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The Combine Report: 2017 CFL Season - 18 RC Pioneers Take Their Talents North

 

The NFL Regional Combine platform continues to be represented well North of the border in the CFL. And if the CFL preseason is an indication of excellence for the 2017 season, the collective group of talents who ventured the annual workouts in the states will be proven assets for the grand Canadian league.

 

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Abner Logan: Needed A Fresh Start For His NFL Journey

 

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The Combine Report: Jenkins, Foreign-Born Football Players Land NFL Deals

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NFL Caretakers: Carlisle, NFL Officials Emphasizing Physical Health To Enforce The Rules

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The NFL rule book is massive with instructions of do’s and don’t’s, almost biblical in a sense. Knowing the what to do and enforcing the league’s boundaries is half the battle. Unlike the bible where a spiritual aspect is needed to execute its purpose, enforcing the NFL rules is probably more of a challenge, physically.

 

    

 

   

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The Combine Report: 2017 RC Class Is 39 Strong In The NFL

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Following a slow start of signings and no player drafted from the platform, the 2017 NFL Regional Combine class is strongly represented by 39 talents.

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The Combine Report: Chiefs Welcomes WR Justice Liggins To Camp. A Steal In The Making?

When former Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Justice Liggins step onto the Kansas City Chiefs practice field, they will witness a wonder during their rookie mini-camp. Liggins accepted his invite with the Chiefs following the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The Combine Report: Birdsong Accepts Tryout For The Seahawks

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The Combine Report: 22 RC Players Were Signed As UDFA, None Drafted

NFL clubs deemed 22 out of the 780 NFL hopefuls who attended the NFL Regional Combine were worth the opportunity to extend their dreams. For the first time since the platform’s inception in 2012, no player was drafted. Was the talent pool thin in the 2017 RC trials or did NFL squads want to play it safe by relying on more traditional powers for the selection process?

 

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The Combine Report: Draftable RC Players For The 2017 NFL Draft

The late round of NFL Drafts is where the selection process begins. While there is value in the fourth and fifth rounds, sixth and seventh rounders can be translated as players who earned an early invitation to NFL camps. Either way, late rounders are can’t miss players.

The NFL Regional Combine had several talents who bestowed onto the platform in 2017 that can succeed in the league. Albeit, all of the 780 participants, a few are draftable and simply can not be miss.

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The Combine Report: Several RC Players Pushing To Get The Call On Draft Weekend

Barry Barnes on April 27, 2017 - 4:06 pm in AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, NFL, The Combine Report

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

While the NFL caters to 22 players at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia, NFL squads will be servicing dishes of phone calls to hopefuls through the weekend. On the receiving end of the calls, several NFL Regional Combine players will be awaiting.

“The Regional Combine was a great experience,” said former Hawaii standout cornerback Dejaun Butler. “It gave me a chance to get all the jitters out before Pro Day, and also since I attended the first one, it was good to see what I needed to work on.”

Butler is a physical defensive back who has solid ball skills and processes great speed. In his Seattle-held session, Butler registered decent numbers, but according to his standards, the 6-0, 183-pound corner was not pleased.

Dejaun Butler/Twitter

Dejaun Butler/Twitter

On his Pro day, Butler was determined to put on a show, and left a positive impression.

“After my Pro Day, I felt really good overall,” said Butler. “But running 4.38 in front of 28 teams was the icing on the cake because (I) improved from the Regional in Seattle on that Freezing morning when I ran 4.54.

“The teams that have seemed to show the most interest have been (the) Denver (Broncos) and New Orleans (Saints), but there are plenty of teams that are aware of me and I see myself contributing strongly on them as well,” he continued.

“I hope teams were able to see that they are going to receive a speedy, physical player that is ready to come in, take direction and compete.”

After transferring from Santa Monica Junior College in California, Butler embraced the physical style of play as he attacked ball carriers. On special teams, Butler defined his talents and earned the title of captain.

Defensive end John Popovich was another talented standout who ventured through the RC. The defensive end from Southeast Missouri put the NFL on notice following his session in New Orleans where he displayed his agility and power.

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Popovich is a workhorse and he was a terror on his Pro Day as he entertained clubs spanning from the NFL to CFL. The Philadelphia Eagles has shown interest in Popovich, but he did not settle for one potential opportunity as he attended several CFL squads’ workouts like the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue bombers.

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He clocked a hand time of 4.59 for the Blue bombers and excelled in his one-on-one drills, including bullying a former Arizona Cardinal.

Tight end Lorenzo Mitchell had a solid workout in the Minnesota-held trials and translated stronger numbers to his Pro Day at Winona State University in front of several teams.

The 6-3, 265-pound Mitchell posted a 4.89 40-time, shuttled right 4.44 and left 4.57, vertical jumped 34’5 inches, bench pressed 24 times and broad jumped 9’3 inches.

Quarterback Austin Apodaca performed before the Broncos’ staff and his confidence is through the roof.

Other prospects like kicker Simon Mathiesen and tight end Tyler Scalzi stock has been soaring of last.

Since his workout at the Washington-held assembly, Mathiesen booted himself on several possible draft boards. Mathiesen was kicking like a mad man for his last two collegiate seasons at Northwest Missouri State as he scored more points than any kicker in college football with 151 points (2015) and 140 (2016).

Mathiesen can freakishly kick 50 yarders with either foot and several teams are quietly raving about the Danish kicker, who is endorsed by legendary NFL kicker Morten Anderson.

Feb. 18, 2017 (Houston, TX) Tusculum College Lorenzo Mitchell at the NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Scalzi is an athletic beast and his skill set is registering on teams’ radar, especially after his Pro Day at Texas Tech. His name should surely be called Saturday.

The suspense is thrilling. Many players from the RC workouts are continuously working, and during draft weekend, several will shock the news cycle.

And shortly after, the football world.

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