Tag:All-star
Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Pure Energy?

Today I reviewed the tape from the Eastham Energy Bowl, a first-year all-star game put together by group including former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, that was played the same weekend as the East-West Shrine Game.

The level of talent at this game will not lend itself to many players being selected in next April's draft. However, there are a handful of players that could sneak into the late rounds, and several others potentially signing as priority free agents (whenever teams are able to sign them due to the CBA issues) with a chance to make a roster.

Here are a few prospects that stood out during the game:

DE Rodney Gnat (Louisville): His nine sacks in 2010 went a bit under the radar on an average Louisville team, but his explosiveness off the edge did not escape scouts. He did get engulfed at times when playing the strong side, but also disengaged on one play to make a stop.

RB DeJuan Harris (Troy): He's not going to run an exceptional 40-yard dash at his pro day, but his one-cut ability and tough running were evident in the EE Bowl.

CB Talmadge Jackson III (Oregon): He showed his propensity to make big hits during the game, and high-pointed an interception (albeit on a severely underthrown ball). He's a great fit for a zone scheme and a potential special teams contributor.

OG Ricky Henry (Nebraska), DT T.J. Langley (Arkansas Tech): At 6-5, 315, Langley is quite a physical speciman. His battles against Henry were really worth watching in his game. At times, Langley flashed a first step to penetrate and the strength to push Henry into the backfield. However, the first-team All-Big 12 pick usually anchored before reaching the quarterback and at times got under Langley's pads to take him a few yards downfield. Both guys will certainly be on teams' radar...

CB Loyce Means (Houston): Some people may think I included Means here because of his pick-six and fumble recovery for a score...however, his quick feet and aggressive coverage style is what makes me think he could sneak into the draft late. Being in position to make those big plays is no mean feat, either.

OT David Mims (Virginia Union): The 6-8, 335-pound right tackle prospect with a strong kick-slide and great length looks the part of an NFL lineman. The players in this game could not beat him upfield, but NFLends will use his height against him unless he learns how to anchor effectively. He also lacks recovery ability, and may struggle to prevent strong pro ends from beating him inside on a secondary rush.

ILB Cobrani Mixon (Kent State): In a draft lacking in 4-3 mike linebackers, Mixon's ability to explode into gaps as a run defender and attack short throws in coverage could earn him respect among scouts.

CB Julian Posey (Ohio): His slight, sub-180 pound frame belies his physical style of play and aggressive nature. He broke up two passes during the game, one closing on a slant and the other extending to knock away a quick stop route by the near left pylon.

RB Alex Robinson (Iowa State); Robinson does not have elite speed or quickness, but showed enough of everything and versatility as a receiver to earn a shot at playing time in training camp.

WR Armand Robinson (Miami, Ohio): Very productive receiver (94-1,062-6) who displayed strong hands, tough run-after-catch ability, and a quicker release off the line than expected.

DT Damik Scafe (Boston College); A try-hard tackle prospect, Scafe's lack of athleticism was evident throughout the game -- but so was his effort and ability to stand up to double teams. An NFL team may see him as a potential reserve nose tackle.

TE Brad Taylor (Baylor): Looked like he could be a solid H-back prospect, displaying good hands and an ability to move linebackers out of run action at the second level.

WR Jimmy Young (TCU): One of the few prospects in this game that received a Senior Bowl invite, Young proved his strength after the catch and receiving ability in the game. He but also looked a bit sloppy in his routes and lacked awareness when his quarterback was trying to extend the play.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: February 1, 2011 12:01 pm
 

NFLPA Game Measurements

The NFLPA Game, formerly known as the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge, started its week with the official weigh-in and measurements, listed below.

Most of the players from big-time programs looked like they belong: Oklahoma State Ugo Chinasa, Georgia OT Josh Davis, LSU Lazarius Levingston and Virginia Tech TE Andre Smith all looked put together. Utah center Zane Taylor and WR Jeremy Ross also looked a lot thicker than expected.

