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NFL 2015 Offseason Workout Program Schedule

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NFL 2015 Offseason Workout Program Schedule

The NFL 2015 offseason continues after completing another excellent NFL Draft class. Teams are completing their OTAs over the next two weeks before starting veteran June mini camps that incorporate new veteran free agents and draft choices into the existing veteran rosters.

Most mini camps will begin early to mid June that will be the final preparation of new rosters prior for their August training camp preseason start.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were allowed to begin Phase 1 of offseason workouts in late April, the activities are limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation over two weeks. Phase 2 is three weeks long and began for most teams in early May. In this phase, players can participate in positional drills, but no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are allowed. Now teams prepare to head into Phase 3, or OTAs, which is a four-week-long period during which teams can conduct 10 days of organized team activity, including 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

NFL Offseason Workout Program Schedule

Team - OTAs - Mandatory Camp
Arizona Cardinals May 19-21, May 26-28, Jun 1-4 - June 9-11
Atlanta Falcons May 26-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Baltimore Ravens May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Buffalo Bills May 26-27, May 29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Carolina Panthers May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Chicago Bears May 27-29, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Cincinnati Bengals May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Cleveland Browns May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Dallas Cowboys May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-10 - June 16-18
Denver Broncos May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 15-18 - June 9-11
Detroit Lions May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Green Bay Packers May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Houston Texans May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Indianapolis Colts May 18-20, May 26-28, June 1-4 - June 9-11
Jacksonville Jaguars May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
Kansas City Chiefs May 26-28, June 2-4, June 9-12 - June 16-18
Miami Dolphins May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Minnesota Vikings May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
New England Patriots May 26, May 28-29, June 1, June 3-4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
New Orleans Saints May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
New York Giants May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9, June 11-12 - June 16-18
New York Jets May 19-21, May 26-28, June 2-5 - June 9-11
Oakland Raiders May 19-21, May 26-28, June 1-4 - June 9-11
Philadelphia Eagles May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Pittsburgh Steelers May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
St. Louis Rams June 2, June 4-5, June 8-9, June 11, June 15-16 - June 18-19
San Diego Chargers May 26-28, June 1-3, June 8-11 - June 16-18
San Francisco 49ers May 19-21, May 27-29, June 1-4, June 4-5 - June 9-11
Seattle Seahawks May 26-27, May 29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Tampa Bay Bucs May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Tennessee Titans May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-11 - June 16-18
Washington Redskins May 26-28, June 2-4, June 8-11 - June 16-18

NFL Draft 2015 Wrapup – La’el Collins Story Continues

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NFL Draft 2015 Wrapup – La’el Collins Story Continues

The NFL Draft 2015 is in the books with many surprises and disappointments over the three day event. Chicago hosted the NFL Draft for the first time in over 50 years and put on a huge extravaganza that included coverage from all 32 team headquarters.

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 Scouting Reports – available Now
Draft Insiders’ 2015 Review – available this spring

Photo – OL La’el Collins – LSU

The class of underclassmen dominated the start of the 2015 NFL Draft with 7 of the top 10 picks and 20 of the 32 first-round picks from the late entrees. Florida St. headed the NFL Draft with redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston the first overall selection which started 11 total Seminoles selected over the seven rounds, the most of any school in the nation. Washington provided three #1 picks in DT Danny Shelton, CB Marcus Peters and LB Shaq Thompson. It was the first time since 2009 that one school provided three #1 picks, with Southern Cal accomplishing that unique feat. The Pac 12 also provided 9 overall first round selections this year, the most of any conference in the nation.

As usual, there were many of the 85 underclassmen that probably would have been wiser to stay in school and finish their eligibility and develop further as players. Some high profile prospects fell out of the first round and a few did not get called until the 3rd day of the NFL Draft or not at all over the seven rounds. The SEC had the most draft selections once again with 54 players followed by the ACC with 47, the Pac-12 39, the Big Ten 35 and the Big XII 26. The power five conferences provided over 75% of all players selected.

