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NFL Power Poll - Week 5 - Vikes and Broncos Hold Top Two Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Week 5

Photo - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons

Team of the Week - Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Week - DT Aaron Donald - Rams

Rookie of Week - WR Will Fuller - Texans

Game of Week #5 - Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

NFL Ranking /Record / Team
#1 - 4-0 VIKINGS

Vikings defense continues to look dominant with a big performance vs Eli Manning and the GMen. Their front four continues to provide consistent pressure that forces offenses to attack only the short zones. Veteran QB Sam Bradford has made fast progress in this system in only a few weeks and gives the Vikes a playmaker and leader. They host the Texans Sunday.

#2 - 4-0 BRONCOS
Broncos pounded the Bucs last week and forced QB Jameis Winston into another series of big mistakes. They overcame an injury to young QB Trevor Siemian and have the swagger to continue to dominant. They get fully tested Sunday with the hot Falcons and QB Matt Ryan coming to Mile High.

#3 - 3-1 PATRIOTS
New England put up an impressive 3-1 record in the absence of suspended QB Tom Brady. He returns vs the hapless Browns on the road who invent new ways to lose.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' have had two weeks to get ready to host the GMen on Sunday night. Veteran QB Aaron Rodgers is hitting stride and has his favorite wideout Jordy Nelson back at 100%. This is a very critical NFC matchup with the loser in a difficult spot in their divisional race.

#5 - 4-0 EAGLES
Eagles come off a bye week and travel to Detroit for an NFC clash. Rookie QB Carson Wentz has been the talk of the first year class. Eagles face a strong NFC schedule the next two months including a steady diet of quality starting QBs on the agenda.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson sliced the outmanned Jets entering their bye week. He looks to rehab his ankle for key upcoming NFC contests. Their defense is still the best in the game and capable of stoning any offense.

#7 - 3-1 STEELERS
The Steelers bombed the Chiefs in a statement victory, especially after being toasted by the hot Eagles the prior week. They get a diet of three AFC East games prior to their bye week.

#8 - 2-2 BENGALS
Bengals pounded the Dolphins on Thursday night off a huge performance by veteran wideout A.J. Green. They are well rested for their trip to Dallas and starting to hit stride. They will be tested to defender their AFC North title.

#9 - 3-1 RAVENS
The Ravens lost a tough home game vs Raiders after coming back late in the matchup. They will probably be in a dogfight with the Bengals and Steelers again for AFC North leadership. They get the Redskins at home this week.

#10 - 3-1 RAMS
Rams went Hollywood this year and are playing a leading role in the NFC in the early action. They rely on a strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They get the Bills at home before the Lions in Motown prior to their trip to London with the GMen.

#11 - 3-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders came back and won a big game in Baltimore that can be the catalyst for a playoff run. They have not earned the playoffs since 2002 but are a legitimate contender this season. Young QB Derek Carr has matured quickly and given them a leader to be a difference maker in crunch time. They get the hated Chiefs at home this week.

#12 – 3-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has taken command here and light up the early action as the #1 passer in the league. Wideout Julio Jones has been a difference maker and smoked NFC South rival the Panthers last week. The Falcons are the highest scoring club in the league by an incredible 30%. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership. They face the Broncos in High Mile this week that may establish them as one of this years’ top contenders.

#13 - 3-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie QB Dak Prescott has managed games fairly well with few mistakes and good decision making. Bengals’ duo of QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green will test the Boys suspect secondary to the fullest. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott leads the league and is a marked man going forward.

#14 - 2-2 GIANTS
The Giants continue to make critical mistakes especially senseless penalties. Their secondary was missing four key players and was hapless vs Sam Bradford. They will have to get well quickly with QB Aaron Rodgers up next. Star wideout Odell Beckham must mature to play up to his elite talent and be the impact weapon needed here.

#15 - 3-1 TEXANS
The Texans have jumped to an early lead in the weak AFC South despite losing star DE JJ Watt for the season. QB Brock Osweiler was faced heavy pass pressure and is still settling into this offense. He faces the buzzsaw Vikings front four this week in the tough new dome.

#16 - 2-2 REDSKINS
Washington recovered from a tough start, but face the Ravens and Eagles over the next two weeks. QB Kirk Cousins will have to be at his best vs two of the better defenses in the league. The Skins defense will have to tighten up after some sloppy early play in big situations.

