Month: January 2017

5 for the Titans: Senior Bowl North Edition

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The Senior Bowl practices have came to an end, and all that’s left now is the game itself. With that in mind, we looked at players on the North Roster that could match area of need for The Tennessee Titans.

 

 

Jourdan Lewis (CB, Michigan)

The Titans secondary was the weakest link in a solid defensive unit last season. Teams converted at will when throwing towards the now jobless Perrish Cox. Though Cornerback play improved immensely when Leshaun Sims came in, it’s still a need. Lewis had an excellent career at Michigan and has looked good at practice in Mobile. He could immediately help covering the slot, and may be able to blossom into an outside role.

 

 

 

Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington)

Another unit that largely underachieved last season, was the Wide Receivers. Though, Rishard Matthews had a hot stretch to end the season, the rest looked mediocre at best. Kendall Wright has flashed a few times in his Titans career, but only topped the 1,000 yard mark once. And with Wright likely leaving for Free Agency, this position becomes more of a need. This FCS dynamo could step in and do damage in the slot. He is a polished route runner and can create seperation. He did very well in Senior Bowl practices, has enough hype to be selected as high as the second round. Unless the Titans can recoup their second, he may not be available.

 

 

 

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Steve Tu’ikolovatu (NT, USC)

Al Woods has performed admirably at the Nose Tackle spot, albeit without any flashy impact. But, is he the future of the position for the Titans? Probably not. Penn State standout Austin Johnson could take the spot, but why not give him some competition. Tu’ikolovatu is a 350 pound, true Nose Tackle. He has shown an almost immovable anchor in the run game, and beats double teams with regularity. Big Steve had an impressive week in Mobile, and looks to climb draft boards.

 

 

 

Dan Feeney (OG, IUP)

Now, I know your thinking right now that we don’t need an interior offensive lineman and essentially you are correct. The spot was manned last year by UDFA Quinton Spain and New England cast off Josh Kline, both of which did well. Sebastion Tretola is waiting in the wings ready to go. The position seems set. Dan Feeney has possibly risen the highest of any so far in the Senior Bowl. He’s an athletic specimen at the position and brings a fiery competitiveness that was fully on display this week. He could quite possibly have the highest upside on interior for the Titans, after Alabama stand out Chance Warmack departs.

 

 

 

Derek Rivers (OLB, Youngstown State)

The Outside Linebackers were a bright spot for the Titans last year, with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo combining for 19.5 sacks. But, we are not that far removed from Orakpo’s multiple pectoral tears and Morgan hasn’t been the shining example of durability either. Rivers is an FCS star from Youngstown State. He can beat his man with speed off  the edg, and he shows refined hand usage. There are many quality EDGE defenders in this draft, and Rivers could make it until the third round.

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Samaje Perine – Scouting report

Every NFL draft class is different and adds its own unique flavor to the league each year. The 2014 draft class was heralded by many as having perhaps the deepest WR class in draft history.  Considering that class included guys like Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson and Brandin Cooks, I think its fair to say that the hype about the wide receiver class was warranted. Which brings me to this 2017 draft class. Although it appears that this draft class has many great position groups, its clear as day that the deepest and most talented group is the running backs , which in my opinion , rivals the 2014 wide receiver group in terms of pure talent.

One player who I feel is not getting enough attention  due to the depth of this class Oklahoma’s outstanding running back Samaje Perine.

Overview

Age: 21

Height: 5’10

Weight: 235

Perine arrived on Oklahoma’s campus in 2014 as a 4 star recruit and had an immediate impact on the field. As a true freshman Perine ran for 1,713 yards and scored  an incredible 21 touchdowns. This season was capped off when he ran for an FBS record 427 yards and scored 6 touchdowns against Kansas on November  15th.

In 2015 and 2016 he shared the backfield with Joe Mixon , another extremely talented running back in the 2017 draft class, and had great success. He finished his Oklahoma career as the all time leading rusher with 4,122 yards. Ahead of guys like Adrian Peterson and Demarco Murray.

              Rushing                    Receiving 
              Yards   YPC    TD        Rec Yards YPC TD
Stats: 2014 - 1,713   6.5    21        15   108  7.2 0
       2015 - 1,349   6.0    16        15   107  7.1 1
       2016 - 1,060   5.4    12        10   106 10.6 1
Career Total- 4,122   6.0    49        40   321  8.0 2


Strengths

Breaking tackles

The first thing you notice about Samaje Perine is his build. At 5’10 235 he is a human bowling ball and rarely goes down on first contact. He uses his low center of gravity and bulk very well to shed would be tacklers and seems to enjoy delivering a hit at the end of the runs. A good example of this is in his in his TD run against Tulsa:

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Also can be seen in this great run by Perine against Tennessee:

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As you can see Perine is able to brush off arm tackles with ease and shows tremendous leg power in driving through contact.  He is a load to bring down and will wear down a defense as the game goes on with his power and aggressive style. He is known as a weight room freak and lists his maxes at 450 on bench, 325 on power clean and 600 on squat.

