Posts Tagged ‘Senior Bowl’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Louisville DE/OLB Lorenzo Mauldin

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Lorenzo Mauldin is one of many talented pass-rushers in the 2015 NFL draft class. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

You’ll hear from multiple analysts that the 2015 NFL draft is the year of the pass-rusher, with players projected from the top of the first round to the middle rounds that have the pass-rush skills team might be looking for. While a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, pass-rushers are what disrupt them and are a valuable commodity.

Lorenzo Maudlin, a pass-rusher from the University of Louisville, has put on a great showing during his collegiate career and is among that great group of pass-rushers going into the 2015 draft. Playing as an outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 scheme, Mauldin has good measurables for the position, standing at 6’4″ and weighing 252 pounds according to Louisville’s official athletics website. At Louisville he’s totaled 101 tackles, 18.5 which have been for a loss, and 21 sacks.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Can Logan Thomas Be An NFL Starting QB?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Logan Thomas has the physical tools to be a star NFL quarterback, but will he ever develop enough as a passer to reach his potential? (Photo: Ed Wolfstein — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Logan Thomas has the best physical tools of any quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Physically reminiscent of Carolina Panthers star and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, the Virginia Tech quarterback has a combination of size, athleticism and arm strength that is unmatched in this year’s draft class.

But while Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, UCF’s Blake Bortles and Fresno State’s Derek Carr are all being viewed as potential top-10 draft picks, grades on Thomas have ranged everywhere from the second round to undrafted free agency.

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2014 Senior Bowl: Saturday Standouts and Disappointments

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

While Logan Thomas and the other quarterbacks struggled in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford teed off on the North squad. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though the 2014 NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Saturday’s Senior Bowl was the last opportunity to watch any top prospects take the field in a fully-padded, 60-minute football game.

The game itself was only one part of the evaluation process that took place this week in Mobile, Ala., and the Senior Bowl itself is just a small part of each participating player’s evaluation. Still, the game gave each prospect playing in it a chance to stand out.

A strong performance Saturday meant little to any prospect who didn’t show the same ability in actual college football games and in Senior Bowl practices earlier this week. A few players, however, further proved their ability from strong collegiate careers and standout practices by making big plays on gameday.

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2014 Senior Bowl Ask the Players: Why Should an NFL Team Draft You?

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas confidently believes he is one of the 2014 NFL draft’s best quarterbacks. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though some might be projected to be selected much higher than others, every player who has participated in this week’s Senior Bowl has a legitimate chance to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

For a prospect to convince an NFL team that he is worth drafting, the process starts with on-field performance, including this week’s practice sessions and Saturday’s game for the top seniors in Mobile, Ala. this week. That process extends to the interview room, however, where players have an opportunity to persuade teams that they have not only the on-field skills, but also the character and intelligence, professional football teams expect.

While I had the opportunity to watch all of the Senior Bowl participants during practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and Fairhope Municipal Stadium this week, I also interviewed more than 20 prospects to get a closer look at each of them beyond their tape and the skills they displayed in practices.

“If I were representing an NFL team, what would you say to convince me ‘This is why you should draft (player name)?’”

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2014 Senior Bowl: Day 3 Notes and Quotes

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Auburn cornerback Chris Davis is quickly becoming known for more than just his missed field goal return touchdown. (Photo: Jim Brown — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though there is still one remaining day of practice and a game to be played Saturday, most NFL scouts, coaches and executives who attended the 2014 Senior Bowl left Mobile, Ala. after Wednesday, the final day of fully-padded practices of both the North and South teams.

After three days in Mobile, Wednesday night was also time for me to return home, but not without a notebook full of chicken-scratch and observations that left me feeling confident in evaluations of some players and with more questions than ever on others.

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