#17 - 1-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals must find a way to win tonight vs the 49ers with QB Carson Palmer out with a concussion. Runner David Johnson and wideout Larry Fitzgerald must step up if the Cardinals want to reverse their early season poor play. Palmer may need a few weeks to get fully healthy.

#18 - 1-3 PANTHERS
Carolina lost a shootout vs arch rival Atlanta. They get NFC South foes, the Bucs and Saints up next. Their offensive line was allowed QB Cam Newton to take a beating and a concussion that makes Monday night vs Bucs questionable. Their defense has been touched weekly with 118 points allowed.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have blasted by the Steelers in all phases of the game. They can regroup during their bye week and hope to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They get two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 1-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck has performed well, but is not capable of carrying this marginal club. He has sustained a league high 15 sacks with countless pressures. There ground game is weak that puts one of the leagues’ worst defenses in a tough spot. Colts get the Bears in an almost must win situation at home this week.

#21 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints relied on 2 TD passes from Drew Brees in the final 5 minutes to obtain their first victory. They get their bye week to prepare to host the Panthers. The league’s worst defense has allowed 130 points and will be difficult to improve in season with limited resources.

#22 – 1-3 JETS
Jets have struggled with their brutal schedule and get no relief with trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona up next. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has made a leagues leading 10 interceptions.

#23 - 2-2 BILLS
Bills' shutout their arch rival, the Patriots in what may be HC Rex Ryan’s Super bowl. They travel to LA and run into the hot smash mouth Rams who will test this club to the fullest. Bills may flounder at the .500 mark all season.

#24 - 1-3 LIONS
The Lions lost to the lowly Bears after being blasted by Packers the prior week in key divisional games. Their defense continues to struggle while they fail to run the ball effectively. They host the Eagles and the Rams over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#25 - 1-3 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins got smoked by the Bengals in last one with inconsistent play overall. Young QB Ryan Tannehill has disappointed under heavy pass pressure. They get a three game AFC home schedule here that they need to get to the .500 mark.

#26 - 1-3 CHARGERS
The Chargers have found ways to lose despite the fine performance of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has given up critical big plays at key points of the game. They face a tough heavy AFC West schedule the next month that probably determines their fate this season.

#27 - 1-3 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston has struggled in the early going with minimal help from his supporting cast. The Bucs defense has allowed among the most points in the league after 4 games. The Bucs play the Panthers this week and hope to catch the divisional champs reeling from their own tough start.

#28 - 1-3 49ERS
The 49ers lack firepower to matchup weekly and young QB Blaine Gabbert was limited weapons. The talented SF defense has been banged up and allowed too many points especially in big situations.
The 49ers hope to catch the Cardinals undermanned this week.

#29 - 1-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has paid his dues his first two seasons. He has limited his mistakes, but has also made few big plays to change games. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has contained offenses with minimal big plays allowed, but they have also produce few impact plays to change games.
They face a weak schedule this month that they must take advantage and build some confidence.

#30 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' held off a fierce Colts rally to lodge their first victory. QB Blake Bortles had a good performance and can be a leader here to build around. Their talented young defense stepped up and sacks QB Andrew Luck six times that gave the Jaguars the necessary cushion to post the win. They get their bye week to celebrate before an average stretch of games.

#31 - 1-3 BEARS
The Bears won their first game vs the Lions. John Fox's defense limited the Lions early as the Bears beat Detroit for the first time after a six game losing streak. They face the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks in a couple of winnable matchups.

#32 - 0-4 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Redskins especially in the Red zone where they allowed 4 TDs. They have only a few soft spots the rest of the schedule and are a strong candidate for the #1 overall NFL Draft selection in April.

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 CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to NFL and 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 Power Poll - Week 4 - Vikings Pressing Patriots For Top Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 4

Vikings Move to #2 Ranking Behind Patriots With Broncos #3 in NFL Poll

Photo - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Ty Hilton - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Everson Griffen - Vikings

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Game of the Week - N.Y. Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)

#1 - 3-0 PATRIOTS
New England was been amazing with star QB Tom Brady out with a month long suspension. They win with unproven QBs, Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Bassett. They get the Bills this week with Brady returning next Sunday vs the Browns. Patriots continue to dominate the inept and soft NFC East.

