With Senior Bowl practices over and the game coming up Saturday afternoon at 2:30, here are some intriguing story lines from the week's practices. --Mike B.
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State. WOW. After playing QB for three years at Ohio State, Miller switched to WR for this season. He has looked explosive this week, making a few phenomenal plays in practice. Expect him to continue to turn heads come game time.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott helped himself this week. He looked sharp in drills and showed that he is capable of making NFL throws.
Scouts are talking up Notre Dame center Nick Martin, the younger brother of Zack Martin. The Cowboys coaching staff seem impressed with him, and the kid has some nice potential as an NFL starter.
Reggie Ragland, the Alabama linebacker, has looked phenomenal in practice. I think he will be an NFL starter, but it's premature to compare him to Brian Urlacher like Mel Kiper has done. Ragland will be a good linebacker, but he needs to become at least somewhat more disciplined in his reads to be dominant in the NFL. Still a good linebacker, but not the dominant monster many call him yet. This week is enough to convince me that the potential is there however.
Tavon Young, the CB from Temple, is helping his draft stock this week. The kid has looked great even though he's a bit smaller than typical corner prospects.
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon looked as good in practice as he does on film. This kid is going to be a good NFL RB.
Kansas State University guard Cody Whitehair is drawing comparisons to Zack Martin and Joel Bitonio.
Jalen Mills, the LSU CB, looks great in coverage drills. The kid has had a heck of a ride to get here, but he's doing exactly what he needs to to convince an NFL team to jump onboard.
Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia also helped himself a ton this week. Great in coverage drills.
Duke kicker Ross Martin has made long fieldgoals consistently all week, including a 55 and a 60 yarder. This kid could be good.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State University. Wentz looks as good as promised. Expect him to be selected somewhere in the first round in the NFL draft, second round at latest.
Sheldon Rankins also looks like a first rounder after practice. He won't play in the game itself due to injury, but the Louisville DT looked outstanding all week.
Jason Spriggs, the Indiana OT, looked solid all week. Great footwork.
The Patriots met with Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, younger brother of TE Rob Gronkowski.
Speaking of fullbacks, Northwestern fullback Dan Vitale has looked outstanding all week. Could be extremely solid at the next level.
Deion Jones from LSU had a great week at practice. He's undersized for a linebacker, but the guy can play. The kid has a phenomenal motor.
Southern Utah CB Miles Killebrew has been extremely physical all week. He's quiet, but he hits hard and is consistent. I'm intrigued.
Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky has looked good this week. He's struggled with some off the field issues leading up to the draft process, but he helped his draft stock this week. He has first round talent, but will a team take a chance on him?
Tight end play has been decent this week. Nick Vannett from Ohio State has impressed me as a potential red zone threat and South Carolina TE Jerell Adams has made some nice plays. I'm intrigued to watch both.
Defensive line play this week? YES PLEASE. This group looks amazing as a whole.
Interesting stat time. Alabama quarterback has started 14 games. He has 14 wins. He's a developmental prospect, but the kid knows how to win.
Hue Jackson met with Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl. Could he go #2 overall to Cleveland? Or does Cleveland trade back and try to snag him later? This could get interesting. Cleveland appears to be interested.
Here are some story line heading into today's games. --Mike B.
Stony Brook OLB Victor Ochi has been scouted by every NFL team during his college career. He's looked good in practice so far this week at the Shrine Game. He could be picking up momentum heading towards the draft.
The quarterback play at the Shrine Game practices has been pretty poor so far; these guys need a good showing today or they may be headed towards 7th round/udfa status.
Speaking of quarterbacks, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is working hard to rehabilitate his image at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl following his arrest. Right now, Boykin projects as a late round pick and may have to switch positions to stick in the NFL, but he needs a good showing tonight.
Speaking of rehabilitating images, Ray Rice is coaching running back at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. While his NFL career may be over, this is one way that Rice can attempt to rehabilitate his image.
Illinois WR Geronimo Allison has looked outstanding at the Shrine Game so far. He's a guy that works hard on every play and will stick with an NFL roster due to his strong work ethic. He likely improved his draft stock this week.
