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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…)


Western Michigan WR Corey Davis suffers ankle injury

Written by Bryan Perez on January 31, 2017

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Corey Davis #84 of the Western Michigan Broncos looks for yards after a first half catch while playing the Ohio Bobcats during the MAC Championship on December 2, 2016 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

First-round wide receiver prospect Corey Davis suffered an ankle injury while training for the scouting combine, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, placing his status for the annual underwear Olympics very much in doubt.

#WMU 1st-rd WR Corey Davis suffered an ankle injury while training, I'm told. Source tells @MikeGarafolo his Combine status is in doubt

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2017

Davis, who is jockeying with Clemson’s Mike Williams for the first receiver drafted this year, had 97 catches for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016.  At 6-foot-3 and 213 pounds, he checks all the boxes for teams in need of a physical playmaker at wide receiver.

The scouting combine is important for all prospects, but especially wide receivers like Davis, whose long speed is still a question mark in his game.  If he’s forced to sit out (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/27/2017 – Top 10 Performers in Senior Bowl Practices

Written by Joe Marino on January 27, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs are joined by FanRag Sports NFL Content Editor John Owning to  name their ten (technically eleven) best prospects from the week of practices. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

Be sure to follow the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast on Audio Boom and iTunes.


Sefo Liufau: The Senior Bowl QB More People Should be Talking About

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 27, 2017

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There is not much buzz surrounding the six quarterbacks looking to boost their standing among NFL scouts at this weeks’ Senior Bowl.

Of those aiming to impress in Mobile, Cal’s Davis Webb is the one who came into the week with the most hype.

But, while there is a lot to like about Webb, it is another Pac-12 player who is the most intriguing quarterback prospect on show this week.

Colorado’s Sefo Liufau led the Buffaloes to the Pac-12 championship game in 2016, but headed to the Senior Bowl with CBS viewing him as a seventh-round pick.

Reports from Mobile suggest their grade is correct, with RealGM’s Jeff Risdon writing that no player has done less to improve their stock than Liufau.

His apparent poor performance so far in practice is particularly disappointing, as the tape points to a number of reasons why Liufau should be receiving more attention (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/26/2017 – Senior Bowl Day Two Recap

Written by Joe Marino on January 26, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs discuss their impressions from the second day of the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

Be sure to follow the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast on Audio Boom and iTunes.


Versatility on offensive line key on Day 1 of Senior Bowl practices

Written by Lorin Cox on January 25, 2017

Jan 24, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty of Pittsburgh (69) battles outside linebacker Vince Biegel of Wisconsin (47) in a drill during practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports

Both the Cleveland Browns (South) and Chicago Bears (North) coaching staffs took a similar approach to the offensive line in the first day of practices for Senior Bowl week down in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday. As assistant coaches tried to get to know the players they are working with, they wasted no time testing the draft prospects by frequently moving them around to see how they handled different positions up front.

The South squad kicked things off by getting creative with perhaps their best offensive lineman all-around, Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp. At the weigh-in Tuesday morning, he measured in at just under 6-foot-4 with only 31 and 1/8-inch arms, so the assumption immediately became that his future was locked in at guard. Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie pushed back on that assumption, starting Lamp at left tackle to begin the first practice.

Before long though, Lamp rotated inside to (read more…)


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