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Kevin White is legit ...he a beast on the jump balls


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Todd McShay Mock Draft 2.0


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Jameis Winston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14)
COLLEGE: Florida State
Class: Soph
HT: 6-4
WT: 235

Analysis: The Bucs don't currently have a franchise quarterback on their roster, and while both of the top two QB prospects in this year's class carry with them significant risks (along with considerable talent and upside), it could be tough for them to pass on both. If you factor in only on-field performance, Winston should be the No. 1 choice. He beats opponents from the pocket with very good accuracy, arm strength and anticipation, and his on-field intangibles and leadership are positives as well. The concerns with Winston obviously have to do with his off-field behavior, and any team that drafts him is going to have to trust him enough from a character and psychological standpoint to make him the face of its franchise. That's a big risk, but NFL teams know that they can't win consistently without good quarterback play. And the Bucs could decide that Marcus Mariota's need to transition from Oregon's up-tempo spread offense to the NFL represents an even greater risk -- albeit in a very different way. Video highlights Video

Leonard Williams
Tennessee Titans (2-14)
Class: Jr
HT: 6-5
WT: 290

Analysis: Williams is the complete package -- he can two-gap as a run-stuffer, but he can also penetrate and make plays against both the pass and the run. He'd make Jurrell Casey even better by drawing more double-teams and allowing Casey to do what he does best: use quickness to establish positioning, and disrupt. Having two studs in Williams and Casey on the defensive front would provide a boost for a team that ranked 31st in the league in rushing yards per game allowed last season. The Titans have a huge need at QB and would have to consider Marcus Mariota here, but he's a risk despite his big-time upside because of his lack of experience at consistently throwing with anticipation and accuracy from the pocket at Oregon. Video highlights Video

Randy Gregory
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13)
COLLEGE: Nebraska
Class: Jr
HT: 6-6
WT: 245

Analysis: The Jags' biggest need is at right tackle, and they are looking for competition along their entire offensive line, but there isn't an offensive tackle in this class worth drafting at No. 3 overall. Gregory is a good fit, however. They need a young pass-rusher (Chris Clemons is 33), and Gregory is one of the most explosive edge rushers in this class. He needs to continue to add bulk and strength to his lean frame, but he has the length, violent hands and closing burst to get home off the edge. Video highlights Video

Amari Cooper
Oakland Raiders (3-13)
COLLEGE: Alabama
Class: Jr
HT: 6-1
WT: 205

Analysis: The Raiders have to provide second-year QB Derek Carr with more weapons. (James Jones is the top receiver on Oakland's roster right now.) Cooper, West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's Devante Parker are the best WR prospects in this class and the only ones who legitimately belong in the top-20 discussion, and Cooper is our favorite of the bunch. He was absolutely dominant in 2014 despite facing top defensive competition in the SEC and dealing with inconsistent play from Bama QB Blake Sims. He has excellent savvy as a route runner, good acceleration vertically and he does a terrific job of pulling down 50-50 balls. Video highlights Video

Shane Ray
Washington ******** (4-12)
COLLEGE: Missouri
Class: Jr
HT: 6-2
WT: 240

Analysis: The ******** need a pass-rusher -- often-injured ROLB Brian Orakpo is a free agent and not expected to return -- and Ray is a terror off the edge. He is relentless at pressuring the quarterback, combining outstanding first-step quickness, effective hands and impressive redirect skills. He also continues to get stronger versus the run and has bulked up into the 250-pound range. He was incredibly productive at Mizzou, finishing fifth in the FBS with 13 sacks last season. This is another spot where Mariota could come under consideration, but I've got Washington addressing its defense here. Video highlights Video

Marcus Mariota
New York Jets (4-12)
Class: Jr
HT: 6-4
WT: 211

Analysis: Mariota could slide even further than this on draft day, but I think this pick makes sense for the Jets given their need at QB and the presence of Chan Gailey at offensive coordinator. Gailey can adapt his scheme to any QB and has a history with spread-formation offenses, so he's capable of providing Mariota with a smooth transition to the NFL from his up-tempo spread system at Oregon. Mariota has rare athleticism for the QB position (including prototypical size) and outstanding intangibles, but his one area of concern -- consistently being able to win from the pocket -- is the most important trait you need to succeed at the NFL level. So how a team caters its approach to him and develops him as an accurate passer from the pocket will be critical. Video highlights Video

Danny Shelton
Chicago Bears (5-11)
COLLEGE: Washington
Class: Sr
HT: 6-5
WT: 332

Analysis: It's unclear what scheme new head coach John Fox and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio plan to run in Chicago -- my guess is they'll use something of a hybrid front -- but if they plan to play any 3-4, they'll need some capable bodies. Lamarr Houston and Will Sutton are best at penetrating and disrupting, and their strongest point-of-attack D-lineman, Stephen Paea, is a free agent. Shelton would provide a versatile, big body along the interior, as he commands double-teams against the run and can push the pocket as a pass-rusher. Arik Armstead is another option here, and the Bears also need help at safety and linebacker. But what will they do at the QB position? Video highlights Video

Arik Armstead
Atlanta Falcons (6-10)
Class: Jr
HT: 6-7
WT: 285

Analysis: The Falcons need to improve on defense, especially with their pass rush. D-linemen Kroy Biermann and Osi Umenyiora are both free agents. Armstead was a 5-technique defensive end at Oregon and could play a similar role in the NFL, but he's also explosive enough to be a great fit as a left defensive end in new Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn's scheme -- similar to the role that Michael Bennett played for Quinn with the Seahawks. I've really liked what I've seen from Armstead's tape; he's an excellent run defender who has a lot of upside as a pass-rusher because of his violent hands and ability to convert speed to power.

Brandon Scherff
New York Giants (6-10)
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 320

Analysis: I think this pick would depend upon whether the Giants retain Jason Pierre-Paul in free agency. If they don't, then pass-rusher becomes a top need and a guy like Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr. might be under consideration. But if JPP stays, I think the smart play here is to continue to solidify the offensive line. Left tackle Will Beatty played better in OC Ben McAdoo's system and 2014 second-rounder Weston Richburg should take over for JD Walton at center, leaving Scherff to start at either guard spot or possibly beat out Justin Pugh for the right tackle job. He is perfectly wired to be a New York Giants offensive lineman. He's durable, tough, strong and nasty. The Giants also have needs at linebacker, safety and possibly D-tackle if Mike Patterson leaves in free agency. Video highlights Video

Kevin White
St. Louis Rams (6-10)
COLLEGE: West Virginia
Class: Sr
HT: 6-2
WT: 211

Analysis: The Rams' biggest need is at QB, but there's no way for them to address that position in this scenario. (Remember, we don't project trades in these mock drafts, and there's a big drop-off in this year's QB class after Winston and Mariota.) The next-biggest need is O-line, but the only prospect worth drafting this high is Stanford's Andrus Peat, and he's a pure left tackle who doesn't fit the Rams' physical approach all that well. So, wide receiver makes the most sense here, and White is a complete player with good size and outstanding ball skills. He'd immediately upgrade a group that features several question marks and no No. 1 receiver. Video highlights Video

