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2015 Senior Bowl: South Practice Observations (Day Three)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Not only was Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

Not only was Norfolk State’s Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After a lackluster practice on Wednesday, the action really picked up today. The Jaguars coaching staff orchestrated a competitive, intensity, and exciting practice session with a ton of 1-on-1 battles. The session even consisted of a player mimicking Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski after he scored a touchdown. As the competition ramped up, some players elevated their games, and some came up short. These are the observations from the final South Session.

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2015 Senior Bowl: North Practice Observations (Day 3)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Minnesota RB David Cobb  had a great day of practice on Thursday.

Minnesota RB David Cobb had a great day of practice on Thursday.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The final day of padded Senior Bowl practice wrapped up today and it was another physical, competitive affair. As is the case with every Senior Bowl practice there was a lot of information to gather and lots of interesting observations. Through three practices scouts have been able to get an in depth look at many prospects and some have really made the most of their opportunity. Here’s what happend at the North Practice and what stood out to me.

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Scouting Report: Xavier Williams, DT

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Could this small school DT be a good fit for the Patriots?

Could this small school DT be a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Patriots are off to the Super Bowl!  We, as Patriots fans, are as lucky as it gets.  Fans can go a lifetime without seeing their favorite team make a Super Bowl and we get to experience it for the 6th time in 15 years.  I’m not going to let “deflategate” get me down.  I am going to enjoy these next two weeks and hopefully top it off with the Patriots hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy for the fourth time.  Every other team besides the Patriots and Seahawks have started their off season preparations, including breaking down draft prospects.  Nepatriotsdraft.com has to do the same thing, so today, I continue to look at Defensive Tackles. (more…)


2015 Senior Bowl: South Practice Observations (Day Two)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Miami (FL) TE Clive Walford put on a show at South Practice.

Miami (FL) TE Clive Walford put on a show at South Practice.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Day two of the Senior Bowl is “Aaron Donald Day” in my mind, meaning that it’s the day when the cream of the crop starts separating from the other prospects. While there might not be an Aaron Donald caliber prospect on the South squad we were able to see some prospects begin to emerge from the pack. Over the last five years I’ve been able to understand that the cream rises to the top at the Senior Bowl, if there’s a player who is trying to mask flaws or hide weaknesses in their game they’ll be exposed. That’s what begins to happn as the pads go on. These are my observation and notes from the South session and what was learned in Mobile today.

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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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