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2017 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Xavier Woods, S Louisiana Tech

Written by Pete Smith on March 1, 2017

Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods is getting ready to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine after coming off yet another productive, successful season for the Bulldogs. Woods spoke a little bit about his career, how he’s gotten here and what he expects to come out of this week.

Pete Smith: This season, you were listed at 219 pounds, but measured in at the Shrine Game at 203. What did you actually play at this season?

Xavier Woods: I was never 219. The season I played mostly at 198. At the end, I was around 202-203.

PS: How would you characterize your role in the Bulldogs defense? You were obviously a safety and probably a strong safety but you did a lot more than that.

XW: Well, I wasn’t strong. I was more of a free but just rotated strong. That’s kinda how our defense was. I was the nickel (read more…)


2016 Combine Athleticism Metric Results

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 3, 2016

The NFL Combine has come and gone; in the aftermath we’re left to sort through the endless data points and make heads or tails of player performance. One of the key components to my personal model of player evaluation is an athleticism metric based off of Combine data. It is one of the five major categories that dictate my final player evaluations (Film, Size, Experience, Production and Athleticism). For some positions (such as skill players), the Athleticism metric carries a larger weight than other positions (such as OL prospects).

The attached is a summary of the three best and worst performances from each position group according to my personal metric. (This metric utilizes a statistical analysis of the past 10 years of Combine data of players at the same position to quantify particular athletic tests and provide an end result score on the same 9.0 scale that all of my (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 29, 2016

You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap article will be to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

    • West Virginia S KJ Dillon covered ground in a hurry in drills and it was apparent that he knows how to take proper angles. He is the best safety prospect that nobody is talking about.
    • Houston CB William Jackson was among the most natural in drills. He transitioned his hips and changed directions with fluidity and quickness. I had him as a top-15 pick in my latest mock draft and look for him to continue to “ascend”.
    • Maryland DB Sean Davis is very intriguing. He is athletic and has a well-built frame. After flashing today and at the Senior Bowl, I am excited to evaluate his game tape.
    • Built up for being a (read more…)

Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Line and Linebackers

Written by Joe Marino on February 28, 2016

You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap article will be to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

Defensive Lineman

  • UCLA DT Kenny Clark was nimble on his feet, changed directions with ease and maintained excellent leverage through drills.
  • Boise State EDGE Kamalei Correa is an explosive football player and the same can be said for the way he went through drills. Everything he does is 100MPH and that’s the type of mentality you want at 3-4 outside linebacker. His intensity was unmatched today.
  • Maryland DL Quinton Jefferson had a good day in drills. He looked balanced and natural navigating through bags and changing directions.
  • Nebraska DT Maliek Collins had a difficult time maintaining leverage through drills.
  • Michigan DT Willie Henry truly emphasized displaying violence in his hands. Everytime he had the chance to (read more…)

2016 Proves to be a Historically Slow Receiver Class

Written by Joe Marino on February 27, 2016

We just witnessed the slowest group of wide receiver 40-yard dashes at the Scouting Combine in over a decade.

Average 40-yard dash time of WRs at Combine was 4.56 seconds – slowest average time for WRs at a Combine in 11 years the data has been kept.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2016

Marino’s Take:  Wow! Speed has always been valuable in the NFL and there isn’t much of it to be had in this years receiver class. If you are a team that is in the market to add speed to your offense, this year’s draft does not offer many options. There are numerous examples over the past several years of teams taking a receiver in the first round whose all-around skill set was lacking but they had top-end speed which lead to a team investing a high asset in them. Phillip Dorsett, Tavon Austin (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Written by Joe Marino on February 27, 2016

You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap article will be to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

Quarterbacks

  • Michigan State QB Connor Cook’s release and throwing motion really stood out today. It is efficient and compact; ideal for getting the ball out quickly.
  • On the contrary, TCU QB Trevone Boykin’s release is elongated and he “cocks” the football.
  • Cal QB Jared Goff’s ball placement, as he displayed on tape, was outstanding all day. Coupled with his terrific footwork and you see why he is my top rated QB in this class.
  • Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg was erratic with the football in drills. Several passes got away from him and sailed over his intended target.
  • Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel’s ball loses notable velocity as it approaches his target and will even nose dive before reaching his (read more…)

Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Offensive Line and Running Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 26, 2016

You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap is to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

Offensive Line

  • LSU OL Vadal Alexander struggled with movement skills and labored through drills. After playing tackle in college, it’s apparent that he will need to kick inside to guard in the NFL to have a chance. He will not be able to survive on an island on the outside against the NFL’s talented and athletic edge rushers.
  • Everything that Stanford G Josh Garnett does is explosive. His ability to drive off his feet and burst is excellent. He is a road-grading run blocker that has plug-and-play potential in a power scheme.
  • Michigan State OT Jack Conklin showed good fluidity in drills, particularly when asked to move laterally. He showed quick feet and efficient ability to slide. Known for (read more…)

Another High-Profile Prospect Skipping the 40-yard Dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2016

The potential No. 1 overall pick — Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil — has decided to skip the 40-yard dash at the 2016 Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Kim Jones.

Per @KimJonesSports, Laremy Tunsil will not run the 40 at the #NFLCombine. He’ll do so at his pro day on March 28. pic.twitter.com/2KlEl5VOxj

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 26, 2016

BP’s Take:  The 40-yard dash isn’t nearly as critical of a drill for offensive linemen as it is for the skill players and athletes on defense.  Instead, scouts are more interested in dancing bears’ 10-yard split.  While it’s disappointing that we won’t get a time for Tunsil, it certainly makes the Ole Miss Pro Day that much more interesting on March 28th.  It will be a packed house, as both Tunsil and WR Laquon Treadwell will offer NFL teams their one and only (read more…)


2016 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker

Written by Joe Marino on February 26, 2016


Another Top Wide Receiver to Skip 40-yard Dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

Baylor WR Corey Coleman will not participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.  Coleman’s rehab from a December sports hernia surgery has him less than 100% ready to run in front of scouts.

#Baylor WR Corey Coleman won’t run the 40 at the combine. Only been running full speed the last couple weeks. Should be 100% by his Pro Day.

— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 23, 2016

BP’s Take:  This is just as disappointing as the news that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell was going to pass on a chance to run in Indianapolis.  Unlike Treadwell, Coleman doesn’t have questions about his top-end speed so I don’t think it will hurt his value all that much.  However, for the NFL Draft analyst and fan, it would have been fun to watch the potential (read more…)


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