Stanford WR Devon Cajuste has also had a strong showing at the Shrine Game. He's visited with lots of teams and had a strong week of practice.
South Carolina State defensive lineman Javon Hargrave is getting lots of love from scouts at the Shrine Game as well.
Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry is getting a lot of love from scouts as well. They're especially paying attention to his work ethic. The kid works hard on every snap.
Graham Glagow, the Michigan center, has played extremely well at the Shrine Game. So well, in fact, that he earned an invite to participate in next week's Senior Bowl.
Scouts are falling in love with Illinois RB Josh Ferguson's explosiveness at the Shrine Game. He projects as a potential passing down RB in the NFL.
Montana State TE Beau Sandland has bounced around the college football world. Now, he heads to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl with something to prove. Can he impress NFL teams tonight?
Nevada Linebacker Ian Seau (nephew of Junior Seau) is an undersized but aggressive linebacker prospect. He should be fun to watch at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl tonight.
Speaking of players with NFL family ties, Oregon State DT Kyle Peko is Cincinnati Bengals DT Domato Peko's cousin. He' had a solid week of practice.
Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon has looked great at practice at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl so far, and is also a capable punt returner. He could catch on with an NFL roster.
Bowling Green running back Travis Greene looked great in practice as well at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and should catch on with an NFL roter. He's capable both as a RB and as a receiver out of the backfield.
Southern Mississippi WR Mike Thomas looks pretty good at practice at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. He's showcased nice speed and big play ability, but he's also inconsistent. Teams will want to watch more film on him following this event.
Antwaun Woods, DT, USC struggled through lots of organizational issues at USC over the past few years, but he still had a productive college career. He could turn some heads following this week at the Collegiate Bowl.
Arkansas State TE Darion Griswold made some nice cathes in practice at the Shrine Game. That could help him pick up steam in the draft process.
UMass WR Tajae Sharpe has had a great week at the Shrine Game and is meeting with numerous teams. He should get drafted following his performance this week.
Manitoba defensive lineman Ebuka Onyemata is one of the most raw players at the Shrine Game. That being said, teams are falling in love with him after a solid week of practices. Somebody is going to take a chance on him, and he has plenty of upside at the next level.
Stephane Nembot, the Colorado offensive tackle, is another guy that's generating interest at the Shrine Game. Needs a lot of work at the next level, but he's got good feet.
Some scouts reportedly wanted to see former Navy quarterback take more snaps at WR this week; he's converted to RB for the Shrine Game to try to garner interest from NFL teams.
Minnesota Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell is a guy that is still raw, but has shown great instincts at the Shrine Game practices this week. He should stick as a core special teamer early in his NFL career.
The Bears have met with at least 6 prospects at the Shrine Game. At least 3 of them were WRs. Look for them to consider adding WR depth in the draft.
The Chargers have spent a lot of time with quarterbacks at the Shrine Game this week. Are they targetting a developmental/backup player or a long-term replacement for Philip Rivers?
The Denver Broncos are also spending a lot of time visiting with WRs at the Shrine Game.
Clayton Fejedelem, the FS from Illinois, has generated some interest at the Shrine Game. numerous teams, including the Bengals and Rams, have spent time with him.
For a team that is stacked at RB, the Rams have interviewed a surprising 4 running backs at the Shrine Game.
The Jets are showing interest in quarterbaks at the Shrine Game. Not surprising given the uncertainty at the position with Ryan Fitzpatrick heading towards free agency.
The Washington Redskins are showing interest in upgrading their secondary after visiting with multiple defensive backs.
Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana has met with at least four teams at the Shrine Game. David Onyemata, the Manitoba DT, has met with at least 7.
Utah State WR Hunter Sharp has generated a lot of interest from scouts at the Shrine Game as well.
The college all star games are here! Here are the complete rosters for the 2016 East-West Shrine Game, the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and the 2016 Reese Senior Bowl. The Collegiate Bowl and Shrine Game take place on Saturday, January 23rd, and the Senior Bowl is on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. These events kick off the 2016 NFL Draft scouting season, and also the main portion of our NFL Draft coverage here at www.mattandmikesports.com. More coverage to come, but here are the rosters to start things off! Rosters will be color-coded by event. --Mike B.
