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Senior Bowl 2016 Watch List
MOBILE, ALA – The Reese’s Senior Bowl released their initial Player Watch List this week that will continue through the 2015 season and culminate with the Jan 30th Senior Bowl game. The Senior Bowl staff is set to scout hundreds of players around the country during the 2015-16 college football season, which kicks off Sept. 3.
Photo - QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St.
The core list of players to be evaluated appears on the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s annual ‘watch list,’ which was released today. The initial list features 375 of the top senior prospects in the nation, 110 of which will be invited to participate in the 67th game.
“The release of our watch list signifies the opening kickoff for the Reese’s Senior Bowl,” said Executive Director Phil Savage. “We are looking forward to evaluating these prospects over the next several months in trying to find the best 110 players in America.”
Among the 375 players on this year’s watch list are several that are projected to be top picks in the 2016 NFL Draft like Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker, Baylor defensive lineman Shawn Oakman, Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and Michigan State players, QB Connor Cook and defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun.
Other college stars to watch include a trio of QBs: USC’s Cody Kessler, TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, Utah running back Devontae Booker, Auburn receiver Duke Williams and Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, defensive lineman Jarran Reed and linebacker Reggie Ragland.
Alabama leads with 12 players on the list followed by Michigan State with 10 and Auburn, Arizona State, Georgia and Utah, all with 9.
The SEC has the most players on the 2016 watch list with 80. The Big Ten (58), Pac-12 (54) and ACC (43) are also well-represented. The entire watch list is available at seniorbowl.com, where you can sort the players by position, conference and/or school.
List of skill positions players on the Senior Bowl Watch List
Name/ College/ Ht-Wt/ Conference
Vernon Adams, Jr. - Oregon - 6-0 190 Pac-12
Brandon Allen - Arkansas - 6-2 210 SEC
Mike Bercovici - Arizona State - 6-2 210 Pac-12
Trevone Boykin - TCU - 6-2 205 Big 12
Jacoby Brissett - North Carolina State - 6-4 235 ACC
Chris Brown - Cal Poly - 6-2 200 FCS
Jake Coker - Alabama - 6-5 232 SEC
Connor Cook - Michigan State - 6-4 220 Big Ten
Brandon Doughty - Western Kentucky - 6-3 210 C-USA
Jeff Driskel - Louisiana Tech - 6-4 234 C-USA
Michael Eubank - Samford - 6-5 250 FCS
Blake Frohnapfel - UMASS - 6-6 238 MAC
John Gibbs, Jr. - Alcorn State - 6-6 220 FCS
Everett Golson - Florida State - 6-0 199 ACC
Taysom Hill - Brigham Young - 6-2 232 IND
Kevin Hogan - Stanford - 6-4 218 Pac-12
Chuckie Keeton - Utah State - 6-2 210 MW
Cody Kessler - USC - 6-1 215 Pac-12
Dak Prescott - Mississippi State - 6-2 230 SEC
Keenan Reynolds - Navy - 5-11 205 IND
Stephen Rivers - Northwestern St. LA - 6-7 235 FCS
Jake Rudock - Michigan - 6-3 208 Big Ten
Jesse Scroggins - Lindenwood - 6-3 225 Division II
Matt Soltes - East Stroudsburg - 6-3 215 Division II
Nate Sudfeld - Indiana - 6-6 240 Big Ten
Carson Wentz - North Dakota State - 6-6 235 FCS
Marquise Williams - North Carolina - 6-2 225 ACC
Travis Wilson - Utah - 6-6 233 Pac-12
Max Wittek - Hawaii - 6-4, 240 MW
Leon Allen - Western Kentucky - 6-0 235 C-USA
Storm Barrs-Woods - Oregon State - 6-0 207 Pac-12
Devontae Booker - Utah - 5-11 212 Pac-12
Tra Carson - Texas A&M - 6-0 235 SEC
Marshaun Coprich - Illinois St. - 5-9 205 FCS
Kenneth Dixon - Louisiana Tech - 5-10 212 C-USA
Kenyan Drake - Alabama - 6-1 210 SEC
Josh Ferguson - Illinois - 5-10 200 Big Ten
Johnathan Gray - Texas - 5-11 211 Big 12
Aaron Green - TCU - 5-11 205 Big 12
