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13 months ago  ::  Apr 26, 2020 - 2:32AM #1
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Kyle Murphy, OL


Small-school offensive lineman with good athleticism, core strength and position flexibility. Murphy has starting experience at tackle, guard and center, but is a likely center/guard projection. His size and strength were good for his level of competition but may be an early challenge in the NFL. He's an average drive blocker, but might be quick enough to get to challenging angles as a move blocker. Murphy's pass protection is a strength, with the anchor and slide quickness to match up with a variety of rush styles. He should offer good backup depth with a chance to bump up the depth chart in the future.

  • Position flexibility on the interior
  • Was two-sport captain in high school and twice a team captain at Rhode Island
  • Foot quickness and agility to mirror and redirect
  • Uses inside hand to punch and brace
  • Hip flexion to sink and anchor against bull-rush charges
  • Light on his feet with plus athleticism
  • Nimble out of his stance and around the corner on pull blocks
  • Can make all the zone blocks on both levels
  • Bends knees, runs feet on drive blocks
  • Nasty field demeanor and loves to finish

  • Pops up a little too tall out of stance
  • Lands down blocks above opponent's numbers
  • Average as a drive blocker
  • Needs to keep chin tucked when throwing his hands
  • Punch-timing is lackadaisical at times
  • Inconsistent recognition of twist development
  • Occasional lunge and grab when challenged by speed
  • Hasn't faced challenging level of competition


Kyle Markway, TE -- did not receive a Combine invite.  Markway lost two years due to injury and actually had the option of playing a sixth season with the Gamec0cks, but opted not to.


Austin Mack, WR


Mack came into Ohio State with plenty of acclaim but saw several teammates finish as more heralded and decorated. The production is disappointing, but the tape should give evaluators some hope. He has average speed, but is an instinctive, purposeful route-runner who can uncover on intermediate routes. His frame, length and hand size expand his catch radius, but he needs to eliminate focus drops. There is size and talent to work with, but he may need a strong workout to convince teams to take him on Day 3. He has WR4 upside if he can prove himself on special teams.

  • Possesses desired size and strength outside
  • Intelligent and instinctive with route work
  • Vertical push looks the same each rep
  • Consistent with hand action to free from jams
  • Disguises route intentions
  • Crisp out-breaking routes work away from coverage
  • Long arms and 10-inch hands haul in potential incompletions
  • Absorbs contact and hangs in on contested catches

  • Production has never lived up to the talent
  • Failed to hit 400 yards or four touchdowns in any season
  • Stride hitch getting into intermediate breakdowns
  • Stymied by injuries over last two seasons
  • Body catches can turn into drops
  • Can do more with his size as a run blocker


Javon Leake, RB

Explosive player. Averaged 7.2 yards per carry last season.


The overall sample size has been very limited with just 155 total touches over three seasons, but look carefully and you'll find big play ability in all three campaigns. He looks thinner than listed and isn't overly willful as an interior runner, but he can be a lethal outside runner. Leake is a sudden back and his ability to cut and reach top-end speed quickly should allow him to keep ringing up chunk plays as a pro. His kick-return talent carries less weight with fewer returns happening on the pro level and he needs to prove he can offer real third-down value. He's a bonafide playmaker with low mileage on the odometer and might be coveted by teams looking for an injection of life into their running game.

  • Elite playmaking ability
  • Averaged one rushing touchdown every 8.5 career carries
  • Feet are springy and explosive
  • Runs with good instincts and pace in outside zone
  • Processes defense quickly without slowing his roll
  • Ability to probe and change entry point before defense catches up
  • Plays with quick gather-and-cut footwork
  • Gets skinny through the lane
  • Loose hips help him elude open-field tacklers without making big cuts
  • Willing to finish with pop when it's one-on-one
  • Kick return specialist with three touchdowns during his career

  • Thin through hips and thighs
  • Had double-digit carries just three times in his career
  • Some minor bouts of hesitation as gap runner
  • Angle tackles can upend him due to narrow base
  • Doesn't show much confidence cutting runs back into the field
  • Tries to take runs wide even when he's outflanked
  • Won't be a pile mover in short-yardage spots
  • Ball security has been poor in limited sample size
  • Engages in pass pro with helmet/shoulder rather than hands


Niko Lalos, EDGE - high character project

HANOVER — The Dartmouth College football team features a figurative galaxy of stars as it powers toward what it hopes will be its first unbeaten campaign since 1996.

