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2017 Senior Bowl: North Roster Day 3 Practice Report

Winners of Day 3 North Practice: Virginia Tech FB Sam Rogers, East Carolina WR Isaiah Jones, Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp, West Virginia OC Orlovsky, Youngstown State OLB Derek Rivers, Temple LB Haason Reddick, and UConn SAF Obi Melifonwu By: Eric Galko (WR/DB), Christian Page (QB/TE)Austin Baumer (RB/LB), Derrik Klassen (OL/DL) Quarterbacks -Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan...
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January 26, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl: South Roster Day 2 Practice Report

Winners of Day 2 South Practice: NC State RB Matt Dayes, North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer, Ole Miss TE Evan Engram, Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson, and Miami (FL) CB Corn Elder. By: Eric Galko (QB/RB/LB), Christian Page (OL/DL)Austin Baumer (WR/DB), Derrik Klassen (WR/DB) Quarterbacks   -For the South team, the quarterback battle is Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs vs. California’s Davis...
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January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl Headquarters

Optimum Scouting’s Senior Bowl Headquarters Follow our coverage live at @OptimumScouting on Twitter Previews North Roster South Roster Weigh-Ins North and South Roster Tuesday North Practice South Practice Wednesday North Practice South Practice Thursday North Practice South Practice Practice Review Overall Preview Review Game Preview Game Preview Other Features
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January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl: North Roster Day 2 Practice Report

Winners of Day 2 North Practice: Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp, West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas, Temple LB Haason Reddick, and Boston College SAF John Johnson. By: Eric Galko (QB/RB/LB), Christian Page (OL/DL)Austin Baumer (WR/DB), Derrik Klassen (WR/DB) Quarterbacks -There’s a really unexciting yet important quarterback battle between Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Iowa’s...
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January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl: North Roster Day 1 Practice Report

Winners from Day 1 of the North: Iowa CB Desmond King, Illinois EDGE Carroll Phillips, Indiana OG Dan Feeney, Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel, and Louisville WR Jamari Staples. Notes from:Eric Galko (ALL), Derrik Klassen (QB/RB/WR) Christian Page (WR/DB), Austin Baumer (OL/DL) Quarterbacks-Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman has become the “big time” mid-round pick of this NFL Draft...
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January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl: South Roster Day 1 Practice Report

Winners from Day 1 of the South Practice: Grambling State receiver Chad Williams, Alabama TE OJ Howard, Western Kentucky OG Forrest Lamp, Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall and LSU CB Tre’Davious White. Notes from:Eric Galko (ALL), Derrik Klassen (QB/RB/WR) Christian Page (WR/DB), Austin Baumer (OL/DL) Quarterbacks-Cal’s Davis Webb has the cleanest stroke of any of the QBs on the...
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January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results

The 2017 Senior Bowl kicks off in Mobile, Alabama, and the first look at each prospect is for the Weigh-Ins.  While it’s an absurd start to the evaluation process, being players walk across the stage and on the scale in their underwear, it tends to be one of the most important part. NFL teams value size thresholds at each position, such as quarterback hand size and offensive tackle...
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January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl Preview: Scouting Notes for All of the South Roster

By: Optimum Scouting’s Staff   Quarterbacks Davis Webb, CaliforniaReminding in many ways of a lesser Brock Osweiler prospect out of Arizona State, Webb is a tall passer with a release point and footwork that needs ample work before he’s able to maximize his upside. His arm talent is good, not great, but he thrives as a mid-field touch passer, especially using his height and...
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January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Senior Bowl Preview: Scouting Notes on Every Player on the North Roster

By: Optimum Scouting’s Staff Quarterbacks Nate Peterman, PittsburghWell-built and possessing the ideal body type for a quarterback NFL teams should covet, Peterman’s arm talent and ball placement don’t match his hype. With good, not great, arm strength and a frantic play under pressure with erratic results when facing more than four rushers, the former Tennessee State transfer...
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January 23, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 Shrine Game: Scouting Notes from the Week of Practices

By: Chris Kouffman EAST PRACTICES Every year there seems to be one team’s roster I feel that I can sort out quickly and easily. This year, that roster belongs to the East team, coached by Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards. -From the wide receivers group, Alabama’s Gehrig Dieter immediately looked the part of a quick and technically sound slot receiver that...
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January 18, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Top-100 Big Board, January 10th

With the College Football season complete, the NFL Draft season has officially begun. Here is our first Top-100 Big Board for the 2017 NFL Draft season, including all juniors who have declared so far.  The next step in Optimum Scouting’s work is to review, discuss and continue to evaluate All-Star Game prospects before the week of practice, update grades and evaluations based...
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January 10, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 National Championship Preview: Three Scouting Match-Ups to Watch

This will be Nick Saban’s sixth trip to College Football’s National Championship game as a head coach. He’s won the previous five times, including last years, and will look to win his second set of back-to-back championships (the last time in 2011 and 2012. By: Eric Galko Clemson returns to face off Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. While both teams have some new faces, the...
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January 09, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Sugar Bowl Preview, Including Heisman Finalist Dede Westbrook

