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5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:23AM #1
JonahFalcon
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TE Matt LaCosse


TE


MATT LACOSSE


ILLINOIS  BIG TEN


Photo of Matt LaCosse






5.18?



    • 6'6"HEIGHT
    • 250LBS.WEIGHT



    ANALYSIS



    STRENGTHS


     Smooth release from the line and gets into routes quickly. Good play speed inside his routes with ability to get on top of safeties quickly when he's asked to threaten on third level. Sinks hips into breaks and accelerates into cuts. Can go low and make the tough catch with soft mitts. Used in-line and from wing spot, but was lined up outside in his last regular season game. Willing to fight and sustain when asked to square up as in-line blocker. Block technique needs work, but he has ability to get better.

    WEAKNESSES


     Tall, angular frame with more meat needed through his lower body. Unable to generate push as a drive blocker and gets rocked from his spot by bull rushers when asked to single-up on them. Tested out at 20 reps, but needs more core strength. Sluggish to release into routes against jams and can be knocked well off course. Played in less than 50 percent of the snaps over last two seasons and had just 38 catches for his career. Needs more fluidity in routes and also needs to stop giving them away with early lean.

    DRAFT PROJECTION


     Round 7 or priority free agent

    NFL COMPARISON


     Arthur Lynch

    BOTTOM LINE


     With a long frame and good speed, LaCosse has the tools to work with for teams looking for a tight end who can stretch the field or stress linebackers in one-on-one matchups. His lack of college production will limit the number of team radars he hits, but he has enough talent to warrant a legitimate look and his ability to play special teams should help his chances.



     
    5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:25AM #2
    JonahFalcon
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    RB


    AKEEM HUNT


    PURDUE  BIG TEN


    Photo of Akeem Hunt






    5.1?



      • 5'10"HEIGHT
      • 183LBS.WEIGHT



      OVERVIEW


      In 2014, played in 12 games. Led Boilermakers with 949 yards rushing and six touchdowns. In 2013, appeared in all 12 games, making nine starts. Led Purdue with 464 yards rushing on 123 carries and one rushing touchdown. In 2012, appeared in all 13 games as a reserve. Rushed 42 times for 335 yards (8.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. In 2011, appeared in 12 games as a reserve. Finished third on the team in rushing with 287 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries.




      PRO DAY RESULTS


       
      40-yard dash: 4.4 and 4.36 seconds 
      Vertical jump: 37 inches 
      Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches 
      20-yard short shuttle: 4.11 seconds 
      Three-cone drill: 6.71 seconds

      ANALYSIS



      STRENGTHS


       Used in a variety of roles at Purdue. Used on jet sweeps and as slot receiver as well as running back and kick returner. Offers depth-chart value. Saw plenty of toss plays in an effort to get his blazing speed in space on the perimeter. Gets to his top speed quickly and can pull away from defenders who think they have angles on him. Dangerous after the catch. Has 99-yard and 100-yard kickoff returns on his resume.

      WEAKNESSES


       Skinny scatback. Falls victim to arm tackles too often. Too small to run through the initial tackler or squeeze out additional yardage with pure effort. Has perimeter speed, but looks to dive back inside, searching for cutback lanes rather than using natural speed to the edge. Lacks vision and instincts to be consistent runner on stretch plays. Surprising lack of creativity as a runner. Won't turn short runs into long ones with wiggle in the open field.

      BOTTOM LINE


       Will flash signs of blazing speed and potential during games, but doesn't have consistency of production at any one position to create confidence in giving him much of a draftable grade. Is too hesitant and lacks the vision necessary to be reliable as an NFL running back. His ability to return kicks might be a foot in the door while an offensive coordinator figures out how to use him.


      5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:27AM #3
      JonahFalcon
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      ILB


      COLE FARRAND


      MARYLAND  BIG TEN


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      4.8?



        • 6'3"HEIGHT
        • 245LBS.WEIGHT



        ANALYSIS



        STRENGTHS


         Plays with consistent toughness at the point of attack. Will fight through impediments to get to the ball. Gap responsible. Steady tackler when he gets his shot.