OT Trevis Turner (Abilene Christian) and DTs Kendrick Ellis (South Carolina/Hampton) and Frank Kearse (Alabama A&M) will get big looks despite playing at small schools this year, because of their size and builds.

Virginia Tech DT John Graves came in lighter than he'd hoped, Ohio State Devon Torrence's lack of length will hinder his grade, as well.

Write-ups from this afternoon's practices in windy and cold San Antonio will follow later today.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter


NATION SQUAD (Pos, Name, Ht, Wt, Hand (L=Left, Arm, Wingspan)

DB Abdul-Quddus, Isa  Fordham  6000  200   10.125  32  76.25

LS Adams, Corey  Kansas State  6043  246   9  32.875  77.625

OLB Addison, Mario  Troy  6025  245   9.375  33.625  80

DT Ajiboye, Ladi  South Carolina  6016  293   9.875  34.125  79.125

DE Anthony, Christian  Grambling State  6034  281   10.25  32.875  79.375

RB Berry, Damien  Miami  5104  212   9.375  31.625  75.625

P/K Bosher, Matt  Miami (FL)  6005  207   9.625  30.875  74.25

CB Brinkley, Niles  Wisconsin  5096  190   9.25  30.125  72.875

CB Cuff, Vance  Georgia  5102  171   9.625  31.25  74.875

OL Davis, Josh  Georgia  6073  305   10.75  35.625  85.75

S DeCicco, Dominic  Pittsburgh  6026  232   8.625  32.875  79

RB Draughn, Shaun  North Carolina  5112  210   9.625  31  75.125

WR Durham, Kris  Georgia  6052  214   9.125  31.625  77.125

DT Ellis, Kenrick  Hampton  6050  336   10.375  34.75  82.625

QB Enderle, Nathan  Idaho  6042  240   9.625  31  75.25

CB Gaitor, Anthony  FIU  5097  175   10  30.25  73.5

OLB Gee, Michael  Indiana (PA)  6004  239   8.875  32.875  77.5

DT Graves, John  Virginia Tech  6033  278   9.75  31.5  77.5

TE Hardy, Daniel  Idaho  6035  248   9.75  30.625  76.625

ILB Harvey, Mario  Marshall  5112  250   9.75  32.875  76.75

OL Hendrickson, Peter  Tulane  6076  310   10.25  33.75  82.375

WR Holmes, Andre  Hillsdale  6045  209   8.5  34  74

OLB Hunter, Jeremiha  Iowa  6006  239   9.375  31.625  75.75

OL Johnson, Carl  Florida  6052  353   9.875  35.375  85.125

WR Johnson-Koulianos, Derrell  Iowa  5116  204   9.5  32  75.25

DT Kearse, Frank  Alabama A&M  6041  311   10.75  34.75  84.75

OL Kilgore, Daniel  Appalachian State  6033  304   9.875  35.375  85.125

OL King, Jarriel  South Carolina  6052  310   10  35.5  86

S Legree, Mark  Appalachian State  6000  211   8.75  30.5  72.625

DE Levingston, Lazarius  LSU  6035  288   10.375  32.75  79.5

DE Marshall, Craig  South Florida  6045  276   9.25  32.25  81

CB Maxwell, Byron  Clemson  6006  207   9.125  32.625  76.875

WR Morgan, Joe  Walsh  6005  185   8.5  30.875  74.625

OLB Moten, Adrian  Maryland  6015  225   9.375  31.5  77.25

RB Murphy, Richard  LSU  6007  204   8.875  31  76.375

WR Newsome, Jamar  Central Flordia  6005  198   8.875  33  77.25

DE Nurse, Clay  Illinois  6026  259   9.625  34.125  81.25

TE Oordt, Schuylar  Northern Iowa  6056  258   9.625  33.25  80.375

RB Payne, Keith  Virginia  6022  257   10.75  32.5  78.25

OL Porter, Curt  Jacksonville State  6070  308   9.75  34  82.25

K Rogers, Jacob  Cincinnati  6022  215   9.5  31.125  76.5

WR Sanders, Jock  West Virginia  5063  174   8.875  28.375  68.5

TE Smith, Andre  Virginia Tech  6044  269   10.125  34.75  82.375

ILB Smith, D.J.  Appalachian State  5106  237   9.75  31.25  75.75

OT Smith, Willie  East Carolina  6047  305   11  33.75  81

WR Spencer, Owen  North Carolina State  6024  191   9.625  33.125  77.625

FB Taylor, Ryan  North Carolina  6033  250   10.125  33.125  77.625

OL Taylor, Zane  Utah  6024  313   10  32  77.75

OLB Thomas, J.T.  West Virginia  6012  236   9.25  30.75  74.25

OL Thorson, Brad  Kansas  6040  301   10  32.25  79.25

CB Torrence, Devon  Ohio State  5115  190   8.75  29.75  70.625

QB Van Camp, Jeff  Florida Atlantic  6052  209   10  32.5  78.75

S Walters, Anthony  Delaware  6000  201   9.5  32  77.25

QB Yates, T.J.  North Carolina  6035  221   10.125  32.25  75.75

OT Young, D.J.  Michigan State  6047  307   9.75  35.125  83.875



TEXAS Squad  (Pos, Name, Ht, Wt, Hand (L=Left, Arm, Wingspan)

