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East-West Shrine Week Begins Key Final All-Star Games

East-West Shrine Week Begins Key All-Star Weeks
Major All-Star Games – Week Practices and Weigh-In

Draft Insiders Digest Subscribers will get East-West Updates This Week – January Newsletter – available this week - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo - QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois

The top All-star games begin this week with weigh-ins and practices. This will be followed by Senior Bowl week beginning Jan 20th with daily practices and interviews.

Both the East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg and the NFLPA star game in Carson, California opened Jan. 13th with weigh-ins and interviews with interesting rosters of pro prospects for the NFL Draft 2014.

The line-up for the Shrine game is headlined by QBs Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, Jeff Mathews of Cornell and Northern Illinois All-American Jordan Lynch along with Tennessee running back Rajion Neal and RB Tim Flanders of Sam Houston St.

Other top prospects at the Shrine game will be wideouts Erik Lora of Eastern Illinois and Jeremy Gallon of Michigan along with Baylor TE Jordan Najvar and Colorado State TE Gilmore Crockett who will be showcased in the passing game. Oklahoma C Gabe Ikard, Stanford DE Josh Mauro and North Carolina safety Tre Boston all more highly regarded prospects to watch, though they have little name value.

Three additional small college prospects that have impressed pro scouts are Bloomsburg St’s DE Larry Webster and CBs Peirre Desir of Lindenwood and North Dakota State’s Marcus Williams. They may be the defensive sleepers in this deep draft class.

East-West Shrine Game - Jan. 18, 2014 - 4 pm est
http://www.shrinegame.com/en/Teams/westRosterNew

NFLPA All-Star Game - Jan. 18, 2014 – 6 pm est
http://collegiate.nflpa.com/roster/

Senior Bowl - accepted Invitations
Weigh-in / Practices / Game - Jan. 20-25 - 4 pm est

http://www.seniorbowl.com/accepted-invites.php

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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College 2014 All Star Games Showcase NFL Draft Prospects

Medal of Honor All-Star Game - Inaugural Game
Jan. 11, 2014 - Charleston, South Carolina.

http://www.mohbowl.com/team-rosters/

East-West Shrine Game - Jan. 18, 2014 - 4 pm.
http://www.shrinegame.com/en/Teams/westRosterNew

NFLPA All-Star Game - Jan. 18, 2014 – 3 pm.
http://collegiate.nflpa.com/roster/

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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NFL Draft 2014: FSU's Kelvin Benjamin Joins Blue Chip Receiving Class

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Update Tracker –
Saturday Jan. 11th, 10 am

Florida St. Wideout Kelvin Benjamin Joins Blue Chip Receiving Class

As the 2013-2014 postseason unfolds, many draft-eligible underclassmen continue to announce their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season a record 73 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012. By Jan. 10th, the upcoming class set a new record for underclassmen in what may be the strongest group of blue chip prospects ever to decide to turn pro.

Draft Insiders' NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings – available now
January Newsletter – available next week - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo - QB Blake Bortles - Central Florida

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, 2014. Afterwards, there is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Underclassmen
Quarterbacks

Johnny Manziel - 6-1, 200 - Texas A&M
Teddy Bridgewater - 6-2, 190 - Louisville
Blake Bortles - 6-5, 230 - Central Florida
Brett Smith - 6-3, 215 - Wyoming

Running Backs
Tre Mason - 5-10, 215 - Auburn
Bishop Sankey - 5-9, 215 – Washington
Lache Seastrunk - 5-9, 220 - Baylor
De’Anthony Thomas - 5-9, 175 - Oregon
James Wilder - 6-2, 225 - Florida St.
Terrance West, 6-1, 220 - Towson St.
Storm Johnson - 6-0, 220 - Central Florida
Adam Muena - 5-9, 210 - San Diego St.
George Atkinson - 6-1, 210 - Notre Dame
Henry Josey - 5-10, 210 - Missouri
Darrin Reaves - 5-11, 210 - UAB
Jerome Smith - 5-11, 230 - Syracuse
Kapri Bibbs - 5-10, 210 - Colorado St
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State

