Tag:NFL Advisory Committee
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 2:18 pm

Report: Ole Miss loses RT Massie to NFL

A few weeks ago I noted that NFL teams in need of help at offensive tackle were hoping for a significant influx of talent from underclassmen to save a weak 2012 crop of seniors.

As expected, Southern Cal's Matt Kalil, Iowa's Riley Reiff and Stanford's Jonathan Martin all accepted the challenge. On Friday, another junior offensive tackle decided that he too would be making the jump and attempting to take advantage of the talent vacuum at the position this year.

According to a report from the Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi right tackle Bobby Massie is heading to the NFL.

The Clarion-Ledger report does not quote Massie nor any members of the Ole Miss program. Instead, they cite Massie's Facebook account, which reads, "2012 season I will be playing on Sundays. It was fun Ole Miss."

If Massie is indeed leaving school early for the draft, it isn't a surprise. It was well known that Massie was considering making the jump. He and fellow Rebel offensive lineman A.J. Hawkins each petitioned the NFL Advisory Committee for a grade.

The actual grades given by the committee are rarely leaked (which is why this story is interesting)

NFLDraftScout.com had projected the 6-6, 325 pound Massie as a possible 2nd round pick to begin the 2011 season. A disappointing year for the Rebels caused his stock to slip a bit as the year went on but a top 75 remains a possibility due to Massie's rare blend of size, strength and durability.

An extremely highly touted prep prospect who originally signed with Virginia Tech and was heavily recruited by Alabama and others, Massie played an extra year at the prep level for Hargrave Military Academy before seeing action with the Rebels. Once on the field for Ole Miss, however, Massie quickly established himself as a standout. The long-armed, surprisingly nimble Massie started the final 29 games of his career at right tackle for the Rebels.

Though he never earned post-season honors while at Ole Miss, the Rebels' struggles at quarterback played a role. Mississippi rotated three quarterbacks in 2011 and their differing styles contributed to a talented offensive line that had been counted on as a team strength struggling. The Rebels, in fact, gave up 34 sacks last year which was just one behind Kentucky for the worst in all of the SEC.

When scouts break down Massie on tape they will see a fundamentally flawed prospect but one with a great deal of natural talent. Considering the concerns scouts have about the senior class of tackles available in the 2012 draft, Massie could prove one of the more intriguing raw speciments at the position.

Massie currently ranks fifth among NFLDraftScout.com's 2013 tackle prospects.

Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:04 am

FSU loses talented rSo CB Rhodes to knee injury

With a come from behind victory over Notre Dame in Thursday night's Champ Sports Bowl, the Florida State Seminoles took a significant step towards re-establishing themselves as a national force.

Unfortunately, redshirt sophomore cornerback Xavier Rhodes, one of the key players expected to help the Seminoles take the next step in 2012, suffered an ugly knee injury in the third quarter that could impact his ability for next season.

Though an ESPN sideline reporter characterized the injury as a "sprained knee" during the telecast, a source at the game said the injury "looks bad" and anticipated an MRI being ordered for Rhodes Friday.

Though only a redshirt sophomore, Rhodes had already established himself as one of the more intriguing press cornerback prospects in the country. The 6-1, 215 pound Rhodes had been enjoying a strong game matched up one on one with Notre Dame star Michael Floyd, proving the hype he'd begun to build with his play was well deserved. Though targeted on several occasions, Rhodes had helped limit Floyd, NFLDraftScout.com's top senior receiver for the 2012 draft, to only 3 catches for 22 yards in over a half of work.

On the play in which he was injured Rhodes collided with Floyd and safety LaMarcus Joyner competing for a pass down the left sideline. All three players hit the ground hard.

Rhodes initially popped up quickly off the sideline but then dropped suddenly to the ground, grasping his left knee in obvious pain. Florida State doctors quickly converged on him, and after a few moments, carefully helped off the field. Quickly thereafter it was announced that Rhodes had been ruled him out for the rest of the game with a sprained knee.

Floyd was able to return for a few plays, catching two passes for 19 yards, including a juggling five yard toughdown on the drive. He was limited the rest of the game due to what an ESPN sideline reporter characterized as a shot taken to his midsection. His absence clearly limited the Irish offense as they were out-scored 15-0 in the fourth quarter and eventually lost 18-14.