Russell Hansbrough - Missouri - 5-9 195 SEC
Paul James - Rutgers - 6-0 215 Big Ten
Devon Johnson - Marshall - 6-1 244 C-USA
Daniel Lasco - California - 6-1 205 Pac-12
Tre Madden - USC - 6-1 225 Pac-12
Keith Marshall - Georgia - 5-11 212 SEC
Marteze Waller - Fresno State - 5-11 215 MW
Jaylen Walton - Ole Miss - 5-8 172 SEC
Brandon Wilds - South Carolina - 6-2 216 SEC
Jonathan Williams - Arkansas - 6-0 223 SEC
Trayion Durham - Kent State - 6-1 248 MAC
Quayvon Hicks - Georgia - 6-2 251 SEC
Patrick Skov - Georgia Tech - 6-1 235 ACC
Chris Swain - Navy - 6-1 245 IND
Soma Vainuku - USC - 6-0 255 Pac-12
Dan Vitale - Northwestern - 6-2 235 Big Ten
Derek Watt - Wisconsin - 6-2 236 Big Ten
Davonte Allen - Marshall - 6-2 197 C-USA
Stephen Anderson - California - 6-3 230 Pac-12
Chris Brown - Notre Dame - 6-1 195 IND
Quenton Bundrage - Iowa State - 6-2 198 Big 12
Aaron Burbridge - Michigan State - 6-1 208 Big Ten
Devon Cajuste - Stanford - 6-4 227 Pac-12
Leonte Carroo - Rutgers - 6-1 215 Big Ten
Rashon Ceaser - Louisiana Monroe - 6-0 192 Sun Belt
Gary Chambers - Arizona State - 6-4 215 Pac-12
Cody Core - Ole Miss - 6-3 205 SEC
Jared Dangerfield - Western Kentucky - 6-3 215 C-USA
Quinshad Davis - North Carolina - 6-4 220 ACC
Seth Devalve - Princeton - 6-4 240 FCS
Josh Doctson - TCU - 6-3 195 Big 12
Ed Eagan - Northwestern St. LA - 5-10 193 FCS
D.J. Foster - Arizona State - 6-0 195 Pac-12
Devin Fuller - UCLA - 6-0 200 Pac-12
Keon Hatcher - Arkansas - 6-2 210 SEC
Tres Houston - Arkansas State - 6-2 188 Sun Belt
Pig Howard - Tennessee - 5-8 187 SEC
Chris King - Duquesne - 6-1 196 FCS
Macgarrett Kings, Jr. - Michigan State - 5-10 192 Big Ten
Jay Lee - Baylor - 6-3 215 Big 12
Kolby Listenbee - TCU - 6-1 183 Big 12
Ricardo Louis - Auburn - 6-2 215 SEC
Byron Marshall - Oregon - 5-10 200 Pac-12
Mekale McKay - Cincinnati - 6-5 210 AAC
J.D. McKissic - Arkansas State - 5-11 193 Sun Belt
Paul McRoberts - Southeast Missouri State - 6-3 197 FCS
Jaydon Mickens - Washington - 5-11 170 Pac-12
Braxton Miller - Ohio State - 6-2 215 Big Ten
Malcolm Mitchell - Georgia - 6-1 195 SEC
Chris Moore - Cincinnati - 6-2 190 AAC
Richard Mullaney - Alabama - 6-3 208 SEC
Casey Osborne - Delta State - 6-3 205 Division II
Jordan Payton - UCLA - 6-1 212 Pac-12
Charone Peake - Clemson - 6-2 205 ACC
Von Pearson - Tennessee - 6-3 187 SEC
Melvin Ray - Auburn - 6-3 215 SEC
Jamal Robinson - Louisiana Lafayette - 6-4 205 Sun Belt
Alonzo Russell - Toledo - 6-4 205 MAC
Rashawn Scott - Miami - 6-2 205 ACC
Kenneth Scott - Utah - 6-3 208 Pac-12
Justin Scott-Wesley - Georgia - 5-11 201 SEC
Canaan Severin - Virginia - 6-2 205 ACC
Hunter Sharp - Utah State - 6-0 200 MW
Tajae Sharpe - UMASS - 6-3 200 MAC
Sterling Shepard - Oklahoma - 5-10 191 Big 12
Marvin Shinn - South Alabama - 6-2 215 Sun Belt
Tevaun Smith - Iowa - 6-2 205 Big Ten
Nelson Spruce - Colorado - 6-1 195 Pac-12
Brandon Swindall - Utah State - 6-4 205 MW
Bryce Treggs - California - 6-0 185 Pac-12
Shaq Washington - Cincinnati - 5-9 179 AAC
Duke Williams - Auburn - 6-2 224 SEC
Jordan Williams - Ball State - 6-3 228 MAC
Danny Woodson - South Alabama - 6-1 215 Sun Belt
Jerell Adams - South Carolina - 6-6 231 SEC
Kyle Carter - Penn State - 6-3 247 Big Ten
Kivon Cartwright - Colorado State - 6-4 245 MW
Jake Duzey - Iowa - 6-4 248 Big Ten
Darion Griswold - Arkansas State - 6-5 264 Sun Belt
Ryan Malleck - Virginia Tech - 6-5 252 ACC
Jake McGee - Florida - 6-6 249 SEC
LaQuan McGowan - Baylor - 6-7 410 Big 12
Jay Rome - Georgia - 6-6 250 SEC
Steven Scheu - Vanderbilt - 6-5 245 SEC
Nick Vannett - Ohio State - 6-6 260 Big Ten
Bryce Williams - East Carolina - 6-6 258 AAC
NFL Preseason Schedule 2015: Dates, Times, National TV Coverage
Hall of Fame Game Date Time (ET)
Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota Aug. 9 - 8 p.m. NBC Sports Live
Week 1 Date Time (ET)
New Orleans at Baltimore - 7:30 p.m.
