
Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims was asked about his recent comparisons to Lamar Jackson during media day. “It's definitely something that I look at and just smile at,” Sims acknowledged. “At the end of the day, I don't like being compared to anybody because I feel like I'm my own player. But being compared to a player like that is definitely an honor because in my eyes he's a great player, he's one of the quarterbacks that I look up to.” Sims accounted for nearly 2,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing, along with 19 total touchdowns as a true freshman. If he can reel in some of the inconsistencies that have plagued him, Sims could be in the mix as one of the stronger quarterback prospects for the 2023 or 2024 NFL Draft. It was a rigorous offseason for Sims, who looks to make strides entering his sophomore campaign. “One of the biggest things I've worked on this off-season was getting better mentally, staying in the film room, learning all I can. That's one big thing that you will definitely need as a quarterback. Then the second thing would be my accuracy, just working on those mechanics, staying accurate and being consistent.” Keep an eye on Sims over the next several seasons, as he has potential to rise up draft boards due to his dual-threat capabilities.
July 26th, 2021
Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei ‘To Throw Deep’ More Than Trevor Lawrence?
At ACC Media Day, Clemson signal-caller DJ Uiagalelei discussed the impact that Trevor Lawrence has had on his career. “I learned a lot backing up Trevor, seeing the way he runs the field, see the way he just treats off the field, too. He's the true definition of a professional in my eyes,” Uiagalelei stated. “He couldn't go down to Chipotle and get some food or it would turn into an autograph session, just different things like that, things about how to become a true professional of the game.” The sophomore quarterback also reflected on their similarities, “Some things I feel like are definitely unique, I think I'm a little bit bigger, heavier than Trevor. About 250 pounds. That might be something a little bit more unique. But I feel like our games are a little bit similar.” However, there is one area where the two gunslingers are different. “I like to throw the deep ball a lot, I like to see how far I can throw it in a game. That might be one big thing.” While ‘DJ’ will not be draft-eligible until 2023, it is exciting to hear that the Tigers' offense could look to take even more shots downfield this season. We’re here for it.
After being awarded the illustrious jersey number seven, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. reached out to another previous number seven in Tyrann Mathieu to learn more about how he embraced the leadership responsibility. “I've talked to a couple of the previous seven’s but with Tyrann Mathieu, I asked him how to be the perfect leader and there is no perfect way,” Stingley Jr. stated at media day. “It's just however you feel it needs to be. Like me, I'm a quiet guy, so he told me, he was like, You don't always have to go out there and scream and yell and be this rah-rah guy.” While Stingley Jr. has been more of a lead-by-example type personality in years past, the hones have fallen on him to carry on the number seven tradition, which is awarded to the Tigers player that most embodies what an ‘LSU player’ represents both on and off the field. Whether he likes it or not, underclassmen are going to lean on the projected first-round pick for advice and mentorship. Past winners include Patrick Peterson, Leonard Fournette and DJ Chark. “When you speak, people are going to listen,” Stingley Jr. explained. “I took that, and I started noticing, whenever I had something to say, people would listen. And I didn't think I had that kind of power at all, like I thought I was just a normal guy, just like everything else, you know.”
July 23rd, 2021
New Florida State Seminoles quarterback, McKenzie Milton, has told reports that he's fully healthy.
The former UFC Knight nearly lost his leg after a terrible knee injury in 2018. Milton underwent numerous surgeries and dealt with infections in his leg. After spending time rehabbing, he appears ready to finally take the field again.
"I already feel like I'm at 100 percent. I'm ready to go."
Milton will compete to start this year in what will be a fantastic comeback story if he's able to return to the field this year.
July 19th, 2021
The question of who will start for the LSU Tigers this season is still up in the air.
During SEC Media Days, Head Coach Ed Orgeron said that he believes the Tigers have two "championship quarterbacks" on the roster.
Coach is referring to Myles Brennan and Max Johnson.
The LSU offense wasn't nearly as potent last year after losing players like Justin Jefferson and Joe Burrow to the 2020 NFL Draft and Ja'Marr Chase opting out of the season and entering the latest NFL Draft.
The offensive line is returning all five starters on the offensive line, so whoever starts at quarterback should have plenty of protection and time to throw the ball.