Floyd's inability to get back onto the field was disappointing. His injury, however, isn't likely to have any real effect on his pro stock.

For Rhodes, who some suggest had requested a grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, the extent of his injury could have a much greater impact. 

Including the Champs Sports Bowl, Rhodes recorded 43 tackles in 2011. He also defended five passes, with one interception this season. 
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:57 pm

All 32 teams represented at Indiana WR's Pro Day

Indiana wideout and kick returner Tandon Doss is considered one of the better "second-tier" prospects in the draft. This much was proven by the fact all 32 teams were represented at his Wednesday Pro Day, according to an NFL source on the scene.

Doss, who left after his junior season, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection who led the conference in all-purpose yards last season (175.8 per game) despite missing the opening game of the season with a groin injury. Doss battled through the injury throughout the season and had surgery on both groins on December 2, keeping him sidelined for the Combine and Indiana's initial Pro Day, March 10.

Doss, according to the source, was given a 2nd-3rd round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee.

Despite his production and high grade, teams are nervous about his recovery. Doss (6-2, 202 pounds) caught the ball fluidly during his workout Wednesday, but timed slower than hoped. This scout had him at 4.59 and 4.64, though NFL.com's Gil Brandt cites a source who had Doss timing between 4.62 and 4.67. Brandt also lists Doss as having a 32 ½-inch vertical jump , a 9-8 broad jump, and ran a 4.21 short shuttle and 7.04 3-cone drill and notes that these efforts are probably not indicative of Doss' true athleticism as he recovers from the surgery.

When healthy, Doss' ability as a downfield target and kick returner has been proven. Though he lacks true explosiveness, his size, good route-running and reliable hands make him an intriguing fit in the West Coast Offense.

Below is a video of his performance against Michigan in 2009. In it, you can see his versatility and big play ability.

Posted on: December 21, 2010 2:44 pm

NFL Advisory Committee details

Over the next few weeks you can expect to hear and read a great deal about theNFLAdvisory Committee. This committee of pro scouts was organized to give underclassmen prospects considering making the jump to the NFL an accurate grade before they give up their collegiate eligibility.

Here is how the process works.

First, players have to be three years removed from their high school graduation date to be eligible for the NFL Draft.

When one of these players determines that he wants an NFL grade, he asks a member of his current coaching staff to set up the process. The paperwork involved asks the player to identify himself, his position, jersey number and other pertinent information, including games missed and their "best games." This paperwork has to be signed by a member of the coaching staff or a pro liason before it will be accepted by the NFL.

Once the league gets the paperwork, the name of the player is sent out to 4-5 teams. Scouts for these teams review the player off tape and provide a grade. The grades are tabulated and sent back to college coach to give to the player. The grades are broken up into five categories based on how high a player may be drafted -- 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round, 4th-7th round, and unlikely to be drafted.

With as many 150 underclassmen requesting grades, you can imagine the league can get swamped. The NFL encourages prospects to turn in their requests early. A soft deadline of December 17 is given for a full assessment. The NFL will accept later requests up to January 4, however, but cautions prospects that they won't get a full assessment.

Players have a deadline of January 15 to officially declare for the draft. They do get three days (January 17, midnight EST) to reconsider before the decision becomes final and they are officially part of the player pool eligible for the upcoming April's draft.

While the NFL Advisory Committee does a great job of providing prospects with grades, it is important to note that each prospect's final grade won't be determined until after the Combine. While the Combine is often characterized by the media as one big workout, the more important information to NFL teams is the medical testing. A prospect can receive a high grade from the Advisory Committee based on game tape, but subsequently drop significantly if a medical condition is discovered after testing.

Remember that for complete draft coverage, be sure to check out NFLDraftScout.com or simply click here.

Posted on: July 19, 2010 12:22 pm

South Carolina TE Saunders caught up in UNC mess

South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior prospect at the position, is being investigated for potential inappropriate contact with sports agents , according to Joseph Person of TheState.com.

