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Posted: April 26, 2016, 9:49 PM Post
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I thought I'd take a page out of the MLB draft page and list all the picks. And followup with the pages on the players themselves.

Round 1: #27: Kenny Clark, DT UCLA
Round 2: #48: Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana
Round 3: #88: Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St.
Round 4a: #131: Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
Round 4b: #137: Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
Round 5: #163: Trevor Davis, WR
Round 6: #200: Kyle Murphy, OT

UDFA:
QB Joe Callahan, Wesley College
RB Brandon Burks, Troy
RB Don Jackson, Nevada
FB Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry College
WR Geronimo Allison, Illinois
WR Herb Waters, Miami (FL)
WR Dennis Parks, Rice - Cut after rookie camp
WR Devonte Robinson, Utah St.
TE David Grinnage, North Carolina St. - Cut after rookie camp
C Jacob Flores, Dartmouth
OT Josh James, Carroll (Mont.) College
OG Cory Tucker, Slippery Rock
DT Tyler Kuder, Idaho St.
DT Brian Price, Texas - San Antonio
DT Demetris Anderson, Central Florida
OLB Reggie Gilbert, Arizona
ILB Beniquez Brown, Mississippi State
ILB Manoa Pikula, BYU
CB Makinton Dorleant, Northern Iowa
CB Josh Hawkins, East Carolina
CB Warren Gatewood, Alcorn St. - Reported as a signed UDFA, but did not sign at rookie camp.
CB Randall Jette, Massachusetts
S Kentrell Brice, Louisiana Tech
S Demond Smith, Georgia Tech - Reported as a signed UDFA, but did not sign at rookie camp.
[url]S Marwin Evans, Utah State[/url]
P Peter Mortell, Minnesota


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ROUND 1; Pick 27: Kenny Clark, DT
6'3", 314lbs UCLA
DOB: October 4, 1995

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SCOUTING REPORT from NFL.com:

Overview

Kenny Clark, Sr., went to prison in 2005, leaving 9-year-old Kenny, Jr. to mature faster than most of the boys his age. With the help of his mother and others, Clark maintained a good relationship with this father and turned the adversity into a positive, working hard to become an excellent high school player. He started four games as a freshman in 2013 (31 tackles, four for loss, one sack), then stayed a fixture in the lineup the following year. The 2014 second-team All-Pac-12 selection (58 tackles, 5.5 for loss) graduated to all-conference first team as a junior, using his strength and agility to finish second on the Bruins in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) despite lining up in the interior. Clark also showed a knack for batting down passes, breaking up five on the year.

Pro Day Results
3-cone: 7.73 seconds

Strengths
Former high school wrestler who can generate torque through upper body strength and leverage with power in his hips. Will hammer finesse guards and centers with initial punch and overtake the neutral zone. Quick to diagnose run direction and will race to set the edge against blocker. Low center of gravity and powerful core make him a challenging block to seal for linemen. Cranks up a nasty bull ­rush to collapse pocket when single blocked. Plays with plus instincts and football IQ. Has feel for trap blocks and double teams and is quick to read and react to screens. Can work his way through double teams and squeeze the gap.

Weaknesses
Short and missing arm length to be better tackle finisher. Allowed unusual amount of broken tackles (4) for an interior lineman. Not a quick twitch athlete. Needs to do a better job of bringing feet and hips through contact. Gets too anxious pursuing down line and can lose backside contain. Despite strength, lack of size will be challenging in some matchups. Straight line bull­ rusher with average lateral quickness for twists.