Devante Parker
Minnesota Vikings (7-9)
COLLEGE: Louisville
Class: Sr
HT: 6-2
WT: 207

Analysis: The Vikings need help on the offensive line, but Parker would make a lot of sense here. They need to surround second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater with more weapons, and Parker was Bridgewater's top target at Louisville. Parker would become Minnesota's tallest receiver at 6-foot-2 1/2, and he displays very good body control and competitiveness when the ball is in the air to go along with his size. He had a very productive season in 2014 after returning from injury (855 receiving yards in just seven games, 19.9 yards per catch). Video highlights Video

T.J. Clemmings
Cleveland Browns (7-9)
COLLEGE: Pittsburgh
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 313

Analysis: This would be a tough scenario for the Browns. Their biggest needs are probably right tackle, wide receiver and nose tackle, but the top prospects at each of those positions are already off the board. Johnny Manziel's future with the team is uncertain, but there aren't any QBs worth drafting here, either, and Cleveland will instead likely need to add a veteran in free agency (Mike Glennon, perhaps?) if Brian Hoyer goes to another team. Clemmings is a reach here, but he makes sense because of the importance of the position and his high potential. He's a work in progress, having played only two years of offensive tackle at Pitt, but he has impressive physical tools and is getting better. He excels as a run blocker and would bring strength and toughness to a unit that badly needs it. He'd struggle early in pass protection, but has the potential to improve. Video highlights Video

Dante Fowler Jr.
New Orleans Saints (7-9)
COLLEGE: Florida
Class: Jr
HT: 6-2
WT: 271

Analysis: The Saints could consider Stanford left tackle Andrus Peat here and then move Terron Armstead inside, or they could fill their need at cornerback by drafting either of the top two prospects at the position, Washington's Marcus Peters or Michigan State's Trae Waynes. But Fowler has the versatility and relentlessness that Rob Ryan is looking for. He isn't an elite athlete but has good flexibility, violent hands and efficient counter moves as a pass-rusher, and he has experience playing multiple spots among the D-line, as well as outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. Video highlights Video

Trae Waynes
Miami Dolphins (8-8)
COLLEGE: Michigan State
Class: Jr
HT: 6-1
WT: 182

Analysis: Two of Miami's top needs are inside linebacker and wide receiver, but it's too early to take an ILB here and all three of the WRs worth drafting at No. 14 overall are already off the board in this scenario. Cornerback is another need area, and while Marcus Peters has better tape, he brings with him some baggage after being kicked off of the Washington team last season. The Dolphins aren't in the business of taking chances on character risks right now, so Waynes might make more sense. He's a playmaker with very good ball skills and has the length and athleticism to hold up as a cover corner, and he shows good recognition skills and can help in run support. His biggest weakness is technique, but that's coachable.

Devin Smith
San Francisco 49ers (8-8)
COLLEGE: Ohio State
Class: Sr
HT: 6-5
WT: 199

Analysis: This is early for Smith -- he's our No. 26 overall player -- but the Niners need a receiver who can stretch the field vertically and nobody in college football did that better during the second half of the season than Smith (especially when big-armed Cardale Jones was throwing him the ball). He has excellent speed, subtle moves as a deep route runner that allow him to create separation, and his body control when tracking the deep ball is outstanding. San Francisco could also look to address its O-line or defensive front in the first round.

Andrus Peat
Houston Texans (9-7)
COLLEGE: Stanford
Class: Jr
HT: 6-6
WT: 315

Analysis: The Texans need a quarterback, but aren't going to find one here. Pass catchers Devin Funchess (Michigan) or Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) would be options, although both are slight reaches this early. So I'll have them take Peat, who fills a need and is a steal at this point in the draft. The more I watch him on tape, the more I appreciate how quick his feet are. He's also tall, has long arms and good awareness, and possesses good power as a blocker. He needs to improve his consistency as a finisher, but he's young and should continue to get better. Video highlights Video

Eddie Goldman
San Diego Chargers (9-7)
COLLEGE: Florida State
Class: Jr
HT: 6-3
WT: 315

Analysis: Sean Lissemore isn't working out at nose tackle for the Chargers, and 2014 fifth-rounder Ryan Carrethers played in only six games. Goldman would not only provide an immediate upgrade at nose, but he's versatile enough to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme as well. Goldman's specialty is stopping the run, with excellent strength and size (6-3, 314 pounds). Video highlights Video

Dorial Green-Beckham
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7)
COLLEGE: Oklahoma
Class: Jr
HT: 6-4
WT: 225

Analysis: The Chiefs are in serious need of an upgrade at wide receiver, and Michigan's Devin Funchess and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong are both options here. However, Green-Beckham is an intriguing possibility with this pick. The Chiefs would be taking a chance on him, given his behavioral baggage and the fact that he sat out the 2014 college football season, but based on the tape I've studied so far, Green-Beckham might be the most naturally gifted pass-catcher in this class. If Kansas City doesn't want to take a receiver here, Miami OT Ereck Flowers would make some sense.

Devin Funchess
Cleveland Browns (7-9)
COLLEGE: Michigan
Class: Jr
HT: 6-4
WT: 235

Analysis: I gave the Browns an offensive tackle with the No. 12 pick in T.J. Clemmings, and there still isn't a QB worth drafting here at No. 19 (the pick they acquired from the Bills last May in Buffalo's trade up to draft Sammy Watkins), so I'm going with a potential difference-maker at WR in Funchess. I liked his passion for the game at times, but questioned it at other times. He was dealing with a miserable QB situation at Michigan, but teams will need to dig deeper into his football character. If there are no concerns there, he's a top-25 football player in this class. He's a hybrid TE/WR who fits best as an X wide receiver in the NFL, in my opinion. His frame and body control make him tough to cover even when defenders are in position. Video highlights Video

Landon Collins
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
COLLEGE: Alabama
Class: Jr
HT: 6-0
WT: 212

Analysis: The question everyone will ask is whether Chip Kelly will be willing to trade up to draft his former QB at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, particularly if Mariota starts to slide down the board a little bit. I know from talking with Kelly previously that he thinks the world of Mariota, but I have no idea how much he's willing to give up in order to go get him. If the Eagles stay put, Collins would be a good value pick here. He's the No. 15 overall prospect on our board, has good range in coverage and is a playmaker when the ball is in the air. But where he excels most is in run support, which is a good fit in the NFC East, especially versus the Cowboys. Moreover, SS Nate Allen is a free agent. Other options include Washington CB Marcus Peters and OLB Vic Beasley. Video highlights Video

Vic Beasley
Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1)
COLLEGE: Clemson
Class: Sr
HT: 6-2
WT: 220

Analysis: Beasley is an undersized edge player with really good burst, bend and instincts. He was very productive at Clemson, racking up 44.5 tackles for loss and 25 sacks the past two seasons. He's a great fit for the Bengals' defense as a 4-3 outside linebacker, and he will help upgrade a pass rush that ranked 27th in the NFL last season in sacks per attempt. Video highlights Video

Marcus Peters
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
COLLEGE: Washington
Class: Jr
HT: 5-11
WT: 193

Analysis: Safety and cornerback are need areas for the Steelers this offseason, and linebacker could also quickly become a problem spot, with James Harrison, Jason Worilds and Arthur Moats all free agents. Based purely off of game tape, Peters is the best all-around cornerback in this class. He has a good combination of instincts, cover skills, toughness and ball skills (11 interceptions the past three seasons). But Pittsburgh will have to feel comfortable with his character before drafting him, as he was kicked off of Washington's football team this fall due to behavioral issues.

