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Defending National Champion Ohio St Heads Coaches 2015 Top 25 Poll
Big 12 Champion TCU is ranked #2 in Preseason Poll
The Ohio St. Buckeyes were picked #1 on 62 of 64 ballots in the 2015 preseason Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes hope to defend their national championship with a deep group of 15 returning starters. Second-ranked TCU and #3 Alabama each claimed the remaining first-place votes. The Buckeyes will attempt to become the first team to start and finish a season atop the rankings since Southern California in 2004. It’s the third time Ohio State will open the season at #1 since the coaches poll in 1991.
The #2 Horned Frogs also return 15 starters, including 10 on offense, from last year's 12-1 squad that concluded the campaign with a 42-3 win over Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. The No. 2 ranking marks TCU's highest appearance in a preseason poll in program history. The Horned Frogs were No. 7 in the 2010 Preseason Coaches poll. TCU's highest preseason ranking by the Associated Press was No. 6 in 2010.
The Horned Frogs are the preseason pick to win the Big 12. The last two times TCU was predicted to win a conference was in 2009 and 2010. In both years, TCU completed an undefeated regular season in reaching the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl, respectively.
2015 Preseason Coaches Poll
(1st-place votes in parentheses and total points received)
1. Ohio State (62) - 1,598
2. TCU (1) - 1,487
3. Alabama (1) - 1,452
4. Baylor - 1,365
5. Oregon - 1,260
6. Michigan State - 1,230
7. Auburn - 1,103
8. Florida State - 1,057
9. Georgia - 1,026
10. USC - 1,014
11. Notre Dame - 883
12. Clemson - 838
13. LSU - 727
14. UCLA - 697
15. Ole Miss - 668
16. Arizona State - 577
17. Georgia Tech - 573
18. Wisconsin - 470
19. Oklahoma - 407
20. Arkansas - 377
21. Stanford - 365
22. Arizona - 299
23. Missouri - 229
24. Boise State - 190
25. Tennessee – 166
Other Teams receiving votes
Mississippi State 164; Texas A&M 149; Oklahoma State 89; Virginia Tech 70; Utah 40; Kansas State 37; Louisville 27; Nebraska 27; Minnesota 25; Penn State 20; South Carolina 18; Miami (Fla.) 16; Texas 8; Illinois 7; Duke 6; Air Force 5; Louisiana Tech 5; Marshall 4; Utah State 4; West Virginia 3; North Carolina State 3; Brigham Young 3; Florida 2; Georgia Southern 2; North Carolina 2; Maryland 1; Michigan 1; Kentucky 1; Central Florida 1; Cincinnati 1; Washington 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.
NFL 2015 Training Camp Dates
Team - Reporting Date - First Practice/Site/Location
Arizona Cardinals - July 31 / Aug. 1 - University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Atlanta Falcons - July 30 / July 31 - Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Ga.
Baltimore Ravens - July 29/ July 30 - Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Md.
Buffalo Bills - July 30/ July 31 - St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y.
Carolina Panthers - July 30/ July 31 - Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
Chicago Bears - July 29/ July 30 - Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
Cincinnati Bengals - July 30/ July 31 - Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Oh
Cleveland Browns - July 29/ July 30 - Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio
Dallas Cowboys - July 29/ July 30 - River Ridge Playing Fields, Oxnard, Ca.
Denver Broncos - July 30/ July 31 - Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, Dove Valley, Colo.
Detroit Lions - Aug. 2/ Aug. 3 - Lions Training Facility, Allen Park, Mi
Green Bay Packers - July 29/ July 30 St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis.
Houston Texans - July 31/ Aug. 2- Houston Methodist Center, Houston, Tx
Indianapolis Colts - Aug. 1/ Aug. 2- Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.
Jacksonville Jaguars - July 30/ July 31- Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kansas City Chiefs - July 31/ Aug. 1 -Missouri Western St University, St. Joseph, Mo.
Miami Dolphins - July 29/ July 30 - Doctors Hospital Training Facility, Davie, Fla.
Minnesota Vikings - July 25/ July 26- Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minn.
New England Patriots - July 29/ July 30 - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
New Orleans Saints - July 29/ July 30 - Greenbrier White, Sulpher Springs, W Va.
New York Giants - July 30/ July 31 - Timex Performance Center, East Rutherford, N.J.
New York Jets - July 29/ July 30 -Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, N.J.
Oakland Raiders - July 30/ July 31- Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, Calif.
Philadelphia Eagles - Aug. 1 /Aug. 2- NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh Steelers - July 25/ July 26- Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.
St. Louis Rams - July 31/ Aug. 1 - Rams Park Training Center, Earth City, Mo.
San Diego Chargers - July 29/ July 30 - Chargers Park, San Diego, Ca
San Francisco 49ers - July 31/ Aug. 1- SAP Performance Facility, Santa Clara, Calif.
Seattle Seahawks - July 30/ July 31- Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Wash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - July 31/ Aug. 1- One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Fla.
