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Jaylon Smith has nerve damage, first round unlikely

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2016

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Jaylon Smith’s injury is worse than previously feared, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Fighting Irish linebacker does in fact have nerve damage in his injured leg:

Difficult day for #NotreDame LB Jaylon Smith, who had his medicals. Ankle & knee nerve issues, teams believe he’s out for 2016 — at least

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2016

BP’s Take:  Terrible, terrible news.  Smith is one of the top-five overall talents in this class, but his leg injury is far worse than any of us could have expected.  Nerve damage can be the death blow to any athlete’s career, especially one who plays a position so dependent on movement skills and overall burst/quickness.  Smith is likely to be a day-three pick now and could suffer a fall worse than Marcus Lattimore (RB, South Carolina) did in 2013.  Here’s to a speedy (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Offensive Line and Running Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 26, 2016

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You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap is to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

Offensive Line

  • LSU OL Vadal Alexander struggled with movement skills and labored through drills. After playing tackle in college, it’s apparent that he will need to kick inside to guard in the NFL to have a chance. He will not be able to survive on an island on the outside against the NFL’s talented and athletic edge rushers.
  • Everything that Stanford G Josh Garnett does is explosive. His ability to drive off his feet and burst is excellent. He is a road-grading run blocker that has plug-and-play potential in a power scheme.
  • Michigan State OT Jack Conklin showed good fluidity in drills, particularly when asked to move laterally. He showed quick feet and efficient ability to slide. Known for (read more…)

Alabama LB Reggie Ragland Drops 12 lbs.

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2016

Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

 

Alabama LB Reggie Ragland weighed in at 247 lbs at the 2016 Scouting Combine, 12 lbs lighter than his Senior Bowl weight, according to NFL Network’s Chase Goodbread.

Alabama LB Reggie Ragland promised he’d come down from 259 (Senior Bowl). Did just that. Weighed 247 in Indy. Dropped 12 in only a month.

— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) February 26, 2016

BP’s Take:  This is very good news for Ragland who appeared way too thick and a tick slow during the week of practices at the Senior Bowl.  Ragland didn’t look terrible, as he was every bit the thumper in contact drills that you’d expect.  But he was clearly carrying too much weight and appeared out of shape.  The 12 lb weight loss not only puts him in position to perform better at the Scouting Combine, but it is an indication that he works hard and (read more…)


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…)


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