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Draft Buzz: Stanley's Stock Taking A Hit?


The first full week of April brings an end to the Pro Day schedule which finishes this Wednesday with the highly anticipated workout of quarterback Paxton Lynch in Memphis. One offensive tackle is reaping the rewards of his Pro Day performance from last week while another is watching his stock take a dip. Here's the latest draft buzz from around the league ...

1. Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame is considered by most as a top 10 lock, but not all teams agree. Several scouts tell me there's real concern about Stanley's athleticism and most feel he won't be able to handle the left tackle position in the NFL, which is causing his stock to drop. Others feel Stanley is just an overrated player. With the likes of Shon Coleman, Le'Raven Clark and Caleb Benenoch available during the draft's second day, lesser prospects who could turn into starting left tackles in the NFL, there's an opinion around the league Stanley could fall out of the draft's initial 10 picks and into the middle of round one.

2. Conversely Indiana's Jason Spriggs is starting to gain momentum and several personnel people believe he's a lock to be selected in the bottom third of round one. Many around the league believe Spriggs is the best pure left tackle in the draft not named Laremy Tunsil. Spriggs' athleticism is matched by few at the tackle position. He touched 35 inches in the vertical jump and timed 7.37 seconds in the 3-cone drill during his Pro Day last week after tipping the scales at 301 pounds. Scouts agree Spriggs does not have the natural bulk or power compared to the top tackles in the draft and that affects his run blocking. However, most scouts believe this is easily correctable and will come as he physically matures and works in the environment of an NFL weight training program.

3. Norman Price of Southern Mississippi, a prospect rarely mentioned outside of scouting circles, is another offensive lineman moving up draft boards. The 6-5 tackle who weighs 310 pounds was not graded by scouts prior to the season, but turned in a terrific senior campaign then followed it up with a great Pro Day workout where he completed 32 reps on the bench press, touched 30 inches in the vertical jump and timed 4.88 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Price has four visits on his upcoming schedule and some teams have stamped him as an early third-day pick.

4. Two weeks ago, I gave everyone the heads up on German receiver Moritz Wilhelm Boehringer and he did not disappoint during his Pro Day last Thursday. He measured 6-4.5 and 227 pounds, posted a vertical jump of 39 inches and timed as fast as 4.38 seconds in the 40. Boehringer looked natural catching the ball during position drills. The comments I received during his Pro Day ranged from, "He's a legitimate prospect," to, "He's a fourth-round pick." In what is considered a poor receiver draft, no prospect at the position comes close to matching Boehringer's size/speed numbers. His calendar for April is booked as Boehringer will visit seven teams while two additional franchises were disappointed to learn there's not enough time on the schedule to fly him in. Boehringer is having an open workout for teams this Friday at Florida Atlantic University and this time he'll be catching passes from Jacoby Brissett of North Carolina State.

5. Western Kentucky cornerback Prince Charles Iworah was another player I mentioned in the lead-up to Pro Day and he was the star of his workout. Iworah measured a shade under 5-10 then ran the 40 in the low 4.3s. He was considered a reject by scouts prior to the season, but the buzz making the rounds is Iworah could land in the fourth round.

Tony Pauline has been a draft analyst for more than 25 years, and is president and editor of, a site dedicated year-round coverage of the NFL Draft. You can follow on Twitter @TonyPauline*

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