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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report Hub

Written by Bryan Perez on February 1, 2016

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Please click on a player to read their scouting report provided by The Scouting Academy:

ALLEN, Jack (OC, Michigan State) BRISSETT, Jacoby (QB, NC State) CALHOUN, Shilique (EDGE, Michigan State) CARROO, Leonte (WR, Rutgers) CASH, Jeremy (S, Duke) CLARK, Le’Raven (OT, Texas Tech) DIXON, Kenneth (RB, La Tech) GARNETT, Josh (OG, Stanford) MORRISON, Antonio (LB, Florida) MURPHY, Kyle (OT, Stanford) SPRIGGS, Jason (OT, Indiana) TREADWELL, Laquon (WR, Ole Miss)


Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Written by Bryan Perez on February 1, 2016

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Now that the Senior Bowl is in the books, the next event on the 2016 NFL Draft calendar is February’s Scouting Combine.  It will be the first time that the juniors and redshirt sophomores join this year’s draft party, and the event’s results will have long-reaching effects on the draft’s first round and beyond.

The Senior Bowl proved that this year’s draft is a strong one along the defensive line.  Teams in need of a beefy run stuffer or quick-twitch pass rusher should find what they’re looking for in the first round.  The Senior Bowl also strengthened the claim that North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz is a franchise quarterback who is worthy of early first-round consideration.

Despite the narratives that were advanced in Mobile, Alabama, the No. 1 pick is still likely to be an underclassman with Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil and Ohio State EDGE Joey Bosa leading the (read more…)


What to Watch in the 2016 Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on January 30, 2016

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The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl is set to kickoff today at 2:30 p.m. EST, and after a week of practices, rumors and hot takes, the following list is what I think you should be focusing on during the game.  Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive.  There are a lot of talented seniors participating in today’s game, many of which do not appear below.  Take a look at our complete Senior Bowl coverage to get familiar with some of the other players who stood out this week and have a lot to gain today.

 

Will Carson Wentz deliver?

The North Dakota State quarterback was all the buzz in Mobile, looking every bit the part of a young franchise quarterback.  From his size, arm, and overall presence on the field, Wentz made believers out of all those in attendance. He needs to put a ribbon on (read more…)


Illinois WR Geronimo Allison has Sleeper Potential in 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 30, 2016

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While all the focus this week has been on the Senior Bowl, there were plenty of draft prospects who caught the eye and boosted their hopes of a future in the NFL at last week’s East-West Shrine Game.

Vernon Adams and the West offense stole the show in a 29-9 win but, although the dual-threat Oregon quarterback took most of the plaudits for his performance, Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison – who was later called up to the Senior Bowl as a replacement – also likely made himself some money by finishing off a strong week of practice with an impressive showing.

Allison finished with six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns and, if he continues to impress in the pre-draft process, should attract at least some mid-round consideration given his size and his skill set.

Having not played high school football as a sophomore or a junior , (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Three Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 28, 2016

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The final day of practices for the 2016 Senior Bowl were met with slightly warmer and much less windy conditions, making the evaluation process a bit more enjoyable than the near frozen tundra conditions yesterday.

I focused most of my attention today on the running backs and linebackers, but I made sure to get a some looks at the tight ends as well.

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon started his week with a great weigh-in (5’10”, 215 lbs) and finished with an impressive third day of practices.  He ran with an aggressive and decisive style of play and displayed the kind of quick feet needed to navigate to and through the hole.  Dixon caught the ball well and was just about impossible for the linebackers to cover in the one-on-one drills.  If he runs in the 4.4’s at the Scouting Combine, he’ll have a legitimate chance to leapfrog Derrick (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Day Three 2016 Senior Bowl Notes and Lunch

Written by Joe Marino on January 28, 2016

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The final day of Senior Bowl practices got underway in much warmer temperatures here in Mobile, much to the delight of all attendees. In case you missed any of my previous practice notes, links are below.

Day One Practice Notes

Day Two Practice Notes

North Practice Notes

-LA Tech DT Vernon Butler showed up just under 6’4”, 325 pounds and is a true dancing bear. He has show good movement skills and power.

-LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon was the clear-cut best running back here all week and is making his case to be a day two selection. Dixon has a very translatable skill set with tremendous burst and is an excellent pass blocker.

-To continue my thoughts on LA Tech players, QB Jeff Driskell has the strongest arm of any QB here not named Carson Wentz. He is a developmental prospect but also very “toolsy”.

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365 Draft Podcast: Senior Bowl Recap, Days 1 & 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

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Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are joined by Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst Bryan Perez and Bleacher Report NFL Draft Featured Columnist Luke Easterling to recap the first two days of the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl.


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Two Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 27, 2016

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The second day of the 2016 Senior Bowl was — in one word — cold.  The start times for the practices were pushed back because of the early morning rain, with the North Team taking the field at 12:00 p.m.  The South Team started their session at 2:30, resulting in 4.5 hours of nearly non-stop evaluations.

Before I touch on who stood out today, I first want to acknowledge the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff for the pace and tone of their practice sessions.  For the second consecutive day, Coach Garrett and company have run an intense and fun-to-watch two hours.  They are winning the battle between the coaching staffs, and quite frankly, it isn’t even close.

I focused my attention on the quarterbacks and receivers yesterday, and my summary of Day One can be found here.  Today’s target was the offensive and defensive lines.

 

The Good

Indiana OT (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Day Two 2016 Senior Bowl Practice Notes

Written by Joe Marino on January 27, 2016

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North Team Practice Notes

The competitive, up-tempo North Team practices of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett got the day started at Ladd-Peebles Stadium this afternoon. It was a frigid and brisk day here in Mobile, Alabama and I focused today more on QB’s, WR’s and DB’s while peeping the offensive and defensive lineman.

-Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge’ weaknesses were exposed today. He doesn’t have enough burst to eat up yards throughout his stem or quickness to separate out of his breaks. Additionally, he dropped multiple passes in drills.

-Ohio State TE Nick Vannett looks great on the hoof and his soft, natural hands continued to be on display. Vannett has also shown the ability to find/sit down in zones to provide a security blanket to his quarterback.

-UCLA WR Jordan Payton has quietly displayed a solid skillset. A few times today he showed good route-running skills and adjusted (read more…)


Kyle Crabbs’ Senior Bowl Recap: Day 2

Written by Kyle Crabbs on January 27, 2016

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Day 2 is in the books. Now that my fingers and eyelids have thawed and I’m able to fully function (it was in the low 40s with frequent gusts of wind blasting us for four hours this afternoon); it’s time to look over my thoughts of the day. Structure in comparison to yesterday’s recap will be a little different, I’d like to take the opportunity to recap more players. North Squad – 12 PM – 2 PM CST

  • OT Jason Spriggs looks the part of a 1st RD Offensive Tackle. He’s doing a very nice job against a talented collection of pass rushers in 1 on 1’s and has rarely been challenged (minus a strong inside spin move by Utah DL Jason Fanaika on the last rep of the day). Spriggs is difficult to force off of his balanced pass set thanks to natural athleticism and foot quickness.
  • Michigan (read more…)

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