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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Josue Matias, G, Florida State

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Florida State interior offensive lineman Josue Matias is expected to be one of the top guards selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He opted out of this year’s Senior Bowl, taking away the opportunity for scouts to comparing him in live action alongside many of the other top senior guard prospects in this year’s class, but he still has a chance to be a high draft pick.

Currently, there aren’t any players in the NFL who were born in the Dominican Republic. Matias, who came to the U.S. at six years old, stands to be the first. A force in New Jersey high school football and then for the Seminoles, Matias has the tools to continue to be successful at the next level.

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25 Standouts, 15 Disappointments from the 2015 Senior Bowl

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Clive Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Three days of practices and Saturday’s game later, the 2015 Senior Bowl is complete. More than 100 NFL draft hopefuls, including a number of players with a real chance to be first-round picks, participated in this year’s event in an effort to improve their draft stocks.

While the practices are considered to be more important than the game—and all the Senior Bowl activities still are not considered to be as important as what a player showed in his college career—this past week in Mobile will have a real effect on who goes where and when in the draft this April.

In the following rundown, we take a look at which players had the best and worst weeks in Mobile. Note that the following rankings are not a ranking of the order in which these players should be drafted—they are simply indicative of which players helped or hurt themselves the most with their performances at the Senior Bowl.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 3 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The North and South teams returned to Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Thursday for one final day of Senior Bowl practice, and essentially the players’ final chances to make a good impression or change negative perceptions about them, as most NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives will have left town long before the game is played on Saturday.

Many of Thursday’s standouts, including USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and Miami tight end Clive Walford, had already performed well on Tuesday and Wednesday and simply furthered their draft stock rises by capping off fantastic weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson and East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden were among those who failed to take advantage of their opportunities to elevate their draft stocks.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 2 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Ladd-Peebles Stadium was host to both Senior Bowl practices Wednesday. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Ladd-Peebles Stadium was host to both Senior Bowl practices Wednesday. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Full pads came on Wednesday as the North and South squads for this year’s Senior Bowl took the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for their second of three days of practice.

While there were some top prospects who continued to underwhelm on Wednesday, many other players had performances on Day 2 that should help bolster their stocks for the 2015 NFL draft.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 1 Report: Practice Notes, Player Quotes and Weigh-in Results

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
The Senior Bowl kicked off Monday with practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (pictured) and Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (Photo: Dan Hope)

The Senior Bowl kicked off Monday with practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (pictured) and Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Within the sprint that is the new Senior Bowl schedule, as players have just three days of practices to learn new concepts and impress NFL scouts and coaches, Tuesday is the marathon. From early morning weigh-ins to media night, and practices in between, there were numerous opportunities to get a closer look at each player participating in this year’s game.

The second and third days of practice will be more intense than Tuesday’s opening sessions, as both days will feature players in full pads, but the new, condensed schedule leaves no time for players to waste making an impression, so the first day of practices was certainly an important one.

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