– A number of people were surprised when a report surfaced stating Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams planned on entering the draft. As of two weeks ago Williams was telling people he would return to the Gophers next season. I’m told the determining factor was the second round grade Williams recently received from the advisory committee.
– Speaking of second round grades, I’m told Shilique Calhoun received much the same and was flummoxed as he fully expected to be stamped as a first rounder despite a disappointing campaign. Word is Calhoun is still undecided as to whether or not he’ll enter the draft.
– Sources tell me the family of offensive tackle Jack Conklin have been telling people he will return for another season at Michigan State.
– I inquired about Andrus Peat and was told all quiet on the western front as no one has been told about agent meetings or otherwise for the Stanford tackle.
– Two of his underclassmen teammates have already declared for the draft and many wonder what tight end Jesse James will do. Those close to the situation tell me while James is telling people he plans on returning to Penn State next season they expect in the end he will enter the draft.
– Tomorrow’s Outback Bowl is likely the final football game for Wisconsin tight end Samuel Arneson. Those close to Arenson have been telling people ankle and knee injuries as well as concussions will force an early retirement. Area scouts liked Arneson’s game and stamped him as a potential late round pick.
– Sources tell me Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, who recently announced he was entering the draft, has a foot injury and had been using crutches to get around. Those familiar with the situation wonder if the junior will be ready to workout at the combine.
– One league insider described Jameis Winston of Florida State as “this year’s version of Johnny Manziel.” The insider was not comparing skill set rather told me general managers around the league who hope Winston is gone before their team is called to the clock. Like Manziel this past April, they don’t want to be faced with the option of using a first round pick on the quarterback. This of course assumes Winston enters the draft.