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Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class

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Raider’s Amari Cooper Heads Rookie of the Year Class

The Raiders may have turned the corner as NFL contenders over the past two NFL Draft classes with a few vital offensive impact players in rookie wideout Amari Cooper and second year QB Derek Carr key additions. Carr has made fast progress as the triggerman on a club that has struggled for the past two decades to find a quality NFL starter. Rookie wideout Amari Cooper has been a difference maker over the first half of his inaugural season. He was begun to command double coverage in big situations and has the makeup of a top flight #1 NFL receiver.

Through 8 games this season, Cooper has caught 45 passes for 653 yards for a 14.5 yard average with 9 receptions for over a 20 yard and 4 over a 40 yard average and 4 TDs. He is cut in the mold of big play Raider receivers with size, speed and natural ability to be an upper echelon weapon. He was highly developed coming out of Alabama and our #1 receiver in Draft Insiders’ 2015 Yearbook.

Wideout Amari Cooper’s 2015 Draft Insiders’ Scouting Report – March 2015

Photo – WR Amari Cooper -Raiders

1. * Amari Cooper #9 - Alabama - 6-1, 200 - Sp. 4.40 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Reggie Wayne

Gifted talented junior receiver capped off a fine three-year career with the Tide with a dominating performance in 2014. He was the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's most outstanding receiver and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Also named a unanimous 1st-team All-American and was SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Led the nation in receptions with 124 and finished second in yards with 1727 and TD receptions with 16. Though he does not have great size or exceptional speed, he is a premier talent in the very important categories of route-running, getting open, and catching the ball. Outstanding quickness and balance, which allow him to consistently get a clean release against press coverage and avoid tacklers in the open field. Accelerates to top speed in an instant and maintains speed at the top of his routes. Uses his fine burst to consistently separate vs the best corners. Makes difficult catches appear routine due to exceptional hand-eye coordination and awareness to high-point passes. Displays the ability to get defenders to commit prior to making his break in the opposite direction. Runs a consistently flawless post pattern. Uses a 2nd gear to create separation out of his breaks or after the catch. Fine ability to deal with congestion in the middle of the field on crossing routes and can consistently avoid big hits. Fearless over the middle and able to haul in the contested catches in heavy traffic. Sells his routes, makes his cuts without needing to gear down and shows a fine burst out of his breaks to instantly separate. Excellent feel for zone coverage, is able to find the soft spots and make himself available for his passer. Very competitive, hard working receiver who comes up big at critical times. Able to work effectively from the slot or the outside. Will track the ball well at all distances with the burst to run down the pass and take it to the end zone. Works the sidelines well and displays excellent footwork, body control and coordination to extend for the ball. Put on an excellent display of pass catching prowess during NFL Combine workout. Generally effective blocker in the run game, though could use a little more passion. Could improve using his body to shield defenders away from the pass. Occasionally will drop a pass due to lack of concentration, with 13 total in the past two seasons.
The Numbers: During the 2014 season, he caught 124 passes for 1727 yards and 16 TDs and a fine 13.9 yard average despite double coverage. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and caught 45 passes for 736 yards and 4 TDs for a 16.4 yard average. As a freshman, he played in 14 games and caught 59 passes for 1000 yards and 11 TDs. Over his career, he caught 228 passes for 3463 yards and totaled 31 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 211 lbs. and did not lift. He ran a 4.42 time with a 33” VL and 10’ BJ. He looked sharp in drills and added a 3.98 shuttle and a 6.71 three cone drill to complete an excellent overall performance.
The Skinny: Blue chip young athlete with speed, hands and run after the catch ability. This is a gifted receiver with the athleticism to be a difference maker. Very high LOD should enable him to come in and win a starting job. His big play ability will demand special attention in coverage and provide an offense a difference maker. Major factor in the red zone to command double coverage. Difference maker especially in big game situations. Athlete with well-developed and rounded skills who runs disciplined routes. He is similar to Reggie Wayne, Sterling Sharpe and Marvin Harrison in AA and developed skill set, though faster. Blue chip receiver with the talent and the development to be an early #1 playmaker. Clubs like the Raiders, Jaguars and Browns interested in the top five selections. Impact weapon.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Clemson Holds #1 CFP Ranking After Win Over Florida St.

