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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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Bills carry over unused ’15 cap space to ’16

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 9:45 am

The Buffalo Bills currently have the least salary cap room of any team in the league right now. That will obviously change as the start of the new league year on March 9th draws closer. Under the current CBA each NFL club has thet option to carry over unused cap space from the prior League Year and the Bills have done so to improve their current fiscal situation.

The Bills exercised their right to carry over the $4.4M in unused space from the 2015 year to make use of in 2016. Every NFL club carried over at least some of the monies from 2015 available for carry over. Buffalo was just under the league average of $6.4M.

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Henderson illness could push OT need higher

Posted by Chris Brown on February 25, 2016 – 8:16 am

Bills OT Seantrel Henderson missed the last four games of the season with an undisclosed illness. His availability moving forward is still not clear. Jordan Mills is a restricted free agent and Cordy Glenn is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Those three factors could push the need for an offensive tackle even higher for the Bills depending on how all three scenarios play out.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan when asked about that possibility by Buffalobills.com said regardless of what happens they don’t want to inflate positional needs when it comes to draft weekend.

“When you look at our tackle situation obviously we want to get Cordy (Glenn) back,” said Ryan. “He’s a young, outstanding player so we want that to happen. You mentioned Mills and Seantrel Henderson and you didn’t mention (Cyrus) Kouandjio who did some good things for us even at that tight end spot. So there are some issues and things, but if you look at it the other way, where Seantrel can get back and get healthy that would be a big boost for us.

“When you’re dealing with the draft specifically if you go and reach for something that looks like a need that’s when you make mistakes. I know Doug feels the same way. Let’s just stay true to who we are and get the best player for us and not necessarily push up needs.”

As for Henderson’s condition specifically, Ryan expressed hope that Henderson can resume his career.

“I’m hopeful that he can (return),” said Ryan. “Obviously he’s got a personal thing that he’s dealing with, but hopefully he’ll be able to come back. He’s a great talent, a physical talent and hopefully this is just a setback and it’s not something that’s going to affect his career.”

When asked when he or the team might not for sure whether Henderson will be part of the team’s offensive tackle equation, Ryan indicated that they’ll be relying on team doctors for those answers.

“I really have no idea,” said Ryan. “We’ll lean on our doctors, people a lot more qualified than me.”

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Rex: Why Bills are further ahead this offseason

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 7:32 pm

Entering year two as head coach of the Bills, the offseason lead up to the draft for Rex Ryan hasn’t been nearly as taxing as last season when he was assembling his staff among other things in addition to the offseason responsibilities that tie in with free agency and the NFL draft. That’s why this offseason Ryan feels he and his staff are much further ahead, not only in their preparation for the draft, but with their whole offseason operation.

“It’s a lot easier this year than it was our first year trying to put in new schemes and coaching up coaches,” he said. “Here we’re ahead of the game that way. Still, it’s a process, but I get excited about it. I’m a fan of football. The bad thing about this is you’re going to see a ton of things that you like and you’re not going to be able to have them.”

Ryan is referencing all the talent on hand here at the NFL Combine with deep classes at defensive tackle and cornerback.

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Rex: Whaley reminds me of young Newsome

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 5:38 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan was getting hit up for leads on the way the Bills might be leaning with their top pick at 19th overall. Ryan was honest with his answer knowing GM Doug Whaley’s approach to the draft each and every year. Whaley isn’t affected by positional needs his team has. He goes with the value the team’s draft board provides and takes the best player. That’s why Ryan sees a lot of Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome in Whaley.

“The thing about Doug Whaley and he showed it last year is he’s going to draft the best player for our football and he won’t force a need,” said Ryan. “If you go chase a guy and elevate a guy over other good football players that’s where mistakes are made. If you end up taking the best player that usually works out well for you. We did it in Baltimore for years under Ozzie Newsome.

“I compare Doug Whaley to really a young Ozzie Newsome the way he looks at players and things. So I think we’re in good hands and we’ll get a good football player regardless of a need area or not I’m confident we’ll end up with a really good player.”

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OT Tunsil has different goals

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2016 – 4:53 pm

Since he’s been forecast by a host of draftniks of being the top pick in the 2016 NFL draft, it was only natural for the media to ask him at the NFL Combine on what he thinks about possibly being the top pick in the draft.

“Everybody wants to be the number one pick,” said Tunsil. “It’s been my goal since i was a kid, so it’d be great if it happens.”

Tunsil was also asked what he wants to work on with respect to his game. The Ole Miss offensive tackle gave an unexpected answer. While most would talk about some aspect of their play, Tunsil focused on his leadership.

“I’m working on being more vocal,” he said. “In case you haven’t noticed I’m a shy guy. So being more vocal is something I’m working on.”

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Report: All QBs invited to Combine will throw

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2016 – 10:57 am

Some of the top quarterback prospects in recent years who were invited to the NFL Combine chose not to throw. The last couple of years however, almost all QBs, highly touted or not, have participated. Next week all 15 quarterback invites will fully participate in the throwing drills during the workouts in Indianapolis.