Malcom Brown
Detroit Lions (11-5)
Class: Sr
HT: 6-3
WT: 317

Analysis: The Lions could go with a cornerback or offensive tackle here, but defensive tackle is a position of need even if Ndamukong Suh does return in 2015 (C.J. Mosley, Andre Fluellen and Nick Fairley are all free agents), and it's a gaping hole if he goes somewhere else in free agency. Brown is a versatile D-lineman who has experience playing NT, DT and DE in a 4-3 defense, and NT and 5-technique in a 3-4. He's strong versus the run and showed more as a pass-rusher during his final season in Austin under head coach Charlie Strong. Video highlights Video

Denzel Perryman
Arizona Cardinals (11-5)
Class: Sr
HT: 5-11
WT: 248

Analysis: This might be a little early to take an inside linebacker in some people's minds, but there aren't many better football players than Perryman left on the board, and the Cardinals are likely to address the position early. Perryman has strong recognition skills, he's stout and savvy at the point of attack and he hits like a truck. A lot of other evaluators like Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney more because of his freakish size-speed combo, but I'll take the better football player in Perryman. Other positions Arizona could look to address this offseason: pass-rusher, D-line, QB depth and RB depth.

Ereck Flowers
Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)
Class: Jr
HT: 6-6
WT: 325

Analysis: Flowers has a really good combination of size (6-6, 325 pounds), strength, agility and toughness, possesses great football character and has played both right tackle and left tackle for the Hurricanes the past two seasons. He needs to get better with his hand placement and pad level, but his weaknesses that show up on tape are all correctable. He's a guy who has improved throughout his career and has the upside to continue to do so. Video highlights Video

Jalen Collins
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
HT: 6-0
WT: 193

Analysis: The Ravens could look to draft a wide receiver here, with Steve Smith Sr. in the latter stages of his career and Torrey Smith a free agent this offseason. Arizona State's Jaelen Strong is a big target who would be an asset for Joe Flacco. But I think upgrading the secondary is a bigger priority for the Ravens. Collins is still developing, but he has the length and speed to become a good starting cornerback in the NFL.

Melvin Gordon
Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
COLLEGE: Wisconsin
Class: Jr
HT: 6-0
WT: 207

Analysis: Re-signing both WR Dez Bryant and RB DeMarco Murray is going to be awfully difficult for Dallas this offseason, and if the Cowboys need to let one go, it's likelier to be the running back turning 27 years old who has an injury history. Murray has been great, but it's easier to find effective running backs (especially behind Dallas' offensive line) than it is to find elite receivers like Bryant. Gordon's running style is very similar to Murray's; he runs hard, is a work horse, gets from 0 to 60 in a flash and shows great vision and patience as a runner. He isn't great in pass protection or as a receiver, but he's getting better. The other positions Dallas needs to address this offseason are cornerback, D-line, tight end and receiver (depending upon how Bryant's situation works out). Video highlights Video

La'El Collins
Denver Broncos (12-4)
Class: Sr
HT: 6-4
WT: 324

Analysis: This pick will largely be determined by how free agency goes for the Broncos. WRs Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are free agents, as are TEs Julius Thomas, Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme -- so a pass-catcher is a definite possibility here. The Broncos might also look to fill needs at nose tackle and/or middle linebacker if free agents Terrance Knighton and/or Nate Irving depart. But I think that interior offensive line is an area they need to address at some point in the draft, and Collins would be a good value here at guard. He got a bit upright in pass protection when playing tackle for LSU, but he's a really strong run-blocker with good football character and intelligence and durability.

Eli Harold
Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
COLLEGE: Virginia
Class: Jr
HT: 6-3
WT: 235

Analysis: Admittedly, this is a bit early for Harold to come off the board. We have a second-round grade on him, but he is a good fit for the Colts' defense as a 3-4 outside linebacker and he offers good upside as a pass-rusher. He's raw but has the length, flexibility and closing burst to develop into a good all-around player, and he was productive at Virginia (15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions his last two years at Virginia). He'd help the Colts get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks -- something they need -- and would benefit from playing alongside veteran Robert Mathis.

Maxx Williams
Green Bay Packers (12-4)
COLLEGE: Minnesota
Class: Soph
HT: 6-4
WT: 250

Analysis: The Packers need youth and athleticism at inside linebacker, so Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney is a possibility. But the team could also afford an upgrade at tight end, and Williams is the most complete TE in what is shaping up to be a very shallow class. He has a very good combination of size (6-4, 250 pounds) and speed, and it's expected that he'll test really well at the combine later this month. He'd provide Aaron Rodgers with another weapon in the passing game, which could become increasingly important if Randall Cobb leaves in free agency.

Todd Gurley
Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
COLLEGE: Georgia
Class: Jr
HT: 6-0
WT: 230

Analysis: It's been rumored recently that the Seahawks could sign Marshawn Lynch to a long-term deal this offseason (he's entering the final year of his contract), but I'll believe that when I see it. If Lynch isn't with Seattle beyond the 2015 season, Gurley is a perfect replacement. He was a top-15 talent in this class prior to tearing his ACL this season, a powerful downhill runner who also has excellent speed -- the best NFL comparison I can come up with for Gurley is Lynch. The Seahawks would have to be comfortable with his health situation, but he could be an ideal successor to Lynch. They could also look to address offensive or defensive line here.

Carl Davis
New England Patriots (12-4)
Class: Sr
HT: 6-5
WT: 318

Analysis: Davis' motor ran hot and cold during his Iowa career, but at 6-4, 318 pounds he has a quick get-off, violent hands and the ability to quickly redirect once he has penetrated the backfield. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl in January, proving to be one of the toughest players for offensive linemen to block one-on-one. Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong could also make sense here, as would Georgia RB Todd Gurley if he's still on the board.

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^ ain't mad at the pick. 

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post #844 of 5039

Cowboys taking Gordon in the 1st round eh?


I understand Cowboys drafting a RB, but there are too many pressing needs for this team to go RB with the 1st pick.