Quarterbacks Jared Gerbino and Derek Kyler are household names to Ivy League aficionados, and even defensive players such as lineman Jackson Perry, linebacker Jack Traynor and cornerback Isiah Swann are well-known.

So when a hulking No. 90 snagged a Princeton flare pass and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown last weekend at Yankee Stadium, more than a handful of fans ran a finger down their program rosters. Who was Niko Lalos?

Consistent Big Green observers certainly know. As so do NFL scouts, whose interest is piqued by the Akron, Ohio, native’s 6-foot-5, 270-pound frame. Lalos has 26 tackles, seven of them for losses. Throw in 3½ sacks and five passes batted down and it makes for a standout senior season.

“He’s big and physical and explosive, and he can run,” said Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens, whose 8-0 team hosts Cornell (2-6, 1-4) on Saturday in its home finale. “That’s a hard combination to deal with. He gets in people’s heads and causes them problems.”

Lalos benefits from the talents of fellow linemen Jackson Perry, David Chalmers and T.J. Simpson. Opponents can’t double-team him consistently, freeing him up to make plays. Actually making them, however, takes skill and will; Lalos has both in spades.

Lalos was a wide receiver and tight end on offense and a linebacker on defense for St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, better known as the alma mater of NBA star LeBron James. Ohio State and Notre Dame came calling with walk-on slots, but Lalos and his mother, Leslie, picked Dartmouth based on its academics and the likelihood that Niko would see more game action.


Dana Levine, OLB - longshot from Temple

13 months ago  ::  Apr 26, 2020 - 2:38AM #2
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Binjimen Victor, WR - Austin Mack's teammate on Ohio State


Highly touted, four-star recruit who dialed in his fair share of touchdowns relative to his catch total, but failed to put a strong stamp on any single season. Victor is a long, high-cut vertical receiver with a gliding gait and top-end speed that sometimes sneaks up on defenses. He's more athletically gifted than he is skilled as a pass-catcher, but he has traits that could entice a team to stash him on a practice squad while it determines his potential and upside.

  • Long arms with a wingspan of almost 82 inches
  • Able to cast a wider catch net than the average receiver
  • Averaged a TD for every 4.6 career catches
  • Long strides chomp up turf and get past coverage
  • Able to glide and separate traveling across the hashmarks
  • Career average of 16.1 ypc
  • Fluid and smooth when bounding in the air to reel in the throw
  • Better wiggle post-catch than expected for leggy receiver

  • Added weight, but build is still stringy
  • High-cut and very leggy underneath
  • Below average play strength shows against press bullies
  • Takeoff delayed by ineffective stem and release
  • Casually rolls into short-area breaks
  • Slow to snap head around and locate football
  • Has moments where he fights the football
  • Too many wasted steps defeating leverage
  • Sluggish to re-accelerate after slowing feet

13 months ago  ::  Apr 26, 2020 - 4:33PM #3
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Apr 26, 2020 -- 3:33PM, Jon wrote:

This was last year 

13 months ago  ::  Apr 26, 2020 - 5:30PM #4
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Malcolm Elmore, DB, Central Methodist
Tyler Haycraft, OL, Louisville
Rysen John, WR/TE, Simon Fraser
Christian Angulo, DB, Hampton
Case Cookus, QB, Northern Arizona University
Derrick Dillon, WR, LSU

12 months ago  ::  Apr 27, 2020 - 5:03PM #5
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Giants ended up signing 15 UDFA !!! I'm loving the Judge Era so far ... this guy means business and looks like he knows what they need to do to turn this around ASAP !!!


Case Cookus, QB, Northern Arizona, 6-4, 205

Cookus played in 41 games for the Lumberjacks and completed 891 of 1,430 passes (62.3%) for 12,057 yards, 105 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He twice suffered season-ending shoulder injuries, limiting him to four games in 2016 and two in 2018. But he rebounded last year to finish with career-high totals of 290 completions, 4,095 yards and 31 touchdown passes.

* Javon Leake, RB, Maryland, 6-0, 206

Leake played in 32 games in three seasons at Maryland and finished his career with 134 rushing attempts for 1,110 yards (8.3-yard avg.) and 17 touchdowns. He had his most productive season in 2019, when he ran for 736 yards and eight scores on 102 attempts and added all nine of his career receptions for 55 yards. Leake also returned 57 kickoffs for an average of 25.2 yards and three touchdowns, including a 100-yarder. He ran for a career-high 158 yards and scored twice against Indiana on Oct. 19.

