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Super Bowl - Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez - Scouting Report Draft Insiders.com 2010 Yearbook

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Patriot’s TE Aaron Hernandez - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders,com Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

Photo - TE Aaron Hernandez - Patriots

Aaron Hernandez #81 - 6’2” 245 lbs. - Florida - Sp. 4.70 Rating 82
Hindu Theory: Owen Daniels

Mobile athletic junior tight end has been a fine starter in the Gators potent offense providing Tim Tebow with a top weapon for their high-powered attack. Aaron declared for the NFL Draft after another strong performance especially as a receiver. He displays well-developed receiving skills over his short stay with a very good understanding to the passing game and the ability to read coverage and make adjustments. He is a mobile athlete with marginal size, though well-developed receiving skills that includes hands, footwork and COD ability that will earn him early pro playing time as an H-back. He is a competitive hardworking tight end who moves well and is a very effective getting off the line and into his routes. He has natural pass catching skills that earned him consensus SEC honors over his final two seasons. He has the ability to produce clutch plays with a keen understanding of coverage and the ability to make adjustments. He has the athleticism to block on the move with the technique and agility to sustain the block the full play. As an inline performer, he fails to get a strong push at the LOS and relies on finesse to neutralize an opponent. He lacks the pop to drive a big backer off the line and may struggle early in certain tight end sets mainly as an inline performer. As a receiver, he is a very good pass catcher who made fast progress over his career. He moves well into his patterns and runs good routes with the ability to fight off the jam and get into his pattern and create separation. He has developed sound reads in coverage and gives a strong effort to get open with the ability to compete for the ball in a crowd. Over his career, he caught the ball well with fine hands, separation and nice run after the catch ability. He does well working against zones where he reads coverage quickly and settles into openings nicely. Though he is not a powerful inline blocker, he is quick off the snap and will get his hands on an opponent to wall off a defender with the toughness to sustain relying on fairly good footwork. He is a mobile player that should make the grade as a top-flight early H-back performer, but needs to add more muscle to his frame and show better use of technique to be an accomplished inline blocker and complete player.
The Numbers: Over the 2009 season, he caught 68 passes for 850 yards with 5 TDs and a 12.5 yard average while starting every game. He earned SEC honors for the second time. As a sophomore, he led the team with 34 receptions for 381 yards and 5 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout due to minor injury. He checked in at 245 lbs and over 6’2”. At Florida pro day, he ran in the high 4.5 times with one watch having him at 4.56. He also had 30 reps in the lifting. He also had good positional drills with crisp routes while showing fine hands.
The Skinny:Highly developed receiving skills and a keen understanding of the passing game. He has the ability to get open consistently to be a factor in a pro passing game. As a blocker, he is efficient and can use his mobility and good technique to make good initial contact. Good top 100 pick with highly developed physical tools to become a key role performer. He is the type with the talent to flourish in a system like the Colts, Chargers or Dolphins.
Draft Projection: 3rd-4th Round

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 18 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.

Super Bowl - NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2009 Yearbook

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NY Giants WR Hakeem Nicks - Scouting Report - Draft Insiders.com 2009 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

Photo – WR Hakeem Nicks - NY Giants

Hakeem Nicks #88 - 6’1” 210 lbs. - North Carolina - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90
Hindu Theory: Terrell Owens

