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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

NFL Draft 2014 - First Round Mock Draft

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NFL Draft 2014 - First Round Mock Draft
* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2014

Exact draft order to be determined at close of postseason
x – coin flip will determine selection

Photo – QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville

First Round Mock Draft
Team / W-L

1. Houston - 2-14 - * Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville
2. St. Louis (Wash- 3-13) - Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M
3. Jacksonville - 4-12 - * Jadeveon Clowney - DE - South Carolina
4. Cleveland - 4-12 - * Blake Bortles - QB - Central Florida
5. Oakland - 4-12 - * Mike Evans - WR - Texas A&M
6. Atlanta - 4-12 - Anthony Barr - LB - UCLA
7. Tampa Bay - 4-12 - * Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M
8. Minnesota - 5-10-1 - * Cameron Erving - OT - Florida State
9. Buffalo - 6-10 - Khalil Mack - LB - Buffalo
10. Detroit - 7-9 - * Sammy Watkins - WR - Clemson
11. Tennessee - 7-9 - CJ Mosley - LB - Alabama
12. NY Giants - 7-9 - * Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama
13. St. Louis - 7-9 - Darqueze Dennard - CB - Michigan State
14. Chicago - 8-8 - * Greg Robinson - OT - Auburn
15. Pittsburgh - 8-8 - Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan
16. x - Baltimore - 8-8 - *Jace Amaro - TE - Texas Tech
17. x -Dallas - 8-8 - Derek Carr - QB - Fresno State
18. NY Jets - 8-8 - 18. * Marqise Lee - WR - Southern Cal
19. Miami - 8-8 - * Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB - Oregon
20. Arizona - 10-6 - * Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Texas A&M
21. y - Green Bay - 8-7-1 - * Eric Ebron - TE - North Carolina
22. y- San Diego - 9-7 - * Stephen Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame
23. y - Philadelphia - 10-6 - * Vic Beasley - LB - Clemson
24. y - Kansas City - 11-5 - * Odell Beckham - WR - LSU
25. y - Cincinnati - 11-5 - * Louis Nix - DT - Notre Dame
26. y - Cleveland (Indy) 11-5 - Cyril Richardson - OG - Baylor
27. y - New Orleans - 11-5 - Justin Gilbert - CB - Oklahoma State
28. y - San Francisco - 12-4 - Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
29. y - Carolina - 12-4 - * Austin Seferin-Jenkins - TE - Washington
30. y - New England - 12-4 - * Ego Ferguson - DT - LSU
31. y - Denver - 13-3 - * Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - S - Alabama
32. y - Seattle - 13-3 - * Ryan Shazier - LB - Ohio State

NFL Draft 2014: Clowney and Nix Head Underclassmen Tracker

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2014 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Update Tracker - Saturday Dec. 28th
Wideout Davante Adams - Fresno St. declares for NFL Draft

As the 2013 postseason unfolds, several draft-eligible underclassmen continue to announce their intentions about entering the 2014 NFL Draft. Last season a record 74 underclassmen were granted eligibility, surpassing the previous high (65), which was set for the NFL Draft 2012.

Draft Insiders Digest NFL Draft 2014 Postseason Rankings – available now – December Newsletter – available next 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 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
Brett Smith - 6-3, 215 - Wyoming

Running Backs
Adam Muena - 5-9, 210 - San Diego St. - Jr
Jerome Smith - 5-11, 230 - Syracuse - Jr
Isaiah Crowell - 5-10, 190 - Alabama State - Jr

Receivers
Davante Adams - 6-1, 200 - Fresno St. - Soph
Brandon Coleman - 6-5, 220 - Rutgers - Jr
Paul Richardson - 6-0, 170 - Colorado - Jr
Chris Boyd - 6-3, 205 - Vanderbilt - Jr
Austin Franklin - 6-1, 210 - New Mexico St - Jr

Tight Ends
Eric Ebron - 6-3, 250 - North Carolina - Jr
Colt Lyerla - 6-5, 250 - Oregon - Jr
A.C. Leonard - 6-4, 248 - Tennessee St - Jr
Jake Murphy - 6-4, 245 - Utah - Jr
Richard Rodgers - 6-4, 245 - Cal - Jr

Linemen
Tiny Richardson - 6-5, 330 - Tennessee - Jr
Marcus Martin - 6-3, 320 - Southern Cal

Defensive Players
Ends
Jadeveon Clowney - 6-5, 275 - South Carolina - Jr
Aaron Lynch - 6-5, 250 - South Florida - Jr
Demarcus Lawrence - 6-3. 245 - Boise St.

Tackles
Louis Nix - 6-3, 335 - Notre Dame - Jr
Kelcy Quarles - 6-3, 300 - South Carolina - Jr

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NFL Draft 2014 - Pro Prospect QB & RB Rankings

Pro Prospect Rankings - NFL Draft 2014
2013 Postseason Rankings * underclassmen

Photo – QB Derek Carr - Fresno St.

Quarterbacks:
1. * Teddy Bridgewater, 6-2, 220 - Louisville
2. Derek Carr, 6-3, 210 - Fresno St
3. AJ McCarron, 6-3, 215 - Alabama
4. Zach Mettenberger, 6-5, 225 - LSU
5. * Blake Bortles, 6-3, 230 - Central Florida
6. * Johnny Manziel, 5-11, 210 - Texas A&M
7. Tajh Boyd, 6-0, 225 - Clemson
8. Tyler Russell, 6-5, 220 - Mississippi St
9. Aaron Murray, 6-1, 210 - Georgia
10. David Fales, 6-3, 220 - San Jose St
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, 6-2, 215 - Eastern Illinois
12. Stephen Morris, 6-2, 210 - Miami
13. Logan Thomas, 6-5, 255 - Virginia Tech
14. Tom Savage, 6-5, 230 - Pittsburgh
15. James Franklin, 6-2, 230 - Missouri

Running Backs:
1. * Ka'Deem Carey, 5-9, 205 - Arizona
2. * Tre Mason, 5-10, 215 - Auburn
3. Marion Grice, 5-11, 205 - Arizona St
4. * Carlos Hyde, 5-11, 240 - Ohio St
5. * Lache Seastrunk, 5-9, 210 - Baylor
6. * Jeremy Hill, 6-0, 235 - LSU
7. * James Wilder, 6-1, 230 - Florida St
8. Antonio Andrews, 5-11, 215 - Western Kentucky
9. James White, 5-9, 200 - Wisconsin
10. * Bishop Sankey, 5-9, 205 - Washington
11. * Terrance West, 5-11, 225 - Towson St.
12. Andre Williams, 6-0, 220 - Boston College
13. * Charles Sims, 5-11, 215 - West Virginia
14. Tyler Gaffney, 5-11, 225 - Stanford
15. Silas Redd, 5-9, 200 - Southern Cal

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