Brennan played in three games, throwing for 1112 yards and 11 touchdowns with three interceptions. He also completed over 60% of his passes.
Johnson is coming off of his freshman year, where he played in six games, completing 58% of his passes for 1069 yards and eight touchdowns with just one interception.
One of these quarterbacks will make an impact this year. Coach Orgeron isn't worried about who the guy is under center.
July 19th, 2021
Pro Football Focus ranks the TCU wide receiver duo as the sixth-best in the nation.
The combination of JD Spielman and Quentin Johnston is beginning to get recognition. Spielman transferred from Nebraska and was easily their best offensive weapon. In 2019, he had 49 catches for 898 yards and five touchdowns. Last year, Spielman only played three games for the Horned Frogs, catching five passes for 65 yards and did not record a touchdown. He's on the smaller side (5-9, 167-pounds) but can be a threat to break a big play at any point of the game.
On the other hand, Johnston is much larger in size (6-4, 193-pounds) and was just a freshman last year. He averaged 22.1 yards per catch, which was the highest by a true freshman in Big 12 history. He recorded 22 catches for 487 yards and scored two touchdowns.
The dynamic duo looks to make a lot of noise this year and hopes to raise the draft stock of Spielman this year and Johnston for the future NFL Draft.
July 15th, 2021
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Big 12 Media Day: Breece Hall Bracing For Big Season
A candidate to be the first running back selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, Iowa State running back Breece Hall has been mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate for the upcoming season. At Big 12 Media Day, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell explained why the hard-nosed runner is such a key component of the Cyclones culture. “Breece has been exceptional, I think Breece is an incredible athlete,’ Campbell stated. “I’ve always said when your best talent and your best players have elite work ethic, you give your team a chance to be successful and Breece has done that for us.” It has been a busy offseason for the junior back, who made sure to get his business in order before the season began with the new NCAA regulations, which allows players to profit from their name, image and likeness. “Having all these companies and agents hitting me up — it was hectic,” Hall said during media day, “but I really just took it back to my family and we sat down, sorted everything out and discussed what we all thought would be the best businesses and deals for me to work out." After tallying 1,572 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns in 12 games a year ago, Hall is a candidate to break the 2K barrier in 2021. Despite all the hype, he is not concerned with individual accolades: “I know the guys would want me to win it but if we’re winning games then I don’t want the Heisman, I'd rather win games than lose a few games and win the Heisman. Team success matters more to me cause I know that all the individual stuff will come with that.”
Big 12 Media Day: Spencer Rattler Draws High Praise
Looking to follow in the footsteps of former Sooners quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, current Oklahoma signal-caller Spencer Rattler could be a candidate as the No.1 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. “We've really focused this offseason on him physically, improving the way he can move his body, all those things,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley stated at Big 12 Media Day. “I think he's taken some steps and him getting full command of our offense and how we want to attack people….It's just a constant journey at that position and he's just on it right now.” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell also praised his development last season. “We know what kind of coach and coaching he’s getting there. It’s exceptional and maybe as good as any quarterback coaching as you’re going to find,” Campbell stated. “And you just saw him gain confidence as the season went, and I think you saw the team rally around his leadership and his confidence.” Added West Virginia Head Coach Neal Brown, “The thing he does that shows up on film... he’s got elite arm talent. He has the unique ability to buy time and create with his feet. He’s a creator and he has great players around him, and that’s not going to change.” After a slow start last season, Rattler finished with 3,031 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while completing 67.5% of his passes in 2021. He is currently the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy Award.
July 14th, 2021
Pro Football Focus has University of North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell ranked as their second-best quarterback. As we continue into the evaluation process, the big question will be who the best quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft class will be. While the upcoming quarterback prospects aren't as talented as in recent drafts, there are still plenty of teams that will be looking to jump on one of them early. Howell currently sits behind Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler, who has been widely regarded as the top quarterback for the next draft. Howell currently sits third in our NFL Draft Bible summer rankings and will need to prove that he can grow and make strides in his game before being talked about as the top quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft class. He stands at 6012 225 pounds — decent size for an NFL quarterback. Howell completed 68.1% of his passes last year and threw for 30 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He won't be a quarterback that will generate yards with his legs as he has only rushed for 181 yards in his two seasons with the Tar Heels — just 35 of those yards coming last season.