Physical athletic junior receiver combines all the skills to become a premier NFL playmaker within a short time. Hakeem is a big athletic receiver who declared this January after a strong finish to his college career. His receiving exploits over his late career made a human highlight film. He had a dominant performance in the NC bowl loss to West Virginia in the Meineke Bowl. He combines very good size with excellent hands and the speed, quickness and strength to beat a defense in a number of ways. His ability to run after the catch with the speed to break the play has enabled him to be both a deep threat and a terrific intermediate receiver. He has been the go-to receiver in the talented NC passing offense that probably gets three receivers selected in the NFL Draft ‘09. He is very good at getting off the line, combining quickness and power to fight off the jam and get into his routes easily. He is rarely forced off his pattern with the agility to drop his weight well to make crisp cuts and ability to retain his good speed. He reads coverage well and knows the situation and where the markers are to make the key first down. He works the end zone and sidelines very well, displaying outstanding body control and the leaping ability to make the acrobatic catch. He has a very big receiving radius that allows him to make the toughest catch look routine. He is very tough in jump ball situations where his height and leaping skills give him a considerable advantage whether facing single or double coverage. He closes the cornerback’s cushion quickly and can come out of his breaks with good speed. He is a big athlete who has excellent strength and toughness to fight off tacklers and break the underneath-pass for a long gain. It usually takes more than one tackler to bring him down. His fine cutting skills allow him to change directions quickly and maintain top speed despite his big frame. After the catch, he is dangerous, showing acceleration and the burst of speed to run away from defenders. He is a physical blocker who helps his team’s ground game by his presence and he can wall off and seal the edge, in addition to overpowering a defender. As a runner, he has the explosiveness to take the simple slip screen or hitch pass for a long gain, combining the fast acceleration with good long distance speed.
The Numbers: As a junior, he caught 68 passes for 1222 yards and 12 TDs for a fine 18 yard average that earned him ACC honors. As a sophomore, he caught 74 passes for 958 yards and 5 TDs while starting 11 of 12 games. During his true freshman season, he started all 11 games and made 39 catches for 660 yards and 4 TDs for an impressive 16 yard average per catch. At the NFL Combine, he checked at just under 6’1” and 212 lbs. and ran 4.51 and 4.52 times. He did a 36” VL, but pulled a hamstring and stopped the workout.
The Skinny: Young physical go-to receiver, with the AA and level of development to be a major addition to a pro offense. He has well developed receiving skills and a keen sense of coverage and openings in the secondary to get open. He has the ability to stretch the field and draw double coverage consistently that opens up opportunities for other receivers. He is reminiscent of the big receivers in the game like the Cowboys’ Terrell Owens in size, speed and running style. He is capable of fitting into any type of offense and should compete for a starting job immediately. Special playmaker with the well rounded talent to provide both a deep threat and a very tough possession receiver for the passing game. He has athletic ability to be an immediate difference maker in the right setting. Big game performer with the package to give an offense a difference maker in the passing game. The Giants, Rams and Jaguars interested in the late 1st/ early 2nd round.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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 18 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.

Super Bowl - Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl from the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.
Below is Rob Gronkowski’s Yearbook scouting report when we ranked him the #1 TE prospect in the nation.

Photo - TE Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots

1. Rob Gronkowski #48- 6’6” 265 lbs. - Arizona
Sp. 4.65 / Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Todd Heap

Huge athletically gifted junior tight end is one of the fastest rising prospects in this class despite missing the ’09 season. Rob has performed very well over his short two year starting stay in the Pac 10 where he earned conference honors both seasons. He put up some incredible numbers over that period especially as a receiver in the red zone. He presents an imposing athlete for the position with a combination of rare size and athleticism to become a complete pro performer. He is a fast developing prospect with the blocking ability, hands, speed and run after the catch ability to become a major addition to a pro offense with some further development. As a receiver, he made fast progress over his career learning the finer points of the position such as route running and reading coverage. He has incredible size with a frame over 6’6” and he actually looks thin at 265 lbs. His size and agility makes him a very difficult matchup with fine movement skills and the hands to snatch the ball. As a receiver, he shows natural talent catching the ball, releasing off the line and route running to be ready for pro starting time. Over his two seasons, he caught 16 TDs without an NFL caliber starting passer. As an inline blocker, he shows dominant talent often with the ability to handle defensive ends in single assignments and the quickness and footwork to fire out and move linebackers out of the hole. He can seal the edge very well with the long arms of a tackle to sustain and the footwork to handle counter moves. He has outstanding upside potential and the AA to be a complete NFL performer with Pro Bowl skills. He has very good speed to get into the deep seam and give an offense an excellent weapon with the rare size to cause major coverage problems. He has natural talent to succeed and the work ethic to become a special NFL player. Despite his late career injury, he has rehabbed diligently through hard work and the intangibles necessary to be a top flight NFL performer. Currently he has only touched the surface of his natural abilities with the receiving skills to become an impact weapon that defensive coordinators need to give special attention to weekly. He is a very difficult receiver to match up with and his size and reach make him almost impossible to cover in single assignments. His ability as a red zone receiver has barely been touched and his combination of size, speed and natural receiving skills gives an attack a weapon and a difference maker. He is a smooth good-looking athlete with a huge frame, very good muscle tone and definite growth potential throughout. He has big hands, well-developed upper body strength that should allow him to grade out higher as an inline blocker with further technique and strength work. His body type suggests growth potential and further upside in that role to the 270 lb+. range. As a blocker, his game film has earned him very high grades with the ability to sustain and get movement. He graded out very high, handling Pac 10 defensive ends as an underclassman. He is an agile athlete with very good functional strength and playing speed that translates well to the field and allows him to fill all the roles. He can deliver a strong hand punch with the ability to get a very good push at the POT. He retains his blocks well with the ability to move his feet and counter to secondary moves and finish well. On the 2nd level, he is a strong blocker with the agility and the reach to fit easily on linebackers. As a receiver, he can defeat the press at the line, making good use of his hands to get out into his routes with the ability to accelerate. He has sure hands and shows a big receiving radius with fine body control and the ability to get great extension to adjust to the pass. He works well in the short zones and can use his body to adjust to the ball when it is in the air. He relies on speed and power to get into the open field with the ability to break tackles.
The Numbers: He sat out the ’09 season due to an injury. As a sophomore, he started 9 of 10 games and caught 47 passes for 672 yards for a 14.3 yard average and 10 TDs which earned him first team Pac 10 honors. As a freshman, he caught 28 passes for 525 yards and 6 TDs for an impressive 18.8 yard average that earned him 1st team Pac 10. He is similar to former #1 pick Todd Heap in size, AA and big play potential. At the NFL Combine, he did not workout recovering from back surgery.
The Skinny: Big agile athlete with the talent to be a special player with development. He can be a complete player and dominant blocker within a short time and capable of becoming a huge factor in a team’s passing game. He has an awesome physical package with high production vs top competition. Top flight NFL performer in the right offense and excellent addition for the Ravens, Browns or Saints. Prospect that would have been a top 15 pick if healthy and played in ’09. Marginal top 40 prospect and big time talent who is a player you want to have going forward.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

