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NFL Training Camp 2014 Reporting Dates

2014 NFL Training Camp Reporting Dates

Here are NFL training camp reporting dates and locations for all 32 teams. The information below was announced by the NFL commissioner’s office in mid July

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Arizona Cardinals: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 25

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Baltimore Ravens: Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans, July 23

Buffalo Bills: St. John Fisher College, Pittsford, N.Y.
Rookies: July 16. Veterans: July 19

Carolina Panthers: Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
All players: July 24

Chicago Bears: Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
All players: July 24

Cincinnati Bengals: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 23

Cleveland Browns: Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Berea, Ohio.
Rookies: July 23. Veterans: July 25

Dallas Cowboys: City of Oxnard Fields, Oxnard, Calif.
All players: July 23

Denver Broncos: Paul D. Bowen Memorial Centre, Englewood, Colo.
All players: July 23

Detroit Lions: Detroit Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mich.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 27

Green Bay Packers: St. Norbert College, Green Bay.
All players: July 25

Houston Texans: Houston Methodist Training Center, Houston.
Rookies: July 21. Veterans: July 25

Indianapolis Colts: Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
All players: July 23

Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville.
Rookies: July 22. Veterans: July 24

Kansas City Chiefs: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

Miami Dolphins: Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
All players: July 24

Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minn.
All players: July 24

New Orleans Saints: The Greenbrier, White Sulpher Springs, W.V.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 24

New England Patriots: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Rookies: July 20. Veterans: July 23

New York Giants: Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
All players: July 21

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NFL Draft 2014 NFC Teams - 49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
NFC Teams

49ers & Rams Earn Top Grades

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ARIZONA: B+
Cards continue to draft well and deep
1 (27) Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
2 (52) Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
3 (84) Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
3 (91) John Brown, WR, Pittsburg St.
4 (120) Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
5 (160) Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
6 (196) Walter Powell, WR, Murray St.

ATLANTA: B
Four backers for new defensive scheme
1 (6) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
2 (37) Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
3 (68) Dezmen Southward, DB, Wisconsin
4 (103) Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida St.
4 (139) Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame
5 (147) Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
5 (168) Marquis Sprull, LB, Syracuse
7 (253) Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn
7 (255) Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota

CAROLINA: D
Looks like a risky draft class
1 (28) Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.
2 (60) Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
3 (92) Trai Turner, OG, LSU
4 (128) Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
5 (148) Bene’ Benwikere, CB, San Jose St.
6 (204) Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

CHICAGO: C
Bears looking to improve their D
1 (14) Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
2 (51) Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
3 (82) Will Sutton, DT, Arizona St.
4 (117) Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
4 (131) Brock Vereen, DB, Minnesota
6 (183) David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
6 (191) Patrick O’Donnell, P, Miami
7 (246) Charles Leno, OT, Boise St.

DALLAS: C
Focus on D after top pick, might not be enough
1 (16) Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
2 (34) Demarcus Lawrence, LB, Boise St.
4 (119) Antony Hitchens, LB, Iowa
5 (146) Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
7 (231) Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
7 (238) Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech
7 (248) Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
7 (251) Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois
7 (254) Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon

DETROIT: C+
Where’s the secondary help???
1 (10) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
2 (40) Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
3 (76) Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas
4 (133) Nevon Lawson, CB, Utah St
4 (136) Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
5 (158) Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
6 (189) T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
7 (229) Nate Freese, PK, Boston College

GREEN BAY: B
Safety and receivers were fine additions
1 (21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
2 (53) Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
3 (85) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Mississippi
3 (98) Richard Rodgers, TE, California
4 (121) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St.
5 (161) Corey Linsley, OC, Ohio St.
5 (176) Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
6 (197) Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor
7 (236) Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley St.

MINNESOTA: B
Hoping for scores with top two selections
1 (9) Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
1 (32) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
3 (72) Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.
3 (96) Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
5 (145) David Yankey, OG, Stanford
6 (182) Antone Exum, DB, Virginia Tech
6 (184) Kendall James, CB, Maine
7 (220) Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn
7 (223) Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech
7 (225) Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina

NEW ORLEANS: C+
Cooks is a home run hitter in this offense
1 (20) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
2 (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
4 (126) Khairi Fortt, LB, California
5 (167) Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
5 (169) Ronald Powell, LB, Florida
6 (202) Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas St.