There were many exciting stories, though an equal number of tragic and shocking revelations. The story related to OL Ja’el Collins of LSU is one of the most bizarre articles in recent NFL Draft history. Collins was considered a mid-first round lock until an investigation related to the murder of an ex-girlfriend hit the news the week prior to the NFL Draft. Collins was eventually questioned by Baton Rouge police the Monday after the NFL Draft weekend. Though no indictment has been issued after the questioning, Collins was considered a person of interest at this point. The timing of the tragedy and inquiry shocked NFL brass and subsequently Collins was bypassed completely over the seven round event. He has been denied entry in the NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 or reentry into the NFL Draft 2016. He is basically a rookie free agent and allowed to sign with any NFL club interested in his services. Rookie free agent contracts are for three years which allows him to test veteran free agency after three seasons. Within days after the police inquiry, Collins spoke with a few clubs, namely the Bills and Dolphins. Clubs like the Giants and Saints are also highly interested in the versatile lineman who carries an early NFL starting grade. His signing should come over the next few weeks after several interviews and recruiting trips are completed. He projects as a rookie starting guard and the skill set to move to tackle in time.

Draft Choices by Conference
SEC 54
ACC 47
Pac-12 39
Big Ten 35
Big 12 25
American 11
Mountain West 10
Conference USA 6
MAC 4
Missouri Valley 4
CAA 3
Sun Belt 3
Independents 2
Ohio Valley 2
South Atlantic 2
Southern 2
Southland 2

Draft Choices by Schools
Florida St 11
Louisville 10
Florida 8
Alabama 7
Miami 7
Missouri 6
Oklahoma 6
Stanford 6
USC 6
Arkansas 5
Auburn 5
Clemson 5
Georgia 5
Mississippi St 5
Ohio St 5
Oregon 5
Oregon St 5
Texas 5
Arizona St 4
LSU 4
Michigan St 4
Minnesota 4
South Carolina 4
Utah 4
Washington 4
West Virginia 4

NFL Mock Draft 2015 - Top Three Rounds - Final

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Final NFL Mock Draft 2015 - Top Three Rounds
Selection Order /c - compensatory picks /* underclassmen – April 30

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 Scouting Reports – available Now – New Top 300 Value Board

Photo – QB Jameis Winston - Florida St.