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College Football Playoff Rankings - Week II

Clemson Holds #1 Spot After Win vs Florida St.
Alabama, Ohio St & Notre Dame Form Top Four Clubs - Only 6 Undefeated Clubs Remain

Photo - WR Will Fuller - Notre Dame

Team of Week - Alabama

Rank/Team/Record/Next Week
1 Clemson 9-0 - @ Syracuse
2 Alabama 8-1 - @ #17 Mississippi State
3 Ohio State 9-0 - @ Illinois
4 Notre Dame 8-1 - Wake Forest
5 Iowa 9-0 - vs Minnesota
6 Baylor 8-0 - vs #12 Oklahoma
7 Stanford 8-1 - vs Oregon
8 Oklahoma State 9-0 - @ Iowa State
9 LSU 7-1 - vs Arkansas
10 Utah 8-1 - @ Arizona
11 Florida 8-1 - @ South Carolina
12 Oklahoma 8-1 - @ #6 Baylor
13 Michigan State 8-1 - vs Maryland
14 Michigan 7-2 - @ Indiana
15 TCU 8-1 - vs Kansas
16 Florida State 7-2 - vs NC State
17 Mississippi State 7-2 - vs #2 Alabama
18 Northwestern 7-2 - vs Purdue
19 UCLA 7-2 - vs Washington State
20 Navy 7-1 - vs SMU
21 Memphis 8-1 - @ #24 Houston
22 Temple 8-1 - @ South Florida
23 North Carolina 8-1 - vs Miami (FL)
24 Houston 9-0 - vs #21 Memphis
25 Wisconsin 8-2 - bye

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 18, Texas A&M 19, Toledo 24

College Football Monday - Bama Dominates LSU in SEC Showdown

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College Football Monday - Week 10

Alabama, Clemson & Oklahoma St. Win Huge Conference Matchups.
Six Undefeated Teams Remain for Final Month

Team of the Week: Alabama

Players of Week
Offense: RB Derrick Henry - Alabama
Defense: DT Chris Jones - Mississippi St

Photo: LB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

Bama Dominates LSU in SEC Showdown, Oklahoma St. Bounces TCU

This past Saturday saw three huge conference matchups among leaders that will shape the SEC, ACC and Big 12 conference titles. The Bama-LSU was a physical matchup that the Tide controlled behind a dynamic running duo of Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake. Henry gained 213 yards on the ground and scored 3 TDs that were instrumental in the Bama 30-16 victory. Drake was a fine change of pace back opposite Henry and added 68 yards on 10 yards showing the burst to get to the second level.

Leonard Fournette was held to a season low of 31 yards on 19 carries as the Tide defense swarmed to the star tailback. The Bama front seven controlled the line of scrimmage and kept the Tiger star off balance all night and not capable of getting into his usual running rhyme. DT A’Shawn Robinson and MLB Reggie Ragland spearheaded an aggressive Bama defense that keyed on the Tigers star and gave him little room to get past the line and into the second level. DT Robinson put on a dominant performance that disrupted blocking schemes consistently. Alabama won in their usual methodical style that was more dominant than the score indicated.

Clemson held their #1 ranking with a nice win over Florida St 23-13 that clinched the ACC Atlantic Division for the Tigers. It was their first victory over FSU since 2011. They won on a strong second half comeback after trailing 10-6. They held Seminole tailback Dalvin Cook to only 37 yards over the second half after an impressive 158 yards in the first half. The Seminoles played without starting QB Everett Golson who missed his second game due to a concussion. The loss pushed their record to 7-2 which all but eliminates them for national title consideration.

Oklahoma St. bashed TCU 49-29 that elevated the Cowboys to the #5 spot in the new Top 25 teams. The Cowboys relied on QB Mason Rudolph who passed for 352 yards and 5 TDs. OSU travels to Iowa St this week before finishing at home with Baylor and Oklahoma that makes the Big 12 stretch run intriguing. TCU had its school record 16-game winning streak snapped. It was the nation’s second-longest active winning streak, behind Ohio State (21). They fell out of the top ten for the first time this season.