WR Adams, Kris  UTEP  6034  194   10 L  34  80

OL Allen, Matt  Texas A&M  6025  279   10 L  33.25  79.5

ILB Baptiste, Tressor  Texas A&M Kingsville  6001  235   8.75  31.125  75.375

OL Barnes, Tim  Missouri  6036  297   10  32.875  78.25

FB Bartlett, Bubba  Carroll - MT  6007  238   10  31  74

OL Bell, Byron  New Mexico  6052  348   10.5  32.75  81

DT Bryant, Corbin  Northwestern  6041  302   9.25  32.25  76.25

WR Burton, Stephen  West Texas A&M  6016  219   8.875  31.5  74.875

DE Chinasa, Ugo  Oklahoma State  6051  254   9.875  35.5  85.25

QB Colburn, Ryan  Fresno State  6030  218   9.25  29.5  73.5

DE Daniels, Wayne  TCU  6006  257   10  32.5  78.375

OLB Davie, Quentin  Northwestern  6043  238   9.75  33.75  80

DE Davis, Roberto  NW Missouri State  6022  247   10  32.75  78.375

OL Dominguez, Ray  Arkansas  6042  340   9.5  33  80.875

OLB Duncan, Brian  Texas Tech  6003  237   9.25  30.75  74.25

P Epperson, Derek  Baylor  6032  237   9.125  32.25  77.875

RB Fannin, Mario  Auburn  5105  225   9.375  30.875  74.25

RB Finley, Jay  Baylor  5107  198   9.25  32.625  76.5

LS Flaherty, Harry  Princeton  6026  242   10.25  32.875  78.5

DB Gatlin, Josh  North Dakota State  6003  195   8.75  30.875  74.125

TE Graham, Cameron  Louisville  6031  240   9 3/8 L  30.875  75.5

CB Hagan, Darian  Cal  5113  178   8.875  31.875  75.625

WR Harris, Marcus  Murray State  6007  187   9.25  31.25  75

TE Housler, Robert  Florida Atlantic  6054  249   9.5  34.375  80.875

OL Hughes, Kevin  SE Louisiana  6037  297   9.375  33.5  80.5

FB Hughes, Robert  Notre Dame  5110  233   10 1/4 L  32  75.375

DE Jones, Eddie  Texas  6022  258   10.25  32.875  79

CB Jones, Ryan  NW Missouri State  5111  197   8.625  30.75  72.375

OLB Lattimore, Jamari  Middle Tennessee State  6020  218   10.75  33.125  79.875

WR Lockette, Ricardo  Fort Valley State  6021  207   9.875  33.5  79

DT Lumpkin, Ricky  Kentucky  6034  308   8.875  31.875  77.625

WR Matthews, Chris  Kentucky  6050  224   9.75  33.625  80.625

WR Moore, Denarius  Tennessee  6000  191   9.25  32.5  77.25

OL Newton, Derek  Arkansas State  6050  311   9.125  31.875  77.625

DT Patterson, Lucas  Texas A&M  6041  290   9.625  30.75  77.125

OLB Paysinger, Spencer  Oregon  6026  230   9  32.25  76

OL Person, Mike  Montana State  6047  296   9.375  31.875  77.875

QB Portis, Josh  California (PA)  6031  209   9.75  33.5  79.875

QB Potts, Taylor  Texas Tech  6040  220   9.75  32.875  80.25

DT Powe, Jerrell  Mississippi  6020  331   9.625  33.125  78

S Prosinski, Chris  Wyoming  6012  205   9.625  29.875  72.25

CB Rembert, Reggie  Air Force  5073  180   9.375  29.75  70.375

S Rolle, Maurice  Lousiana-Lafayette  6002  189   8.625  32.625  76.625

WR Ross, Jeremy  California  5117  212   9.125  30.75  74.25

CB Rutland, Kevin  MIssouri  5117  191   8.5  30.875  72.625