Super Bowl XLVI - Giants' DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Scouting Report - Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

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NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul - Scouting Report Draft Insiders’ 2010 Yearbook

This week we will post Draft Insiders.com Yearbook Scouting Reports of prominent players in the upcoming Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots. Both front offices have done excellent jobs in evaluation college talent and meet for the second time in the Super Bowl in five years.

Draft Insiders.com 2012 Yearbook - 300 Scouting Reports

Photo - DE Jason Pierre-Paul - NY Giants

1. Jason Pierre-Paul #90 - 6’5” 270 lbs. - South Florida - Sp. 4.70 Rating 92 - Hindu Theory: Jevon Kearse
Freakish athletic junior defender declared for the NFL Draft after only one season at the D1 level. Jason is one of the best athletes in this class and a rare physical specimen who runs very well and has the growth potential to get bigger. He is a big angular athlete who comes in at over 265 lbs. with the frame to carry over 270 lb. He has very long arms and the footwork of a linebacker with the speed to go sideline to sideline. He usually plays with good leverage and has the functional strength that enabled him to play several positions mainly on the strongside end position. His best pro position will initially be the weakside in the 4-3 set. He has good functional strength and uses his long arms to hold up at the point of attack well with the frame to get bigger and add muscle. He possesses the quickness to move down the line and pursue from the backside and projects to end and an early every down end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 set. He is quick on the snap with the size and AA to become an every down defender fairly early in his career. When he times the snap well, he can penetrate quickly into the backfield with the ability to close on the QB. He uses his long arms well to keep blockers off and has the ability with the power to separate and flatten out to the passer. He can hold the point of attack fairly well with the ability to locate the ball and stay alive on the play. He is still a very raw prospect after a one year college career, but a prospect with an incredible physical skill set for the NFL game. He can win late on the down to get to the passer or ball carrier. He moves down the line well and stays clean using his long arms to keep blocks away from his body. For a tall angular prospect, he has very good COD skills with the ability to recover easily. He can make tackles outside the box and pursues well to the ball carrier. He needs to further develop his hand usage and more pass rush moves to fully realize his blue chip talent, though he uses his strength well for a raw prospect. He needs overall technique work especially with his hands to show a more powerful punch. At times, he comes off the ball high that provides a big target for blockers. When he plays with leverage and a low pad level, he is very difficult to contain. He needs to get better use of his long reach to deflect more passes at the LOS and it is an essential part of upper body strength and technique development that is critical for him to play up to his athleticism. As a junior, he started only 7 games and posted 45 tackles with 16.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF and 3 PBU that earned him first team Big East honors. He played at two different JC colleges during the ’08 and ’07 seasons. At the NFL Combine, he ran 4.78 time, a 30.5” VJ, 9’7” BJ and did 19 reps. He can be an impact disruptive, big playmaker with great size and upside potential over a short time. He has developed a very good rip move to get past tackles with regularity, but needs development on his swim maneuver and additional move to have a complete game. He needs to learn more counter moves to combat double-teams and make plays when his initial move is contained. He is a bigger version of defender Jevon Kearse in speed, body type, AA and versatility to play end or up in both pro fronts. He may be similar to former #1 pick Jamaal Anderson in body type and LOD. This is a rare athlete with the talent to be a huge playmaker in a 4-3 set, though he is still developing and learning the game. Excellent top 20 prospect with starting talent once he settles into a scheme and refines his game. Blue chip developing prospect with great upside potential after further development.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Senior Bowl 2012 - North Tops South Behind Isaiah Pead's Strong All-Purpose Performance