Tennessee Titans - July 30/ July 31- Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tenn.
Washington Redskins - July 29 / July 30- Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
2015 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED
88 players get consideration for defensive player of the year
DALLAS (FWAA) – The 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Scooby Wright III tops the 88-man 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List announced by the Football Writers Association of America on Friday.
Wright, a junior linebacker from Arizona, will seek to become only the second player in the 22-year history of the award to win it twice after Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald in 1995-96. Ohio State end Joey Bosa, another first team FWAA All-America from 2014, also returns as a junior to challenge Wright.
Photo - DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St
There are five FWAA second-teamer All-Americas from a year ago on the 2015 Watch List: Michigan State end Shilique Calhoun, and defensive backs Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Jeremy Cash of Duke, Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Michael Caputo of Wisconsin.
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, Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi, Jim Thorpe etc for the past 20 years.
Players may be added or removed from the watch list during the course of the season. Once again, the FWAA will announce a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday from early September through mid November. If not already on the watch list, the honored player will be added at that time. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 19.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner will be chosen from those five finalists who are part of the 2014 FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the association's entire membership, selects the 26-man All-America Team and eventually the Nagurski finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner, the best defensive player in college football during the FWAA's 75th anniversary year.
The annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Banquet, presented by ACN, will be held on Dec. 7 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. In addition to the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner's announcement, the banquet will also celebrate the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award. Ohio State's Randy Gradishar, a member of the FWAA's 1973 All-America team and a College Football Hall of Famer, will be honored. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.
The FWAA has named a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
2015 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST
LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma
DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama
DB Budda Baker, Washington
DB Dante Barnett, Kansas State
DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
DB Vonn Bell, Ohio State
LB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
DB Quin Blanding, Virginia
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Minnesota
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri
DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
LB James Burgess, Louisville
DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
DB Maurice Canady, Virginia
DB Michael Caputo, Wisconsin
DB Jeremy Cash, Duke
DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
DT Maliek Collins, Nebraska
DB Tony Conner, Ole Miss
DE Kamalei Correa, Boise State
LB Su’a Cravens, USC
DT Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
DE Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech
LB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
DB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
DT Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech
DB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DB William Jackson, Houston
DB Adoree’ Jackson, USC
DE Jordan Jenkins, Georgia
DT Gerrand Johnson, ULM
DB Jonathan Jones, Auburn
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia
DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
DE Carl Lawson Auburn
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
DB William Likely, Maryland
DB Jordan Lucas, Penn State
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech
LB Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
DT Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech
LB Blake Martinez, Stanford
LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
DB Danzel McDaniel, Kansas State
DB Adrian McDonald, Houston
LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
DB Jalen Mills, LSU
DB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
LB Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB Eric Murray, Minnesota
For the Rest of the Bronko Nagurski Watch List - go to next page
Rams Select OT Isaiah Battle in the NFL 2015 Supplemental Draft
The St. Louis Rams has selected former Clemson left OT Isaiah Battle in the 5th round pick in Thursday NFL Supplemental Draft. The Rams will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Battle was the only one of 7 players available in this class who was selected. He was the first player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft since 2012.
The other six eligible prospects, West Georgia edge rusher Darrius Caldwell and defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, Connecticut tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wideout and returner Adrian Wilkins were not chosen. They are all considered rookie free agents and may sign with any club. They also must fit in the rookie salary gap this year.
The Rams’ decision by general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher continued the St. Louis focus on offensive linemen after using four draft choices in the NFL Draft 2015 on that unit. They used their second, third, fourth and sixth round picks on Rob Havenstein, Jamon Brown, Andrew Donnal and Cody Wichmann. Havenstein and Brown lined up with the first team at right tackle and right guard during the Rams' OTA and recent mini camp practices. This group of linemen followed the selection of left tackle Greg Robinson as the #2 overall pick in NFL Draft 2014.
Battle played in 27 games for the Tigers over the past three seasons, starting 11 of 12 games at left tackle a year ago and 16 contests, overall. He did not allow a sack in the 12 regular season games in 2014. He has the physical skill set for the left tackle position where his combination of height (6’6” 312 lbs.), arm length (35 3/8") and the agility to slide easily that allows him to mirror edge rushers. He's also quick to the second level and can re-direct to adjust in space. He is still a raw prospect with marginal functional strength and inconsistent technique that will be easily exposed vs NFL defenders. His inconsistencies and lapses in technique combined with his below average weight room strength (12 reps at Pro day) were red flags to some scouts. His off the field issues were also disturbing and threatened his college eligibility.
The Supplemental selection order is different from the regular NFL Draft. The teams are slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year and are then placed in a lottery with the official order not being released to the public. The Jacksonville Jaguars won this lottery and held the first pick of each round of the 2015 Supplemental Draft with the Seattle Seahawks awarded the final pick. The Rams were given the 8th overall pick.