NY Jets at Detroit - 7:30 p.m.
Green Bay at New England - 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland - 7:30 p.m.
Miami at Chicago - 8 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego - 10 p.m.
Tennessee at Atlanta - 7 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo - 7 p.m.
NY Giants at Cincinnati - 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville - 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Oakland - 10 p.m.
Denver at Seattle - 10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston - 8 p.m.
Kansas City at Arizona - 9 p.m.
Indianapolis at Philadelphia - 1 p.m.
Week 2 Date Time (ET)
Detroit at Washington - 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Cleveland - 8 p.m. ESPN
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta at NY Jets - 8 p.m.
Miami at Carolina - 7 p.m.
Baltimore at Philadelphia - 7 p.m.
Chicago at Indianapolis - 7:30 p.m.
New England at New Orleans - 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at NY Giants - 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Houston - 8 p.m.
Oakland at Minnesota - 8 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona - 10 p.m.
Green Bay at Pittsburgh - 1 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco - 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee - 8 p.m. Fox Sports
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay - 8 p.m. ESPN
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be inducted this Saturday night August 8th
The NFL Hall of Fame inductees this year begins with running back Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers and includes linebacker Charles Haley, wideout Tim Brown, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and former GMs Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
Photo - RB Jerome Bettis - Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerome Bettis put up eight seasons of 1,000-plus yards which at the time of his retirement was the third-best in NFL history. He was extremely tough runner who became the bell cow of the physical Steelers clubs. He's fifth all-time in career rushing yards with 13,662.
Tim Brown has been a finalist multiple times, but the high number of successful talented wide receivers in recent years made it difficult for all of them to make it into the Hall of Fame. Brown had more than 1,000 catches when he retired with mediocre Raider clubs that had bad starting QBs. At the time of his retirement, he had the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.
Charles Haley has been a finalist several times and many have questioned why he was not already inducted given that he is the only player in NFL history to have five Super Bowl rings as a player. He has rings from Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXVIII and XXX as both a 49er and Cowboy. He produced seven double-digit sack seasons and finished his career with 100.5 sacks. He was named the defensive player of the year twice, in 1990 and 1994 while earning five Pro Bowl appearances.
Junior Seau had an incredible career that includes 20 seasons in the NFL. He made it to 12 Pro Bowls with six All-Pro nods. He was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992
Will Shields was an ironman and didn't miss a single game for the Chiefs in 14 seasons. That totals 224 games played with 223 starts. TheChiefs won four division titles and made six playoff appearances with Shields blocking. He earned 12 consecutive Pro Bowl berths and helped runner Priest Holmes rush for a then-record of 27 TDs in 2003.
Bill Polian spent 32 seasons building franchises including the Colts, Bills and Panthers.His teams went to five Super Bowls, three with the Bills and two with the Colts. The Panthers made it to the NFC title game in only their second season in Carolina. The Colts went to the postseason 11 out of the 12 seasons thatPolian served as the President and General manager. He was named the NFL's Executive of the Year by The Sporting News six times.
Ron Wolf, listed as a contributor, has always been known as one of the best personnel guys in the game. He was with the Raiders for 23 seasons and they had winning seasons in all but six years during his tenure there. He also helped return the Green Bay Packers into a championship club and helped them to back-to-back Super Bowls. The Packers won 16 games, including Super Bowl XXXI with Wolf making all the personnel moves for the franchise.
Mike Tingelhoff was a Seniors Committee pick. He played 240 games over the course of 17 seasons in the 60s and 70s. He earned the starting center job as a rookie and kept it his entire career. He never missed a game or practice and played in 19 playoff games over the course of his career. He went up against guy like Dick Butkus and Ray Nitschke twice annually.
