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  1. Fine is a dark horse in this year’s draft class, an unheralded prospect who might be picked in the final rounds if at all. That puts him in a similar boat to Florida International’s James Morgan, Hawaii’s Cole McDonald, and Colorado’s Steven Montez. What sets Fine apart from those other late-round prospects is his sky-high college production. He put the team on his shoulders at North Texas with over 1,000 pass attempts in four years, leaving school with a solid 62.8 completion percentage and with 93 touchdowns thrown against 34 interceptions (15 of those coming in 2017, his first full year as a starter). He’s shown he can handle a high volume of dropbacks, a responsibility some collegiate passers struggle with. Read more: https://saintswire.usatoday.com/2020/04/13/2020-nfl-draft-prospects-saints-mason-fine-north-texas-football-news/
  2. North Texas E.J. Ejiya, LB Ejiya followed a 108-tackle, 12-tackle-for-loss, seven-sack 2017 with 113 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, and nine sacks in his senior season for the Mean Green. More linearly explosive than he is twitchy when changing directions, Ejiya routinely attacks downhill with a lot of force, and because of that, is a good blitzer. His speed is his greatest strength on the football field, and at 6-2 and 230 pounds, he has NFL size for the linebacker spot. Eliya needs to get more tenacious shedding blocks, but right now has the game to potentially get drafted as a late-round pick. Mason Fine, QB Fine's prooobably going to stay at North Texas for his senior season, but he's been good enough in his first three years for the Mean Green that I feel compelled to write about him here. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes in 2018 at a respectable 8.2 yards-per-attempt average with 27 touchdowns to just five interceptions. The biggest problem with his pro projection is that he's listed at only 5-11. He's operated the offense of Seth Littrell -- a Mike Leach disciple -- marvelously. Fine has a quick delivery, good accuracy, and more arm strength than you'd expect for someone his size. read more: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/new-mexico-bowl-2019-nfl-draft-prospects-to-watch-in-utah-state-vs-north-texas-bowl-game/
  3. Coming out of your time at JUCO, you were rated as a 3 star by 247, can you take us through your recruiting process, and how you ended up choosing North Texas? At first, I was being recruited by a couple of other schools, and I was seriously considering some of them; North Texas wasn’t really even on my radar. But when I talked to Coach Patrick , I really started to like them. He was their recruiting coordinator, but he almost felt like an Uncle to me. I could really tell that he wanted the best for me as a person. Along with loving him and the staff it also helped that it was down South, I like the sun more than the snow, so it being in Texas was a huge plus for me. It was your first year at North Texas, and in your second game you were playing against the Tennessee Volunteers, what was it like going from Juco to playing an SEC team? Honestly, it was a crazy experience. Playing in High School and at Junior College you see all the power five teams playing on TV, so to actually be there playing against one was amazing. The game was in Tennessee and I remember just walking out for pre-game warmups, me and my friends took a couple laps around the field to take it all in. It was mind blowing to me. It was a really great feeling because it finally felt like I made it, it finally felt like I was playing Division One football. The place was packed, and overall, the whole experience was awesome. You’re 6’3, 258 Lbs, you have a good frame; How do you try to use your size to your advantage? In my first year at North Texas we ran a 4-3 and going into my second year we moved to a 3-4, so the coaches asked me to slide inside to a 3-4 DE which made me a relatively small player. Using my size I try to stun the offensive lineman, because I wasn’t very big for where I was lining up, I’m not 6’6 280 like some of these other 3-4 DE’s. So, I try to use my power and my quickness to my advantage. Also, in film I tried to find little advantages where I could make up for being a little smaller. On your Twitter you list yourself as a DE/OLB, and this year you were playing at the 3-4 DE, are you comfortable at all those spots and is there one you prefer? I’m comfortable at any position, wherever a team would have me. But ideally, I would play as a 3-4 OLB or as a 4-3 DE, or even a linebacker in a 4-3 coming off of the edge sometimes, because my specialty comes in my pass rushing ability. I know I only got a couple sacks last year, and playing the 3-4 DE I don’t want to say “limits” you, but racking up sacks is much harder, especially when you have linebackers rushing off of the edge and you’re going from the interior. But I learned that you gotta be selfless, do what’s best for the team, and do your job to win the game. To sum it up I would like to be used almost like a Von Miller, coming off the edge, being able to use my speed and finesse abilities to rush the Quarterback. Read more: http://dynastyfootballfactory.com/idp-draft-profile-player-interview-delb-jareid-combs-north-texas/
  4. OG Cyril Lemon, North Texas, Senior (6-3 | 304 | 5.34 | #62) A reigning All-Conference first teamer, Lemon has started 37 straight games and is the only FBS player to start every game of his college career and be named All-Conference three straight seasons. He shows the strength and base to be a stout interior player and also the versatility to kick outside at tackle in a pinch, filling in at right tackle twice last season. Lemon will likely start at right guard in 2014 and is one of the more underrated senior offensive line prospects entering the season. Read more: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24623566/nfl-draft-conference-usa-preview
  5. Two of the best linebackers in recent North Texas history met just a few weeks ago during the Mean Green’s spring game and the festivities that surrounded it. Cody Spencer was back in town to be inducted into the UNT Athletic Hall of Fame and met Zach Orr, who followed in his footsteps during his career with the Mean Green. The hope for UNT is that the parallels between the two will continue sometime in the next few days during the NFL draft. Spencer began a his five-year NFL career after being selected in the sixth round of the 2004 draft. UNT has been waiting for its next player to be selected in the draft ever since. Read more: http://www.dentonrc.com/sports/colleges/north-texas-headlines/20140507-football-expectations-run-high-at-unt-for-nfl-draft.ece
  6. Now into Round 4, any ideas where Lance may go? Or would he be better off as a free agent?
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