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Jake Coker QB 6-5 236 Alabama
Inconsistent, at best, this season. Could not beat out veteran Blake Sims for the starting job though there was improvement that NFL teams undoubtedly noticed. He won Offensive MVP honors in the Cotton Bowl win over Michigan State.
ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS Outstanding size and overall build /looks the part of an NFL quarterback. When needed, can call on more heat on his fastball. Finished the season with 30 completions of 25-plus yards. Throws deep ball with touch and enough accuracy. Classic step-­and­-throw delivery with sound mechanics from the pocket. Ball comes out with a tight spiral. Is generally accurate with solid ball placement when feet are planted and comfortable. Poise is okay. Despite size is a functional scrambler out of the pocket with six carries going for 15-plus yards. Played his best football in the postseason.

WEAKNESSES Deliberate to the point of being slow in his set­up. Delivery and release are lethargic allowing linemen to bat throws down and corners to get a head start. Needs plays to stay on schedule. May not have arm talent and twitch to cut accurate throws loose from off-­balance angles. Accuracy becomes very iffy when rolling out to his right. Stares down targets. Plenty of single read throws. Will run himself into sacks and pressure. Not a fit for "hero ball". Needs to get rid of ball rather than keep trying to make something happen.

BOTTOM LINE He has the size, touch and ability to threaten defenses vertically that will intrigue many teams. His six-touchdown, no-interception run from SEC Championship Game through the playoffs should not be ignored. While I have concerns about his delivery speed causing NFL passing windows to close down...there will likely be a team that sees his late-season play as a sign of his NFL potential with more coaching and experience.

Jared Baker RB 5-8 192 Arizona
Forty: 4.5.

Amir Carlisle WR 5-9 191, Notre Dame
5-9 191. Transfer from USC to ND... "In just one year Amir Carlisle has gone from an oft-used running back to a seldom-used running back to an intriguing slot receiver...On-field, in-game excellence started to ooze through for Carlisle...against Michigan, when (he) snatched seven receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Carlisle’s first two touchdowns in an Irish uniform were solid, but his standout play came five snaps before the second touchdown. Carlisle nimbly toe-tapped his way along the sideline and grabbed a 21-yard strike from Everett Golson, looking like anything but a converted running back who had never played wide receiver before, save for a couple plays in high school."

Chris King WR 6-1 196 Duquesne
forty: 4.55... "...Christopher King may be "the top small school receiver in April’s draft," believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
The senior's college career is over and he went out in style. King posted 12 catches, 221 yards and one score in a playoff loss to William & Mary on Saturday. "His performance was all the more impressive considering the Tribe possess two draftable seniors (linebacker Luke Rhodes and defensive back Deandre Houston-Carson) in their back seven,"... King finished the year with 69 receptions for 915 yards and seven touchdowns. "He offers the measurables and pass catching skills to be a last day pick then line-up as a fourth receiver at the next level..." Source: TFY Draft Insider

Bobo Beathard WR 5-10 190 App St
"Battlefield High School graduate BoBo Beathard signed with the Arizona Cardinals Saturday as an undrafted rookie free agent." - Inside NoVa...."Appeared in 12 games as the Mountaineers’ ‘Z’ receiver ... missed the regular-season finale at South Alabama due (to) injury ... set career highs with 265 receiving yards and three touchdown catches ... averaged 18.9 yards per reception, which would have ranked third in the Sun Belt and 22nd nationally if he had enough receptions to qualify for the national statistical rankings ... was Appalachian State’s second-leading kickoff returner with seven returns for 152 yards (21.7 avg. ... was team’s primary punt returner with 11 returns for 40 yards (3.6 avg.) ... caught three touchdown passes during a four-game span from Sept. 26-Oct. 17"

Hakeem Valles TE 6-3 242 Monmouth
Forty: 4.69...Local (NJ) kid. Signing with Cards made headlines in my morning Asbury Park Press. Ran a 4.63 forty at a regional combine (faster than fasted TE combine time of 4.64 set by Jerell Adams)...Started all 11 games of senior season...Named Captain prior to the start of the season...3rd in Yards Per Game with 21.5...3rd in receiving yards with 236...Season high 4 receptions for 45 yards against Central Michigan (9/12)

Givens Price T 6-4 315 Nebraska
"Givens Price, who spent time as both an offensive and defensive lineman at Nebraska, has earned himself an opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Price, at least that was his listed measurement as a Husker senior, is labeled as a tackle on their list of undrafted free agents...Despite spending five years in the program, Price is still just 21 as he begins his pro opportunity. Very smart guy, Price. That surely wasn't lost on any NFL scouts that chatted him up.