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Stop sending Marcus to the ******* Jets. mean.gifmean.gifmean.gif
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post #846 of 5039
Originally Posted by Chester McFloppy View Post

Stop sending Marcus to the ******* Jets. mean.gifmean.gifmean.gif

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post #847 of 5039
I'm gonna need the Browns to go ahead and give up their first round picks this year to us so they can draft Mariota. That would be greeaaat.
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post #848 of 5039
Originally Posted by Cruzzz View Post

Starting to see Shaq slip into the second. Would love to get him there.


Why he slippin'?

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post #849 of 5039
Originally Posted by PacificNorseWst View Post


Why he slippin'?

From what I read, they say he doesn't excel at any one position, and needs to be with a DC that is creative enough to use him right. Also seen someone question how much Danny Shelton keeping him freed up from blockers helped. I personally still like him though.

post #850 of 5039
Eh. He's a football player. It would be a mistake to pass on him if you need a playmaker on defense.

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post #851 of 5039
Perryman to Arizona pimp.gif
post #852 of 5039
Lol he has us taking Arik Armstead at # 8? After we just took Rashede Hageman 2nd round last year mean.gif . We could trade down twice , pick up extra seconds or a third, THEN take him, no one is checking for armstead with Fowler jr and Vic Beasley on the board.. i've seen over 50 mocks this offseason and that is definitely the worst one..
post #853 of 5039
Armstead, Beasley and Fowler Jr are nothing alike so needs wise they wouldn't cancel each other out, I'd think.

Surprised that Jeff Luc & Rakeem Cato didn't get a combine invite.
Edited by dreClark - 2/9/15 at 6:09am
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2015 NFL Combine: Snubs, surprises


The NFL combine is the most important step in the NFL Draft process for the majority of prospects as hundreds of players travel to Indianapolis to be poked and prodded by 32 NFL teams. From official measurements to on-field agility drills to the medical examinations, the combine puts each prospect in the same environment to evaluate them in a number of ways.

The 2015 NFL combine is scheduled for Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Sometimes referred to as the NFL Draft Underwear Olympics, the combine is an opportunity to match quantifiable data with a prospect's scouting report, including everything from arm length to 40-yard dash time.

Even with 323 prospects invited to Indianapolis, there were several notable omissions from the official list. Of the 84 underclassmen who declared early for the 2015 class, 13 (15.5 percent) did not receive a combine invitation, including WR Deontay Greenberry, DE Deion Barnes, WR Chris Harper and WR George Farmer.

Below is a breakdown of the snubs and surprises at each position:
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SNUB: Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
The face of the Old Dominion program the past four years, Heinicke was an integral part of the Monarchs moving to the FBS level last year. He doesn't look like much, but projects as a Chase Daniel-type of NFL prospect.

Other non-invites: Chris Bonner (Colorado State-Pueblo), Hutson Mason (Georgia), Jake Waters (Kansas State), Bo Wallace (Mississippi), Taylor Kelly (Arizona State), Rakeem Cato (Marshall), Grant Hedrick (Boise State).

SURPRISE: Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M
Built well for the next level at 6-feet-4 and 245 pounds, Lovelocke has a lot of the physical traits that NFL scouts look for in a developmental prospect. His senior production was mediocre (16-9 TD-INT ratio and only 57.6 percent completion rate), but his skill set has intrigued several around the league.


SNUB: Malcolm Agnew, Southern Illinois
An Oregon State transfer, Agnew is a quick-footed runner with decisive burst to get north-south in a hurry, adding value as a pass-catcher. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a senior with 10 rushing touchdowns.

Other non-invites: Dreamius Smith (West Virginia), Kevin Parks (Virginia), Terrell Watson (Azusa Pacific), Corey Grant (Auburn), Akeem Hunt (Purdue), Synjyn Davis (Georgia Tech), Venric Mark (West Texas A&M), Kenny Williams (Texas Tech).

SURPRISE: Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin
While he was certainly deserving of an invite, Johnson dominated in the Southland Conference, making him easy to overlook. He was among the nation's leaders in 2014 with 1,683 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 129.5 yards per game.


SNUB: Deontay Greenberry, Houston
Despite abysmal blocking performances and dozens of drops on his collegiate résumé, Greenberry, who was a rare top recruit to end up at Houston, has the size/speed dimensions that NFL teams seek at the position.

Other non-invites: Austin Hill (Arizona), Levi Norwood (Baylor), Jordan Taylor (Rice), Evan Spencer (Ohio State), Jaxon Shipley (Texas), Devin Gardner (Michigan), Matt Miller (Boise State), Chris Harper (California), Kasen Williams (Washington), Bud Sasser (Missouri), Jake Kumerow (WI-Whitewater), Nigel King (Kansas), Malcome Kennedy (Texas A&M), George Farmer (Southern California)

SURPRISE: Kaelin Clay, Utah
Although best known for fumbling the ball before entering the end zone vs. Oregon, Clay has speed that could impress in Indianapolis. His size and unpolished routes aren't ideal for the NFL, but standout times during speed drills could turn heads.


SNUB: C.J. Uzomah, Auburn
Although he wasn't a central cog in Auburn's offense, Uzomah was reliable when called upon, showing wide receiver skills with long arms to pluck the ball. His struggles as a blocker showed at the Senior Bowl, but there is some promise there.

Other non-invites: Casey Pierce (Kent State), Devin Mahina (BYU), Khari Lee (Bowie State), Gabe Holmes (Purdue), Connor Hamlett (Oregon State), Westlee Tonga (Utah), Brian Vogler (Alabama), Conner Neighbors (LSU), Hunter Joyer (Florida), Zach Zwinak (Penn State)

SURPRISE: Cameron Clear, Texas A&M
With only five catches in 11 games as a senior, it's easy to overlook Clear, but NFL scouts think he was underutilized in College Station. Built well for the NFL game at 6-5 and 273 pounds, Clear is also more agile than his size suggests.


SNUB: Doniel Gambrell, Notre Dame College
A Division II standout, Gambrell, who has an inspiring backstory, played at a lower level, but he dominated the competition and has the skill set for the next level. Combine or not, he'll get a chance in the NFL.

Other non-invites: Eric Lefeld (Cincinnati), Blaine Clausell (Mississippi State), Mickey Baucus (Arizona), Quinterrius Eatmon (South Florida), Jake Rodgers (Eastern Washington), Cameron Clemmons (Western Kentucky).

SURPRISE: Laurence Gibson, Virginia Tech
A part-time starter as a junior, Gibson started all 13 games at left tackle for the Hokies in 2014 and although he needs technique work, he held up well on the edges, showing enough consistency to attract the attention of NFL scouts.


SNUB: Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
Arguably the most glaring snub regardless of position, Mason played guard in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, so it was tough to evaluate him. But he showed the balance, power and movements to lead some to believe he has NFL starter potential at center.