Red zone scoring

Where Perine really shines as a running back is in the red zone. He was a prolific scorer at Oklahoma and finished his career with over 51 TDs. Many of these came on short runs where Perine can get maximum use out of his unique blend of balance and brute force. Good red zone running involves being decisive, being able to read blocks and the ability to drive through the initial hit. Perine combines all of these traits to make a very effective red zone runner as can be seen in these two runs.

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Pass protection

To be a true three down back in the NFL its very important to be a solid pass protector. Perine has interesting tape as blocker as he often shared a backfield with another running back , Joe Mixon, and  did his fair share of run blocking as a lead blocker for Mixon and vice versa. This translates well to the pass game where Perine uses his squat build to deliver a powerful punch to incoming pass rushers.  Although his technique needs some cleaning up he is excellent when he is able to hit them nice and square. He is very active and willing as a pass blocker which is often half the battle.

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Areas of concern

Speed

For all his impressive physical attributes Perine doesn’t have the speed to be a regular home run threat. He has a nice burst of acceleration but rarely has the top end speed to take it to the house.  Perhaps if he cut his weight from 235 to around 220 he could see a big increase in his speed and agility but its unclear how that would effect his overall game. In the combine I would be surprised if he runs faster  than a 4.5.

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Receiving ability

Perine was rarely used as a pass catching threat in Oklahoma’s high powered offense, only averaging 13 catches a year.  He seems to catch the ball well in the limited amount of plays he had as a receiver but there isn’t enough evidence there to suggest he can do it at a high level in the NFL. Where he really needs to work on is moving out of the backfield as an option when his QB is in trouble, running crisper routes and keeping focus with the ball in flight. Perhaps his lack of use as a receiver was simply due to Oklahoma having weapons at receiver such as Sterling Shepard and Dede Westbrook but its certainly something he can improve on in the NFL.

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Shotgun runs

Only a small area of concern but Perine almost exclusively ran out of shotgun formations so he may take some time to adjust to taking snaps with the QB under center. No reason why he shouldn’t be able to make the transition but something to look at for his rookie year.

NFL comparison :

Spencer Ware

A guy in the NFL with a similar running style and build to Perine is the Chief’s  Spencer Ware. Like Perine, Ware combines great balance with a punishing running style in order to make him a headache to play against for opposing defenses. He has a similar frame at 5’10 225 and perhaps shows how losing some weight may help Perine in the NFL. Ware went undrafted out of LSU but found a role on the Chiefs as a backup running back and had great success when put into the starting role. You can see shades of Perine in by run by Ware.

 

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Conclusion

While he may not be the most talented running back in this deep running back class its clear Perine has a lot of potential and has the skillet to be a star running back for years to come if he lands in the right place. At very least Perine will provide tough inside running and contribute right away on short yardage situations. Look for Perine to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round and don’t be surprised if you see him in Pro Bowls for years to come.

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Player Spotlight: King Frazier

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Name: King Frazier

School: NDSU

Conference: Missouri Valley Conference

Projected NFL Position: RB

Draft Class: 2017

 

 

Q&A with King Frazier

What is your name, school, and position?

King Frazier from North Dakota state, running back.

What is your height and weight?

5’11 215

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

My biggest asset on the field is my physicality and ability to run between the tackles.

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

I choose NDSU because we are a down hill smash mouth football kinda program which translates well to the next level.

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

I was 2nd in the nation in judo.

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

I would like to improve my top speed when I break out a big run.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

randy Gregory or Desmond king.

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Devonta Freeman because he can do it all and is an every down back.

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

Eagles because my boy Carson goes there.

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

Once a bison always a bison.

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Additional Information

PERSONAL: Majoring in university studies with a minor in sociology…Born Oct. 25, 1993…Guardians are Monica and Jeffrey Baker…National runner-up in Judo at the 2009 Junior U.S. Open Fort Lauderdale in the U90k division…Third place finisher in 2010 at the USA Judo national championship.

2016: 183 attempts, 879 yards, 11 TDs, 13 games played

2015 (JUNIOR): All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team…Played in all 15 games with 13 starts…NDSU’s leading rusher with 219 carries for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns…Averaged 5.3 yards per carry to give NDSU a 1,000-yard rusher for the 13th straight season…MVFC Offensive Player of the Week after erupting for a career-high 177 yards in the win at Southern Illinois…That was the first of four straight games with a rushing TD…Scored in seven of the final eight games while rushing for 765 yards…Had a pair of 100-yard games in the NCAA playoffs including 107 and a TD against Northern Iowa and 121 with two TDs against Richmond…Carried 72 times for 368 yards and four TDs in four playoff games…Also proved versatile out of the backfield with 11 pass receptions for 139 yards on the season.

