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NFL Combine 2015 – Receivers Head Workout Warriors

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NFL Combine 2015 – Workout Warriors
The wide receiver group was the strongest group at the NFL Combine with several outstanding performances. This year’s class will follow last year’s bumper crop of receivers and provide the NFL with numerous new impact players for the critical position. Draft Insiders will have in-depth scouting reports including extensive NFL Combine analysis in 2015 Yearbook available early April.

Photo - WR Devin Smith - Ohio St.

NFL Combine Impact Performers
Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Jameis Winston, Florida State

Running Backs
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
Karlos Williams, Florida State

Wide Receivers
Kevin White, West Virginia
Amari Cooper, Alabama
Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Fla.)
Chris Conley, Georgia
Devin Smith, Ohio State
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State

Tight Ends
MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
Wes Saxton, South Alabama

Offensive Linemen
Ali Marpet (OT), Hobart
D.J. Humphries (OT), Florida
Ereck Flowers (OT), Miami
Laken Tomlinson (OG), Duke

Defensive Players
Linemen

Leonard Williams (DT), USC
Dante Fowler (DE), Florida
Bud Dupree (DE), Kentucky
Danielle Hunter (DE), LSU

Linebackers
Vic Beasley (LB), Clemson
Kwon Alexander (OLB), LSU
Stephone Anthony (ILB), Clemson
Davis Tull (LB), Chattanooga

Corners
Byron Jones (CB), Connecticut
Trae Waynes (CB), Michigan State
Jalen Collins (CB), LSU
Kevin Johnson (CB), Wake Forest

Safeties
Landon Collins (FS), Alabama
Damarious Randall (FS), Arizona State

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.

NFL Combine 2015 Breakdown

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NFL Combine 2015 Breakdown

Here are some numbers for the players invited to participate at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event.

Photo – TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota

Position breakdown
Quarterbacks: 15
Running backs: 36 (including 2 fullbacks)
Wide receivers: 44
Tight ends: 19
Offensive linemen: 52 (34 tackles, 12 guards, 6 centers)
Defensive linemen: 56 (32 ends, 21 tackles, 3 nose tackles)
Linebackers: 34 (17 outside, 17 inside)
Defensive backs: 54 (33 cornerbacks, 13 free safeties, 8 strong safeties)
Specialists: 13 (7 punters, 5 kickers, 1 long snapper)

Conference breakdown
SEC: 68. Every conference school except Vanderbilt has at least one participant, and every league school except Mississippi (two), Tennessee (two) and Vanderbilt has at least four. Seven schools have at least five.
ACC: 57. Every conference school except North Carolina has at least one participant. Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, and Miami have at least seven participants and combine to have 38.
Pac-12: 44. Every conference school has at least one participant except Arizona, which won the Pac-12 South; California; and Colorado. Five schools have at least five.
Big Ten: 39. Every conference school except Illinois has at least one participant, and two have at least five. The division winners, Ohio State and Wisconsin, have a combined six.
Big 12: 31. Every conference school except Oklahoma State and Texas Tech has at least one participant, and three schools have at least five.
FCS schools: 27. Chattanooga, FCS champ North Dakota State, and Towson each have two participants.
Mountain West: 16. Air Force, New Mexico, San Jose State, and Utah State have no participants. The other league schools have at least one each; Colorado State has five, and Fresno State has three.
AAC: 14. Cincinnati, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, and USF have no participants. The other six schools have at least one participant each, and three schools have at least three. UCF leads with four.
Mid-American: 9. Central Michigan has three participants; Ball State, Massachusetts, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan each have one.
Conference USA: 5. Florida Atlantic, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, and UTEP each have one participant.
Independents: 5. Notre Dame has three participants, and BYU and Navy have one each.
Sun Belt: 5. South Alabama and Texas State have two participants each; Louisiana-Monroe has one.
Division II Schools: 2 - Harding (Ark.) and Newberry (S.C.) each have one participant.
Division III Schools: 1 - Hobart (N.Y.) has one participant.