Notre Dame continues to impress with a strong win over a ranked Pittsburgh club. Freshman Irish QB DeShone Kizer directed the Irish’s fourth straight victory. He threw for 5 TDs on 19 of 26 attempts for 262 yards and no interceptions. Once again, Kizer went to star wideout Will Fuller who caught 7 passes for 157 yards and 3 TDs. Fuller continues to be a dominant receiver weekly who has ben uncoverable despite double coverage often. The Irish finish with Wake Forest, Boston College and Stanford in that order. The final at Stanford will most likely matchup two top ten clubs that could provide the winner a final four placement.

North Carolina has quietly had a strong season that improved to 8-1 after a 66-31 blasting of Duke. QB Marquise Williams threw for 494 yards with 404 of them coming by halftime. The Tar Heels have not lost since the season opener vs South Carolina. They host Miami this week before closing the season on the road with Virginia Tech and NC State.

In addition to LSU and TCU, Michigan St (8-1) fell from the unbeaten in a thrilling finish vs Nebraska . The Spartans lost on a strange TD call late in the game when the Nebraska receiver appeared to have gone out of bounds and came in to catch the ball and score. Michigan St was up by two TDs most of the second half but could not hold off a wild Nebraska comeback.

QB Tommy Armstrong drove Nebraska 91 yards in the final minute, hitting Brandon Reilly with a 30-yard touchdown pass that withstood a video review with 17 seconds left to hand the Spartans a devastating 39-38 loss. Referees ruled that MSU corner Jermaine Edmondson forced Reilly out of bounds that allowed him to reenter the field and make the winning score. That was a highly questionable call, though one that can not be reviewed. The loss was the first for Michigan St. and may prove the costly and keep them out of the final four unless they get help from several of the top clubs losing over the final regular season month. Nebraska (4-6) has suffered a few heartbreaking losses this season and hopes to finish strong with Rutgers and a currently undefeated Iowa (9-0) remaining on the schedule.

Games of the Week – Baylor (8-0) at Oklahoma (8-1)

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, CBS Sports, 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.

Draft Insiders’ Top 25 Poll - AP & Coaches Poll Split on #1 Ranked Team

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Draft Insiders’ Top 25 – Week #10 Rankings
Alabama Dominates Undefeated LSU in Key SEC Clash / Clemson Beats Florida St. to remain #1 in AP Poll

Photo – DT A'Shawn Robinson - Alabama

Team of Week - Alabama

Players of Week
Offense - RB Derrick Henry - Alabama
Defense - Alabama defense

Draft Insiders’ 2015 Top 25 Team Poll –
Frank Coyle - scout

Rank/ Team /Record
1. Ohio St. - 9-0
2. Clemson - 8-0
3. Baylor - 8-0
4. Alabama - 8-1
5. Oklahoma St. - 9-0
6. Notre Dame - 8-1
7. Stanford - 8-1
8. Iowa - 9-0
9. LSU - 7-1
10. Florida - 8-1
11. TCU - 8-1
12. Oklahoma - 8-1
13. Utah - 8-1
14. Michigan St. - 8-1
15. Houston - 9-0
16. Florida St - 7-2
17. Michigan - 7-2
18. North Carolina - 8-1
19. UCLA - 7-2
20. Temple - 8-1
21. Mississippi St - 7-2
22. Navy - 7-1
23. Wisconsin - 8-2
24. Memphis - 8-1
25. Northwestern - 7-2

AP Top 25
Rank/Team /Record /Points
1. Clemson (31), 8-0 - 1,489
2. Ohio State (26), 9-0 - 1,460
3. Alabama (2), 8-1 - 1,376
4. Baylor (2), 8-0 - 1,351
5. Oklahoma State, 9-0 - 1,256
6. Notre Dame, 8-1 - 1,219
7. Stanford, 8-1 - 1,144
8. Iowa, 9-0 - 1,091
9. LSU, 7-1 - 1,050
10. Utah, 8-1 - 900
11. Florida, 8- 1- 887
12. Oklahoma, 8-1 - 858
13. TCU, 8 -1 - 841
14. Michigan State, 8- 1 - 807
15. Michigan, 7-2 - 684
16. Houston, 8-0 - 561
17. North Carolina, 8-1 - 506
18. UCLA, 7-2 - 403
19. Florida State, 7-2 - 379
20. Mississippi State, 7-2 - 357
21. Temple, 8-1 - 310
22. Navy, 7-1 - 218
23. Wisconsin, 8-2 - 183
24. Northwestern, 7-2 - 177
25. Memphis, 8-1 - 137

