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Pro Prospects - Underclassmen for the NFL Draft 2016

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Pro Prospects - Underclassmen 2016 for the NFL Draft

The NFL announced the names of 107 total underclassmen who have been granted eligibility for the 2016 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 28-30 in Chicago, Ill.

On the official list, 96 were granted special eligibility while 11 others already graduated, but had eligibility remaining. The deadline for underclassmen to declare was January 18.

January Newsletter - 18 pgs - Top 150 Prospects - Two Round Mock Draft

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The 107 early entrants is a new record, passing the 102 underclassmen who went pro early for the 2014 NFL Draft. The 96 who were granted special eligibility is second highest all-time behind the 98 in the 2014 NFL Draft.
A total of 35 underclassmen appeared on my top-50 draft board, including the top-six overall players (Laremy Tunsil, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Laquon Treadwell).

While the first round is usually dominated by underclassmen, the list of early declarations includes several players who will be drafted late rounds or not at all. Of the 186 total underclassmen who declared the past two years, 34.4-percent went undrafted. Also, of the 84 total underclassmen who went pro last year, 13 (or 15.5-percent) were not invited to the 2015 NFL Combine.

Underclassmen who already graduated:

1. Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
2. Travis Blanks, LB, Clemson
3. Zac Brooks, RB, Clemson
4. Eric Enderson, P, Delaware
5. Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
6. Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
7. Tyvis Powell, DB, Ohio State
8. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
9. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
10. Corey Tindal, DB, Marshall
11. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska

Underclassmen who were granted special eligibility:

1. Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon
2. Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
3. Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson
4. Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State
5. Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
6. Peyton Barber, RB, Auburn
7. Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State
8. Caleb Benenoch, T, UCLA
9. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
10. Dariusz Bladek, G, Bethune-Cookman
11. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
12. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
13. Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
14. Beniquez Brown, LB, Mississippi State
15. Artie Burns, DB, Miami
16. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
17. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
18. Trenton Coles, DB, Duquesne
19. Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas
20. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
21. Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State
22. Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
23. Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
24. Su'a Cravens, LB, Southern California
25. Elijah Daniel, DT, Murray State
26. Terrell Davis, LB, British Columbia
27. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
28. Thomas Duarte, TE, UCLA
29. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
30. Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
31. Kendall Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech
32. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
33. Jared Goff, QB, California
34. T.J. Green, DB, Clemson
35. David Grinnage, TE, North Carolina State
36. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
37. Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
38. Jerald Hawkins, T, Louisiana State
39. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
40. Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
41. Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
42. Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
43. Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
44. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana
45. Xavien Howard, DB, Baylor
46. Germain Ifedi, T, Texas A&M
47. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
48. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
49. Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona
50. Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
51. Jayron Kearse, DB, Clemson
52. Denver Kirkland, T, Arkansas
53. Darius Latham, DT, Indiana
54. Kenny Lawler, WR, California
55. Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
56. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
57. Roger Lewis, WR, Bowling Green
58. Steve Longa, LB, Rutgers
59. Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
60. Jalin Marshall, WR, Ohio State
61. Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
62. Brett McMakin, LB, Northern Iowa
63. Keanu Neal, DB, Florida
64. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
65. Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
66. Marquez North, WR, Tennessee
67. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
68. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
69. Joe Powell, DB, Globe
70. C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
71. Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
72. Alex Redmond, G, UCLA
73. Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
74. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
75. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida
76. Rashard Robinson, DB, Louisiana State
77. Aldrick Rosas, K, Southern Oregon
78. Zack Sanchez, DB, Oklahoma
79. Isaac Seumalo, G, Oregon State
80. Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
81. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
82. Tyrell Smith, T, Massachusetts
83. Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
84. Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
85. Ron Thompson, DE, Syracuse
86. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
87. Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi
88. Quinn van Gylswyk, K, British Columbia
89. Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
90. Cleveland Wallace, DB, San Jose State
91. Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington
92. Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt
93. De'Runnya Wilson, WR, Mississippi State
94. Daryl Worley, DB, West Virginia
95. Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
96. Avery Young, T, Auburn

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.

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2016 - Updated 1/18

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Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2016 - Updated 1/18
January, 2016 - Pre East-West and Senior Bowl All-star Weeks

Underclassmen have till January 18th to declare with the next three days to rescind their decision. The NFL office will announce the official list of Underclassmen on Jan. 22nd.

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Photo - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Ohio St.