2014 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 16 games as the No. 2 tailback…Rushed 111 times for 616 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry…Caught two passes for 41 yards including a 29-yard touchdown against Incarnate Word…Season-high 15 carries against Indiana State and 106 rushing yards at South Dakota, his only 100-yard game…Longest run of the year was a 33-yard TD in the NCAA semifinal win over Sam Houston State that gave NDSU a 14-3 lead in the third quarter…Made two tackles on kickoff coverage.

BEFORE NDSU: Redshirted at Nebraska in 2012 and played in 12 games for the Huskers as a redshirt freshman in 2013…Totaled 12 carries 44 yards rushing with a rushing touchdown out of the backfield and was a key part of the special teams unit…Earned a spot on the Nebraska cholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2013.

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Tyrant Analysis

Frazier was the power running portion of NDSU rushing tandem. He has good vision, and runs decisively. Frazier has good burst and size, routinely breaking arm tackles and dropping his shoulder. He has the size and stamina to sustain a featured role. Frazier could be a bellcow back at the next level in a scheme that matches his strengths.

Player Spotlight: Teidrick Smith

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Name: Teidrick Smith

               School: UMHB

               Conference: ASC

               Projected NFL Position: LB

               Draft Class: 2017

 

 

 

 

Q&A with Teidrick Smith

Whats your names, school , and position?                 

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Whats your heigh and weight?

6’0 1/2 237

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

Speed/Power

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

B/c it just seemed at home and the coaches welcomed me in with open arms.

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

I love Rock music

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

Coverage. I didn’t drop much in college, but since I’ve started training I’ve been doing 1on1 coverage against RB’s and Slots

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

Sam Riddle

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

James Harrison, cause of all the hard work he puts in.

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

Patriots, I just love the way things are done over there, “The Patriot Way”

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

Cru-Nation, it has been an amazing four years and I have loved every second of it.

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Additional Information    

Personal: Son of Felicia Mitchell … born April 16, 1995 … majoring in general studies.

2016: 60 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

2015: D3football.com Second Team All-American … AP Little All-America Third Team … D3football.com South Region Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-South Region … ASC Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year … All-ASC First Team selection … posted 64 tackles and set UMHB and ASC records with 27 tackles for loss and 18 sacks … also blocked a UMHB record six kicks … had seven tackles against SRSU and in playoff win over HSU … had three sacks against Belhaven and in both games against HSU … posted four tackles for loss against Belhaven and SRSU.

2014: D3football.com Honorable Mention All-American and 1st Team All-South Region selection … ASC Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year … First Team All-ASC pick … started all 12 games at defensive end … posted 47 total tackles and led the ASC with 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks … added nine pass break-ups and an interception … had a season-high eight tackles against ETBU and returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in that game … also had 2.5 sacks in that game … had 3.5 tackles for loss against HSU … recovered two fumbles and forced another on the season.

2013: Honorable Mention All-ASC selection … started all 14 games at defensive end … recorded 61 total tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks … also intercepted a pass at Hardin-Simmons … had a season-high 11 total tackles in his first collegiate start at Redlands … had two sacks at HSU and a season-high 3.0 tackles for loss in the Semifinals against UWW.

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Tyrant Analysis

Though Smith doesn’t possess the ideal length for an edge rusher at the next level, he brings an array of pass rush moves to the table. He’s coming after you and in your face the entire game. Regardless of stature, he had enormous success at the Division 3 level (52 sacks). He doesn’t give up on plays and his motor runs hot all the time. With his ferocity and his knack for getting to the Quarterback, you’ll probably see him crack a roster next season. We gave him a UDFA/Camp invite grade here.

Player Spotlight: Javancy Jones

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Name: Javancy Jones

School: Jackson State

Conference: SWAC

Projected NFL Position: LB

Draft Class: 2017

 

 

 

Q & A with Javancy Jones

What is your name, school, and position?

Javancy Jones, Jackson State University, LB

What is your height and weight?

6’2″, 245 lbs

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

Versatility. I have played under 4 defensive coordinators in 4 years! I’ve played in a 4-2-5, 3-4, 4-3, and a 3-3-5. I’ve played every position in the front seven from end, 1 tech, 3 tech, and every linebacker position.

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

My mom was given 3 months to live and she asked me to stay close to home, but once I visited JSU and met the coaches I fell in love.

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

Most people don’t know I’m a tennis player and I love tennis.

