College Football News April 27: Leonard Williams Top Pick?

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For perspective on the differing (read: bogus) reports that often surface leading up to the NFL draft, one need look no further than the conflicting news on USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams in the past week.

Leonard Williams slipped to No. 7 in ESPN.com analyst Todd McShay’s mock — which would send the do-everything lineman to the Chicago Bears — when the same Todd McShay tabbed Leonard Williams at No. 7 just last week projected him No. 1 in October.

On Sunday, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote Leonard Williams “stands head and shoulders above” the rest of the 2015 draft class, and should be the first defensive lineman taking No. 1 overall since Mario Williams in 2006.

While it seems Jameis Winston is destined to go tops to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Leonard Williams is much closer to being the top overall pick than he is to being selected No. 7.

Harvard Prospect Zach Hodges Overcomes His Painful Past

Tom Pedulla, The New York Times

A sleeper in the 2015 NFL draft, getting onto a professional roster is simple compared to everything Harvard defensive end Zach Hodges has endured just to have this opportunity.

The New York Times examines Hodges’ arduous journey from high school tragedy to standing on the cusp of achieving his dream — a dream that helped him keep pressing on despite indescribable personal loss.

Shane Ray Overcomes A Tough Upbringing

The Paul Finebaum Show

Like USC’s Leonard Williams, Shane Ray is headed to a first-round selection in this weekend’s NFL draft. Like Harvard’s Zach Hodges, Shane Ray has a background that could have easily derailed his career before it ever got started.

Ray discussed the challenges of growing up in Kansas City to flourish in his career at Missouri and beyond with Paul Finebaum.

4-Star Running Back Flips from Florida to Syracuse

Stephen Bailey, Syracuse.com

Four-star North Carolina running back Robert Washington recorded a video with Bleacher Report, in which he declared his intent to sign with the Florida Gators. However, just hours later, Washington made a surprising reversal with his announcement he is instead committing to Syracuse.

Syracuse.com details how Washington came to this unlikely decision.