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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kyle Murphy, OT Stanford

Written by Pete Smith on April 19, 2016

Stanford offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (78)  before the first quarter of an NCAA college football game between Northwestern and Stanford in Evanston, Ill,  Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Marton

Kyle Murphy was a 1st Team PAC-12 selection at left tackle as part of one of the more potent left sides in college football along with Josh Garnett at Stanford. This past season, the Cardinal were able to maul opponents and enable Christian McCaffrey to be the Heisman Trophy Runner Up.

Murphy finished his Stanford career part of a class that played in 3 Rose Bowls, winning 2 of them. Now, the giant offensive tackle with a mean streak in the running game looks to ply his trade at the next level.

Pete Smith: What’s the ideal weight you’re trying to achieve?

Kyle Murphy: Yea, I mean throughout the whole combine, pro day, all that type of stuff, I’ve been anywhere from 305 to 310, so I feel good there. I’m just trying to be a good, healthy, lean weight, but just kinda the way my body’s built, and (read more…)


Danzel McDaniel and the Journey

Written by Jeff Risdon on April 18, 2016

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One of the great phenomenon in the draft media is the willingness to pick and choose which prospects get favored status and which ones fade to relative oblivion in draft season.

It’s not that different from the odd cultural phenomena that emerge at college stadiums every Saturday in the fall. From The Wave to the “jump around” to the ubiquitous Seven Nation Army on repeat twice a quarter from every marching band in the country, they are instantly ingrained in the cultural fabric of college football.

The last couple of autumns brought forth a new stadium sensation. Somehow, some way, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ emerged as a raucous, full-throated sing-a-long at college football games. “Born and Raised in South Detroit” broke decibel meters in nearby Ann Arbor with over 100,000 Michigan fans screaming along. I went to 9 different college football venues last fall and heard the 1981 pop/rock (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tony McRae, CB North Carolina A&T

Written by Pete Smith on April 18, 2016

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Tony McRae was 2-Time All-MEAC 1st team corner after initially committing to the school as a tailback. After recording 5 interceptions as a junior, teams stopped trying to throw at him as a senior. McRae also returned a total of 63 kickoffs in his career with 4 touchdowns and an average of 25.7 yards per return.

Now, the Aggie corner is turning his attention to the NFL and what he can do for a team on the next level.

Pete Smith: Help me understand the way you guys play defense. I see you play boundary corner and then I see you in the middle of the field as a safety.

Tony McRae: Okay. I play boundary corner because in the MEAC, the best receivers usually play in the boundary, so the throws are shorter. Our quarterbacks throw a lot of quick game stuff in the boundary, so the best (read more…)


Breaking News: Titans trade No.1 pick to Rams

Written by Bryan Perez on April 14, 2016

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The NFL Draft is inherently full of unexpected twists and turns, but today’s news of the Titans and Rams agreeing to terms on a trade involving the No.1 pick overall was certainly as surprising as it gets.

Rams get No. 1 pick, their 4th and 6th. Titans get Rams’ 1, two 2s (43 + 45), 3 and then Rams 1 and 3 next year.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016

The Titans were rumored to be shopping the first pick, but the fact a deal was struck with two weeks remaining before the draft is pretty shocking.

The Rams paid quite the price to move up, choosing to mortgage their future in an effort to presumably land the 2016 NFL Draft’s top quarterback.

Coach Fisher’s decision to trade two first-round picks, two second-round picks and two third-round picks is a potentially crippling move if Carson (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Bronson Kaufusi, DL BYU

Written by Pete Smith on April 12, 2016

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BYU Defensive Lineman Bronson Kaufusi finished his career with a senior season that included 45 solo tackles 19.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, an interception and 5 blocked kicks. He added to that with one of the more impressive all around performances at this year’s NFL Scouting combine, regardless of position.