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

I would like to become a better coverage linebacker. I’ve been working on loosening up my hips to become more flexible. I am currently taking ballet and yoga to become more flexible.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

Isaiah Crowell. He runs the ball so hard and so low.

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Khalil Mack! He’s very versatile also. He was all pro in two different positions and I was all-conference in two different positions.(first team de,second team linebacker)

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

I don’t really have a favorite team. I just love the game of football and only time I care about who win is when I’m playing.

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

First, I want to thank God for bringing me this far. I also want to thank Thee Jackson State University for giving me a chance to pursue not just a NFL dream but a college education also. To any team out there, You are getting a work horse. I pride myself on making plays and getting better.  I do whatever is necessary to make the team better – whether that is playing DE or LB or even special teams.  I bring that type of work ethic and commitment to everything I do. I play for my mom and my daughter and I’m willing to do anything to make them happy!

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Additional Information

3x All-SWAC

4x All-American

Career Stats:

351 total tackles

77 tackles for a loss (lead nation Junior year)

18.5 sacks

4 forced fumbles

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Tyrant Analysis

Javancy has been a dominant force at Jackson State, no matter what position he lines up at. He has the build and athleticism to thrive at any Linebacker position regardless of scheme. He a great first step and violent hands, that’s what allow him to succeed on the edges. He shows an above average ability to diagnose run plays, which puts him in position to shoot gaps and hit the ball carrier in the backfield. He’s a leader on the field, and can often be seen hyping teammates. He had a good showing at the Shrine Game, and has been having a good few days at The Reese’s Senior Bowl. He has a very real chance of being drafted this year, and Tyrant Scouting gave him a Draftable grade here.

Senior Bowl Weigh In: Small School Edition

 

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While the thought of grown men watching less clothed men walk across a stage and be measured may seem odd to some, it signifies the beginning of Senior Bowl week down in Mobile, AL. Every prospect on The Senior Bowl roster is has their height, weight, arm length, wingspan, and hand size measured. This gives scouts and media personnel a more realistic idea of a player’s measurables, as many players are listed taller or heavier than they actually are.

With all that being said, we will give you some quick notes on how today’s weigh ins went for our small school prospects that are in Mobile right now.

 

 

 

bucknell_bison Julien Davenport (OT, Bucknell)

Height: 6066

Weight: 310

Hand: 10 1/2

Arm: 36″

Wingspan: 87 1/2

Notes:

Davenport validated some buzz early, with his astounding numbers. His height/weight combination were consistent with typical left tackle numbers. His arm length and wingspan however were exceptional.

 

 

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Height: 5110

Weight: 241

Hand: 9 1/4

Arm: 28 3/4″

Wingspan: 71 1/4″

Notes:

Harris came in as expected with his height and weight. He has a compact muscular frame and shorter arms. He didn’t win anything in weigh ins, but expect to hear more positives from him as the week progresses.

 

 

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Height: 5106

Weight: 238

Hand: 8 1/8

Arm: 29 7/8″

Wingspan: 74 1/2″

Notes:

Jordan came in shorter than his listed 6’2 height. He also has a more compact frame with shorter arms. His hands are smaller as well. As with Connor Harris, stay tuned for positives as live action takes place.

 

 

 a88d5d7ee9c982ad67ba4fbe6898df3eLorenzo Jerome (Safety, St. Francis)

Height: 5104

Weight: 202

Hand: 8 5/8

Arm: 30 1/2″

Wingspan: 72″

Notes:

Jerome came in about two inches shorter than his list height, and five pounds heavier. His height and weight are acceptable for a Safety. His arms are a good length, but he has smaller hands.

 

 

ewu_logo_for_promos_t1170Cooper Kupp (WR, Eastern Washington)

Height: 6014

Weight: 198

Hand: 9 1/2

Arm: 31 1/4″

Wingspan: 74 3/8″

Notes:

Kupp came in slightly smaller than his listed height and weight, but nothing that stands out in a negative way. He checked in with average hand size and decent arm length.

 

 

 

 

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Height: 6002

Weight: 198

Hand: 9 5/8

Arm: 31 3/8″

Wingspan: 76 1/8″

Notes:

Langley came in about as we expected on the measurables. He is a tall, lengthy corner with a decent wingspan.

 

 

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Height: 6041

Weight: 250

Hand: 9 1/2

Arm: 32 3/8

Wingspan: 77 1/2

Notes:

Rivers checked in with a height and weight consistent with those listed. He fits the mold for a 3-4 OLB and has a reasonable wingspan.

 

 

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Height: 6067

Weight: 280

Hand: 10 7/8

Arm: 34 7/8″

Wingspan: 8448″

Notes:

Kpassagnon was as impressive as we thought he would be in the weigh in portion. He has an elite combination of height, weight and arm length. He carried the 280 well and looked very muscular.