NEW YORK GIANTS: B+
Beckham can be a difference maker here
1 (12) Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
2 (43) Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado St.
3 (74) Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
4 (113) Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
5 (152) Nat Berhe, S, San Diego St.
5 (174) Devon Kennard, LB, Southern Cal
6 (187) Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame

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NFL Draft 2014 AFC Teams - Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

NFL Draft 2014 – Grades
AFC Teams

Steelers, Texans & Raiders Earn Top Grades

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BALTIMORE – C+
Continue to rebuild defense thru the draft.
1 (17) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama.
2 (48) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
3 (79) Terrence Brooks, S, Florida St.
3 (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St.
4 (134) Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
4 (138) Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina
5 (175) John Urschel, OL, Penn St.
6 (194) Keith Wenning, QB, Ball St.
7 (218) Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest

BUFFALO – C+
Paid a huge price to land Sammy Watkins
1 (4) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
2 (44) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
3 (73) Preston Brown, LB, Louisville
4 (109) Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
5 (153) Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
7 (221) Randell Johnson, LB, FAU
7 (237) Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

CINCINNATI – C+
Bengals need Dennard to plug in to this struggling secondary
1 (24) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
2 (55) Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
3 (88) Will Clark, DE, West Virginia
4 (111) Russell Bodine, OL, North Carolina
5 (164) A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
6 (212) Marquis Flowers, LB, Arizona
7 (239) James Wright, WR, LSU
7 (252) Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern

CLEVELAND – A
Johnny Football but where’s the wide receivers???
1 (8) Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
1 (22) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
2 (35) Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada
3 (71) Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa
3 (94) Terrance West, RB, Towson
4 (127) Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

DENVER - B
Added developed players at need positions
1 (31) Bradley Roby, CB. Ohio Ste.
2 (56) Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
3 (95) Michael Schofield, OL, Michigan
5 (156) Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
6 (207) Matt Paradis, OC, Boise St.
7 (242) Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

HOUSTON – A
Excellent value top to bottom
1 (1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 (33) Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
3 (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
3 (83) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
4 (135) Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
6 (177) Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
6 (181) Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
6 (211) Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
7 (216) Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
7 (256) Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis

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Top 100 NFL Prospects NFL Draft 2014 - Final Value Board

