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Another High-Profile Prospect Skipping the 40-yard Dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2016

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The potential No. 1 overall pick — Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil — has decided to skip the 40-yard dash at the 2016 Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Kim Jones.

Per @KimJonesSports, Laremy Tunsil will not run the 40 at the #NFLCombine. He’ll do so at his pro day on March 28. pic.twitter.com/2KlEl5VOxj

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 26, 2016

BP’s Take:  The 40-yard dash isn’t nearly as critical of a drill for offensive linemen as it is for the skill players and athletes on defense.  Instead, scouts are more interested in dancing bears’ 10-yard split.  While it’s disappointing that we won’t get a time for Tunsil, it certainly makes the Ole Miss Pro Day that much more interesting on March 28th.  It will be a packed house, as both Tunsil and WR Laquon Treadwell will offer NFL teams their one and only (read more…)


Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander Not Participating in Combine Drills

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2016

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Clemson star cornerback Mackensie Alexander will not participate in the 2016 Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.  Alexander is recovering from a hamstring injury and expects to fully participate in school’s pro day.

First round CB prospect Mackensie Alexander will wait until his Pro Day on March 10th to do his on-the-field drills. Ready to put on a show.

— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 26, 2016

BP’s Take:  Injury-related withdrawals from the Scouting Combine are common, especially when the injuries involve hamstrings or knees.  There’s no reason for Alexander to take a chance during what will be the biggest job interview of his life.  It’s especially important for defensive backs to be 100% healthy, as scouts, coaches and general managers pay close attention to the position group’s athleticism and movement skills.  Speed rules the day in the secondary, and Alexander will have a chance to prove (read more…)


2016 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker

Written by Joe Marino on February 26, 2016

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2016 NFL Draft: Breaking Down Situational Quarterback Performance

Written by Justin Higdon on February 26, 2016

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Box score scouting has a negative connotation, but it can actually be a useful practice. I’ve written on this before, and unfortunately most of my previous work on the subject has been lost in the ether of the Internet, but to sum up all prior posts, I believe that analysis of college production is an important factor in scouting. At the outset of my foray into NFL Draft coverage, I was told repeatedly that box score scouting was pointless, but I’ve come to learn that NFL personnel people do indeed care about stats. Former Denver Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist stated this perfectly in a recent article when he wrote, “That’s what the draft is all about; attempting to predict which players, based upon college productivity and a given data set of information, will most likely succeed at the next level.” It’s right there, on “paper,” from a former (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Consensus Big Board

Written by CachorrosNCAAF on February 25, 2016

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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State

Written by Chris Nicolaou on February 25, 2016

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                                       Exclusive Draft Breakdown interview with Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell. Hey Tyvis, thanks for taking the time to chat.  Before we get started, I’d like to know what you love about playing football? I love the game of football. I’m very passionate about it because I’m a great team player and football is the ultimate team sport. Also football is not made for everyone. How did you feel about being  a three-start recruit coming out of high school, and how did that mold you as a football player at The Ohio State University? Stars do NOT mean anything. I had an incredible work ethic inside of me. Throughout high school I found that hard work beats talent. I just kept that mindset and everything would work out. What are (read more…)


Dak Prescott Has Chance to Cement Status as No. 4 QB at Combine

Written by Nicholas McGee on February 25, 2016

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Heading into the NFL Scouting Combine, the consensus about who are the top three quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class has not changed. Most have either California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz as the best signal-caller in the draft, with Memphis’ Paxton Lynch seen as a player with significant upside at No. 3 behind that duo.

Below that triumvirate, though, the picture is somewhat muddled. However, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is a player who seems to be on the rise going into the Combine. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller recently reported Prescott is “flying up draft boards”, saying scouts are impressed with his football IQ and see him as this year’s Russell Wilson.

Prescott will have another chance to impress league personnel in Indianapolis in the on-field drills and the interview room and, if he can catch the eye like he did in the four seasons he (read more…)


Tunsil to the Titans at No. 1 Overall Gaining Momentum

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

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Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil has been considered a contender for the No. 1 overall pick since the start of the 2015 college football season, and now the Titans are hinting that he will be their man come April 28th.  According to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, Titans GM John Robinson said:

“The quarterback is the most important position on the team, and it’s imperative that you keep him upright.”

“He’s (Tunsil) played a lot of football in the SEC. He’s a good athlete, he’s done a nice job, and he’s blocked a lot of good football players”

BP’s Take:  No shocker here.  The future of the franchise rests squarely on the right shoulder of Marcus Mariota, and while Taylor Lewan is a good-looking young player, the Titans can’t go wrong by adding another bookend to the mix.  Tunsil is jockeying with Ohio State EDGE (read more…)


Another Top Wide Receiver to Skip 40-yard Dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

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Baylor WR Corey Coleman will not participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.  Coleman’s rehab from a December sports hernia surgery has him less than 100% ready to run in front of scouts.

#Baylor WR Corey Coleman won’t run the 40 at the combine. Only been running full speed the last couple weeks. Should be 100% by his Pro Day.

— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 23, 2016

BP’s Take:  This is just as disappointing as the news that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell was going to pass on a chance to run in Indianapolis.  Unlike Treadwell, Coleman doesn’t have questions about his top-end speed so I don’t think it will hurt his value all that much.  However, for the NFL Draft analyst and fan, it would have been fun to watch the potential (read more…)


2016 Scouting Combine Nuggets: Jared Goff Has Small Hands

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

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USA Today’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that there are early rumblings about California QB Jared Goff’s hand size:

One point of curiosity for coaches/scouts entering combine week: how does Jared Goff measure? Smallest of top QBs, hands supposedly tiny.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 24, 2016

 

BP’s Take:  Oh, what a great time of the year!  If you’ve paid attention to the NFL Draft over the last few years, you know that the nitpicking over hand size and knee mass will hit an all-time high this week.  Yes, I do think it’s worth noting when a quarterback’s hands check-in smaller than the position’s minimum requirements, but I don’t think it’s worth labeling as a red flag just yet.  Quarterbacks with small hands have a harder time holding onto the ball during contact situations; their diminutive digits cause them to enter the league with turnover concerns.  Goff did (read more…)


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