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2016 NFL Draft: Getting to Know Central Michigan’s Kavon Frazier

Central Michigan safety Kavon Frazier has embraced the value of hard work his entire life. But it was not until he got his official invite to the NFL combine late January that Frazier understood just how close he was to the chance at playing at the NFL. By: Cory Burrell “Sometimes you get the feeling you’re being overlooked,” Frazier said in an interview with Optimum Scouting...
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Five Under-Appreciated Players to Watch in Super Bowl 50

The lead up to the Super Bowl is generally reserved to talk about star players and the big personalities that come out on media day. While these are intriguing story lines and fun topics, there’s more to these teams than what the casual fan sees when they turn on ESPN or NFL Network, who seem to play the “Peyton vs. Cam” talk on an infinite loop. By: Matt and Mike Vahey These...
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2016 NFL Draft: Getting to Know Missouri Western’s Michael Jordan

Mike Jordan of Hazelwood, Missouri, shares no relationship with the NBA legend of the same name. When you have the same name as “His Airness” and possess an exceptionally athletic build, you are virtually guaranteed to get at least the occasional question about your skills on the court. By: Cory Burrell But this Jordan is passionate about a different sport – football, the sport...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Draft: Wentz Team Matches, Connor Cook Woes, Stanley/Oakman Concerns, much more

In my discussions with multiple people in and around the NFL business, I hear plenty of draft rumors, thoughts, team opinions and character notes. This “State of the Draft” series is how I put out for public consumption a bit of what I’m hearing.  This addition features ample notes on each top quarterback prospect, two player-team match-ups, Ronnie Stanley/Shawn Oakman and...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: NFLPA Bowl Weigh-In Information

Here are the 2016 NFLPA Bowl Weigh-In Results. Notes:Coming Soon NATIONAL ROSTER First Name Last Name Pos School HGT WGT HAND ARM WING JOSHUA ATKINSON DC AZUSA PACIFIC 5113 194 7   4/8 31   1/8 75   5/8 ANDREW BAGGETT PK MISSOURI 6004 210 8 7/8 31 3/8 76 4/8 ADAIRIUS BARNES DC LOUISIANA TECH 5103 188 8 5/8 30 1/8 74 ADRIAN BELLARD OT TEXAS ST 6050 307 9 6/8 33 7/8 82 7/8 TREVONE...
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2016 Senior Bowl: South Day Three Practice Notes

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl South Practice on Day Three were Baylor’s Jay Lee, South Carolina State’s Javon Hargrave, BYU’s Bronson Kaufusi and William & Mary’s DeAndre Houston-Carson. Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco) covered the OL/DL and Christian Page (@Cpage2911) covered the QB/RB/WR/DB Quarterbacks -It was a ho-hum day for quarterbacks as none had an outstanding...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl: North Day Three Practice Notes

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl North Practice on Day Three were Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon, Cincinnati’s Chris Moore, Indiana’s Jason Spriggs, Utah’s Jason Fanaika, and West Virginia’s KJ Dillion. Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco) covered the OL/DL and Christian Page (@Cpage2911) covered the QB/RB/WR/DB Quarterbacks Jeff Driskel has not put together the best set...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl: South Practice Day Two Review

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl South Practice on Day 2 were Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, Arkansas’s Sebastian Tretola, Baylor’s Jay Lee, Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins and Oklahoma State’s Kevin Peterson.   Eric Galko covered the OL/DL, Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco) covered the QB/WR/DB and Christian Page (@Cpage2911) covered the RB/LBs   Quarterbacks –Jacob Coker...
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2016 Senior Bowl: North Practice Day Two Review

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl North Practice on Day 2 were Stanford’s Josh Garnett, Illinois Jihad Ward, San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin, Boise State’s Darian Thompson.Eric Galko covered the OL/DL, Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco) covered the QB/WR/DB and Christian Page (@Cpage2911) covered the RB/LBs   Quarterbacks –Carson Wentz throws the comeback route very well....
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2016 Senior Bowl: South Practice Day One Review

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl South Practice on Day 1 were Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee, LSU cornerback Jalen Mills, Louisville Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins and Clemson defensive tackle DJ Reader. Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting on twitter) covered QB, RB, WR, LB, and DB. Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco on twitter) covered OL/DL. Quarterbacks...
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2016 Senior Bowl: North Practice Day One Review

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl North Practice on Day 1 were Ohio State receiver Braxton Miller, Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett, Temple cornerback Tavon Young, Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs.Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting on twitter) covered QB, RB, WR, LB, and DB. Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco on twitter) covered OL/DL...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl Weigh-In Information

Here are the weigh-ins for the 2016 Senior Bowl prospects, organized by position. North Coming Soon SOUTH ROSTER Name Pos College Ht Wt Hand Arm Wingspan Brandon Allen QB Arkansas 6014 221 8 1/2 30 1/2 74 3/8 Jacoby Brissett QB NC State 6034 236 9 1/2 32 7/8 79 Jake Coker QB Alabama 6054 236 9 1/2 32 76 7/8 Dak Prescott QB Missisppi State 6022 226 9 7/8 31 38 77 3/4 Kenyon Drake...
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2016 Senior Bowl Preview: South Defense, led by Noah Spence and Reggie Ragland

