The Senior Bowl has been played every year since 1950 and usually is the top postseason bowl where the best college players from all over the country showcase their skills to NFL coaches and scouts. The players are assigned to either the North or South team according to where they played in college and are coached by NFL staffs. This year the coaches are from the Cincinnati Bengals (North) and Buffalo Bills (South).
Mobile has been the site of the game for every year except the 1st one where it was played in Jacksonville. The South leads the all-time series 29-26-3.
In todays blog I will give you each roster complete with heights, weights, and our Phil Steele post-season honors on all of the players participating.
I also included my unit grades for each position that take into account each players stats, experience, etc. The higher the grade the better the unit. Use each grade to matchup which team has the stronger unit for each position.
Check back tomorrow to get all of your coverage for this year’s Pro Bowl. Read more…
We have already been working hard on the 2011 season and Today’s blog is the current list for Returning Starters for each team in 2011 broken down by offense, defense and special teams (kicker/punter). The * on the offense number denotes that the starting QB is returning. Below the list I broke down teams with the most/least returning starters.
I will be back later this week with all the Senior Bowl/Pro Bowl coverage you need to prepare you for this weekend’s games. On Monday I will expand on the Las Vegas odds to win the 2011 BCS National Championship and give you a breakdown of each of the 50 teams including key starters back/lost. Read more…
Categories: Offseason Notes 2011, Alabama, Auburn, blog, college football, Michigan, phil steele, Returning Starters, TCU, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Todays blog will give you each roster for the East-West Shrine complete with my unit grades (the avg of many scouting services grades), post season awards, and PS#’s.
The East-West Shrine game is the oldest annual post season all star game and has been played every year since 1925. Although the East won last years game 13-10 the West is still winning the series 45-35-5. The game features many future pros as 90% of last years participants were either drafted or signed on as a free agent in the NFL.
Even though the game is an American football competition, players playing Canadian university football have been invited every year since 1985. The Shrine game is the only game on either the Canadian or American college football schedules in which players from both sides of the border compete with or against each other.
Most importantly the game is played to raise funds for the 22 Shriners Hospitals around the country.
Make sure you check back on Sunday to get my forecasts for the NFL Conference Championship games. Read more…
Last Saturday was the final date that underclassmen could declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. The NFL labor agreement seem to have no effect as a record 56 players declared for early entry for this year’s NFL draft, that number released yesterday by the NFL was higher than most projections.
Here are the number of players declaring early for the Draft the past 10 years.
Players that left ealry in 2011: 56
Players that left early in 2010: 53
Players that left early in 2009: 46
Players that left early in 2008: 53
Players that left early in 2007: 40
Players that left early in 2006: 52
Players that left early in 2005: 51
Players that left early in 2004: 43
Players that left early in 2003: 47
Players that left early in 2002: 38
Players that left early in 2001: 35
Out of the 56 players, 13 were DL, 12 RBs, 10 DB’s, 10 WR’s, 4 LBs, 3 QBs, 2 OL, 1 FB and 1 TE. Read more…
Last Saturday was the final date that underclassmen could declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. In total 53 players declared early and while some teams were hit hard by the early entries others were more lucky with several players deciding to return for another year. Today I will break which teams were hit hardest and which teams have the best returnees that turned down the NFL.
In Wednesday’s Blog I will give my analysis of whether or not it was a good move/bad move for each player.
Teams Hit Hardest:
Alabama lost three of his best players as expected with DT Marcell Dareus, WR Julio Jones and RB Mark Ingram announcing they would forego their senior seasons. Naturally Ingram’s replacement will be Richardson who has ran for more than 1,400 yds the last two years and Nick Saban’s defenses seem to reload each year so finding a replacement for Dareus might not be a huge obstacle. The biggest loss might be WR Jones who had more rec (78) than the next two players combined. Read more…
Here are some of the top individual performances from this past bowl season. Tomorrow I will break down the top team performances.
|Rushing Leaders (Top 10)
|Ronnie Hillman, San Diego St
|Marcus Coker, Iowa
|Da’Rel Scott, Maryland
|Delone Carter, Syracuse
|Adonis Thomas, Toledo
|Mikel LeShoure, Illinois
|Chris Polk, Washington
|Shaun Draughn, North Carolina
|Doug Martin, Boise St
|Chris Thompson, Florida St
The Daily blog will be undergoing some changes in the next couple of days now that the college football season is complete. Tomorrow’s blog will give you the final conference standings from the bowls plus the top performances from all the bowl games both team/individual. Later on this week you will get my forecasts for the NFL Divisional games played that day including my computer’s projected box score of the games. Starting next week I will be going to a Monday, Wednesday and weekend blog format until magazine season is over in late spring/early summer. Next week may feature my projection of what the Preseason AP top 10 will be for 2011 and that will be coming after January 15th when juniors have to declare or not declare for the NFL Draft. I also will be updating you with 2011 NFL Draft and 2011 Frosh Recruiting updates. Read more…