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Michigan Wolverines Send 14 Players to 2017 NFL Combine


Michigan Wolverines Send 14 Prospects to 2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Michigan will send a school-record and NCAA-leading 14 football players to participate in the 2017 National Football League Scouting Combine to be held in a few weeks at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Michigan has the most players of any school in the country and this year’s total of 14 equals that of rival Ohio State from last season. This February, Alabama and LSU have 10 players invited to the combine with Clemson, Florida St, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A&M receiving invites for nine players. Ohio St, Florida, Utah and Southern Cal follow with 8 pro prospects each invited to the week long NFL player evaluation process.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 - March 6, 2017

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Following is an alphabetical list of Michigan student-athletes invited to attend the combine: Ben Braden (OG/OT), Jake Butt (TE), Taco Charlton (DE), Jehu Chesson (WR), Jeremy Clark (CB), Amara Darboh (WR), Ben Gedeon (LB), Ryan Glasgow (DT), Delano Hill (S), Jourdan Lewis (CB), Jabrill Peppers (LB/DB), De’Veon Smith (RB), Channing Stribling (CB) and Chris Wormley (DE).

Interestingly, two offensive linemen, OG Kyle Kalis and OT Erik Magnuson were left off the NFL Combine invitation list. Kalis performed well at the Senior Bowl while Magnuson graded out high at the East-West Shrine practices and game this January. Both will have full workouts at the Michigan pro day on March 24th.

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The Combine will be televised by NFL Network. Frank Coyle will send Emails and Tweets from the NFL Combine on breaking news and player workout results.

The NFL Combine will be held Feb. 28 through March 6.

Schedule for on-field workouts by position at the NFL Combine:
March 3 – Running Backs, Offensive Line, Special Teams
March 4 – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends
March 5 – Defensive Line, Linebackers
March 6 – Defensive Backs

NFL Draft 2017 - LB Reuben Foster out of Combine Workout


NFL Draft 2017 – Future High Draft Picks Continue to Opt out of NFL Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 28 - March 6, 2017

The NFL Combine 2017 has lost a few premier players for the workout portion on the upcoming week long event. Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, announced he will not participate in the workouts after undergoing rotator cuff surgery that probably jeopardizes any pro day events in March/April.

Foster is considered a top 10-15 prospect with a high level of development to possibly start as a rookie. He joins other top prospects who earlier opted out of the workouts including, safety Malik Hooker of Ohio St, wideout Corey Davis of Western Michigan, LB Jarrad Davis of Florida and OT Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin all announced recent surgeries that will force them to miss the upcoming event. Hooker was a hot prospect after declaring just weeks ago for the NFL Draft 2017. He had both hernia and labrum surgeries that shelves him until at least the Ohio St. Pro Day in April.

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Corey Davis had minor ankle surgery recently after opting out of the Senior Bowl in late January for a shoulder injury concern. Davis is a fast rising prospect who earned a high first round grade off a huge 2016 season. His postseason is up in the air currently with hopes he recovers in time for the Western Michigan Pro Day this spring.

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These announcements by Hooker, Corey Davis, Jarrad Davis, Ryan Ramcyzck and Foster were surprises to the NFL Combine staff that will now be able to add a few more prospects for the workout part of the evaluation. Each will attend for the testing, interview and medical parts of the week. The NFL Combine announced their Invitation List last week that includes over 330 prospects for the February 28-March 6: NFL Combine Timing and Testing at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. New additions are expected over the next two weeks with this process ongoing through the week long event with possible other medical issues and cancellations.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
Participants are determined annually by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. ALL eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

NFL Draft 2017 - First Round Mock Draft 3.0


NFL Draft 2017 - First Round Mock Draft 3.0 - February, 2017
* Underclassmen - Selection order prior to NFL Combine 2017
x - Division winner y - Coin flip to break tie

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First Round
Team / W-L / Player / Position / Ht/Wt / School

1 Cleveland 1-15 - * Myles Garrett DE 6-5, 265 Texas A&M
2 San Fran 2-14 - * Mike Williams WR 6-2, 205 Clemson
3 Chicago 3-13 - * Mitch Trubisky QB 6-3, 225 North Carolina
4 Jacksonville 3-13 - * Leonard Fournette RB 6-1, 230 LSU
5 Tenn (LA Rams) 4-12 - Jonathan Allen DE 6-3, 290 Alabama
6 NY Jets 5-11 - * Marshon Lattimore CB 6-0, 195 Ohio State
7 LA Chargers 5-11 - * Jamal Adams FS 6-0, 210 LSU
8 Carolina 6-10 - * Dalvin Cook RB 5-11, 205 Florida State
9 Cincinnati 6-9-1 - * Solomon Thomas DE 6-2, 275 Stanford
10 Buffalo 7-9 - * Jabrill Peppers SS 6-0, 210 Michigan