Draft Projection Round 2

Sources Tell Us "What bothers me about Clark is that he was so much better against weaker competition than he was against better talent. I like him, but not like everyone is hyping him up." --­ AFC Pac-12 scout

NFL Comparison: David Parry

Bottom Line
Has the strength and talent to be a plug and play 4-­3 nose, but lack of size and concerns about his value on third downs could push his draft value into the second day. Clark's wrestling background gives him a huge leg up at the point of attack and he won't be 21 until October which means he's still filling out his frame. Would benefit from a year of rotational work as he continues to physically mature.
LINKS:
Packers.com: NFL Draft announcement and coverage

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Posted: April 27, 2016, 1:14 PM Post
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ROUND 2; Pick 48: Jason Spriggs
6'6", 301lbs, lndiana
DOB: May 17, 1994

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com
OVERVIEW
Spriggs excelled in his senior season, catching second-team All-Big Ten accolades along with the eyes of scouts. The four-year starter also was named first team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and third-team honors by the Associated Press. Spriggs had a scary moment on the field in 2014 against Michigan State, as he was taken to the hospital after suffering a helmet-to-helmet blow. But since them he has shown the build (6-foot-7, 307 pounds), anchor in pass protection and willingness to block through the whistle to be the type of prospect NFL offensive line coaches will covet at left tackle.

PRO DAY RESULTS
Vertical: 35 inches
3-cone: 7.57 seconds

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS
Athletic frame with long arms. Comes out of his stance with tremendous quickness and has elite lateral movement. Can get to extremely difficult backside cutoff blocks. Knee bender. As a move blocker, lands squarely in the strike zone and rolls hips and feet under him to to wash down defender or secure a down-block. Shows good patience in space with ability to become solid combination blocker in zone scheme. Looks to finish. Able to adjust his assignments on the fly. Is active with his hands in pass pro. Will throw jabs with both hands rather than offering them up for defensive ends to swat. Has tools to substantially slow pass rushers when timing his punch. Durable, four-year starter.

WEAKNESSES
Play strength needs improvement. Unable to match power as a base blocker and too easy moved off his spot. Struggles to cleanly absorb and eat contact without being jostled. Has crippling issue with over-setting in pass protection. Doesn't maintain much weight on inner half of his frame and has consistent issues redirecting his weight back inside with suddenness against inside moves. Doesn't use his length to his advantage often enough. Slows his slide when punching, allowing rushers opportunity to gain advantage around the corner. Needs stronger hands to snatch and control rather than just push. Ability to recover with power or athletic traits are a concern.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 2
NFL COMPARISON Ryan Harris

BOTTOM LINE
Spriggs has outstanding athleticism, but his play strength and overall recovery ability are major concerns for a position as important as tackle. Spriggs followed up a strong week at the Senior Bowl with a very good showing at the combine and has solidified his standing as an early round tackle amongst evaluators. If he can improve his inside post and prevent counter moves from eating him up, he has a chance to be a solid NFL starter on the left side.

LINKS:
Packers.com NFL Draft Announcement and Coverage




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ROUND 3; Pick 88: Kyler Fackrell
6'5", 245lbs, Utah St.
DOB: November 25, 1991

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com
OVERVIEW
A stand-up rush linebacker with length and agility, Fackrell came out the box strong for the Aggies, garnering all-conference honors in each of his first two seasons on campus (21 tackles for loss, eight sacks in 2012-2013). Fackrell suffered a torn ACL in the season opener as a junior but returned with in his final year, consistently making plays on the edge against the run (82 tackles) and attacking the backfield (15 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, five recovered). Scouts appreciate the maturity of a plyer who has gone through injury adversity, as well as taken on responsibilities via marriage and fatherhood. Fackrell and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a baby girl (Delaney) into the word early in 2015.

PRO DAY RESULTS
Short shuttle: 4.31 seconds
3-cone: 7.24 seconds
Bench: 16 reps of 225 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.72 (combine)

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS
Premium length and athleticism. Played quarterback and wide receiver in high school and lettered in basketball and volleyball. Rangy tackler who is able to shadow the ball all over the field. Has length and arm extension to punch and control the point of attack. Functional strength is good enough against the run. Has length and motor for tremendous tackle radius. Had 80 tackles or more in each of his last three full seasons. Had just five sacks, but often dropped into space. Potential is there to become plus pass rusher. Combines forward lean, hip explosion and long arms to crank up speed-­to­-power pocket push. Upfield burst covers substantial ground in first three steps. Has upper body turn and shoulder dip to slip under tackle’s shoulder and around the corner. Don’t sleep on his cover ability in space.