Other non-invites: Miles Dieffenbach (Penn State), Ben Beckwith (Mississippi State), Kyle Costigan (Wisconsin), Shane McDermott (Miami), Leon Brown (Alabama), Brandon Vitable (Northwestern), David Andrews (Georgia), Matt Rotheram (Pittsburgh), Dillon Day (Mississippi State), Junior Salt (Utah), Kaleb Johnson (Rutgers), Chris Jasperse (Marshall), Quinton Spain (West Virginia), Malcolm Bunche (UCLA)


SNUB: Deion Barnes, Penn State
A junior who declared early, Barnes showed potential to be an early-round draft pick early in his career, but he struggled to show much improvement over the years and wasn't able to show enough development to earn a combine invitation.

Other non-invites: Ray Drew (Georgia), Jermaruia Rasco (LSU), Shaq Riddick (West Virginia), Brock Hekking (Nevada), Marcus Rush (Michigan State), Ryan Mueller (Kansas State), James Rouse (Marshall), Cory Morrissey (Iowa State), Blake Lueders (Stanford), Mike Reilly (William & Mary), Brian Mihalik (Boston College), Andrew Hudson (Washington), Deiontre Mount (Louisville), Steve Miller (Ohio State)

SURPRISE: Frank Clark, Michigan
From a talent perspective, Clark has the physical traits to make an impact in the NFL and is worthy of showing off his skills in Indianapolis. But after a domestic disturbance last November, he was dismissed from the Michigan program and will have a chance to tell his story at the combine.


SNUB: Xavier Williams, Northern Iowa
Although running back David Johnson is the notable UNI player in this class, Williams is a legitimate NFL prospect in his own right. His functional strength is a question mark, but he has active feet and the scheme versatility to fit different fronts.

Other non-invites: Kaleb Eulls (Mississippi State), James Castleman (Oklahoma State), Chucky Hunter (TCU), Travis Raciti (San Jose State), Darius Kilgo (Maryland), Warren Herring (Wisconsin), Brandon Ivory (Alabama), Jeffrey Whitaker (Auburn), Terry Williams (East Carolina).

SURPRISE: Leon Orr, Florida
Last November Orr abruptly left the Gators program when he was upset over playing time, choosing to abandon his teammates before a road game at Vanderbilt. He has the talent to compete in the NFL, but he better be ready to answer the tough questions in Indianapolis.


SNUB: Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
Although he's smallish for the position and played in the MAC, Sylvestre is a terrific athlete with speed that will test off the charts. However, he won't get a chance to show off his wheels in Indy and will have to wait until his pro day.

Other non-invites: Jeff Luc (Cincinnati), James Vaughters (Stanford), Derrick Malone (Oregon), A.J. Tarpley (Stanford), Zaire Anderson (Nebraska), Zach Vigil (Utah State), Houston Bates (Louisiana Tech), C.J. Olaniyan (Penn State), Dyshawn Davis (Syracuse), Terrance Plummer (UCF), David Mayo (Texas State), David Helton (Duke), John Timu (Washington), Curtis Grant (Ohio State), Norkeithus Otis (North Carolina), Quayshawn Nealy (Georgia Tech).

SURPRISE: Mark Nzeocha, Wyoming
Well-built at 6-3 and 239 pounds, Nzeocha flies around the field with range and speed in pursuit and was the best defensive player for the Cowboys. But a torn ACL last October ended his season and career at Wyoming.


SNUB: Cody Riggs, Notre Dame
After four seasons at Florida, Riggs was a graduate transfer for the Irish in 2014 and was the most consistent Notre Dame defensive back. He has the light footwork and toughness to fight for a nickel role as a rookie.

Other non-invites: Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M), Imoan Claiborne (Northwestern State), Cam Thomas (Western Kentucky), Bernard Blake (Colorado State), Bryce Callahan (Rice), DeAnte Saunders (Tennessee State), Greg Henderson (Colorado), Merrill Noel (Wake Forest), Robertson Daniel (BYU), Tevin Mitchel (Arkansas), Raymon Taylor (Michigan), Nick Waisome (Florida State), Terell Floyd (Louisville).

SURPRISE: Tye Smith, Towson
Smith has been slowly creeping up draft boards, especially after a solid week at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg. He has earned his spot on the official combine list.


SNUB: Erick Dargan, Oregon
At some point during the 2014 season, Dargan went from valuable contributor to dynamic playmaker for the Ducks, leading the Pac-12 in interceptions (7). He has his limitations in pass coverage, but is a consistent performer with the ball in front of him.

Other non-invites: Sam Carter (TCU), Dechane Durante (Northern Illinois), Brian Blechen (Utah), Damian Parms (Florida Atlantic), Tra'Mayne Bondurant (Arizona), Isaiah Johnson (Georgia Tech), Ronald Martin (LSU), Ryan Murphy (Oregon State), Serderius Bryant (Mississippi), Ray Vinopal (Pittsburgh), John Lowdermilk (Iowa), Nick Perry (Alabama), Robenson Therezie (Auburn), Austin Collinsworth (Notre Dame).

SURPRISE: Dean Marlowe, James Madison
A four-year starter at James Madison, Marlowe has experience playing near the line of scrimmage and in the deep half of the field and with a solid combine, could earn himself draftable grades from teams.
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Very shocked Sam carter didn't get a combine invite.

He'll end up a 6th round pick and make someone's squad.

I was reading how most combine guys are projected rounds 1-4 and it basically sticks that way through out the process
post #856 of 5039
Lots of good receivers not going to the combine.

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NFL Combine 2015: Complete list of invited players released

The NFL announced the full list of players invited to the Scouting Combine on Friday, and we're just a few days from the Indianapolis event. The Combine gets underway on Tues., Feb. 17 and will wrap up on Mon., Feb. 23. The first players will actually get onto the field for workouts on Friday, after three days of registration, exams, measurements and other workouts like the bench press.

The first day of on-field workouts will include specialists, offensive linemen and tight ends. Day 2 features quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Sunday will have defensive linemen and linebackers showing off their skills, while the final day will feature just defensive backs.

Most of the biggest names and potential draftees will be at the combine, doing varying degrees of work to try and boost their stocks prior to individual pro days. The full list includes all the names you'd expect, and anybody who might be perceived as a snub could take part in one of the many regional combines, which will run in Miami, Houston, Denver, Baltimore, Chicago and Tempe throughout February and March.