Prospect meetings listed by team, per Walter Football. Just in case you're curious to see what teams are meeting with players.
Shrine Game Prospects:
Adams, Jr., Vernon. QB. Oregon.
Aiono, Siaosi. C. Utah.
Allison, Geronimo. WR. Illinois.
Anderson, Robby. WR. Temple.
Anthrop, Danny. WR. Purdue.
Balducci, Alex. DT. Oregon.
Bentley, V'Angelo. CB. Illinois.
Bertolet, Taylor. K. Texas A&M.
Blair, III, Ronald. DE. Appalachian State.
Boddy-Calhoun, Briean. CB. Minnesota.
Bolden, Joe. LB. Michigan.
Brendel, Jake. C. UCLA.
Brown, Anthony. CB. Perdue.
Brown, Chris. WR. Notre Dame.
Brown, Ryan. DE. Mississippi State.
Burgess, James. LB. Louisville.
Burris, Juston. CB. North Carolina State.
Bush, Deon. S. Miami.
Byrd, Jamie. S. South Florida.
Cajuste, Devon. WR. Stanford.
Calhoun, Taveze. CB. Mississippi State.
Campbell, De'Vondre. LB. Minnesota.
Caputo, Michael. S. Wisconsin.
Carrington, Lloyd. CB. Arizona State.
Carter, Tevin. S. Utah.
Carter, Kyle. TE. Penn State.
Cartwright, Kivon. TE. Colorado State.
Clark, Donavon. G. Michigan State.
Coley, Trevon. DT. Florida Atlantic.
Cooper, Fahn. T. Mississippi.
Core, Cody. WR. Mississippi.
Cowser, James. DE. Southern Utah.
Crawley, Ken. CB. Colorado.
Dangerfield, Jared. WR. Western Kentucky.
Dean, David. DT. Virginia.
Dixon, Jr., Gerald. DT. South Carolina.
Doughty, Brandon. QB. Western Kentucky.
Ehinger, Parker. G. Cincinnati.
Fallin, Taylor. T. Memphis.
Farris, Chase. G. Ohio State.
Feeney, Travis. LB. Washington.
Fejedelem, Clayton. S. Illinois.
Ferguson, Joshua. RB. Illinois.
French, Christian. LB. Oregon.
Frohnapfel, Blake. QB. Massachusetts-Amherst.
Frost, Kris. LB. Auburn.
Garrett, Keyarris. WR. Tulsa.
Glasgow, Graham. C. Michigan.
Golden, Jamal. S. Georgia Tech.
Griswold, Darion. TE. Arkansas State.
Hargrave, Javon. DT. South Carolina State.
Harrell, Anthony. LB, Florida.
Harris, Darien. LB. Michigan State.
Henry, Marcus. C. Boise State.
Holmes, Tyrone. DE. Montana.
Huettel, Alex. G. Bowling Green.
James, Cory. LB. Colorado State.
Johnson, Cory. DT. Kentucky.
Johnson, Devon. RB. Marshall.
Johnstone, Tyler. T. Oregon.
Jordan, Michael. CB. Missouri Western State.
Judon, Matt. DE. Grand Valley State.
Karras, Ted. G. Illinois.
Kaser, Drew. P. Texas A&M.
Kugler, Robert. C. Purdue.
Lasco, Daniel. RB. California.
Lawrence-Stample, Nile. DT. Florida State.
Leblanc, Cre'von. CB. Florida Atlantic.
Lewis, Alex. T. Nebraska.
Lomax, Jordan. S. Iowa.
Longino, Antonio. LB. Arizona State.
Lowry, Dean. DE. Northwestern.
Lumkin, Keith. T. Rutgers.
Lunsford, John. K. Liberty.
Maddy, Luther. DT. Virginia Tech.
Maiava, Lene. T. Arizona.
Malleck, Ryan. TE. Virginia Tech.
Marz, Tyler. T. Wisconsin.
McEwen, Sean. C. Calgary.
Mimms, II, David. CB. Texas State.
Monday, Will. P. Duke.
Morgan, II, David. TE. Texas-San Antonio.
Nembot, Stephane. T. Colorado.