#2 - 3-0 VIKINGS
Vikings look dominant last week bashing QB Cam Newton and the Panthers. Vikings has settled into veteran QB Sam Bradford who has responded well despite losing Pro Bowl runner Adrian Peterson and LT Matt Kalil to long term injuries. The Vikings defense has been dominant with consistent heavy pressure that buried the talented mobile Newton.

#3 - 3-0 BRONCOS
Broncos have not lost a step off their Super Bowl title last season despite losing main players like Peyton Manning and DL Malik Jackson. They come off an impressive win at Cincinnati that displayed their strong defense again and good effort once again from young QB Trevor Siemian.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' offense exploded behind QB Aaron Rodgers and wideout Jordy Nelson that dispelled some early concerns. They get an early bye this week with the heavy NFC schedule and Giants next up in Title town.

#5 - 3-0 EAGLES
Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz has been outstanding in the first three victories with no turnovers. That’s a first for the rookie QB since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Eagles defense has been just as impressive with a league low of only 27 points allowed. They get a bye this week before resuming vs the Lions.

#6 - 3-0 RAVENS
The Ravens know how to win with a core Super Bowl champ group in the building. They faced a soft early schedule, but still have the composure and poise in big situations that usually spell victory in crunch time. They get the Raiders and Redskins at home the next two weeks.

#7 - 2-1 STEELERS
The Steelers won vs two division winners from 2015 in their first two games, but were bashed by the hot Eagles last week. They get two home games vs Chiefs and Jets that allows them to stay in AFC North chase.

#8 - 1-2 BENGALS
Bengals will rely on veteran wideout A.J. Green and runner vet Jeremy Hill to take up slack with a few key receivers in offseason. This club needs to win in one of the toughest divisions in the game. Their ultimate test will be the postseason, but face a tough challenge to stay competitive.

#9 - 2-1 GIANTS
The Giants looked like 2015 all over again when they blew a lead and many opportunities vs the Skins. They made key mistakes that gave away a critical NFC East matchup. They travel to Minnesota and Green Bay the next two, key NFC opponents who are playing well currently.

#10 - 2-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson looks to play with a sprained ankle with an offense that lacks firepower. The ground game may determine their success with Russell less than 100%. They travel to Met Life for Jets matchup prior to a bye that to get healthy.

#11 - 1-2 PANTHERS
Carolina was battered by the powerful Vikings defense that pressured QB Cam Newton tremendously. They face NFC South opponents the next three weeks that will probably determine early divisional leadership. Pass protection will be critical for Cam Newton’s success.

#12 - 1-2 CARDINALS
The Cardinals has been disappointing initially and face a heavy NFC schedule that determines their early direction. They face a physical Rams team relies on their powerful defense and strong ground game. Carson Palmer needs to step up with key NFC games upcoming.

#13 - 2-1 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have been hot and cold and face a huge AFC game at Pittsburgh. Their defense has been a fixture in recent weeks and tailback Jamaal Charles returns for key matchup vs the Steelers.

#14 – 1-2 JETS
Jets continued to fail in big situations. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faces back to back tough clubs in the Seahawks and Packers.

#15 - 2-1 RAMS
Rams rely on strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They have had the Seahawks' number in recent years and come off two victories with win over Bucs. They travel to Arizona in a critical NFC West matchup that has impact on divisional race.

#16 - 2-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ rely on rookie QB Dak Prescott to guide them through the first half of the schedule. He has been efficient mainly but will be without star WR Dez Bryant this week. He looks to follow rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott in matchup with 49ers.

#17 - 2-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders are learning how to win, especially close games. Young QB Derek Carr faces a heavy AFC schedule over the next month that may shape the AFC West. They travel to Baltimore in key AFC matchup before a divisional run.

#18 – 2-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has directed the Falcons and the highest scoring club in the league. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership especially with a better pass rush. They face Panthers and Broncos in next two weeks that may separate them from contenders or pretenders.

#19 - 1-2 REDSKINS
Washington got a gift from the Giants for their first victory. Q Jay Gruden will play it out with veteran QB Kirk Cousins. The defense is bangup and suspect and needs to regroup quickly. They get the Browns at home and attempt to get to .500 this week.