Receivers
Mike Evans - 6-5, 225 - Texas A&M
Kelvin Benjamin - 6-6, 220 - Florida St.
Marquis Lee - 6-0, 195 - Southern Cal
Sammy Watkins - 6-1, 200 - Clemson
Odell Beckham - 6-0, 190 - LSU
Jarvis Landry - 6-1, 195 - LSU
Allen Robinson - 6-3, 200 – Penn St.
Brandin Cooks - 5-10, 180 - Oregon St.
Donte Moncrief - 6-2, 220 - Mississippi
Davante Adams - 6-1, 200 - Fresno St.
Martavis Bryant - 6-5, 200 - Clemson
Josh Stewart 5-10, 185 - Oklahoma St.
Cody Latimer - 6-2, 215 - Indiana
Brandon Coleman - 6-5, 220 - Rutgers
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado
Bruce Ellington - 5-9, 195 - South Carolina
Willie Snead - 5-11, 190 - Ball St.
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt
Austin Franklin - 6-1, 210 - New Mexico St

Tight Ends
Jace Amaro - 6-5, 260 - Texas Tech
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - 6-6, 270 - Oregon
Xavier Grimble - 6-5, 255 - USC
Troy Niklas - 6-7, 260 - Notre Dame
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon
A.C. Leonard - 6-4, 248 - Tennessee St
Jake Murphy - 6-4, 245 - Utah
Richard Rodgers - 6-4, 245 - Cal
Michael Flacco - 6-4, 255 - New Haven
Nic Jacobs - 6-4, 235 - McNeese St.

Linemen
Cyrus Kouandjio - 6-6, 310 - Alabama
Greg Robinson - 6-5, 310 - Auburn
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee
Xavier Su'a-Filo - 6-3- 310 - UCLA
Russell Bodine - 6-3, 310 - North Carolina
Marcus Martin - 6-3, 320 - Southern Cal

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina
Stephon Tuitt - 6-5, 295 - Notre Dame
Kony Ealy - 6-5, 265 - Missouri
Scott Crichton - 6-3, 265 - Oregon St.
George Uko - 6-2, 280 - Southern Cal
Aaron Lynch - 6-5, 250 - South Florida
Demarcus Lawrence - 6-3. 245 - Boise St.
Jeoffrey Pagan - 6-4, 290 - Alabama

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NFL Draft 2014 - First Round Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2014 - First Round Mock Draft
* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2014

Exact draft order to be determined at close of postseason
x – coin flip will determine selection

Photo – QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville

First Round Mock Draft
Team / W-L

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 - * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
6. Atlanta - 4-12 - Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
7. Tampa Bay - 4-12 - * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
8. Minnesota - 5-10-1 - * Cameron Erving - OT - Florida State
9. Buffalo - 6-10 - Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
10. Detroit - 7-9 - * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
11. Tennessee - 7-9 - CJ Mosley - LB - Alabama
12. NY Giants - 7-9 - * Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
13. St. Louis - 7-9 - Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
14. Chicago - 8-8 - * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
15. Pittsburgh - 8-8 - Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
16. x - Baltimore - 8-8 - *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
17. x -Dallas - 8-8 - Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
18. NY Jets - 8-8 - 18. * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
19. Miami - 8-8 - * Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
20. Arizona - 10-6 - * Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Texas A&M
21. y - Green Bay - 8-7-1 - * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
22. y- San Diego - 9-7 - * Stephen Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame
23. y - Philadelphia - 10-6 - * Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
24. y - Kansas City - 11-5 - * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
25. y - Cincinnati - 11-5 - * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
26. y - Cleveland (Indy) 11-5 - Cyril Richardson - OG - Baylor
27. y - New Orleans - 11-5 - Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
28. y - San Francisco - 12-4 - Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
29. y - Carolina - 12-4 - * Austin Seferin-Jenkins - TE - Washington
30. y - New England - 12-4 - * Ego Ferguson - DT - LSU
31. y - Denver - 13-3 - * Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
32. y - Seattle - 13-3 - * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State

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NFL Draft 2014: Clowney and Nix Head Underclassmen Tracker

2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Update Tracker - Saturday Dec. 28th
Wideout Davante Adams - Fresno St. declares for NFL Draft

As the 2013 postseason unfolds, several draft-eligible underclassmen continue to announce their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012.

Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings – available now – December Newsletter – available next week - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Photo - WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson

For a pro prospect to meet the NFL’s eligibility requirement, he must be three years removed from high school and submit a written application to renounce his remaining college football eligibility. This includes redshirt sophomores, true juniors and fourth year juniors. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 15, 2014. Afterwards, there is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent.

