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NFL Scouting Combine, the action begins Friday

Tentative Combine workout schedule:
» GROUP 1: Friday, Mar 1: PK, ST, OL, RB 
» GROUP 2: Saturday, Mar 2: QB, WO, TE 
» GROUP 3: Sunday, Mar 3: DL, LB 
» GROUP 4: Monday, Mar 4: DB 

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Earlier this week, the NFL Scouting Combine actually began. A lot of it is stuff the general public or casual fan isn’t really interested in. So Friday marks the day when the “fun” stuff starts.

But here’s the process run-down.

The first wave (known as Group 1) of the 338 invitees starting orientation on Tuesday. They got themselves registered; and then got their hospital pre-exam and x-rays out of the way.

Group 2 arrived on Wednesday and started their registration process, while Group 1 was having their measurements taken; taking their medical exams, and beginning the interview process.

Wednesday is also the day when NFL GM’s and HC’s talk with the media.

RELATED: With 3 picks in the first round, Oakland Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock talks vision for 2019 NFL Draft.

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This morning, Group 1 will do their psychological testing. There will be an NFLPA Meeting. PK/ST will workout. These players will talk to the media, do the Bench Press and continue interviewing with teams.

Group 3, also, arrives today for registration; while Group two is getting their measurements take, etc…

On Friday morning, Group 1 will do on-field workouts (timing, stations, skills drills). Group 2 will go their psyche evals. and the bench press. Group 3 will be having their measurements takes and medical exams. Group 4 arrives and gets registered, etc..

On Saturday, Group 2 will do on-field workouts. Group 3 does the media, psyche testing, bench press and interviews.

On Sunday, Group 3 will do on-field workouts. Group 4 does the media, psyche testing, bench press and interviews.

On Monday, Group 4 will do on-field workouts. And the event is over.

Some of the most important skills tests include:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Bench press (225 lb repetitions)
  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • 20-yard shuttle
  • 3 cone drill

To view the full list of prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, click here.

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KEY DATES

The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis will begin on Feb. 26; the franchise-tag deadline is on March 5; free agency starts on March 13; and then the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from April 25-27.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

One of my favorite players in this year’s draft, LSU’s Andraez “Greedy” Williams. Williams has “it.” Whatever the “it factor” is, Williams has it – you could call it a modest abundance of confidence, I like to call it “swag.” And his confidence comes from his physical ability. He’s got rare quickness, agility and speed for his size. He’s not yet begun to reach his full potential.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: ANDRAEZ “GREEDY” WILLIAMS | CB | LSU

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Class: rs Sophomore | 40 time: 4.48

Williams has the size NFL teams are looking for these days. It’s hard to cover a 6-5 receiver with a 5-8 DB. What makes Williams special is his athleticism for such a tall, lanky, corner. He can box out with his big frame. He’s got long-arms which he uses well at the line and when the ball is in the air. He has exceptional instincts and anticipation. He’s good at reading the receiver’s eyes, and turns for the ball at the right moment. He is experienced in both man-to-man and zone.

Greedy Williams hopes to soar at the next level.
Photo: Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune

Williams has dropped a few balls that could’ve been picks. He plays with a desire to smother his opponent, and at times can give up a big play, miss on a slant, and has known to be grabby downfield. He’s only a redshirt sophomore, so there’s room for improvement, and that’s the exciting part.

In 2018, Williams was one of the top lockdown corners in the country. He was finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, thanks to his two interceptions and nine pass breakups. But his biggest contributions was not allowing receivers to get open at all — unfortunately, there’s not a game stat for that.

Has started all 23 games of his career with eight interceptions. He became the first LSU player since Craig Steltz in 2007 to lead the SEC in interceptions. Full name is Andraez but goes by Greedy. Grandmother nicknamed him Greedy when he was young. His older brother Rodarius is a starting cornerback for Oklahoma State. He grew up playing youth league football with Devin White.

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Plus all NEW, updated, Position Rankings: QBWRDEDT, and more.

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Team Needs:

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clelin Ferrel had an amazing season, winning 2018 Hendricks Award, winning a National Championship and being named a Consensus All-American. He possesses a quick first step and uses his long arms to his advantage. Because of his size, he holds up well against the run and can be an every down player.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: CLELIN FERRELL | DE | CLEMSON

Height: 6-5| Weight: 260 | Class: Junior | 40 time:

Ferrell may be the most polished edge rusher in the draft. He has prototypical size for his position. On passing plays, he shows a springy first step, followed by good dip and lean. He’s really good at using his long arms to create distance and has a nice punch. Ferrell shows a nice rip move and can swim inside. He keeps his head up and reacts quickly, resulting is tackles for loss. He’s a stout run stopper that sets a good edge.

Ferrell doesn’t have the bend of an you’d like to see, but he get round most tackles on pure athleticism. Top tier tackles were able to handle his speed rush and wall him off at times. While he does have a good arsenal of moves, Farrell is far from reaching his ceiling – and good coaching at the next level will only help him get better.