Teams interested in selecting a player contact the league via email with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. It is possible that another team also placed a 5th round bid on Battle, but lost out because St. Louis was slotted ahead of them.
Battle and any other players signed following the draft are immediately eligible to play in the NFL. The Rams get their first look at Battle in practice when training camp opens for rookies on July 27.
NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 - July 9, 2015
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Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2015
The NFL will conduct the Supplemental Draft 2015 on Thursday, July 9th for players who rescind their remaining college eligibility. This draft has been a short process annually that considers special situations for players that are at least three years removed from high school. All 32 teams will participate in the weighted process that is divided into three tiers with seven prospects entered for this year’s selection draft. Teams with six wins or less from last season will make up the first group, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and finally a third group of the twelve playoff teams. Each team submits the name of the players via email that they want to draft with the round they would like to select them. The club with the highest selection will be awarded the player. In the case of two teams drafting the same player in a round, the club with the worse record last season will win the prospect. Players not selected in this draft class will then become free agents eligible to sign with any team.
Any team that uses a selection in the Supplemental Draft will forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the NFL Draft 2016. The new draft prospects will be considered part of the rookie salary pool along with the players from the NFL Draft 2015 and they must fit under the current contract structure and overall salary cap. No players have been drafted the past two summers. In 2013, the Browns used their #2nd round pick on wideout Josh Gordon, the only overall selection chosen in the process. He has been a Pro Bowl receiver who set new NFL records two years ago. But he has also been suspended annually for failing drug and alcohol tests and is currently suspended.
Most prospects in a Supplemental class provide little initial impact because of the late signing that caused them to miss all of the OTAs and mini-camp practices. The NFL office has considered terminating this draft process after only minimal interest by clubs.
Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2015
These players are eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft after not declaring for entry in the NFL Draft 2015. They have lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season.
WR/KR Adrian Wilkins - North Carolina Central
TE Sean McQuillan - UConn
OT Isaiah Battle - Clemson
DE Darrius Caldwell - West Georgia
DE Eric Eiland - Houston
DT Dalvon Stuckey - West Georgia
CB Kevin Short - Kansas
OT Isaiah Battle #79 - 6’6” 312 lbs. - Clemson - Sp. 5.20
Big agile junior tackle has made nice progress over his late career, totaling 27 games with15 starts for the Tigers. At his pro day workout in front of 26 NFL teams, he measured in at just over 6-6 and 312 lbs. with 35.5” arms and an 85” wingspan. He timed in 5.21 and 5.29 and had a 24.5” VL and posted an 8.5” BJ with 12 reps. His leaping and weight lifting numbers were below average while the speed time was average. He had a key role in each of Clemson’s Bowl wins over top-25 teams the past three postseasons. In 2014, he played left tackle in 12 games with 11 starts and 10 games with four starts in 2013. He has improved annually at left tackle in his three seasons with the Tigers after starting at Military academy after HS. He shows the ability to slid in pass protection and use his huge reach (35.5”), though he needs further technique and strength work. His level of development is very suspect despite intriguing size and agility skills. His marginal power fails to get a push in the run game and failed to sustain vs top pass rushers late on the down. A few off the field issues including failed drug tests, motor vehicle violation and charged related to a fight have all hurt his cause for an early 3rd day selection. This kid has starting NFL tackle skill set, but is not there currently. Boom or bust prospect and probable middle round pick.
DE Darrius Caldwell #9 - 6’4” 250 lbs. - West Georgia Sp. 5.05
Caldwell was a one-time highly regarded Illinois recruit who had nice close of his career at WG after a JC and stay at Illinois. He has fine length with long arms and quick burst to develop further. He lacks bulk and needs to put on weight if he expects to play with his hand on the ground. Currently, he fits the attack backer role better where he can be effective attacking the line. In 2014, he started 15 games and had 69 tackles with 18.5 TFL, 13 sacks, 2 FR and 1 FF for 1st team Gulf Conference. At his pro day, he is just under 6’5” and in the 250 lbs. range. He had an impressive vertical of 35.5”, though his 40 time was over 5.0 and his 6 reps on the bench press were not very impressive or up to NFL standards. Camp type with some upside, but needs strength and technique work to be more than a PS performer.
DT Dalvin Stuckey #41 - 6’2” 300 lbs. - West Georgia Sp. 5.5
Wide body mobile tackle flashes quickness and power on the inside. He signed with Florida St after a highly rated HS prospect. He moved on to Pearl River CC where he gained JC All-American honors. At his pro day, he measured in at 6’2” 302 lbs. and ran the 40 in the 5.50 area and did only 10 reps in the lifting. In 2014, he started 11 games and had 40 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 FR and 3 FF. Type with talent but raw from playing experience perspective. He needs an offseason program to improve technique and overall strength. FA signee and possible PS performer. Best fit a three technique in 4-3 scheme.