WEAKNESSES
Missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear. Can improve his hand play as pass rusher at the high side of his rush. When edge rush stalls out, has average counter attack. Long-strider who struggles to make sudden inside moves once he gets going upfield. High center of gravity combined with lean lower half make it difficult to play through redirect blocks with contact balance.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 3
NFL COMPARISON Connor Barwin

BOTTOM LINE
When it comes to the length and athleticism teams will look for off the edge, Fackrell will be one of the poster boys. His field versatility, coverage talent and potential as a pass rusher could make him one of the fastest rising prospects in this draft and a future contender for a Pro Bowl nod.

LINKS:

Packers.com NFL Draft Announcement and Coverage

Prospect Primer:


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Posted: April 27, 2016, 1:15 PM Post
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ROUND 4a; Pick 131: Blake Martinez, MLB
6'2", 237, Stanford
DOB: January 9, 1994

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

Overview

In his first year as a starter in 2014, Martinez proved worthy of honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors by leading the Cardinal with 102 tackles, seven for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three interceptions. In Year 2, he played at an All-American level (third-team Associated Press, second-team USA Today) as the Cardinal won the conference championship, stuffing plays inside and moving to either sideline to rack up 141 tackles, 6.5 for loss. The 2015 first-team All-Conference pick again made plays against the pass this year, intercepting one pass and breaking up six others.

Pro Day Results
Vertical: 34 inches
60-yard long shuttle: 11.68 seconds
40-yard dash: 4.71 / 4.62

Analysis
Strengths:
Good muscle thickness and one of the most powerful, pound­-for­-pound players in the program. Has desired temperament to play in the middle. Physical, productive tackler. Downhill linebacker. Business-minded machine against the run, maintaining consistent gap responsibility. Disciplined on back-side squeezing cutback lanes. Stuffs second level leg blocks and keeps gliding down the line. Uses heavy hands at the point of attack. Plays square to line of scrimmage with eyes stuck on runner. Plus balance and keeps his feet. Will dart and dodge past oncoming, second level traffic in lateral pursuit of ball carrier. Improved against the pass from 2014 to 2015. Showed some functional ability in man coverage and is quick to close out throws and limit yards after catch. Offers instant special teams value. Willing worker on "teams" and finds the ball.

Weaknesses:
Slow twitch with borderline play speed. Must transition from a power mindset to a little more quickness in everything he does. Will need quicker hands to jab and separate to stay clean against NFL linemen. Below average lateral quickness. Won't win many foot races to the perimeter and has little margin for error with his angles. Not athletic enough to recover if he gets hung ­up on a block for too long. Too easily fooled into vacating his positioning by play-­action. Doesn't have reactive athleticism to quickly recover back into his duties after biting on fakes. More of a block occupier than serious threat when blitzing. Average awareness dropping into zone coverage. Situational awareness needs work.

Draft Projection: Rounds 5 or 6

NFL Comparison: Martrell Spaight

Bottom Line
Full-­time starter over the last two years who plays with the temperament and ruggedness that Stanford wants in the middle of their defense. Martinez is a muscled-­up, throwback linebacker in a league that covets twitch and play speed over throwback traits. His special teams ability and overall tackle production is a big plus, but his draft stock might not match up with his elevated college production due to concerns over his quickness.

LINKS:

Packers.com: NFL Draft Announcement and Coverage

Packers.com Prospect Primer

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ROUND 4b; Pick 137: Dean Lowry, DE
6'6", 296, Northwestern
DOB: June 9, XXXX

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

Overview

The Chicago Tribune All-State pick decided to stay in-state to play for a Wildcats legend in head coach Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern. Like Fitzgerald was during his time as a two-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award winner with the Wildcats, Lowry is a lunch pail player who brings effort on every snap. He’s also a better athlete than most people realize, showing the agility to spin off blocks and make plays in the backfield (15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in 2013-2014). His senior year capped an excellent career, with a highlight being his school-record six tackles for loss against Nebraska. He finished as a second-team All-Big Ten honoree with 46 tackles, 13.5 for loss, and three sacks. Lowry could play multiple spots along the line depending on his new team’s defensive scheme.