Kaufusi, the son of BYU’s Defensive Line Coach, Steve Kaufusi and brother of Corbin Kaufusi, a member of the basketball team. Bronson was utilized all over the Cougars’ defensive scheme and maybe the biggest question facing him as the draft approaches is where the team that drafts him will actually want him to play.

Peter Smith: Watching BYU’s tape the past few years, they have done a great job at putting their studs in position to make a ton of plays, like with Kyle Van Noy, Ziggy Ansah or you. It seems (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nelson Spruce, WR Colorado

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

Nov 1, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Nelson Spruce (22) runs a route in the second quarter against the Washington Huskies at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Spruce has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the country during his career at Colorado, including an outstanding junior year where he caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns. Spruce has set a school records at Colorado, but the mark that stands out most is the PAC-12 record for receptions in a career (267).

After a prolific college career, Spruce is excited for the opportunity to once again prove himself, this time n the NFL.

Peter Smith: Watching your tape, I thought there wasn’t a program that could’ve utilized you better than Coach MacIntyre did at Colorado.

Nelson Spruce: Yea, I would agree with that. I’d say our offense is more styled for short, underneath routes, which I feel like is my strength.

PS: What’s the white wide receiver cliché comparison you get the most?

NS: (Laughs) I’d say that any comparison I (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joe Dahl, OT Washington State

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

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Joe Dahl started out his career at Montana before transferring home to play for the team he grew up rooting for in Washington State. Starting at left guard before taking over the left tackle spot in the team’s bowl game as a sophomore, Dahl hasn’t looked back the past 2 years.

Now, Dahl is showing teams that he’s a versatile offensive lineman that can play up and down the line, even taking reps at center at pro day. He played guard at the Senior Bowl where he had a good week in addition to a nice performance at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Pete Smith: In terms of showing teams who you hope to be at the next level and making a statement, how important was your experience at the Senior Bowl?

Joe Dahl: Oh, it was huge. The first thing I got to show was that I was (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nick Vannett, TE Ohio State

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

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Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NFL Draft process. From the catching passes from Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl  to working out at the NFL Scouting Combine to Pro Day, Vannett has been able to showcase himself as opposed to being largely a facilitator for other people’s success within the Ohio State offense.

After being part of a historic team at Ohio State that won a total of 51 games, an undefeated season and a National Championship, Vannett has shifted his focus to making the case that he is the best and most complete tight end in this year’s draft class.

Pete Smith: People know you from playing at Ohio State, but in my experience, a lot of them aren’t clear on what you actually did in your role as a tight end. How would you define your role while (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Preview: AFC North

Written by Chris Nicolaou on April 9, 2016

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The 2016 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away! It’s time to take a look at a certain division that has had its share of success and failures in recent years: the AFC North.

As we all know, the division consists of the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most of the division’s success has come from the Steelers and Ravens, who have secured a combined eight Lombardi Trophies over the years and made it to six Super Bowls since 2000.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been a strong contender recently, winning the division two of the last three seasons. The AFC North continues to be one of the toughest divisions in the National Football League — this is why the NFL Draft is so vital to each team’s success moving forward.

This article will focus on each team, their offseason, needs and potential targets (read more…)


Why Duke’s Jeremy Cash is the Ideal Box Safety

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 8, 2016

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Safeties who can dominate in the box have become key in today’s NFL. Kam Chancellor serves as the heart and soul of a superb Seattle Seahawks defense as an enforcer over the middle and Deone Bucannon has transitioned excellently to linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals having operated at safety during his collegiate career at Washington State.

Players with that combination of versatility and physicality can be tough to find, however, there is one in the 2016 class in the form of Duke safety Jeremy Cash.

A transfer from Ohio State, Cash was very productive in his time with the Blue Devils, posting 332 tackles with 38 for a loss and eight sacks. In addition, he registered five interceptions, 14 pass deflections and nine forced fumbles.

Cash’s success should be no surprise, he has a strong frame for the position at 6’0″ and 212 pounds and benefits from long 32 3/8″ (read more…)


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