Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa

POSITIVES

—Vocal leader, captain and coach on the field for Northern Iowa.

—Strong work ethic, sees what he needs to correct and goes and does it.

—Plays taller than he is. At 6’1″ Fountain is often making catches over corners.

—Shows athletic ability and utilizes a multi-sport background. Division I track athlete.

—Bails out quarterbacks with contested catches in traffic.

NEGATIVES

—Struggled when he faced Power Five talent.

—Ran a 4.46 at his pro day but struggled to stretch the field and separate at UNI.

—We’re guilty of liking the person more than the player. High-quality character, average player.

—Raw route-runner; will struggle to get open against quality defender.

OVERALL

Electric pro day performance showed the athletic ability that we saw on film. Daurice Fountain’s most impressive trait is his personality and work ethic. He won’t wow you on film but says and does everything right in interviews. Loves to coach and be coached.

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—Excellent height (6’5″) and length that will be coveted as physical mismatch.

—Smooth runner with legitimate downfield speed despite lengthy strides.

—Cornerbacks respect his speed and length, leaving short to intermediate routes open early and often.

—Once in his route, has spatial awareness to stack CBs and manipulate space to create separation.

—Upfield turn after catch is explosive, showing ability to immediately transition to runner after the catch.

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NEGATIVES

—Saw a statistical drop in production in 2017 after an encouraging 2016 campaign. Poor quarterback play was part of the problem, but St. Brown didn’t take the leap many expected.

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New York Giants

Free-agent additions Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh should make the oft-maligned New York Giants offensive line a heck of a lot better in 2017, which could enable the Giants to return to playoff contention with better injury luck in 2018.
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Quarterback Eli Manning has his limitations at this point in his career, but Solder and a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. (assuming he isn’t traded) will make Manning’s life easier. Throw in talented young pass-catchers Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, as well as a potential rookie game-changer like Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb, and there could be a lot of hype suddenly surrounding Big Blue in the fall.

On the other side of the ball, Landon Collins and Damon Harrison are studs, and Dalvin Tomlinson has a bright future, so there’s hope for a defense that ranked 27th in points allowed last season.

It’s important to keep in mind the Giants were a playoff team in 2016. Manning and Co. could fall on their face with or without Beckham in 2018, but there’s also a chance the Giants bounce back.
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Seven, 12, seven, 15, six, 11. That’s the number of games the Carolina Panthers have won in each of the last six seasons. The Cam Newton era has been a roller-coaster ride, partly because Newton himself has had an up-and-down career. That makes it hard to get a bead on the Panthers in March or April, but it did often feel as though they were lucky to be in contention in 2017.
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LeBron James: Tyronn Lue’s Health ‘Way More Important’ Than Basketball

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Cleveland will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, and it isn’t yet known if Lue will be available.