From NHuskers.com: "We all despise that overused five-word expression friends and family seem to use all the time … you had to be there. So please pardon me when I tell you that you had to be there Monday morning to hear Givens Price address the entire Nebraska Athletic Department staff with a speech he wrote himself, communicated clearly, and ended with six words that will never go out of style in Lincoln or anywhere else in this state – There is No Place Like Nebraska!..." I apologize for saying it, but you had to be there to know how Price’s carefully selected words resonated with everyone in the room."

"...Within seconds, every department employee joined a standing ovation to thank a student-athlete whose main goal was to thank everyone himself. Win-win doesn’t begin to describe the essence of a person providing the message for an audience that could not have been more appreciative. “Givens hit the ball out of the park, and that ball is still flying,” Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst told Dennis Leblanc and Keith Zimmer..."

Clay DeBord T 6-6 302 Eastern Washington
STRENGTHS Four year starter. Durable and intelligent. Has athletic ability to handle himself in space. Plays with good lateral agility and has the quickness to lead the charge when asked to pull. Has the feet to work angles and slide inside to cut off slants.

WEAKNESSES Strikes and leans rather than bringing feet with him. Has issues with falling off of blocks. Unable to consistently capture blocks and put them to bed once he has advantage. False steps into kick­ slide and base width fluctuates during snap. Mechanics and footwork are erratic.

BOTTOM LINE DeBord's tape will catch your eyes initially thanks to his athleticism, but there isn?t enough functional strength, technique or consistency to create a draftable grade.

Lamar Louis ILB 5-10 224 LSU
“They really like me, and they were the first team to call me right after the last pick was made,” Louis said. “They take care of every LSU guy that’s there.” Louis joins former LSU players-turned-Cardinals Kevin Minter, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson. He’ll have a different role than those guys.

Louis, a weak-side linebacker who played sparingly at LSU as a senior last year but starred on special teams, was the No. 1 special teams player on the Cardinals board, he said. It made his decision an easy one. “I talked to the special teams coach,” Louis said. “They believe in me, regardless of my height or my measurables.” Louis said earlier this week that he had free agent offers from about a dozen teams, including the New Orleans Saints as a running back/fullback.

Elie Bouka CB, 6-1 208 University of Calgary
Untapped....Blank slate....Project....Versatile. Those are some of the words being fairly used to describe Bouka, who also underwent surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum in December 2014 and then went out and posted the two fastest 40-yard dash times — 4.47 and 4.41 — at last spring’s East-West Bowl.

“I’ve played wideout, slotback, corner, halfback, safety, returner, gunner, kickoff coverage,” said Bouka, with a deep breath in between rattling off the football resume that is bound to have teams taking some extra time to get to know him in the all-important interview process this week in Toronto. “I’ve played so many positions in my college career and now I’m playing a position I’ve only played for a year and a half and I’m already in the conversation of being one of the top players at my position.”

“You can ask everybody, when I got hurt, I got up myself and started walking and I’m like, ‘You know what? I tore my Achilles and it’s a journey for me that starts,’” Bouka recalled. “I had a smile on my face and things like that you don’t control. You’ve just gotta take it as an opportunity to grow. It was an opportunity for me to get closer to my teammates, focus on other areas of my life, and train like I’ve never trained before.” Six months later, with the smile and good-natured attitude still intact, Bouka is inching closer to a return to the football field at an important time.

Ronald Zamort CB 5-10 174 Western Michigan
Small quick-twitch corner/sounds like a perfect fit vs. mobile receivers as a slot CB.

STRENGTHS Able to access his twitch to help flip hips quickly when beaten. Reads receiver speed and weigh risks of sitting on routes. Ball skills all game long. Quick closer on the ball. Takes routes to the throw that allow him to get his arm into the catch-point. Posted 58 passes defensed in just three years. A pest in the most positive sense. Plays high/low routes with good balance. Uses ball skills and competitiveness to help overcome size deficiency.

WEAKNESSES Desire to squeeze receivers underneath opens him to double moves. Lack of functional size puts him behind in the battle as soon as he takes the field. Has some recovery quickness but lacks true recovery speed. Absence of length means he will get to fewer balls than bigger cornerbacks. Missing patience from press and can be shaken by press release. Will need help to tackle as a pro.

BOTTOM LINE While ball skills and production are coveted on the next level, Zamort's lack of size will be a challenge for NFL teams to get around. Zamort is a seasoned, three­-year starter who plays with passion and confidence, but might be forced into an undrafted free-agent role due to size concerns.

