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NFL Combine Invitation List - Defensive Players

NFL Combine Player Invitation List
By Position * Underclassmen

Photo – LB Kyle Van Noy - BYU

Defensive Ends (27):
William Clarke, West Virginia
*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
*Scott Crichton, Oregon State
*Kony Ealy, Missouri
Kasim Edebali, Boston College
IK Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech
James Gayle, Virginia Tech
Taylor Hart, Oregon
Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
Howard Jones, Shepherd
*Aaron Lynch, South Florida
Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU
Cassius Marsh, UCLA
Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Josh Mauro, Stanford
Tevin Mims, South Florida
Zach Moore, Concordia
Jonathan Newsome, Ball State
*Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama
Michael Sam, Missouri
Chris Smith, Arkansas
Marcus Smith, Louisville
Ed Stinson, Alabama
*Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
*George Uko, Southern California
Larry Webster, Bloomsburg
Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M

Defensive Tackles (27):
Jay Bromley, Syracuse
Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State
Deandre Coleman, California
Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
Dominique Easley, Florida
Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
*Ego Ferguson, Louisiana State
Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
*Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
*Anthony Johnson, LSU
DaQuan Jones, Penn State
Zack Kerr, Delaware
Daniel McCullers, Tennessee
Louis Nix, Notre Dame
Tenny Palepoi, Utah
Mike Pennel, Colorado State-Pueblo
*Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College
Caraun Reid, Princeton
Shamar Stephen, UConn
Will Sutton, Arizona State
Robert Thomas, Arkansas
Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi
Brent Urban, Virginia
Chris Whaley, Texas
Kerry Wynn, Richmond

Outside Linebackers (25):
Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Anthony Barr, UCLA
Carl Bradford, Arizona State
Jonathan Brown, Illinois
Dee Ford, Auburn
*Khari Fortt, California
Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
Christian Jones, Florida State
Devon Kennard, Southern California
Chris Kirksey, Iowa
*Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
Boseko Lokombo, Oregon
Khalil Mack, Buffalo
C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Trent Murphy, Stanford
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
*Ronald Powell, Florida
Trevor Reilly, Utah
*Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
Telvin Smith, Florida State
Tyler Starr, South Dakota
Jordan Tripp, Montana
Kyle Van Noy, BYU

For Rest of NFL Combine Defensive Players go to Next page

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NFL Combine Invitation List - Offensive Players

NFL Combine Invitation List - Offensive Players
By Position * Underclassmen

Photo – QB Blake Bortles - Central Florida

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks (19):

* Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
*Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Derek Carr, Fresno State
David Fales, San Jose State
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
*Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Jeff Mathews, Cornell
A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
Stephen Morris, Miami
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M
Keith Wenning, Ball State

Running back (33):
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Dri Archer, Kent State
*George Atkinson, Notre Dame
*Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
*Alfred Blue, LSU
*Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
Tim Cornett, UNLV
*Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State
Tim Flanders, Sam Houston State
David Fluellen, Toledo
*Devonta Freeman, Florida State
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
Marion Grice, Arizona State
*Jeremy Hill, LSU
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
*Storm Johnson, Central Florida
*Henry Josey, Missouri
*Tre Mason, Auburn
Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
*Adam Muema, San Diego State
Ladarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Silas Redd, Southern California
*Bishop Sankey, Washington
*Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Charles Sims, West Virginia
*Jerome Smith, Syracuse
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina
*De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
*Terrance West, Towson
James White, Wisconsin
*James Wilder, Florida State
Andre Williams, Boston College
Damien Williams, Oklahoma

Fullbacks (4):
Trey Burton, Florida
J.C. Copeland, LSU
Ryan Hewitt, Stanford
Trey Millard, Oklahoma

Wide Receivers (48):
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
*Davante Adams, Fresno State
*Odell Beckham, LSU
*Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
*Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt
Corey Brown, Ohio State
John Brown, Pittsburg State
*Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
Mike Campanaro, Wake Forest
*Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
Kain Colter, Northwestern
*Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Damian Copeland, Louisville
MIke Davis, Texas
*Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska
*Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Shaq Evans, UCLA
Bennie Fowler, Michigan State
*Austin Franklin, New Mexico State
Jeremy Gallon, Michigan
Ryan Grant, Tulane
Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina
Robert Herron, Wyoming
Cody Hoffman, BYU
Josh Huff, Oregon
Allen Hurns, Miami
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
T.J. Jones, Notre Dame
*Jarvis Landry, LSU
*Cody Latimer, Indiana
*Marqise Lee, Southern California
Marcus Lucas, Missouri
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
*Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
Kevin Norwood, Alabama
Walt Powell, Murray State
Tevin Reese, Baylor
*Paul Richardson, Colorado
*Allen Robinson, Penn State
Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
*Willie Snead, Ball State
*Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
Devin Street, Pittsburgh
L'Damian Washington, Missouri
*Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Al Wilson, Georgia State