Below, we've got the full list of invites, via the list at
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Anthony Boone, Duke
Brandon Bridge, South Alabama
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
Connor Halliday, Washington State
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Auburn
Bryce Petty, Baylor
Blake Sims, Alabama
Jameis Winston, Florida State
Bryan Bennett (throwing QB), Southeastern Louisiana
Shane Carden (throwing QB), East Carolina
Jerry Lovelocke (throwing QB), Prairie View A&M

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Running backs

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Jay Ajayi, Boise State
Javorius Allen, USC
Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
Dominique Brown, Louisville
Malcolm Brown, Texas
Michael Burton (FB), Rutgers
B.J. Catalon, TCU
David Cobb, Minnesota
Tevin Coleman, Indiana
John Crockett, North Dakota State
Mike Davis, South Carolina
Michael Dyer, Louisville
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
Jalston Fowler (FB), Alabama
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Todd Gurley, Georgia
Dee Hart, Colorado State
Braylon Heard, Kentucky
Kenny Hilliard, LSU
Joey Iosefa, Hawaii
David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)
Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin
Matt Jones, Florida
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
Terrence Magee, LSU
Marcus Murphy, Missouri
Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan
Josh Robinson, Mississippi State
Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette
Tyler Varga, Yale
Karlos Williams, Florida State
Trey Williams, Texas A&M
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, USC
Mario Alford, West Virginia
Dres Anderson, Utah
Kenny Bell, Nebraska
Da'Ron Brown, Northern Illinois
Kaelin Clay, Utah
Sammie Coates, Auburn
Chris Conley, Georgia
Amari Cooper, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Duke
Davaris Daniels, Notre Dame
Devante Davis, UNLV
Geremy Davis, Connecticut
Titus Davis, Central Michigan
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Fla.)
Devin Funchess, Michigan
Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
Rashad Greene, Florida State
Rannell Hall, Central Florida
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Josh Harper, Fresno State
Chris Jones, Alabama
Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas
Tony Lippett, Michigan State
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Deon Long, Maryland
Donatella Luckett, Harding
Vince Mayle, Washington State
Tre McBride, William & Mary
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Keith Mumphery, Michigan State
J.J. Nelson, Alabama-Birmingham
DeVante Parker, Louisville
Breshad Perriman, Cental Florida
Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State
DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech
Devin Smith, Ohio State
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
Darren Waller, Georgia Tech
DeAndrew White, Alabama
Kevin White, West Virginia
Cam Worthy, East Carolina

Tight ends

Busta Anderson, USC
Blake Bell, Oklahoma
E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
Nick Boyle, Delaware
Gerald Christian, Louisville
Cameron Clear, Texas A&M
A.J. Derby, Arkansas
Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
Jesse James, Penn State
Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
Nick O'Leary, Florida State
MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
Wes Saxton, South Alabama
Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts
Randall Telfer, USC
Eric Tomlinson, UTEP
Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.)
Maxx Williams, Minnesota

Offensive Linemen

Al Bond (OT), Memphis
Brett Boyko (OT), UNLV
Jamon Brown (OT), Louisville
Trenton Brown (OG), Florida
A.J. Cann (OG), South Carolina
T.J. Clemmings (OT), Pittsburgh
Takoby Cofield (OT), Duke
La'el Collins (OT), LSU
Rob Crisp (OT), North Carolina State
Reese Dismukes (C), Auburn
Andrew Donnal (OT), Iowa
Jamil Douglas (OT), Arizona State
Cameron Erving (OT), Florida State
Tayo Fabuluje (OT), TCU
Jon Feliciano (OG), Miami (Fla.)
B.J. Finney (C), Kansas State
Jake Fisher (OT), Oregon
Ereck Flowers (OT), Miami (Fla.)
Andy Gallik (C), Boston College
Max Garcia (C), Florida
Laurence Gibson (OT), Virginia Tech
Mark Glowinski (OG), West Virginia
Hroniss Grasu (C), Oregon
Chaz Green (OT), Florida
Chad Hamilton (OT), Coastal Carolina
Jarvis Harrison (OG), Texas A&M
Bobby Hart (OT), Florida State
Rob Havenstein (OT), Wisconsin
Sean Hickey (OT), Syracuse
D.J. Humphries (OT), Florida
Tre Jackson (OG), Florida State
Arie Kouandjio (OG), Alabama
Greg Mancz (C), Toledo
Ali Marpet (OT), Hobart
Josue Matias (OG), Florida State
Darrian Miller (OT), Kentucky
John Miller (OG), Louisville
Mitch Morse (OT), Missouri
Robert Myers (OG), Tennessee State
Cedric Ogbuehi (OT), Texas A&M
Andrus Peat (OT), Stanford
Terry Poole (OT), San Diego State
Jeremiah Poutasi (OT), Utah
Corey Robinson (OT), South Carolina
Ty Sambrailo (OT), Colorado State
Brandon Scherff (OT), Iowa
Adam Shead (OG), Oklahoma
Austin Shepherd (OT), Alabama
Donovan Smith (OT), Penn State
Tyrus Thompson (OT), Oklahoma
Laken Tomlinson (OG), Duke
Daryl Williams (OT), Oklahoma

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson (DE), Stanford
Arik Armstead (DE), Oregon
Tavaris Barnes (DE), Clemson
Vic Beasley (DE), Clemson
Michael Bennett (DT), Ohio State
Angelo Blackson (DT), Auburn
Malcom Brown (DT), Texas
Anthony Chickillo (DE), Miami (Fla.)
Frank Clark (DE), Michigan
Xavier Cooper (DT), Washington State
Christian Covington (DT), Rice
Corey Crawford (DE), Clemson
Carl Davis (DT), Iowa
Tyeler Davison (DE), Fresno State
Ryan Delaire (DE), Towson
B.J. Dubose (DE), Louisville
Mario Edwards (DE), Florida State
Kyle Emanuel (DE), North Dakota State
Trey Flowers (DE), Arkansas
Dante Fowler (DE), Florida
Markus Golden (DE), Missouri
Eddie Goldman (DT), Florida State
Randy Gregory (DE), Nebraska
Marcus Hardison (DE), Arizona State
Eli Harold (DE), Virginia
Zach Hodges (DE), Harvard
Danielle Hunter (DE), LSU
Martin Ifedi (DE), Memphis
Grady Jarrett (DT), Clemson
Derrick Lott (DT), Tennessee-Chattanooga
Joey Mbu (DT), Houston
Ellis McCarthy (DT), UCLA
Rakeem Nunez-Roches (DT), Southern Mississippi
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (DE), UCLA
Nate Orchard (DE), Utah
Leon Orr (DT), Florida
David Parry (NT), Stanford
Jordan Phillips (DT), Oklahoma
Darius Philon (DT), Arkansas
Shane Ray (DE), Missouri
Cedric Reed (DE), Texas
Bobby Richardson (DT), Indiana
Ryan Russell (DE), Purdue
Danny Shelton (NT), Washington
Deon Simon (NT), Northwestern State
Preston Smith (DE), Mississippi State
Za'Darius Smith (DE), Kentucky
J.T. Surratt (DT), South Carolina
Lynden Trail (DE), Norfolk State
Louis Trinca-Pasat (DT), Iowa
Davis Tull (DE), Tennessee-Chattanooga
Zack Wagenmann (DE), Montana
Leterrius Walton (DT), Central Michigan
Leonard Williams (DT), USC
Gabe Wright (DT), Auburn