Ochi, Victor. DE. Stony Brook.
Okwara, Romeo. DE. Notre Dame.
Onyemata, David. DE. Manitoba.
Paul, Gionni. LB. Utah.
Poole, Brian. CB. Florida.
Reynolds, Keenan. RB. Navy.
Rose, Mike. DE. North Carolina State.
Ross. Brandon. RB. Maryland.
Rudock, Jake. QB. Michigan.
Sarao, Anthony. LB. USC.
Scheu, Steven. TE. Vanderbilt.
Scott, Rashawn. WR. Miami (FL).
Sharp, Hunter. WR. Utah State.
Sharpe, Tajae. WR. Massachusetts-Amherst.
Shell, Brandon. T. South Carolina.
Shittu, Aziz. DE. Stanford.
Shumate, Elijah. S. Notre Dame.
Simmons, Justin. S. Boston College.
Sims, LeShaun. CB. Southern Utah.
Smith, Terrance. LB. Florida State.
Spruce, Nelson. WR. Colorado.
Stave, Joel. QB. Wisconsin.
Sudfeld, Nathan. QB. Indiana.
Teofilo, Vi. G. Arizona State.
Thuney, Joe. G. North Carolina State.
Vaillancourt, Charles. G. Laval.
Vanhoose, Nicholas. CB. Northwestern.
Wallace, Aaron. LB. UCLA.
Watt, Derek. RB. Wisconsin.
White, DJ. CB. Georgia Tech.
Williams, Antwione. LB. Georgia Southern.
Williamson, Andrew. S. Vanderbilt.
Williamson, RJ. S. Michigan State.
Woods, Storm. RB. Oregon State.
Wujciak, Connor. DT. Boston College.
Zettel, Anthony. DT. Penn State.
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Atkinson, Josh. CB. Azusa Pacific.
Baggett, Andrew. K. Missouri.
Barnes, Adairius. CB. Louisiana Tech.
Bellard, Adrian. T. Texas State.
Blount, Akil. LB. Florida A&M.
Boykin, Trevone. QB. TCU.
Braunecker, Ben. TE. Harvard.
Brown, Jatavis. LB. Akron.
Carlson, Sam. T. Colorado State.
Ceaser, Tekemian. WR. Louisiana-Monroe.
Christian, Marqui. DB. Midwestern State.
Deayon, Donte. CB. Boise State.
DeBord, Clay. G. Eastern Washington.
Dora, Vontarrius. DE. Louisiana Tech.
Dorleant, Makinton. CB. Northern Iowa.
Durham, Trayion. FB. Kent State.
Ederaine, Ejiro. LB. Fresno State.
Edwards, Laclan. P. Sam Houston State.
Elliott, DeAndre. CB. Colorado State.
Ferguson, Reid. LS. LSU.
Fisher Jr., Kelvin. DB. UTEP.
Flores, Paul. T. Azusa Pacific.
Friend, Kyle. G. Temple.
Fuller, Devin. WR. UCLA.
Gause, Quentin. LB. Rutgers.
Gilbert, Reggie. DE. Arizona.
Glover, Antonio. DB. Georgia Southern.
Green, Jacobi. RB. Richmond.
Greene, Darrell. G. San Diego State.
Greene, Travis. RB. Bowling Green.
Hanson, Lars. T. Sacramento State.
Harris, Davante. T. Appalachian State.
Harris, Tylor. DT. Wake Forest.
Hayes, Jesse. LB. Wisconsin.
Hemingway, Temarrick. TE. South Carolina State.
Heurtelou, Calvin. DT. Miami (FL).
Hilton, Mike. DB. Mississippi.
Holtz, J.P. TE. Pittsburgh.
Huguenin, Farrington. DE. Kentucky.
Iworah, Prince Charles. CB. Western Kentucky.
Jackson, Darius. RB. Eastern Michigan.
Jackson, Don. RB. Nevada.
Johnson, Matt. QB. Bowling Green.
Jones, Lenny. DE. Nevada.
Ufomba, Kamalu. DE. Miami (FL).
King, Deon. LB. Norfolk State.
Kose, Jeremiah. LB. Montana.
