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Chad Kelly, Joe Mixon among non-Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:45 pm

With the NFL Combine player invite list released Wednesday there are a host of different ways to break the list down. After sifting through the position numbers and colleges most heavily represented, those prospects who were not invited are looked for next. One very recognizable name to Bills fans was not invited to Indianapolis.

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly was not one of the quarterbacks invited to the NFL Combine. He along with Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon were among the more notable prospects left off the list, and it appears the league’s new policy implemented last year was the reason why.

Last year the league instituted a conduct policy barring players from the combine based on criminal cases involving violence or sexual offenses.

Kelly plead guilty to disorderly conduct after being involved in a nightclub brawl. Meanwhile, Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon was also not invited after he punched a female student at Oklahoma in the face in 2014. A video of the incident surfaced two years ago. Even though Mixon wasn’t convicted in the case the league reserves the right to bar any prospect from the Combine based on circumstances involving the player.

In Kelly’s two seasons at Ole Miss he threw for 6,800 yards and 50 touchdowns, but his 2016 season was ended prematurely by an ACL knee injury. Kelly was at the Senior Bowl to interview with NFL teams, but did not participate due to his knee rehabilitation.

Kelly’s Ole Miss teammate WR Damore’ea Stringfellow was also left off the invite list. He plead guilty to an assault charge while playing at the University of Washington in 2014 and was also involved in the nightclub fight with Kelly.


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Michigan tops list with most Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:21 pm

The NFL Combine invite list is typically dominated by SEC and ACC schools. That is primarily the case again this year, but a Big 10 school tops the list this year.

Michigan has the most NFL Combine player invites with a total of 14 players. Alabama and LSU are next with 10 invites each. Clemson and Miami had the next most with nine apiece.

Here’s a look at the schools with the most total player invites to Indianapolis this year.

Michigan – 14
Alabama – 10
LSU – 10
Clemson – 9
Miami – 9
Florida – 8
Florida St. – 8
Ohio St. – 8
USC – 8
Utah – 8
Louisville – 7
Washington – 7


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NFL Combine invite list position breakdown

Posted by Chris Brown on February 15, 2017 – 12:15 pm

The NFL has released their NFL Combine player invite list. Here’s a breakdown of the 325 pro prospects by position.

Wide receiver typically heads the list in terms of number and that was no different this year with 58 wideouts on the invite list for Indianapolis. Probably the biggest drop in numbers from last year is on the defensive line. Last year there were 59 defensive linemen invited. This year it’s just 48.

In what’s seen as a weak offensive line class, the numbers are down at offensive tackle from 25 last year to just 18 this year. Quarterback is also down from 19 last year to 15 this year.

QB – 15
RB – 33
WR – 58
TE – 19
OL – 43 (OT – 18; G/C – 26)
DL – 48 (DT – 21; DE – 27)
LB – 37 (OLB – 25; ILB – 12)
CB – 35
S – 26
P/K/LS – 11


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Brown & White combine numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on April 4, 2016 – 10:44 am

The Bills are hosting a pair of free agent players today (Monday) in LB Zach Brown and CB Corey White. We thought we’d take a look back at some of their NFL Combine numbers from when they were drafted in 2012.

Brown has always been a top flight athlete. He ran a 4.5 40 time at the combine at 244 pounds. He also had a 33 1/2-inch vertical and a nine-foot eight-inch broad jump.

While White didn’t run quite as fast as Brown, posting a 4.55 40 time, he had a 37 1/2-inch vertical and a 10’6″ broad jump and a solid 6.72 3-cone drill.


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Clemson’s Shaq Lawson to get medical re-check

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2016 – 1:43 pm

Clemson DL Shaw Lawson had one of his shoulders flagged during the NFL Combine medical exams.

That according to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer.

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Other reports indicate that up to a dozen teams passed Lawson’s shoulder on their medical exams.

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But Lawson’s call back for the medical re-check in Indy in April was requested by a host of other teams. The request isn’t unusual. As we covered in the first installment of our ‘On the Clock’ series, medical re-checks are required for a lot of prospects who were not 100 percent recovered from a surgical procedure, like Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

Lawson is forecast as a first-round pick.


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Report: Bills met with QB Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2016 – 9:15 am

The Bills met with a host of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week. Not surprisingly, one was a quarterback according to a report.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a formal interview with the Bills along with about half the league in Indianapolis.

Lynch is widely viewed as part of the second tier of quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class behind top QBs Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

He may come off the board at the end of round one, but his value might be more suited for round two. While he has enormous upside and all the physical tools at 6-7 and 245 pounds, Lynch played in a shotgun offense and took play calls from the sideline so he’ll need a good bit of development to adjust to the NFL game.