Ferrell was a Consensus All-American in 2018.
Photo: Tigersnet.com

Ferrell was a consensus first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, Sporting News and Walter Camp. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year; first-team All-ACC; and unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection and earned AP ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The junior pass rusher from Richmond, Va., entered bowl season credited with 45 tackles, including 17 for loss; 10.5 sacks; three pass breakups; two forced fumbles; and a fumble recovered for a touchdown. He started every game for the Tigers.

In his three-year career, he had 47.5 tackles for loss, eighth most in Tiger history, and 26 sacks, fifth most in school history.

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Plus all NEW, updated, Position Rankings: QBWRDEDT, and more.

Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 PLAYER PROFILE: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky

Josh Allen has enough athleticism to play linebacker in the 3-4. He has enough size to play on the edge in a 4-3. He’s a guy who has worked hard for everything honor he’s earned. While other players were skipping bowl games, Allen wrapped up his senior year by getting 3 sacks and a blocked kick in the Citrus Bowl. He hustles. He’s grown and gotten better each and every year. And no matter what team selects him, they’ll be getting a true football player.

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2019 NFL DRAFT: JOSH ALLEN | DE | KENTUCKY

Height: 6-4| Weight: 252 | Class: Senior | 40 time:

Allen has prototypical size to play end in the NFL. On passing plays, he shows excellent agility, with enough speed and burst to get past the offensive lineman. He has good bend, dip, and lean when taking the corner. Allen has the quickness to split the gap if asked to rush inside. He shows great closing burst when tracking down from the backside. He plays with his eyes, and his reactions without hesitation.

Occasionally, he’ll try to duck blockers instead of shedding them. While he has a good speed move, good rip and chop, he’ll need to add more moves to his arsenal at the next level.

Josh Allen was a 2018 Consensus All-American.
Photo: David Stephenson, AP

Allen finished his career with 220 total tackles (121 solo), 42 tackles for loss, and 31.5 sacks. He caused 11 fumbles, recovered two, and snagged one INT while in Lexington.

In 2018, Allen set a school single-season record with 17 sacks this past season. Overall, he had 21 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles. He recovered two fumbles. Allen also broke up four passes.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

2019 Player Profile: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Edge rusher’s are this year’s hottest commodity. FSU’s Brian Burns is ranked high on most draft board’s because of his potential. Not just his potential based on athletic ability, but his potential based on size. I’ve seen him listed as low as 218 lbs. And if that’s the case, he’ll have to move to OLB at the next level. I’ve seen him listed as high as 265, if that’s the case, he’s definitely a top DE prospect. The school website had him listed at 250 for the 2018 season. We’ll know more about Burns, about his potential and draft projection after the upcoming NFL Combine.

[Update: Burns ran a 4.56 at the Combine, measuring 6′ 5″ and 249 lbs.]

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2019 NFL DRAFT: BRIAN BURNS | DE | FLORIDA STATE

Height: 6-5| Weight: 249 | Class: Junior | 40 time: 4.53

Video: College Films

From 1995-2001 FSU was cranking out defensive ends left and right (Derrick Alexander, Peter Boulware, Andre Wadsworth, Greg Spires, Tony Bryant, and Jamal Reynolds). Brian Burns’ name belongs with that group of guys. He’s good. He’s really good. He has a cat-quick first step and is an explosive closer. Burns has that flexible and bendable frame you want an edge rusher to have. He’s shown good dip and lean to get around the corner. He also has a nice spin move. He’s not overly big, but he’s displayed a decent punch and a nice rip move too.

Burns will need to add bulk and strength at the next level, especially to be effective against the run. Since he’s largely gotten by on beating his opponent with pure athleticism, he’ll need to work on becoming a better technician. He has a lot of tools and a lot of upside.

Burns has plenty of raw potential.
Photo: Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports

His junior season in 2018 was his best yet for the Seminoles. He cracked double digits in the sack column for the first time in his college career with 10.0. He added 15.5 tackles for loss for good measure.

In his three years with FSU, Burns appeared in 38 games with 25 starts and recorded 124 tackles, including 39.5 for loss with 24.0 sacks, seven forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, three blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries. His 24 total sacks ranks fifth in program history. And his 39.5 career tackles for loss rank eigth on FSU’s all-time list.

Update: Burns measured 6′ 5″ and 249 lbs. at the Scouting Combine, plenty of size to play the Edge at the next level. He ran a 4.53 forty.

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Team Needs:

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE |MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

FCS 2018 SWAC Awards

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Offensive Player of the Year: Noah Johnson, QB, Alcorn State

Alcorn State Braves quarterback Noah Johnson (13) throws against the against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Photo: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson , a redshirt junior, has thrown for 2,079 passes and 15 touchdowns this season while also running for 960 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year and is one of four finalists for the Black College Hall of Fame Player of the Year award, with the winner to be announced in February 2019.