Top 100 NFL Prospects NFL Draft 2014
Final Value Board - May 8th * underclassmen

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Pro Prospect / Position / School
1. * Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
2. * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
3. Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
4. Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
5. * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
6. * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
7. * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
8. * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
9. Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
10. Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
11. * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
12. C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama
13. Zack Martin - OG - Notre Dame
14. * Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
15. * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
16. Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma St
17. * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
18. * Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon St
19. Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan St
20. * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
21. * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
22. * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
23. Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
24. Derek Carr - QB - Fresno St
25. Morgan Moses - OT - Virginia
26. Kyle Fuller - CB - Virginia Tech
27. * Stephon Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame
28. Jimmie Ward - S - Northern Illinois
29. * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
30. *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
31. Jason Verrett - CB - TCU
32. * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
33. * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.
34. Ra'Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
35. Jordan Matthews - WR - Vanderbilt
36. * Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG - UCLA
37. Deone Bucannon - S - Washington St
38. Dee Ford - LB - Auburn
39. * Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida St
40. Lamarcus Joyner - CB - Florida St
41. * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio St
42. * Davante Adams - WR - Fresno St
43.* Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
44. Weston Richburg - C - Colorado St
45. * Allen Robinson - WR - Penn St
46. Jack Mewhort - OT - Ohio St
47. * Troy Niklas - TE - Notre Dame
48. * Martavis Bryant - WR - Clemson
49. Joel Bitonio - OG - Nevada
50. * Cody Latimer - WR - Indiana
51. Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina
52. * Paul Richardson - WR - Colorado
53. Trent Murphy - LB - Stanford
54. Jeremiah Attaochu - LB - Georgia Tech
55. Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
56. * Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
57. Zach Mettenberger - QB - LSU
58. Stanley Jean-Baptiste - CB - Nebraska
59. Ja’Wuan James - OT - Tennessee
60. * Demarcus Lawrence - DE - Boise State
61. * Donte Moncrief - WR - Mississippi
62. Travis Swanson - C - Arkansas
63. * Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon St
64. * Austin Seferian-Jenkins - TE - Washington
65. Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - Eastern Illinois
66. * Marcus Martin - C - Southern Cal
67. Keith McGill - CB - Utah
68. Tom Savage - QB - Pittsburgh
69. Carlos Hyde - RB - Ohio State
70. * Carl Bradford - LB - Arizona St
71. * Ego Ferguson - DT - LSU
72. * Bruce Ellington - WR - South Carolina
73. * Kelcy Quarles - DT - South Carolina
74. Trevor Reilly - LB - Utah
75. CJ Fiedorowicz - TE - Iowa
76. Terrence Brooks - S - Florida St
77. Billy Turner - OT - North Dakota St.
78. Chris Borland - LB - Wisconsin
79. Chris Smith - DE - Arkansas
80. A.J. McCarron - QB - Alabama
81. Marcus Smith - DE - Louisville
82. Gabe Jackson - OG - Mississippi St
83. Marqueston Huff - S - Wyoming
84. * Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
85. Anthony Johnson - DT - LSU
86. Cyril Richardson - OG - Baylor
87. E.J. Gaines - CB - Missouri
88. Jackson Jeffcoat - LB - Texas
89. * David Yankey - OG - Stanford
90. Pierre Desir - CB - Lindenwood
91. * Trai Turner - OG - LSU
92. * Jeremy Hill - RB - LSU
93. Daniel McCullers - DT - Tennessee
94. * Ka'Deem Carey - RB - Arizona
95. Telvin Smith - LB - Florida St
96. * Devonta Freeman - RB - Florida St
97. Will Sutton - DT - Arizona St
98. Phillip Gaines - CB - Rice
99. James Hurst - OT- North Carolina
100. Rashaad Reynolds - CB - Oregon St

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NFL Mock Draft 2014 - Final - Three Rounds

Final NFL Mock Draft 2014 - Three Rounds
Selection Order - compensatory picks * underclassmen - May 8-10, 2014

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Final NFL Mock Draft 2014 - Three Rounds

Photo - DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

First Round
1 Houston - Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
Alternate Pick: * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

2 St. Louis (Washington) - * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
Alternate Pick: * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson

3 Jacksonville - * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
Alternate Pick: * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn

4 Cleveland - Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
Alternate Pick: * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M

5 Oakland - * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
Alternate Pick: * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M

6 Atlanta - Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
Alternate Pick: * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
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7 Tampa Bay - * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
Alternate Pick: Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M

8 Minnesota - * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
Alternate Pick: Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo

9 Buffalo - Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
Alternate Pick: * Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville

10 Detroit - * Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
Alternate Pick: Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State

11 Tennessee - * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
Alternate Pick: * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida

12 NY Giants - Zack Martin - OG - Notre Dame
Alternate Pick: Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh

13 St. Louis - * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
Alternate Pick: Zack Martin - OG - Notre Dame

14 Chicago - Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
Alternate Pick: C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama

15 Pittsburgh - Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
Alternate Pick: * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU

16 Dallas - C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama
Alternate Pick: * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama

17 Baltimore - * Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
Alternate Pick: Morgan Moses - OT - Virginia

18 NY Jets - * Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon State
Alternate Pick: Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State

19 Miami - * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
Alternate Pick: Morgan Moses - OT - Virginia

20 Arizona - * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
Alternate Pick: Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA

21 Green Bay - * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
Alternate Pick: Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State

22 Philadelphia - Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
Alternate Pick: * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri

23 Kansas City - Morgan Moses - OT - Virginia
Alternate Pick: * Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG - UCLA

