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Jay Ajayi - RB - Broncos

A "number of teams" have red flagged Boise State RB Jay Ajayi's knee when reviewing medical checks, according to Tony Pauline.

Thee knee injury (which was described as "shredded") occurred during an attempted theft when Ajayi was 18 years old after just moving to the U.S. for football. Beat writer Chadd Cripe once said "The injury on the field was so bad that coaches wondered if he'd recover." Pauline's report is worth keeping in mind during draft weekend, especially if Ajayi stays on the board longer than expected.
Source: TFY Draft Insider

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Jay Ajayi - RB - Broncos

ESPN's K.C. Joyner reports that Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon were the only two RBs in college football to make opposing tacklers miss at least 60 tackles last year.

No other back had even 50. Ajayi also tied for fifth nationally in broken tackles (16), ranked second in red-zone rushing yards (299) and first in red-zone rushing touchdowns (25). "Add in his superb passing-game ability (Scouts Inc. gave him a "1" rating here that designates exceptional performance in this area) and it equals a back who could provide a huge shot in the arm for an NFL offense in 2015," Joyner wrote.
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Jay Ajayi - RB - Broncos

A "number of teams" have red flagged Boise State RB Jay Ajayi's knee when reviewing medical checks, according to Tony Pauline.

Thee knee injury (which was described as "shredded") occurred during an attempted theft when Ajayi was 18 years old after just moving to the U.S. for football. Beat writer Chadd Cripe once said "The injury on the field was so bad that coaches wondered if he'd recover." Pauline's report is worth keeping in mind during draft weekend, especially if Ajayi stays on the board longer than expected.
Source: TFY Draft Insider

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Jay Ajayi - RB - Broncos

ESPN's K.C. Joyner reports that Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon were the only two RBs in college football to make opposing tacklers miss at least 60 tackles last year.

No other back had even 50. Ajayi also tied for fifth nationally in broken tackles (16), ranked second in red-zone rushing yards (299) and first in red-zone rushing touchdowns (25). "Add in his superb passing-game ability (Scouts Inc. gave him a "1" rating here that designates exceptional performance in this area) and it equals a back who could provide a huge shot in the arm for an NFL offense in 2015," Joyner wrote.
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1. Thanks for all the draft info DP, I've enjoyed reading them.

2. I don't know what to make of that first bit of info, though. If the injury occurred when he was 18, why is it still a concern? Did he reinjure it on the field during his time at Boise St.? Is this simply subterfuge by some teams, hoping to get him to slide?


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2. I don't know what to make of that first bit of info, though. If the injury occurred when he was 18, why is it still a concern? Did he reinjure it on the field during his time at Boise St.? Is this simply subterfuge by some teams, hoping to get him to slide?


We're in the midst of lying season. It happened awhile ago and it didn't seem to hinder him much last year if you look at the second post on him I put up. But it's something to factor in.

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@danpompei 10. Randy Gregory’s failed marijuana test not the only issue. Heard he recently weighed below 230 on a team visit.

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Todd Gurley - RB - Bulldogs

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks the Vikings could take Georgia RB Todd Gurley in Round 1 if they trade Adrian Peterson prior to the draft.

"If you lose a running back, I'm going to go ahead and replace him with a running back in Todd Gurley," Jeremiah said. "He is a special talent and one of the best running backs we've seen come into the league in quite some time. I'd take him right here at No. 11 and plug him in to watch him and Teddy Bridgewater grow on offense together as the future of this football team." Jeremiah ranks Gurley No. 12 player overall, right around the Vikings' No. 11 pick. Jeremiah sees Minnesota drafting offense in that slot even if they don't take a runner. "DeVante Parker and you are making high fives with that selection," he said. "Reunites him with Teddy Bridgewater and you saw how effective they were together (at Louisville)."
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NFL Draft Truth or Hype: Louisville WR DeVante Parker

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Laken Tomlinson - G - Blue Devils