 

 

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Height: 6030

Weight: 274

Hand: 9

Arm: 33 1/8″

Wingspan: 80 1/2″

Notes:

Davis has solid size and a great wingspan, also similar to what we expected. He has generated some buzz early down in Mobile.

 

 

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Height: 6005

Weight: 204

Hand: 9 3/4

Arm: 32″

Wingspan: 77 1/8″

Notes:

Williams was listed two inches taller than his actual height. This isn’t troublesome, as he has good arm length and decent sized hands.

 

 

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Height: 6026

Weight: 313

Hand: 10

Arm: 33 1/4″

Wingspan: 80 5/8″

Notes:

Morgan was shorter than his listed height, and explains why scouts had him tabbed as a Guard. However, he has long arms and will do very well inside.

 

Player Spotlight: Julien Davenport

 

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Name: Julien Davenport

School: Bucknell

Conference: Patriot League

Projected NFL Position: OT

Draft Class: 2017

 

 

Q & A with Julien Davenport

What is your name, school, and position?

Julien Davenport, Bucknell University, OT

What is your height and weight?

6’7″ 315 lbs

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

My mind for the game

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

Great place to pursue my education and play football on a full scholarship

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

I can draw.

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

Technique, constantly working on the mechanics and perfecting the little things

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

Terrence Fede, Marist College

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Tyron Smith, one of the best in the game and I watch him to better myself

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

Pittsburgh Steelers, when I was younger people would compare me to Jerome Bettis

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

I am excited and honored to be in the position I am now, playing in the Senior Bowl and receiving an invitation to the Combine. Hard work and dedication will help dreams to come true.

 

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Additional Information

Career: Two-year team captain … three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection … Second Team All-Patriot League (2013) … three-time Preseason All-Patriot League … Second Team STATS FCS All-American (2015).

2016 (Senior): Earned First Team All-America honors from four organizations (AFCA, Associated Press, STATS, Walter Camp) … first Bison with four All-America honors in same season since Bryce Robertson in 2011 … team captain for a second straight year … named to Walter Payton Award Watch List … First Team All-Patriot League selection … named a Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports … STATS FCS Preseason All-American First Team … Preseason All-Patriot League … earned invitation to play in Senior Bowl … named FCS Collegiate Player of the Year by the Brooks Irvine Club of South Jersey … earned team’s Tom Gadd Coaches’ Award and Captains Award … started all 11 games at left tackle … only member of senior class to start all 44 games from 2013-16.

2015 (Junior): First Team All-Patriot League selection … Preseason All-Patriot League for second straight year … first Bison offensive lineman to be named First Team All-Patriot League in back-to-back years since Lucas Carlaw in 1998 and 1999 … named a Second Team STATS FCS All-American … served as team captain along with senior Louis Taglianetti … started all 11 games at left tackle for third consecutive year … credited with 12 receiving yards in season finale at Colgate after collecting a Bucknell fumble and advancing it … earned team’s John Campana Award as squad’s outstanding offensive lineman.

2014 (Sophomore): First Team All-Patriot League … one of two First Team All-PL offensive linemen for the Bison … first time since 1998 Bucknell had two offensive linemen named to First Team … started all 11 games at left tackle for second consecutive year … ran one time for three yards vs. Lafayette … also had a tackle in contest vs. Leopards … named team’s Most Improved Offensive Player at conclusion of 2015 spring practice … Preseason All-Patriot League.

2013 (Freshman): Second Team All-Patriot League … earned starting spot at left tackle during preseason camp and started all 11 games there … earned Stuart M. Smith Memorial Award as team’s top newcomer … caught two backward screens to record two running plays for a total of 32 yards … went for 15 yards vs. Lehigh and 17 vs. VMI.

via http://www.bucknellbison.com

 

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Tyrant Analysis

Julien Davenport is quite possibly one of the most polished Lineman to come from the FCS level. He’s fundamentally sound when it comes to techniques. He’s a natural fit at Offensive Tackle, with his NFL size and athleticism. He easily comes out of his stance, and easily mirrors most pass rushers at the FCS level. He also does well blocking at the second level, and can block in space. The true test will be when he goes head to head with NFL talents at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile. Tyrant Scouting gave Julien Davenport a Draftable Grade in our Small School Draft Overview.

Player Spotlight: Jordan Morgan

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Name: Jordan Morgan

School: Kutztown

Conference: PSAC

Projected NFL Position: OG

Draft Class: 2017

 

Q & A with Jordan Morgan

What is your name, school, and position?

Jordan Morgan; Kutztown University, OT

What is your height and weight?

