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2015 East-West Shrine Game Notes: Day 2 East Practice

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Mike Singletary's East squad took the field for their second Shrine Game practice Tuesday morning. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Mike Singletary’s East squad took the field for their second Shrine Game practice Tuesday morning. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The pads came on Tuesday morning as the East team took the field for its second day of practices at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Fla., as more than 50 senior 2015 NFL draft hopefuls took the field once again with a chance to impress scouts and media in attendance.

It looks as though this week’s East practices, run by former NFL head coach and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, might not have as much value for evaluators as West practices, as Singletary and his coaching staff have insisted on running offense vs. offense/defense vs. defense for extended portions of practice, along with significant segments of special teams sessions.

Still, there were a number of players who stood out across a variety of positions Tuesday—many for good reasons, but a few because they look overmatched.

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2015 East-West Shrine Game Notes: Day 1

Monday, January 12th, 2015
St. Petersburg High School is the backdrop for this week's West team practices at the Shrine Game. (Photo: Dan Hope)

St. Petersburg High School is the backdrop for this week’s West team practices at the Shrine Game. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Monday was the first of four practice days at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where more than 100 senior prospects for the 2015 NFL draft are competing in an effort to raise their stocks and prove to league scouts that they have the skills to be successful pros.

The first day is somewhat of a precursor to Tuesday’s and Wednesday, when the teams will be in full pads and the intensity will pick up. Wet conditions at both practices also put a damper on the evaluation process, as players had to compensate for weather. Nonetheless, every moment at the Shrine Game is an opportunity to impress, or potentially disappoint, someone watching.

There were a number of players who already took advantage of that opportunity as they started out Shrine Game week with strong performances in their opening practice—at least in my view.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week One

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Every Thursday this college football season, BBD's Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation's top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

Every Thursday this college football season, BBD’s Joe Marino will provide analysis of some of the nation’s top prospects—as well as prospect rankings and other fun features—in his weekly Talent Watch column.

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

I’ll never forget watching the 2003 NFL Draft. It was my third year of being truly interested in following football in a deeper level and keeping up with college football’s top prospects as they entered the NFL. In 2001, I began evaluating prospects and creating my own rankings and draft boards so by the 2003 draft, I felt like I was on my way to being the next Mel Kiper.

In the fourth round, with the No. 111 overall pick, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Terrence McGee out of Northwestern State and I was instantly humbled. Why? I had never heard of McGee. After all of my preparations, I didn’t even know a player who was taken in the fourth round. I took it hard and vowed to make sure this never happened again while taking my studies of players to an even deeper level.

Ten years later, a player here and there gets drafted that wasn’t on my radar but it’s very rare. This passion and drive for evaluating prospects has lead me to this great opportunity to share my work with you on Buffalo Bills Draft and now the debut of this scouting column. As for McGee, he went on to have a stellar 10-year career in the NFL; he holds six Bills franchise records and has been selected as an All-Pro on two occasions.

I have plenty in store for the 2014 season as I introduce a new crop of future NFL players. This column will be a great source to familiarize yourself with the prospects that will be selected next spring. Over the course of the season, I will feature more than 150 prospects for the 2015 draft as I highlight them in their biggest games, provide initial positional rankings, make predictions, and spotlight some of today’s best NFL draft analysts and football minds.

I hope you enjoy the 2014-15 College Football season and stay tuned as I share my thoughts.

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Scouting Notes: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (9/7/13)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Even in a Notre Dame loss, nose tackle Louis Nix III strengthened his position as the best nose tackle eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Rick Osentoski — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

An NCAA record crowd of 115,109 came out to see the highly anticipated matchup between Notre Dame and Michigan during Week 2 of the college football season. The game was very close until the end, with plays being made on both sides of the ball, but Michigan prevailed in the end.

The game featured many draft-eligible NFL prospects on both teams.

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