For the rest of NFL Combine Offensive Players go to next page

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NFL 2014 Offseason Schedule

NFL 2014 Offseason Schedule
Free Agency and NFL Combine Head Key Upcoming Dates

February 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Methodist Center, Houston, Texas
February 15-16 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, New Jersey
Feb. 17: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Feb. 19-25: NFL Combine 2014 - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Feb. 22-25: NFL Combine - Workouts daily by position

Draft Insiders Digest will have complete NFL Combine Roster 2014
– available soon – February Newsletter – available now - Frank Coyle / Publisher

February 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: 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 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11

March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of free agency credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th First round - May 9th Rounds 2&3 - May 10th Rounds 4 thru 7

May 10: Rookie Free Agency market opens
May 19-21: 2014 Owners Spring meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

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RB Lacy and DE Sheldon Richardson Win NFL Rookie of the Year Awards

Eddie Lacy and Sheldon Richardson Win NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year Awards

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy and NY Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson win the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year Awards for their outstanding 2013 season

For Yearbook 2013 Scouting Reports on Rookies Lacy and Richardson from Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2013 – Continue to Read Article - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo – RB Eddie Lacy - Packers

Eddie Lacy was selected in the 2nd-round in the NFL Draft 2013 out of Alabama. He was the #1 rated running back in Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2013 in April. Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards on 284 carries with 11 touchdowns. He also had 35 receptions for 257 yards and was a key to helping the Packers weather the storm when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury in the middle of the season.

Lacy beat out San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen. Whereas Allen finished 22nd in receiving yards and 13th in receiving touchdowns, Lacy placed eighth in rushing yards and third in rushing scores. After Week 5 through the rest of the season, only LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles among running backs averaged more than Lacy's 86.7 yards per game.

Lacy carried Green Bay's offense for a crucial seven-game stretch when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined, emerging as the Packers' most valuable player. Most impressively, Lacy saved the season while toughing out an ankle injury and facing stacked boxes without Rodgers directing the Packers' offense.

A physical throwback type of runner, Lacy consistently got most of his yardage after contact. He finished near the top of the list in yards after contact and forced missed tackles. This award is a fitting tribute to a player who not only broke John Brockington's long-standing franchise record for rookie rushing yards.

Offensive Rookie of the Year voting
Player / Position / # of votes
Eddie Lacy - Green Bay Packers RB - 35
Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers WR - 12
Giovani Bernard - Cincinnati Bengals RB - 1
Larry Warford - Detroit Lions OT - 1
Cordarrelle Patterson - Minnesota Vikings WR/KR - 1

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson earns the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Richardson was announced as the top defensive rookie at Saturday's "NFL Honors" awards show. It's rare for a defensive lineman to take home the award because the position's biggest contributions rarely show up in the box score or in casual game viewing.

The Jets realized early on that Richardson would make an immediate impact, teaming with Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison on the Sons of Anarchy defensive line that was arguably the league's best in 2013.

"He's had a tremendous year and I think he has a great future here," coach Rex Ryan said in December. "The production is a huge part of it and the way he plays. He's got that relentless motor. For a defensive tackle and being as productive as he is ... the tape doesn't lie."

Richardson won the award over the Buffalo Bills' Kiko Alonso, the Carolina Panthers' Star Lotulelei, the New Orleans Saints' Kenny Vaccaro and the Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu.

The Jets defensive end totaled 77 tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Those stats really don’t show his true impact as a defender. Among 3-4 defensive ends, only J.J. Watt produced more stops than Richardson's 41. The former Mizzou star gets off the ball quickly, pushes the pocket and blows up opposing run games.