Top 100 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2016
Prospect / Position / Size/Height / School
* Declared Underclassmen

1. * Joey Bosa DE 6-3, 275 Ohio St
2. * Laremy Tunsil OT 6-5, 305 Mississippi
3. * Jared Goff QB 6-4, 210 California
4. * Paxton Lynch QB 6-6, 245 Memphis
5. * Ronnie Stanley OT 6-5, 315 Notre Dame
6. * Jalen Ramsey CB 6-0, 205 Florida St
7. * Laquon Treadwell WR 6-2, 215 Mississippi
8. * Robert Nkemdiche DT 6-4, 295 Mississippi
9. DeForest Buckner DE 6-6, 290 Oregon
10. * Zeke Elliott RB 5-11, 225 Ohio St
11. * Shaq Lawson DE 6-3, 275 Clemson
12. * Myles Jack LB 6-1, 235 UCLA
13. * A’Shawn Robinson DT 6-3, 315 Alabama
14. Taylor Decker OT 6-6, 320 Ohio St
15. * Mackenzie Alexander CB 5-10, 190 Clemson
16. * Jack Conklin OT 6-5, 320 Michigan St
17. * Leonard Floyd LB 6-3, 235 Georgia
18. * Vernon Hargreaves CB 5-10, 200 Florida
19. * Shon Coleman OT 6-6, 310 Auburn
20. * Will Fuller WR 5-11, 195 Notre Dame
21. Reggie Ragland LB 6-2, 255 Alabama
22. * Corey Coleman WR 5-10, 190 Baylor
23. * Kenny Clark DT 6-3, 310 UCLA
24. * Andrew Billings DT 6-1, 305 Baylor
25. Carson Wentz QB 6-5, 230 North Dakota St
26. Jarran Reed DE 6-4, 315 Alabama
27. * Jaylon Smith LB 6-2, 235 Notre Dame
28. * Emmanuel Ogbah DE 6-4, 275 Oklahoma St
29. Connor Cook QB 6-4, 220 Michigan St
30. * Eli Apple CB 6-1, 195 Ohio St
31. * Su’a Cravens LB 6-1, 225 Southern Cal
32. * Germaine Ifedi OT 6-5, 325 Texas A&M
33. * Michael Thomas WR 6-2, 210 Ohio St
34. * Darron Lee LB 6-1, 235 Ohio St
35. * Derrick Henry RB 6-2, 245 Alabama
36. Josh Doctson WR 6-3, 195 TCU
37. Jeremy Cash SS 6-0, 210 Duke
38. * Tyler Boyd WR 6-1, 200 Pittsburgh
39. * Christian Hackenberg QB 6-4, 235 Penn St
40. Shilique Calhoun DE 6-4, 255 Michigan St
41. Jason Spriggs OT 6-6, 310 Indiana
42. Jonathan Bullard DE 6-3, 265 Florida
43. * Jordan Howard RB 5-10, 225 Indiana
44. * Austin Johnson DT 6-3, 325 Penn St
45. Vadal Alexander OG 6-5, 325 LSU
46. Jordan Jenkins LB 6-2, 255 Georgia
47. Adolphus Washington DT 6-3, 295 Ohio St
48. Shawn Oakman DE 6-7, 280 Baylor
49. * Kevin Dodd DE 6-4, 275 Clemson
50. * Kendall Fuller CB 5-11, 200 Virginia Tech
51. * Chris Jones DT 6-3, 310 Mississippi St
52. Cody Whitehair OG 6-5, 310 Kansas St
53. * Austin Hooper TE 6-4, 250 Stanford
54. * Scooby Wright LB 6-1, 250 Arizona
55. * Hunter Henry TE 6-5, 250 Arkansas
56. * Noah Spence DE/LB 6-3, 245 Eastern Kentucky
57. * Jalen Hurd RB 6-2, 230 Tennessee
58. * Jayron Kearse FS 6-3, 210 Clemson
59. * Vonn Bell FS 5-11, 205 Ohio St
60. * De’Runnya Wilson WR 6-3, 225 Mississippi St
61. * Alex Collins RB 5-10, 225 Arkansas
62. Devontae Booker RB 5-11, 215 Utah
63. John Theus OT 6-5, 305 Georgia
64. KeiVarae Russell CB 5-11, 190 Notre Dame
65. Spencer Drango OT 6-5, 310 Baylor
66. Will Jackson CB 5-11, 185 Houston
67. Sheldon Rankins DT 6-1, 305 Louisville
68. Vernon Butler DT 6-3 310 Louisiana Tech
69. * Jerald Hawkins OT 6-5, 310 LSU
70. * Kenny Lawler WR 6-2 190 California
71. Deion Jones LB 6-1 228 LSU
72. Sheldon Day DE 6-2, 285 Notre Dame
73. Darien Thompson FS 6-1, 210 Boise St
74. * Denver Kirkland G/T 6-4, 345 Arkansas
75. Dadi Nicolas LB 6-3, 240 Virginia Tech
76. Josh Perry LB 6-3, 255 Ohio St
77. Nick Martin C 6-4, 300 Notre Dame
78. * Aaron Green RB 5-10, 205 TCU
79. Dak Prescott QB 6-2, 230 Mississippi St
80. Leonte Carroo WR 6-0, 205 Rutgers
81. Landon Turner OG 6-3, 315 North Carolina
82. Carl Nassib DE 6-7, 280 Penn St
83. * Paul Perkins RB 5-10, 210 UCLA
84. * Marquez North WR 6-3, 225 Tennessee
85. * Isaac Seumalo OC/OG 6-3, 300 Oregon St
86. * Maliek Collins DT 6-3, 300 Nebraska
87. * Zach Sanchez CB 5-10, 180 Oklahoma
88. Charles Tapper DE 6-3, 285 Oklahoma
89. Kyle Murphy OT 6-5, 305 Stanford
90. Will Redmond CB 5-10, 185 Mississippi St
91. * Artie Burns CB 6-0, 190 Miami (Fla.)
92. * Kamalei Correa LB 6-3, 245 Boise St
93. Max Tuerk C 6-5, 295 Southern Cal
94. Kenneth Dixon RB 5-10, 215 Louisiana Tech
95. Joshua Garnett OG 6-4, 320 Stanford
96. * Xavien Howard CB 6-1, 200 Baylor
97. * Pharoah Cooper WR 5-10, 210 South Carolina
98. Aziz Shittu DE 6-3, 280 Stanford
99. Eric Striker LB 6-0, 225 Oklahoma
100. Sterling Shepard WR 5-10, 190 Oklahoma

