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Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 6:04 pm
 

NFLPA Game Review

It was a civil war of sorts, as "Texas" and "Nation" squads faced off in the first NFL Player Association Game this afternoon on CBS College Sports Network, a new reincarnation of the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge.

The first thing to know about college football all-star games is that evaluating talent purely off of that tape is fallacious. Players and coaches have one game to put together a game plan, and participants are rotated in and out throughout the contest so getting a rhythm or significant statistics is very difficult. 

Scouting talent while sitting at the Super Bowl media hotel is also difficult--however, there were some plays and players that caught my eye.

The most talented prospect in this game wasn't difficult to discover, even when watching in a public place; Nation DT Kenrick Ellis (South Carolina/Hampton) was continually putting pressure on Texas squad interior offensive linemen to push the pocket, plug up a lane against the run, or hustle to the ball outside the tackles. The 6-5, 336-pound tackle also forced a bad snap by otherwise stellar center Tim Barnes (Missouri) in the red zone in the fourth quarter, leading to a missed field goal.  

The game's MVP, Northwest Missouri State defensive end Roberto Davis, ended up in the backfield regularly in practice before making a sack and forcing a fumble on the day. A late add who scouts didn't really take notice of, even when at the NWMS campus, his ability to get under the pads of taller tackles, driving them in the backfield, will make teams go back to the tape.

Two other Texas defensive linemen made their stamp on the game late, Eddie Jones (Texas) and Jerrell Powe (Ole Miss) combining to stuff a fourth-and-goal run to seal the victory. Jones has a nice combination or speed and strength to be a strong-side 3-4 linebacker or 4-3 defensive end in the right system. Powe did not dominate in this game as many though he could, but he did make himself known by getting into the backfield when not facing double teams (which wasn't often). 

Both Ellis and Powe could be very high picks because of their size and relative athletic ability, but both also have issues (Powe-age, pass rush ability; Ellis-suspension from South Carolina) that could make them bargains in the second or third rounds in the Kris Jenkins mold.

Two intriguing quarterbacks, Josh Portis (California-PA) and Taylor Potts (Texas Tech) played well on the day. Portis used his legs to move the ball on a couple of occasions and a strong arm to hit short and intermediate routes. He and fellow Combine invitee WR Stephen Burton (West Texas A&M) had one of the best plays of the game; a perfectly-thrown deep ball down the right sideline which Burton caught while fighting off a corner. He was a bit erratic as the game progressed, but flashed the ability to originally took him to Florida and Maryland (the double-transfer will need to address his jumping colleges with scouts). 

Potts was named the game's Offensive MVP after going 9-for-15 for 107 yards and a touchdown; his practice week was the best of all quarterbacks, as well. And though his elusiveness in the pocket is significantly less impressive than Portis', his NFL size, fair arm, usually-tight spiral and accurate intermediate throws may make a team think he is worth a late-round selection.

One group of players difficult to evaluate in practices are linebackers because they don't get a chance to tackle. Tressor Baptiste (Texas A&M Kingsville),  Brian Duncan (Texas Tech), Adrian Moten (Maryland), and OLB Spencer Paysinger (Oregon) also quick enough to wrap up receivers and running backs in the backfield or towards either sideline. Baptiste and Paysinger were especially active, always appearing to be around the ball. 

Another player who made an impression in practice this week was Texas cornerback Josh Gatlin (North Dakota State), who had a nice high-point interception in the red zone on an underthrown pass. He also displayed nice press ability on the line, like he did in practice, but struggled to stay with receivers when playing off or in trail coverage.  Miscommunication with S ChrisProsinski (Wyoming) allowed a big play down the seam from QB Jeff Van Camp (Florida Atlantic) to WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (Iowa) near the end of the game. DJK stepped up with some plays today, especially on that late drive to give his team a chance to win, after an average week of practice.

Nation corner Vince Cuff also had some ups and downs in the game. He has the speed to stay with any receiver, and made an excellent leap in the air to knock down a pass. But he was five feet from the receiver during the play instead of on his hip pocket, forcing him to make the leap to get the ball--something scouts will notice on tape. Cuff also displayed toughness in the run game by cutting down FB Robert Hughes (Notre Dame) inside the hashes and tackling receivers immediately after the catch. His lack of size (5-10, 177), however, prevented him from making key tackles or staying with more physical receivers. 

Though explosive plays were at a minimum in this contest, Nation receiver Jock Sanders (West Virginia) and Texas running back Chad Spann (Northern Illinois) each made fans say "wow" with an exciting run. Former North Carolina QB T.J. Yates stepped up in the pocket to find Sanders over the middle in the third quarter, then the diminutive 5-6 receiver made a lot of yardage on his own with spectacular cuts and elusiveness through traffic. Spann showed great balance on a play later on, putting his hand on the turf after getting hit to stay upright and lower his shoulder to pound a would-be tackler after getting a chunk of yards.