The Class of 2015 will now have several months to work on their speeches for the Enshrinement Ceremony. That will come on Saturday, Aug. 8. There, each of the enshrinees will receive their bronze busts and will give a speech, followed by the NFL's annual Hall of Fame game on Sunday – Steelers vs the Vikings.
Defending National Champion Ohio St Heads Coaches Top 25 Poll
Big 12 Champion TCU is ranked #2 in Preseason Poll
The Ohio St. Buckeyes were picked #1 on 62 of 64 ballots in the 2015 preseason Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes hope to defend their national championship with a deep group of 15 returning starters. Second-ranked TCU and #3 Alabama each claimed the remaining first-place votes. The Buckeyes will attempt to become the first team to start and finish a season atop the rankings since Southern California in 2004. It’s the third time Ohio State will open the season at #1 since the coaches poll in 1991.
Photo - DE Joey Bosa- Ohio St
The #2 Horned Frogs also return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs were No. 7 in the 2010 Preseason Coaches poll. TCU's highest preseason ranking by the Associated Press was No. 6 in 2010.
The Horned Frogs are the preseason pick to win the Big 12. The last two times TCU was predicted to win a conference was in 2009 and 2010. In both years, TCU completed an undefeated regular season in reaching the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl, respectively.
2015 Preseason Coaches Poll
(1st-place votes in parentheses and total points received)
1. Ohio State (62) - 1,598
2. TCU (1) - 1,487
3. Alabama (1) - 1,452
4. Baylor - 1,365
5. Oregon - 1,260
6. Michigan State - 1,230
7. Auburn - 1,103
8. Florida State - 1,057
9. Georgia - 1,026
10. USC - 1,014
11. Notre Dame - 883
12. Clemson - 838
13. LSU - 727
14. UCLA - 697
15. Ole Miss - 668
16. Arizona State - 577
17. Georgia Tech - 573
18. Wisconsin - 470
19. Oklahoma - 407
20. Arkansas - 377
21. Stanford - 365
22. Arizona - 299
23. Missouri - 229
24. Boise State - 190
25. Tennessee – 166
Other Teams receiving votes
Mississippi State 164; Texas A&M 149; Oklahoma State 89; Virginia Tech 70; Utah 40; Kansas State 37; Louisville 27; Nebraska 27; Minnesota 25; Penn State 20; South Carolina 18; Miami (Fla.) 16; Texas 8; Illinois 7; Duke 6; Air Force 5; Louisiana Tech 5; Marshall 4; Utah State 4; West Virginia 3; North Carolina State 3; Brigham Young 3; Florida 2; Georgia Southern 2; North Carolina 2; Maryland 1; Michigan 1; Kentucky 1; Central Florida 1; Cincinnati 1; Washington 1.
Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.
NFL 2015 Training Camp Dates
Team - Reporting Date - First Practice/Site/Location
Arizona Cardinals - July 31 / Aug. 1 - University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Atlanta Falcons - July 30 / July 31 - Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Baltimore Ravens - July 29/ July 30 - Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Buffalo Bills - July 30/ July 31 - St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
Carolina Panthers - July 30/ July 31 - Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
Chicago Bears - July 29/ July 30 - Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
Cincinnati Bengals - July 30/ July 31 - Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Oh
Cleveland Browns - July 29/ July 30 - Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio
Dallas Cowboys - July 29/ July 30 - River Ridge Playing Fields, Oxnard, Ca.
Denver Broncos - July 30/ July 31 - Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colo.
Detroit Lions - Aug. 2/ Aug. 3 - Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mi
Green Bay Packers - July 29/ July 30 St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis.
Houston Texans - July 31/ Aug. 2- Houston Methodist Center, Houston, Tx
Indianapolis Colts - Aug. 1/ Aug. 2- Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
Jacksonville Jaguars - July 30/ July 31- Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kansas City Chiefs - July 31/ Aug. 1 -Missouri Western St University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Miami Dolphins - July 29/ July 30 - Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
Minnesota Vikings - July 25/ July 26- Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.
New England Patriots - July 29/ July 30 - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
New Orleans Saints - July 29/ July 30 - Greenbrier White, Sulpher Springs, W Va.
New York Giants - July 30/ July 31 - Timex Performance Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
New York Jets - July 29/ July 30 -Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J.
Oakland Raiders - July 30/ July 31- Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, Calif.
Philadelphia Eagles - Aug. 1 /Aug. 2- NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh Steelers - July 25/ July 26- Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
St. Louis Rams - July 31/ Aug. 1 - Rams Park Training Center, Earth City, Mo.