TE Skelton, Stephen  Fordham  6046  247   10  32.25  77.75

CB Skrine, Buster  Tennessee-Chattanooga  5095  186   8.625  30.125  72.25

RB Spann, Chad  Northern Illinois  5080  199   9  30  71.875

OL Stewart, Chris  Notre Dame  6043  346   9.125  34  83.125

OL Thompson, Isaiah  Houston  6035  300   9.125  32.75  77.25

OL Turner, Trevis  Abilene Christian  6067  342   10.375  33.625  81.375

S Valai, Jay  Wisconsin  5083  203   10.25  31.875  73.75

K Weber, Thomas  Arizona State University  6004  200   9.875  31.375  75.375

DT Whitlock, Colby  Texas Tech  6023  299   9  31.25  75.375
OLB Williams, Jabara  Stephen F. Austin  6022  223   9.375  31.125  75.125

Posted on: December 15, 2010 5:46 pm
 

HBCU All-Star Game

This weekend, the second annual Russell Athletic Historically Black Colleges and Universities all-star game will be held in Atlanta, to be held at the Georgia Dome. Last year, the game was a great success with NFL scouts and fans, and the talent appears to be excellent this year, as well.

The highest-rated prospect in this game may be Tennessee State safety Eugene Clifford, who transferred from Ohio State after an off-field incident in July 2008. His 6-1, 200-pound frame and production for TSU (73 tackles, four interceptions, 10 pass break-ups) won't escape scouts despite his playing at the Football Championship Subdivision level the past two seasons. 

Several receivers will have the eyes of scouts at the Georgia Dome. Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Raymond Webber led the FCS in receiving yards with 1,429 on 101 receptions. Fort Valley State's Ricardo Lockett has bounced around a bit in recent years, but his sub-4.3 speed will always intrigue teams. 6-4 Florida State transfer Fred Rouse is also looking for his chance to shine during this week's practices and Saturday's game. Joseph Hills (6-5, 205) is another FBS transfer, from South Carolina, who joined Clifford at Tennessee State and could play at the next level.

SWAC's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Grambling State RB Frank Warren (1,537 yds, 18 TD) and Texas Southern linebacker Dejuan Fulghum (100 tackles, 18 TFL, 11 sacks), will both show their wares to scouts. Two other SWAC defenders likely to get attention during the pre-draft process are Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 6-3, 312-pound DT Ibraham Abdulai (18 TFL) and Alabama A&M's, 6-5, 325-pound Frank Kearse (11 TFL in eight games).

There are many other prospects worth scouts' time at this event, which hopes to land a television deal in the future so everyone can watch these potential NFL contributors. 18 players on last year's roster were drafted or signed as free agents...that number could increase this year.

Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

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