Unfortunately, Nation WR Kris Durham (Georgia) and Texas WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State) aided in the game's lack of offense by starting the game with dropping passes. This was not surprising given their propensity to do so during practice. Another receiver with troubles holding onto the ball this week, UCF WR Jamar Newsome, got popped by his own guy (and some help from opposing CB Kevin Rutland from Missouri) to fumble a kickoff in the first half. All three receivers made good catches later, however, to earn back from respect from scouts.

Nation QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho) did little to help his stock in this game today, coming up short on intermediate and deep throws, and struggling to make any throw on the run. A mid-round prospect to start the year, a rough season and underwhelming NFLPA Game week give him only a slight chance to be drafted. 

Another Combine participant, Texas guard Isaiah Thompson (Houston), also struggled mightily--as he did in practice. Defensive tackle Ladi Ajiboye (South Carolina) used quickness and violent hands to run by Thompson early and often, and Ellis pushed aside Thompson later to get to unimpressive QB Ryan Colburn (Fresno State) later on.

Reading through this summary review of the NFLPA Game, you'll notice that in most cases, players perform in games as they did during practice week. This is an axiom coaches have followed as long as the game has been played. 

So although NFL scouts do not rely solely on an all-star game tape to evaluate a player, they typically aren't surprised by the game's flow or outcome.

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: January 16, 2011 1:51 pm
 

All-Stars with everything on the line - DT Austin

While much of the football-loving world is focusing on the NFL playoffs, scouts are preparing today for the first of a three week grind of all-star games that will have a huge impact on where (or if) dozens of players are ultimately drafted.

Over the next five days I'm going to highlight a player I believe could stand out and therefore significantly boost their stock. These players could come from the East-West Shrine Game (whose practices begin Monday), the Senior Bowl (whose practices begin Monday, January 24) and the NFLPA Game (whose practices begin Monday, January 31). The games themselves will be on succeeding Saturdays over the next three weeks. The NFLPA Game had previously been known as the Texas vs. Nation game.

One player who obviously has a great deal riding on his all-star performance is former North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin , invited to play in the Shrine Game.

Austin was, of course, suspended for the entire 2010 season after the NCAA discovered that he'd accepted inappropriate benefits from an agent.

Prior to the controversy, however, Austin rated among the elite senior prospects in the country. He was, according to published reports, given a high first round grade entering the year by National Scouting.

Austin, 6-3, 310 pounds has the quick first step, agility and strength teams operating out of the 4-3 alignment are looking for. One of the knocks on him has been an inconsistent motor. Having not played all season long, scouts will expect Austin to be fresh and firing on all cylinders all week long. Any sign of taking snaps off from Austin this week will only reinforce previous concerns - which could have disastrous results on his draft grade.

I've pointed out previously that this is a good looking Shrine roster , but one area that it may prove lacking is with the interior offensive linemen. NFLDraftScout.com currently ranks only one of the six interior offensive linemen Austin is expected to face in practice (East Team) higher than a 7th round pick.

Currently, the East team features Syracuse's Ryan Bartholomew and Texas A&M's JC Brignone at center and Missouri State's David Arkin, Ohio State's Bryant Browning, Illinois' Randall Hunt and Connecticut's Zachary Hurd at guard. Hurd is our highest rated of the bunch. NFLDraftScout.com currently has Hurd as a 5th-6th round value.

If Austin wants to re-emerge as the 50 prospect he'd previously been universally ranked as, he'll need to enjoy a dominant week.

For the entire Shrine Game roster, click here.

Or, for the best in NFL draft coverage, click here for NFLDraftScout.com.
Posted on: April 23, 2010 10:08 pm
 

Roberts, Veldheer, Carrington will surprise

As we get into the middle rounds is where NFL scouts and draft analysts earn their money.

While few fans will know much about Andre Roberts, wideout from The Citadel, Hillsdale offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and even Sun Belt standout Alex Carrington from Arkansas State, I believe these three will prove to be three of the better picks of the third round.

Roberts is my favorite of the three. Even with the trade of Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals are well stocked at wide receiver already with Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet. Roberts is a classic slot receiver and returner who could step in immediately should one of them go down to injury. Typically small school receivers are raw route-runners, but I was very impressed with Roberts at the Senior Bowl in this area. He has hands of glue.

Perhaps the most NFL-ready of the bunch, however, is Arkansas State's Alex Carrington, who at 6-5, 280 pounds has the length and strength the Bills need at defensive end for their conversion to the 3-4 defense. Carrington, like Roberts, helped dispel any thoughts that he couldn't make the jump to better competition with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.

Veldheer, a 46 game starter and All-American, fills an area of real concern for the Raiders. He has the length the Raiders like outside and really made a name for himself at the Texas vs. Nation game. I've spoken to scouts who rate him similarly to former Sebastian Vollmer, a surprise second round pick last year for the Patriots who ended up starting eight games as a rookie, including five games at left tackle.


Posted on: March 22, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Miami CB Shields arrested

Miami cornerback Sam Shields, a potential late round pick in next month's draft, significantly hurt his chances of being so after getting arrested last Thursday night and charged with a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana.

Shields, 5-11, 183 pounds, was once a highly touted wide receiver prospect. He actually played receiver throughout much of his career, starting a combined 12 games over the 2006-07 seasons. He only caught 11 passes for 124 yards in 2008, however, seeing most of his playing time on special teams. He was voted Miami's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2008.

