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Nigel Harris: Do Not Let His Lean Build Fool You

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

At first glance, Los Angeles Chargers rookie linebacker Nigel Harris appears to be in the wrong position, since he looks like a wide receiver. However, when he gets his hands on an opponent, his position is no longer in question.

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The Combine Report: Cardinals' RC Talent Worthy of Applause In Hall Of Fame Game

Feelings were mutual  between the Arizona Cardinals and their gems from the NFL Regional Combine platform. The Cardinals wanted to see what the RC athletes could do, and the RC athletes were eager to show their skill sets in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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RC Pioneer Alejandro Villanueva Sacrifice Paid Off, Signed 4-Year Contract Extension Worth $24M With The Steelers

In football, transitioning from one position to another is not a walk in the park. The inability to make those transitions in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business of the NFL has ended careers.

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Clint Bruce

 

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – In front of a tired group of NFL administrators, executives and all of the NFL officials, Clint Bruce addressed the crowd in his jeans and a t-shirt, and instantly refreshed the room with his unique style of making fun of himself.

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The Eight New Officials Are

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – To keep pace with the continuous growth of talents on the NFL gridiron, NFL Football Operations booster their officials’ roster to strengthen their awareness on the field, due to the speed and tricks of the game. Eight new officials will make their debuts this season, but they are not first year officials.

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2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: The Eye Does Not Always Witness The Truth

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – The naked eye does not always tell the full truth. Was the player pushed, accidentally tripped or purposely fell into his opponent? The NFL Caretakers battle with those thoughts in live speed and they are using the clinic to slow the game to understand the full truth.

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2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: Humanizing Officials Is The Next Step

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – Over time, fans loosen up towards NFL players as the league and media outlet humanized them as men with families and personal everyday cares. The NFL Caretakers are no different. The men and women who blows the whistle to keep the game in bounds deserves to have their stories told as well so the disrespect towards them can be lessen.

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NFL Caretakers:

IRVING, Texas – In a small conference room with well over a 100 years of officiating knowledge being bestowed onto 31 potential NFL Caretakers, the transparency was clear as laughter was the tempo of the conversation until reality settled. The journey to dawn the stripes of a NFL official is just as challenging as becoming a player. The message was simple, but the task is not.

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July 14, 2017 (DALLAS,TX) - Former NFL official Tony Veteri speaking with NFL officiating candidates at the 2017 NFL Officiating Clinic. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

2017 NFL Officiating Clinic: The Line Is Drawn, New Rules And Emphasis Are Established

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

IRVING, Texas – The game of football is important to its players, coaches and involved administrative personnel. The officials take the urgency of the game to its highest level of importance, and the NFL Caretakers raise the standards each year as the game’s leader in safety and competitive balance.

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July 14, 2017 - DALLAS, TX - NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron addressing the NFL officials at the 2017 NFL Officiating Clinic. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

The Combine Report: CFL Week 3 - Roosevelt, Carter, RC Defensive Standouts Put In Work

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week 3 of the CFL was loaded with nail-biting contests, but in terms of the pioneers of the NFL Regional Combine, several standouts made their outcomes interesting.

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

Barry Barnes on April 28, 2017 - 11:39 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

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 cannot be miss.

The 2016 RC class had 24 players on NFL rosters last season, including the five who were drafted. Each year, the NFL discovery stage launches more athletes into the league.

With that said, get familiar now so there will be no surprises later.

 

                                       QUARTERBACKS

 

Austin Apodaca (New Mexico), Strong arm, quick release, smart, moves well, great touch

Nick Mullens (Southern Mississippi), Great release, mobile, smart, great vision, strong with a solid touch

Zach Kline (Frenso State), Quick release, strong arm, great touch, moves well, has a good deep ball

Notables:

 

Justin Dvorak (Colorado Mines), Mobile, great arm and touch, smart 

 

                                    OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Mar. 4, 2017 – (EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn) North Dakota State University guard Jack Plankers at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Jack Plankers (North Dakota State), Nasty, agile, powerful, quick, great feet, solid pass protector 

Dustin Stanton (Oregon State), Huge, balance, control, great footwork, quick

Casey Perry (North Carolina-Pembroke), powerful, strong, moves well, good hands 

Tarrance Wells (North Carolina Central), Molder, stronger, good feet, high motor 

Notables:

 

Philip Osa-Mose (Colorado State-Pueblo), Powerful, moves well, great hands

Michael Boland (UMASS), Fiery, high motor, balanced, great feet

Shalom Ogbonda (Florida Atlantic), Agile, balance, has control, great feet and hands, strong 

 

                                      BALL CATCHERS

Feb. 25, 2017 – (Ashland, VA) Virginia Union running back William Stanback executing a drill at the NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Jakhari Gore (Marian, Ind.), Smooth, strong, fluent, great hands, solid route runner, high IQ

William Stanback (Virginia Union), Powerful, huge, good hands, tough, physical

Matthias McKinnon (Wagner), Powerful, dual-threat, great hands and feet, patient, aggressive, fast 

Ante Litre (Simon Fraser), Explosive, runs hard, balance, great hands

Joe Phillips (Slippery Rock), Pounder, physical, good speed

Arshon Spaulding (Savannah State), Quick, explosive, solid hands and ball skills, strong, aggressive

Notable:

 

Shaquille Cooper (Fort Hays State), Great speed and burst, decent hands, smart

Devlon Wortham (Southeastern Oklahoma), Fast, fluent, balance, physical

Virgil Hammond (Minn. State-Mankato), Fast, strong, solid blocker, decent hands and footwork, discipline

 

                                             TIGHT ENDS

Mar. 4, 2017 – (EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn) Indiana State tight end executing the gauntlet drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Robert Tonyan (Indiana State), Strong, great hands, total package