Lynch ran a 4.86 40 time at the combine and had a 36-inch vertical leap.

“Lynch at 6-6 245 with his arm… now what has to happen is he’s got to become a pitcher,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. “He’s got to be coached up to be a pitcher. He’s a thrower right now. That’s the only thing with Lynch is he just needs some time. He’s young. He’s won a lot of games. When he played really good teams late in the year he struggled.”


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Top DB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 2:43 pm

With the NFL Combine workouts now complete here’s a look at the top 40 times among cornerbacks and safeties.

Cornerbacks
1 – Jonathan Jones – Auburn – 4.33
2 – Anthony Brown – Purdue – 4.35
T3 – Brandon Williams – Texas A&M – 4.37
T3 – Williams Jackson III – Houston – 4.37
5 – Kevon Seymour – USC – 4.39

Safeties
1 – T.J. Green – Clemson – 4.34
2 – Tyvis Powell – Ohio St. – 4.46
3 – Derrick Kindred – TCU – 4.5
4 – K.J. Dillon – West Virginia – 4.53
5 – DeAndre Houston-Carson – William & Mary – 4.54

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Top DL bench reps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:35 am

The bench press is a battle of wills and when the big position groups get under the bar it can be pretty entertaining. Here’s the top five defensive linemen who put 225 up more than anyone else at the NFL Combine.

1 – Chris Mayes – Georgia – 33
T2 – Ronald Blair – Appalachian St. – 32
T2 – Matthew Ianoddis – Temple – 32
4 – Andrew Billings – Baylor -31
T5 – D.J. Reader – Clemson – 30
T5 – Dean Lowry – Northwestern – 30
T5 – Matt Judon – Grand Valley St. – 30

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LB Lee tops position group in 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:26 am

It was no surprise that Ohio State LB prospect Darron Lee scorched the 40 at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Forecast as a late-first round pick, it’s Lee’s speed and athleticism that has teams seeing him as a true three down linebacker capable of handling any coverage assignment required of a LB.

A safety in high school, Lee was converted to linebacker when he arrived at Columbus. Weighing in at 232 and running a 4.47 only enhances his stock as there were a handful of teams worried about his playing weight, which was reportedly as low as 219 at times. Running that time and carrying the proper weight solidifies where he’ll go on day 1 of the draft.

“I think getting more speed to those defense, I know a lot of teams are looking for speed,” Lee said. “I feel that’s something I’ll be able to do, me tuning up my technique and becoming more of a linebacker over these next couple of years, that will help me out.”

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times at the linebacker position from the NFL Combine.

1 – Darron Lee – Ohio State – 4.47
2 – Travis Feeney – Washington – 4.50
3 – De’Vondre Campbell – Minnesota – 4.58
4 – Deion Jones – LSU – 4.59
5 – Leonard Floyd – Georgia – 4.6\

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Top DL 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 29, 2016 – 8:21 am

Here’s a look at the top 40 times for defensive linemen with defensive ends, not surprisingly posting some of the best.

1 – Charles Tapper – Oklahoma – 4.59
2 – Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma St. – 4.63
3 – Kamalei Correa – Boise St. – 4.69
4 – Shaq Lawson – Clemson – 4.7
5 – Matt Judon – Grand Valley State – 4.73

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Top WR 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 3:15 pm

Here’s a look at the top five 40 times among the wide receivers who worked out at the NFL Combine Saturday.

1 – Will Fuller – Notre Dame – 4.32
2 – Kolby Listenbee – TCU – 4.35
3 – Trevor Davis – Cal – 4.42
4 – Ricardo Louis – Auburn – 4.43
T5 – Malcolm Mitchell – Georgia – 4.45
T5 – Charone Peake – Clemson – 4.45

Among the more notable receivers who did not run were Baylor’s Corey Coleman, South Carolina Pharoh Cooper and Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell.

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Top WR vertical leaps

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:38 pm

An indication of explosiveness, the vertical leap is an important drill at the NFL Combine for wide receivers. Here are the top performers in the vertical leap Saturday among wideouts.

T1 – Josh Doctson – TCU – 41″
T1 – Sterling Shepard – Oklahoma – 41″
3 – Corey Coleman – Baylor – 40.5″
4 – Trevor Davis – Cal – 38.5″
5 – Ricardo Louis – Auburn – 38″

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Top QB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:26 pm

Here are the top 40 times by the quarterback prospects at the NFL Combine Saturday.