The South Roster offers the Senior Bowl’s most talented defensive player in Noah Spence, two potential Alabama defenders, versatility in their secondary players and a Maryland defender who reminds an awful lot of last year’s late rising second-rounder Eric Rowe. By: Eric Galko, OS Staff Defensive Linemen Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky Noah Spence’s talent on the field...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl Preview: North Defense, led by Vernon Butler and Tavon Young

The North Roster offers three potential first-round prospects on the defensive line, a host of quality linebackers and the Senior Bowl’s best cornerback, even though he may not be well known yet.  By: Eric Galko, OS Staff Defensive Linemen Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech One of three Louisiana Tech prospects at the Senior Bowl, Vernon Butler has a real chance at being the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl Headquarters

Here at Optimum Scouting, we’ll have the most in-depth, timely, accurate, and insightful 2016 Senior Bowl Scouting Headquarters found ANYWHERE. Follow on Twitter for LIVE Practice Updates: http://www.twitter.com/OptimumScouting PREVIEWS North Offense  –  South Offense North Defense  –  South Defense WEIGH-IN NOTES  North and South Roster TUESDAY PRACTICES    ...
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2016 Senior Bowl Preview: South Offense, led by Jacoby Brissett and Sterling Shepard

The South Roster offers two potential “project” quarterbacks, a running back who was among the country’s best before a season-ending injury, the best small school receiver in the 2016 draft and loads of offensive line talent, especially at guard.By: Eric Galko, OS Staff  Quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett, NC State At times, Jacoby Brissett draws stark similarities to Ben Roethlisberger...
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2016 Senior Bowl Preview: North Offense, led by Carson Wentz and Braxton Miller

The North Roster offers the Senior Bowl’s best (and most intriguing) quarterback prospect in Carson Wentz, three top-100 Big-Ten receivers, plus interior offensive linemen and a running back that’s quietly among the 2016 draft’s best. Here’s our 2016 Senior Bowl Preview for the North Offense. Quarterbacks Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State A wrist injury kept him out...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Shrine Game Preview: Top NFL Draft Players to Watch

The 91st annual East-West Shrine Game kicks off at 4pm EST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. This year’s crop of players makes the 6th set of Shrine participants that I have personally watched during live practices. By: Chris Kouffman   I have had the pleasure of witnessing and describing standout practice performances from the likes of tight ends Dennis Pitta, Jordan...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 NFL Draft: Official List Includes 107 Underclassmen in Draft Class

The 2016 class, if you included graduating, all-star eligible juniors, finished with 107 total underclassmen leaving school with eligibility remaining.  This year’s list includes six non-FBS prospects and two Canadian college prospects. Among the positional breakdown four quarterbacks, ten running backs, sixteen wide receivers, thirteen linebackers and seventy defensive backs...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Shrine Game: West Practice Notes from Day 1 and 2

Notes from West Practice from both Day 1 and 2. By: Chris Kouffman Quarterbacks  A number of things became clear through two days of West practice, with respect to the West quarterbacks group. Brandon Doughty has been the most consistently accurate passer of the lot, especially on routes that require favorable ball placement. There are times Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr....
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2016 Shrine Game: East Practice Notes from Day 1 and 2

Notes from the East Practice from both day 1 and 2 combined. By: Chris Kouffman Quarterbacks I would love to say that between Blake Frohnapfel, Joel Stave and Jake Rudock we were able to see a clear pecking order in terms of accuracy and effectiveness at running the offense, but this was not necessarily the case. None of the quarterbacks made it through the day clean. Rudock threw...
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2016 Shrine Game: Official Weigh-In Measurements

Below are the 2016 Shrine Game Height, Weight, Hand Size, Arm Length and Wingspan Measurements. Notes: Coming Soon EAST ROSTER Player School HT WT HND ARM WNG ANDERSON, ROBBY TEMPLE 6025 180 8 3/8 30 74 1/8 BOLDEN, JOE MICHIGAN 6014 239 10 30 3/8 72 1/4 BROWN, ANTHONY PURDUE 5112 195 8 3/4 31 1/8 75 BROWN, CHRIS NOTRE DAME 6021 180 9 1/8 31 1/2 76 3/4 BURGESS, JAMES LOUISVILLE 6002...
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2016 Shrine Game Feature: Quarterback Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky

The 2016 Shrine Game features a slew of intriguing quarterback prospects. Blake Frohnapfel, Vernon Adams Jr. and Nate Sudfeld have all gotten some attention as legitimate UDFA signings, if not draftees, but Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty is the main attraction in St. Petersburg. By: Derrik Klassen A Florida native, Doughty took his talents to Western Kentucky after graduating...
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2016 Shrine Game Feature: Wide Receiver Keyarris Garrett of Tulsa

Wide receiver’s have quickly become a-dime-a-dozen commodity in the NFL Draft over the past few years.  The supply line is functioning at high capacity as we are seeing young superstars such as Odell Beckham Jr., Allen Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant, and countless others enter the league each and every year.   While the 2016 class may not have as many elite playmakers...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Shrine Game Headquarters

Here at Optimum Scouting, we’ll have the most in-depth, timely, accurate, and insightful 2016 Shrine Game Coverage available. Follow on Twitter for live Practice Updates and more: http://www.twitter.com/OptimumScouting  PREVIEWS:  East Roster Preview West Roster Preview WEIGH IN NOTES: East AND West Roster MONDAY PRACTICES: East Notes  –   West Notes  TUESDAY PRACTICES...
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