6’3 315lbs

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

My athleticism

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

It was the only school that offered me an opportunity to continue my career.

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

I only played one year in high school.

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

My football mind, and to spend more time on the board and in film rooms.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

Julian Howsare (NY Jets FB), my sophomore year.

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Ronald Leary because he is a technician.

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

I don’t have a favorite team, I have favorite players though.

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

Thank you for your love and support and keep your eyes peeled the best has yet to come

 

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Additional Information

Career Honors
2016 Gene Upshaw Award
2x AP Little All-America First Team (2015, 2016)
2015 D2Football.com All-America First Team
2x AFCA All-America Team First Team (2015, 2016)
2016 D2CCA All-America First Team
2016 PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year
2014 D2Football.com All-America Honorable Mention
2x Don Hansen Gazette All-Region Team (2016 First Team, 2015 Third Team)
3x All-PSAC East First Team (2014, 2015, 2016)
2x Team Captain (2015, 2016)
2014 Team MVP

2016 (Game-by-Game): The First Team All-America offensive lineman started in all 11 games for KU in his redshirt-senior season. Morgan blocked in KU’s record-setting game against East Stroudsburg where the offense broke the school-record for rushing yards with 459. He started in all 43 of his appearances in the last four seasons, continuously making a huge impact on the offensive line and racking up several accolades during his Golden Bear career. This season he was became the first offensive lineman in PSAC history to be named PSAC East Offensive Athlete of the Year. Morgan was named to the PSAC East First Team for the third consecutive season and became the first Golden Bear in program history to win the Gene Upshaw Award, which is given to the top lineman in Division II…All-Region First Team…Blocked in record-setting game against East Stroudsburg where offense broke school-record for rushing yards with 459 (10/15)….Named Preseason All-American by Sporting News, Lindy’s magazine and D2Football.com.

2015 (Game-by-Game): D2Football.com All-America First Team selection (1/28)…Named to the Don Hansen Gazette All-Region Third Team (1/12)…Named to the AP Little All-America First Team, KU’s first First Team selection since 1995, and the AFCA All-America Team, the first Golden Bear to do so since 1997…Earned his second straight All-PSAC East First Team honor (11/19)…Started in all 11 games for KU in his redshirt-junior season. Entering his senior year, Morgan has started at left tackle in 31 of Kutztown’s last 32 games, including an active streak of 13 consecutive starts…Named to the 2015 Lindy’s Sports Preseason All-Division II First Team and the D2Football.com Preseason All-America Second Team.

2014 (Game-by-Game): Named to the D2Football.com All-America honorable mention team (1/29)…Started in all 10 of his appearances for the Golden Bears during his redshirt sophomore season. Named to the All-PSAC East First Team (11/19). Started in each of his 10 games at left tackle.

2013 (Game-by-Game): Started in all 11 games for the Golden Bears. He started all 11 games at left tackle.

2012: Redshirt year.

via http://www.kubears.com

 

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Tyrant Analysis

Morgan could very well be the nastiest Offensive Lineman at any level this year. Though he’s an excellent pass blocker, watching him run block on film is absolutely terrifying. He loves to play through the whistle, and brings a fiery competitiveness to each game.His size and athleticism are both NFL ready to play Guard. Morgan has the opportunity to mix it up with other NFL talents at this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl, and I expect him to impress.  Tyrant Scouting gave him a Draftable Grade in this years Small School Draft Overview.

Player Spotlight: Connor Harris

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Name: Connor Harris

School: Lindenwood

Conference: MIAA

Projected NFL Position: LB

Draft Class: 2017

 

 

Q & A with Connor Harris

What is your name, school, and position?

Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood University.

What is your height and weight?

6’0 243 LBS

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

My speed and also being able to react quickly.

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

I chose Lindenwood University because I wanted to make a impact quickly (was able to start as a true freshman), and I also loved the team and coaches along with the great degree program I wanted to pursue (criminal justice).

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

Something that most people don’t know about me, is that I am married to my high school sweetheart.

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

One thing I would love to improve about my game is working my hands better. Whether that is getting off of blocks, or working a move on a blitz. I plan to really work on them by doing different drills during my off season training.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

John Brown from Pitt State.

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

Luke Kuechly or Brian Cushing because they fly to the ball, make plays, and are exciting to watch.

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

Kansas City Chiefs, because I am from Kansas City, and grew up going to games all the time.

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Additional Information

Career- National Defensive Player of the Year (2016) and Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2015) … four-time all-MIAA selection and three-time All-American … started all 48 games that he appeared in during his career … the NCAA All-Division record holder for career tackles with 633 tackles … averaged over 13 tackles a game in his career … had 38 double-figure tackles games in his career, and five games with 20 or more tackles … a three-way player who has also contributed to the team on offense and special teams.

