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Senior Bowl 2020 Accepted Player Invitations

 Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions Named Coaching Staffs Head 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl

 The Reese’s Senior Bowl is less than two weeks away and the rosters are filling quickly.

They announced earlier that the NFL League Office has assigned the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions as the coaching staffs for the 71st annual Reese’s Senior Bowl to be played on January 25, 2020 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  The Bengals and Lions own the Nos. 1 and 3 picks respectively in the 2020 NFL Draft.

 For the Complete All-star Game Schedule go to NFL 2020 Calendar and Dates under NFL News

 The Reese’s Senior Bowl is the nation’s most prestigious college all-star game because it is the only one coached by entire staffs from two National Football League clubs.  The participating teams are prioritized based on the NFL draft order with the main caveat being that teams must have a full staff in place, which generally precludes teams with coaching turnover to participate, as was the case this year with the Washington Redskins, who own the No. 2

The last time the Bengals coached the Reese’s Senior Bowl was 2011 under Marvin Lewis and the Lions last participated in 2013 when Jim Schwartz was the head coach.

Coaching in the Reese’s Senior Bowl gives each staff a unique behind-the-scenes look at the players, not only on the field but also in the meeting rooms. This access is invaluable in the evaluation process and it has helped shape many draft classes over the years.  The most recent example is this year’s Oakland Raiders, who had eight Reese’s Senior Bowl alums on the active roster or practice squad this season.

 Last year, the Reese’s Senior Bowl produced 93 total draft picks, including 40 in the first three rounds and 10 first-round selections.  That roster included rookie standouts QB Daniel Jones (Giants), QB Drew Lock (Broncos), QB Gardner Minshew (Jaguars), WR Terry McLaurin (Redskins), WR Deebo Samuel (49ers), OL Elgton Jenkins (Packers), OL Erik McCoy (Saints), DL Montez Sweat (Redskins), DB Darnell Savage (Packers).

 Draft Insiders’ will have extensive scouting evaluation from the Senior Bowl and in the early February Newsletter and Yearbook.

 Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 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

Rookie Wide Receiver D.K. Metcalf Shines in Big Games

Rookie Wide Receiver DK Metcalf Shines in Big Games
Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report – NFL Draft 2019

Rookie receiver DK Metcalf has been a major difference maker for the Seahawks after being taken as the last player chosen in Round Two last April, #64 overall. Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranked him the #1 receiver in the NFL Draft 2019 class. Incredibly, Metcalf was the 9th receiver taken off the NFL Draft 2019 board and arguably the best value in the entire draft class. He faces the Packers in Green Bay Sunday in the NFC Divisional round.

Wide Receiver Class
Draft Insiders’ 2019 Yearbook Scouting Report – March 2019

 1 * DK Metcalf #14                    6-3        225       Mississippi      – Sp. 4.35
Hindu Theory: David Boston                        Rating 90

Smooth sure handed redshirt sophomore has shown elite receiving skills during his abbreviated career at Ole Miss. Blue chip prospect and a specimen that defines the position. He has rare physical talent in the mold of Calvin Johnson, Terrell Owens or Julio Jones. Unfortunately, he struggled through a few major injuries during his time in the SEC and though he was productive, did not live up to his unique athleticism. Consensus Freshman 1st-Team All-American. Deceptively fast on deeper routes and has the fluidity as a route-runner to separate from coverage at the route stem. Long arms with good lean muscle development and fine functional strength. Big play presence which backs up his workout warrior numbers. On the field, he looks like a chiseled strong forward and plays up to his all-around wide receiver talent. His field speed is even more impressive than his track speed where his long stride is deceiving. He runs crisp and precise routes and is outstanding at creating separation coming out of his breaks. He does extremely well at using nuanced body language, as well as ability to change speed, to set up defensive backs. His hands are soft, strong, and natural. He can seamlessly pluck the ball at full extension, whether using one or two hands. He makes the acrobatic or contested catch with regularity, but also the routine ones to move the chains. In the clutch situations on 3rd down or in the red zone, he rarely drops passes.  Shows explosiveness and elusiveness after the catch with quick footwork to create space. With the ball, he is tough after the catch with the speed to run away from or the power to overrun defenders. Outstanding hand-eye coordination and able to elevate and high point the ball. Reads zone coverage well and knows how to find and settle in the soft spots. Able to maintain concentration on making the catch and tapping his toes in bounds at the sidelines. Very alert to work his way back to the passer. High character individual who is well respected and liked. Committed to the program and willing to sacrifice for the team. Honest effort as a blocker both in the run game and in the secondary for his fellow receivers.

The Numbers:  As a sophomore, he caught just 26 passes for 569 yards for a 21.9 average and 5 TDs while starting 7 games. As a freshman, he started 12 games and had 39 catches for 646 yards with a 16.8 yard average and 7 TDs. For his career, he totaled 67 catches for 1228 yards and 14 scores. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’3” and 228 lbs. with 34 7/8” arms and 9 7/8” hands. He did 27 reps and ran 4.33 time and had a 40.5” VL and 11’2” BJ with a 4.50 short shuttle and 7.38 three cone. It was an excellent workout. Similar to former #1 pick David Boston in physique, athleticism and limited production. Also similar to wideout Julio Jones in size, speed, body type and AA. Son of former NFL guard Terrace Metcalf and grandson of for Pro Bowl runner Terry Metcalf.

The Skinny:  Highly developed young receiver with rare playmaking ability to be a weapon both outside and inside. Tough athlete will go over the middle. Top 20 prospect and could go earlier in the round with the demand at the position. Huge ceiling as an NFL wideout, but also a low floor and more a chiseled athlete then a refined receiver. Injury prone blue-chip prospect will have to prove durable in the pro game. Prior neck and foot injuries. Talent to start as a rookie in the right situation. Big playmaker with the skills to bring it all together and have a Pro Bowl career, if committed to the rigors of NFL life and the finer points of the position.

