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Draft Insiders’- Pro Bowl Team - QB Rogers & DE Watt Win Player of Year Awards


Draft Insiders’- 2014 Pro Bowl Team

Photo - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

Players of the Year
Offense - QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
Defense - DE J.J. Watt - Texans

Rookies of the Year
Offense - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defense - LB C.J. Mosley - Ravens

Jan. 25 - 2015 Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Four Cowboys Earn 1st team Offense / Seahawks Place three on Defensive Team

QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers
RB DeMarco Murray - Cowboys
RB Le'Veon Bell - Steelers
FB John Kuhn - Packers
TE Rob Gronkowski - Patriots
WR Antonio Brown - Steelers
WR Dez Bryant - Cowboys
OT Tyron Smith - Cowboys
OT Joe Thomas - Browns
G Marshal Yanda - Ravens
G Zack Martin - Cowboys
C Maurkice Pouncey - Steelers
K Adam Vinatieri - Colts
KR Darren Sproles - Eagles

DE J.J. Watt - Texans
DE Mario Williams - Bills
DT Ndamukong Suh - Lions
DT Marcell Dareus - Bills
OLB Justin Houston - Chiefs
OLB Elvis Dumervil - Ravens
ILB Luke Kuechly - Panthers
ILB Bobby Wagner - Seahawks
CB Darrelle Revis - Patriots
CB Richard Sherman - Seahawks
S Earl Thomas - Seahawks
S Glover Quin - Lions
P Pat McAfee - Colts

Senior Bowl 2015 – Titan & Jaguar Staffs To Coach All-Star Rosters


Senior Bowl 2015 – Titans & Jaguars Staffs To Coach Game

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars have been selected to coach the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Ala.

Draft Insiders' Staff will provide extensive coverage of Senior Bowl Practices and Game Via Twitter and Special Subscriber Emails

"It's always an honor and a privilege for the Reese's Senior Bowl to have our game coached by NFL staffs and 2015 will be no exception,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

The Titans, led by their first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt, will coach the North team, while second-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and his staff will guide the South. Tennessee finished the 2014 season with a record of 2-14 and owns the second pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Traditionally, the two teams with the worst records and returning coaching staffs coach the Senior Bowl. Tampa Bay has the #1 pick overall and would normally be one of the staffs at the All-Star event, however, the Bucs have declined because they do not have an offensive coordinator currently. Jacksonville was 3-13 this season and will pick third in the draft. The Jaguars, who coached the South team to a 20-10 victory in last year’s game, jumped at the opportunity to coach again after Tampa Bay (2-14) declined.

“I have known Ken Whisenhunt since we worked together with the Baltimore Ravens back in the late 1990's,” Savage said. “As a former NFL player himself and now head coach, he knows exactly what it takes to be successful in professional football and that knowledge should really benefit the prospects he and his staff will work with in Mobile.”

“We are very excited to be one of the coaching staffs at this year’s Senior Bowl," said Whisenhunt, who coached in the Senior Bowl as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. "It is a great opportunity for our organization, but we also understand it is a showcase for these college players and an important week of evaluation for the entire league. I have had the good fortune to coach in this game as an assistant coach before and I really enjoyed that experience and the ability to get to know the players and work with them through the week.”

“We are looking forward to coaching the Senior Bowl in 2015,” said Bradley, whose club selected four players from last year’s game in the NFL Draft. ”Our staff really enjoyed the time we had last year in Mobile. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the players on a personal level and watch them compete on and off the field for an entire week. It proved to be a valuable asset in our pre-draft process last year. The Senior Bowl staff does a great job of taking care of the players and coaches and making it a very enjoyable week.”

“Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Gus Bradley did an outstanding job in coaching the South team,” Savage said. “Gus has an infectious enthusiasm for competition that really resonates with the players in an event like the Reese's Senior Bowl."

Bradley, who has nine years of NFL coaching experience, was hired by Jacksonville two years ago to guide the Jaguars through a rebuilding process. Before joining the Jaguars organization, Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator and three years (2006-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, serving the last two as linebackers coach after joining the Bucs in 2006 as their defensive quality control coach.

Whisenhunt has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including six years (2007-12) as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. As head coach of the Cardinals, he won a franchise-record 49 games, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII after a team-record 12-win season in 2008. In 2013, as offensive coordinator for San Diego, he led the Chargers offense to the fifth most yards in the NFL and the league’s top ranking in third-down offense.

Tennessee previously coached in the Senior Bowl in 2006 when Jeff Fisher led the North to a 31-14 victory. Jacksonville coached the game in 2009 and 2014, leading the South to victories in both games.