        WEAKNESSES


         Lacks NFL athleticism. Struggles to protect against cut blocks and stay on his feet. Marginal instincts and looks lost at times against spread attacks. Cannot stay with running backs out of the backfield and is below average in pass coverage in general. Too slow to track outside runs and plays with poor angles.

        DRAFT PROJECTION


         Undrafted

        BOTTOM LINE


         Not instinctive or athletic. Can't hang his hat on coverage ability or run-stuffing acumen. He's an inside linebacker with limited range who must prove he can be a special-teams monster to make it.


        5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:30AM #4
        JonahFalcon
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        Justin Currie, DS, Michigan


        Justin Currie is a 6-2 204 pound safety at Western Michigan. He wears #33.


        Currie is sort of a 'tweener safety. WMU lists his as a strong safety, but he is usually found as the last line of defense. He is not the smoothest in man-to-man coverage, but he is not the most physical tackler, either. In 2014, he'll need to improve a number of his game's aspects to emerge as a solid candidate for the 2015 NFL Draft.


        2013: Junior


        Currie rolled up 113 tackles (60 solo) in 12 games in 2013. He had seven TFL, a pretty big number for a safety. He had three interceptions and three pass break ups. His numbers show him as a well-rounded safety. Keep in mind that WMU was horrible in 2013 and the defense was on the field a lot.

        5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:31AM #5
        JonahFalcon
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        5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:34AM #6
        JonahFalcon
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        Byron Archambault was signed. He had been playing in the CFL.

        5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:35AM #7
        JonahFalcon
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        OT


        SEAN DONNELLY


        TULANE  AAC


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        5.16?



          • 6'8"HEIGHT
          • 297LBS.WEIGHT



          OVERVIEW


          Three-year starter for the Green Wave.




          PRO DAY RESULTS


           
          40-yard dash: 5.59 and 5.49 seconds 
          Vertical jump: 26 inches 
          Broad jump: 8 feet, 8 inches 
          Short shuttle: 4.84 seconds 
          3-cone: 8.4 seconds 
          Bench: 19 reps of 225 pounds

          ANALYSIS



          STRENGTHS


           Quick feet in pass sets. Keeps feet moving throughout the snap and has quickness to set to edge speed. Patient with punch and lands a high percentage of them. Strong hands to sustain. Able to snatch defender in run game or pass pro and ride the bull for as long as he needs to in order to win the block. Tough, with tenacious play demeanor through the whistle. Works to keep defender centered on his block and has athleticism to get out in space. Takes accurate angles to second-level blocks and understands timing of his combo blocks. Processes twists and stunts quickly and responds in a positive manner. Brings his feet with him when redirecting back inside to wash down inside moves.

          WEAKNESSES


           Flat­-pants body type with a lack of bubble and power in his lower body. Unable to generate consistent push at point of attack. Needs weight-­room work to improve drive blocking. Needs to calm feet as they get frenetic at times. Narrows base in run game and pass pro. There are concerns about his field discipline. Flagged for three 15­-yard penalties last season and has nine holding penalties and 14 false starts over the last two seasons. Will get caught leaning in pass pro when he believes opponent is stronger.

          DRAFT PROJECTION


           Round 7 or priority free agent

          SOURCES TELL US


           "I liked Donnelly, and went to bat for him and got crushed in our meeting room. We will see if I'm right or the big boys in the room are right." -- AFC South scout

          NFL COMPARISON


          &nbs****y Wagner

          BOTTOM LINE


           Has size and foot quickness to be swing tackle who can play either tackle spot and handle himself in pass protection. Donnelly relies on footwork and positioning over power to get his man blocked in the running game and he could struggle against power unless he improves his core strength. His functional movement, ability to sustain blocks and tenacity give him a shot at becoming a starter at some point. NFL offensive line coaches will wear him out if he doesn't find a way to play with better discipline and avoid penalties.


          5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:36AM #8
          JonahFalcon
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          QB


          GARY NOVA


          RUTGERS  BIG TEN


          Photo of Gary Nova






          4.93?