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Defensive Player of the Year: De’Arius Christmas, LB, Grambling State

Christmas was also selected to the STATS FCS All-American third team.
Image: Grambling StateAthletics

Grambling State University senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas was named the SWAC DPOY for 2018. Christmas was first on the team in sacks (5.5) and second in tackles for loss (11.0). The senior linebacker was total third in tackles (55) and registered 30 solo stops. In addition, Christmas added seven quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, including a 66-yard touchdown return against Alabama State, and one blocked kick.

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Newcomer of the Year: De’Shawn Waller, RB, Alcorn State

Patience and dedication: Waller spent two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas before arriving at Alcorn State. Photo: Alcorn State Athletics.

Waller, a junior, worked his way into becoming the premier running back in the SWAC after beginning the season at No. 3 on the Alcorn depth chart. He didn’t start until the seventh game of the year against Alabama A&M.

The Atlanta, Georgia native ended with 1,215 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished the year ranked eighth in the FCS in rushing yards per game (121.5), 15th in total rushing yards, 19th in all-purpose yards (133.0 ypg), 19th in yards per carry (6.5), 20th in rushing TD’s (12), 23rd in scoring (7.8 ppg) and 25th in total touchdowns (13).

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Freshman of the Year: DeJuan Miller, WR, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Arkansas-Pine Bluff wide receiver DeJuan Miller was named the SWAC Freshman of the Year after ranking tied for first in the conference in receptions with 56, third in receiving yardage with 801, and was tied for second in receiving touchdowns with six. The Belle Glade, Fla., native eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark three consecutive weeks and recorded a season-high 10 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns versus Grambling State on Oct. 27.

FCS 2018 Southland Awards

SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE

Player of the Year: Chase Fourcade, QB, Nicholls

All in the family: Fourcade’s Uncle John set all kinds of passing records at Ole Miss and later played for the NO Saints. Photo: Brett Davis/AP

Nicholls State University quarterback Chase Fourcade was named 2018 SLC Player of the Year, marking the first time the Colonels claimed the league’s overall top prize.

The junior from Metairie leads the conference in passing efficiency (148.5) after throwing only six interceptions, the fewest in the Southland, while completing 176 passes for 2,447 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for a team-high nine scores and rushed for 488 yards, which ranks as second most among Southland quarterbacks.

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Offensive Player of the Year: Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State

Ferguson, a record-breaking wide receiver, became the first Demon recognized on an All-American team since 2015, earning third-team honors from The Associated Press on its FCS All-American Team. Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Ferguson, a 6-foot-5 LSU transfer (2017), set Northwestern State single-season records in receiving yards (1,117) and touchdown receptions (13) while hauling in the second-most catches in school history (66). He declared for the 2019 NFL Draft early in December, forgoing his senior season.

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Defensive Player of the Year: B.J. Blunt, LB, McNeese

Blunt, a native of New Orleans, leads the Cowboys with 56 total tackles on the season to go along with seven sacks. Photo: Rick Hickman/Lake Charles American Press

Following one of the top performances in McNeese Football history, senior linebacker B.J. Blunt has been named this year’s Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Blunt, a native of New Orleans, led the Cowboys and ranked fifth in the nation with 11 sacks on the season while ranked No. 3 in the FCS with 20 tackles for a loss.

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Freshman of the Year: Jon Copeland, QB, Incarnate Word

QB Jon Copeland goes through drills at IWC football practice at Benson Field on Wednesday, Aug.8, 2018. Photo: Ronald Cortes

Copeland has been a leader on the team since he stepped foot on campus, breaking multiple UIW records as a freshman, including: passing yards in a single season (2,984), total offense (3,061), passing completions (208) and passing touchdowns (22). The freshman spearheaded the top offense in the conference and one of the best in the nation. UIW leads the conference in scoring, averaging 34.3 points per game, the 18th-best mark in the nation. The Cardinal offense ranks best in the conference and eighth best in the nation in total offense, averaging 493.3 yards per game.

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Co-Newcomers of the Year: Jordan Hoy, QB, Lamar, and Billy McCrary, RB, Abilene Christian

Hoy began the season as Lamar’s backup, but was forced into action when starter Darrel Colbert Jr. went down with an ankle injury. A transfer from Old Dominion, Hoy then proceed to lead Lamar to back-to-back road wins, and was named the conference’s offensive player of the week on both occasions. Hoy piled up 692 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns during those two games.

McCrary transferred to ACU from Cal where he played in 2015 and 2016 before redshirting in 2017. In 2018, he played in 10 games for the Wildcats, rushing for 724 yards on only 88 carries, McCrary is fast and explosive, posting an eye opening 8.2 yards per carry.

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Offensive Lineman of the Year: Garrett Bowery, Lamar

Bowery was a member of Schultz’s initial signing class at Lamar. A junior college-transfer, Bowery and the rest of the Lamar offensive line was a big reason why the Cardinals ranked 12th nationally in rushing yards per game.

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