January Newsletter will have Top 150 Prospects next week

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 First Round Draft Order - The Titans are 'On the Clock'

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The Titans are 'On the Clock'
Browns Hold #2 Overall Selection

Photo - DE Joey Bosa - Ohio St.

NFL Draft 2016 Order
x - division winner / y - playoff berth
# Team / W-L / Opp W-L %

1. Tennessee Titans: 3-13 (.492)
2. Cleveland Browns: 3-13 (.531)
3. San Diego Chargers: 4-12 (.527)
4. Dallas Cowboys: 4-12 (.531)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-11 (.473)
6. Baltimore Ravens: 5-11 (.508)
7. San Francisco 49ers: 5-11 (.539)
8. Miami Dolphins: 6-10 (.469)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-10 (.484)
10. New York Giants: 6-10 (.500)
11. Chicago Bears: 6-10 (.547)
12. New Orleans Saints: 7-9 (.504)
13. Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9 (.508)
14. Oakland Raiders: 7-9 (.512)
15. St. Louis Rams: 7-9 (.527)
16. Detroit Lions: 7-9 (.535)
17. Atlanta Falcons: 8-8 (.480)
18. Indianapolis Colts: 8-8 (.500)
19. Buffalo Bills: 8-8 (.508)
20. New York Jets: 10-6 (.441)
21 x Washington: 9-7 (.471)
22 x Houston: 9-7 (.496)
23 y Pittsburgh: 10-6 (.504)
24 y Seattle: 10-6 (.520)
25 y Green Bay: 10-6 (.531)
26 y Kansas City: 11-5 (.496)
27 x Minnesota: 11-5 (.504)
28 x Cincinnati: 12-4 (.477)
29 x New Eng: 12-4 (.473)
30 x Denver: 12-4 (.500)
31 x Arizona: 13-3 (.477)
32 x Carolina: 15-1 (.441)
Order from #21 thru #32 determined by postseason finish

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.

QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview

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QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi St. - Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015

Dak Prescott Receives Multiple Honors For Performance In Louisiana Tech Victory

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QB Dak Prescott of Mississippi St had his most efficient game of his career this past Saturday in a 45-20 victory against Louisiana Tech. He received multiple honors nationally including being named the Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week and a Davey O’Brien Award top performer. Prescott completed 30-of-43 passes against Tech for 347 yards, the second-highest total in his career.