Analysis
Strengths
Comes off the snap with burst and good pad level. Gives chase on the backside with great motor and good play speed. Willing to pursue the ball with consistency or effort. When pad level is good, can generate effective speed-­to-­power attack. Has play frame to fit classic 3-­4 DE spot. Coaches praise his work ethic and team­-first mentality. Does the dirty work that helps others succeed. Always active. Tackle finisher who rarely allows runners to escape. Had as many tackles and more tackles for loss than Joey Bosa.

Weaknesses
Short arms and small hands prevent him from posting higher win percentage at point of attack. Not as aware of the ball as he needs to be. Needs to unhinge from blockers earlier when runners are in his neighborhood. Gets stood straight up at contact as bull rusher. Pad level and narrow base rob him of bull-­rush power when rushing from inside. Dull, straight-ahead rusher with no pass rush plan. Doesn’t threaten the edges of blockers. Marginal play­making change of direction.

Draft Projection: Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line:
Try-hard player with good size who is always active. While he won’t be considered a pass rushing threat, Lowry’s production was a function of effort and flashes of power and the aforementioned traits and qualities give him a good shot at being drafted and becoming an NFL backup.

LINKS:
Packers.com: NFL Draft announcement and coverage

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ROUND 5; Pick 163: Trevor Davis, WR
6'1", 188lbs, California
DOB: July 4, 1993

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

Overview

Most people spend their lives trying to get to Hawai'i at least once, but Davis decided that two years in the Rainbow State was enough, especially after head coach Norm Chow was let go. He had started 10 times in his two years with the Warriors, racking up 45 receptions for 601 yards and five touchdowns. After sitting out a redshirt season in 2013, Davis became an all-purpose threat for the Bears, making plays as a receiver (24-399, five TD) and returner (424 kickoff return yards, 70 punt return yards) as a junior. He had 40 receptions in 2014 (one of six players hitting that mark) that covered 672 yards and two scores, and had 686 kickoff return and 45 punt return yards as well. Those sort of receiving/return numbers won't go unnoticed by NFL scouts.

Analysis
Strengths
Quality return man specializing in kick­offs with two touchdowns under his belt while at Cal. Former high school long jumper and sprinter with build­up speed to challenge deep safeties from the hash. Competitive runner after the catch with ability to make defenders miss and finish his runs with some authority. Hands are adequate.

Weaknesses
Track speed doesn't translate underneath. Needs runway to get going and can't hit jets out of his breaks for separation. Needs to improve hard vertical push to clear space for comebacks and outs. One­-speed, rounded routes need work. Struggles to release cleanly against quality press coverage.

Draft Projection: Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us: "He's a pretty good returner. I don't see him being drafted, but he could make a team as a return man and last receiver on the depth chart." -- NFC West scout

Bottom Line:
Wiry catch-­and-­run specialist whose NFL value rests in his return ability. Davis could be a difficult sell because he's not an NFL­-ready receiver, but a big combine could create late-round interest or elevate his stock as a priority free agent.

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ROUND 6; Pick 200: Kyle Murphy, OT
6-6, 305, Stanford
DOB: December 11, 1993

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

Overview

Murphy played like a solid right tackle prospect as a second-team All-Pac-12 pick his junior year, his first full year as a starter. In 2015, however, the brother of former Harvard and Minnesota Vikings tackle Kevin Murphy slid to left tackle and improved greatly in pass protection while maintaining his toughness in the run game. He combined with left guard Joshua Garnett as first-team All-Conference picks on the blind side of quarterback Kevin Hogan, who reaped the benefits of their play.

Analysis
Strengths:
Has good feel for the position. Very aware in pass protection seeking out blitzes and twists and takes consistent angles up to the linebackers in the running game. Once he gets moving in space, is able to open up his hips and run with a relatively athletic gait. Plays with strong hands and good placement that can snatch and latch if he gets there first. Makes low pad level a priority in run game. Is usually low man and will use good leg drive or snap hips to secure the block. Adequate change direction in space. Patient second level blocker allowing the block to come to him. Outstanding work with teammate Joshua Garnett with combo blocks and double teams. Doesn’t lean in pass protection and can gain decent ground with his kick ­slides.

