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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior converted linebacker Haason Reddick Temple Owls.

ILB-Haason Reddick, Temple 6’1” 237 lbs.

This defender might have been more of an afterthought if not for the opportunity to participate in the Senior Bowl event in Mobile, Alabama. During Senior Bowl practice he got coached up and seemed to have found his more natural position as an inside linebacker. After beginning his college career at Temple as a defensive back he then converted to an outside rushing linebacker/defensive to end his college career. As I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, let’s break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the senior defender: 2016 contests versus Wake Forest, Memphis, and Cincinnati, the 2017 Senior Bowl, along with a 2015 games against Notre Dame. Most of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. These are my thoughts: Read More »

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Maybe it’s just me, but with the proliferation of Draft Twitter and the multitudes of fantasy football sites, I believe it is important to know someone’s background before reading their work aka “don’t follow false prophets”. Speaking of myself and only myself, I have watched football for over 43 years of my 47 years on this earth. That alone, however, does not make me a good judge of football talent. I played football for four years between junior high and high school where I was a starting guard, sometimes center and began defense as a defensive end, but eventually played both inside and outside backer spots. Once again, that does not qualify me to be an expert at football, just some experience playing the game. 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 »

Editor’s note: I wanted to replay my first Senior Bowl experience to help differentiate the rookies that you are drafting as we speak.  I hope you enjoy:

I don’t know what it is, but there is something pretty awesome about sitting in a room with hundreds of the best football minds this country has to offer. Looking around and seeing general managers, head coaches, offensive and defensiveabby coordinators, really made me feel lucky to be a part of the Senior Bowl.

My adventure started the day before when I got on my third and final flight of the night from Chicago and as it turned out, I was on the plane with the majority of the Bears coaching staff on their way to Mobile.

Weigh-in/measurements part of the day is a necessary evil, but I was not a fan.  They are made to parade in front of 500 scouts/media members/coaching staffs in their underwear.  If there was something noteworthy I will mention it in my individual player notes.  Now on to my South and North practice notes listed in alphabetical order:

Jared Abbrederis, WR WISC
The powerfully built receiver was physical catching the ball, throwing off a defensive back hanging on him.  He runs crisp routes, sinks his hips, and catches the ball out in front in stride with strong hands.  There is something about him that reminds me of former Cincinnati Bengal TJ Houshmanzadeh.  If anyone could be called the North’s best receiver, it is Abbrederis. Read More »

The Senior Bowl (http://www.seniorbowl.com/) has been a part of the college players transition to professional football since 1950.  This game has raised the profiles of future NFL players and the charitable efforts in Mobil, Alabama.  I will be analyzing some of the players in the Senior Bowl who stood out to me.  I tend to focus on the offense, but I discuss a few outstanding defenders as well.  If you are looking for Senior Bowl practice notes, please check out http://www.draftcountdown.com/ and/or http://www.rookiedraft.com/ and follow @ShanePHallam and/or @RookieDraft (aka Joe Everett) on twitter.  Shane and Joe were great interviews on my Dynasty Blitz podcasts (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynasty-blitz) breaking down some of these players before the all-star game circuit.  Today, I will be discussing many of the key players that hopefully will transition to the NFL and make an impact on your fantasy teams.

WR Joe Adams (Arkansas) – Adams was one of the most dynamic players on the field.  He demonstrated good hands, separation from the defenders, and turned up the field quickly with explosion.  The sideline is his friend and he uses whatever position he is on the field to help set up his blockers.  Adams has a great spin move, but he did cough up the ball on his second catch of the day in mid-spin.  For the rest of the article click here: http://www.fantasyalarm.com/2012-senior-bowl-game-player-analysis/

Earlier today my counterpart Andy Miley shared his Senior Bowl thoughts.

I’ve always loved the Senior Bowl.  The Senior Bowl has been the  unofficial kick-off to the next fantasy season for as far back as I have done dynasty fantasy football.  As the NFL Network provides more access, it is easier for us arm-chair dynasty scouts to get a first good look at the next class of potential rookie draft selections. Read More »