Duke OG Laken Tomlinson "has developed into a quality guard who can move and is physical at the point of attack," according to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"Duke threw a lot, which helped him develop as a pass protector," Prisco wrote. Tomlinson, of course, moved to the U.S. from Jamaica at age 10, acclimating to the game late. He's made up for lost time and is one of this year's best guard prospects. Tomlinson was a first-team A.P. All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree last year.
Source: CBS Sports

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Denzel Perryman - LB - Hurricanes

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "could be a victim of the fact that the NFL is becoming increasingly pass-happy," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

If you like your linebackers old school, you're going to love Perryman. If your defense requires a new-agey athlete, perhaps not, as the analyst outlines. "As Perryman's somewhat pedestrian 40-yard dash time indicates, he isn't an elite athlete and can be victimized in coverage," Rang wrote. "He is one of the few linebackers in this year's class, however, who isn't afraid to take on blockers and Perryman consistently wins these battles, showing impressive instincts, strength and toughness."
Source: CBS Sports

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Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

Utah DB Eric Rowe "has the tools to be a Pro Bowl-caliber safety on the next level," wrote CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"In a league where teams are looking for safeties with range, this kid is it," Prisco wrote. "He can make the move inside and really flourish." Rowe shifted to corner last season after playing safety his first three years. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline recently reported that "quite possibly no defensive back is moving up draft boards faster" than Rowe.
Source: CBS Sports

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Shane Ray - DL - Tigers

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo, Football Outsiders and an analytics director all told ESPN's Mike Sando that Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was "ranked too high based on several factors."

Ray did acquit himself well in College Football Focus' scouting, but Palazzolo indicated his lack of agility hurts projections. "There are concerns with him translating like Vic Beasley and [Dante] Fowler, who we see as better," he said. FO's SackSEER projection pegged Ray as higher-risk prospect than Fowler and hauntingly compared him to Vernon Gholston (Ray finished his college career with only one pass defensed). Football Outsiders also hated Ray's 7.7-second time in the 3-cone drill, 12th-worst in SackSeer's data.
Source: ESPN Insider

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Alvin Dupree - DL - Wildcats

Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree "might offer the most intriguing combination of size and explosiveness and therefore, upside," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"For all of the attention heaped upon edge rushers Dante Fowler, Jr. (Florida), Vic Beasley (Clemson), Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and Shane Ray (Missouri) among others, Dupree might offer the most intriguing combination of size and explosiveness and therefore, upside," Rang wrote. Dupree's explosiveness, power and raw athleticism should have coaches excited to work with him, at the next level. The Kentucky prospect finished second on the Wildcats in tackles with 74, with 12.5 tackles for loss in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports

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Damarious Randall - DB - Sun Devils

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Arizona State Damarious Randall is visiting with the New York Giants on Monday.

With the absence of Antrel Rolle through free agency, the Giants are looking to find a possible replacement via the draft. The Arizona State prospect, offers the Giants a prospect who shows some range and has good ball skills. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Randall posted 106 tackles, two forced fumbles and three interceptions last season, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. Randall should probably hear his name called in the second round of the draft.
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@LanceZierlein Based on what I've heard, P Dawson will not be 1st ILB off draft board, M.Morse is shooting up boards & K.Johnson goes ahead of J.Collins

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There are SO many possibilities...thanks for all the info and updates, dead_poet.

If the Vikes took Daniel Jeremiah's suggestion and drafted Gurley at #11, that would certainly shake things up.

I should probably watch some film of Dupree at some point. The more I read about him, the more I find myself wondering if he's a "Zimmer guy".


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Something to think about for all those Landon Collins' fans (of which I am not one, at least not in the first-round):

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Josh has studied seven games of Collins and believes the Crimson Tide defender is a fourth-round talent.


http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2015/03/22/rs ... n-collins/

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There are SO many possibilities...thanks for all the info and updates, dead_poet.


Happy to be of service.

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If the Vikes took Daniel Jeremiah's suggestion and drafted Gurley at #11, that would certainly shake things up.