Weaknesses:
Feet are just average from a quickness standpoint. While he can be a little slow out of his stance and off to the races when moving laterally. Will get antsy pre-­snap. Tape shows him getting some headstarts that weren’t called by college officials. Troubling anchor issues as pass blocker. Will get stiff legged at impact in protection, raising pad level and losing anchor leverage. Needs to play more flat­-footed when shooting his punch. Speed to power rushers give him problems so may need to make inside hand placement a greater priority.

Draft Projection: Rounds 5 or 6

Sources Tell Us: "I don't think you can play him for at least a year until he gets stronger. He's a good run blocker but I don't know if he's strong enough to play on the right side or quick enough to play left." -- AFC general manager

NFL Comparison: Ty Sambrailo

Bottom Line:
Interesting prospect full of juxtapositions. On one hand, he’s an athletic mover in space, but his foot quickness is just average. While he plays with good bend, leg drive and low pad level as a run blocker, he tends to play too tall and lose his anchor against bull­ rushers. Murphy plays with good tackle instincts and shows enough potential to become an eventual starter in the NFL if he can improve his overall strength and tighten up some of his pass protection flaws.

LINKS:
Packers.com NFL Draft Announcement and Coverage

Packers.com Prospect Primer

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UDFA: Joe Callahan, QB
6'1", 216lbs, Wesley
DOB: 06/04/93


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SCOUTING REPORT: from draftbreakdown.com

2014 Stats: 300-463 (64.8%) 4190 YDS 46 TD 10 INT passing, 94 YDS 1.5 AVG 5 TD rushing
Callahan has passed for 7789 yards and 75 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He finished second in the DIII ranks in both passing yards and touchdowns, and earned First Team all-conference honors.

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UDFA: Makinton Dorleant, CB
5-11, 177lbs, Northern Iowa
DOB: October 6, 1992

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFLDraftDiamonds.com

AFC East scout said Northern Iowa’s secondary is better than many FBS schools. Scout said they are filled with talent from both corners to the safety position. AFC East Scout was mostly impressed with Makinton Dorleant.

– Dorleant transferred from Maryland, Has size and speed, and the scout said he would not be surprised if he runs in the 4.3’s. Dorleant jumps out the gym as well, scout said he is an athletic freak.

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Posted: April 30, 2016, 8:33 PM Post
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UDFA: Manoa Pikula, ILB
6'1", 234lbs, BYU
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2015 | Senior Year
Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team
Totaled a season-high seven tackles against Nebraska, East Carolina, Cincinnati and Missouri
Finished No. 6 on the team in tackles and was one of eight BYU players to register two or more sacks
Played in 11 games and started five

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UDFA: Josh Hawkins, CB
5'11", 188lbs, East Carolina
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Has used an amazing and rapid rise on the defensive two-deep to strengthen candidacy for national honors, now as a two-year full-time starter ... Slated to open senior campaign in the Pirate secondary as the unit's top field cornerback once again ... A Preseason First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele Magazine and Sporting News ... Quick development, work ethic, intensity and athleticism have turned heads among the coaching staff during the last three years since earning initial roster position ... Moved from walk-on scout team status in 2011 to a firm two-deep standing as a top reserve before earning eventual starting designation as a junior in 2014 ... Has experienced action in 38 career games with 18 starts and recorded multiple stops on 22 occasions ... Has been credited with 97 tackles, has picked off seven passes and broke up 18 more ... Has participated in three bowl games ... Logged a pair of hits during the first spring scrimmage (March 28) and knocked down a pass in the second tilt on April 11 ... Did not record statistics in the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 to close out spring work ... Continues to excel in ECU's strength and conditioning program ... Earned "freak" rating in coach Jeff Connors power quotient after holding an "excellent" status in 2013 and 2014 (also cited as the most improved member of the entire program) ... Increases have been reflected in the bench press (335 pounds), back squat (485), power clean (308), push jerk (265), 40-yard dash (4.38), vertical jump (41.0"), broad jump (11'0") and pro shuttle (4.01).

