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The Combine Report: Preseason Week One - RC Talents Off To A Fast Start

One hundred and forty-nine NFL Regional Combine standouts were on the sidelines the first week of the 2017 preseason. While many of these pioneers were settled into their roles for the upcoming season, others were not taking any chances. When the opportunities presented themselves, these RC gems were ready to show their mettle.

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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: 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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