Kragen, Kyle. DE. California.
Kuer, Tyler. DT. Idaho State.
Lambert, Jordan. WR. Ball State.
Leonard, Richard. CB. Florida State.
Louis, Ricardo. WR. Auburn.
Lucas, Marquis. G. West Virginia.
Lucien, Devin. WR. Arizona State.
Mack, Ryan. T. Memphis.
Matics, Zach. K. Appalachian State.
Matthews, Mike. C. Texas A&M.
Matungulu, Helva. DT. Western Carolina.
Mays, Boomer. LB. Northern Illinois.
Mayweather, Garrick. G. Fordham.
McCaffery, Max. WR. Duke.
McKay, Mekale. WR. Cincinnati.
Mickens, Jaydon. WR. Washington.
Middleton, Doug. DB. Appalachian State.
Milhouse, Greg. DT. Campbell.
Morris, Aaron. G. Mississippi.
Neary, Aaron. G. Eastern Washington.
Neasman, Sharrod. CB. Florida Atlantic.
Ness, Andrew. C. Northern Illinois.
Northup, Reggie. LB. Florida State.
O'Toole, Nick. P. West Virginia.
Olsen, Ammon. QB. Southern Utah.
Parks, Will. DB. Arizona.
Peko, Kyle. DT. Oregon State.
Perkins, Joshua. TE. Washington.
Pierson, Dalyou. DE. Iowa State.
Price, Devon. WR. Ohio Northern.
Pressley, Jhurell. RB. New Mexico.
Pruitt, Jimmy. CB. San Jose State.
Rhodes, Luke. LB. William and Mary.
Rivers, Stephen. QB. Northwestern State.
Roberts, Elandon. LB. Houston.
Robertson, Dominique. T. West Georgia.
Rose, Winston. CB. New Mexico State.
Ross, James. LB. Michigan.
Russell, Alonzo. WR. Toledo.
Sandland, Beau. TE. Montana State.
Seau, Ian. LB. Nevada.
Severin, Canaan. WR. Virginia.
Skov, Patrick. FB. Georgia Tech.
Slater, Pearce. T. San Diego State.
Smith, CJ. CB. North Dakota State.
Stamps, A.J. DB. Kentucky.
Tavarres, Myke. LB. Incarnate Word.
Theus, Nathan. LS. Georgia.
Thomas, Mike. WR. Southern Miss.
Townsend Jr., Greg. DE. USC.
Treggs, Bryce. WR. California.
Tupou, Taniela. DT. Washington.
Vaeao, Destiny. DT. Washington State.
Waller, Marteze. RB. Fresno State.
Washington, Charles. CB. Fresno State.
White, Torian. G. Hampton.
Wilds, Brandon. RB. South Carolina.
Williams, Dom. WR. Washington State.
Williams, Donovan. G. Louisiana-Lafayette.
Williams, Frankie. DB. Purdue.
Wilson, Travis. QB. Utah.
Woodrum, Josh. QB. Liberty.
Woods, Antwaun. DT. USC.
Wright, Remound. RB. Stanford.
Senior Bowl Prospects.
Adams, Jerrell. TE. South Carolina.
Alexaner, Vadal. T. LSU.
Allen, Brandon. QB. Arkansas.
Allen, Jack. C. Michigan State.
Beavers, Willie. G. Western Michigan.
Blythe, Austin. C. Iowa.
Boehm, Evan. C. Missouri.
Bradberry, James. CB. Samford.
Brissett, Jacoby. QB. North Carolina State.
Brothers, Kentrell. ILB. Missouri.
Burbridge, Aaron. WR. Michigan State.
Butler, Vernon. DT. Louisiana Tech.
Byard, Kevin. S. Middle Tennessee.
Canady, Maurice. CB. Virginia.
Carroo, Leonte. WR. Rutgers.
Cash, Jeremy. S. Duke.
Clark, Le'Raven. T. Texas Tech.
Coker, Jake. QB. Alabama.
Dahl, Joe. G. Washington State.
Davis, Sean. S. Maryland.
Day, Sheldon. DT. Notre Dame.
Dillon, K.J. S. West Virginia.