Prescott accounted for four TDs, passing for three and rushing for another. The performance put him over 7,000 career passing yards, making him the 17th player in FBS history with that many passing yards and at least 2,000 career rushing yards. With his first touchdown pass of the game, the All-SEC quarterback joined Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel as the only players in SEC history to throw for 50-plus TDs and rush for 30-plus TDs in a career.

With 23 school records under his belt (12 single-season and 11 career), Prescott is statistically having a better season than last fall, where he finished in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting. Through the first seven games of 2014, Prescott was 114-of-189 (60.3%) for 1,694 yards with 15 TDs and five interceptions. Through the first seven games of the 2015 campaign, he is 148-of-225 (65.8%) for 1,700 yards with 11 TDs and zero picks. The passing yards and completions are the most by an MSU player through the first seven games in school history.

One of 36 FBS QBs to have over 200 passing attempts this fall, Prescott is the only one to have not thrown an interception. The Bulldog’s team captain has thrown a school-record 274 straight passes without an interception, a streak that stretches 26 quarters dating back to last season. The stretch is currently the longest in the nation and the 3rd-longest in SEC history.

Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Preview – Fall 2015
#15 QB Dak Prescott - Mississippi State - 6-2 230

Slick throwing senior QB has impressed as a passer again this fall while starting for the third season. In the balanced Bulldog attack, he is dangerous as a passer and runner. With a continued strong 2015 season and postseason All-star performance, he could improve his draft status significantly. He came on strong over his sophomore and junior campaigns operating in this offense very effectively. He is quick in the pocket and capable of running or spraying the ball around to a number of receivers with an improving understanding of defenses after extensive playing experience. As a pocket passer, he has some inconsistencies in his footwork that have a big effect on his accuracy. He has a fairly quick release and short area accuracy gives him a chance to start at the NFL level with further development.
Currently, a top 75 prospect for the NFL Draft 2016 – Senior Bowl Watch List

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.

UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack Will Enter the NFL Draft 2016

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UCLA Linebacker Myles Jack Will Enter the NFL Draft 2016 After Season Ending Knee Injury

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UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the 2016 NFL draft announced by Bruins coach Jim Mora today. Jack tore his anterior meniscus in his right knee in September and subsequently underwent surgery, sidelining him for the rest of the season. His projected recovery time is 4-6 months that would allow him to workout at the UCLA pro day in March. He would be a borderline NFL Combine participant if the recovery time is accurate. He is eligible for the NFL Draft 2016 and three years removed from his HS class graduation.

Jack has started for the Bruins at linebacker since his freshman season in 2013, and also earned All-Pac-12 second-team honors last season. He has played on both sides of the ball, filling in as a feature back where he was very effective for periods. He has also been a kickoff returner showing rare versatility and athleticism. He fits both pro schemes with the ability to play all positions in the standard 4-3 set.

“My personal opinion is, I think he’s a tremendous football player and a tremendous athlete,” Mora said. “I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s going to be a lot of speculation of who he is and where he fits.”

“After long discussions with my family, teammates, coaches and friends, I have made the tough decision to leave UCLA and start preparation for the next step in my journey,” Jack wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “While I wish I could be on the field playing with my brothers, I’m ready to fulfill a childhood dream.”

As a sophomore in 2014, Jack finished with 88 tackles, second most on the team behind Butkus Award winner Eric Kendricks, who became a 2nd round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Draft 2015.
Mora said Jack’s decision to leave school in early October rather than wait until the end of the season and the fall quarter was influenced by the opportunity to rehab and train full-time without class obligations.
“He doesn’t see any point of staying in school,” Mora said. “He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle,” Mora said, “and we hope he draws a good hand.”

Mora is a former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, soft-pedaled the possibility, expressing concern about the limited junior film of Jack, who played in just three games this season. “I’ve been in 25 draft rooms, and I’ve never seen a guy taken off that,” Mora said. “Never.”

His final play of his college career will be a victory-preserving interception of BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum in the waning seconds of UCLA's 24-23 win over the Cougars on Sept. 19. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker had started for the Bruins since his second game as a freshman, a 41-21 victory at Nebraska on Sept. 14, 2013. He tallied five tackles on that day against the Cornhuskers.