#20 - 1-2 COLTS
The Colts rely heavy on QB Andrew Luck who operates behind an average supporting cast. Their defense ranks as the 2nd worst in the league with 95 points allowed. Luck has carried this club when healthy and can lead this team in a weak division. Colts get Jaguars and Bears over next two weeks.

#21 - 2-1 TEXANS
The Texans have won a few early close games while allowing only 53 points. They loss star DE JJ Watt for the season with a back injury. QB Brock Osweiler will have to step up and get more production from this attack. They get Titans at home this week in a vital matchup to maintain South leadership..

#22 - 1-2 LIONS
The Lions were blasted by Packers in key divisional game. Their defense has struggled to stop the pass and been poor in the red zone. They go to Chicago this week before a three game home stand vs NFC opponents.

#23 - 1-2 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have been inconsistent once again especially young QB Ryan Tannehill. They continue to disappoint in big situations with multiple turnovers. They get a four game AFC schedule here that may define their ability to compete for a playoff spot.

#24 - 1-2 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston will continue to go through his growing pains that creates an inconsistent offense. The Bucs defense has allowed the most points in the league after 3 games. The Bucs play the Broncos and Panthers the next two weeks that may set stage for another sub. 500 season.

#25 - 1-2 CHARGERS
The Chargers have been a faltering club in recent years despite the presence of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has been undermanned despite some young talent. They face a heavy schedule of AFC clubs and strong passing attacks over next month.

#26 - 1-2 49ERS
QB Blaine Gabbert was been only adequate, but Colin Kaepernick has been ineffective for the past two seasons. 49ers host the Cowboys and Cardinals over the next week.

#27 - 0-3 SAINTS
The Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points which spells a winless start of 2016. QB Drew Brees can still light it up but it may not be enough to overcome this horrific defense. Might get their first victory with trip to San Diego up next.

#28 - 1-2 BILLS
Bills' offense will be without WR Sammy Watkins vs Patriots. The defensive unit has struggled with several injuries that may limit HC Rex Ryan in his scheme versatility.

#29 - 1-2 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has struggled with limited weapons in the early going. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has shut the door weekly and can develop a young unit. They face a fairly weak schedule the next six week, but could spell in a few wins.

#30 - 0-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' know how to loss the past five seasons and continue with overall poor play. QB Blake Bortles has been only average and talented young defense faces a steep learning curve to be competitive. They travel to London vs Colts before their bye week.

#31 - 0-3 BEARS
The Bears may be the worst in the league with a weak offense that is ready to pursue a QB for the future this offense. John Fox's defense has talent, but also has youth that may take a few seasons to mature. They face a soft section of their schedule with Detroit in this week.

#32 - 0-3 BROWNS
The Browns are a total disaster and a graveyard for high draft picks. They start rookie QB Cody Kessler who has performed fairly well. Troubled wideout Josh Gordon enters rehab and will part ways with Browns after a tragic playing career. Browns travel to Washington then return home vs Patriots.

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

2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

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2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

Hall of Fame Game - Aug. 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN)

Cancelled due to poor field conditions

Photo - WR Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants

Thursday, August 11
Washington Redskins (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
Georgia Dome - 7:00p ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Lincoln Financial Field - 7:00p ET

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
M&T Bank Stadium - 7:30p ET

New Orleans Saints (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Gillette Stadium - 7:30p ET

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:30p ET

Denver Broncos (0-0) at Chicago Bears (0-0)
Soldier Field - 8:00p ET

Friday, August 12
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:00p ET

Detroit Lions (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
Heinz Field - 7:00p ET

Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Paul Brown Stadium - 7:30p ET

Cleveland Browns (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Lambeau Field - 8:00p ET

Oakland Raiders (0-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
University of Phoenix Stadium - 10:00p ET

Saturday, August 13
Seattle Seahawks (0-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)
Arrowhead Stadium - 4:30p ET

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-0)
Ralph Wilson Stadium - 7:00p ET

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 8:00p ET ESPN
San Diego Chargers (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0)
Nissan Stadium - 8:00p ET

Sunday, August 14
Houston Texans (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
Levi's Stadium - 7:00p ET

For Complete NFL Preseason Schedule Go to Next Page

NFL Training Camps Dates

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NFL Training camps:
When, where and key dates for all 32 teams

NFL Training Camps are open
Though all teams can report for camp 15 days before their preseason opener, each team manages open practices and some early workouts differently. Below is a list of every team’s first full practice; teams that leave their home facilities for camp, in addition to key training camp dates.

