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2014 Senior Bowl Week Peaks With Double Practices

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2014 Senior Bowl Week Begins with Weigh-in and Practices
Senior Bowl 2014 – Falcons & Jaguars Staffs Direct All-Star Classic

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.

The 2014 Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The contest will be nationally-televised by NFL Network. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm CST. The coaching staffs of the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars were selected by the NFL to coach the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

With the weigh-in measureables in the book, the Senior Bowl practices are in process. Every year the practices on Tuesday and Wednesday are the most critical to the evaluation process. The midweek practices are in full pads in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, GM and personnel directors. These practices with an emphasis on one on one drills are essential parts of the scouting system for NFL readiness.
Here are a dozen of players to watch

Draft Insiders Digest will have an extensive Senior Bowl Weigh-in and Practice Reports in Newsletter and Subscriber Emails - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Senior Bowl Prospects to Watch

Offense
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - Eastern Illinois
Rising small college QB looking to enter the top 5 passers with a strong week.

David Carr - QB - Fresno St.
Excellent prospect hopes to recover from suspect bowl performance.

Robert Herron - WR - Wyoming
Fast vertical threat will get attention with impact ability.

Seantrel Henderson - OT - Miami
Massive tackle hopes to show consistency after an erratic career.

Weston Richburg - OL - Colorado St.
Tough pivotman can shine in these drills.

Kadeem Edwards - OG - Tennessee St.
Wide body mauler looks to impress vs the big boys.

Defense
Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
Rising versatile defender hopes to show he can play up and down here.

Dee Ford - DE - Auburn
Explosive edge rusher looks to impress the 3-4 defensive clubs this week

Ra’Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
Massive athlete has the talent and motor to be the best player here.

Justin Ellis - DL - Louisiana Tech
Wide body tackle hopes to parlay an E-W week into super Senior Bowl effort.

Walt Aikens - CB - Liberty
Tall defender faces big time talent and hopes to impress in one on one matchups.

Keith McGill - CB - Utah
Versatile defender hopes to prove he can matchup with speedy deep threats.

Week Schedule
Monday
Weigh-In - 9:30 am - 11:30 am cst
Practice Schedule - 2:30-4:40 pm cst

Tuesday – Thursday Practices
9:30 - 11:30 am
2:30 - 4:40 pm

Senior Bowl Game - Saturday - Ladd Peebles Stadium 4 pm est
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, 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.

NFL Draft 2014 - Record Class of Underclassmen

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Record Number of Underclassmen Enter NFL Draft 2014

The NFL announced today the names of 98 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10 in New York.

Each of the 98 players has met the league's three-year eligibility rule and each has submitted a written application in which he renounced his remaining college football eligibility. The deadline for receiving applications was January 15.

Photo - QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year. The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9. Rounds four thru seven will be held on Saturday, May 10.

Draft Insiders’ will have Reports from the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and NFL Draft – Free for Full Subscribers - NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings & January Newsletter – available now

The number of players granted special eligibility is a new record, up 25 from last year. The number has increased six years in a row. The official count on underclassmen entering the 2014 draft is 98, easily breaking the record of 73 that was set just last year. Here's how the early entries break down by position: 4 QBs, 19 RBs, 19 WRs, 10 TEs, 9 OLs, 18 DL, 5 LBs, 14 DBs.

The NFL announced the following underclassmen will forego their collegiate eligibility for the NFL Draft 2014
Players listed alphabetically

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Nick Addison, DB, Bethune-Cookman
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
George Atkinson, RB, Notre Dame
Dion Bailey, S, USC
Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
Brendan Bigelow, RB, California
Alfred Blue, RB, LSU
Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
Carl Bradford, DE, Arizona State
Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Austin Franklin, WR, New Mexico State
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Carlos Gray, DT, North Carolina State
Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
Terrance Hackney, T, Bethune-Cookman
Vic Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama
Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Nic Jacobs, TE, McNeese State
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
Albert Louis-Jean, DB, Boston College
Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
Aaron Lynch, DE, USF
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Marcus Martin, C, USC
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Chris McCain, DE, California
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Viliami Moala, DT, California
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Adam Muema, RB, San Diego State
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

For Complete List Go to Next Page

Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2014

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Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2014
January, 2014 - Pre-Senior Bowl Rankings / * Declared Underclassmen

Photo - DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

Pro Prospect / Position / School
1. * Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
2. Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
3. Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
4. * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
5. * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
6. * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
7. * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
8. * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
9. Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
10. Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
11. * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
12. *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
13. * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern California
14. * Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida State
15. * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
16.* Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
17. C.J. Mosley - LB - Alabama
18. Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
19. * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
20. Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
21. * Kelvin Benjamin - WR - Florida St.
22. Ra'Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
23. Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
24. Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
25. * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State

For the Top 50 Pro Prospects Continue to Next Page

NFL Draft 2014 Underclassmen Class Sets New Record

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2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Update Tracker –
Friday Jan. 17th

OL David Yankey and Cameron Fleming Declare for NFL Draft

The record number of underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2014 declared this January for the pro ranks. Over 90 underclassmen have entered this draft class surpassing last years’ record group of 73 pro prospects. Many of this year’s group of underclassmen have received a top 100 grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. These entries have enhanced this draft class significantly and makes the NFL Draft 2014 class one of the strongest talent groups of the past decade. The official number of underclassmen will be announced early next week.

As the 2014 postseason unfolds with major All-star games over next two week and the NFL Combine in late February, the 2014 NFL Draft continues to shape up as a bumper crop of pro prospects. Last season a record 73 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012. This year’s class has already set a new record of underclassmen with most expected to be chosen in the early rounds of the NFL Draft 2014.

Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings – available now –
January Newsletter – available this 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 was Jan. 15, 2014. There is a three day period to rescind that and regain their college eligibility if they have not signed with an agent. The NFL office will announce the official group of underclassmen early next week.

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

Underclassmen
Quarterbacks

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

Running Backs
Ka’Deem Carey - 5-10, 200 - Arizona
Jeremy Hill - 6-1, 235 - LSU
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.
Devonta Freeman - 5-9, 210 - Florida St.
Terrance West - 6-1, 220 - Towson St.
Storm Johnson - 6-0, 220 - Central Florida
Adam Muena - 5-9, 210 - San Diego St.
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
George Atkinson - 6-1, 210 - Notre Dame
Isaiah Crowell - 5-9, 190 - Alabama State
Darrin Reaves - 5-11, 210 - UAB
Brandon Bigelow - 5-9, 185 - Cal

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
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
Josh Stewart - 5-10, 185 - Oklahoma St.
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
Nic Jacobs - 6-5, 260 - McNeese St.
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

Linemen
Cyrus Kouandjio - 6-6, 310 - Alabama
Greg Robinson - 6-5, 310 - Auburn
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee
David Yankey - 6-4, 300 - Stanford
Xavier Su'a-Filo - 6-3, 310 - UCLA
Cameron Fleming - 6-6, 320 - Stanford
Trai Turner - 6-3, 310 - LSU
Russell Bodine - 6-3, 310 - North Carolina
Marcus Martin - 6-3, 320 - Southern Cal

Defensive Players
Ends

Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina
Stephne 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

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

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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.

College 2014 All Star Games Showcase NFL Draft Prospects

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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.

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

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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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