The 66th Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT. The NFL Network will televise the practices during the week and the game.

NFL 2015 Calendar - Playoffs and Postseason


NFL Dates 2014-2015 - Playoffs and Postseason
Dec. 28, 2014 - Regular NFL season ends
Dec. 29 - Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2015 season
Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who
was selected in any round of ‘12 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract
will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to rules that limit rookie contracts
Option exercise period begins for Fifth-Year Option for first-round selections from the 2012 NFL Draft.
To exercise the option, the club must give written notice to the player on or after Dec. 29, 2014 but prior
to May 3, 2015.

NFL 2015 Postseason
**** April 29 - May 1 - NFL Draft 2015, Chicago, Ill. ****

Special Twitter and Email Postings Through NFL Draft 2015 Starts January

Jan. 3-4 - Playoffs begin - Wild Card Weekend
January 4 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that have byes in the Wild Card weekend
may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of the Wild Card games.
Jan. 10 - Medal of Honor Bowl Charleston, SC January 10 2:30 PM ET NBC Sports
Jan. 10-11 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 11 - Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be
interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
Jan. 15 - Deadline for underclassmen to apply for early entry to NFL Draft
Jan. 18 - Deadline for underclassmen to withdraw application for early entry to NFL Draft
Jan. 17 - East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida
Jan. 17 - NFLPA Collegiate Carson, Ca. - 4 pm ESPN2
Jan. 18 - AFC and NFC Championship Games

Jan. 19-24 - Senior Bowl Week, Ladd Peebles Stadium - Mobile, Alabama

Jan. 25 - 2015 Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Jan. 25 - An assistant coach, whose team is participating in the Super Bowl, who has previously
interviewed for another club’s head coaching job may have a second interview with such club no
later than the Sunday preceding the Super Bowl.

Feb. 1 - Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)

NFL Combine Dates
Feb. 7- NFL Regional Combine - Davie, Fla.
Feb. 14 - NFL Regional Combine - Houston
Feb. 17-23 - NFL Scouting Combine - Indianapolis, In
Feb. 21- NFL Regional Combine - Dove Valley, Colo.
Feb. 28 - NFL Regional Combine - Owings Mills, Md.
March 7 - NFL Regional Combine - Lake Forest, Ill.
March 21-22 - Super Regional Combine - Phoenix

For NFL Calendar Through NFL Draft 2015 May
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NFL Draft 2015 Order - Bucs Hold #1 Overall Pick with Titans and Jaguars Up Next


NFL Draft 2015 Selection Order

Tampa and Tennessee went into the final weekend tied with the worst overall records that determine the #1 overall selection in the NFL Draft 2015. Both play at home vs divisional rivals, the Titans vs the Colts and the Bucs against the Saints and each lost. There are two teams at 3-13 and 4-12 with the Bears alone at 5-11 and the 7th overall selection. The top ten clubs in the draft order went down to the wire with 5 teams at 6-9 entering the close of the NFL 2014 season. The final weekend determined four divisional titles which had a huge effect on the playoff matchups, bye weeks and home field advantage. Both Seattle and Denver hold the home field advantage and the edge for a rematch of last year's Super Bowl.

Pro Prospect Rankings - December Postseason Top 250 Prospects - available now
December 2014 Newsletter (12 pages) - available this week

NFL Draft 2015 First Round Selection Order
y - Clinched division x - playoff team

1 Tampa Bay - 2-14 - .486
2 Tennessee - 2-14 - .506
3 Jacksonville - 3-13 - .514
4 Oakland - 3-13 - .570
5 Washington - 4-12 - .496
6 NY Jets - 4-12 - .543
7 Chicago - 5-11 - .529
8 Atlanta - 6-10 - .482
9 NY Giants - 6-10 - .512
10 St. Louis - 6-10 - .531
11 Minnesota - 7-9 - .475
12 Cleveland - 7-9 - .479
13 New Orleans - 7-9 - .486
14 Miami - 8-8 - .512
15 San Francisco - 8-8 - .527
16 Houston - 9-7 - .447
17 San Diego - 9-7 - .512
18 Kansas City - 9-7 - .512
19 Cleveland (Buffalo) - 9-7 - .516
20 Philadelphia - 10-6 - .490
21 y Carolina - 7-8-1 - .490
22 x Baltimore - 10-6 - .475
23 x - Cincinnati - 10-5-1 - .498
24 y - Pittsburgh - 11-5 - .451
25 x - Detroit - 11-5 - .471
26 y - Indianapolis - 11-5 - .478
27 x - Arizona - 11-5 - .523
28 y - Dallas - 12-4 - .445
29 y - Green Bay - 12-4 - .482
30 y - New England - 12-4 - .518
31 y - Denver - 12-4 - .521
32 y - Seattle - 12-4 - .525