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NFC
Arizona Cardinals

First practice: July 29
Key dates: Joint practice at Chargers Aug. 16

Atlanta Falcons
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Aug. 5 “Friday Night Lights” practice at Grayson HS in Loganville, Ga.

Carolina Panthers
at Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
First practice: July 28

Chicago Bears
at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Aug. 6 practice at Soldier Field
Aug. 15-16 joint practices at the Patriots

Dallas Cowboys
at Oxnard, Ca., First practice: July 30

Detroit Lions
first practice: July 29.
Key dates: Aug. 9-10 joint practices at the Steelers

Green Bay Packers
at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.
First practice: July 26, Key dates: July 31, Family Night at Lambeau Field

Los Angeles Rams
Key Dates, first practice July 30.

Minnesota Vikings
at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Min.
Key dates: Joint practices vs. Bengals in Cincinnati Aug. 10-11

New Orleans Saints
at The Greenbrier, White Sulfur Springs, W.V.
First practice: July 28, Key dates: Joint practices at the Patriots Aug. 9-10 and at the Texans Aug. 18-19

New York Giants
First practice: July 29

Philadelphia Eagles
First practice: July 28
Key dates: Open practices at Lincoln Financial Field on July 31 and Aug. 14

San Francisco 49ers
First practice: July 31
Key dates: The 49ers will host the Texans for a joint practice Aug. 12, visit Denver for joint practices Aug. 17-18.

Seattle Seahawks
First practice: July 30

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First practice: July 30
Key dates: Joint practices at the Jaguars (Aug. 17-18) and vs. the Browns (Aug. 23-24)

Washington Redskins
at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va.
First practice: July 28

NFL Draft 2016 - TE Hunter Henry's Yearbook Scouting Report

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TE Hunter Henry - 2016 Scouting Report -
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook - #1 Tight End Prospect with Rookie Impact Talent
Draft Insiders' Yearbook - over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports

1. Hunter Henry #84 - 6-5, 250 - Arkansas - Speed 4.65 - Hindu Theory: Heath Miller
Big athletic three-year starter developed quickly, earning SEC conference honors the past two seasons. Tall and well-built with good speed and exceptional hands. Growth potential and good footwork to develop into a strong inline performer. Mobile pass catcher with soft reliable hands and the length to extend and make the difficult catch consistently. He has the ability to get into his routes easily and make key receptions. Natural ability to catch the ball whether lining up inline or as H-back. Good speed with the ability to make big plays after the catch. Displays the blocking skills to become a complete NFL tight end and early starter. Separates well in routes with the speed to give offense a fine target in the seam. Displays soft hands and ability to adjust and catch outside the frame. Quick on the snap to get into routes and find openings in coverage. Fights off defenders well at LOS and gets into his routes with a good understanding of coverage and the ability to adjust to the scheme. Separates in man situations and retains his speed out of his breaks. As a blocker, he has ability to seal defenders on the outside with sound leverage and good hand use and base to get consistent movement. At POA, displays good functional strength and technique to effectively compete as inline performer. Good use of his long reach and hands to control opponent and direct. Fine field speed with the power to break tackles and the burst to break plays. Gets a strong push at the LOS to earn immediate time in two TE sets. Sustains his blocks well with the ability to get movement, seal and finish.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 13 games and caught 51 passes for 739 yards and 3 TDs while earning first team All-American and SEC. Earned John Mackey award as nation’s best tight end. As a sophomore, he started 10 of 13 games and made 37 catches for 513 yards for a 13.9 average and 2 TDs. Over his career, he totaled 116 catches for 1,661 yards and 9 TDs. He has the potential to be a better pro than collegian. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at 250 lbs. and 6’5” with 3 3’4” arms and 9 ¼” hands. He did 13 reps only. At his pro day, he ran a 4.68 sprint time with 21 reps, 31.5” VL, 9’5” BJ, 4.41 shuttle and a 7.16 three cone drill. He looked strong in the positional drills. He is similar to Heath Miller and Todd Heap in size, mobility and skill set.
The Skinny: Well-rounded blue-collar prospect who is capable of paying huge dividends as an early starter. Contributor in a number of roles especially as a receiver from any position. Top H-back. Eventually a complete performer with Pro Bowl skill set. Fast rising early round addition with the talent to be a rookie weapon. Top 40 prospect with well-developed skill set with upside to start early and become a Pro Bowl type player once he settles into an offense. Possible late first round selection and complete prospect with impact talent.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round