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North Tops South Behind Isaiah Pead's Strong Performance - Senior Bowl 2012

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University of Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl, Saturday after totaling 129 all-purpose yards.

“A win caps off the week," Pead said. "You want to go in and practice hard, interview well and meet fans, but going away with a loss – as a competitor – I wouldn’t like that. We’re all out here competing and for the North side to come in and get a win caps off everything. I got everything I wanted out of this week. I got good work done at practice and I got a win for this game."

It was a record-setting day for the reigning Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Pead surpassed J.D. Hill of Arizona State as the Senior Bowl’s all-time leader in punt return yardage with 98 on the day. The previous record of 73 had stood since 1971. He also added 31 rushing yards. Pead raised a few eveybrows when he measured in at just under 5'10" and 193 lbs. at the Monday morning weighti-in. He played at over 200 lbs over the 2011 season, but he was noticeably quicker at the Senior Bowl practices and during the game. He also showed big play ability as a punt returner after only marginal talent in that role as a collegian.

Pead adds to his list of accolades which include: 2011 Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big East running back and 2011 Liberty Bowl MVP. He led the conference with 1,259 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs.

Joining Pead in the post-game awards ceremony was his teammate this week, Utah St linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner was named the Most Outstanding Player on the North after leading the squad with seven total tackles, including one tackle for loss, one interception and one pass breakup. “It’s a pleasure. Just to be out here with everybody and to be looked at as one of the best players on the field, it’s a great thing for a small school guy,” Wagner said.

Despite the North’s victory, the South did enjoy some highlights Saturday as Joe Adams earned Most Outstanding Player of the South squad with 133 receiving yards on eight catches. “It feels good because there are so many great players on the South team and to be chosen as a standout is definitely a blessing only from God,” Adams said.

It was Adams’ fumble however that led to the game’s first points, a 27-yard field goal by Purdue’s Carson Wiggs. The second quarter belonged to the North as they outscored their opponent 10-3, thanks to an 8-yard scoring strike from Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson to Cal’s Marvin Jones and another Wiggs field goal—this time from 32 yards out. Bullock added his second field goal of the day in the second quarter too, but the South went into the locker room down 13-6.

Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins continued the North’s offensive success in the second half, hitting Arizona St receiver Gerell Robinson over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to give the North a 20-6 lead. The South appeared to have life in the early going of the fourth quarter on Arizona QBNick Foles’ 20-yard touchdown toss to his former teammate in Tucson, Juron Criner, but Wiggs’ third field goal of the day—a 28-yarder—was all the North needed to hang on for the win.

The South still leads the all-time series with the North 30-27-3. The win improved the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff to 2-0 all-time in Senior Bowls, while the Washington Redskins fell to 3-4.

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 18 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.

QB Brandon Weeden Shines at Senior Bowl Practices

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Senior Bowl Players – Practices

Photo - QB Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St

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Senior Bowl Practices
Thursday’s North morning practice was moved inside due to rain.

QBs Nick Foles of Arizona and Ryan Lindlay of San Diego St displayed strong arms over the week. They struggled with accuracy at times. They need good performances in the game Saturday to elevate their stock. Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden showed a very good arm and a very accurate touch. He took command of the offense quickly and is a prospect who helped his cause significantly over the practices. With a strong game performance, he may be able to overcome his one liability his age. A baseball career postponed his college football career and he is currently 28 years old.

Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson faced the tape on Monday and came in at just 5’10 5/8” that is too short for an NFL QB. He impressed with his mobility and accuracy on the move. He made a quick command of the offense, though his pocket passing was marginal with limited vision and passing lanes. QB Kellen Moore of Boise St has shown nice accuracy, though marginal arm strength. Both Wilson and Moore display very good intangibles and understanding of their offense. They need good performances in the game to elevate their stock and show they can play the position at the next level.