Kwon Alexander (OLB), LSU
Stephone Anthony (ILB), Clemson
Neiron Ball (OLB), Florida
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (OLB), Maryland
Aaron Davis (ILB), Colorado State
Paul Dawson (ILB), TCU
Trey DePriest (ILB), Alabama
Xzavier Dickson (OLB), Alabama
Bud Dupree (OLB), Kentucky
Alani Fua (OLB), BYU
Geneo Grissom (OLB), Oklahoma
Obum Gwacham (DE), Oregon State
Bryce Hager (ILB), Baylor
Ben Heeney (ILB), Kansas
Amarlo Herrera (ILB), Georgia
Jordan Hicks (ILB), Texas
Mike Hull (ILB), Penn State
A.J. Johnson (ILB), Tennessee
Taiwan Jones (ILB), Michigan State
Eric Kendricks (ILB), UCLA
Hau'oli Kikaha (OLB), Washington
Lorenzo Mauldin (OLB), Louisville
Benardrick McKinney (ILB), Mississippi State
Mark Nzeocha (OLB), Wyoming
Denzel Perryman (ILB), Miami (Fla.)
Hayes Pullard (ILB), USC
Edmond Robinson (OLB), Newberry
Jake Ryan (OLB), Michigan
Martrell Spaight (OLB), Arkansas
J.R. Tavai (OLB), USC
Shaq Thompson (OLB), Washington
Max Valles (OLB), Virginia
Tony Washington (OLB), Oregon
Damien Wilson (ILB), Minnesota
Ramik Wilson (ILB), Georgia

Defensive Backs

Adrian Amos (SS), Penn State
Detrick Bonner (FS), Virginia Tech
Ibraheim Campbell (SS), Northwestern
Alex Carter (CB), Stanford
D.C. Celiscar (CB), Western Michigan
Justin Coleman (CB), Tennessee
Jalen Collins (CB), LSU
Landon Collins (FS), Alabama
Justin Cox (FS), Mississippi State
Ronald Darby (CB), Florida State
Quandre Diggs (CB), Texas
Lorenzo Doss (CB), Tulane
Kurtis Drummond (FS), Michigan State
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB), Oregon
Durell Eskridge (FS), Syracuse
Charles Gaines (CB), Louisville
Clayton Geathers (SS), Central Florida
Jacoby Glenn (CB), Central Florida
Senquez Golson (CB), Ole Miss
Doran Grant (CB), Ohio State
Ladarius Gunter (CB), Miami (Fla.)
Chris Hackett (FS), TCU
Anthony Harris (FS), Virginia
Troy Hill (CB), Oregon
Gerod Holliman (FS), Louisville
Kyshoen Jarrett (SS), Virginia Tech
A.J. Jefferson (CB), UCLA
Kevin Johnson (CB), Wake Forest
Byron Jones (CB), Connecticut
Craig Mager (CB), Texas State
Dean Marlowe (FS), James Madison
Bobby McCain (CB), Memphis
Tevin McDonald (SS), Eastern Washington
Steven Nelson (CB), Oregon State
Garry Peters (CB), Clemson
Marcus Peters (CB), Washington
Cody Prewitt (SS), Ole Miss
Damarious Randall (FS), Arizona State
Jordan Richards (SS) Stanford
Quinten Rollins (CB), Miami (Ohio)
Eric Rowe (CB), Utah
James Sample (SS), Louisville
Josh Shaw (CB), USC
Jacorey Shepherd (CB), Kansas
D'Joun Smith (CB), Florida Atlantic
Derron Smith (FS), Fresno State
Tye Smith (CB), Towson
Damian Swann (CB), Georgia
Jaquiski Tartt (FS), Samford
Trae Waynes (CB), Michigan State
Kevin White (CB), TCU
Jermaine Whitehead (FS), Auburn
P.J. Williams (CB), Florida State
Julian Wilson (CB), Oklahoma


Will Bauman (P), North Carolina State
Kyle Brindza (K), Notre Dame
Joe Cardona (LS), Navy
Kyle Christy (P), Florida
Sam Ficken (K), Penn State
Will Johnson (P), Texas State
Josh Lambo (K), Texas A&M
Kyle Loomis (P), Portland State
Justin Manton (K), Louisiana-Monroe
Trevor Pardula (P), Kansas
Bradley Pinion (P), Clemson
Jared Roberts (K), Colorado State
Spencer Roth (P), Baylor

Number of kids who left early & were not invited
post #858 of 5039
Bruh smith in the 3rd round is a god damn steal


post #859 of 5039
Originally Posted by FinallyFamous View Post

Bruh smith in the 3rd round is a god damn steal

How so?
post #860 of 5039
Armstead is going to go in the first half of the 1st round.. Too big and too athletic..

3-4 teams are going to love him.. They'll see the impact couple 5 techs had this year and are going to be drooling.. Get a solid 0 that can keep him somewhat clean and let dude work
post #861 of 5039
Originally Posted by dreClark View Post


Throughout the history of the NFL Draft, one thing is consistent: teams love players with freakish size and athleticism, even if their actual football skills are questionable. Oregon’s Arik Armstead, listed at 6’8″ and 290 pounds, has been lobbed into this category by most draft analysts, and rightfully so. Though, Armstead is different in that he does not struggle in many areas that require him to learn new technique. Rather, Armstead is a raw football player that needs more snaps to develop a more natural feel for his 5-tech position. While he may never develop a smoother game, counting on him to simply play to develop rather than learn entirely new things is promising.

Arsmtead is a freak of nature. The man is built like you imagined Goliath was built when you were a kid, yet he moves much better than would be assumed from someone that size. His change of direction ability may be a bit lacking, but his predicated linear movements are scary.

When moving laterally, like when he attempts a ‘swipe’ move or a spin, Armstead is too quick for his size for opposing offensive linemen to be able to corral him. Sure, he is still a large target, but a man his size moving as quick as he does is not going to be controlled without very good technique and physical ability. One small slip from the lineman is enough for Armstead to win. Armstead’s speed in space is impressive as well, allowing him to chase down quarterbacks much better than 290 pounds should be able to.


In the NFL, Armstead is going to be somewhere between Chris Canty and Calais Campbell, both of which are good players. Canty, the lower end of the spectrum, is an outstanding run defender who has moments of overpowering pass rushing, while Campbell is a consistently overpowering player in every facet of his game. Even if Armstead is not the best prospect in the class, guys like him don’t come around too often. Any team seeking a 5-tech defensive end should have Armstead at the top end of their draft board.
post #862 of 5039
Damn. For those of you that don't remember, Shaq Riddick was my old roommate. He just missed out on getting an invite to the Combine. He's been training with nothing but top prospects though, I have no doubt he'll still be drafted.
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NFL Scouting Combine by the numbers
Here are some numbers for the players invited to participate at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, which runs from Feb. 17-23 in Indianapolis. NFL Network will provide live coverage of the event.