NFL Power Rankings Week 17 - Four Divisional Titles At Stake


Packers at Lions and Bengals at Steelers Determine North Winners
Bucs and Titans In Chase for #1 overall Selection for NFL Draft 2015

NFL Power Rankings Week 17 –
Falcons Host Panthers With NFC South Title in the Balance

Rookies of the Week –
Offensive Player – WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Defensive Player – LB Khalil Mack - Raiders

Photo - QB Philip Rivers - Chargers

Players of the Week
Offensive Player - QB Philip Rivers - Chargers

Defensive Player – LB Justin Houston - Chiefs

Team of Week 16 - Seahawks
Matchup of Week 17 - Lions at Packers

Rank / Team / Record
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-4)
Seahawks have won 8 of last 9 and the defense is dominant again currently.

2. New England Patriots (12-3)
The veteran Patriots know how to win at less than full speed.

3. Denver Broncos (11-4)
Broncos are struggling down the stretch and Peyton is not right now.

4. Green Bay Packers (11-4)
Packers face the Lions in the divisional title game that determines home field advantage.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (10-4-1)
The Bengals travel to Pittsburgh with North title in the balance and matchups for two playoff teams.

6. Detroit Lions (11-4)
Lions host a huge contest with Packers that may determine this team’s destiny.

7. Dallas Cowboys (11-4)
Cowboys win the East title and hope to gain home field advantage thru NFC playoffs.

8. San Diego Chargers (9-6)
Chargers will ride the hot Philip Rivers with critical finale vs Chiefs this Sunday.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-5)
Steelers’ host the Bengals in a huge matchup that will determine AFC playoff matchups.

10. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)
QB Andrew Luck hides a ton of problems with this average club that probably struggles in the postseason.

11. Arizona Cardinals (11-4)
Cards have gone far despite key injuries, but probably struggle with 3rd string QB Lindley the rest of the way.

12. Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
The Ravens lost a vital game at Houston last week and need help to win playoff berth.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6)
Eagles have caved in since Thanksgiving game and go home again to watch playoffs.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (8-7)
The Chiefs have a slim chance for playoffs with Alex Smith out for critical finale vs Chargers.

15. San Francisco 49ers (7-8)
The 49ers came up short this season with HC Jim Harbaugh packing for next destination.

16. Buffalo Bills (8-7)
The Bills have turned the corner, but need more production from the QB spot.

17. Miami Dolphins (8-7)
The Dolphins have improved nicely with young QB Ryan Tannehill making huge strides in year three.

18. Carolina Panthers (6-8-1)
The Panthers are amazingly in first place with final in Atlanta for South title.

19. New York Giants (6-9)
Odell Beckham is a superstar, but GMen are winning meaningless late games once again.

20. Houston Texans (8-7)
Texans have been consistent but lack the firepower of the top clubs.

21. St. Louis Rams (6-9)
The Rams’ punk defense was smoked by the Gmen.

22. Cleveland Browns (7-8)
QB Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel one and done after bombing in debut and sustaining a concussion.

23. Atlanta Falcons (6-9)
Falcon’s won key road matchup with the Saints and host the Panthers in win take all NFC South divisional contest.

24. Minnesota Vikings (6-9)
Vikings have improved slightly yet need a strong postseason to become playoff contender.

25. New Orleans Saints (6-9)
Saints were bombed at home by Falcons and probably the NFL’s most disappointing club this season.

26. Chicago Bears (5-10)
The Bears may be dismantled this offseason after a horrible 2014 performance.

27. Washington Redskins (4-11)
Washington beat the Eagles last week and seek revenge vs the Cowboys in home finale.

28. New York Jets (3-12)
The Jets play out the string before whole changes on coaching and personnel staffs.

29. Oakland Raiders (3-12)
The Raiders had been horrible again, and lost with a veteran group with little upside.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-12)
The Jaguars beat the Titans but probably cost them a top two selection in April.

31. Tennessee Titans (2-13)
The Titans were beat by the inept Jets and in the race for the #1 overall selection.

32. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-13)
Bucs are near the bottom in all offensive and defensive statistics and deserve the #1 pick.