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UDFA: Beniquez Brown, ILB
6-0 1/2, 234, Mississippi State
DOB: April 29, 1993

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

OVERVIEW
Instead of playing for a third linebackers coach in five seasons, Brown followed the lead of former teammate and 2015 second-round pick Bernardrick McKinney to enter the NFL draft after his junior season. Brown didn't garner the accolades that McKinney did during his career with the Bulldogs, failing to make a coaches or media all-conference squad over the past three years. However, there is little question of his football acumen. He started the final three games of his redshirt freshman season, recording 39 tackles, 4.5 for loss in 13 games. Brown made plays as a starting outside linebacker in 2014, ranking second on the team with 62 tackles, seven for loss, and two interceptions. In 2015, NFL scouts started really noticing Brown's play on the outside as he racked up 99 tackles and blocked two kicks, including a potential game-winner by Arkansas in the game's final seconds. He ended his career on a sharp note, making nine stops, two for loss, against North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl.

PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Broad jump: 9 feet

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS
Posted productive junior season in talent­-rich SEC. Likes the game played downhill. Wrap-­up tackler who finished with 100 total tackles and four sacks this season. Big enough to play through an angle block and work back into a play. Lively in his pursuit to the sideline and racks up tackles as mop­-up man on the perimeter. Communicative on the field helping to direct traffic.

WEAKNESSES
Marginal athlete lacking burst to the ball. Step slow to read and flow allowing climbing linemen to force him over the top of the block. Very average body control and balance through contact. Will occasionally side­step a block rather than taking it on with a shoulder and leveraging his gap. Instincts for run fits is sub-par. Needs better feel for seal blocks headed his way and must improve his hand usage.

NFL COMPARISON Amarlo Herrera

BOTTOM LINE
Tape doesn't always match ­up with the production numbers ­ especially against high-­end competition like Alabama and LSU. Brown's an able tackler and will flow into gaps looking for impact plays, but his average recognition time paired with marginal lateral quickness prevents him from consistently beating climbing blockers to the spot. Brown has some eventual starter ability but lacks the play traits teams covet from inside.

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UDFA: Brandon Burks, RB
5-8 ½, 208, Troy
DOB: November 1, 1993

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com

OVERVIEW
Burks rushed for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015.

PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
Vertical: 37 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet
Short shuttle: 4.18 seconds
3-cone: 6.88 seconds
Bench: 24 reps of 225 pounds

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS
Compact frame with good thickness in lower half. Uses sturdy base for additional balance. Runs with explosive, but fluid hips. Decisive and competitive as a runner. Doesn't give in very often. Forced to create yards for himself using sharp cuts and change of direction. Has acceleration to outrace outside linebackers to the corner. Works to keep pad level square. Makes good reads when asked to pick up blitz and will stick his nose in. Able to work himself open out of backfield.

WEAKNESSES
Below average size for the position. Hard runner, but lacks the natural power to grind through contact and chalk up much additional yardage after contact. Has had ball security issues at times over the last three seasons. Needs to improve elusiveness once he gets up to second level. Allows throws to beat him up and will have drops because of it.

DRAFT PROJECTION Undrafted free agent

BOTTOM LINE
Has the burst and one­-cut sharpness to be a functional zone­-scheme runner. Burks has tape that shows his feel for the backside cutback lanes on inside zone plays and he has enough speed to hit the big play as witnessed by his 92- and 74-yard touchdown runs this season. Burks may lack size, but he’s feisty and has enough talent as a rusher to make some noise in a camp as an undrafted free agent.

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UDFA: Don Jackson, RB
5-9 ½, 205, Nevada
DOB: September 7, 1993

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SCOUTING REPORT:

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Positives: He was a grad student, so he has a lot of experience. Adequate height for the position. Above-average lateral quickness and patient behind the line. Pretty nimble in the open field. Churns his legs fairly well through contact. Able to fend off tacklers with stiff arm. Okay hands. Very good vertical leap and adequate broad jump at Pro day testing. Adequate ability to change directions with burst in Pro day testing.