Oklahoma’s season was somewhat in question when dropping two of its first three games and then just inching past TCU and Texas (combined record of the two Texas schools: 11-14). The Sooners are currently riding a 10-game winning streak with convincing wins in its previous two games versus top 15 teams (combined score versus West Virginia & Oklahoma State: 94-48). With its two...
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January 02, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Rose Bowl Preview, Including a Young Penn State Offense vs. Adoree Jackson

Both USC and Penn State are lead by young, hyper-talented offenses that should come back even stronger next season. Both teams have had upsetting loses, as well as highly impressive upsets, as USC beat Washington and Penn State took down Ohio State. For now, though, the two young squads will duke it out on one of the biggest stages in college football and prove who has the better...
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January 02, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Cotton Bowl Preview, Including Two Possible First-Round Picks

Western Michigan had the ultimate Cinderella season under head coach PJ Fleck as they went undefeated and won the MAC title. For the past month or so, some analysts have even clamored for Western Michigan to have been in the playoff. That is a bit of an overreaction, but this is a great chance for the Broncos to prove their worth versus a good Wisconsin Badgers team, who was in contention...
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January 02, 2017  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Nine Scouting Match-Up Preview

The cornerback position has been a fun group to watch this season and there are plenty on display versus talented receivers this weekend. Sidney Jones (Washington) and Jourdan Lewis (Michigan) are two lockdown specialists and Cordrea Tankersley has quietly been the best player on a NFL-rich Clemson roster. By: Christian Page The cornerback class is loaded up top, but the same cannot...
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October 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: JT Barrett’s Safe Play Style Got the Best of Him

Saturday may have marked the end of Ohio State’s playoff hopes. They will have a shot at retribution when they play Michigan near the end of the season, but this week’s upset loss to Penn State was detrimental. After a tight game versus Wisconsin last week, Ohio State already looked to be in hot water. Now the pot is boiling over. By: Derrik Klassen Ohio State misses Cardale...
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October 25, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Eight Scouting Match-Up Preview

All three ranked versus ranked showdowns take part in the SEC this weekend. The game of the unbeaten consists of some of the best one-on-one match-ups we have seen all season with most notably being the nation’s top rated offensive tackle versus the best player in college football. By: Christian Page With a few games worth noting that took place on Thursday night, scroll to the...
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October 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Phazahn Odom, His Path to Fordham, and How the FCS-Grown Tight End has NFL Scouts Excited

Carson Wentz may have led the small school prospect renaissance last season,but the FCS level has made a habit of producing high end NFL players over the last ten years. The 2017 draft class has a chance to be one of the deepest small school (FCS and below) classes in recent memory, and it’s in large part thanks to to FCS-grown players. While the Noah Spence’s of the world used...
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October 20, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Seven Scouting Match-Up Preview

It’s crazy to think it’s already Week Seven as Alabama’s 52-6 victory over USC seems like it happened last night along with Les Miles’ hot seat rising in temperature beginning with LSU losing to, then, an average Wisconsin team in Green Bay. With almost half the season over with this is when the list of NFL prospects starts to take form and stay somewhat concrete from here...
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October 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Brad Kaaya Wasn’t Enough Versus Florida State

The Miami Hurricanes have not beaten the rival Florida State Seminoles since 2009. On Saturday night, Miami had as good a chance as ever to defeat the garnet and gold. The Hurricanes had the home field advantage, the momentum of an undefeated season and the tenth spot in college football’s official rankings. The stars appeared to be aligning for the Hurricanes and a win against...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Week 6 Scouting Match-Up Preview: Dalvin Cook vs. Miami (FL) Linebackers

In one of the biggest and most heated annual interstate division rivalries in College Football, the #10 ranked Miami Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 Conf.) square off this Saturday at home against the #23 ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-2, 0-2 Conf.). Losers of six straight to Florida State, Miami has plenty of motivation. This game will be a good litmus test for the Canes, while for the...
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October 08, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Week Six Scouting Match-Up Preview

The SEC steals the show this weekend with two ranked battles taking place in the west division as underdog Arkansas looks to finally get over the hump versus Alabama and Tennessee facing another ranked opponent with us wondering when will its luck run out? I don’t breakdown as many games in this week’s preview but go further into each match-up with some visual snippets to show...
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October 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Quantifying Quarterbacks: Mason Rudolph Dices Up Texas in Big-12 Showdown

The BIG12 continued to cannibalize itself this week as Mason Rudolph and the Oklahoma State Cowboys knocked off the No.22 ranked Texas Longhorns. It was a high scoring event from both sides, but the Rudolph-lead passing attack of Oklahoma State was too much for the Longhorns. Oklahoma State handed Texas their second loss of the season, presumably knocking them out of the Top 25....
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October 04, 2016  |  Discuss

2017 NFL Draft: Phazahn Odom, Brady Gustafson lead Small School Roundtable Discussion

At Optimum Scouting, both on and off the internet, we evaluate and work with small school prospects for our pro team clients as well as for our All-Star game work. Our primary All-Star game client, the Dream Bowl, features many of the best non-FBS prospects in the country, and players like current Colts receiver Chester Rogers have turned into quality pro players.  This year, Optimum...
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October 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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