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 Draft 2016 Invitation List – Ohio St. Buckeyes' Head Pro Prospect Group

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NFL Draft 2016 Invitation List – Ohio St. Heads Pro Prospect Invites

The NFL office released the list of 25 players that have been invited to this month’s draft. Heading the list are a record 5 former Ohio State players including DE Joey Bosa, RB Zeke Elliott, LB Darron Lee, CB Eli Apple and OT Taylor Decker.

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Ohio State ties NFL Draft Invite Record

The NFL has released the list of 25 players that have been invited to this month’s NFL Draft 2016.
The 25-member invite list includes a record tying five Ohio St. Buckeyes: Eli Apple, Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee. All five Buckeyes’ received first round grades from Frank Coyle of DraftInsiders.com. The Buckeyes could set several NFL Draft records this month with as many as 11 prospects possible in the Top 100 overall selections, possibly 8 chosen in the Top 50 picks, including the expected five going in the first round.

Over 300 In-depth Scouting Reports - Draft Insiders’ 2016 Yearbook - Available Now
By Frank Coyle and Staff at draftinsiders.com

The Ohio State football program holds or is near the top of a handful of NFL Draft records, including most draft picks in one year (first with 14 in 2004), all-time first-round picks (second with 69) and all-time draft picks (third with 416), and now the school tied the all-time record with five players invited to the NFL Draft, set for April 28-30 in Chicago at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. Alabama also had five invites to the NFL Draft, in 2012.

The five Ohio State Buckeyes pro prospects who were invited by the NFL to attend the draft are DE Joey Bosa, RB Ezekiel Elliott, LT Taylor Decker, CB Eli Apple and LB Darron Lee.

The three-day event will feature Round 1 at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Rounds 2-3 will be held on April 29 with Rounds 4-7 on April 30. The NFL Network will broadcast live all seven rounds.

NFL Draft 2016 - Invitation List
Listed Alphabetically

CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
QB Jared Goff, California
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
LB Myles Jack, UCLA
DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
S Keanu Neal, Florida
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

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 Draft 2016 - Compensatory Draft Selections

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2016 NFL Draft - Compensatory Draft Selections

The NFL awarded 13 teams a total of 33 compensatory draft selections, which are granted under league rules to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire in the previous year. Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors, developed by the NFL Management Council. This year, compensatory picks fall between Rounds 3-6.

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The New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49es received the most compensatory picks this year, with 4 each. Beginning in 2017, clubs will be permitted to trade compensatory picks.

The 2016 NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago. There will be 255 total draft selections over 7 rounds. There were two forfeited picks – Patriots in the 1st round and the Chiefs in the 3rd round.

Here is a look at this year's 33 compensatory choices, with the round and overall pick number for each selection:

NFL Draft - Compensatory Draft Selections

3rd Round (4)
Detroit Lions: (95)
New England Patriots: (96)
Seattle Seahawks: (97)
Denver Broncos: (98)

4th Round (9)
Green Bay Packers: (131) & (137)
Baltimore Ravens: (132) & (134)
Dallas Cowboys: (135)
Denver Broncos: (136)
San Francisco 49ers: (133)
Cleveland Browns: (138)
Buffalo Bills: (139)

5th Round (6)
Arizona Cardinals: (170)
Seattle Seahawks: (171)
Cleveland Browns: (172) & (173)
San Francisco 49ers: (174)
San Diego Chargers: (175)

6th Round (14)
New England Patriots: (208), (214) & (221)
Baltimore Ravens: (209)
Detroit Lions: (210)
San Francisco 49ers: (211) & (213)
Dallas Cowboys: (212), (216) & (217)
Seattle Seahawks: (215)
Buffalo Bills: (218)
Denver Broncos: (219)
Pittsburgh Steelers: (220)

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.

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