Schools with most Pro Prospects
There are 13 schools with at least six participants:
Florida State: 12
Alabama: 11
Louisville: 11
Florida: 9
Miami: 8
Oklahoma: 8
Auburn: 7
Clemson: 7
Oregon: 7
USC: 7
LSU: 6
Michigan State: 6
Stanford: 6

More NFL Combine facts and figures
• Eight power conference schools have no participants: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.

• National champion Ohio State has four participants.

• The number of quarterbacks invited, 15, is the fewest since at least 2005. There were 16 in 2013 and at least 18 in every other year from 2005-14.

• This is the third year in a row with 35 linebacker participants.

• There will be 12 guards at the combine. Five of them played in the ACC, and four played in the SEC. The only other FBS conference with a guard participating is the Big 12, which has two.

• For the second year in a row, there are no QBs from the Big Ten. And one year after having no QBs, the Pac-12 has four this year.

• Michigan State leads the Big Ten with six participants, but that figure would rank tied for fourth in the SEC, fifth in the ACC, tied for third in the Pac-12, and second in the Big 12.

• Colorado State, which is in the Mountain West, has five participants; that's more than all but one team in the Big Ten and Big 12 and more than all but two teams in the Pac-12.

• Central Michigan has as many participants as Michigan and Nebraska (3). East Carolina also has three, which is three more than North Carolina and one more than North Carolina St. Memphis has three, which is one more than Tennessee (2) and Vanderbilt (0) combined. FCS member Tenn-Chattanooga has as many participants as Tennessee. Texas St has two participants, which is two more than Texas Tech.

#1 Guard A.J. Cann Heads Five South Carolina Prospects for NFL Combine

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A.J. Cann Heads Five SC Prospects for NFL Combine

February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Report – New Top 150 Pro Prospects – NFL Combine Player List / Special Combine Reports - Available Now

Photo – Guard A.J. Cann - South Carolina

Five former University of South Carolina football players have been invited to participate in the 2015 NFL Combine. The combine will take place from February 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will feature more than 300 top prospects.

Those Gamecocks invited to participate are tight end Rory Anderson, offensive guard A.J. Cann, running back Mike Davis, offensive tackle Corey Robinson and defensive tackle J.T. Surratt.
Cann is Draft Insiders’ #1 guard prospect after starting four seasons vs tough SEC talent while earning conference honors his final two seasons. He looks to solidify his #1 ranking with a strong workout. Currently, he is ranked in the Top 40 overall prospects by Draft Insiders’.

NFL top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 pro teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. The players will go through a series of measurements, interviews and workout drills over a four-day period.

Participants are determined annually by a selection committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent twenty-five NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the ensuing NFL Draft.

The Gamecocks will hold their annual Pro Timing Day on Wednesday, April 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.

Top 100 Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2015 - Post Senior Bowl

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Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2015

February 2015 Newsletter - Special Senior Bowl / East West Reports – New Top 150 Pro Prospects Rankings - available Next week

Photo - DL Leonard Williams - Southern Cal

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2015
– Post Senior Bowl / Pre NFL Combine Rankings - * Declared Underclassmen

Pro Prospect Pos School
1. *Leonard Williams - DE - Southern California
2. *Jameis Winston - QB - Florida State
3. *Shane Ray - LB - Missouri
4. *Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
5. *Marcus Mariota - QB - Oregon
6. *Randy Gregory - DE - Nebraska
7. Danny Shelton - DT - Washington
8. Brandon Scherff - OT - Iowa
9. *Dante Fowler - DE - Florida
10. La'el Collins - G/T - LSU
11. Kevin White - WR - West Virginia
12. *Mel Gordon - RB - Wisconsin
13. Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
14. *Ereck Flowers - OT - Miami
15. Davante Parker - WR - Louisville
16. *T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pittsburgh
17. *Landon Collins - SS - Alabama
18. Bud Dupree - DE - Kentucky
19. *Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford
20. *Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Oklahoma
21. *Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington
22. *Eddie Goldman - DT - Florida St
23. *Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona St
24. *Trae Waynes - CB - Michigan St
25. *Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia
26. *Bernardrick McKinney - LB - Mississippi St
27. *Devin Funchess - WR - Michigan
28. *Tevin Coleman - RB - Indiana
29. Cameron Erving - C/T - Florida St
30. *Sammie Coates - WR - Auburn
31. Nate Orchard - DE - Utah
32. *Marcus Peters - CB - Washington
33. Carl Davis - DT - Iowa
34. *Brett Hundley - QB - UCLA
35. *Arik Armstead - DT - Oregon
36. *Malcom Brown - DT - Texas
37. *PJ Williams - CB - Florida St
38. *Maxx Williams - TE - Minnesota
39. Ty Sambrailo - OT - Colorado St
40. Hau'oli Kikaha - LB - Washington
41. AJ Cann - OG - South Carolina
42. Markus Golden - DE - Missouri
43. Cody Prewitt - FS - Mississippi
44. Lorenzo Mauldin - LB - Louisville
45. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
46. Phillip Dorsett - WR - Miami
47. *Jordan Phillips - DT - Oklahoma
48. *Alex Carter - CB - Stanford
49. Eric Kendricks - LB - UCLA
50. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State
For rest of the Top 100 Prospects – Go to next page

