The Morning Stake: March 31st

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Texas Tech’s pro-day is today at 9:00 am. Should have a ton of NFL scouts here to watch about 10 players, including Patrick Mahomes.

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 LAJ’s Don Williams has a football notebook that focuses on the improved play of CB D.J. Polite-Bray, CB Douglas Coleman being able to play the slot receivers and how OL Jacob Hines may get a shot at left guard on Saturday. Here’s a bit from defensive coordinator David Gibbs on on the play of Polite-Bray:

“You know what? Knock on wood, D.J. is like a different guy this spring than he was a year ago,” defensive coordinator David Gibbs said Thursday. “And again, he’s going against guys he sees every day. Obviously, everybody’s seen his flaws out there in the Jones (Stadium) when he’s had some obvious lapses in mental assignments, physical assignments, but he’s had a great spring so far.”

Polite-Bray played in 11 games last season, starting nine. He was credited with 30 tackles and five pass breakups.

The promise Polite-Bray’s showing lately might stem from a combination of factors. He was a wide receiver for Tech before he was a cornerback, so there’s been a learning curve. His senior year’s coming up, so it’s a last chance. And the Red Raiders signed two junior-college cornerbacks in December whose presence sends a signal of get better or get passed.

LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes about how Patrick Mahomes is rising up draft boards and also goes through the teams that could pick Mahomes.

But analysis like McShay’s are exactly what has made Mahomes one of the biggest wild cards in this year’s draft class. Mock drafts from across the media have the Texas Tech record setter getting selected as high as No. 6 overall to the New York Jets and falling as far as No. 45 to the Arizona Cardinals (San Diego Union-Tribune).

Mahomes is holding his Pro Day at 9 a.m. Friday at Texas Tech’s AT&T Jones Stadium in hopes of improving his already soaring draft stock. Other Texas Tech athletes participating are Reginald Davis III, Luke Stice, Tyler Scalzi, Ondre Pipkins, Thierry Nguema, Devin Lauderdale, Kris Williams, Malik Jenkins and Paul Banks III.

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