Others Receiving Votes:
Southern Cal 104, BYU 35, Ole Miss 22, Boise St. 6, Texas A&M 6, Toledo 4, W. Kentucky 2, Washington St. 2

Coaches Poll
Rank /Team /Record /Points / Previous
1 Ohio State(34) 9-0 1526
2 Clemson(21) 9-0 1511
3 Baylor(5) 8-0 1439
4 Alabama(3) 8-1 1410
5 Oklahoma State 9-0 1267
6 Notre Dame 8-1 1234
7 Stanford 8-1 1197
8 Iowa 9-0 1119
9 LSU 7-1 1023
10 Florida 8-1 949
11 Oklahoma 8-1 936
12 TCU 8-1 898
13 Utah 8-1 862
14 Michigan State 8-1 849
15 Michigan 7-2 683
16 Houston 9-0 577
17 North Carolina 8-1 524
T 18 UCLA 7-2 413
T 18 Florida State 7-2 413
20 Mississippi State 7-2 356
21 Temple 8-1 323
22 Wisconsin 8-2 227
23 Navy 7-1 212
24 Northwestern 7-2 166
25 Memphis 8-1 147

Dropped from rankings: Ole Miss 19, Toledo 20, Texas A&M 24

Others receiving votes: USC 57, BYU 40, Ole Miss 27, Oregon 25, Washington State 20, Texas A&M 10, Boise State 9, Toledo 8, Western Kentucky 7, Georgia 5, Arkansas 2, Appalachian State 2, Bowling Green 1, Pittsburgh 1

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Lombardi Award Semifinalists - Bosa, Calhoun & Nkemdiche Head Strong Group

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2015 Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalists
Nine Defensive Players Dominate Final 12 Candidates

Six defensive ends, three offensive linemen, and three linebackers comprise the list of 12 semifinalists for the 46th Rotary Lombardi Award, held annually in Houston, Texas. This year’s Award ceremony will be held December 9, 2015, at Revention Music Center.

The Big Ten Conference leads the pack with five players, followed by the SEC with three, and the Big 12, SEC, and American with one each. There is also one semifinalist from Independent Notre Dame. The list also contains a 2014 finalist, Joey Bosa; and two 2014 semifinalists, Robert Nkemdiche and Shilique Calhoun.

Photo - DE Shilique Calhoun - Michigan St.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates also must be eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the NCAA. In addition, we consider the values and characteristics that exemplify the Lombardi legacy, leadership, discipline, sportsmanship and excellence of performance. The voting panel is made up of all FBS Head Football Coaches, past Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists and selected college football writers.

The Rotary Lombardi Award 12 semifinalists excluded Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was not one of them. There were six defensive ends included on the list and Ogbah was omitted. The reigning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, Ogbah is the most dominant performer on an Oklahoma State team that is 8-0 and 14th in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. He is a projected as top three defensive end prospect for the coming NFL Draft by Frank Coyle and his midseason favorite for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Ogbah has played in eight games this season, and three times has been honored as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Twice has he been named national defensive player of the week – once by the Lott IMPACT Trophy after OSU’s win at West Virginia and then by the Bednarik Award after the Cowboys’ victory at Texas Tech. He was nominated as a Bednarik semi finalist earlier this week.

“Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. All candidates also must be eligible to play college sports under the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In addition, we consider the values and characteristics that exemplify the Lombardi legacy, leadership, discipline, sportsmanship and excellence of performance. The voting panel is made up of all FBS Head Football Coaches, past Rotary Lombardi Award Finalists and selected college football writers.”

