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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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The Combine Report: Kline, RC Players Lit Up The CFL During Preseason

No call. No workouts welcomed by NFL squads – no problem. The 2017 NFL Regional Combine standouts, like quarterback Zach Kline, and others before them from the platform are making essential cases for themselves as professional players in the CFL.

 

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Abner Logan: Needed A Fresh Start For His NFL Journey

 

Having the talent to play football on a high level was never Abner Logan’s affair. Even his ability to play in the NFL was never the question. Following a serious injury and a major decision, inquiring minds wondered how the highly-touted four-star recruit from Massachusetts was going to be entertained for a career playing on Sunday afternoons.

 

 

 

 

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

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Linebacker Alex Jenkins’ signing was not immediate, but his impact on the field could be. Jenkins’ journey to the NFL is a microcosm of the foreign-born football players’ experience of loving the game, the learning curve and

 

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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

After enduring the process of transferring from one program to another, and journeying through the NFL Regional Combine, former Tennessee Tech quarterback Michael Birdsong took his biggest step towards his NFL dream by accepting a tryout for the Seattle 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: 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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