All-Star Games

2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results

Written by Bryan Perez on January 26, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl weigh-in is here!  Please refer to this post for the official weigh-in results as they happen.  Refresh the page every few minutes for the latest results!


Senior Bowl: Embracing the Change

Written by Jeff Risdon on January 25, 2016

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The Senior Bowl has become the must-do event on the NFL draft calendar. Hundreds of media members, not to mention pretty much every football employee from just about every NFL team, makes the annual trip to Mobile for the week following the conference championship games.

Former NFL GM Phil Savage took over in 2012, and the Mobile native immediately upped the profile and credibility. Reese’s signed on as an official sponsor in 2014, a much-needed corporate presence which brought both capital and even more exposure. This year the practice sessions will be broadcast on ESPN, and judging from the tubs of credentials I saw Monday at the Renaissance (the host hotel) there will be more media, agents, money men and coverage than ever before.


2016 Senior Bowl Week is Upon Us

Written by Bryan Perez on January 25, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl is set to get underway tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with the National Football Scouting weigh-in.  The Senior Bowl weigh-in is an extremely important part of a prospect’s draft process because it is the first “official” set of measureables for many of the players.  It’s true that most of these guys will get a chance to add or drop weight between now and the Scouting Combine, but it’s extremely difficult to erase first impressions.  Narratives about each player will begin to form (regardless of how unfair that may be) based on their height, weight and overall physique.

I’ll be updating our special Senior Bowl Roster post with LIVE weigh-in results as they happen.  You can find the post HERE.

Day One of the Senior Bowl practices is unique because of its structure.  The first official practice (South Team) kicks off at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Fairhope Municipal Statidum, with (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft All-Star Game Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on January 25, 2016

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The NFL Draft’s all-star circuit concludes this week with the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and Draft Breakdown will be well-represented, as Joe Marino, Kyle Crabbs, Jeff Risdon and co-owner Bryan Perez all descend on Mobile, Alabama ready to provide in-depth coverage of the weigh-in and practices. Risdon spent last week in St. Petersburg, Florida for the East-West Shrine Game, and was kind enough to join us on The Draft Breakdown Podcast and give a rundown of the best and worst practice performances. The Shrine Game and Senior Bowl are still the best known all-star games of draft season, but since January 17th, three other events have come and gone. These games won’t ultimately provide the firepower St. Pete and (especially) Mobile will, but a number of prospects took advantage of their opportunities and boosted their odds of a late round phone call or post-draft free agency contract. I had (read more…)


Ranking the 2016 Senior Bowl Wide Receivers

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl took a shot to the gut this week with the announcement that TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson was withdrawing from the game due to injury-related issues.  Doctson was one of the big-ticket players I was looking forward to watching, but he’s making the right choice by sitting out of the game if he is not yet 100 percent healthy.  He was replaced by a very interesting name and another receiver in the long line of Clemson playmakers, Charone Peake.  Keep an eye on him.  I have a hunch he’s a guy that ranks a bit higher within NFL circles than the ‘big media’ coverage would suggest.

More than any other position, the wide receivers in the Senior Bowl are limited by the level of quarterback play during the week of practices.  Last year’s pass catchers were really hamstrung by the awful crop of passers, but (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl Rosters Announced

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl rosters were officially announced today and in what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition, a few of the game’s higher profile players have withdrawn from the week’s events.  Most notably, TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, Michigan State EDGE defender Shilique Calhoun and Ohio State OT Taylor Decker are no longer listed as participants.

Our spreadsheet will be updated over the next few days, as it’s still possible for names to be added or removed from the rosters.  The heights and weights (and other measureables) will be added on Tuesday morning in a separate weigh-in story to be posted here on Draft Breakdown.


2016 Senior Bowl Study Hall

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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This post will be updated regularly as the 2016 Senior Bowl invitations and acceptances continue to trickle in.  It’s time to start studying the game’s potential participants!  Check back regularly for newly added names as well as newly added NFL Draft scouting cut-ups.


Ranking the 2016 Senior Bowl Running Backs

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2016

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I recently ranked the 2016 Senior Bowl quarterbacks in an effort to tier the passers before the week of practices gets underway.  It goes without saying that rankings are fluid, especially at this stage of the #process, but it’s worth putting a preliminary hierarchy on paper in order to shuffle the deck — if needed — when the week concludes.

The list of running backs for this year’s game offers some appeal.  It will be tough to match last year’s group; the 2015 Senior Bowl included David Johnson (Cardinals) and Jeremy Langford (Bears).  Both rookie runners made immediate NFL impacts, with Johnson surging toward superstar status with every post-season carry.

The headliner this year is Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech).  I wrote a piece about him here, and I think he has a chance to challenge Derrick Henry (Alabama) as the second running back off the (read more…)


2016 Shrine Game First Impressions

Written by Jeff Risdon on January 18, 2016

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The 91st annual East-West Shrine Game practices kicked off on Monday in St. Petersburg. After weigh-ins, which were closed to the media, the East and West practiced in their usual locales, Shorecrest Prep Academy for the East and St. Pete High for the West.

This is my fifth time covering the Shrine Game in person, and the first impression of the rosters is that this is one of the better skill position and defensive back groups but thin on the lines. My attention was squarely on the wideouts, defensive backs, quarterbacks and tight ends as the linemen were only wearing shoulder pads and helmets.


2016 East West Shrine Game Week Begins

Written by Bryan Perez on January 18, 2016

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Most major media outlets and NFL Draft analysts focus their time and all-star game coverage on the Senior Bowl, as many of the nation’s top senior prospects commit to the week of practices and interviews in Mobile, Alabama in an effort to enhance their already lofty draft stock.  But those who cover the draft closely know that the real kickoff to the draft season is the East West Shrine Game, where many next-tier seniors put their skills on display in front of the same number of “NFL people” as that which will show up at the Senior Bowl.  The biggest difference between the two games is the lack of media presence in Tampa versus the wave of humanity that makes the trip to Mobile.

We’re fortunate to have one of our Senior Draft Analysts, Jeff Risdon, on the ground in Tampa.  He’ll be posting some pieces here on Draft Breakdown throughout (read more…)


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