He also burst onto the scene as a running back that season. Appearing for the first time in a late October in a win at Arizona, he rushed for 120 yards and one touchdown on six carries. He was named the Pac-12 freshman offensive and defensive player of the year, believed to be the first player to be named both. Over three seasons, he carried the ball 68 times for 387 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also started returning kicks this fall. Jack, a Bellevue, Wash., native, is expected to rehab and prep for the draft in the Seattle area.

“Myles’ talent is without question,” Mora said. “He’s extremely talented. An incredible athlete, plays with great energy and great passion and great emotion. Can do so many different things. I hope that he’s put enough out there that he can get a true evaluation, because if they can’t get a true evaluation of you, they’re not going to take you. They don’t take on speculation, not in the first round at least. Maybe in later rounds you go, ‘hey, we’ll take a flier on this guy.’ But there’s no such thing as an NFL GM who says, ‘hey, we’ll take a flier on a first-rounder.”

Frank Coyle projected Jack as a top 15 prospect prior to his knee injury. With the injury and today’s announcement, Coyle held that Jack can still be a first round selection off his athleticism and production. “He will have to workout in March/early April to maintain a first round grade, but all indications are that his rehab will be on schedule and allow him to showcase his athleticism. He is capable of a sub 4.6 speed combined with high football IQ and good technique. He is not only scheme diverse, he shows good coverage skills and overall development currently plus the ability to blitz and be a very effective three down backer.”

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.

Rams Select OT Isaiah Battle in the NFL Supplemental Draft

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Rams Select OT Isaiah Battle in the NFL 2015 Supplemental Draft

The St. Louis Rams has selected former Clemson left OT Isaiah Battle in the 5th round pick in Thursday NFL Supplemental Draft. The Rams will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Battle was the only one of 7 players available in this class who was selected. He was the first player selected in the NFL Supplemental Draft since 2012.

The other six eligible prospects, West Georgia edge rusher Darrius Caldwell and defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey, Houston defensive end Eric Eiland, Connecticut tight end Sean McQuillan, Kansas defensive back Kevin Short and North Carolina Central wideout and returner Adrian Wilkins were not chosen. They are all considered rookie free agents and may sign with any club. They also must fit in the rookie salary gap this year.

The Rams’ decision by general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher continued the St. Louis focus on offensive linemen after using four draft choices in the NFL Draft 2015 on that unit. They used their second, third, fourth and sixth round picks on Rob Havenstein, Jamon Brown, Andrew Donnal and Cody Wichmann. Havenstein and Brown lined up with the first team at right tackle and right guard during the Rams' OTA and recent mini camp practices. This group of linemen followed the selection of left tackle Greg Robinson as the #2 overall pick in NFL Draft 2014.

Battle played in 27 games for the Tigers over the past three seasons, starting 11 of 12 games at left tackle a year ago and 16 contests, overall. He did not allow a sack in the 12 regular season games in 2014. He has the physical skill set for the left tackle position where his combination of height (6’6” 312 lbs.), arm length (35 3/8") and the agility to slide easily that allows him to mirror edge rushers. He's also quick to the second level and can re-direct to adjust in space. He is still a raw prospect with marginal functional strength and inconsistent technique that will be easily exposed vs NFL defenders. His inconsistencies and lapses in technique combined with his below average weight room strength (12 reps at Pro day) were red flags to some scouts. His off the field issues were also disturbing and threatened his college eligibility.

The Supplemental selection order is different from the regular NFL Draft. The teams are slotted into three groups based on their won/loss percentage the previous year and are then placed in a lottery with the official order not being released to the public. The Jacksonville Jaguars won this lottery and held the first pick of each round of the 2015 Supplemental Draft with the Seattle Seahawks awarded the final pick. The Rams were given the 8th overall pick.

Teams interested in selecting a player contact the league via email with a list of the players they would draft and the round in which they would take them. It is possible that another team also placed a 5th round bid on Battle, but lost out because St. Louis was slotted ahead of them.

Battle and any other players signed following the draft are immediately eligible to play in the NFL. The Rams get their first look at Battle in practice when training camp opens for rookies on July 27.

NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 - July 9, 2015

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NFL Supplemental Draft 2015 - July 9, 2015
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Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2015
The NFL will conduct the Supplemental Draft 2015 on Thursday, July 9th for players who rescind their remaining college eligibility. This draft has been a short process annually that considers special situations for players that are at least three years removed from high school. All 32 teams will participate in the weighted process that is divided into three tiers with seven prospects entered for this year’s selection draft. Teams with six wins or less from last season will make up the first group, followed by a second group of non-playoff teams and finally a third group of the twelve playoff teams. Each team submits the name of the players via email that they want to draft with the round they would like to select them. The club with the highest selection will be awarded the player. In the case of two teams drafting the same player in a round, the club with the worse record last season will win the prospect. Players not selected in this draft class will then become free agents eligible to sign with any team.

Any team that uses a selection in the Supplemental Draft will forfeit their choice in the corresponding round of the NFL Draft 2016. The new draft prospects will be considered part of the rookie salary pool along with the players from the NFL Draft 2015 and they must fit under the current contract structure and overall salary cap. No players have been drafted the past two summers. In 2013, the Browns used their #2nd round pick on wideout Josh Gordon, the only overall selection chosen in the process. He has been a Pro Bowl receiver who set new NFL records two years ago. But he has also been suspended annually for failing drug and alcohol tests and is currently suspended.

Most prospects in a Supplemental class provide little initial impact because of the late signing that caused them to miss all of the OTAs and mini-camp practices. The NFL office has considered terminating this draft process after only minimal interest by clubs.

Prospects for NFL Supplemental Draft 2015
These players are eligible for the NFL Supplemental Draft after not declaring for entry in the NFL Draft 2015. They have lost their eligibility for the upcoming college season.

WR/KR Adrian Wilkins - North Carolina Central
TE Sean McQuillan - UConn
OT Isaiah Battle - Clemson

DE Darrius Caldwell - West Georgia
DE Eric Eiland - Houston
DT Dalvon Stuckey - West Georgia
CB Kevin Short - Kansas

OT Isaiah Battle #79 - 6’6” 312 lbs. - Clemson - Sp. 5.20
Big agile junior tackle has made nice progress over his late career, totaling 27 games with15 starts for the Tigers. At his pro day workout in front of 26 NFL teams, he measured in at just over 6-6 and 312 lbs. with 35.5” arms and an 85” wingspan. He timed in 5.21 and 5.29 and had a 24.5” VL and posted an 8.5” BJ with 12 reps. His leaping and weight lifting numbers were below average while the speed time was average. He had a key role in each of Clemson’s Bowl wins over top-25 teams the past three postseasons. In 2014, he played left tackle in 12 games with 11 starts and 10 games with four starts in 2013. He has improved annually at left tackle in his three seasons with the Tigers after starting at Military academy after HS. He shows the ability to slid in pass protection and use his huge reach (35.5”), though he needs further technique and strength work. His level of development is very suspect despite intriguing size and agility skills. His marginal power fails to get a push in the run game and failed to sustain vs top pass rushers late on the down. A few off the field issues including failed drug tests, motor vehicle violation and charged related to a fight have all hurt his cause for an early 3rd day selection. This kid has starting NFL tackle skill set, but is not there currently. Boom or bust prospect and probable middle round pick.

DE Darrius Caldwell #9 - 6’4” 250 lbs. - West Georgia Sp. 5.05
Caldwell was a one-time highly regarded Illinois recruit who had nice close of his career at WG after a JC and stay at Illinois. He has fine length with long arms and quick burst to develop further. He lacks bulk and needs to put on weight if he expects to play with his hand on the ground. Currently, he fits the attack backer role better where he can be effective attacking the line. In 2014, he started 15 games and had 69 tackles with 18.5 TFL, 13 sacks, 2 FR and 1 FF for 1st team Gulf Conference. At his pro day, he is just under 6’5” and in the 250 lbs. range. He had an impressive vertical of 35.5”, though his 40 time was over 5.0 and his 6 reps on the bench press were not very impressive or up to NFL standards. Camp type with some upside, but needs strength and technique work to be more than a PS performer.

DT Dalvin Stuckey #41 - 6’2” 300 lbs. - West Georgia Sp. 5.5
Wide body mobile tackle flashes quickness and power on the inside. He signed with Florida St after a highly rated HS prospect. He moved on to Pearl River CC where he gained JC All-American honors. At his pro day, he measured in at 6’2” 302 lbs. and ran the 40 in the 5.50 area and did only 10 reps in the lifting. In 2014, he started 11 games and had 40 tackles with 9.5 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 FR and 3 FF. Type with talent but raw from playing experience perspective. He needs an offseason program to improve technique and overall strength. FA signee and possible PS performer. Best fit a three technique in 4-3 scheme.

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