Senior Bowl Week - Small College Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2015

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Senior Bowl Week - Small College Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2015

Photo - LB Lynden Trail - Norfolk St

Small College Pro Prospects for NFL Draft 2015
RB David Johnson - Northern Iowa - 6-0.6 224
FB Tyler Varga - Yale - 5-10.3 227
TE Nick Boyle - Delaware - 6-4.4 267
WR Dezmin Lewis - Central Arkansas - 6-3.4 215
WR Donattella Luckett - Harding - 5-11.6 206
OT/G Ali Marpet - Hobart - 6-3.6 307
OG Robert Myers - Tennessee St - 6-5.0 329
LB Lynden Trail - Norfolk St - 6-6, 260
LB Zach Hodges - Harvard - 6-3, 235
CB Imoan Claiborne S28 Northwestern St - 5-9.5 189
S Jaquiski Tartt - Samford - 6-1, 215

Senior Bowl Week - Premier All-Star Game for NFL Draft 2015

January 2015 Newsletter - Special Underclassmen Report - available Now

The Senior Bowl All-Star event has always showcased countless small college prospects that have propelled them to national attention during the practices and game. The Senior Bowl committee has always done a thorough nationwide evaluation of small college talent and extend approximately a dozen invitations annually for the Mobile all-star classic.

The practices and game are critical to the talent from the lower level as they square up with Division 1 prospects who have not only a bigger body of work but also against a broader higher level of competition.
The week practices and game can elevate small college talent like QB Joe Flacco from obscure D1AA players to first round draft choices.

This year’s classic lacks a top round selection from the lower level, but presents some interesting running backs, linebackers and defensive backs with NFL skills. Big backs, David Johnson and Tyler Varga have shown they belong in this group of premier talent. Linebackers, Lynden Trail and Zach Hodges could be the small college gems as they transition to playing up in the NFL after performing with their hand on the ground as collegians. They both appeal to the NFL defenses that play the 3-4 scheme and a week vs pro line prospects and the additional duties of lining up on the edge and playing in coverage will determine their level of development for pro play. Both Trail and Hodges have shown fine athleticism and should test out well at the NFL Combine that will be another critical part of the evaluation process especially for small college prospects. Draft Insiders’ will have extensive scouting reports on all the small college prospects in our annual Yearbook that consists of over 300 in-depth reports.

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.

Underclassmen Scoreboard - NFL Draft 2015

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QB Marcus Mariota And Arik Armstead Declare for NFL Draft

Underclassmen Scoreboard - NFL Draft 2015 – closed January 15th

The declaration date for underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2015 has passed - Jan. 15th - Players have an additional three days again to decide to either declare or change their minds with the Jan.18th date final. The usual high number of quality running backs, tight ends and wide receivers declared for this class and will have a strong impact on the early rounds. The defensive line will have a big impact from the underclassmen group with four potential top ten prospects. The secondary will also provide a high number of top selections with several blue chip prospects at important positions.

Photo – QB Jameis Winston - Florida St

Currently, about 80 underclassmen have entered the NFL Draft 2015 with the official list out next week after the Jan 18th date to close the entry process. Annually, a few prospects declare without announcing publicly this intensions. The NFL office will

January 2015 Newsletter - available Now - Extensive Underclassmen Report

The NFL heard from a number of star players including Oregon prospects, QB Marcus Mariota, DL Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner after the title game. Mariota and Armstead declared while Buckner will return to the Ducks for the 2015 season.