Draft Insiders.com will have an extensive Senior Bowl and East-West report in early February Newsletter

Arizona WR Juron Criner has impressed in passing drills, showing excellent hands and good ball skills. He has moved up the charts significantly. WR T.J. Graham of NC St. came in at over 5' 11 and 182 lbs. He was quick off the line and had a burst to get by corners in the vertical game. He has good speed and a big NFL Combine could elevate him further. Arkansas WR Jo Adams was also very fast and quick while showing sure hands. Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller has had a tough week catching the ball and separating in coverage. He needs a good performance in the game to recover some lost ground. California WR Marvin Jones was impressive in passing drills showing good movement skills and body control. WR Brian Quick of Appalachian St. has fit right in to a bigger stage. He moves fluidly and snatches the ball naturally and uses his great size well.

DE Quinton Coples of North Carolina combines rare triangle numbers. He showed good power and leverage on the edge. He lacks a great initial burst, but he gets penetration on power and his ability to separate when he uses sound technique. South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram is a versatile positional fit for both front sevens. He comes in at under 6’2” and 31” arm length. He shows very good leverage and power to separate with the instincts to get to the ball. DTs Kendall Reyes of UConn and DT Kheeston Randall of Texas flashed quickness and power from the inside. Reyes was very quick and gained consistent interior penetration. Washington DT Alameda Ta’amu was an inside force and held the point well, showing excellent lower body power. Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw is one of the top OLB prospects who came in at 273 lbs. He fits both the ILB and OLB spot in a 3-4 scheme and holds the point of attack very well.

North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins has been very impressive in coverage. He came in just under 5’10” and a solid 191 lbs. He is very strong and aggressive that allows him to jam consistently at the line. He broke up a number of passes showing the ability to open his hips and run with receivers. He did get beat deep a few times being overly aggressive. CBs Dwight Bentley of Louisiana-Lafayette, Brandon Boykin of Georgia and Alfonzo Dennard of Nebraska has made strong showings in passing drills. Bentley is a smallish quick defender with excellent hips to run stride for stride with receivers. He has the ball skills to help a club in multiple sets. Boykin displayed a quick burst on the ball and oval good recognition skills. He matches up well and plays the ball nicely in coverage. Dennard shows a physical game in both run support and coverage. He has active hands and can push receivers off their route. Boston College CB Donnie Fletcher is a big agile corner who was physical at the line and capable of matchup up with bigger receivers. He has long arms to battle for the ball with good recognition skills. CB Josh Norman - 6'2" / 190 lbs. of Coastal Carolina was added to the game after a strong showing at the East-West game. He has excellent size with the ability to recognize and close on the ball. He plays the ball well relying on his long arms and fine leaping to deflect passes.

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 18 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.

Senior Bowl Week is Underway!

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Senior Bowl Week is Underway!.

Mobile, AL. - Senior Bowl Week 2012 is off and running with the arrival of the top senior college football players this weekend. Senior Bowl players underwent physicals, filled out questionnaires and then met with their respective coaching staffs. The Minnesota Vikings will be coaching the North squad this week, while the Washington Redskins will head up the South.

While the day was filled with anticipation and excitement for many of the nation’s top NFL draft prospects, a few Senior Bowlers had mixed emotions on Sunday. With the passing of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno dominating the news, former Nittany Lions Jack Crawford and D’Anton Lynn met with the media on Sunday to share their thoughts on the legendary coach.

The first official rosters were announced on Sunday. Among the new additions were Cincinnati defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, California wide receiver Marvin Jones and Texas A&M defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. Jerod-Eddie will line up alongside the likes of North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples on the South defensive line this week. Coples addressed the media Sunday at a kickoff press conference.

“Just go out and have fun,” Coples said. “It’s set up to be a fun bowl and have a great experience, and at the same time, it’s a business and you have to approach it as a business. But most important, you just have to go out and have fun and compete with the most elite college athletes in America.”

Senior Bowl Week continues today with the National Scouting Weigh-In in the morning followed by the first practice sessions of the week. Both teams will hit the field at 2:45pm (CT) Monday, with the South working out at Fairhope Municipal Stadium and the North practicing at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. All practices are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.

About the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.

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 18 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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