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At 6-6, 300 pounds, ASU's Harris has sizeable interest from pro scouts

BOONE — Davante Harris isn’t Appalachian State’s most highly rated prospect for the NFL Draft, but he might be the most intriguing. He is also the most unlikely of the Mountaineers showcasing their talents today at App State’s pro day, where players will work out in front scouts from more than 20 NFL teams at the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility. Harris is a former defensive lineman, whose size (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) and success in just 12 starts at left tackle are drawing interest. He is projected as a late-round selection for the draft in April, according to online analyses. It’s a long way from the bench, where he spent the second half of 2014 after losing his starting job as right

Appalachian State’s Ronald Blair puts versatility on display for NFL scouts

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State’s Ronald Blair went to last month’s scouting combine at 284 pounds to show NFL teams that he can play defensive end at the next level. On Thursday he showed up to the Mountaineers’ pro day at 276 pounds to show teams that, if they want him to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, he can do that, too. “I just wanted to show them that I’m not a one-trick pony,” Blair said. “I can do different things if you need me to. I’m not just going to be this specialist. If you need me on first down or third down, I’m there.” Blair is trying to shed the “tweener” label: Too short to be a 4-3 defensive end but not athletic enough to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. His plan

Kenny Anunike could be the next Malik Jackson

The Denver Broncos are going to have to replace DE Malik Jackson; he signed a $90 million contract to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was a huge payday after a terrific season, and it was the type of contract the Broncos simply could not match. Where do they go from here? They haven’t made any big moves in free agency, so they’re likely going to draft a DE. If they do it in the first round, it may be to get an instant starter, but they could wait and get a project player. After all, they may already have Jackson’s replacement on the roster: Kenny Anunike. Anunike starred for the Duke Blue Devils, where he earned the nickname of “Night Train.” He put up 148 tackles and 15 sacks, showing

Parkwood product Marcus Leak goes to Charlotte 49ers pro day looking for NFL shot

Last April, Charlotte native Marcus Leak caught three touchdown passes in the first half of Maryland’s spring game and was well on his way to being a top target for the Terrapins in 2015. One month later, he left the program because of academic ineligibility and hasn’t played organized ball since. Leak was at UNC Charlotte on Tuesday participating in the 49ers’ pro day for three NFL scouts, trying to get noticed. He’s been off the map for the better part of a year, and Leak needed to get on someone’s radar with a good showing at Charlotte. “I guess at a bigger school like Maryland you would get more exposure with scouts but at the end of the day, you’re going to get the numbers that you’re g

Thomas Rawls says health is great, not feeling pressure replacing Marshawn

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls says his health is great, but he’s not fully recovered from surgery to repair a broken ankle. He also told KPUG he feels no pressure replacing Marshawn Lynch as the Seahawks lead ball carrier. Rawls was in Bellingham Saturday to help Justin Britt host a youth football camp at Sehome High School. The new lead back for Seattle told KPUG his health was great, referring to his interaction with the kids at the camp. “It’s amazing, you seen me out here with the kids, right! I’m not 100 percent yet, but an ankle problem is not going to stop an impact from the kids. ”Rawls, who broke his ankle December 13th in a 35-6 victory over Baltimore, said rehab has b

Steelers Futures’ Report: WR Issac Blakeney

With a look to the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the process of shaping their summer roster. They re-signed nearly everyone on their practice squad, sans Tyler Murphy, to future deals that can keep this players through camp. They also added several players from outside the organization, as is the norm, to futures deal. We’ll take you through each one and give you the skinny on each player. Nothing incredibly in-depth but enough background on each to get your familiar with who these people are. Issac Blakeney/WR Duke: 6’4/3 223 When you’re big and athletic, coaches can overthink your position, shuttle you around like cattle from one group to another, trying to find a perfect home.