24 Cincinnati - Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
Alternate Pick: * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State

25 San Diego - Kyle Fuller - CB - Virginia Tech
Alternate Pick: Dee Ford - LB - Auburn

26 Cleveland (Indianapolis) - * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
Alternate Pick: Kyle Fuller - CB - Virginia Tech

27 New Orleans - Jason Verrett - CB - TCU
Alternate Pick: * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State

28 Carolina - * Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG - UCLA
Alternate Pick: * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State

29 New England - * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
Alternate Pick: *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech

30 San Francisco - Jimmie Ward - S - Northern Illinois
Alternate Pick: * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.

31 Denver - * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State
Alternate Pick: * Allen Robinson - WR - Penn St

32 Seattle - Jordan Matthews - WR - Vanderbilt
Alternate Pick: *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech

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NFL Draft 2011 – Scouting Report DE J.J. Watt – Notre Dame

NFL Draft 2011 – Scouting Report – DE J.J. Watt – Wisconsin
J.J Watt #99 - 6’5” 290 lbs. - Wisconsin - Sp. 4.85 Rating 91
Big athletic junior defender has the prototypical physical skills that NFL scouts seek in an edge rusher for either the 3-4 or 4-3 defensive sets. J.J. declared for the NFL Draft after a strong 2010 season that saw him make huge steps up as a pro prospect. He is a fine looking prospect who has the upside potential to become a complete NFL starter early in his career. He has a huge frame and carries 290 lbs. well without losing his speed or agility. He is a powerful athlete with excellent strength and initial quickness and movement skills for a player of his dimensions with the ability to match up with NFL tackles. He has a strong hand punch that needs some further development that gives him penetration early on the down. He has a good 1st step that allows him to gain an advantage on the snap, though he needs to improve his initial burst to get his shoulder past the tackle more consistently. He has the powerful burst that pressures a blocker to contain his initial move. He relies on power more than quickness to gain an advantage off the snap. His strength allows him to counter well underneath to the inside when his initial move is contained. He has a strong frame that delivers a powerful surge that enables him to strike an opponent and gain a quick advantage. He has improved his technique each of the two starting seasons at Wisconsin after beginning his career as a TE at Central Michigan. He may have as much upside potential as any defensive linemen in the class after such a limited playing career. Despite a raw prospect in many respects, he has the makeup to be an excellent pass rusher with some further development on his technique and initial reads. He has very good arm length with the frame and growth potential to add bulk to improve his fine power even further. He is a relentless defender who combines quickness and power to beat blockers in several ways. Despite being a young athlete at the position, he shows fast development and a nice LOD over his short Badger stay. His impact ability really emerged over his late career when he began to produce big plays on a weekly basis. He can strike an opponent and deliver a jarring punch that gains a quick advantage that allows him to beat a blocker as an edge rusher. He doubled his sack total as a senior in only his second year on the defensive side of the ball. He shows fine power with the physical presence to hold the POA and win most individual battles. He relies mainly on his power and swim move to beat blockers and needs to develop other moves like a hump, rip and club technique to succeed at the NFL level. He has the ability to anchor very well and projects to the end spot in both schemes. He is the ideal end for the end spot for the five-technique role in the 3-4 set where he has the rare athleticism and makeup to be a high level every down defender. He uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body when attacking and separates fairly well if his initial charge is contained. For a big athlete, he is an agile defender who will tackle in space and has the COD skills to redirect and make stops down the line. He shows good awareness, agility and balance to move down the LOS and stay clean with the burst to the ball to finish plays. He needs to improve his hand usage and overall strength to play up to his AA to take advantage of his skills and to make more big plays. He has good short area burst of speed to win early on the down and penetrate the backfield. Over the 2010 season, he earned 1st team Big Ten honors with 62 tackles, 21 TFL, 7 sacks and 8 PBU. Over his first season at Wisconsin in ‘09, he started all 13 games and registered 44 tackles with 15.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks. He makes many plays with his chase ability to pursue along the line. At times, he fails to stay alive on plays directed at him and needs to get stronger and read plays quicker to stack better at the POA. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’5” and 290 lbs. with 34” arms. He ran a 4.91 time with 34 reps and added 37” VL and 10” BJ. He had excellent agility drills with a 4.21 short shuttle and a 6.88 three-cone times. He is an aggressive defender with a very good motor, technique and functional strength. He is an intriguing prospect with the skill set to be among the better prospects and similar to Aaron Smith in AA, body type and upside potential. Fast improving and rising prospect and an early two-way defender for the 3-4 set. Top 15 prospect with big NFL upside and early starting talent.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report – Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame

Photo – CB Bennett Jackson – Notre Dame.

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In an exceptionally deep group of cornerbacks, a number of prospects have slipped through the cracks over the long postseason scouting prospect. One prospect - Bennett Jackson of Notre Dame continues to rise up NFL team draft boards off an impressive late career including a strong NFL Combine performance. This corner draft class may be the deepest in recent memory and will supply 30+ draft selections over the three day NFL Draft. Many like Bennett Jackson can be the next diamonds who surprise fans and earn an NFL starting grade in time. Jackson is capable of coming into camp and winning a key role in the nickel and dime packages, in addition to being a special teams ace on coverage units and returner.

Rising Prospect
Bennett Jackson - CB - Notre Dame

Big agile senior corner had an excellent final season and postseason that sees his stock rising quickly entering the final days. He had a strong postseason and excellent Pro Day that has him rising into the middle rounds. He is considered a quality cover man that will be in high demand and probably a top 150 overall prospect. His excellent size/ speed numbers plus his fine grade on film backed up with a strong workout has pushed him up the charts quickly. He is adept at playing man situations with an excellent pedal and quick change of direction skills to mirror receivers. He is also a hitter who will tackle at the line and in the open field. He projects as a starter in the package coverages with some versatility to also play safety.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - Cornerback
Bennett Jackson #2 - 6-0, 195 - Notre Dame - Sp. 4.48 Rating 65

Lanky senior athlete is coming off an unheralded career for the Irish defense where he started every game over his final two seasons on the corner. Bennett is a lean rangy athlete with a long reach and quick reactions who will warrant consideration in the late rounds. He moves easily and can make a play on the ball with the ability to blanket receivers. He held up well vs a high level of competition, gaining valuable experience in big games. He displays good reactions with reliable ball skills and instincts. He is an above average athlete who graded out well on savvy and positioning to win in matchups. He can be a physical cover man and a reliable tackler at the line or in the open field, though some shoulder problems developed late in his career. He will come up to support the run and drop runners with the ability to get off blockers to finish and contain. In coverage, he can be physical and play the bump and run, though he has a little tightness in his hips and can lose something vs fast receivers. He matches up well vs big receivers where his speed and length allows him to blanket them and fight for the ball. He plays best in a scheme that allows him either to press at the line or plays off in cover two zone.

As a senior, he started 13 games and totaled 64 tackles with 5 TFL, 1 FF, 3 PBU and 2 interceptions. As a junior, he started 13 games and was credited with 65 tackles with 1.5 TFL, 4 PBU and 4 interceptions. As an underclassman, he was primarily a special teams performer as a kickoff returner and coverage man. At the NFL Combine, he measures in at just under 6’ and 195 lbs. with 31 3/8” arms. He ran a 4.51 with 13 reps and a 38” VL and 10’8” BJ with 6.75 three cone and 4.00 short shuttle. It was a very good workout. He fits into the nickel package role vs possession type receivers where his agility, height and instincts would allow him to compete and earn time. Good experienced corner with the talent to fill a few key roles – nickel and dime corner. He needs to work on his backpedal and open his hips quicker to retain coverage in transition. He lacks the burst to recover when beaten and needs deep support regularly. He needs to get stronger and better technically to utilize his skill set. Prospect with the tools to be a quality role performer with definite make it grade with starting talent to surprise. Fast rising middle round prospect and outstanding special teams performer. Probable starting gunner.