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11 New Orleans 7-9 - * Malik McDowell DT 6-5, 285 Michigan State
12 Cleve (Phil) 7-9 - * Deshaun Watson QB 6-2, 210 Clemson
13 Arizona 7-8-1 - Corey Davis WR 6-2, 215 Western Michigan
y 14 Indianapolis 8-8 - * Cam Robinson OT 6-6, 320 Alabama
y 15 Phil (Minn) 8-8 - * Marlon Humphrey CB 6-1, 200 Alabama
16 Baltimore 8-8 - * Derek Barnett DE 6-3, 265 Tennessee
17 Washington 8-7-1 - * Christian McCaffrey RB 6-0, 205 Stanford
18 Tennessee 9-7 - Takkarist McKinley DE 6-2, 260 UCLA
19 Tampa Bay 9-7 - * Malik Hooker S 5-11,195 Ohio State
20 Denver 9-7 - * Charles Harris DE 6-3, 255 Missouri
21 Detroit 9-8 - * Teez Tabor CB 6-0, 200 Florida
22 Miami 10-7 - * David Njoku TE 6-4, 240 Miami (Fl.)
23 NY Giants 11-6 - OJ Howard TE 6-6, 250 Alabama
24 Oakland 12-5 - Reuben Foster LB 6-0, 240 Alabama
25 x Houston 10-8 - * Sidney Jones CB 6-0, 180 Washington
26 x Seattle 11-6-1 - * Ryan Ramcyzk OT 6-5, 310 Wisconsin
27 x Kansas City 12-5 - * Zach Cunningham LB 6-3, 230 Vanderbilt
28 x Dallas 13-4 - * John Ross WR 5-11, 190 Washington
29 x Green Bay 12-7 - Dan Feeney OG 6-4, 310 Indiana
30 x Pittsburgh 13-6 - * DeShone Kizer QB 6-4, 230 Notre Dame
31 x Atlanta 13-6 - Taco Charlton DE 6-5, 285 Michigan
32 x New Eng 17-2 - Tre’Davious White CB 5-11, 195 LSU

New York Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook


Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard was chosen in the 2nd round by NY Giants with the 40th overall selection. During his rookie 2016 season, he started in all 16 games. He had 65 receptions for 683 yards and 8 TDs with 6 of them over 20 yards. He won the #2 role opposite Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham in camp. He is expected to play an even bigger role in the Giants' offense next season.

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NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
On the 2nd round, the Giants chose wideout Sterling Shepard, a quick fast receiver with excellent hands and run after the catch abilities. He is a perfect fit here with playmakers needed opposite Odell Beckham, especially with vet Victor Cruz still unproven after missing 26 games with injuries. Shepard is highly developed playmaker who can step in immediately and provide an impact. He was an excellent addition who addressed a high pressing need with only marginal depth on the unit. Frank Coyle

Giants' Sterling Shepard 2016 Scouting Report –
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Report

Sterling Shepard #3 - 5-10, 195 - Oklahoma - Sp. 4.35 Rating 85
Hindu Theory: Antonio Brown

Tough, talented senior was an all around go-to receiver for the Sooners usually lining up in the slot. Second generation Sooner, as his late father, Derrick Shepard played wide receiver there in the 1980s. His father was a good player, but Sterling has a chance to be an elite pro, after being one the top wide receivers in school history. Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award, named 1st Team All-American by DraftInsiders.com and ESPN.com as well as 2nd Team All-American by CBS Sports. Also earned an invite to the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week award among wide receivers. Displays outstanding initial quickness off the line at the snap. Reaches top speed in a flash. Makes crisp, sharp cuts without gearing down or needing to adjust speed. Able to run every route expected of wide receivers with fine precision. Outstanding hands. Able to pluck the ball away from the frame of his body. Fine leaping ability and is able to extend and high point the ball. Contorts his body in midair to adjust to errant passes with apparent ease. Also readily gets down low to scoop in passes at shoe top level. Fearless working across the middle in heavy traffic. Often able to make those catches and still avoid a big hit. Deceptive deep speed. Able to use subtle moves or changes of speed to separate and get over the top of a defender in a flash. Offers a significant level of experience as a punt returner, though was not overly dynamic in that role. Lateral and initial quickness makes it a risky proposition to cover him in press. More quick than he is blazing fast, and somewhat smaller than ideal.
The Numbers:
As a senior, he caught 86 passes for 1288 yards for a 15 average and 11 TDs while starting 13 games and earning first team Big 12 honors. As a junior, he started all 12 games and had 51 catches for 970 yards with 5 TDs with Big 12 honors. Over his career, he totaled 233 receptions for 3482 yards a 14.9 yard average and 6 TDs. Also ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards and 1 score. Returned 30 punts for his career, for 221 yards, no scores and a 7.3 average. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’10” and 194 lbs. and did 20 reps. He ran 4.43 time with a fast 1.55 ten yard split. He had a 41” VL and 10’3” BJ with a 4.35 short shuttle and 7.0 three cone. He was quick and explosive in the positional drills.
The Skinny:
Undervalued highly developed receiver with definite playmaking ability to be a weapon in three wideout sets immediately. He is similar to Antonio Brown in speed, quickness, body type, AA and development. Though he is pure deep threat, he can be sneaky quick and make big plays. With some development, he can start with early time in three wideout sets. Rising top 60 prospect. Could easily go as early as the 2nd round. Solid addition with the tools to start as a rookie in the right situation. Underrated value and playmaker to be a nice steal on mid-2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

NFL Postseason Dates 2017 - NFL Draft - April 27-29


NFL Postseason Dates
** Feb 5: Super Bowl LI, Houston, Tx. **
Patriot 34 - Falcons 28

February 15: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

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Seven regional Player Combines in different nationwide locations from late Jan thru April

*** February 28-March 6: NFL Combine 2017 ***
Timing & Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, In.

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March 1: Prior to 4:00 p.m., deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
March 7-9: During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee of a club, other than the player's current club.
March 9: The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.
March 9: Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., after expiration of 2016 contracts.
March 26-29: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
April 3: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 17: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
April 21: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
April 26: Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.

***** April 27-29: NFL Draft 2017 - Philadelphia, Pa. *****

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