            • 6'2"HEIGHT
            • 220LBS.WEIGHT



            ANALYSIS



            STRENGTHS


             Three-year starter. Has quick, compact delivery with no wasted motion. Flashes some anticipatory traits and showed an ability to make throws into tight windows between the hash and the numbers. Athletic enough to get rid of ball quickly if throw comes open sooner than expected. More than enough arm and can make NFL throws. Has experience working in pro-style offense. Has spent offseason working on improving mechanics with former NFL quarterback Jay Fiedler.

            WEAKNESSES


             Footwork was very problematic at times. Inconsistent stepping into throws, causing accuracy issues. Fine line between anticipation throws and early throws induced by some pocket panic. Allows constricting pocket to get the best of him at times. Doesn't always let routes develop and takes catches and yardage off the board with premature throws. Needs to scan field and play more chess against secondary.

            DRAFT PROJECTION


             Priority free agent

            BOTTOM LINE


             Nova has arm talent and there are plays where he jumps off the tape at you, but the overriding question is whether or not he can learn to play with more poise and patience. Learning to get through his progressions and allowing plays to develop will take time, but Nova is a quarterback who might be worth a shot on a practice squad so that a team has time to try to develop his potential.


            5 years ago  ::  May 04, 2015 - 6:39AM #9
            JonahFalcon
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            Brad Bars, Penn State, DE

            Brad Bars

            Class:
            Graduate Student
            Hometown:
            Nashville, Tenn.
            High School:
            Montgomery Bell Academy
            Height / Weight:
            6-3 / 263
            Position:
            DE
            Experience:
            SR
            H.S. Coach:
            Dan McGugin





            Brad Bars is more than ready to return to the field after missing the 2013 season due to injury. He provided tireless effort during his rehabilitation and is looking to work his way into a significant role in the defensive end rotation during his fifth-year senior season. Bars is a talented and relentless player with a great motor who could also play a prominent role on the special teams. With his efforts in the strength and conditioning program, he has added more than 15 pounds to his frame since the start of the 2013 season. A product of Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Bars played in eight games on defense and special teams in 2012. Bars is one of the squad's premier students, owning a 3.68 grade-point average after the spring semester. The Dean's List student compiled a 4.00 grade-point average during the 2012 fall semester and was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Bars will be a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration this year. He earned his degree in finance in May and is among the five returnees who graduated last spring.

            2013 - Senior Season
            Bars suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in July 2013 and missed the season.

            2012 - Junior Season
            Bars played in eight games on defense and special teams. He missed the first two contests with a leg injury and made two tackles in the win over Navy to assist in Bill O'Brien's first career head coaching victory. Bars attained a 4.00 grade-point average during the 2012 fall semester. He was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District® team and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the second time.

            2011 - Sophomore Season
            In his first season on the field, Bars saw playing time in 12 games and delivered one of the season's biggest special teams plays when he blocked an Illinois punt in the fourth quarter. After the block, the Nittany Lions kicked a field goal to pull within four points and won the Leaders Division game, 10-7, with a touchdown with less than 70 seconds to play to improve to 5-0 in the Big Ten at the time. Bars played a total of 97 snaps with a season-high 12 snaps each against Purdue, Nebraska and Wisconsin. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

            2010 - Freshman Season
            Redshirt season. Bars compiled a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2010 fall semester.

            High School
            A four-year starter for coach Dan McGugin at Montgomery Bell Academy, Bars was a Tennessee Sportswriters all-state selection in 2009. He was named to the Dandy Dozen as one of Tennessee's top 12 players. During his junior and senior campaigns, he combined for a total of 179 tackles, 11 sacks and four interceptions. Bars helped his squad to a state championship in 2007 and, as captain, led his team to a state runner-up finish in 2009. Bars also lettered in track and basketball.

            Personal
            Full name is Bradley Joseph Bars. He is the son of Joe and Sally Bars. He has two younger brothers, Blake and Alex, and one younger sister, Lauren. His father and uncle, Mike Bars, played football at Notre Dame and his grandfather, Joe Bars Sr., was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Doug Eggleston, Bars' maternal grandfather, and his uncle, Don Kolcheff, both played football at Michigan. In his free time, Bars enjoys attending concerts, listening to music, playing the saxophone and piano, and water sports. He graduated with a degree in finance in May 2014. Born April 24, 1992 in Chicago, Ill.

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