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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: 22 RC Players Were Signed As UDFA. NFL Teams Being Safe?

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

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?

Normally, during the late rounds of the NFL Draft, players from lesser known programs attract the attention of the nation, especially in the sixth and seventh installments.

Dating back to the 2015 NFL Draft, in the sixth and seventh rounds, 55 players from Division-I powers were selected, while 25 athletes from non-traditional programs were drafted. For 2016 selection process, allotting the same rounds, 53 players from traditional programs were chosen and 21 players from smaller programs had their name called.

Mar. 11, 2017 – (Metairie, LA) – Southern Mississippi quarterback Nick Mullens at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: Locker-Report.com)

For the 2017 event, 59 athletes from well-known powers were selected, while 15 standouts from non-traditional powers had the privilege to go down in NFL Draft history.

Many teams around the league will open their rookie mini-camp between Wednesday and Thursday. More NFL hopefuls will be invited by clubs to challenge for roster spots.

Scouting and evaluating NFL talents should never be a lost art as the process established the game as what it is today.

Drafting is a risky game, and competitive. According to the last three NFL Drafts, the competitiveness of discovering gems is fast becoming a lost art. Apparently, scouts want to be safe by selecting players based off an institution’s representation in the later rounds.

The RC is a proven discovery stage, and each year since 2013, at least three players were drafted. In 2016, five players were selected, the most ever. In terms of signing undrafted rookie free agents, at average of 36 pioneers from the RC inked deals each year of its existence.

To have a drop off after one year of making history is baffling for the RC stage, and for non-traditional football powers. With over 120 years of scouting and evaluating experience between the NFLRC National Directors, it is impossible for NFL team scouts to overlook the potential after surveying the talents in this year’s session.

It’s unexplainable, unfortunate and should be unacceptable.

Evaluating and drafting safe does not always equate to security.

Check out who has the potential to secure spots, while others await.

                                             AFC East

Feb. 25, 2017 – (Ashland, VA) UMass safety Khary Bailey-Smith catch pass during his drill at the NFL Regional Combine. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

BUFFALO BILLS

CB Marcus Sayles, West Georgia

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OL Jason King, Purdue

DE Corey Vereen, Tennessee

S Jason Thompson, Utah

NEW YORK JETS

CB Xavier Coleman, Portland State

 

                                           AFC North

CINCINNATI BENGALS

OL Dustin Stanton, Oregon

CLEVELAND BROWNS

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LB B. J. Bello, Illinois State

 

                                          AFC West

DENVER BRONCOS

TE Emmanuel Byrd, Marshall

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Feb. 18, 2017 (HOUSTON, TX) - South Florida linebacker Nigel Harris runs drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. Photo By: John Moore - Locker-Report.com

Feb. 18, 2017 (HOUSTON, TX) – South Florida linebacker Nigel Harris runs drill at the 2017 NFL Regional Combine. Photo By: John Moore – Locker-Report.com

LB Nigel Harris, South Florida

C Dillon DeBoer, Florida Atlantic

 

                                          AFC South

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

DB Chris Lyles, Mississippi College

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

WR Keenan Cole, Kentucky Wesleyan

 

                                           NFC North

DETROIT LIONS

TE Robert Tonyan Jr., Indiana State

GREEN BAY PACKERS

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WR Montay Crockett, Georgia Southern

RB Raysean Pringle, Southern Oregon

OL Thomas Evans, Richmond

CB Cameron Brown, UW-Oshkosh

CB Donatello Brown, Valdosta State

 

                                            NFC West

ARIZONA CARDINALS

DB Ironhead Gallon, Georgia Southern

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

QB Nick Mullens, Southern Mississippi

S Khary Bailey-Smith, UMASS

LB Jameer Thurman, Indiana State

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