The DA Draft Buzz: February 8

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Following up on our initial story from the Senior Bowl, I was told yesterday that there's been no decision made on whether or not Takkarist McKinley of UCLA will have surgery on his injured shoulder. In fact its still to be determined if surgery is necessary.

I’m told McKinley has full range of motion in his shoulder. As of now he is planning on participating in the combine, and I’m told to expect some outstanding testing numbers.

Toledo running back Kareem Hunt could surprise at the combine.

I’m told the he recently ran the 40 in hand times of 4.39s and clocked 4.46s laser-timed. Both are faster than anyone would expect.

I asked a trusted source at the Green Bay Packers which direction they were moving towards free agency and the draft. His response? “Corners, lots of them.”

Last week I mentioned Carlos Henderson as one of two sleepers at the wide receiver spot that few have mentioned. Since then I continue to hear nothing but positive buzz on the Louisiana Tech junior, who some say will not get out of the second round.

There have been questions about his size -- specifically his height -- but I am told Henderson will measure a shade over 5-11. He is expected to run under 4.4s in the 40 at the combine, with some believing he could drop into the 4.35s area.

I’m told Henderson has received high praise from rival coaches in Conference USA. When asked they’ve told league scouts Henderson was impossible to cover.

On the flip side, one receiver who seems to be falling is JuJu Smith-Schuster of USC.

Over the past 16 hours separate sources told me they look at Smith-Schuster as a second- or third-round talent. They feel there is nothing special about his game; he’s not a downfield threat, he runs average routes and some contend he does not catch the ball well.

Combine workouts will be critical for Smith-Schuster.