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The Senior Bowl week produced a few surprises and one of those was the Miami wide out Phillip Dorsett.  Pardon my Mainerism with the title of this article.  He definitely caught my attention in pdiddyMobile and rose in my receiver ranks because of his wiggle, burst, and catch radius.  Just to make sure what I saw in practice translated to the gridiron, I watched five games against Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Florida State.  Now, I like him a bit more.

WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami (FL) 5’ 10” 185 lbs.

Cons: The receiver has a slight build,is not the cleanest route runner,  and doesn’t always catch the ball cleanly with his hands.  He suffered a partial torn MCL in 2013 which slows him down a little.  His college production is also not that impressive with 36 catches in his senior year (58 receptions his sophomore year for a college career high), on the bright side, Dorsett did manage to take ten of those receptions to the house this past season. Read More »

dcobbThe Senior Bowl week featured one of the Big Ten’s prolific 2014 running backs in Minnesota’s David Cobb.  He seemed to take each practice in Mobile as a learning experience and remained consistent regardless of game or practice throughout the week.  After reviewing six of his college games against Missouri (bowl game), Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, San José State, and UNLV, I believe that he will be a quality rusher at the next level who could help your dynasty fantasy team.

RB David Cobb, Minnesota, 5″ 11″ 229 lbs. 

Cons: As with many Big Ten backs who play in run-first offenses, Cobb is not a skilled pass blocker.  He lowered his head too much trying to block and did not always see or take a good angle to be effective cut blocking.  The back will need to lower his hips and step into the defender striking them first, instead of being a catcher’s mitt.  There were a few concerning plays where Cobb tried to extend the ball while falling forward, then ended up fumbling the ball.  Turnovers cost coaches and players their jobs every year in the NFL, so the runner will need to extend the ball safely or not at all.  He is not the fastest back, instead he runs with the same speed and urgency on every single play.  There are no afterburners on the former Gopher back.  I also noticed he prefers to hold the ball in his right hand, and does not like to switch the pigskin to the arm nearest sideline. Read More »

The Senior Bowl hype train has certainly begun with the diminutive Duke receiver, Jamison Crowder.  For all you Justified fans, he is no relation to outlaw Boyd Crowder.  The wide out is quite jcrowderexciting to watch and certainly made a lot of fans during his football practices in Mobile.  I decided to review six of his games to see his football skills in action.  The games I watched were against Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Miami, Texas A&M, and North Carolina.  Here is what I saw:

WR Jamison Crowder, Duke 5′ 9″ 175 lbs.

Cons: When asked to block, the receiver doesn’t keep his feet under him.  He leans too much and either gets shoved aside or knocked down.  Crowder is not a big athlete at 5’ 9” 175 lbs. and shows it with a lack of toughness.  The wide out does not have much leg drive or power and seemed to be brought down by too many arm tackles for someone so elusive.  Crowder struggled with fielding punts, fumbling during the Senior Bowl and in a few of the games I watched.  He seems to focus on what is in front of him, instead of the task at hand. The receiver suffers from a bad habit of him letting the ball into his body, instead of attacking it in the air about half the time.  Snatching the pigskin would help him as he doesn’t always come down with contested passes. He did get jammed at the line by physical corners that put their hands on him right away. Read More »

Another surprise of mine from the Senior Bowl week was Nebraska running back, Ameer Abdullah.  He had a good week of practice, but even splashed more during the game, accounting for over aa110 total yards.  I reviewed six of his college games against USC, Rutgers, Michigan State, Illinois, Miami, and Florida Atlantic to get a better read on what he can bring to the next level and your dynasty fantasy team.

RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska 5′ 9″ 195 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumped out at me is he doesn’t always pick up his feet which causes the back to get tripped up more easily.  Abdullah doesn’t have much leg power, which hurts him in short yardage situations and relies a lot on his offensive line to create open spaces.  This was very clear against Michigan State where he averaged less than three yards a carry, but found his way into the end zone twice.  I am also concerned with his ability to anchor in pass protection (legs are too far apart) so the runner gets knocked backwards.  Abdullah tries to cut down the pass rusher at the knees, while not looking very comfortable attempting to block. Read More »

Tyler Lockett was already on my radar before the Senior Bowl game and practices.  Because of his great week of practices, I decided to watch six more of his games to get a better feel of what he can TLCdo.  After reviewing his games against Oklahoma (both 2013 and 2014), Texas Tech, Iowa State, Baylor, and TCU, I feel he could exceed expectations in the NFL and on your fantasy teams.  Many draftniks have him outside of their top 20 rookie wide outs, but I consider him a top 15 receiver option.

WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State 5′ 11″ 175 lbs.

Cons: The young receiver has a significant size and power disadvantage at 5’ 11” 175 lbs., when he plays against bigger, physical corners that knock him around.  There were a few times Lockett got caught fighting back aka shoving his coverage away.  He is an intense player with a lot of fire and attitude, which can work for or against him/his team depending on the situation.  The wide out had a few concentration lapses in his junior year, but recovers quickly in tight games.  Read More »

One of the most exciting backs at the 2015 Senior Bowl was Northern Iowa’s David Johnson.  After watching him practice for three days down in Mobile and then play in the all-star game, I decided DJto review all the games I could find.  The three available games I reviewed were against Southern Illinois, Iowa, and North Dakota State.  If more games become available, I would love to watch more.

RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa, 6′ 2″ 229 lbs.

Cons The runner is quite tall for his position.  This impacts how well he can protect himself taking hits, because the back does not run behind his pads leaving himself open to extra contact.  He also has issues with getting low in the hole and struggled on red zone carries in the Senior Bowl game.  There were some ball security issues that reared their ugly head in some goal line drills too.  His legs do not generate a lot of power with Johnson pulling the Rashard Mendenhall move of turning his back to the defense, while trying to leg press the pile.  It didn’t work with Mendenhall, nor will it work for the rookie.  Johnson struggles, at times, to run inside unless every one of his blockers gets a hat on a hat.  He would be best suited to go to a zone blocking scheme that would negate his lack of leg strength. Read More »

 

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 »

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 »

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