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Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.

Remember Myron Rolle?

Posted Jan. 20, 2010 @ 10:31 a.m.
  • Samoan-born Mike Iupati (Idaho) is the top-rated guard in this year's draft class.
  • Twenty-five players from the SEC were invited to the Senior Bowl, more than any other conference. The list is highlighted by Florida QB Tim Tebow, Ole Miss RB Dexter McCluster and LSU WR Brandon LaFell ...

East-West Shrine Game preview

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 4:38 p.m.
The senior all-star game schedule commences this Saturday (3 p.m. ET on ESPN2) with the East-West Shrine Game. Second-tier prospects? I think not. There'll be plenty of talent on display with plenty more to prove. Let's take a look (players listed in alphabetical order): East Squad DE Rahim Alem (LSU) — Didn't provide the pass rush impact expected of him in his first year as a full-time starter, notching only 4½ sacks ...

Alabama’s Cody isn't missing meals

Posted Jan. 25, 2010 @ 11:08 p.m.
Day One of Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., is complete, and one of the massive side stories to Tim Tebow's rough first day of practice was the scale-tipping performance by Alabama NT Terrence Cody. He weighed in at 370 pounds. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who is coaching Cody this week on the South team, could be in the market for a nose tackle this year. Miami's top player at the position ...

The case against Taylor Mays

Posted Jan. 26, 2010 @ 12:52 p.m.
So, I finally got around to watching the Emerald Bowl (USC vs. Boston College), and one player really stood out — Taylor Mays. But for all the wrong reasons. For those that didn't see it, BC senior WR Rich Gunnell turned a short slant over the middle at the 3:48 mark of the second quarter into a 61-yard catch and run for a TD. Mays was playing deep middle on the play, and should ...

CBA uncertainty leads Bucs to alter approach at Senior Bowl

Posted Jan. 26, 2010 @ 2:09 p.m.
Uncertainty about negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement has led at least one team to change its approach to the Senior Bowl this year. If there is no new agreement before the start of the new league year in March, the current deal will expire and there will be no salary cap next season. With no cap, players will not be able to become unrestricted free agents unless they have accrued six seasons of ...

Ravens coordinator Mattison says Weatherspoon stepping up game

Posted Jan. 27, 2010 @ 6:21 p.m.
Heading into Senior Bowl week, Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon had something to prove after his production declined a bit from his junior to senior season, as my colleague, Eric Edholm, wrote from here in Mobile, Ala. earlier this week. One coach who knows a thing or two about quality professional linebackers — Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison — told PFW he thinks Weatherspoon is rising to the occasion. "The one thing (Weatherspoon) has done, which you have ...

No Joique’ing around — Bell grabbing attention at Senior Bowl

Posted Jan. 28, 2010 @ 5:44 p.m.
One of the more talkative participants, particularly during practices, in this year's Senior Bowl is Wayne State RB Joique Bell, who will play for the North team on Saturday. You may not have heard of him before, but he's doing a good job of making sure he leaves Mobile a more widely known prospect. The 6-1, 223-pound back has been jawing at defenders all week, and says he's not intimidated at all ...

Live from Ladd-Peebles

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 3:42 p.m.
We're about 15 minutes from kickoff at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. After a week of beautiful weather, it poured Friday night in Mobile and it's chilly enough to see your breath today. The mood was still festive, though, as Eric Edholm and I made our around the stadium. There was a funky country vibe — "Brick House" was booming from some speakers while the Confederate flag flew from the top of one trailer. The crowd appears ...

Senior Bowl: First-quarter recap

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 4:39 p.m.
The North and South teams are tied at three after the first quarter of the Senior Bowl. The North had a touchdown pass called back for holding on Idaho OG Mike Iupati with 7:59 to play, but it scored first on a 43-yard field goal by Michigan State's Brett Swenson later on the same drive. Cincinnati QB Tony Pike looked sharp, completing 5-of-7 passes for 45 yards. He was focusing on getting the ...

Senior Bowl: Second-quarter recap

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 5 p.m.
The North gained a lead in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl, thanks to big plays by Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount and Murray State DE Austen Lane. Blount ran for a 14-yard TD 20 seconds into the quarter, and the extra point gave the North a 10-3 advantage. A bad snap by South C J.D. Walton was recovered by Lane and he ran it into the endzone with 9:53 left to play ...

Senior Bowl: Third-quarter recap

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 6:22 p.m.
The North pulled away again from the South in the third quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. North QB Dan LeFevour sneaked in for a one-yard TD run after Oregon RB LaGarrette Blount pushed the pile seven yards. An extra point put head coach Jim Schwartz's team ahead 24-13, and that's the way the score stayed until the end of the quarter. South head coach Tony Sparano put Tim Tebow back into the game at ...

Senior Bowl: Fourth-quarter recap

Posted Jan. 30, 2010 @ 6:34 p.m.
The North put the game away in the final quarter, burying the South 31-13 for a Senior Bowl victory. The North was unable to punch the ball into the endzone from the one-yard line to open the quarter and the South took over on downs from its own one. South QB Tim Tebow fumbled on the ensuing possession, though, and it was recovered by North LB A.J. Edds. The North took over at the ...

LSU's Byrd in car accident

Posted April 20, 2009 @ midnight
LSU WR prospect Demetrius Byrd is currently in stable condition in intensive care after a Sunday car accident. Texans seeking Slaton complementLike so many NFL teams, the Houston Texans desire a two-headed running attack. After a breakout rookie season from Steve Slaton, they're looking for another back to replace the departed Ahman Green. And if their interest in then-free agent Cedric Benson (who ultimately re-signed with the Bengals) is any indication, the Texans ...

Scott's path included crossroad

Posted April 20, 2009 @ midnight
Prior to the 2005 season, Clemson DT Dorrell Scott was on the verge of quitting football. A handful of stressors prompted him to go AWOL from the team and it took a visit from his influential high school coach to coax him out of bed and back into the life of a student-athlete. Experience wantedThere is a consensus regarding the three best quarterbacks available in this year's draft. Though the order in which ...

Britt has pro game figured

Posted April 21, 2009 @ midnight
"It's not hard," Rutgers junior WR Kenny Britt told the New York Daily News. "You catch three, four balls a game, 16 games, that's 60 catches. Average 15 yards a catch, that's right around 1,000 yards." Plus, he already knows the real NFL dollars are in the second contract. All this wisdom from a guy who isn't shy about showing frustration when the ball doesn't come his way and ...

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