Trevon Hartfield CB 6-2 195 SW Oklahoma St.
"Trevon Hartfield is a long corner with good hand and speed."..."The coolest thing I ever did giving back was at the Live United Texarkana Bowl when we went and helped out at the elementary school by playing football with the students."

Matthias Farley S 5-11 205 Notre Dame
Forty: 4.50...Matthias Farley: No matter where you bury him on the depth chart, he’ll be there when you need him?

Last Saturday, Farley added another chapter to one of the more remarkable on-field stories we’ve seen in recent years. After spending the first half on the sidelines and playing special teams, Farley was called into action after Drue Tranquill went down.

And then, on one of his first snaps of the afternoon, Farley found a way to be involved in one of the biggest plays of the game: he and Jaylon Smith forced a fumble that Smith very nearly ran back for a touchdown.

There he was, a back-up superhero who only gets to put his cape on when Superman or Batman pull a groin or tweak a hamstring. Kelly talked on Tuesday about Farley’s ability to impact games, while still not being able to find his way into the starting lineup.

“He doesn’t like it,” Kelly said. “He wants to be out there starting. He believes that he can help this football team as a starter. But he’s one of those guys that makes this 2015 football team special in that he’ll do whatever is necessary for the good of the team.”

Kameron Canaday LS 6-4 237 Portland St.
..."was named a preseason All-American on Thursday by Stats Inc. Canaday, a senior from Eugene's Sheldon High School, has held the important role of long snapping on all kicks and punts for the Vikings since coming to PSU in 2012. Canaday has started all 29 games he has been available in his Portland State career. The 6-4, 230-pound senior came to PSU ranked as the fourth-best long snapper in the nation out of high school. +

Daniel Dillon LS 6-2 239 Campbell
"I played TE in high school, but once I snapped for my college coaches they told me I wasn’t allowed to play any other position. ...My athleticism. It is not just about being able to snap a good ball, but it is important to work on your athleticism to be able to get down field and make a play....As a snapper, watching film is more geared towards breaking down your own form. However, watching the alignment of the punt block team as well as their tendencies is also important to spend time studying."

Garrett Swanson P 6-0 219 Fresno St
Garrett Swanson Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List. Award honors the nation's top punter....Named the team’s special teams player of the year at the season-ending banquet … played in all 12 games, handling the punting, place-holding on field goals and kickoff duties for the Bulldogs … punted 67 times for an average of 42.2 yards per punt … had a long punt of 63

Others Not Posted by Cards but Said to Have Signed:

Stephen Rivers QB NW State
STRENGTHS Towers in the pocket. Comes from football family....Throws fade with plenty of air and allows receivers to make a play on the ball. Over final three games, completed 69 percent of his passes with 9.2 yards per attempt and 5 touchdowns.

WEAKNESSES Unathletic. Takes awhile to set up in pocket and throws with slow release that features a sidearm "push" to get the ball out. Anxious with pockets gets any traffic and doesn't have feel to slide into open territory. Lacks anticipation as a thrower. Poor timing combined with below average arm strength means passing windows close quickly on him. Too many shots downfield are floaters allowing defensive backs into the play.

BOTTOM LINE While he has the name, he does not have the game of his older brother and might be a long­-shot to even be a camp invite.

Chris Hubert WR Fayettevile

Elijhaa Penny RB Idaho
"...Penny had another career game, his second in a row, as he rushed for 192 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground, while adding another 58 yards receiving and scoring another touchdown for the Vandals. But it wouldn't be enough as UI built a 30-7 third quarter lead before giving up 42 points in the half to a winless NMSU team to lose 55-48 in OT..."

Brian Berzanski T Central Missouri
"...Central Missouri’s Brian Berzanski, who stands 6-5, 310-pounds, has amazing feet. For his size and strength, to move as fast the way he does was breathtaking. He is surely a project in the making of becoming great.

“It takes a lot of hard work in the weight room,” said Berzanski. “Where I work out of is EFT in Chicago. They did a great job with me. We do a lot of footwork, speed drills every single day…two hours before workouts. That’s why I’m successful with that...Anytime you get a chance to get in front of scouts, it’s a great opportunity. Scouts always looking to see who will fall through the cracks and to be here for them to see me was a huge opportunity (for) me.

Artie Rowell OC Pitt
6-2 315..."Twitters: "Good luck to @arowell57 with the @AZCardinals!! #PittMan #H2P."..."Pitt C Artie Rowell will travel to Arizona on a tryout deal with the Cardinals."

 

 

 

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