Tyler Scalzi (Texas Tech), Good hands, extremely physical, good route running

Lorenzo Mitchell (Tusculum College), Great hands, aggressive towards ball, athletic, decent speed 

Notables:

 

Nehemiah Winston (UC Davis), Workhorse, strong, agile, decent hands, blocked in Pro-Style offense

Walter Hibbler – (West Georgia), Strong hands, great wheels, agile, tough

 

                                     WIDE RECEIVERS

Feb. 18, 2017 (Houston, TX) Stephen F. Austin wide receiver Justice Liggins receiving a pass during his receiver route drill at the NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Mark Thomas (Southern Connecticut State), Fast as h*#@, good hands, explosive

Justice Liggins (Stephen F. Austin), Solid route running, great hands, smooth, runs hard

Montay Crockett (Georgia Southern), Great hands, playmaker, fluent, quick, burner

Jordan Hicks (Incarnate Word), Burner, undersized – but quick with decent hands and discipline 

Notables:

 

Kevin Snead (Carson-Newman), Burner, good hands, quick

Reggie Davis (Georgia), Great speed and hands, good footwork, special teams’ standout

Troy Doles (Brown), Powerful, physical, explosive, good hands

Darrin Willingham (Southern Oregon), Big, great leaping ability, good hands, strong

Ricardo Barnett (Houston Baptist), Huge, thin but strong, great hands, solid route runner

Robert Waddell (West Virginia Wesleyan), Great hands and speed, discipline, solid route runner, smart 

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                                    DEFENSIVE TACKLES

 

Patrick Grafree (Eastern Kentucky), Huge, powerful, quick, nasty, great feet and use hands well 

Alex Pace (Cincinnati), Agile, explosive, balance, strong, great feet, use hands well

Notables:

 

Darnell Vickers (West Liberty State), Agile, light on feet, quick, great hands

Nhigel Phillips (Albany State, Ga.), Powerful, smart, decent speed, instinctive

 

                                      DEFENSIVE ENDS

Feb. 25, 2017 – Ashburn, VA – Albany State, Ga. defensive end Monte Taylor executing pass rushing drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore/Locker-Report.com)

Christopher Casher (Faulkner), Explosive, discipline, good hands

Alex Jenkins (Incarnate Word), Extremely athletic, raw talent, explosive, strong, great hands

Monte Taylor (Albany State, Ga.), Solid, strong, quick, agile, high motor 

Corey Vereen (Tennessee), High motor, quick first step, decent speed, use hands well

Notables:

 

Brian Khoury (Carnegie Mellon), Moves great, focus, balance, control, strong, quick

Troy Gahm (Alma), All-around athletic, agile, strong hands, raw talent (basketball player)

Kyle Kelley (San Diego State), Fiery, play on high motor, good hands

John Popovich (Southeast Missouri), Agile, strong, athletic, good hands, smart 

 

                                           LINEBACKERS

Feb. 25, 2017 – (Ashland, VA) Albany, NY linebacker Abner Logan execute drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

Nigel Harris (South Florida), Balance, hybrid, quick, play well with weight, strong, great hands

Teron Fitzgerald (Texas State), Quick, explosive, decent hands, aggressive

Dvonta Derricott (Arkansas Tech), Intense, solid tracking speed, great hands, great tackler, discipline

B.J. Bello (Illinois State), Agile, great feet, decent hands, hybrid, plays the pass, quick

Robert Meade (Kean), Mobile, great feet and hands, smart, plays well in space 

Dominko Goff (Arizona Christian), Great hands, strong, balance, quick

Abner Logan (Albany, N.Y.), Powerful, physical, decent hands, moves well

Notables:

 

Jeffrey Branch (Presentation College), Great balance, patience, discipline, solid tackler, decent speed

George Stone III (Stephen F. Austin), Quick, discipline, decent speed and hands 

Teidrick Smith (Mary Hardin-Baylor), Balance, moves well, decent hands, quick

Omar Howard (Richmond), Natural tackler, good feet, decent hands 

KyRandall Smith (St. Mary), Explosive, quick, good hands, balance, tough 

 

                                             SAFETIES

Feb. 25, 2017 – Ashburn, VA – UMASS safety Khary Bailey-Smith executing vertical jump at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore/Locker-Report.com)

Julius Rucker (Southern Oregon), Great hands, tackler, fundamentally sound, solid tracking skills

Khary Bailey-Smith (UMASS), Complete

Deshawntee Gallon (Georgia Southern), Leadership, strong, agile, physical, pure tackler

Jarell Carter (Trinity Int’l), Burner, explosive, decent hands, good feet, strong 

Notables:

 

Chris Brockman (Colorado Mines), Great tackler, decent hands, tracks ball, good feet

Stephen Thayer (Missouri Valley), Fast, decent hands, good foot, solid build

Demetrius Newberry (Chowan), Physical, aggressive, solid tackler, decent speed and hands 

 

                                      CORNERBACKS

Feb. 18, 2017 (Houston, TX) Angelo State cornerback Kevin Wharry sprinting up the sideline for his individual drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com

Forrest Jones (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Fluent, great hands and feet, decent speed, instinctive

Wayne Morgan (Syracuse), Good speed, great hands, great instincts

Jason Thompson (Utah), Fluent, explosive, great hands, strong, light on toes

Marcus Sayles (West Georgia), Explosive, decent hands and speed, special teams ace

 

Notables:

 

Antonio Brown (William Penn), Burner, decent hands, aggressive, intense

Kedrick Davis (North Carolina-Charlotte), Good speed and technique, balance, decent hands

Kevin Wharry (Angelo State), Great hands, aggressive, physical, good feet

Christopher Lyles (Mississippi College), Big, great hands, good speed, determine, balance

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