Indeed. I'm really warming up to the idea, though it'd be interesting how that would complicate the AD situation if AD was still on the roster. I assume that wouldn't go over well with him and his value at that point in a trade that would already be deflated might be deflated a bit more if teams think the Vikings might ultimately cut him. OR Rick may take a second-rounder before the start of Day 2. If both Gurley and Gordon were off the board by 32, I wonder if that might give him a bit more leverage from a team that really thought they'd be able to get one of them (or one of the other top backs that end up going higher in R2 because if this).

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I should probably watch some film of Dupree at some point. The more I read about him, the more I find myself wondering if he's a "Zimmer guy".


He feels like one. Big, athletic guy with one of the fastest first steps by a defensive end I've seen in a long time. Problem is as good as he is off the ball, he can't quite bend like Beasley and often is out of the play because he can't quite turn the corner. Not a lot of pass rush moves either and can't disengage well yet. But you should watch some film of him. There's quite a bit to like. He's an explosive (some numbers show more explosive potential than Jadeveon Clowney), but raw talent. Feels like the defensive end equivalent of Barr.

Said analyst Charles Davis:

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Dupree lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB at Kentucky, where the coaching staff attempted to leverage his superior talent by playing him all over the place. It's possible, as Davis postulates, that such shifts stunted his development a bit. "The big concern that comes up with Dupree -- whether watching tape or talking to evaluators -- is a lack of consistency," Davis wrote. "Is he more than just a flash player?"

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@LanceZierlein also said that Melvin and Gurley are both likely to go in the first, said he wouldn't be surprised if Gurley went 8 to ATL

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@LanceZierlein says on http://sports790.com that Shane Ray will need surgery on foot, 5 months recovery. "Could drop out of first"

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@LanceZierlein says #Vikings "love" DeVante Parker.

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Trae Waynes - DB - Spartans

Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo says Michigan State CB Trae Waynes "struggles with change of direction."

College Football Focus charting agrees with the opinion. Palazzolo pointed out that Waynes' 40-yard time was faster than his 20-yard shuttle. "It was interesting to see the numbers back up what we saw on tape," he said. Waynes surrendered 14.9 yards per completion last year, per CFF charting, and posted three interceptions and three passes defensed, not stellar showings. "His coverage grade was average," wrote Mike Sando.
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@LesBowen Damarious Randall from Arizona State is "by far the best cover safety" in the draft, Mike Mayock says, and will be the first safety drafted.

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This would be good news for the Vikings.

Andrus Peat - T - Player
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports Stanford OT Andrus Peat will be a top-10 pick.

Per Pauline, Peat "won't get past the Rams" at No. 10 overall. Chatter coming out of St. Louis recently has the Rams really liking Peat, who we assume would replace free agent Joe Barksdale at right tackle with last year's No. 2 pick Greg Robinson sticking on the left side. Peat could also go to the Giants at No. 9.
Source: TFY Draft Insider

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This would be good news for the Vikings.

Andrus Peat - T - Player
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports Stanford OT Andrus Peat will be a top-10 pick.

Per Pauline, Peat "won't get past the Rams" at No. 10 overall. Chatter coming out of St. Louis recently has the Rams really liking Peat, who we assume would replace free agent Joe Barksdale at right tackle with last year's No. 2 pick Greg Robinson sticking on the left side. Peat could also go to the Giants at No. 9.
Source: TFY Draft Insider


Good news unless the Vikings were planning to draft him ;)


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Denzel Perryman - LB - Hurricanes

Miami ILB Denzel Perryman "doesn't have ideal speed or quickness but his range is more than adequate because of his instincts, and he hardly ever fails to make the tackle once he's in position," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Perryman was the vocal leader of the Hurricanes' defense, acting as their quarterback on D," McShay wrote. "He puts in a lot of work in the film room and it shows up on the field, with his ability to pick up on tendencies and quickly read and react to make plays." As we've wrote before, Perryman must go to the correct team. He's a throwback happy to do the dirty work of taking on blockers and happier still to deliver viscous hits to ball carriers, but if your team trusts linebackers to cover receivers in space, he's probably not for you.
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Albert Breer's latest draft nuggets:

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1) Changing attitudes towards drugs? LSU CB Jalen Collins is a test case. Had multiple failed tests in college, per sources with 4 teams.