2016- Winner of the Cliff Harris Award as the National Small College Defensive Player of the Year … AFCA first-team All-American … invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine … first-team all-MIAA … a team captain … earned eight of his team’s weekly awards, including four Defensive Player of the Week honors … ranked third in NCAA Division II with 12.5 tackles a game, and fifth with 6.7 solo tackles a contest … ranked second in the MIAA in both of those categories … led the team in tackles, and was second in tackles for loss … also has a sack, two interceptions, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble on the year … returned one interception for a touchdown in the win over Nebraska-Kearney … his interception against Missouri Southern led to the team’s first touchdown in an eventual win … had a season-high 17 tackles against Pittsburg State … had a season-high 12 solo tackles versus nationally-ranked Emporia State … has double-figure tackles in every game but one … recorded at least one tackle for loss in every game but two … broke the NCAA Division II career tackles record versus Northeastern State, and broke the NCAA All-Division career tackles record against Fort Hays State … punted 19 times on the season and averaged 38.8 yards per punt … had six punts inside the 20-yard line, including three in one contest against Northeastern State … in his lone game as the primary punter, had eight kicks for a season-high 43.0 average against Pittsburg State … took over placekicking duties late in the season and was a perfect 12-of-12 on PATs … recovered two onside kicks to help seal two victories … named to the MIAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for the fifth time.

2015- Cliff Harris Finalist … first-team Conference Commissioner’s Association (formerly Daktronics) All-American … first-team D2football.com All-American … Don Hansen second-team All-American … Conference Commissioner’s Association first-team all-region … MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year … first-team all-MIAA … a team captain … MIAA Defensive Player of the Week once during the season … earned eight team weekly awards, including being the team’s Defensive Player of the Week three times and the team’s Offensive Player of the Week once … started all 11 games … set a NCAA Division II single-season record by averaging 16.7 tackles a game, and recording 184 total tackles … led all levels of NCAA football with 16.7 tackles a game … led the MIAA in total tackles, ranked ninth in tackles for loss, and tied for third in fumble recoveries … led or tied for the team-high with 86 solo tackles, 98 assisted tackles, 184 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, nine passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble … recorded at least 13 tackles in every game, and had two games with over 20 tackles … had 15 tackles in the season finale against Northeastern State, including the tackles which broke the MIAA career record and the NCAA single-season mark … averaged nearly 20 tackles a game against nationally-ranked teams, including 47 in back-to-back games against Emporia State (24) and Northwest Missouri (23) … collected a season-high 3.5 tackles for loss against Fort Hays State and 1.5 sacks against Nebraska-Kearney … recorded two pass breakups versus Central Missouri … had a hand in four turnovers on the season against Fort Hays State, Nebraska-Kearney, Missouri Southern, and Central Oklahoma … had two third-down stops that forced punts against Nebraska-Kearney to help Lindenwood preserve its lead … recorded a team-high 144 of his tackles on rushing plays … on offense, rushed 26 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns … had season-high 51 rushing yards against Missouri Southern and Northeastern State … had a season-long 31-yard rush versus Northeastern State … scored touchdowns versus Nebraska-Kearney, Missouri Southern, and Northeastern State … had seven rushes for first downs or touchdowns … had three rushes of 20 yards or longer … on special teams, punted 10 times for a 37.8 average … had a long punt of 51 yards versus Missouri Western … named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

2014- Second-team Daktronics All-American … honorable mention All-American by D2Football.com and by Don Hansen … Daktronics All-Super Region 3 first-team … first-team All-MIAA … team Defensive MVP … team Leadership Award winner … a team captain … started all 11 games … led the team and the MIAA with 152 tackles … ranked third in NCAA Division II with 7.5 solo tackles a game, and fourth with 13.8 tackles a contest … broke his own school records for the most tackles, solo tackles, and assisted tackles in a season since 2004 … his tackles per game ranked tied for 13th in the NCAA Division II records books (since 2000), and is also ranked in the NCAA Division II single-season records for total tackles, solo tackles, and solo tackles per game … recorded 83 solo tackles and 69 assisted tackles … collected 123 tackles on rushing plays, 28 on passing plays, and one on special teams … recorded double-figure tackles in nine of his team’s 11 games … is one of two players in NCAA Division II with three games of 20 or more tackles … in the season opening upset over Washburn, he recorded two interceptions, both of which set up Lindenwood touchdowns in an eventual six-point victory … recorded 11 solo tackles against Fort Hays State, the first of two games on the season with double-figure solo tackles … had his first 20-tackle game with 21 against Missouri Western in a nationally-televised contest, and also recovered a fumble in that game … recorded a season-high 23 tackles one week later at Emporia State, which tied for the 19th-most in a single-game in the NCAA Division II record books … the 23 tackles also tied for the second-most in NCAA Division II in 2014 … had his final 20-tackle game with 20 against Central Oklahoma … recorded 14 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and 2.0 sacks in the season-ending victory over Northeastern State … showed his all-around football abilities when he rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns against Northeastern State … the 188 rushing yards were the 14th-most in school history, and the four rushing touchdowns tied for the most in the MIAA in 2014 and were the third-most in Lindenwood history … scored the game-winning touchdown in that game and averaged 17.1 yards per rush, including two rushes over 60 yards … averaged 13.0 tackles per game on the road, and 14.4 tackles a game at home … twice named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week and once named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week … named the team Defensive Player of the Week four times, and also earned the team’s Iron Man award three times … named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