Frank Coyle 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.

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NFL Team Report - Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys - 8-8 - Head Coach - Jason Garrett - 5th Year

Key Team Needs: 1. DL 2. S 3. WR 4. LB 5. RB
1st Round Pick - 16th selection - 11 total picks

Photo – Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama

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Short List Players - Cowboys
1st Round (16th overall) Prospects

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Safety - Alabama
Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida St

2nd Day Prospects
2nd Round

Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina
Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon St
Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
Jimmie Ward - Safety - Northern Illinois
Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
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3rd Round
Chris Smith - DE - Arkansas
Will Sutton - DT - Arizona St
Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
Anthony Johnson - DT - LSU

1. Defensive Line - The Cowboys parted ways with perennial Pro Bowl end DeMarcus Ware. They lost DT Jason Hatcher in FA, though they signed DT Henry Melton. Melton might be out till midseason rehabbing knee surgery. They need both ends and tackles for their 4-3 set and could use their top two picks on those positions. They resigned DE Anthony Spencer to a one year deal, though he is coming off knee surgery that cost him the 2013 season. They like DE Kony Ealy and tackles Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan in the mid first round. They will probably address their line with multiple selections. DEs Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton and DT Ra’Shede Hageman and Ego Ferguson are possible 2nd round picks. They like DE Chris Smith and DT Will Sutton in the 3rd round. Expect the Boys to explore trading up for linemen in the early rounds.

2. Safety - The Cowboys had major problems in the secondary last season and could address the safety spot in the early rounds. They added starting corners, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in recent years, though both struggled in a new coverage scheme. They like safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor and will consider them at the 16th overall pick in the 1st round. They like safety Jimmie Ward in the 2nd and Terrence Brooks and Craig Loston in the 3rd rounds.

3. Wide Receiver - The Boys’ hope to address their receiving corps with a top 100 selection. Veteran Miles Austin is unsigned and may not be back. Veteran Dez Bryant is a top #1 receiver and works opposite fast Terrance Williams who has a future here. The talent drops significantly from there and they could address this unit twice with 11 overall picks and little depth overall. They love WR Jarvis Landry and Donte Moncrief in the 2nd round and Brue Ellington in the 3rd round. They also like Marqise Lee in the 1st round.

4. Linebacker - The Cowboys switched to the 4-3 set last season and is a good fit for young LBers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Lee is a leader and playmaker in the middle, though struggles staying healthy. They have little depth overall and will hope to add an outside backer to complete the unit. C.J. Mosley would be a great value addition. OLB Ryan Shazier would be a surprise 1st round addition. They like Kyle Van Noy and have him earmarked for the 2nd round. They are looking at LB Trevor Reilly in the 3rd round.

5. Running Back - There is little depth and experience behind starter DeMarco Murray. Best value could be prospects Tre Mason and Ka’Deem Carey in the 2nd/3rd rounds. They like Charles Sims in the middle rounds.

Insiders’ Insights
The Cowboys finished .500 once again and have won only one playoff games since 1997. They hope to address their struggling defense with most of their top selections. Also, they still need playmakers for Tony Romo, though will most likely wait until the middle rounds. Their highest priority though, will be at defensive tackle, safety and linebacker. They have safeties Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on their 1st round list and one should be available. They like DT Aaron Donald, but will have to move up to get him probably in the top dozen selections. They could select multiple defensive linemen after FA losses. They will add a defensive end in the top 100 and like Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton in the 2nd round. They are interested in a starting receiver and players like Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee could be the best 1st round value on the board. They would like to add a 1A type of runner though most likely not before the 3rd round. They like Tre Mason and see him as a fine compliment to Demarco Murphy. With 11 overall picks, they have the leverage to move up in the early rounds for the right player.

1st Round Pick - DT Timmy Jernigan - Florida St. -
Explosive interior defender with big play potential.

Alternate Pick - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama -
Centerfielder is a high Cowboys priority.

Frank Coyle 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.

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