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Senior Bowl 2014 - Key Game Players to Watch


Senior Bowl 2014 - Key Game Players to Watch

Photo - QB Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Fast rising small college passer put back to back strong performances together at the East-West and Senior Bowl practices. He gets the main stage Saturday in Mobile and could elevate his stock into the top 50 selections. Garoppolo (6'2", 220 lbs) has a very compact and quick release with fine accuracy and a nice touch that allows receivers to run after the catch. He has an above average arm though he shows the ability to drive the ball into small openings with timing and accuracy. After an impressive week of practice, he can really shine on the big stage vs top completion.

Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Underrated runner elevated his stock significantly with an impressive effect at the practices. He combines fine size and speed with well rounded talent to fill all the roles for the position. He is a fine route runner with soft hands and the natural running ability to be dangerous after the catch. He is moves well laterally and shows a burst of speed coming out of his cuts to run away from defenders. He has a thick lower body to break tackles and show some cutback ability/vision to find running lanes. A strong game effort and he can move into the top 10 selections.

Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Fast vertical threat has lite it up this week with his ability to separate and get open. His big play potential has drawn raves and improved his draft status. Though only 5’10” 187 lbs., his short area quickness and long speed allow him to create big plays and will most likely allow him to shine at the NFL Combine.

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
Agile sure handed receiver may be the most developed wideout in this class. He routes great routes, adjusts very well and has the receiving radius and soft hands to catch everything. He has deceptive speed and quickness and could be the playmaker with the development to be a key factor on game day.

Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Tough technician had an outstanding week at practices vs the best edge rushers. He probably guaranteed a first round grade. He is highly developed and versatile that probably will earn him a starting rookie grade this summer.

Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Sound technician displayed strong hands and balance that enables him to win consistently vs top linemen. He shows a strong base that translates well to the well and allows him to play with power. Good work effort and preparation will earn him early NFL starting spot, probably at right tackle.

Defensive Players
Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

Fast edge rusher was unblockable this week. He has the explosive speed off the ball that dominated the practice sessions throughout the week. This small defensive end consistently attacked the edge of offensive tackles in one-on-one pass-rush and team drills. He weighs only 243 lbs and teams see him as a better fit as an outside 'backer in a 3-4 front. In a four man front, he is a situational rusher with impact ability. He has the quickest first step off the line in this draft class.

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Another smallish defender who had a strong week vs top competition. He has a quick burst off the ball, with strong and violent hands to gain a fast advantage. Though only 6'0" and 288 lbs, he wins with quickness and leverage with the ability to finish strong. He plays hard and competes on every rep.
Fine 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 front who has rose up draft boards after he showcased consistent talent vs premier blockers.

Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
Rangy small college defender moves easily that allows him to pursue and drop in coverage.
He moves like a strong safety with the frame to carry another 10-15 lbs. He is a very fluid athlete and plays with fine speed for a 6'2", 237-pound defender. He needs to get stronger and take on blockers
and hold the point to play in a base defense.. Interesting rising defender.

Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Big agile corner had a strong week of practices. He has the length scouts seek in a pro corner and shows the agility to move easily in his pedal and closing speed. He plays the ball well with the reach to deflect many passes. He plays both press and man well with the ability to ride a receiver’s hips and locate the ball consistently.

Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
Physical strong safety displayed powerful tackling with the ability to close on the ball and drop runners.
He has excellent size (6'1", 216 lbs) with the ability to cover the back quarter. He can run the alley and drop runners in their tracks. His ability to match up with top tight ends in the deep game will determine how high a club will draft this emerging defender.

Players Primed for Big Game Performances
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Michael Schofield , OT, Michigan
Gabe Jackson , OG, Mississippi State
Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Dez Southward, DB, Wisconsin
Dontae Johnson, DB, North Carolina St.

Players Who Need Big Game Performances
QB Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech
QB Stephen Morris - Miami
WR Jeff Janis - Saginaw Valley St.
OG Cyril Richardson – Baylor
OT Seantrel Henderson – Miami
OG Kadeem Edwards - Tennessee St.
DE Michael Sam - Missouri
DT Caraun Reid - Princeton
LB Jonathan Brown - Illinois
CB Chris Davis - Auburn

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.

Senior Bowl 2014 Roster Changes


Senior Bowl 2014 Roster Changes

Injured Players – out for practices and game
OT Ja’Wuan Jones - Tennessee / knee sprain
TE Marcel Jensen - Fresno St / abdominal strain
DE Ed Stinson - Alabama / groin pull
CB Aaron Colvin - Oklahoma / knee ACL
WR Kain Colter - Northwestern / ankle
WR Shaq Evans – UCLA
DE James Gayle - Virginia Tech /
CB Jaylen Watkins - Florida /
LB Jordan Zumwalt - UCLA / questionable

Photo - LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo

Replacement Players
Michigan St - WR - Bennie Fowler
Troy St - WR - Eric Thomas
Missouri - WR - L’Damian Washington
Colorado State - TE - Crockett Gilmore
UMass - TE - Rob Blanchflower
Florida - OT - Matt Patchan
Louisiana Tech - DE - IK Enemkpali
Louisiana-Lafayette - LB - Justin Anderson
Jackson State - CB - Qua Cox

Players Who Did not attend Senior Bowl
Jake Matthews/OT/TEXAS A&M
Khalil Mack/LB/BUFFALO
Darqueze Dennard/ CB/MICHIGAN STATE
Larmarcus Joyner/DB/FLORIDA STATE

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.

2014 Senior Bowl Week Peaks With Double Practices


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

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.

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
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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

NFLPA All-Star Game - Jan. 18, 2014 – 6 pm est

Senior Bowl - accepted Invitations
Weigh-in / Practices / Game - Jan. 20-25 - 4 pm est


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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