NFL Draft 2015 Selection Order - Bucs and Titans Chase #1 Overall Pick


NFL Draft 2015 Selection Order

Tampa and Tennessee will go into the final weekend to determine the #1 overall selection in the NFL Draft 2015. Both play at home this week vs divisional rivals, the Titans vs the Colts and the Bucs against the Saints. There are three teams at 3-12 with only one club at 4-11 and 5-10. The top ten clubs in the draft order will go down to the wire with 5 teams at 6-9 entering the close of the NFL 2014 season. The final weekend will determine 4 divisional titles which will have a huge effect on the playoff matchups and home field advantage.

Pro Prospect Rankings - December Postseason Top 250 Prospects - available now
December 2014 Newsletter (12 pages) - available next week

NFL Draft 2015 Order
y - Clinched division x - playoff team

1 Tampa Bay - 2-13 - .485
2 Tennessee - 2-13 - .498
3 Jacksonville - 3-12 - .515
4 NY Jets - 3-12 - .554
5 Oakland - 3-12 - .579
6 Washington - 4-11 - .492
7 Chicago - 5-10 - .523
8 Atlanta - 6-9 - .481
9 Minnesota - 6-9 - .481
10 New Orleans - 6-9 - .485
11 NY Giants - 6-9 - .513
12 St. Louis - 6-9 - .533
13 Cleveland - 7-8 - .473
14 San Francisco - 7-8 - .538
15 Houston - 8-7 - .448
16 Miami - 8-7 - .513
17 Cleveland (Buffalo) - 8-7 - .521
18 Kansas City - 8-7 - .525
19 Baltimore - 9-6 - .481
20 Philadelphia - 9-6 - .490
21Carolina - 6-8-1 - .490
22 San Diego - 9-6 - .508
23 x- Pittsburgh - 10-5 - .440
24 y - Indianapolis - 10-5 - .481
25 x - Cincinnati - 10-4-1 - .494
26 y - Dallas - 11-4 - .446
27 x- Detroit - 11-4 - .469
28 x- Green Bay - 11-4 - .481
29 x - Arizona - 11-4 - .525
30 y - Denver - 11-4 - .527
31 x - Seattle - 11-4 - .527
32y - New England - 12-3 - .510

North Dakota State Bisons (14-1) Defends FCS Title


North Dakota State (14-1) Defends FCS Title with 4th-Straight Championship Game

For the first time in FCS history, two teams from the same league (MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL) will play one another in the title game. The FCS began conducting a tournament in 1978 (then called I-AA).

Semifinal #1 (Friday, Dec. 19) -- #2 North Dakota State 35, Sam Houston State 3
Semifinal #2 (Saturday, Dec. 20) – #5 Illinois State 21, #1 New Hampshire 18

Photo – DE/LB Kyle Emanuel – North Dakota St.

Next: Jan. 10, 2015 – 12 noon CT (ESPN2) – Frisco, Texas. Illinois State vs. North Dakota State

Illinois State (13-1) is making its first title game appearance. The Redbirds beat UNI, Eastern Washington and New Hampshire in the playoffs to get there.

North Dakota State (14-1) is making its fourth-straight title game trip. The Bison are the three-time defending national champions and beat South Dakota State, Coastal Carolina and Sam Houston State to reach Frisco this year.

The teams did not play each other this year and shared the MVFC title with identical 7-1 league records (both teams lost at UNI). The teams (ISU, NDSU) were declared co-champions and NDSU earned the league’s automatic bid designation to the playoffs by virtue of a better national GPI rating (NDSU-1, ILS-2 in that rating).

The MVFC finished the season 30-2 against non-league FCS teams, with the only two losses on the road at then-ranked #4 Montana (regular season) and then-ranked #8 Chattanooga (playoffs).

The league also set a record with 11 wins against non-conference top-25 teams (five in the regular season, six in the playoffs).

The MVFC set a record with 9 playoff wins (the league is 9-3 in the playoffs this year, and that includes two games in which it played another league member). The previous record was 8 by CAA Football in 2004, 2008, and 2009). The MVFC is guaranteed a 10th win.

Valley Football teams have defeated the No. 1 tournament seed five times (including New Hampshire this year). Illinois State's win at New Hampshire also marked the 14th win for the league against a No. 1-ranked team.

North Dakota State has won 15-consecutive playoff games.

A Valley Football team has played in the title game 7 previous times, winning five of those games.
Valley Football teams are 76-54 all-time in the playoffs (since the league was founded in 1985). The league is 28-10 this decade. And the league is 24-7 in the last four tournaments, including this year.

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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