– The general consensus from scouts at the Shrine Game is Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs made a big mistake entering the draft, an opinion I concur with. Most grade Diggs as a last day pick and feel another season on the college field would’ve potentially pushed him into the draft’s initial 75 selections.
– Another Big Ten underclassman who mistakenly entered the draft in the opinion of scouts was Penn State tackle Donovan Smith. As a redshirt freshman Smith blew me away and I graded him as a second round prospect but his game has leveled off and even regressed in some areas the past two years. Why? Word from a variety of sources here in St Petersburg is Smith does not work hard at his craft rather gets by on natural ability.
– Safety Derron Smith received an invitation to next week’s Senior Bowl but won’t be playing. Seems Smith was diagnosed with a sports hernia prior to the season yet played the entire campaign with the injury. Smith delayed having the issue surgically repaired immediately after the regular season and chose to finish his career out with his FSU teammates in the Hawaii Bowl. While Smith hopes to participate at the combine I’m told its a wait and see proposition.
– Next week is the Senior Bowl followed by the final all star game on the schedule, the College Gridiron Classic in Arlington, Texas. One player on that roster being spoken about here in St Petersburg is defensive lineman Davon Walls of Lincoln College. Walls began his career at Syracuse but was dismissed from the program after being hit with legal issues then sat out a year. He was coaxed into playing for Lincoln by head coach Mike Jones, the former linebacker for the St Louis Rams best known for his game saving tackle on receiver Kevin Dyson on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV. Back to Walls who measures in excess of 6-feet, 6-inches and 285 pounds. The senior collected 17.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in eleven games this season. Scouts are excited to watch him play and see how he projects.