Shields made the move to cornerback as a senior, playing in 12 games and ranking among the secondary's most productive players with 43 tackles and 2 passes broken up.

With decent size and reported 4.4 speed, Shields flashed the talent to pique scouts' interest, though he only had one year at cornerback. He helped himself with a solid showing at the Texas vs. Nation game and though he was not invited to the Combine, was viewed as a player who could hear his name called late on the draft's third day.

Shields' arrest, however, likely ends his chances at getting drafted. Based on the penalty handed down at his arraignment April 6, teams may now not even be willing to invite him to camp as an undrafted free agent.
Posted on: February 27, 2010 4:47 pm
 

Some surprises among TE workouts


Dorin Dickerson and Jimmy Graham will get most of the attention, but small schooler Clay Harbor from Missouri State stole the show during Saturday's tight end drills.

Harbor, a shade under 6-3 and 252 pounds, was timed at a very respectable 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was the surprise leader at the position in the bench press, putting up the bar 30 times -- the most from any tight end since 2007 (Daniel Coats). The former All-American had impressed scouts at the East-West Shrine and Texas vs. Nation games in January. At his size, some teams feel he projects best at fullback (which is where NFLDraftScout.com currently has him), but considering the strength he proved today and his uncommon tenacity as a blocker, Harbor is a legitimate tight end candidate, as well. 

Former Miami basketball player Jimmy Graham showcased the fluidity that had so impressed Chad Reuter and I last month at the Senior Bowl by running a 4.56 40-yard dash today. Graham moves remarkably well for a man with his 6-6, 260 frame, showing good agility and balance while running routes, as well.

Former Pittsburgh Panther tight end/h-back Dickerson blazed the track with a 4.40 second running in the 40-yard dash, according to NFL.com. Considering that he weighed in at only 6-1, 226 pounds, however, teams will have to determine if he can hold up at the point of attack -- which is why his strength (24 reps) could be the more important result to scouts.

Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:39 am
Edited on: February 2, 2010 10:27 am
 

Crompton, Skinner, Fitzgerald among Combine Snubs

The hardest working guy in the draft analysis business -- my fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter -- wrote the following note regarding a few of the worthy prospects spurned by the Combine committee... He wrote this en route to El Paso, Texas to scout the Texas vs. Nation game.



Every year a few deserving names are not included in the final Combine list, mostly due to space concerns. There are only so many spaces available to make drills and team interviews workable during the six day event, held in Indianapolis.

Last year, 45 players not invited to the Combine were drafted, four of which were selected in the top 100. Oakland and New England selected FS Mike Mitchell and RT Sebastian Vollmer in the second round, respectively, while Dallas picked LB Jason Williams and Tennessee Jacksonville CB Derek Cox in third round.

That was the exception, rather than the rule, as the Combine usually includes all but one or two of the top 100 selections. It is expected that only a one or two prospects not invited to Indy will sneak into the third round this year.

Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton is at the top of the list of those thinking they were snubbed by the National Football Scouting services and its member teams. His improvement from 2008 to 2009 under the tutelage of Lane Kiffin was astounding. He has the physical tools to be an NFL starter and seemed to be destined to prove himself in workouts at the LucasOil Dome.

Receiver Freddie Barnes from Bowling Green State is an impact college player with a legitimate beef after not receiving an invite. His production was unparalleled as a senior, even given the spread offenses prevalent in today's college football. Barnes' lack of speed may have caused him to skip the forty yard dash, anyway, but he deserved to be included as one of the draft's top 300-plus prospects.

Versatile defenders DE/OLB Alex Daniels (Cincinnati) and DT/DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald (Kansas State) could be fourth or fifth round picks for 3-4 teams looking for pass rush help in the front seven. Both players transferred from other major programs, Daniels from Minnesota (off-field incident) and Fitzgerald from Virginia (academics) raising some concerns from scouts that could have been discussed at team interviews.

Interior linemen John Estes (Hawaii) and Sergio Render (Virginia Tech) may not even be fourth-round picks, but performed well enough during their careers and at the East-West Shrine Game practices to be considered for the Combine. Estes lack of size and short arms won't excite some teams, but his bullish strength and solid technique could earn him a starting role eventually. Render is a run-blocking specialist who could be another fifth or sixth round pick with the potential as a starter in the right system. UCLA inside linebacker Reggie Carter and Utah free safety Robert Johnson also seemed to enjoy solid weeks in Orlando, but apparently weren't impressive enough to make the list. Similarly, Maryland free safety Terrell Skinner, who'd flashed during last week's practices in Mobile, didn't the cut.

Other draftable players who were left off the Combine list include intriguing small-school players DE/OLB Danny Batten (South Dakota State) and RB Deji Karim (Southern Illinois) and BCS conference standouts DT Andre Neblett (Temple) and FS Aaron Webster (Cincinnati), all of whom join Crompton and Daniels, along with many other interesting prospects, at the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge this week.

Follow our coverage of the week of TvN practices on NFLDraftScout.com!


 
 
 
 
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