That according to YahooSports Charles Robinson.

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Here’s the list of quarterbacks who will be at the NFL Combine next week including the three “throwing quarterbacks” who will help coaches with the drills for other position players during the workouts.

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Brandon Allen, Arkansas
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky
Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech
Jared Goff, California
Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Cardale Jones, Ohio State
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
Vernon Adams (throwing QB), Oregon
Joel Stave (throwing QB), Wisconsin
Josh Woodrum (throwing QB), Liberty


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Ohio St. & Notre Dame top Combine invites

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:33 pm

More than 100 colleges and universities will be represented by prospects at the 2016 NFL Combine, but there are a handful of schools with more representation than most.

Topping the invite list at this year’s Combine is Ohio State with 14 Buckeyes invited to Indianapolis. Notre Dame had the second-most invites with 10. Alabama and UCLA each had nine.

As one can see below the SEC conference still dominates in terms of number of Combine invites with nine SEC schools getting five invites or more. Five Pac-12 schools, four ACC schools, four Big 12 schools and three Big 10 schools had five invites or more.

Top NFL Combine invites by school
Ohio State – 14
Notre Dame – 10
Alabama – 9
UCLA – 9
Auburn – 8
Clemson – 8
Florida – 8
Georgia – 8
Michigan St. – 7
Oklahoma – 7
USC – 7
Arkansas – 6
Baylor – 6
Florida St. – 6
Mississippi St. – 6
Ole Miss – 6
Stanford – 6
Texas A&M – 6
TCU – 6
Utah – 6
West Virginia – 6
LSU – 5
Miami – 5
N.C. State – 5
Oregon – 5
Penn St. – 5


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NFL Combine invite list released

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 2:08 pm

Here’s the breakdown of the 2016 NFL Combine invite list by position just released today by the league.

A total of 331 college prospects were invited to this year’s Combine, which is on the high side. Not surprisingly, in a draft that’s said to be very deep at defensive line there are 59 defensive linemen scheduled to be in Indianapolis. Wide receiver and cornerback are the top two individual position groups in terms of numbers with 43 and 35 respectively.

Here are the position breakdowns by number. The NFL Combine begins in Indy on Wednesday Feb. 23, and we’ll have full coverage on Buffalobills.com presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

QB – 18
RB – 29
WR – 43
TE – 15
OT – 25
G/C – 28
DT – 31
DE – 28
ILB – 15
OLB – 27
CB – 35
S – 24
K – 6
P – 6
LS – 1

 


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Report: TCU’s Boykin invited to combine as QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2016 – 10:05 am

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is not seen by many NFL talent evaluators as a legitimate quarterback prospect in the pros, but Boykin will get the opportunity to change some minds at the NFL Combine.

According to Draft Insider, Boykin has been invited to the NFL Combine later this month in Indianapolis and will be one of the quarterbacks. Boykin has been training to make a transition to wide receiver, a move that many scouts have recommended as his best path to a pro career.

At this point however, Boykin will not be running any routes or catching any passes at the Combine. That will have to happen at the TCU pro day and in personal workouts.


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NFL Combine: no prospects with criminal convictions

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2016 – 10:57 am

The NFL Combine could wind up having fewer prospects on hand later this month after the league announced via memo to its 32 member clubs that college players with misdemeanor or felony convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses won’t be invited.

Also players who refuse to submit to a background check will not be invited. Those players with convictions would not be allowed to attend the NFL draft as the memo reportedly stated that the policy applies to “any league-related event.”

According to a USA Today report, NFL Executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent wrote the following in his memo in reference to the policy.

“It is important for us to remain strongly committed to league values as we demonstrate to our fans, future players, coaches, general managers, and others who support our game that character matters.”

Players who fall into this category are permitted to participate in pro days, personal workouts and regional combines.


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Michigan St. CB tops in the 40

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2015 – 3:21 pm

There weren’t too many sub-4.4 40 times turned in by the defensive backs on the last day of on field testing at the NFL Combine, but Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, considered one of the top corners in the draft class did not disappoint.

Waynes posted the fastest 40-time with a 4.31 Monday. Here’s a look at the top 10 40 times by the DBs.

1 – CB TRAE WAYNES – MICHIGAN ST. – 4.31
2 – FS JUSTIN COX – MISSISSIPPI ST.- 4.36
3 – CB RONALD DARBY – FLORIDA ST.- 4.38
T4 – CB CHARLES GAINES – LOUISVILLE – 4.44
T4 – CB DORAN GRANT – OHIO ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB CRAIG MAGER – TEXAS ST.- 4.44
T4 – CB JOSH SHAW – USC – 4.44
T8 – FS ERIC ROWE – UTAH – 4.45
T8 – CB D’JOUN SMITH – FLORIDA ATLANTIC – 4.45
T10 – CB SENQUEZ GOLSON – MISSISSIPPI – 4.46
T10 – FS DAMARIOUS RANDALL – ARIZONA STATE – 4.46

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