Boise State redshirt senior S Ebo Makinde ran a 4.24 forty during the team's spring testing.
The time was .04 faster than Makinde ran last year and obviously was the quickest on the roster. "Makinde was first in the three-cone drill and pro-agility test, second in the vertical jump and third in the broad jump," according to beat writer Chad Crippe.
The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein believes Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota should be mentioned in the discussion for the No. 1 pick in 2014.
Zierlein mentions the popular choices of Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater as well. Mariota's natural tools are outstanding and he fits the new generation of quarterback prospects, however, it is a realistic question to ask if he will continue to improve at a steady pace without Chip Kelly.
Oregon junior De'Anthony Thomas ranks as Mel Kiper's top draft-eligible RB for the 2014 Draft.
"Is he a running back?" Kiper asks. "He's a little bit of everything, but he's a running back on my board because handing him the ball is the quickest way to get it to him, and getting him the ball is the most important thing... Thomas will never be a bulk-carry runner, and he doesn't have the route-running skills of a guy like Tavon Austin, who he might be compared to based on the burst." Oregon will likely be running a similar offense in 2013, but it will be interesting to see if anyone takes a step back after the school lost Chip Kelly to the NFL.
ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Alabama's A.J. McCarron is the No. 2 ranked QB among the senior class.
Clemson's Tajh Boyd ranks as the top senior prospect at the position. "But give McCarron credit, because he really can stretch defenses with his arm, and the fact that he doesn't make costly mistakes shouldn't just be labeled as a case where he's not allowed to take his shots," Kiper writes. David Fales, Logan Thomas, and Derek Carr round out the top five.
USF HC Willie Taggart believes redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch has matured during his time at USF, and part of that transformation can be seen with his weight.
"The thing I really like is how much he has grown as a person in just the short amount of time that I've been here," Taggart said. "I came in and I heard he was this and he was that. That he wasn't accountable. That he was undisciplined. That he did things his own way. But the kid has been totally different since we've been here. He's really taken care of his business, on and off the field." Lynch currently weighs 245 pounds after playing at 270 while attending Notre Dame. Taggart would like Lynch to weigh in the 250-260 range.
Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon redshirt sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has loads of upside but needs major development.
Specifically, that development needs to be in the form of mechanics and footwork as a thrower. "Mariota misses strike zone and forces WRs to adjust too much limiting their YAC," Weidl tweeted. "All can improve if able to balance platform in lower half. Mariota will be very appealing for ZR teams. Decisive facilitator. Also long strider that can ruin pursuit angles when reaching 2nd level."
TCU sophomore DE Devonte Fields has been suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violation of team policy.
Despite only being a freshman last year, Fields made his presence felt and is the top pass rusher on TCU's entire roster. He started all 13 games in 2012 and posted 18.5 tackles for loss including 10 sacks. The Horned Frogs open against LSU.