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2017 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Xavier Woods, S Louisiana Tech

Written by Pete Smith on March 1, 2017

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Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods is getting ready to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine after coming off yet another productive, successful season for the Bulldogs. Woods spoke a little bit about his career, how he’s gotten here and what he expects to come out of this week.

Pete Smith: This season, you were listed at 219 pounds, but measured in at the Shrine Game at 203. What did you actually play at this season?

Xavier Woods: I was never 219. The season I played mostly at 198. At the end, I was around 202-203.

PS: How would you characterize your role in the Bulldogs defense? You were obviously a safety and probably a strong safety but you did a lot more than that.

XW: Well, I wasn’t strong. I was more of a free but just rotated strong. That’s kinda how our defense was. I was the nickel (read more…)


Exclusive Interview with Charlotte DL Larry Ogunjobi

Written by Justin Melo on February 27, 2017

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With the combine just days away, defensive line prospect Larry Ogunjobi took time out of his busy training schedule to speak with us. The former Charlotte 49er leaves the program for the NFL with an impressive 29.0 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks to his name. Among other topics discussed, Ogunjobi spoke about his mindset entering the combine, disputing the notion that football players are “dumb,” and more. Enjoy.

We’re here with Charlotte DT Larry Ogunjobi. Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Larry. With the combine just days away, how have you been preparing?

Ogunjobi: I’m trying to excel at everything, I’m just out here working hard, trying to perfect my craft.

Is there a drill in particular that you’re expecting to perform especially well in?

Ogunjobi: The plan is to really just do well at all of them. I want (read more…)


Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford and the Art of Body Control

Written by Nicholas McGee on February 15, 2017

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Complete receivers are very difficult to find and, in this year’s draft class, there is perhaps only one player who could be described as such in the form of Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.

Davis is the most well-rounded wideout in the draft, though many consider Mike Williams of Clemson to be the top pass-catcher available.

Like most of the receivers in the class, Williams excels in one area in particular rather than in every facet of his game. His size allows him to physically dominate defenders and make contested catches on a consistent basis.

Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford shares this knack for winning the fight for contested balls but, rather than relying on physicality and catch radius, Ford is a reliable target because of his body control, which also enables him to haul in inaccurate passes, often in spectacular fashion.

Unlike Williams, Ford is not receiving first-round hype but, though (read more…)


Exclusive Interview with Arizona SS/LB Paul Magloire:

Written by Chris Nicolaou on February 14, 2017

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Let’s start with your earlier years; you’re a JUCO guy who played at Arizona Western in Yuma. Talk about that journey and what led to your decision to attend there.

Magloire: I switched positions to strong safety and coaching changes. I worked hard at it and learned a lot. At spring ball, scouts saw me. I got interest from Arizona and then got tons after that.

You led the Matadors to a 11-1 record as a second team all American who had 101 tackles, did you ever think you’d get recruited?

Magloire: That was the goal. Make it to a big time school. I had faith in myself and I worked really hard.

When you got recruited by Arizona, what position did they recruit you to play for the Wildcats?

Magloire: At first, strong safety. I played strong safety until week six of this season. Injuries happened to linebackers and (read more…)


2017 NFL Draft: Pre-Combine Top 50 Big Board

Written by Jonah Tuls on February 7, 2017

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The 2017 NFL draft is near, and my latest big board of the top 50 prospects before February’s Scouting Combine features both risers and notable cuts. Feel free to yell at me on Twitter if you hate my rankings. Let the games begin!

1. Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M – The consensus number one player in this draft possesses a rare blend of power, bend, and hand usage. He is the perfect mold for a right defensive end in a 4-3 defense.

2. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama – An elite inside linebacker prospect who can play all three downs at a high level. His ability to come downhill, sort and finish through traffic, and cover ground sideline to sideline puts him in the upper echelon of linebacker prospects.

3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU – Adams is a missile coming downhill, but he is also able to control his aggression and make (read more…)


Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon not invited to 2017 Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Joe Mixon #25 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

One of the top running back prospects in the 2017 NFL draft, Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon, is feeling the repercussions of his 2014 arrest when he was caught on camera punching a female student in the face.  The victim suffered four fractured facial bones.

As a result, Mixon will not be invited to attend this year’s scouting combine.

NFL teams received final combine invite list. Among those not invited: Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon and Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora, per sources.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 3, 2017

The NFL implemented a rule last year that allowed for players with violent histories to be barred from participating in the event.

Some saying Mixon & Zamora combine non-vites don't fit the new NFL rule, but here's what NFL dot com posted on that last year pic.twitter.com/yktpOcUZ8X

— Justin Higdon (@afc2nfc) February 3, 2017

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Jonathan Allen vs Solomon Thomas: Do you want a Ferrari or a Bugatti?

Written by Lorin Cox on February 3, 2017

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) reacts during the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a good year to be picking at the top of the NFL draft if you’re in need of help along the defensive line. The 2017 class is headlined by a pair of blue-chip prospects that have sparked plenty of debate in the mystical world of Draft Twitter and beyond. Alabama’s Jonathan Allen was long the consensus top lineman coming out, but as more and more analysts got around to watching Stanford tape, Solomon Thomas quickly entered the conversation and took the crown from the SEC standout.

One thing is overwhelmingly clear with these two — you can’t go wrong. Much like DeForest Buckner and Joey Bosa last year, both of them are elite defensive line prospects that deserve to be drafted in the Top 10, and both are more than capable of widely successful NFL careers in a variety of schemes. Preference between the two will likely vary by (read more…)


Why Lorenzo Jerome will make history at NFL Draft

Written by Justin Melo on February 2, 2017

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It’s no secret that the 2017 NFL Draft will feature one of the deepest secondary classes of all time. I expect around 15 defensive backs to be drafted in the first 75 overall selections. This secondary class is that good.

As I sort through this incredible class, one name is not getting enough attention: Free Safety Lorenzo Jerome, the small school sleeper of St. Francis (PA). It’s easy to understand why Jerome may be flying under the radar; he’s part of a deep positional group, and plays in the Northeast Conference of the Division I FCS that features such programs as Robert Morris University & Fairleigh Dickinson University. Not exactly familiar names, huh? In 2016, the Red Flash appeared in the FCS playoffs for the first time, losing 31-21 to Villanova in the first round.

But turn the game tape on, and you’ll quickly (read more…)


Jeremy Hyde – 2017 NFL Draft – Top 32 Prospects (1.0)

Written by Jeremy Hyde on February 1, 2017

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Dare Ogunbowale might be the best Wisconsin running back in the 2017 NFL Draft

Written by Lorin Cox on January 31, 2017

Oct 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Dare Ogunbowale (23) rushes on Michigan Wolverines linebacker Ben Gedeon (42) in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A member of the Wisconsin Badgers’ backfield has been drafted every year since 2011, and that streak will continue in 2017 as the factory in Madison continues to pump out prospects. All eyes this offseason have been on Corey Clement, the next in the line of recent starting running backs following Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon. He looks the part, measuring in at 5-foot-10 and 221 pounds with a chiseled body at the Senior Bowl, where he had a solid if unspectacular week.

As much as Clement has to offer, he might not even be the best Wisconsin running back who declared for the 2017 draft. His teammate Dare Ogunbowale (pronounced DAR-ay oh-goon-bo-WALL-ay) is a much more well-rounded prospect that brings a skillset that can lead to a long NFL career. No one is going to draft Ogunbowale to step in and be a number one running back, but he is (read more…)


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