2013- Received a medical redshirt after being injured early in the season … a team captain … started the first three games of the year … recorded 33 tackles , two pass breakups, and 0.5 tackles for loss … led the team in tackles versus Lincoln and Southwest Baptist … recorded 17 tackles in the win over Lincoln, including 12 solo tackles, and two pass breakups … named the team’s Defensive Player of the Game against Lincoln and was the team’s Hammer winner versus Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri … named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

2012- Honorable mention all-MIAA … named the team’s Freshman of the Year … started every game as a true freshman … led the MIAA with 126 total tackles and 66 assisted tackles, and tied for the conference high with 60 solo tackles … his 10.5 tackles per game was second in the MIAA and 19th in NCAA Division II … finished fourth on the team, and first among linebackers, with 8.0 tackles for loss … also recorded one sack, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble … had double-figure tackle totals in seven games and recorded eight or more tackles in every game on the season … had a team-high 95 tackles on running … caused two turnovers against Southwest Baptist with one fumble recovery and one forced fumble …also recovered a fumble against Truman State … had a season-high 2.0 tackles for loss against Fort Hays State and Emporia State … recorded his sack on a third-down play against Emporia State … collected two pass breakups against Washburn … had a season-high 15 tackles at Pittsburg State … had 11 tackles in the Mineral Water Bowl … was also used on offense and special teams … rushed 12 times for 22 yards … rushed for four first downs, with two on third-down and two on fourth-down plays … punted four times for a 32.0 average, with one punt inside the 20-yard line … returned one punt for 10 yards and one kickoff for 15 yards … named the team’s Defensive Player of the Game against Truman State … earned the team’s Hard Hat award for the Emporia State contest … named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

via http://www.lindenwoodlions.com

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Tyrant Analysis

Harris has been arguably one of the most dominant defenders at any level over the last four years. His blue collar approach to the position, shows up on film time and again. Though he doesn’t have elite level athleticism, his ability to diagnose a play and finish tackles is what makes him special. He could easily find himself on a roster next year, and could contribute immediately on Special Teams. Connor Harris graded out as a Draftable prospect by Tyrant Scouting here.

Player Spotlight: Jylan Ware

 

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Name: Jylan Ware

School: Alabama State

Conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference 

Projected NFL Position: OT

Draft Class: 2017

 

Q & A with Jylan Ware

What is your name, school, and position?

Jylan Ware, Alabama State University, OT

What is your height and weight?

6’7″ 315

What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?

I consider my biggest asset to be my athleticism and the way I move.

Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?

I chose Alabama State because I felt like it was a better fit for me coming out of high school

What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?

Nothing much that I can think of. I’m a open book

What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?

I need to work on cleaning up my technique. I know the coach’s and vets in the NFL can help me with that.

Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?

I’ve faced a lot of great players form different levels of the game and they were all good at their own thing so it is hard to pick just one guy.

Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?

I would say Armstead who plays for the Saints. Not only does he play my position he is also a SWAC guy.

What NFL team is your favorite and why?

My favorite NFL team going forward is whoever picks me up in the draft.

Any parting words for your fans or friends?

My parting words to any fans and friends would be thank you for all of the love and support.

 

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Additional Information

2015: SWAC Preseason 2nd team All American

2014: Fought through injuries last season and managed to start 10 of the 11 games he saw action in…helped the Hornets average almost 228 yards rushing per game while also averaging 30 points and 436 yards per game.

2013: Played in two games as a freshman, against Grambling State (9/21) and against Stillman (11/28).

 

Tyrant Analysis

Jylan Ware is one of the hottest names amongst small school circles right now. He has the size and athleticism that you look for at Offensive Tackle. He had two good showings in All-Star environments (College Gridiron Showcase and The HBCU Spirit Bowl). Ware is another prospect that could see his name continue to rise, and that has potential to develop into a next level starter. Tyrant Scouting gave him a Draftable Grade here.