GordonIt looks like a bumper crop of ball carriers will be available this April, thanks in large part to the underclassmen.  The headliners have already declared and a few more are expected to join enter the draft and occupy slots in the draft’s initial 100 selections.

Running Back

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

1st

Melvin Gordon

Wisconsin

4Jr

2nd

Todd Gurley

Georgia

3Jr

2nd

Jay Ajayi

Boise State

4Jr

2nd

Ameer Abdullah

Nebraska

4Sr

2nd

Duke Johnson

Miami-Fl

3Jr

2nd

Tevin Coleman

Indiana

3Jr

2-3

T.J. Yeldon

Alabama

3Jr

3rd

Mike Davis

South Carolina

3Jr

3rd

Cameron Artis-Payne

Auburn

4Sr

3rd

Jeremy Langford

Michigan State

5Sr

3-4

Javorius Allen

USC

4Jr

4th

Matt Jones

Florida

3Jr

4th

David Cobb

Minnesota

4Sr

4-5

David Johnson

Northern Iowa

5Sr

5-6

Karlos Williams

Florida State

4Sr

6th

Michael Dyer

Louisville

5Sr

6th

Malcolm Brown

Texas

4Sr

6th

Josh Robinson

Mississippi State

4Jr

6th

Terrence Magee

LSU

4Sr

6th

Kevin Parks

Virginia

5Sr

7th

Corey Grant

Auburn

5Sr

7th

Kenny Hilliard

LSU

4Sr

7th

Jahwan Edwards

Ball State

4Sr

FA

Dominique Brown

Louisville

5Sr

FA

Terris Jones-Grigsby

Arizona

5Sr

FA

Marcus Murphy

Missouri

5Sr

FA

Zachary Zenner

South Dakota State

5Sr

FA

Venric Mark

West Texas A&M

5Sr

FA

Kenneth Williams

Texas Tech

4Sr

FA

Jordon James

UCLA

5Sr

FA

Joe Bergeron

Texas

4Sr

FA

Malcolm Agnew

Southern Illinois

4Sr

FA

Dreamius Smith

West Virginia

4Sr

FA

Trey Williams

Texas A&M

3Jr

FA

Dee Hart

Colorado State

4Jr

FA

Braylon Heard

Kentucky

4Jr

FA

Terron Ward

Oregon State

4Sr

FA

Akeem Hunt

Purdue

4Sr

FA

Prince-Tyson Gulley

Syracuse

5Sr

FA

Storm Woods

Oregon State

5Sr

FA

Gus Johnson

Stephen F. Austin

4Sr

FA

Kenneth Harper

Temple

4Sr

FA

Lyle McCombs

Rhode Island

5Sr

FA

Bronson Hill

Eastern Michigan

4Sr

FA

Shawn Johnson

Montana State

4Sr

FA

Bill Belton

Penn State

4Sr

FA

Ross Scheuerman

 Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Marcus Coker

Stony Brook

5Sr

FA

Rakeem Sims

Jackson State

5Sr

FA

Marlin Lane Jr.

Tennessee

4Sr

FA

Tony Pierson

Kansas

4Sr

FA

Joshua Quezada

Fresno State

5Sr

FA

Jawon Chisholm

Akron

4Jr

FA

B.J. Catalon

TCU

3Jr

FA

Ken Malcome

Southern Illinois

5Sr

FA

Taylor Cox

Kansas

5Sr

FA

Quincy Forte

Eastern Washington

4Sr

FA

Robert Holloman

Central Connecticut

5Sr

FA

John Bennett

Pittsburgh

4Sr

FA

Travon Van

Montana

5Sr

FA

Jacobi Green

Richmond

3Jr

FA

Keon Williams

Tenn-Chattanooga

5Sr

FA

Keshaudas Spence

Sacred Heart

4Sr

FA

Desmond Roland

Oklahoma State

4Sr

FA

Cam McDaniel

Notre Dame

4Sr

FA

Terrell Watson

Azusa Pacific

4Sr

FA

Nathan Jeffery

UTEP

5Sr

FA

Demarcus Rouse

Presbyterian

4Sr

FA

Reggie Whatley

Middle Tennessee

5Sr

FA

Damarcus James

Jacksonville State

4Sr

FA

Donovonn Young

Illinois

4Sr

FA

Johnathon Crockett

North Dakota State

4Sr

FA

Keshawn Hill

Sam Houston State

4Sr

FA

Brandin Byrd

North Texas

4Sr

FA

Dominique Bowers

x-Northern Illinois

4Jr

FA

Alonzo Harris

La-Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Donnell Kirkwood

Minnesota

5Sr

FA

Lemond Buice

Florida A&M

5Sr

FA

Ralph David Abernathy IV

Cincinnati

4Sr

FA

Crusoe Gongbay

New Mexico

4Sr

Fullback

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

5th

Tyler Varga

Yale

4Sr

6th

Jalston Fowler

Alabama

5Sr

7th

Conner Neighbors

LSU

5Sr

7th

Hunter Joyer

Florida

4Sr

FA

Mark Weisman

Iowa

5Sr

FA

Zachary Zwinak

Penn State

5Sr

FA

Aaron Ripkowski

Oklahoma

4Sr

FA

Trevon Pendleton

Michigan State

5Sr

FA

Soma Vainuku

USC

5Sr

FA

Trayion Durham

Kent State

4Sr

FA

Joey Iosefa

Hawaii

5Sr

FA

Michael Burton

Rutgers

5Sr

FA

Paula Lasike

BYU

4Sr

FA

Joey Garside

Wake Forest

5Sr

Mariota2Except for a pair of yet to declare underclassmen at the top of the class, the crop of quarterbacks for the 2015 is, in a word, ugly.  The senior class will have limited impact and even worse, there’s very little upside potential coming from this group.

