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It’s a sunny day here in the press box.  Many people don’t see the importance of the game.  This is where the players get to prove what they learned during the week and how they respond to adversity in a game.  Here are my thoughts about particular players in game action, listed in alphabetical order:

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

This is the most explosive runner of the game.  Abdullah is showing great burst, quick feet, spin moves, and not giving much to hit.  He is lying low in the flat, providing the limited quarterbacks a good option. Read More »

It’s day three in Mobile, Alabama and the intensity has decidedly waned in practice.  Many NFL scouts have left as have several teams’ personnel.  There were a few nuggets of information to be gleamed, so I will break down some thoughts after watching both the North and South squads.  The players got listed alphabetically and by the squad they were on.

North

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The runner has good burst, shows quick feet changing directions, and sells his fakes well.  Abdullah can find a small sliver on the line and get small.  I have my doubts that he will be more than a third down back though at the next level. Read More »

It’s day two in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl practices.  There was a lot more physical play than yesterday.  Tracking these players now before the hype gets out of hand could be the key to your dynasty fantasy season.  I have listed the players by practice (North or South) and then alphabetically.

North

RB David Cobb, Minnesota

The runner showed off soft hands and good hustle during practices today.  He keeps his legs pumping, protects the ball, and always falls forward. Read More »

It’s Senior Bowl’s Day One here in Mobile, Alabama.  The town is abuzz with all thirty-two teams in attendance.  The first day of practice is always a slow one as players are getting familiar with the coaching staffs and their new teammates.  Here are some initial thoughts from today’s practices (I have listed them alphabetically and separated them by squad).

North

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

The muscular, athletic back got small in the hole using good wiggle to avoid contact.  Abdullah caught the ball well out of the backfield, looked good in the open field showing good burst, and straddled the sideline well, keeping his balance.  He doesn’t appear big enough to handle an NFL workload. Read More »

WR This game is in its fourth year and has the NFL Players Association as its sponsor.  It gives senior small school prospects that did not invited to other events the chance to show off their talents.  ccThis event features many retired NFL greats as coaches including Priest Holmes, Darrell Green, and Andre Reed.  Many of the participants will not get drafted, but many will make NFL teams and perhaps become starters.  I wrote about some of these athletes that stood out to while watching the game on ESPN.  Here are those players listed alphabetically:

WR DeAndre Carter, Sacramento State

The 5’8″ 194 lbs. receiver is a talented kickoff returner with loose hips, quick feet, and good vision.  He uses a double move to create a little separation downfield, but lets the ball get into his body when trying to catch the ball.  Carter has a lot of heart and blocks well in the running game.  The wide out/return specialist suffered a knee injury and didn’t return to the game.  He is someone to keep an eye on with huge college production that might make an NFL team. Read More »

The 90th annual East-West Shrine Game has a lot of tradition behind it, for the community and the NFL.  For those that don’t think this game is important, please look back to the 2010 game that featured two prominent za'da2014 Seattle Seahawk defenders: safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Michael Bennett.  Sure these most players probably won’t get selected in the first three rounds of the draft, but many will make NFL teams and perhaps become starters.  I wrote about some of these athletes that stood out to while watching the game on NFL Network.  Here are those players listed alphabetically:

ILB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State

The Big Ten linebacker dropped back into coverage quickly.  He does a good job shedding blockers and plugging up the middle of the field in short yardage situations.  Jones has decent vision anticipating where the ball is heading and is a solid tackler who delivers hard hits. Read More »

Now is the time  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams by looking towards the 2015 NFL Draft with prospects like Marcus Mariota and Devin Smith. dsmith One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that might make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out during the national championship game.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

DE-Arik Armstead, Oregon

This defender started the game like he was out of cannon.  Armstead has great leg drive; knocking the offensive tackle back into the pocket disrupting the passing lane, which forces quicker throws. He uses a strong punch to keep blockers off his body, leaving room to maneuver with effective spin and swim moves. The defensive lineman flowed up and down the line of scrimmage, chasing ball carriers down the field when necessary.  Armstead is a punishing tackler with good vision who tried to force runners back inside.  He recovered a fumble setting up the Ducks in the red zone.  After a very impactful first half, Armstead slowed down towards the end of the game.  This was the result of the Ohio State running game that had worn down the entire front seven of the Ducks.  Read More »

Now is the time  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams by looking towards the 2015 NFL Draft with prospects like Shaq Thompson and Maxx Williams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that maxxwmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

RB-David Cobb, Minnesota

The young back has good vision, quick feet, and seemed very comfortable running pass patterns for a Big ten back.  He catches the ball well in stride with soft hands, looking very impressive on a wheel route when he caught the ball with a defender draped all over him. Cobb unfortunately did not get his feet down on that play, but his athleticism shined thru. The runner is not a strapping 30+ carries half back, instead he has a skill set similar to the Patriots Shane Vereen.  He needs space to run, has a little wiggle, but takes what the defense gives him.  There were a few times Cobb got strung out running east and west showing more hesitation than explosion.  The back is decent in pass protection, stepping up to attack defenders, but doesn’t hold up for terribly long.  If you want a back that can perform on trick plays, Cobb could be your man as he caught a backwards lateral and then threw it back to his quarterback for a completion.  Read More »

This is the time of the fantasy season  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that acoopmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

S-Landon Collins, Alabama

The defensive back made some early mistakes: lost track of the ball on a deep pass and missed a tackle that lead to a long Buckeye run.  He responded well to that adversity and settled down after the first quarter.  Collins breaks quickly on the ball in the air from the back half of the field or when he lines up against the slot receiver.  The safety is solid in run support, tackles low.  He crashed into the ball carrier stripped the ball and recovered it.  Collins does a good job containing outside runs, forcing them back inside, especially near the end zone.  When coming off the edge, the safety is an effective pass rusher.  He got banged up a few times, entering and leaving the game in the 2nd and 4th quarter due to a shoulder injury. Read More »

This is the time of the fantasy season  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that m&mmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are more of the players that stood out with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point for the 2015 NFL Draft and your own rookie fantasy draft!  I listed these players alphabetically:

DT: Carl Davis, Iowa

This is a bad man who demands two blockers on almost every play.  He gets great initial pressure right off the snap of the ball.  Davis knocked a guard back into the ball carrier to knock both offensive players on their butts and the next play stood up a guard while reaching out with one arm tackling the running back.  The problem is Davis moves like an alligator, full speed straight ahead with a lot of power and determination.  However, when you make him move laterally, he loses a lot of steam and power. Read More »

This is the time of the fantasy season  in dynasty leagues when the good owners are trying to find ways to fortify their teams.  One of the best ways to do that is by looking to the college players that melmight make the move to the NFL this spring.  Here are some of the players that made an impression with their bowl game play.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, rather a starting point.

DE-Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State- This defensive end flip-flops sides and can anchor the edge without giving up much ground.  He gets good initial pressure off the snap and can crash down the line to help defend the run.  Calhoun can dip his shoulder underneath the blocker on the way to the quarterback or use a spin move to create space between him and the offensive line.  His most impressive play of the night was a swat that knocked the offensive tackle off-balance, and the defensive end burst past him to sack the quarterback.  Calhoun also chopped the ball out of the signal caller hand while getting another half sack. Read More »

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