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2015 Senior Bowl: North Practice Observations on Day Two

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Iowa DL Carl Davis was unblockable at times during North Practice.

Iowa DL Carl Davis was unblockable at times during North Practice.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Today, all the pads went on at the Senior Bowl and the North Squad gave on-lookers a physical, competitive practice to watch. Linemen battled in a variety of 1-on-1s, which gave scouts the opportunity to learn a lot about some of these players. Overall, it was one of the better Senior Bowl practices I’ve been witness to in the last few years. Here are my observations and which players stood out during this morning’s session.

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2015 Senior Bowl: North and South Practice Notes + Observations

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Miami (OH) CB Quinten Rollins is off to a good start at the Senior Bowl.

Miami (OH) CB Quinten Rollins is off to a good start at the Senior Bowl.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The first day of the Senior Bowl is in the books and what a whirlwind it was. There is so much information to be gathered throughout this process that’s it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the goings on. After watching the first practices and the official weigh-in, I’ve put together my thoughts and observations on the day. One day won’t define the draft stock of the participants, but the information gathered is another piece to the puzzle. Here is what I learned from the first day in Mobile.

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32 Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2015 Senior Bowl

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
LSU OT La'El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

LSU OT La’El Collins might be the best prospect in the Senior Bowl.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2015 Senior Bowl kicks off Tuesday in Mobile, Alabama signaling the official start to NFL Draft Season and I’ll be down there providing as much coverage as possible. As is the case every year, this game and week of practice is loaded with future NFL starters. All 32 NFL teams will migrate to Southern Alabama in hopes of finding the next Russell Wilson, Jamie Collins, or Kyle Long.

This game only invites the cream of the crop to participate in the festivities, meaning that every player that shows up has a legitimate shot to make a name for themselves in the NFL. Here are 32 prospects in particular I’ll be keeping a close eye on next week in Mobile.

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Scouting Report: Jordan Phillips, DT

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
You have to look beyond the stat sheet to see the impact Phillips has on games.

You have to look beyond the stat sheet to see the impact Phillips has on games.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It was an eventful weekend to say the least.  It started with the Patriots breezing through to the AFC championship game and ended with the first ever BCS playoff championship.  In all honesty, that game on Saturday aged me quite a bit and I am pretty sure my wife thinks I am crazy.  For me, it was shocking to see the defense struggle as much as it did.  This entire season, the defense has played well, probably the best it has in several years, but on Saturday there were some alarming trends that need to get fixed in a hurry if the Patriots are going to have a shot at the elusive 4th Lombardi Trophy.  One player that really struggled was DT Vince Wilfork.  For years, he has anchored the middle of the Patriots defensive line, but he is getting older and it may be time to look for his predecessor, so today I scouted Jordan Phillips.  (more…)


2015 NFL Draft: Underclassmen Tracker

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Underclassmen entries like Randy Gregory have strengthened the draft class.

Underclassmen like Randy Gregory have strengthened the draft class.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The number of underclassmen leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft has increased expotentially over the last decade. Declarations reached a pinnacle last year by surpassing 100 early entries, many of whom did not get drafted. The trend has slowed slightly this year and it looks unlikely the number of underclassmen reaches triple digits. That being said, the addition of 60-90 new entires into the 2015 Draft class significantly enhances the talent at just about every position. Here is an undate on the players that have announced they’re leaving school early along with a loose projection of where they’ll be drafted.

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Scouting Report: Brandon Scherff, OG/OT

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Does Scherff have what it takes to play Tackle in the NFL, or would he better suited to play Guard?

Does Scherff have what it takes to play Tackle in the NFL, or would he better suited to play Guard?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Why do I do this to myself?  Being a die hard Cyclone fan, sitting down and watching a couple of hours of Iowa game film is a form of torture.  I promise to you though that I stayed objective despite my strong dislike for the black and gold.  One thing you may notice is that in the title I have Guard listed before Tackle, and no, that is not a typo.  Why? Read the rest of the report to find out. (more…)


National Championship Prospect Preview

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Can newcomer Cardale Jones out-gun the Heisman winner?

Can newcomer Cardale Jones out-gun the Heisman winner?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Oregon.  Ohio State.  Truly pioneers of the collegiate national championship.  As the world was approaching a devastating second World War, Oregon and Ohio State were set to make a different kind of history.  The two schools met in the 1939 National Championship game in the first ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament (NABC at the time).  In front of a crowd of just over 15,000 people, Oregon prevailed over the Buckeyes 46-33.

Now, will a basketball game played 75 years ago impact what happens in Jerry World Monday night? Probably not. Nonetheless it is extremely ironic as the same two schools will meet in the first ever National Championship game in the playoff era. (more…)







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