12 Semifinalists are:
Bosa Joey - DE - Ohio State
Calhoun Shilique - DE - Michigan State
Decker Taylor - OT - Ohio State
Drango Spencer - OT - Baylor
Garrett Myles - DE - Texas A & M
Lawson Shaq - DE - Clemson
Matakevich Tyler - LB - Temple
Nassib Carl - DE - Penn State
Nkemdiche Robert - DE - Ole Miss
Ragland Reggie - LB - Alabama
Schobert Joe - LB - Wisconsin
Stanley Ronnie - OT - Notre Dame

NFL Power Rankings Week 8 – Patriots & Broncos Hold Top Two Spots

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NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Patriots – Broncos Headed for AFC Showdown - NFL Power Poll

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player - RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Defensive Player - CB Damarius Randall - Packers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Drew Brees - Saints

Defensive Player - LB Luke Kuechly - Panthers
Special Teams Player - PK Justin Tucker - Ravens

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Team of Week 8 - Broncos
Matchup of Week 9 – Green Bay (6-1) at Carolina (7-0)

NFL Power Rankings Week 8 –
Rank / Team / Record

1. New England Patriots (7-0)
Patriots used the Dolphins behind the hot QB Tom Brady to take a commanding three game lead in the AFC East.

2. Denver Broncos (7-0)
Broncos’ jumped on the Packers at home for a very impressive victory.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0)
The Bengals’ have a hot hand and face AFC North rival the Browns in key Thursday night matchup.

4. Carolina Panthers (7-0)
The Panthers are showing they can win close games vs playoff caliber clubs for the first time.

5. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Packers were taken to school by the Broncos and must regroup for trip to Carolina.

6. Arizona Cardinals (6-2)
QB Carson Palmer smoked the Browns in the second half and he gives them a difference maker over second half.

7. Atlanta Falcons (6-2)
Falcons’ showing some glaring weaknesses after their loss to the Bucs.

8. St. Louis Rams (4-3)
The Rams’ travel to Minnesota for critical NFC matchup for both clubs.

9. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
The Seahawks beat a falling Cowboy club despite only 1 offensive TD.

10. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Vikings face a steady diet of playoff teams over the next six weeks that will determine if they are contenders or pretenders.

11. New Orleans Saints (4-4)
Saints have recovered from their slow start with huge win over the Giants in a wild Big Easy shootout.

12. New York Giants (4-4)
GMen wasted a classic Eli performance that rivaled YA Title’s masterpiece from the ‘60s.

13. New York Jets (4-3)
The Jets look to end two game losing streak with Jaguars coming to town this week.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Eagles come off their bye week with critical matchup in Big D that may define their season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
Steelers’ have lost two in a row and get the hot Raiders at home this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (3-5)
The Colts fired their OC after loss Monday night to Panthers. They host Broncos this Sunday.

17. Oakland Raiders (4-3)
The Raiders beat the Jets last week and will stay in east for key AFC contest with the Steelers.

18. Washington Redskins (3-4)
The Skins are well rested off their bye week for trip to New England for key matchup.

19. Miami Dolphins (3-4)
The Dolphins were waxed by the Patriots and travel to Buffalo for a must win type situation for their playoff hopes.

20. Houston Texans (3-5)
Texans come off a win and get their bye week before facing a strong 2nd half schedule for their playoff run.

21. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills host the Dolphins this week after their bye and prior to facing all their AFC East rivals over the next three weeks.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (3-5)
The Chiefs wacked the disappointing Lions last week and get their bye this weekend.

23. Baltimore Ravens (2-6)
The Ravens won a close game with the Chargers and have the week off to regroup for second half push.

24. San Diego Chargers (2-6)
Chargers lost a key AFC game at Baltimore and host the Bears this Monday night.

25. Dallas Cowboys (2-5)
Cowboys dropped their fifth in a row without Tony Romo and host the rested Eagles this Sunday.

26. Cleveland Browns (2-6)
Browns are playing for pride vs the Bengals tonight.

27. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-4)
Bucs are trying to reach .500 this week with the GMen coming to town.

28. Chicago Bears (2-5)
The Bears will travel to San Diego this week and prepare to play out the string before major housecleaning.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5)
The Jaguars are well rested for trip north to face the Jets.

30. San Francisco 49ers (2-6)
The 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick has been benched after 49ers continue as the leagues’ lowest scoring offense.