Dixon, Kenneth. RB. Louisiana Tech.
Dixon, Riley. P. Syracuse.
Drake, Kenyan. RB. Alabama.
Drango, Spencer. T. Baylor.
Driskel, Jeff. QB. Louisiana Tech.
Ervin, Tyler. RB. San Jose State.
Fackrell, Kyler. OLB. Utah State.
Fairbairn, Ka'imi. K. UCLA.
Fanaika, Jason. DE. Utah.
Forrest, Josh. ILB. Keentucky.
Garnett, Josh. G. Stanford.
Glasgow, Graham. C. Michigan.
Green, Aaron. RB. TCU.
Gronkowski, Glenn. TE. Kansas State.
Haeg, Joe. T. North Dakota State.
Hall, Deiondre'. CB. Northern Iowa.
Hogan, Kevin. QB. Stanford.
Houston-Carson, DeAndre. S. William & Mary.
Ioannidis, Matt. DT. Temple.
Jackson III., William. CB. Houston.
Jefferson, Quinton. DT. Maryland.
Jenkins, Jordan. OLB. Georgia.
Johnson, Austin. DT. Penn State.
Jones, Cyrus. CB. Alabama.
Jones, Deion. ILB. LSU.
Jones, Jonathan. CB. Auburn.
Kaufusi, Bronson. DE. Brigham Young.
Kessler, Cody. QB. USC.
Killebrew, Miles. S. Southern Utah.
Kinal, Alex. P. Wake Forest.
Krieger-Coble, Henry. TE. Iowa.
Kwiatkowski, Nick. ILB. West Virginia.
Landes, Jimmy. LS. Baylor.
Lee, Jay. WR. Baylor.
Martin, Nick. G. Notre Dame.
Martin, Ross. K. Duke.
Martinez, Blake. ILB. Stanford.
Matakevich, Tyler. ILB. Temple.
Maye, K.J. WR. Minnesota.
McGee, Jake. TE. Florida.
McGovern, Connor. G. Missouri.
McRoberts, Paul. WR. Southeast Missouri State.
Miller, Braxton. WR. Ohio State.
Miller, Harlan. CB. SE Louisiana.
Mills, Jalen. CB. LSU.
Mitchell, Malcolm. WR. Georgia.
Moore, Chris. WR. Cincinnati.
Morrison, Antonio. ILB. Florida.
Murphy, Kyle. T. Stanford.
Murray, Eric. CB. Minnesota.
Nassib, Carl. DE. Penn State.
Nicolas, Dadi. DE. Virginia Tech.
Norris, Jared. ILB. Utah.
Oakman, Shawn. DE. Baylor.
Overbaugh, Jeff. LS. San Diego State.
Payton, Jordan. WR. UCLA.
Peake, Charone. WR. Clemson.
Perry, Joshua. OLB. Ohio State.
Peterson, Kevin. CB. Oklahoma State.
Prescott, Dak. QB. Mississippi State.
Powell, Tyvis. S. Ohio State.
Ragland, Reggie. OLB. Alabama.
Rankins, Sheldon. DE. Louisville.
Reed, Jarran. DE. Alabama.
Schobert, Joe. OLB. Wisconsin.
Shepard, Sterling. WR. Oklahoma.
Spence, Noah. DE. Eastern Kentucky.
Spriggs, Jason. T. Indiana.
Striker, Eric. OLB. Oklahoma.
Swain, Chris. RB. Navy.
Tapper, Charles. DE. Oklahoma.
Theus, John. T. Georgia.
Thomas, Lawrence. DE. Michigan State.
Thompson, Darian. S. Boise State.
Toner, Cole. T. Harvard.
Tretola, Sebastian. G. Arkansas.
Vainuku, Soma. FB. USC.
Vitale, Dan. FB. Northwestern.
Ward, Jihad. DE. Illinois.
Washington, Adolphus. DT. Ohio State.
Wentz, Carson. QB. North Dakota State.
Westerman, Christian. G. Arizona State.
Whitehair, Cody. G. Kansas State.
Williams, Bryce. TE. East Carolina.
Williams, Jonathan. RB. Arkansas.
Young, Tavon. CB. Temple.
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