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2) Likelihood now is Marcus Mariota goes 2nd overall. My feeling is Tennessee likes him more than most think. Very well could be a Titan.

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3) Watch DeVante Parker. Some prefer him to Kevin White, bc he’s more pro-ready. Parker is closer to Cooper/White than to the pack at WR.

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4) In the teens, there'll be guys drafted who other clubs have much lower grades on. So last 20 picks of 1st round = unpredictable. Reason for that? Lots of disagreement on rank of players at certain positions (DE, OL, CB). Reason for THAT: More young juniors (20 y.o.)

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5) RB class is outstanding, and that could hurt those guys’ first-round chances, with clubs believing they can get a solid player later.

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6) Safest player? Leonard Williams – the one non-QB you hear trade-up buzz on. But “safest” not always best (i.e. Gallery, Curry, etc.)

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Albert Breer's latest draft nuggets:
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That would be interesting, the top 2 picks in the draft and both are not attending :lol:

What is the commish going to do, hold up the jersey by himself? Cut to a live feed for 10 minutes?


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Kevin Johnson - DB - Player

Profootballtalk.com reports "multiple teams" rate Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson as the top cornerback prospect on their draft boards.

These teams have Johnson ahead of Michigan State's Trae Waynes, who's been seen as the top corner for most of the draft process. This is not a rich cornerback class, but the need for the position in the NFL is strong, which could push corners up the board. Johnson stands 6-foot and 188 pounds. He has a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump and is experienced in both man and zone coverage.
Source: Profootballtalk on NBC Sports

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Dante Fowler - DL - Player

In a poll of 12 NFL personnel men, Florida's Dante Fowler was the leading vote getter as this year's top 4-3 defensive end prospect.

Fowler can also play 3-4 outside linebacker, of course, but the polled scouts view him as this year's top 4-3 end prospect, as well. Fowler received six first-place votes out of 12, while Missouri's Shane Ray and Kentucky's Bud Dupree each got two first-place votes at 4-3 defensive end. Nebraska's Randy Gregory and USC's Leonard Williams each landed one first-place vote.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Interesting. Worth the read. I don't think Peterson will be traded at this point (and if he is, I'd be surprised if he could net what the author is suggesting, but it's still possible) and I don't know if we'd wait until R5 before drafting a guard but that seems to be Rick's tendency.

Rick Spielman’s Mock Draft 1.0

http://vikingsterritory.com/2015/guest- ... -draft-1-0

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Three weeks ago, I did an eight-year study of Rick Spielman’s draft tendencies with the Vikings. You should probably check it out, because this mock is based solely on the findings of that study, and I’ll be referencing it throughout. Again, these aren’t my picks. This is essentially an automated Spielman simulation, so please direct your complaints to SlickRick@Vikings.NFL.net.

Note: All trades are based on this value chart.

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I'm starting to come around with Anthony as a R2 target.

Stephone Anthony - LB - Tigers

Clemson ILB Stephone Anthony "might be the most well-rounded player at the position," observed Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Anthony as the No. 51 player in the draft. "His marginal change-of-direction ability is the biggest knock on him, but he shows off a nice burst and reads plays well," McGuinness wrote. "When he gets to ball carriers he almost always gets them on the ground, missing just two tackles from Week 2 on, after an out-of-character three missed tackles in Week 1. He was an effective blitzer in 2014, too, and looked comfortable in coverage. All of that makes him an ideal three-down linebacker in today's NFL." At the combine, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Anthony recorded a 4.56 forty, a 1.57 10-yard split, a 37" vertical, a 10'2" broad jump, a 7.07 3-cone and a 4.03 20-yard short shuttle. It wasn't quite as good as teammate Vic Beasley's show, but it was a sensational performance in its own right.
Source: ESPN.com

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Interesting. Worth the read. I don't think Peterson will be traded at this point (and if he is, I'd be surprised if he could net what the author is suggesting, but it's still possible) and I don't know if we'd wait until R5 before drafting a guard but that seems to be Rick's tendency.