Draft Projection: 1st Round

NFL Draft 2020 First Round Mock Draft –

NFL Draft 2020 – First Round Mock Draft – January, 2020

 All underclassmen have until Jan. 20th to declare for the NFL Draft 2020. Players then have three days to rescind their decision and return to school and retain their college eligibility.

Exact draft order to be determined at close of the postseason

* Underclassmen expected to declare for the NFL Draft 2020

1st Round

#  Team                W/L      Player                 Pos      Ht/WT         School
1   Cincinnati          2-14      Joe Burrow             QB       6-4, 220            LSU
2  Washington       3-13      * Chase Young        DE       6-5, 265           Ohio St
3  Detroit               3-12-1   * Jeffrey Okudah     CB        6-1, 200          Ohio St
4 NY Giants         4-12      * Andrew Thomas     OT        6-5, 320         Georgia
5 Miami               5-11      Justin Herbert            QB       6-6, 230           Oregon
6 LA Chargers      5-11      * Jerry Jeudy             WR       6-1, 195           Alabama
7  Carolina            5-11      * Tua Tagovailoa       QB       6-1, 215            Alabama
8  Arizona             5-10-1   * A.J. Epenesa          DE       6-6, 280           Iowa
9 Jacksonville      6-10      Derrick Brown          DT        6-5, 320          Auburn
10 Cleveland          6-10      * Tristan Wirfs        OT        6-5, 320           Iowa
11  NY Jets             7-9        * CeeDee Lamb        WR       6-2, 190          Oklahoma
12 Las Vegas        7-9        * Grant Delpit             S          6-3, 210           LSU
13 Indianapolis      7-9        * Jedrick Willis       OT        6-5, 315           Alabama
14 Tampa Bay       7-9        * Jonathan Taylor   RB        5-11, 220          Wisconsin
15 Denver              7-9        * Jake Fromm          QB       6-2, 220             Georgia
16 Atlanta              7-9        * Paulson Adebo      CB        6-1, 190             Stanford
17 Dallas               8-8        * Xavier McKinney    S          6-1, 200            Alabama
18 Miami (Pitt) 8-8    * Yetur Gross-Matos      DE       6-5, 265             Penn State
19 Las Vegas (Chicago) 8-8 * Laviska Shenault   WR       6-2, 225       Colorado
20 Jacksonville (Rams) 9-7  * D’Andre Swift       RB        5-9, 215        Georgia
21 Philadelphia      9-7        Kristian Fulton           CB        6-0, 190          LSU
22 Buffalo             10-6      * Isaiah Simmons        OLB      6-4, 225         Clemson
23 New England    12-4      Julian Okwara            OLB      6-5, 240         Notre Dame
24 New Orleans     13-3      * Cole Kmet                 TE        6-6, 250          Notre Dame
25 Tennessee        9-7        Raekwon Davis            DT        6-7, 310           Alabama
26 Minnesota         10-6      * Walker Little            OT        6-7, 315           Stanford
27 Miami (Houston) 10-6  * K’Lavon Chaisson   OLB      6-4, 240          LSU
28 Seattle              11-5      * Henry Ruggs              WR       6-0, 190           Alabama
29 Kansas City      12-4      * Travis Etienne           RB        5-10, 215         Clemson
30 Green Bay        13-3      * Tee Higgins                WR       6-4, 205          Clemson
31  San Francisco   13-3      * C.J. Henderson        CB        6-1, 190           Florida
32 Baltimore          14-2      * J.K. Dobbins              RB        5-10, 220       Ohio State

Frank Coyle is a longtime member of the FWAA and a voter for the Heisman Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski, Jim Thorpe, Fred Biletnikoff and Eddie Robinson awards annually for 25 years. He was a 20-year Scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl.

NFL Draft 2020 – First Round Order – Bengals Are On the Clock

NFL Draft 2020 – First Round Order
Bengals hold #1 Overall Selection

Redskins, Lions, Giants & Dolphins Complete Top 5 Selections

Dolphins Hold Three #1 Selections,
Raiders and Jaguars Hold Two #1 Draft Choices

NFL Draft 2020 – First-round Order – Dec 31, 2019
  #     Team              W/L     Strength of Schedule

1 Cincinnati                2-14    .553
2 Washington            3-13    .502
3 Detroit                     3-12-1 .506
4 NY Giants               4-12    .473
5 Miami                      5-11    .484
6 LA Chargers           5-11    .514
7 Carolina                  5-11    .549
8 Arizona                   5-10-1 .529
9 Jacksonville           6-10    .484
10 Cleveland             6-10    .533
11 NY Jets                  7-9      .473
12 Las Vegas             7-9      .482
13 Indianapolis        7-9      .492
14 Tampa Bay          7-9      .500
15 Denver                 7-9      .510
16 Atlanta                 7-9      .545
17 Dallas                   8-8      .479
18 Miami (Pittsburgh)           8-8      .502
19 Las Vegas (Chicago)          8-8    .508
20 Jacksonville (LA Rams)   9-7           .535
21 Philadelphia                        9-7      .455
22 Tennessee                           9-7      .488
23 Buffalo                                10-6    .461
24 Minnesota                         10-6    .477
25 Miami (Houston)             10-6          .520
26 Seattle                                11-5    .531
27 New England                    12-4    .469
28 Kansas City                       12-4    .510
29 Green Bay                         13-3    .453
30 New Orleans                    13-3    .486
31 San Francisco                  13-3    .504
32 Baltimore                         14-2    .494