31. Tennessee Titans (1-6)
The Titans fired HC Ken Whisenhunt halfway through year two after just a 3-20 record.

32. Detroit Lions (1-7)
Lions have earned the bottom ranking after a disgraceful performance vs the Chiefs.

Rams' Todd Gurley Scouting Report - Draft Insiders' 2015 Yearbook

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Draft Insiders' Yearbook Scouting Reports

NFL Draft – Todd Gurley Scouting Report
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 in-depth Scouting Reports

Photo - #30 RB Todd Gurley - Rams

Note: In the NFL Draft 2015, Todd Gurley was selected #10 overall in the first round by the St. Louis Rams. He is currently having a huge rookie season in his first action since his fall 2014 knee injury. He is the leading candidate for Rookie Offensive Player of the Year.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - March 2015

* Todd Gurley #3- Georgia - 6-1, 225 - Sp. 4.50 - Rating 90 - Hindu Theory: Adrian Peterson
Huge powerful speedy tailback is one of the most gifted runners to come along over the past decade. His career was cut short in 2014 by a torn ACL, that along with a four game suspension limited him to just six games last fall. Over that time, he still gained a pretty amazing 911 yards at 7.4 a pop and scored 9 TDs. Possesses an NFL body with a well-developed muscular frame. He has the natural ability to drop his pads and square up when attacking the line and seamlessly bounces off would be tacklers. Shows natural balance as a runner with the power and determination to be difficult to slow down, very seldom taken down by the first tackler. Reads his initial blocks very well. Shows a feel for finding daylight. Powers through creases with authority and the speed to stick-and-go with an extreme burst out of his cuts. Shows the ability to juke and shift his weight very well, especially for a 225 lb. runner. Able to string multiple moves together, including wicked jump cuts that can leave tacklers flailing at air. Uses his fine speed and long strides to eat up yards in a hurry. Large, natural glue-like hands as a receiver out of the backfield and is a willing, alert blocker in pass protection. Very uncommon combination of speed and power with huge pro upside when healthy. Extremely strong lower body and maintains balance well after contact. Appears to effortlessly run through attempted arm tackles. His speed makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Extremely tough to tackle from an angle. Presses line very well to set up cut-back opportunities. Able to decisively get downhill, showing fine knee bend and forward lean. Effectively slips through some very small holes and explode out the other side. Shows quick, tight footwork getting to the second level. Can sink his hips and explode through a tackler or side-step and hit the throttle, which causes safeties to hesitate when coming downhill. Able to turn speed into power between tackles or when turning the corner. Seldom looks to go out of bounds and works to finish every run. In 2014, an outstanding 61.9% of his rushing yards came after contact. Strong hands and carries ball securely close to his body. Just fumbled three times in 510 carries. He is highly developed as a receiver to be an immediate three down feature back combining excellent hands and explosive big play ability after the catch. As a blocker, he will face up with linebackers, but needs hand technique development to be a finished complete feature back.
The Numbers: As a senior, he started the first 6 games and rushed for 911 yards on 123 carries for a 7.4 average and 9 TDs. He added 12 receptions for 57 yards before the four game suspension and then the ACL injury terminated his season. For the 2013 season, he rushed for 989 yards on 165 attempts for 6 yard average and 10 TDs. He added 37 receptions for 441 yards and 6 TDs. As a freshman in 2012, he had his best season and rushed for 1385 yards on 222 carries for a 6.2 average and 17 TDs, starting 14 games. He added 16 receptions for 117 yards. Over his career, he rushed for 3285 yards on 510 attempts for a fine 6.4 average and 36 TDs plus totaled 65 receptions for 615 yards and 6 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’1” and 222 lbs. and did 17 reps, but did not run or participate in the leaping and agility drills or positional drills due to rehabbing ACL injury.
The Skinny: Physical downhill thumper with the talent to be an immediate feature back. As a blocker, he shows quick reactions and toughness to face up with defenders and use his strong frame and agility. He can be his own blocker and runs both inside and outside. His receiving skills have developed nicely with reps, though he must continue to improve in that role. He has the natural running skills to be a difference maker and is similar to Adrian Peterson or former Pro bowl back Jamil Lewis in size, running style and big play abilities. Excellent early round addition with top ten talent and the skill set to be an impact player and core weapon. Top kickoff returner. Top 25 prospect with talent to be the best back in years once healthy.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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