Carson Wentz proved he’s more athletic than some might think for a 6-5 quarterback as he ran the second-fastest 40 time. Here’s a look at the top 5.

1 – Jeff Driskel – Louisiana Tech – 4.56
T2 – Trevone Boykin – TCU – 4.77
T2 – Carson Wentz – North Dakota State – 4.77
T4 – Christian Hackenburg – Penn State – 4.78
T4 – Kevin Hogan – Stanford – 4.78

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QB Cardale Jones doesn’t throw

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2016 – 2:00 pm

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones was the only quarterback not to throw Saturday during on field workouts at the NFL Combine. Jones sustained an injury on his second attempt of the 40-yard dash and at that point chose not to participate in the field throwing portion of the workout for quarterbacks.

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No word at this point as to the nature of Jones’ injury. Jones did have a 36-inch vertical leap, tied for best among quarterbacks, and a 4.81 40 time.

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Top OL bench press figures

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 4:49 pm

Here’s a look at the best bench press totals from Friday’s workouts among offensive linemen. Usually the guys with the shorter arms have an edge. In any event here are the top rep totals.

1 – Christian Westerman – Arizona St. – 34
2 – Connor McGovern – Missouri – 33
3 – Stephane Nembot – Colorado – 32
4 – Jason Spriggs – Indiana – 31
T5 – Alex Redmond – UCLA – 30
T5 – Dominique Robertson – West Georgia – 30
T5 – Landon Turner – North Carolina – 30
T5 – Spencer Drango – Baylor – 30
T5 – Joshua Garrett – Stanford – 30

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Top RB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 4:06 pm

Here’s a look at the top running back 40 times from Friday’s workouts at the NFL Combine.

1 – Keith Marshall – Georgia – 4.31
2 – Tyler Ervin – San Jose St. – 4.41
3 – Kenyan Drake – Alabama – 4.45
4 – Daniel Lasco – Cal – 4.46
T5 – Marshaun Coprich – Illinois St. – 4.47
T5 – Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio St. – 4.47
T5 – Wendell Smallwood – West Virginia – 4.47

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So. Carolina WR Cooper not running 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 10:58 am

Yet another NFL prospect has chosen not to run the 40 here at the NFL Combine due to injury. South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper is not going to be put on the clock here at Indy when receivers run on Saturday.

Cooper revealed that he sustained a quad injury during training recently.

“I’m not doing the 40,” said Cooper. “I strained my quad earlier in the process. I tried to get back running last week and it was just too tight. It was about 85 percent but I’ll be doing everything else besides the 40 now.”

Cooper is an intriguing prospect with a versatile skill set. His 40 time was highly anticipated, but scouts will now have to wait for the South Carolina pro day on April 1st.

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OT Tunsil chooses not to run 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 10:22 am

He had told NFL.com’s Gil Brandt that he would run a sub-five second 40 time, an impressive feat for an offensive tackle. But projected top pick Laremy Tunsil has apparently chosen today not to run the 40 at all.

That according to NFL College Football 24/7.

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The impact of this decision is expected to be minimal regarding the Ole Miss tackle’s draft stock, especially being an offensive lineman. He will likely be asked about it in team interviews. The Ole Miss pro day is scheduled for March 28th. No word on whether Tunsil will run at that time.

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Clemson CB to sit out of Combine drills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 26, 2016 – 9:42 am

Clemson CB prospect Mackensie Alexander is not going to be working out at the NFL Combine over the weekend. Considered to be a late first-round pick by most draft analysts, Alexander won’t do anything on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That according to NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin.

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Alexander was dealing with an undisclosed leg injury entering the National Title game against Alabama and left the game in the first half. He did not return. No word if that is part of the reason Alexander is choosing to wait to perform on March 10th.

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Playing for Bills fine by baby Gronk

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 11:35 am

Kansas State FB/H-back Glenn Gronkowski met the media here at the NFL Combine Thursday. After all the questions about his big brother in New England and whether he was on Rob Gronkowski’s party cruise (he wasn’t), Gronk got a chance to talk about making a name for himself and about his hometown team, the Bills.

“Obviously I want to come out here and do the best in everything,” Gronkowski said. “Hopefully make a team, hopefully help a team win and show what I can do and become my own player.”

As for the chance to play for the Bills, Gronkowski said he’d be all for it.

“That’d be awesome,” he said. “Growing up we were at all the Bills games cheering for them and all that. Yeah that’d be awesome to be there. Any team would be a dream come true, but that would be something special.”

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