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The Combine Report: Week Six - Dunbar Filled Large Shoes, Hall Scored His First TD

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Filling in for a Pro Bowl caliber player in the NFL is a blessing… and a curse.

The blessing is that a player gets the opportunity to perform, but the curse involves the high expectations to excel. If the player succeeds, all parties involved are rewarded.

 

 

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The Combine Report: Week Six Preview: Rams WR Mike Thomas Returns, RC Pioneers Will Clash

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

After being suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, wide receiver Mike Thomas returns to the field with his spirited Los Angeles Rams teammates and looks to add to the explosiveness the receiving corps already has offensively.

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The Combine Report: Week Five - NFL Regional Combine Veterans Played Their Roles Valiently

All NFL Regional Combine pioneers play a role. And no matter their role…large or small…these players execute their duties well enough to make their teams competitive. Week Five of the NFL was no exception.

 

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The Combine Report: Week Five Preview - A Combine Series Tandem Brewing In Jacksonville

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Four of the NFL was totally owe by the kicking specialists from the NFL Regional Combine. Kicker Greg Zuerlein kept the Los Angeles Rams up right after nailing seen field goal attempts through the uprights, while Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus help to keep the game out of reach for the Oakland Raiders.

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The Combine Report: Week Four - Rams' RC Veteran Kicking Specialists Are Special

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Kickers are like life preservers. Life preservers can’t run the ship, but they can save the people on the ship. Punter Johnny Hekker and kicker Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams kicking specialists and NFL Regional Combine …

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The Combine Report: Week Four Preview - Browns Rookie LB B.J. Bello Earning More Time

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Unfortunately, it has been the same old song for the Cleveland Browns, especially when it comes to defense. They play hard to keep contests close, but fizzle at the end. Evidently, there is talent in “the Land” on the defense side of the ball from the likes of linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., cornerback Jamar Taylor and safety and return specialist Jabrill Peppers to name a few.

Rookie linebacker B.J. Bello could be in the mix too.

Bello is a hybrid linebacker with a combination of athleticism, speed, aggression and patience. After his under the radar collegiate career at Illinois State, following a transfer from Illinois, he burst onto the NFL Regional Combine scene at the Minnesota-held trials in February.

The 6-2, 229-pound linebacker never lacked confidence, just opportunity. When the Browns signed him as an undrafted rookie, Bello excelled during camps and his progress showed in the preseason as he registered four tackles and a sack.

The Browns recognized Bello’s efforts and made him part of the 53-man roster. He was primarily on special teams and earned three tackles. Against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3, Bello made it onto the field with the defense and was close to bringing down ball carriers twice.

“Since the age of six, playing in the yard, I wanted to play in the NFL,” said Bello via conversation. “To actually be here now is a dream come true.”

In Week Four, assuming he will fill some spots defensively, Bello could register more numbers.

“This is a great opportunity, man. To be with this organization, the only thing I can do is get better,” voiced Bello.

CHICAGO BEARS (1-2) VS. GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

The Bears gave up nearly double-digit yards in punt returns. Packers return specialist Trevor Davis returned a punt for a touchdown in Week One of the preseason and had a return for 33 yards in Week Three.

Davis is getting close.

RELATED ARTICLE: The Combine Report: Week Three – RC Talents Were Radical In Protest And Played Ball

 

Will Thursday be the night that the second year-man from California and the 2016 RC session in New Orleans take it to the house?

One thing for sure, Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is looking to get his hands on some Packers, as he has two tackles and a pass defense this season.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) VS. DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is bringing havoc to opposing quarterbacks with his furious pass rush. Fellow defensive end Benson Mayowa is causing problems as well.

Mayowa is nearly on every play when the Cowboys defensive front bears down on quarterbacks. With five tackles already this season, Mayowa should bring his total to double digits against the Rams.

Field positioning will be the key for the Rams.  They have one of the best punters in the NFL in Johnny Hekker to assist and kicker Greg Zuerlein to help keep things interesting.

Hekker is fourth in the league in net average yards with 44.6 per attempt, while Zuerlein is tied at the top of the NFL with 12 field goals and remains perfect.

Rams defensive back Cody Davis is quietly becoming known for his hard hitting. Against America’s team, in front of a national audience, Davis will have another stage to show that trait.

THE RC RUN-THROUGH

 

  • After a controversial week of standing for the national anthem against the team’s plan, Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is looking to steam roll over some Baltimore Ravens, create lanes for the backfield and give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the time he needs to lead the club. Punter Jordan Berry will keep the Ravens deep in their territory, and the Steelers will need him to.

 

  • Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is on pace to earn his first 1,000 yard season. The Detroit Lions’ defense will key on wide receiver Stefan Diggs, and Thielen will burn them.

 

  • As rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole continues to prove his worth, the Jacksonville Jaguars will continue to make him a target, as they will fullback Tommy Bohanon who is exploiting his catching skills this season. Against the New York Jets, they will continue their growth. Nevertheless, either player may meet linebacker Julian Stanford, another RC brother.

 

  • Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts has been quiet for the past two weeks. He should make some noise against division rival Denver Broncos.

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The Combine Report: Week Three - RC Talents Were Radical In Protest, And Played Ball

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Three of the NFL was…well…interesting, to say the least.

While many more players knelt during the National Anthem, one player in particular, although sensitive to the issues, proudly stood because his heart would not allow him to bow to controversy.

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The Combine Report: Week Three Preview - Offensive RC Pioneers Look To Get Back On Track

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Week Two of the NFL was exciting as defensive players from the NFL Regional Combine stole the show with huge hits and many stops. This week, the athletes on the other side of the ball will be expecting to be let loose.

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The Combine Report: Week Two - Defensive RC Talents Aggressively Attacked

The NFL Regional Combine talents were sharp on the defense in Week Two. Several squads wanted to make amends for Week One. Many put their “best foot forward” via their shoulder pads as hitting was the name of the game for the RC defensive standouts.

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The Combine Report: Week Two Preview - Will RB Penny Elijhaa Get To Face Regular Season Action?

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

The Week Two of the NFL is shaping up to feature some solid intrigue among the NFL Regional Combine pioneers. Several players turned out and had strong performances in Week One. And Week Two should be no different.

 

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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
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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 

 

                                    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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