* Derrick Dillon, WR, LSU, 5-11, 186

Dillon played in 48 games with 11 starts in four seasons at LSU. His career totals included 51 catches for 634 yards and four touchdowns. In 2019, he played in 13 games with three starts for the national champion Tigers and caught 15 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall draft choice.

* Austin Mack, WR, Ohio State, 6-2, 215

Mack played in 45 games with 28 starts at OSU and had 79 catches for 1,050 yards and six touchdowns. As a senior in 2019, he had career-high totals of 27 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns, including a season-high six grabs in the College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Clemson. Mack had 26 catches as a junior before a foot injury ended his season after eight games.

* Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State, 6-4, 200

Victor played in 47 games for the Buckeyes and concluded his career with 83 receptions for 1,340 yards and 18 touchdowns. As a senior in 2019, he played in all 14 games and finished with career-high totals of 35 catches for 573 yards and six touchdowns.

* Rysen John, WR, Simon Fraser University (British Columbia), 6-7, 237

In his final three seasons at Simon Fraser – an NCAA Division II program – John played in 25 games and caught 112 passes for 1,675 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2019, he was selected first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference after catching 53 passes for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the league in all three categories. John was selected the team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. He is named after former NFL receiver Andre Rison.

Kyle Markway, TE, South Carolina, 6-4, 250

Appeared in 39 games as a tight end and on special teams with 14 starts for the Game****. His career totals included 37 receptions for 459 yards and three touchdowns. In 2019, he ranked third on the team with a career-high 31 catches, for 349 yards and two scores. Markway was on the SEC's academic honor roll every year of his career.

Tyler Haycraft, OL, Louisville, 6-3, 293

Haycraft arrived at Louisville as a walk-on. He was redshirted in 2015 and did not play the following season. Haycraft saw his first action in 2017, when he played in six games. In 2018, he earned a scholarship and played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams. Last season, he started all 13 games at right tackle opposite Mekhi Becton, the 11th overall selection in the draft.

Kyle Murphy, OL, Rhode Island, 6-4, 302

Murphy played in 43 games with 36 starts in four seasons for the Rams. He demonstrated his versatility by starting at four different positions - 21 games at left tackle, nine at left guard, five at right tackle and one at center. As a senior in 2019, he was a team captain and started all 11 games at left guard.

* Niko Lalos, OLB, Dartmouth, 6-5, 270

Lalos played in 24 games in three seasons for the Big Green. He recorded 59 tackles (32 solo), including 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks. Lalos added one interception and one fumble recovery. In 2019, he was selected first-team All-Ivy League after posting career-high totals of 35 tackles (10 solo), 10 stops for loss and 5.5 sacks. Lalos was chosen his team's MVP at the Hula Bowl after notching two sacks and a forced fumble.

Dominique Ross, OLB, North Carolina, 6-4, 228

Ross played in 42 games with 20 starts in four seasons for the Tar Heels. His career totals included 126 tackles (64 solo), 11.0 stops for loss, 4.0 sacks, one interception, 10 passes defensed and one forced fumble. As a senior in 2019, Ross played in 12 games with a career-high 11 starts and had his most productive season with 60 tackles (30 solo), six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Dana Levine, OLB, Temple, 6-4, 235

Levine played in 39 games in four seasons at Temple, primarily as a defensive end. His career totals included 91 tackles (52 solo), 18.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, and four forced fumbles. As a senior in 2019, he had career highs of 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks among his 32 tackles (19 solo).

JaQuarius Landrews, DB, Mississippi State, 6-0, 200

Landrews played two years for the Bulldogs after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. After redshirting in 2017, Landrews played in 23 games with 16 starts and totaled 98 tackles, five tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception and 13 pass breakups. He earned his undergraduate degree from MSU in December 2018.

Christian Angulo, DB, Hampton, 6-2, 190

Angulo played one season at Hampton after transferring from Cincinnati. He played in 10 games and led the Pirates with three interceptions and 14 passes defensed, the latter figuring tying for the lead in the Big South Conference. He totaled 18 tackles (14 solo), including two for loss. Angulo was selected second-team all-conference.

Malcolm Elmore, DB, Central Methodist, 5-11, 185

Elmore has spent four seasons at Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo. His career totals included 133 tackles, 15 pass breakups, and eight interceptions for 223 yards. In 2019, he recorded 58 tackles, including two for loss, and a team-high four interceptions which he returned 144 yards. Elmore was selected all-second team Heart of America Conference.

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