Position breakdown

Quarterbacks: 15
Running backs: 36 (including 2 fullbacks)
Wide receivers: 44
Tight ends: 19
Offensive linemen: 52 (34 tackles, 12 guards, 6 centers)
Defensive linemen: 56 (32 ends, 21 tackles, 3 nose tackles)
Linebackers: 34 (17 outside, 17 inside)
Defensive backs: 54 (33 cornerbacks, 13 free safeties, 8 strong safeties)
Specialists: 13 (7 punters, 5 kickers, 1 long snapper)

Conference breakdown
SEC: 68. Every conference school except Vanderbilt has at least one participant, and every league school except Mississippi (two), Tennessee (two) and Vanderbilt has at least four. Seven schools have at least five.
ACC: 57. Every conference school except North Carolina has at least one participant. Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, and Miami have at least seven participants and combine to have 38.
Pac-12: 44. Every conference school has at least one participant except Arizona, which won the Pac-12 South; California; and Colorado. Five schools have at least five.
Big Ten: 39. Every conference school except Illinois has at least one participant, and two have at least five. The division winners, Ohio State and Wisconsin, have a combined six.
Big 12: 31. Every conference school except Oklahoma State and Texas Tech has at least one participant, and three schools have at least five.
FCS schools: 27. Chattanooga, FCS champ North Dakota State, and Towson each have two participants.
Mountain West: 16. Air Force, New Mexico, San Jose State, and Utah State have no participants. The other league schools have at least one each; Colorado State has five, and Fresno State has three.
AAC: 14. Cincinnati, SMU, Temple, Tulsa, and USF have no participants. The other six schools have at least one participant each, and three schools have at least three. UCF leads with four.
Mid-American: 9. Central Michigan has three participants; Ball State, Massachusetts, Miami, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan each have one.
Conference USA: 5. Florida Atlantic, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, and UTEP each have one participant.
Independents: 5. Notre Dame has three participants, and BYU and Navy have one each.
Sun Belt: 5. South Alabama and Texas State have two participants each; Louisiana-Monroe has one.
Division II schools: 2. Harding (Ark.) and Newberry (S.C.) each have one participant.
Division III schools: 1. Hobart (N.Y.) has one participant.

There are 13 schools with at least six participants:

Florida State: 12
Alabama: 11
Louisville: 11
Florida: 9
Miami: 8
Oklahoma: 8 (includes WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who never played for the Sooners)
Auburn: 7
Clemson: 7
Oregon: 7
USC: 7
LSU: 6
Michigan State: 6
Stanford: 6

More combine facts and figures
» Eight power conference schools have no participants: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.

» National champion Ohio State has four participants, which shows how young the Buckeyes were this season.

» The number of quarterbacks invited, 15, is the fewest since at least 2005. There were 16 in 2013 and at least 18 in every other year from 2005-14.

» This is the third year in a row with 35 linebacker participants.

» There will be 12 guards at the combine. Five of them played in the ACC, and four played in the SEC. The only other FBS conference with a guard participating is the Big 12, which has two.

» For the second year in a row, there are no quarterbacks from the Big Ten. And one year after having no quarterbacks, the Pac-12 has four this year.

» Michigan State leads the Big Ten with six participants, but that figure would rank tied for fourth in the SEC, fifth in the ACC, tied for third in the Pac-12, and second in the Big 12.

» Colorado State, which is in the Mountain West, has five participants; that's more than all but one team in the Big Ten and Big 12 and more than all but two teams in the Pac-12.

» Central Michigan has as many participants as Michigan and Nebraska (3). East Carolina also has three, which is three more than North Carolina and one more than North Carolina State. Memphis has three, which is one more than Tennessee (2) and Vanderbilt (0) combined. FCS member Chattanooga has as many participants as Tennessee. Texas State has two participants, which is two more than Texas Tech.
post #864 of 5039
Very strong draft for defenses it appears, for every position except for safety.
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RJ's 2015 NFL Mock Version – 1.0 Pre-Combine

1. Tampa Bay Bucs - Jameis Winston QB FSU
2. Tennessee Titans - Leonard Williams DT USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
4. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper WR Bama
5. Washington ******** - Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska
6. New York Jets - Shaq Thompson OLB/S Washington
7. Chicago Bears - Shane Ray OLB Missouri
8. Atlanta Falcons - Andrus Peat OT Stanford
9. New York Giants - Bernardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi St.
10. St. Louis Rams - Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
11. Minnesota Vikings - Ereck Flowers OT The U
12. Cleveland Browns - DeVante Parker WR Louisville
13. New Orleans Saints - Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
14. Miami Dolphins - Kevin White WR West Virginia
15. San Francisco 49ers - Arik Armstead DE/OLB Oregon
16. Houston Texans - Trae Waynes CB MSU
17. San Diego Chargers - Danny Shelton NT Washington
18. Kansas City Chiefs - Landon Collins S Bama
19. Cleveland Browns - Eddie Goldman DT FSU
20. Philadelphia Eagles - Dante Fowler Jr. OLB Florida
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown DT Texas
22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma
23. Detroit Lions - Marcus Peters CB Washington
24. Arizona Cardinals - Alvin Dupree OLB/DE Kentucky
25. Carolina Panthers - T.J. Clemmings OT Pitt
26. Baltimore Ravens - Jaelen Strong WR ASU
27. Dallas Cowboys - Paul Dawson ILB TCU
28. Denver Broncos - Denzel Perryman ILB/OLB The U
29. Indianapolis Colts - La'el Collins OT LSU
30. Green Bay Packers - Michael Bennett DT/DE OSU
31. Seattle Seahawks - Alex Carter CB Stanford
32. New England Patriots - Carl Davis DT/DE Iowa

Beyond Round 1; Players I Love: Rounds:
Duke Johnson, RB, The U 2 to 3
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia 2 to 3
Ellis McCarthy, NT/DT, UCLA 3 to 5
Durrell Eskridge, S, Syracuse 3 to 5
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH) 3 to 6
Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St. 2 to 3
Clive Warford, TE, The U 2 to 4
Phillip Dorsett, WR, The U 2 to 4
Jake Fisher, OG, Oregon 2 to 4
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU 2 to 4
Kevin White, CB, TCU 3 to 6
Andy Gallik, C/OG, BC 3 to 6
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss 3 to 5
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor 4 to 5
Anthony Chickillo, DE, The U 4 to 6
Ladarius Gunter, CB, The U 4 to 6
Vince Mayle, WR, WSU 3 to 6
Stephone Anthony, ILB, Syracuse 4 to 6
Kurtis Drummond, S, MSU 4 to 6
Shaq Mason, OG, GT 4 to 6
Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan 5 to 7
Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas 5 to 7
Antwan Goodley, WR, Baylor 5 to 7

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post #866 of 5039
Shaq Mason is the best guard in the draft (that I have seen) not named Tre Jackson (Bias)
post #867 of 5039
agreed... he's gonna be a steal for some team.

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post #868 of 5039
My fave CB in the draft is Kevin Johnson from WF
post #869 of 5039
If we drafted McKinney and the rest of our division got those players mocked :x
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Originally Posted by dreClark View Post

Shaq Mason is the best guard in the draft (that I have seen) not named Tre Jackson (Bias)

Which baffles me that he wasn't invited to the combine. mean.gif
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