First Round
# / Team / Player / POS / School

1 Tampa Bay - *Jameis Winston QB Florida State
Alternate Pick: *Marcus Mariota QB Oregon

2 Tennessee - *Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
Alternate Pick: *Jameis Winston QB Florida State

3 Jacksonville - *Leonard Williams DE Southern Cal
Alternate Pick: *Amari Cooper WR Alabama

4 Oakland - *Amari Cooper WR Alabama
Alternate Pick: *Leonard Williams DE Southern California

5 Washington - *Dante Fowler DE Florida
Alternate Pick: *Amari Cooper WR Alabama

6 NY Jets - Kevin White WR West Virginia
Alternate Pick: *Dante Fowler DE Florida

7 Chicago - Vic Beasley LB Clemson
Alternate Pick: Kevin White WR West Virginia

8 Atlanta - *Arik Armstead DT Oregon
Alternate Pick: Vic Beasley LB Clemson

9 New York Giants - DeVante Parker WR Louisville
Alternate Pick: Brandon Scherff OT Iowa

10 St. Louis - Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
Alternate Pick: DeVante Parker WR Louisville

11 Minnesota - La'el Collins G/T LSU
Alternate Pick: *Arik Armstead DT Oregon

12 Cleveland - *Nelson Agholor WR Southern California
Alternate Pick: Danny Shelton DT Washington

13 New Orleans - Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky
Alternate Pick: La'el Collins G/T LSU

14 Miami - *Andrus Peat OT Stanford
Alternate Pick: *Breshad Perriman WR Central Florida

15 San Francisco - Danny Shelton DT Washington
Alternate Pick: Alvin Dupree DE Kentucky

16 Houston - *Breshad Perriman WR Central Florida
Alternate Pick: *Andrus Peat OT Stanford

17 San Diego - *Todd Gurley RB Georgia
Alternate Pick: Danny Shelton DT Washington

18 Kansas City - *DJ Humphries OT Florida
Alternate Pick: *Ereck Flowers OT Miami

19 Cleveland (Buffalo) - *Malcom Brown DT Texas
Alternate Pick: *Landon Collins SS Alabama

20 Philadelphia - *Trae Waynes CB Michigan St
Alternate Pick: *Nelson Agholor WR Southern California

21 Cincinnati - *Ereck Flowers OT Miami
Alternate Pick: *Malcom Brown DT Texas

22 Pittsburgh - *Marcus Peters CB Washington
Alternate Pick: *Randy Gregory DE Nebraska

23 Detroit - *Eddie Goldman DT Florida St
Alternate Pick: *DJ Humphries OT Florida

24 Arizona - Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
Alternate Pick: *Randy Gregory DE Nebraska

25 Carolina - *Landon Collins SS Alabama
Alternate Pick: Jake Fisher OT Oregon

26 Baltimore - Byron Jones CB UConn
Alternate Pick: *Landon Collins SS Alabama

27 Dallas - *Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
Alternate Pick: Byron Jones CB UConn

28 Denver - Jake Fisher OT Oregon
Alternate Pick: Eddie Goldman DT Florida St

29 Indianapolis - *Randy Gregory DE/LB Nebraska
Alternate Pick: *Eli Harold LB Virginia

30 Green Bay - *Eli Harold LB Virginia
Alternate Pick: *Maxx Williams TE Minnesota

31 New Orleans (Seattle) - *Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
Alternate Pick: *Maxx Williams TE Minnesota

32 New England - *Maxx Williams TE Minnesota
Alternate Pick: Carl Davis DT Iowa

For Rounds Two & Three Go to Next page

NFL Draft 2015 - Top 100 Pro Prospects - Final

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Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2015
* underclassmen - Final - April 28, 2015 -

Photo - DL Leonard Williams - Southern Cal

Pro Prospect / Pos / School
1. *Leonard Williams - DE - Southern California
2. *Jameis Winston - QB - Florida State
3. *Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
4. *Marcus Mariota - QB - Oregon
5. *Dante Fowler - DE - Florida
6. Kevin White - WR - West Virginia
7. Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
8. Brandon Scherff - OT - Iowa
9. DeVante Parker - WR - Louisville
10. *Andrus Peat - OT - Stanford
11. La'el Collins - G/T - LSU
12. *Arik Armstead - DT - Oregon
13. Danny Shelton - DT - Washington
14. *Todd Gurley - RB - Georgia
15. Alvin Dupree - DE - Kentucky
16. *Malcom Brown - DT - Texas
17. *Breshad Perriman - WR - Central Florida
18. *Trae Waynes - CB - Michigan St
19. *DJ Humphries - OT - Florida
20. *Landon Collins - SS - Alabama
21. *Ereck Flowers - OT - Miami
22. *Eddie Goldman - DT - Florida St
23. Byron Jones - CB - UConn
24. *Melvin Gordon - RB - Wisconsin
25. *Marcus Peters - CB - Washington
26. Kevin Johnson - CB - Wake Forest
27. *Nelson Agholor - WR - Southern California
28. *Jordan Phillips - DT - Oklahoma
29. Jake Fisher - OT - Oregon
30. *Randy Gregory - DE - Nebraska
31. Carl Davis - DT - Iowa
32. Eric Kendricks - LB - UCLA
33. *Maxx Williams - TE - Minnesota
34. *Eli Harold - LB - Virginia
35. Cameron Erving - C/T - Florida St
36. *T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pittsburgh
37. *Shane Ray - LB - Missouri
38. *Dorial Green-Beckham - WR - Oklahoma
39. *Mario Edwards - DE - Florida St
40. *Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington
41. Stephone Anthony - LB - Clemson
42. Damarious Randall - FS - Arizona State
43. Devin Smith - WR - Ohio State
44. Phillip Dorsett - WR - Miami
45. *Donovan Smith - OT - Penn State
46. *Danielle Hunter - DE - LSU
47. *Jaelen Strong - WR - Arizona St
48. *Jay Ajayi - RB - Boise St
49. *Devin Funchess - TE - Michigan
50. *Bernardrick McKinney - LB - Mississippi St
51. *Ronald Darby - CB - Florida St
52. *Jalen Collins - CB - LSU
53. Owamagbe Odighizuwa - DE - UCLA
54. Paul Dawson - LB - TCU
55. Eric Rowe - CB - Utah
56. Laken Tomlinson - OG - Duke
57. Nate Orchard - DE - Utah
58. AJ Cann - OG - South Carolina
59. D'Joun Smith - CB - Florida Atlantic
60. Rashad Greene - WR - Florida St
61. Clive Walford - TE - Miami
62. Michael Bennett - DT - Ohio St
63. Quinten Rollins - CB - Miami (Oh)
64. *Tevin Coleman - RB - Indiana
65. Tre Jackson - OG - Florida St
66. Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Texas A&M
67. *Alex Carter - CB - Stanford
68. *Kwon Alexander - LB - LSU
69. Ali Marpet - OG - Hobart
70. Lorenzo Mauldin - LB - Louisville
71. Ty Sambrailo - OT - Colorado St
72. Denzel Perryman - LB - Miami
73. *Brett Hundley - QB - UCLA
74. Daryl Williams - OT - Oklahoma
75. Hau'oli Kikaha - LB - Washington
76. *PJ Williams - CB - Florida St
77. Preston Smith - DE - Mississippi St
78. *Jacoby Glenn - CB - Central Florida
79. Henry Anderson - DE - Stanford
80. Tyler Lockett - WR - Kansas St
81. Adrian Amos - S - Penn State
82. Jamil Douglas - OG - Arizona State
83. *Sammie Coates - WR - Auburn
84. Derron Smith - FS - Fresno St
85. ZaDarius Smith - DE - Kentucky
86. Cameron Artis-Payne - RB - Auburn
87. Josh Shaw - CB - Southern California
88. *Duke Johnson - RB - Miami
89. Cody Prewitt - FS - Mississippi
90. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
91. Ameer Abdullah - RB - Nebraska
92. Doran Grant - CB - Ohio State
93. Jaquiski Tartt - FS - Samford
94. Hroniss Grasu - C - Oregon
95. Davis Tull - LB - Chattanooga
96. Jeff Heuerman - TE - Ohio State
97. Bryce Petty - QB - Baylor
98. Grady Jarrett - DT - Clemson
99. John Miller - OG - Louisville
100. *Javoris Allen - RB - Southern California

NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report

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NFL Draft 2015 - La'el Collins Scouting Report

Draft Insiders’ Yearbook 2015 – Over 300 in-depth Scouting Reports
New Top 300 Value Board / 7 Round Mock Draft

Photo - OL La'el Collins - LSU

1. La'el Collins #70 - LSU - 6-4, 305 - Sp. 5.10
Hindu Theory: Branden Albert - Rating 90

Reliable veteran 3 year starter for the Tigers at both left guard and left tackle. Agile versatile blocker displayed fine talent over his SEC career, starting 38 of his 45 games. Possesses the skill set to handle either position very well at the next level. Square blocky build makes him appear shorter though more than adequate. While not the ideal height for left tackle at just less than 6'5, he makes up for it with long arms and nimble feet. Has fine core strength and well-distributed natural power throughout his body. All around effective blocker at either position. Extremely quick off the snap. Other than the center, he consistently beats the rest of the line at the snap. Able to stay low, use good leverage and hip snap. Consistently drives his man off the line in the run game, creating huge lanes for the Tigers’ running backs. Also very quick off the ball when pass blocking. Sets up quickly and uses those long arms to prevent speed rushers from running the arc on him. Very agile and quick in his kick slide. Possesses fine hand strength and will usually lock on and control a defender. Intimidating player with a real mean streak. Very aggressive and will look to dominate and bury his opponent. Collins doesn't back down from anyone, and if he does get beat on a play, will come back with even more determination on the next one. Well coached in all aspects of line play and very technically sound as both a pass and run blocker. Mentally tough. Some scouts feel he's not athletic enough to remain at left tackle in the pros, but that's not a consensus. Change of direction ability is not ideal for left tackle at the next level. Though has enough of an overall plus skill set that he could remain there in the right setting. As a pro, he could line up at either tackle or guard with his first look probably inside. He has ideal size for the inside with fine overall strength especially in the lower unit to be a complete prospect. Shuffles easily to mirror outside rushers with the ability to wall off and keep them from the QB. Sometimes will lunge and get off balance when reacting to counter moves. Shows the balance and lateral agility to recover and win. He graded out fairly well vs the quality Senior Bowl edge rushers. Should be able to step in and start at left guard at least very early in his rookie training camp. At the NFL Combine, he checked in with a reach of 33 1/4”. He ran a 5.02 time with a 27” VJ and a 9’ BJ. He did 21 reps with 4.63 shuttle and 7.70 three cone agility drills. It was a good workout where he displayed the skill set for early starting duty. Probable rookie starter with Pro Bowl talent. Top 15-20 prospect with the versatility to excel at either guard or tackle.
Draft Projection: 1st Round

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