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Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH Practice, Day 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2015

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The second day of practices at the 2015 Senior Bowl are in the books.  It was a perfect day in Mobile, as the players and coaches were able to go to work under a clear blue sky.  The biggest “winner” this week might just be the weather.

Today was an important day for a lot of players, as the second practice tends to pivot their stock in one direction or the other.  Traditionally, guys who have a good first day can use the second practice to build on the positive momentum, whereas guys who struggled on day one have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

I decided to focus most of my attention on the running backs and linebackers for both squads, with a wandering eye back to the linemen who I spent a lot of my time on yesterday.  Tomorrow will be dedicated to the wide (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: Day 1

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2015

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Day one of the Senior Bowl is in the books, and while it’s unfair to make blanket statements about a player after only one practice, I made  several notable observations that could shape the rest of the week for some of this year’s participants.

The morning started with the player weigh-ins.  Some analysts in attendance were surprised by some of the players’ height (i.e., they measured in shorter than expected), but it’s a common occurrence that team sites and media guides overstate the height (and sometimes the weight) of the respective players on their roster.  I wasn’t all that moved by the numbers.

I was, however, paying close attention to the prospects’ body composition in an effort to determine who works hard in the weight room as well as who possesses the innate, natural body-type for their specific position.  The most impressive player from a physical standpoint was (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Senior Bowl Notebook: Day 1

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on January 20, 2015

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The first day of practices here in Mobile are in the books, and while the full pads haven’t been strapped on yet, there was still plenty of action to dive into.  Despite the lack of full contact, today’s helmet-and-shoulder-pads practices still gave an especially solid look at the skill-position players, while upper-body strength and hand usage among the lineman was noticeable, as well.

The weather was perfect for both practices, and while the schedule and location of the sessions didn’t permit me to catch all of both squads, I was still able to come away with some early impressions.

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Oregon State CB Steven Nelson was the first player to jump out at me during warm-ups, thanks to his tight movements and attention to detail in even the simplest drills.  He continued to impress throughout the rest of the practice, showing quick feet and change-of-direction skills during DB (read more…)


2015 Senior Bowl Weigh-In

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com’s 2015 Senior Bowl Preview

Written by Bryan Perez on January 19, 2015

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The 2015 Senior Bowl is finally upon us.  The 2014 college football season is in the books, and NFL Draft season is in full swing.  After a week full of media reports and player stock updates from the East West Shrine Game, the marquee All Star event of the Draft process is set to get underway with three days of money-making practices (Tuesday thru Thursday) for this year’s Draft hopefuls.

The entire NFL scouting community is in Mobile, AL in an effort to gain a better understanding of the talent of the participating prospects.  There’s no doubt that a handful of guys will enhance their draft value this week; Some players will work their way into the first round.  Those are the players I want to try and find.

As is the case with all NFL Draft analysts, it’s impossible to get a look at every player on both (read more…)


Jon Dove’s Pre-Senior Bowl Big Board

Written by Jon Dove on January 16, 2015

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A look at my updated Big Board before the all-important Senior Bowl!  

1. Jameis Winston – QB – Florida State

Winston is by-far the top quarterback in this draft. His poise in the pocket, vision, accuracy, and arm strength make him the complete package. There may be off-field questions, but there’s no denying his talent.

2. Dante Fowler Jr. – EDGE – Florida

I want my defensive players to have an edge and nasty streak. Fowler takes the fight to offensive linemen, setting the tone for the defense. This is a stout run-stuffer and a developing pass rusher. Fowler will immediately establish himself as a disruptive force.

3. Vic Beasley – EDGE – Clemson

Beasley gets the slight edge over Shane Ray because he features a more refined pass-rush arsenal. His (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 East-West Shrine Game Practice Week Recap

Written by John Owning on January 15, 2015

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The Shrine Game practice week is coming to its end and while it doesn’t have the talent that the Senior Bowl boasts, there are plenty of draftable players who can make an impact on NFL rosters down in St. Petersburg.

Both teams had trouble with their footing as heavy rainfall on Tuesday significantly diminished the quality of each field. The West team really got the bad end of the stick as their field was barely playable, which led to players slipping and sliding through the drills on all three days.

While my eyes were glued to the trench battles for most of each practice, there were some skill position players who stood out, for the right and wrong reasons.

First off, the quarterbacks were downright awful for most of each practice. Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke was the best of the bunch, but even he had his fair share (read more…)


Hidden Gems – Jake Rodgers, OT, Eastern Washington

Written by Chad Dinkins on January 15, 2015

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Jake Rodgers Position: Offensive Line Height: 6’6″ Weight: 315

Experience: 12 games started for Washington State at various OL positions. Transferred to Eastern Washington and played in 10 games with four starts in 2013. Started 14 games in 2014 at RT.

Accolades: 2014 FCS Offfensive Line First Team All-American Games Watched: Montana, Montana State, Illinois State, Northern Arizona

Chad Dinkins Projected Round: 6-UDFA

Pros

Rodgers is an athletic player who has moved around the offensive line throughout his career at both WSU and EWU. He shows great hands that are connected to his feet when he moves. Possesses adequate power when engaged with the athletic ability to get to the second level, and displays a nastiness when run blocking.

Cons

Played offensive tackle at EWU during an All-American season, but projects as a guard at the next level. His movements are stiff versus quick edge rushers. He gets (read more…)


2015 Shrine Game: West Team Rundown

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on January 14, 2015

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After two days on the East-West Shrine Game practice fields in St. Petersburg, Florida, I came away feeling that the West was the more talented of the two rosters. Perhaps that had something to do with the fact that West head coach Jim Zorn’s staff ran more competitive drills than his East team counterpart Mike Singletary. The West players and staff were enthusiastic, used their time wisely, and generally put on a better show for scouts and analysts in attendance. I only wish the field had been up to snuff. After Monday’s rainfall, the field remained sloppy for Day Two, and players continued to slip and leave huge divots on the playing surface. Still, plenty of prospects displayed next-level abilities worthy of mid-to-late selections in April’s draft. Here’s a quick rundown of the West roster through two days of practices.


2015 Shrine Game: East Team Rundown

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on January 13, 2015

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Day One of East-West Shrine Game practices was dampened by steady Florida rain showers, but Day Two’s weather was perfect for full pads. Too bad Mike Singletary runs the absolute worst practices I have ever seen. Inexplicably the former Niners head coach likes to line up offense vs. offense and defense vs. defense for long stretches of time. Observers were treated to offensive linemen lined up at linebacker, receivers at the corners and even quarterbacks at deep safety. It was easily the most frustrating aspect of either teams’ practices during my two days at St. Pete. But enough ranting. There were still plenty of good takeaways and players who stood out and warrant a second (or in some cases, a first) look. Here’s a quick rundown of my brief stint at college footballs annual mid-tier all-star game.


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