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Marcus Mariota not sure he’ll throw at Combine

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There’s still one game to play in this season, but 30 teams are a lot more interested in what’s going to happen in the offseason and draft and have already turned their attention in that direction.

For the teams in that group that are looking for a quarterback, Marcus Mariota’s workouts will be of particular interest in the months to come. The Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner is expected to be either the first or second quarterback off the board, but teams may have to wait a while to watch him throw.

Mariota was honored as the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year in Hawaii on Saturday and said at a press conference that he’s not sure if he’ll throw at February’s combine because of a right shoulder injury he suffered against Ohio State in the college title game.

“Right now we’re still making that decision, whether to throw at the Combine. I had to kinda rest about a week-and-a-half,” Mariota said, via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “I sprained the AC joint. But now, I’m able to throw. Feels good.”

If Mariota’s able to throw now, one would imagine he’d be able to throw in Indianapolis in a few weeks. Like many top prospects, however, Mariota seems more likely to take time to polish up his game before doing his workouts for teams in his chosen environment a bit later in the process.

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North rolls to 34-13 victory in Senior Bowl

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Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah garnered Most Outstanding Player honors as the North pulled away to a 34-13 victory in Saturday’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

One of the more well-regarded backs in the Class of 2015, Abdullah (5-8, 198) gained 73 yards rushing on just seven carries and added four receptions on 40 yards for the North, which was led by the Titans’ coaching staff.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty (North) paced all passers with 123 yards on 9-of-13 attempts, though he was picked once. Oregon State’s Sean Mannion added 79 yards on 9-of-13 passes for the North, including a touchdown pass to Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack.

Yale running back Tyler Varga scored a pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns for the North, which outscored the South 24-6 after halftime. Minnesota running back David Cobb (11 carries, 69 yards) added the North’s other TD.

Northern Iowa running back David Johnson tallied the South’s lone touchdown, a 19-yard first-quarter score. Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson led the South with 118 yards passing on 8-of-15 attempts.

The Jaguars coached the South team. Jacksonville selects third in the upcoming draft, with Tennessee picking second.

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Auburn QB Nick Marshall playing defensive back at Senior Bowl

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There’s a position switch of note to report at the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has moved to defensive back, the game announced on Twitter Tuesday. He is now listed at cornerback on the South roster.

According to Rotoworld’s Josh Norris, Marshall measured in at just over 6-foot-1 on Tuesday.

Marshall began his collegiate career as a cornerback with Georgia, but he was dismissed from the program. Later, after a junior college stint, he had success at quarterback at Auburn.

However, Marshall looks set to switch positions in the pros.

“It won’t be a hard transition for me to make,” Marshall said of the move to cornerback, according to Brandon Marcello of Al.com. “It’s something that I know if I put my mind to it I can do anything that I want.”

Marshall’s spot at quarterback has been filled by Southeastern Louisiana’s Bryan Bennett, who began his career at Oregon.

As a senior, Bennett (6-3, 215) threw for 2,357 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight picks. He also rushed for 669 yards and 15 TDs on 137 carries. However, he connected on just 49.5 percent of his passes.

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Jameis Winston lone third-year QB to declare for draft

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The NFL released the official list of early entries for the 2015 NFL Draft on Monday.

In all, 74 players successfully applied for early admission, with another 10 players forgoing their remaining eligibility after graduating. The number of early entries is down 24.5 percent from 2014, when 98 players entered the draft.

Many of the entrants were already public knowledge, with Florida State junior quarterback Jameis Winston one of the headliners. And ultimately, Winston — a surefire first-round pick — was the lone third-year quarterback to leave for the draft. Two other quarterbacks — UCLA’s Brett Hundley and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota — entered the draft, but both did so as redshirt juniors, or fourth-year players. Mariota is also a slam dunk first-rounder.

The early entries list is slightly shorter than expected. Per PFT’s Mike Florio, two players who were set to declare for the draft changed their minds. The identity of the players isn’t immediately known.

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2015 NFL Draft early entries

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The following 74 players have forgone their remaining college eligibility and entered the 2015 NFL Draft, the league announced January 19:

Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California

Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Kwon Alexander, LB, Louisiana State

Javorius Allen, RB, Southern California

Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

Alex Carter, DB, Stanford

B.J. Catalon, RB, Texas Christian

Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Jalen Collins, DB, Louisiana State

Landon Collins, DB, Alabama

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State

Christian Covington, DT, Rice

DaVaris Daniels, WR, Notre Dame

Ronald Darby, DB, Florida State

Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

Lorenzo Doss, DB, Tulane

Mario Edwards, DE, Florida State

Durell Eskridge, DB, Syracuse

George Farmer, WR, USC

Max Flores, LB, Northern Colorado

Ereck Flowers, T, Miami

Dante Fowler, DE, Florida

Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Jacoby Glenn, DB, Central Florida

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri

Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston

Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska

Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

Chris Hackett, DB, Texas Christian

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia

Chris Harper, WR, California

Braylon Heard, RB, Kentucky

Gerod Holliman, DB, Louisville

D.J. Humphries, T, Florida

Danielle Hunter, DE, Louisiana State

David Irving, DT, Iowa State

Jesse James, TE, Penn State

Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA

Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

Patrick Miller, T, Auburn

Tyler Moore, G, Florida

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi

Andrus Peat, T, Stanford

Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida

Marcus Peters, DB, Washington

Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Darius Philon, DT, Arkansas

Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson

Jaquel Pitts, WR, Trinity International

Jeremiah Poutasi, T, Utah

Darien Rankin, LB, North Carolina

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

Josh Robinson, RB, Mississippi State

James Sample, DB, Louisville

Jean Sifrin, TE, Massachusetts

Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington

Max Valles, LB, Virginia

Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Arizona State

Trae Waynes, DB, Michigan State

Leonard Williams, DE, Southern California

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

P.J. Williams, DB, Florida State

Trey Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

Ten other players graduated with eligibility remaining and have declared for the draft:

Deion Barnes, DE, Penn State

Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

Zach D’Orazio, WR, Akron

Charles Gaines, DB, Louisville

Dee Hart, RB, Colorado State

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Nigel King, WR, Kansas

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Donovan Smith, T, Penn State

Tacoi Sumler, WR, Appalachian State

Note: All information furnished by the NFL.