Rick Spielman’s Mock Draft 1.0

http://vikingsterritory.com/2015/guest- ... -draft-1-0

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Three weeks ago, I did an eight-year study of Rick Spielman’s draft tendencies with the Vikings. You should probably check it out, because this mock is based solely on the findings of that study, and I’ll be referencing it throughout. Again, these aren’t my picks. This is essentially an automated Spielman simulation, so please direct your complaints to SlickRick@Vikings.NFL.net.

Note: All trades are based on this value chart.



Great read. Insightful picks based on Rick's tendencies. I would be pretty content with the results he projects, but I think even while he accurately assessed Rick's patterns or tendencies, it will undoubtedly turn out very different from what he forecasts.

This was my thought this morning: our off season moves make OG and MLB by far our biggest holes. I don't back a need-based drafting strategy, but I really hope they address these needs via the draft, and not in the 7th round.


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Worth a read.

There are only five can't-miss players in the 2015 NFL Draft

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"This is it," he said. "I've got five, I don't have 10. I don't have six. This is the five, and then there is everybody else."


http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jas ... -nfl-draft

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Trae Waynes - DB - Spartans

Pro Football Focus is concerned that Michigan State CB Trae Waynes' 20-yard shuttle (4.39 seconds) was slower than his 40 time (4.31).

That occurrence is such an anomaly that the group couldn't recall seeing it before. "That poor change-of-direction ability was evident on tape, and is a problem at a position where change of direction is vital," wrote Mike Renner. PFF is also troubled that a corner with such great recovery speed (thus not having to worry about getting burned deep) was so average on intermediate routes, only breaking up three passes on 59 targets. Waynes' yards per coverage snap allowed was average (1.04) and he struggled against Oregon, allowing 113 yards and a score on seven targets.
Source: ESPN Insider

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I couldn't agree more. The more I read, the more I'm convinced that Waynes in our defense is about as good of a match as butterscotch and sour cream on a bed of rice.


Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:23 pm
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Idiot.

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Shane Ray - LB - Player
Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray was arrested Monday morning for possession of marijuana in Cooper County, Mo.

What a bonehead move by Ray, who was later released from county jail. His stock was already crashing some because of a foot/toe issue that may require surgery and force him to miss rookie minicamp. Early in the pre-draft process, Ray was talked about as a possible top-three pick. Now, he may find himself lasting until day two. Ray has a high motor but lacks ideal size at 6'3/249.
Source: Brandon Kiley on Twitter

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Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:18 pm
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Has anyone heard of this guy before:
http://grantland.com/the-triangle/livin ... aft-class/

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Pass-Rushing Nerd Addendum: Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

No pass-rusher in college football was more productive over the past two seasons than Kikaha. He had a Division I–best 19 sacks last season after racking up 13 the year before. He didn’t impress during the draft process — not after running a 4.9 at his pro day, while facing questions about the two ACL surgeries he underwent in college — but the guy just knows what he’s doing.

Read the full article. Sounds like an absolute steal in the 3rd or 4th round. Not on Mayock's top 100. At 98 on the CBS board.


Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:41 pm
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John_Viveiros wrote:
Has anyone heard of this guy before:
http://grantland.com/the-triangle/livin ... aft-class/

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Pass-Rushing Nerd Addendum: Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

No pass-rusher in college football was more productive over the past two seasons than Kikaha. He had a Division I–best 19 sacks last season after racking up 13 the year before. He didn’t impress during the draft process — not after running a 4.9 at his pro day, while facing questions about the two ACL surgeries he underwent in college — but the guy just knows what he’s doing.

Read the full article. Sounds like an absolute steal in the 3rd or 4th round. Not on Mayock's top 100. At 98 on the CBS board.


He'd be good in a tampa 2 DE position. Not a match for the Vikings.


Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:45 pm
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