The following underclassmen have announced they will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014

Underclassmen
Quarterbacks
Brett Smith - 6-3, 215 - Wyoming

Running Backs
Adam Muena - 5-9, 210 - San Diego St. - Jr
Jerome Smith - 5-11, 230 - Syracuse - Jr
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State - Jr

Receivers
Davante Adams - 6-1, 200 - Fresno St. - Soph
Brandon Coleman - 6-5, 220 - Rutgers - Jr
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado - Jr
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt - Jr
Austin Franklin - 6-1, 210 - New Mexico St - Jr

Tight Ends
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina - Jr
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon - Jr
A.C. Leonard - 6-4, 248 - Tennessee St - Jr
Jake Murphy - 6-4, 245 - Utah - Jr
Richard Rodgers - 6-4, 245 - Cal - Jr

Linemen
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee - Jr
Marcus Martin - 6-3, 320 - Southern Cal

Defensive Players
Ends
Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina - Jr
Aaron Lynch - 6-5, 250 - South Florida - Jr
Demarcus Lawrence - 6-3. 245 - Boise St.

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame - Jr
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina - Jr

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The Bowl Championship Series: Grand Finale

The Bowl Championship Series: A Golden Era

Since 1998, when Tennessee beat Florida State in the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, to this season’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Stadium, the BCS has transformed college football into a true national treasure; with popularity, attendance, and fan viewership at record levels.

Though, I have always advocated a College Playoff system and crown a true national champion, the BCS series has done a remarkable job getting the top two clubs on the field for the title. College football has flourished on many levels due to the BCS system and has set a valuable blueprint for the new upcoming playoff format that begins next postseason.

The BCS was a significant step forward. It delivered a guaranteed matchup of the top two teams in a true national championship game, replacing a system that left fans wondering who the real champion was. It also brought more access to all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. It featured some of the finest performances from some of the game’s greatest student-athletes, and preserved America’s bowl tradition for fans and participants alike. As the sun sets on the BCS era, it’s worth remembering all the positive developments that brought college football to where it is today.

The Top Two Teams Played in the National Championship Game – 16 times in 16 years. Since its inception in 1998, the BCS did what it was asked to do – matching college football’s number one and two teams, while preserving the heritage of the bowl system, along with college football’s unique regular season.

BCS Title Game Matchups
1998 (1) Tennessee 23 (2) Florida State 16
1999 (1) Florida State 46 (2) Virginia Tech 29
2000 (1) Oklahoma 13 (2) Florida State 2
2001 (1) Miami 37 (2) Nebraska 14
2002 (1) Miami 24 (2) Ohio State 31 (2 OT)
2003 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) LSU 21
2004 (1) Southern California 55 (2) Oklahoma 19
2005 (1) Southern California 38 (2) Texas 41
2006 (1) Ohio State 14 (2) Florida 41
2007 (1) Ohio State 24 (2) LSU 38
2008 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) Florida 24
2009 (1) Alabama 37 (2) Texas 21
2010 (1) Auburn 22 (2) Oregon 19
2011 (1) LSU 0 (2) Alabama 21
2012 (1) Notre Dame 14 (2) Alabama 42
2013 (1) Florida State (2) Auburn

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NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

NFL Power Rankings - Seahawks Gaining Momentum Into Postseason

Photo - OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

Team of Week 15 - Miami Dolphins

Matchup of Week 16 – Saints at Panthers –

Rank / Team / Record

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
The Seahawks are clicking on all units and peaking at the right time.

2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
Broncos have 10 days to lick their wounds from their late loss to Chargers.

3. New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Saints go to Carolina with South title in the balance.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
The Chiefs get Colts at home in a contest with major AFC playoff ramifications in play.

5. New England Patriots (10-4)
Patriots go to Baltimore that could decide two AFC divisions.

6. Carolina Panthers (11-3)
The hot Panthers get Saints at home with South title for the winner.

7. Indianapolis Colts (9-5)
Colts face acid test this week with trip to Kansas City.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
The Bengals have slipped over last month and need a strong win over Vikings at home to solidify first place in AFC North.

9. San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
The 49ers are dangerous despite being behind the Seahawks in NFC West.

10. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens continue to hang in playoff hunt and get huge home game vs Patriots this week.

11. Arizona Cardinals (9-5)
Cards might be the best team that sits out the playoffs this season.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
Eagles are trying to shoot themselves with the NFC East title there for the taking.

13. Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Bears go to Philly with a slim half game lead over the Packers.

14. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Packers are hoping their finale at Chicago is for the NFC North title.

15. Miami Dolphins (8-6)
The Dolphins won huge game vs Patriots, but need to run table vs Bills and Jets for playoff chance.

16. San Diego Chargers (7-7)
Chargers are hot over last month, but need help to claim final playoff spot.

17. Detroit Lions (7-7)
Lions gave away first place in the North and need big win with Giants coming to town.

18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7)
Cowboys are only alive because East is a mess. Their defense is among the worst in the league.

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