Saunders, who grew up in Durham, North Carolina, is said to be friends with several of the UNC players reportedly being investigated last week by NCAA officials. According to Person's report, the NCAA's concern may be that an agent paid for airfare and lodging for Saunders and/or UNC players, which, of course, would be a violation of the amatuer eligibility rules.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier acknowledged that his talented tight end is in potential trouble with the NCAA in Person's article, but was careful not to paint Saunders in a bad light.

“I’m not accusing Weslye of anything. He may be innocent. He may just know those (North Carolina) guys,” Spurrier said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see how it all comes out.”
The 6-5, 272 pound Saunders offers a rare combination of size and athleticism for the position. A featured component of the team's offense to start last season, Saunders caught 12 passes over his first two games, but finished with only 32 (for 352 yards and 3 scores) on the year.

Saunders heavily considered leaving early for the NFL after last season and did request a grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. Saunders' grade was reported to be in the mid-rounds, which led to his return to South Carolina for his senior season.

Saunders certainly has the physical potential to warrant NFLDraftScout.com's lofty preseason ranking. With previous concerns about his work ethic and consistency, however, if he is to take full advantage of his impressive natural skill set, he'll need to get through the NCAA investigation unscathed and put forth an inspired 2010 season.

Posted on: January 19, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2010 1:08 pm

53 Underclassmen Enter Draft, Ties Record

The NFL announced that 53 underclassmen have petitioned and been accepted into the player pool for the 2010 NFL Draft. The total matches 2008 as the highest number of underclassmen allowed in the draft in league history. It continues a growing trend of young players forgoing their eligibility early. There were "only" 35 players who made themselves eligible in 2001 and just last year the number was 46.

Due to virtual perfect storm of circumstances, the mass exodus of underclassmen was predictable. Concerns about a potential rookie salary cap has generated the most attention, but other factors, including the high profile injuries to Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford and tight end Jermaine Gresham also likely played a role in pushing the kids out.

Another significant factor that led to underclassmen coming out early was the almost season-long battle between the NFL, the BCS conferences and their video companies, DVSport and XOS Technologies. NFL scouts typically received film from the college teams each week for free. This year, however, the conferences demanded payment. The resulting conflict took months to resolve, leaving scouts little time to grade the huge number of underclassmen that sent in their paperwork to the NFL Advisory Committee. Without the opinions of the NFL teams that would actually be doing the drafting, players often resorted to the opinions of agents, media and friends/family.

Many of the names among the 53 are recognizable to even casual fans. Some, however, are not. As is always the case, one hopes that those relatively unknown names did their due diligence in making this critical decision. Players had until January 15th to declare for the draft. They are given a 72 hour time period to change their mind and return to school, assuming they do not sign with an agent. South Carolina defensive end/outside linebacker Eric Norwood is a recent example of a player that announced he'd be leaving, only to change his mind and return to school. He earned his third consecutive All-SEC honor this year and has helped his draft stock.

Here are the names of the 53 players:

Basped, Kevin

Benn, Arrelious

Berry, Eric

Best, Jahvid

Bowman, Navorro

Bradford, Sam

Briscoe, Dezmon

Brown, Antonio

Bryant, Dez

Bulaga, Bryan

Burnett, Morgan

Campbell, Bruce

Clausen, Jimmy

Curran, Rennie

Davis, Anthony

Dunlap, Carlos

Dwyer, Jonathan

Franks, Dominique

Geathers, Clifton

Gibson, Thaddeus

Gresham, Jermaine

Griffen, Everson

Gronkowski, Rob

Haden, Joe

Hernandez, Aaron

Jackson, Kareem

Jones, Chad

Jones, Reshad

Joseph, Linval

Marshall, Darius

Mathews, Ryan

McClain, Rolando

McCoy, Gerald

McKnight, Joe

McNeal, Shawnbrey

Mitchell, Carlton

Moore, Joshua

Morgan, Derrick

Norton, Jerell

Pierre-Paul, Jason

Pouncey, Maurkice

Price, Brian

Rogan, Dennis

Snead, Jevan

Spievey, Amari

Tate, Golden

Thomas, Demaryius

Thomas, Earl

Warren, Donovan

Williams, Damian

Williams, Mike

Worilds, Jason

Wright, Major

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