Underclassmen - Pro Prospects Ranked alphabetically by position
Updated Jan. 17th

Offensive Players - * Third year sophomores
Quarterbacks

Brett Hundley - UCLA
Marcus Mariota - Oregon
* Jameis Winston - Florida St.

Running Backs
Javoris ‘Buck’ Allen - Southern Cal
Jay Ajayi - Boise St
B.J. Catalon - TCU
Tevin Coleman - Indiana
Mike Davis - South Carolina
Melvin Gordon - Wisconsin
Todd Gurley - Georgia
Duke Johnson - Miami
Matt Jones - Florida
Dee Hart - Colorado St
Braylon Heard - Kentucky
Josh Robinson - Mississippi St
Trey Williams - Texas A&M
TJ Yeldon - Alabama

Wide Receivers
Nelson Agholor - Southern California
Sammie Coates - Auburn
Amari Cooper - Alabama
Stefon Diggs - Maryland
Lemar Durant - Simon Fraser
George Farmer - Southern Cal
Devin Funchess - Michigan
Deontay Greenberry - Houston
* Dorial Green-Beckham - Oklahoma
Chris Harper - Cal
Nigel King - Kansas
Breshad Perriman - Central Florida
Jaquel Pitts - Mayville State
Shaq Roland - South Carolina
Jaelen Strong - Arizona St

Tight Ends
Tyler Kroft - Rutgers
Jesse James - Penn St
Jean Sifrin - UMass
* Maxx Williams - Minnesota

Offensive Linemen
La’el Collins - LSU
Ereck Flowers - Miami
DJ Humphries - Florida
Patrick Miller - Auburn
Tyler Moore - Florida
Andrus Peat - Stanford
Jeremiah Poutasi - Utah
Donovan Smith - Penn St

Defensive Players
Ends

Arik Armstead - Oregon
Deion Barnes - Penn St
Xavier Cooper - Washington St
Mario Edwards - Florida St
Randy Gregory - Nebraska
Dante Fowler - Florida
Danielle Hunter - LSU
Noah Spence - Ohio St
Leonard Williams - Southern California

Tackles
Malcolm Brown - Texas
Chris Covington - RIce
Eddie Goldman - Florida St
Ellis McCarthy - UCLA
Rakeem Nunez-Roches - Southern Mississippi
* Jordan Phillips - Oklahoma
Darius Philon - Arkansas

Linebackers
Kwon Alexander - LSU
Eli Harold - Virginia
Bernardrick McKinney - Mississippi St
Shane Ray - Missouri
Shaq Thompson - Washington
* Max Valles - Virginia

Cornerbacks
Alex Carter - Stanford
Jalen Collins - LSU
Ronald Darby - Florida St
Lorenzo Doss - Tulane
Charles Gaines - Louisville
Jacoby Glenn - Central Florida
Marcus Peters - Washington
Trae Waynes - Michigan St
P.J. Williams - Florida St

Safeties
Landon Collins - Alabama
Durell Eskridge - Syracuse
Chris Hackett - TCU
* Gerod Holliman - Louisville
Jalen Mills - LSU
James Sample - Louisville

Punter
Bradley Pinion – Clemson

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

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Premier All-Star Games Head 2015 Postseason

Three major All-Star games head the postseason schedule over the next two weeks that will go a long ways in determining the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2015. Draft Insiders’ will have scouts at all three All-star practices and games. We will have special emails to full subscribers related to rising prospects and breaking news.

January 2015 Newsletter - Special Underclassmen Report - available this week

East-West Shrine Game
St. Petersburg, Fla January 17 - 4 pm ET NFL Network

Rosters - http://www.shrinegame.com/

NFLPA Collegiate Game
Carson, California January 17 - 4 pm ET ESPN2

Rosters - http://collegiate.nflpa.com/

Senior Bowl Week - Practices Jan. 19-23
Game Jan 24 Mobile, Alabama - 4 pm - NFL Network
Rosters - 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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