San Diego Chargers - July 29/ July 30 - Chargers Park, San Diego, Ca
San Francisco 49ers - July 31/ Aug. 1- SAP Performance Facility, Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle Seahawks - July 30/ July 31- Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Wash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - July 31/ Aug. 1- One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Fla.
Tennessee Titans - July 30/ July 31- Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tenn.
Washington Redskins - July 29 / July 30- Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
2015 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED
88 players get consideration for defensive player of the year
DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Scooby Wright III tops the 88-man 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Friday.
Wright, a junior linebacker from Arizona, will seek to become only the second player in the 22-year history of the award to win it twice after Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald in 1995-96. Ohio State end Joey Bosa, another first team FWAA All-America from 2014, also returns as a junior to challenge Wright.
Photo - DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St
There are five FWAA second-teamer All-Americas from a year ago on the 2015 Watch List: Michigan State end Shilique Calhoun, and defensive backs Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Jeremy Cash of Duke, Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Michael Caputo of Wisconsin.
Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim Thorpe etc for the past 20 years.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will announce a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday from early September through mid November. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 19.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in college football during the FWAA's 75th anniversary year.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Dec. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State's Randy Gradishar, a member of the FWAA's 1973 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
2015 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DB Budda Baker, Washington
DB Dante Barnett, Kansas State
DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
DB Vonn Bell, Ohio State
LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
DB Quin Blanding, Virginia
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
LB James Burgess, Louisville
DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DB Maurice Canady, Virginia
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Jeremy Cash, Duke
DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
DT Maliek Collins, Nebraska
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss
DE Kamalei Correa, Boise State
LB Su’a Cravens, USC
DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
DE Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech
LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
DB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DT Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
DB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DB William Jackson, Houston
DB Adoree’ Jackson, USC
DE Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
DT Gerrand Johnson, ULM
DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia
DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
DE Carl Lawson Auburn
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
DT Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech
LB Blake Martinez, Stanford
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
DB Danzel McDaniel, Kansas State
DB Adrian McDonald, Houston
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
DB Jalen Mills, LSU
DB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB Eric Murray, Minnesota
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Rams Select OT Isaiah Battle in the NFL 2015 Supplemental Draft
The St. Louis Rams has selected former Clemson left OT Isaiah Battle in the 5th round pick in Thursday NFL Supplemental Draft. The Rams will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Battle was the only one of 7 players available in this class who was selected. He was the first player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft since 2012.
The other six eligible prospects, West Georgia edge rusher Darrius Caldwell and defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, Connecticut tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wideout and returner Adrian Wilkins were not chosen. They are all considered rookie free agents and may sign with any club. They also must fit in the rookie salary gap this year.
The Rams’ decision by general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher continued the St. Louis focus on offensive linemen after using four draft choices in the NFL Draft 2015 on that unit. They used their second, third, fourth and sixth round picks on Rob Havenstein, Jamon Brown, Andrew Donnal and Cody Wichmann. Havenstein and Brown lined up with the first team at right tackle and right guard during the Rams' OTA and recent mini camp practices. This group of linemen followed the selection of left tackle Greg Robinson as the #2 overall pick in NFL Draft 2014.
Battle played in 27 games for the Tigers over the past three seasons, starting 11 of 12 games at left tackle a year ago and 16 contests, overall. He did not allow a sack in the 12 regular season games in 2014. He has the physical skill set for the left tackle position where his combination of height (6’6” 312 lbs.), arm length (35 3/8") and the agility to slide easily that allows him to mirror edge rushers. He's also quick to the second level and can re-direct to adjust in space. He is still a raw prospect with marginal functional strength and inconsistent technique that will be easily exposed vs NFL defenders. His inconsistencies and lapses in technique combined with his below average weight room strength (12 reps at Pro day) were red flags to some scouts. His off the field issues were also disturbing and threatened his college eligibility.
The Supplemental selection order is different from the regular NFL Draft. The teams are slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year and are then placed in a lottery with the official order not being released to the public. The Jacksonville Jaguars won this lottery and held the first pick of each round of the 2015 Supplemental Draft with the Seattle Seahawks awarded the final pick. The Rams were given the 8th overall pick.
Teams interested in selecting a player contact the league via email with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. It is possible that another team also placed a 5th round bid on Battle, but lost out because St. Louis was slotted ahead of them.
Battle and any other players signed following the draft are immediately eligible to play in the NFL. The Rams get their first look at Battle in practice when training camp opens for rookies on July 27.