Defensive Rookie of the Year voting
Player / Position / # of votes
Sheldon Richardson - New York Jets DE - 23
Kiko Alonso - Buffalo Bills LB - 19
Kenny Vaccaro - New Orleans Saints S - 4
Tyrann Mathieu - Arizona Cardinals S - 2
Star Lotulelei - Carolina Panthers DT – 2

For Yearbook 2013 Scouting Reports on Rookies Lacy and Richardson from Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2013 – Continue to Next Page - Frank Coyle / Publisher

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New Two Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft

Two Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2014
Prior to the NFL Combine 2014 * Underclassmen

Photo - DE Trent Murphy - Stanford

1st Round
Team / W-L / Player / Position / School

1. Houston - 2-14 - * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
2. St. Louis (Wash- 3-13) - Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
3. Jacksonville - 4-12 –* Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
4. Cleveland - 4-12 – * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
5. Oakland - 4-12 – * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
6. Atlanta - 4-12 – Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
7. Tampa Bay - 4-12 – * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
8. Minnesota - 5-10-1 - * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
9. Buffalo - 6-10 – * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
10. Detroit - 7-9 – CJ Mosley - LB - Alabama
11. Tennessee - 7-9 - * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
12. NY Giants - 7-9 – Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
13. St. Louis - 7-9 – Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
14. Chicago - 8-8 - * Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
15. Pittsburgh - 8-8 - Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
16. x - Baltimore - 8-8 – * Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
17. x -Dallas - 8-8 – * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
18. NY Jets - 8-8 – Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
19. Miami - 8-8 – * David Yankey - OG - Stanford
20. Arizona - 10-6 – Ra'Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
21. Green Bay - 8-7-1 – * Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
22. Philadelphia - 10-6 – * Stephon Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame
23. Kansas City - 11-5 – Zach Martin - OG - Notre Dame
24. Cincinnati - 11-5 – * Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida State
25. San Diego - 9-7 – Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
26. Cleveland (Indy) 11-5 – Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
27. New Orleans - 11-5 - Jason Verrett - CB - TCU
28. Carolina - 12-4 – * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.
29. San Francisco - 12-4 – * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
30. New England - 12-4 – * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
31. y - Seattle - 13-3 – * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
32. y - Denver - 13-3 – Lamarcus Joyner - CB - Florida State

Second Round
33. Houston - * Allen Robinson - WR - Penn State
34. Wash – * Tiny Richardson - OT - Tennessee
35. Cleveland - * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State
36. Oakland - * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
37. Atlanta – * Ego Ferguson - DT - LSU
38. Tampa Bay – * Austin Seferin-Jenkins - TE - Washington
39. Jacksonville – Zach Mettenberger - QB - LSU
40. Minnesota – Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
41. Buffalo - * Marcus Roberson - CB - Florida
42. Tennessee – Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
43. NY Giants - Travis Swanson - C - Arkansas
44. St. Louis – * Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
45. Detroit - * Louchiez Purifoy - CB - Florida
46. Pittsburgh – Jordan Matthews - WR - Vanderbilt
47. Baltimore – Dee Ford - LB - Auburn
48. Dallas – * Anthony Johnson - DT - LSU
49. NY Jets - * Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon State
50. Miami - * Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon State
51. Chicago - * Davante Adams - WR - Fresno State
52. Arizona – Shayne Skov - LB - Stanford
53. Green Bay - Jackson Jeffcoat - DE - Texas
54. Philadelphia - * Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
55. Cincinnati –* Ed Reynolds - S - Stanford
56. San Francisco (Kansas City) – Jared Abbrederis - WR - Wisconsin
57. San Diego – * Paul Richardson - WR - Colorado
58. New Orleans - * Dion Bailey - S - Southern Cal
59. Indianapolis – * Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG - UCLA
60. Carolina - Deone Buchannon - S - Washington State
61. San Francisco – Ahmad Dixon - S - Baylor
62. New England – * Troy Niklas - TE - Notre Dame
63. Seattle - * Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
64. Denver – Michael Sam - DE - Missouri

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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Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2014

Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2014
February, 2014 – Post Senior Bowl / Pre NFL Combine Rankings
* Declared Underclassmen

Photo – WR Kelvin Benjamin - Florida St

Pro Prospect / Position / School
1. * Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
2. Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
3. Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
4. * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
5. * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
6. * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
7. * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
8. * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
9. Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
10. *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
11. * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern California
12. * Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida State
13. * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
14. C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama
15.* Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
16. Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
17. * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
18. Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
19. Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
20. Zach Martin - OG - Notre Dame
21. * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.
22. Ra'Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
23. Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
24. Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
25. * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
26. Jason Verrett - CB - TCU
27. * Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
28. * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State
29. * Ego Ferguson - DT - LSU
30. * David Yankey - OG - Stanford
31. * Stephon Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame
32. Jordan Matthews - WR - Vanderbilt
33. * Austin Seferin-Jenkins - TE - Washington
34. * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
35. Travis Swanson - C - Arkansas
36. * Allen Robinson - WR - Penn State
37. * Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State
38. * Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
39. Shayne Skov - LB - Stanford
40. Lamarcus Joyner - CB - Florida State
41. Dee Ford - LB - Auburn
42. * Calvin Pryor - S - Louisville
43. Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
44. * Brandin Cooks - WR - Oregon State
45. Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
46. Jackson Jeffcoat - DE - Texas
47. * Tiny Richardson - OT - Tennessee
48. * Ed Reynolds - S - Stanford
49. * Davante Adams - WR - Fresno State
50. Deone Buchannon - S - Washington State