Negatives: Slightly below-average bulk for the position. He runs with adequate game speed and track speed as well as adequate burst. Below-average cutback vision and quickness. Runs a little bit off-balance after making cuts. Though he churns his legs pretty well, he doesn’t generate much power. A little slow to get going on straight-ahead short-yardage. Below-average upper body strength. Below-average lateral quickness in Pro day testing. Suspended for the first quarter of his 2015 bowl game for unknown reason.

Projection: Undrafted free agent.

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Boasts 520 carries, 2,318 yards and 19 touchdowns in his Wolf Pack career … Ranks 13th in program history in career rushing yards.

Senior (2015): Started in all 12 games at running back … Rushed 221 times for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season … Became the 19th player in program history to eclipse 1,000-yards rushing in a single season … Along with James Butler, formed just the third running back duo in program history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a single season … Ranked seventh in the Mountain West and 47th in the nation in total rushing yards … Tied for the team lead with eight rushing touchdowns … Eclipsed 100 yards rushing on four occasions with 124 vs. UC Davis, 113 at Buffalo, 155 at New Mexico and 140 at Fresno State … Was named Nevada’s offensive player of the week after posted 13 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns against UC Davis … Also matched a season-high with two rushing touchdowns in Nevada’s win at Buffalo … Set a career-high with 155 yards rushing on 23 carries in a victory over New Mexico … Also caught seven passes for 77 yards and one touchdown … Was named to the final nominees list for the Wuerffel Trophy … Was named a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award … In the preseason, was named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award and was named to Athlon Sports’ All-MW third team … Letter winner.

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Posted: April 30, 2016, 8:36 PM Post
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UDFA: Reggie Gilbert, DL
6-3, 261, Arizona
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SCOUTING REPORT:
Walterfootball.com:
Reggie Gilbert, who was graded as a draftable player prior to the season, had a good day for himself. Gilbert measured 6035, 261 pounds, timed 4.79 in the 40, completed 24 reps on the bench press and posted a vertical jump of 33.5 inches and a broad of 9-6. He participated in both defensive line and linebacker drills afterward, then met with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints.

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Of Arizona's seniors, Gilbert looks like the best bet to earn NFL interest. The three-year starter enters his final campaign in Tucson with 34 starts in 44 games, registering a career-high 49 tackles a year ago, along with 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Gilbert has some 'tweener traits to overcome as he lacks ideal bulk and may not be fast enough to switch to outside linebacker.

Showing better functional strength to anchor and rip free of blocks at the point of attack than his gangly frame implies, Gilbert is a surprisingly stout run defender. Gilbert's long limbs, bent knees and strength help him drive pass-blockers back on the bull rush but heavy feet and poor snap anticipation often make him the last lineman off the ball. Further, Gilbert appears to lack the flexibility to run the arc and close around the corner. He does show decent acceleration once moving forward, as well as the balance and agility to slide laterally to corral ball-carriers at the point of attack. He was occasionally asked to play off the line of scrimmage in the two point stance in 2015 and could project to a stand-up rusher role if he shows greater burst this season. Gilbert may, in fact, be planning on a splashy final campaign as he's switched his jersey number to No. 8 after previously wearing No. 84.



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UDFA: Brian Price, NT
6-2 ½, 322, Texas-San Antonio
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Former JuCo standout at NorCal powerhouse San Francisco City College, Price is a rugged and strong tackle that is hard to move when his pad level is clean, which is something he needs to do more consistently with more playing time. Could break out this season.

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UDFA: Warren Gatewood, CB, - NOT SIGNED AT ROOKIE CAMP
5-11 ½, 188, Alcorn State
DOB: March 30, 1994

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UDFA: Geronimo Allison, WR
6'4'', 195lbs, Illinois
DOB: 1/18/1994

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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com
OVERVIEW
Allison’s journey to Illinois was a bit circuitous. He didn’t play high school football as a sophomore or junior, so he fell a bit below the recruiting radar. Allison received plenty of major college football love after two years at Iowa Western Community College, as he helped the Reivers win a national title in 2012 and rank second in the nation in 2013 (69-872, eight touchdowns). He contributed immediately as a junior (41-598, five scores) and then earned honorable mention All-Big Ten (65-882, three touchdowns) by leading the Illini in receiving this fall. Allison is a lean strider who stretches defenses vertically and is able to high-point passes, making him a potential red zone weapon.

PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.1 seconds
Vertical: 34 1/2 inches

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS:
Can steer clear of press coverage with foot quickness and head fakes off the snap. High point pass catcher who gets full extension when trying to pluck the high throws. Able to stick the landing when making a touch catch near the boundary. Angular receiver who will fight through a tackler after the catch. As a blocker, squares up his target and gives above average effort as a blocker on the edge. Grinds on film. Voted team captain multiple weeks in 2015 and takes his role of team leader seriously.

WEAKNESSES:
Below average deep threat. Rare to see him run a go route past a cornerback and make himself an open vertical target. Lack of deep speed allows cornerbacks to sit on underneath routes. Ohio State cornerbacks ran his routes all day long. Focus drops an issue this year. Had drop rate of just over 11 percent this year. Play speed into routes needs to improve. Hip stiffness prevents him from sinking hips into breaks. Below average acceleration out of breaks. Too often crowds himself against the boundary.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Round 7 or priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE
Long and lanky, Allison didn’t play football his junior or senior year and played two years of junior college ball before finishing his final two seasons at Illinois. While Allison is still a work and progress and did show growth during his senior season, his inability to consistently create separation will likely trump his height and willingness to help out in the running game. The tape doesn’t show enough speed, but if he runs well during the postseason, he will get some attention.

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UDFA: David Grinnage, TE
6'5", 248lbs, NC State
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SCOUTING REPORT: from NFL.com
OVERVIEW
Though his teammate, Jaylen Samuels, was the one garnering All-Conference mentions, Grinnage was a solid contributor for the Wolfpack the past three seasons. He started seven of 12 games played in his redshirt freshman season (15-150, one touchdown) and then earned 11 starts in his sophomore campaign, catching 27 passes for 358 yards while tying for the team lead with five touchdown receptions. Though he only started six times in 2015, Grinnage still played a role in quarterback Jacoby Brissett's offense, nabbing 25 catches for 290 yards and three scores.

PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.79 seconds
Vertical: 29 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.74 seconds
3-cone: 7.56 seconds
Bench: 7 reps of 225 pounds

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS:
Has size of an NFL tight end. Productive pass catcher as redshirt sophomore. Sacrificed personal stats for team goals with no complaints. Works to free himself into presentable position when quarterback scrambles. Showed improved focus at the catch­-point this season. Able to adjust to low throws and peel them off the turn.

WEAKNESSES:
Below average speed and athleticism on tape. Upright into breaks and was unable to uncover and open passing windows. Routes lack sharpness and opens to quarterback too gradually. Limited run skills after the catch. Wasn’t tasked with heavy­ lifting as a run blocker and may not be able to execute blocking responsibilities as "Y" tight end. Missed spring practices due to back issue.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Undrafted free agent

BOTTOM LINE:
There was pre­season buzz surrounding Grinnage after a productive 2014 campaign, but this season's results were somewhat disappointing and completely lacking in consistency of production. Grinnage plays with below-average play speed and stiffness in his routes. His difficulty separating combined with very average run blocking will pose a substantial hurdle in his attempts to make an NFL roster.

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Positives: Very good height and above-average bulk for the position. Great hand size. Generally above-average hands, body control, and concentration on passes over the middle where he has to adjust. Not easy to bring down. Above-average downfield blocker. Adequate track speed for the position.

Negatives: Very slow quickness side to side and when accelerating out of cuts in pro day tests, and this also shows in his in-game route running, where he doesn’t accelerate well out of his breaks. Very poor vertical leap and below-average lower body explosiveness in Combine drills. Some lapses in concentration where he will drop passes trying to turn upfield. Also has some trouble extending for low passes.

Projection: Undrafted free agent.

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