 

 



Quarterback


Rnd


Name


School


Yr


1st


Marcus Mariota


Oregon


4Jr


1st


Jameis Winston


Florida State


3So


3rd


Brett Hundley


UCLA


4Jr


5th


Garrett Grayson


Colorado State


4Sr


5-6


Bryce Petty


Baylor


5Sr


6-7


Brandon Bridge


South Alabama


5Sr


6-7


Chris Bonner


CSU-Pueblo


4Sr


6-7


Sean Mannion


Oregon State


5Sr


7th


Cody Fajardo


Nevada


5Sr


7-FA


Bryan Bennett


SE Louisiana


5Sr


FA


Blake Sims


Alabama


5Sr


FA


Shane Carden


East Carolina


4Sr


FA


Hutson Mason


Georgia


5Sr


FA


Taylor Heinicke


Old Dominion


4Sr


FA


Rakeem Cato


Marshall


4Sr


FA


Mark Myers


John Carroll


5Sr


FA


Anthony Boone


Duke


5Sr


FA


Bo Wallace


Mississippi


4Sr


FA


Dylan Thompson


South Carolina


5Sr


FA


Jerry Lovelocke


Prairie View


4Sr


FA


Taylor Kelly


Arizona State


5Sr


FA


Jacob Waters


Kansas State


4Sr


FA


Trevor Siemian


Northwestern


5Sr


FA


C.J. Brown


Maryland


6Sr


FA


Justin Worley


Tennessee


4Sr


FA


Brandon Doughty


Western Kentucky


5Sr


FA


Connor Halliday


Washington State


5Sr


FA


Garrett Safron


Sacramento State


5Sr


FA


Gary Nova


Rutgers


4Sr


FA


Jameill Showers


UTEP


5Sr


FA


Terrance Broadway


La-Lafayette


5Sr


FA


Charles Keeton


Utah State


4Sr


FA


Frank Rivers


Albany State


4Sr


FA


Tyler Murphy


Boston College


4Sr


FA


Phillip Sims


Winston Salem State


5Sr


FA


Quinn Epperly


Princeton


4Sr


FA


Cole Stoudt


Clemson


4Sr


FA


David Ash


Texas


4Jr

MarpetPractices for the 2015 Senior Bowl are in the books and all that’s left is the game itself. Here are a few final thoughts on what took place in Mobile the past three days.

 

 

 

 

 

– With James Carpenter slated to hit the open market in two months and Russell Okung up for free agency in 2016, there’s been a long held belief the Seattle Seahawks will make offensive line a priority in April’s draft. Its been passed around the internet the team likes Colorado State’s Tyler Sambrailo, something I’ve known since October and was confirmed earlier this week. I’ve also been alerted Terry Poole of San Diego State is another tackle the team likes. Poole started slowly at Shrine practice in St Petersburg but by Thursday he was one of the better blockers on the field.

– Earlier this week I stated the New York Giants have taken a liking to Lynden Trail of Norfolk State. Later that day I was told general manager Jerry Reese was making calls inquiring about Trail during the early evening hours. Dimensions wise Trail compares to Jason Pierre-Paul.

– Wednesday evening I spoke at length with Ali Marpet of Hobart College. Marpet, who went to high school in Hastings, New York, (about 20 minutes from my house) told me he was 230-pounds as a senior and few college teams recruited his school, hence the reason he ended up at Hobart. Marpet is not a physically impressive specimen but his technique on the field is almost flawless. He explained the offensive coordinator at Hobart is also the teams offensive line coach and preaches technique and fundamentals. Marpet told me every team in the league expect the Cincinnati Bengals passed through the Hobart campus to scout him.

– To follow up on my tweet from Thursday morning, offensive lineman Gregory Mancz had surgery this week to repair a torn labrum suffered during Shrine Game practices. While he won’t be able to participate in the combine, the timing of the surgery means the Toledo senior will be on target for full recovery by training camp this year. The play occurred during Tuesday’s practice and it was immediately evident Mancz had suffered some type of injury.

– Finally, this week marked the 15th year I’ve attended every full contact practice at the Senior Bowl. My first year was 2000 and I stood shoulder to shoulder with scouts and general managers watching Chad Pennington battle Chris Redman and Giovanni Carmazzi for the top spot at the quarterback position as well as R. Jay Soward state his case to be a first round selection. Wednesday, traditionally the final day of full contact practice, was always the highlight. Scouts, coaches, general managers and personnel people would stand three deep at Fairhope Stadium and USM Wright field to take in practice. The amount of information available was incredible. Appreciating the importance of the Senior Bowl I was saddened to see how few scouts were in attendance yesterday, the final day of full contact practice. Truth be told the number of scouts, coaches, et al, have been diminishing from Senior Bowl practice the past five years while the amount of media in attendance has swelled. In fact its to the point where the Senior Bowl seems more like a media event rather than a scouting event, and that’s a shame. There are a number of reasons for this; increased television and internet exposure (the latter which I’m guilty of), the non-stop thirst for football and the explosion of the NFL Draft. And while general managers and head coaches can view all the practices on video they are missing out on the one-on-one interaction with those who participate in the Senior Bowl, void of any limit on the number of interviews allowed as well as the amount of time allotted to the interview, which handcuffs them at the combine.

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