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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Senior Bowl 2014 - Key Game Players to Watch

Senior Bowl 2014 - Key Game Players to Watch

Photo - QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Fast rising small college passer put back to back strong performances together at the East-West and Senior Bowl practices. He gets the main stage Saturday in Mobile and could elevate his stock into the top 50 selections. Garoppolo (6'2", 220 lbs) has a very compact and quick release with fine accuracy and a nice touch that allows receivers to run after the catch. He has an above average arm though he shows the ability to drive the ball into small openings with timing and accuracy. After an impressive week of practice, he can really shine on the big stage vs top completion.

Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Underrated runner elevated his stock significantly with an impressive effect at the practices. He combines fine size and speed with well rounded talent to fill all the roles for the position. He is a fine route runner with soft hands and the natural running ability to be dangerous after the catch. He is moves well laterally and shows a burst of speed coming out of his cuts to run away from defenders. He has a thick lower body to break tackles and show some cutback ability/vision to find running lanes. A strong game effort and he can move into the top 10 selections.

Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Fast vertical threat has lite it up this week with his ability to separate and get open. His big play potential has drawn raves and improved his draft status. Though only 5’10” 187 lbs., his short area quickness and long speed allow him to create big plays and will most likely allow him to shine at the NFL Combine.

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Agile sure handed receiver may be the most developed wideout in this class. He routes great routes, adjusts very well and has the receiving radius and soft hands to catch everything. He has deceptive speed and quickness and could be the playmaker with the development to be a key factor on game day.

Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Tough technician had an outstanding week at practices vs the best edge rushers. He probably guaranteed a first round grade. He is highly developed and versatile that probably will earn him a starting rookie grade this summer.

Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Sound technician displayed strong hands and balance that enables him to win consistently vs top linemen. He shows a strong base that translates well to the well and allows him to play with power. Good work effort and preparation will earn him early NFL starting spot, probably at right tackle.

Defensive Players
Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

Fast edge rusher was unblockable this week. He has the explosive speed off the ball that dominated the practice sessions throughout the week. This small defensive end consistently attacked the edge of offensive tackles in one-on-one pass-rush and team drills. He weighs only 243 lbs and teams see him as a better fit as an outside 'backer in a 3-4 front. In a four man front, he is a situational rusher with impact ability. He has the quickest first step off the line in this draft class.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Another smallish defender who had a strong week vs top competition. He has a quick burst off the ball, with strong and violent hands to gain a fast advantage. Though only 6'0" and 288 lbs, he wins with quickness and leverage with the ability to finish strong. He plays hard and competes on every rep.
Fine 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 front who has rose up draft boards after he showcased consistent talent vs premier blockers.

Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
Rangy small college defender moves easily that allows him to pursue and drop in coverage.
He moves like a strong safety with the frame to carry another 10-15 lbs. He is a very fluid athlete and plays with fine speed for a 6'2", 237-pound defender. He needs to get stronger and take on blockers
and hold the point to play in a base defense.. Interesting rising defender.

Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Big agile corner had a strong week of practices. He has the length scouts seek in a pro corner and shows the agility to move easily in his pedal and closing speed. He plays the ball well with the reach to deflect many passes. He plays both press and man well with the ability to ride a receiver’s hips and locate the ball consistently.

Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
Physical strong safety displayed powerful tackling with the ability to close on the ball and drop runners.
He has excellent size (6'1", 216 lbs) with the ability to cover the back quarter. He can run the alley and drop runners in their tracks. His ability to match up with top tight ends in the deep game will determine how high a club will draft this emerging defender.

Players Primed for Big Game Performances
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Michael Schofield , OT, Michigan
Gabe Jackson , OG, Mississippi State
Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Dez Southward, DB, Wisconsin
Dontae Johnson, DB, North Carolina St.

Players Who Need Big Game Performances
QB Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech
QB Stephen Morris - Miami
WR Jeff Janis - Saginaw Valley St.
OG Cyril Richardson – Baylor
OT Seantrel Henderson – Miami
OG Kadeem Edwards - Tennessee St.
DE Michael Sam - Missouri
DT Caraun Reid - Princeton
LB Jonathan Brown - Illinois
CB Chris Davis - Auburn

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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