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Nick Marshall added to Senior Bowl roster

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The Senior Bowl rosters are rounding into form, and on Friday, the game announced the addition of another quarterback to the roster.

Auburn’s Nick Marshall will play in the annual all-star contest in Mobile, Alabama, the game’s official Twitter feed said Friday.

Marshall (6-1, 210) threw for 2,532 yards with 20 TDs and seven picks as a senior for the Tigers, connecting on nearly 61 percent of his throws.

Marshall is one of six quarterbacks who have accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl. He is one of four passers currently listed on the South roster, with Alabama’s Blake Sims, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson and East Carolina’s Shane Carden the others.

For the time being, the North roster has just two quarterbacks: Baylor’s Bryce Petty and Oregon State’s Sean Mannion. The game has also reportedly extended an invitation to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who declared for the draft this week.

According to the Titans’ website, Mariota will play for the North if he elects to attend the game. The Titans’ coaching staff will coach the North team, with the Jaguars’ coaches leading the South squad.

The Senior Bowl game will be held next Saturday, January 24. Game practices will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Practices can be an especially important part of a prospect’s week, as evaluators from around the league head to Mobile to see the players scrimmage in-person. Most evaluators typically head home before the game itself on Saturday.

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NFL to hold five regional scouting combines in 2015

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The NFL will hold five regional scouting combines leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft, the league said Friday.

The combines, which are separate from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, will be held on five consecutive Saturdays after the Super Bowl.

According to the NFL, the regional combines are open only to players who 1) are eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft, 2) played college football in 2014 and 3) exhausted all of their eligibility at the end of 2014. Also, the combines are for position players only, not specialists. The combines have a $150 registration fee, and players can only participate in one combine.

The first regional combine will take place at the Dolphins’ training facility on February 7, with combines at the practice facilities of the Texans (February 14), Broncos (February 21), Ravens (February 28) and Bears (March 7) to follow. The league will also hold an invitation-only super regional combine at the Cardinals’ practice facilities in Tempe, Arizona on March 21.

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PFT’s 2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker is live

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As the NFL postseason grinds on, the focus on the 2015 NFL Draft begins to sharpen. With this in mind, we’ve created a working list of the collegiate players who intend to declare early for the draft.

We will update the 2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker as more juniors and redshirt sophomores announce their intentions, and we will finalize the list once the NFL releases its final list of entrants on January 19.

In the meantime, bookmark our list, and keep checking back as the January 15 declaration deadline approaches.

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2015 NFL Draft early entries tracker

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The following players have indicated they will be early entries for the 2015 NFL Draft. Underclassmen have until January 15 to officially declare:

Alabama S Landon Collins.

Alabama WR Amari Cooper.

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon.

Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong.

Auburn WR Sammie Coates.

California WR Chris Harper.

Colorado State RB Dee Hart.

Clemson P Bradley Pinion.

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi.

Georgia RB Todd Gurley.

Indiana RB Tevin Coleman.

Florida DE Dante Fowler Jr.

Florida OT D.J. Humphries.

Florida RB Matt Jones.

Florida State CB Ronald Darby.

Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr.

Florida State CB P.J. Williams.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Kansas WR Nigel King.

Louisville S Gerod Holliman.

Louisville S James Sample.

LSU LB Kwon Alexander.

LSU CB Jalen Collins.

Maryland WR Stefon Diggs.

Miami (Fla.) OT Ereck Flowers.

Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson.

Michigan WR Devin Funchess.

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes.

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams.

Mississippi State RB Josh Robinson.

Missouri DE Shane Ray.

Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney.

Nebraska DE Randy Gregory.

Ohio State DE Noah Spence.

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.

Penn State DE Deion Barnes.

Penn State TE Jesse James.

Penn State OT Donovan Smith.

Rice DT Christian Covington.

Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft.

South Carolina RB Mike Davis.

Southern Mississippi DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

Stanford CB Alex Carter.

Stanford OT Andrus Peat.

Syracuse S Durell Eskridge.

Texas DT Malcom Brown.

Texas A&M RB Trey Williams.

Tulane CB Lorenzo Doss.

UCLA QB Brett Hundley.

USC WR Nelson Agholor.

USC DE Leonard Williams.

Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi.

Virginia DE Eli Harold.

Virginia LB Max Valles.

Ex-Washington CB Marcus Peters.

Washington LB Shaq Thompson.

Washington State DE Xavier Cooper.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon.

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Report: Amari Cooper, Landon Collins leaving Alabama for NFL Draft

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Since taking over the football program at Alabama, Nick Saban has sent scores of players to be drafted early by the league he once called home as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. 2015 won’t be any different.

Chris Low of ESPN.com reports that junior wide receiver Amari Cooper will forego his remaining college eligibility and enter the draft. Cooper, a Heisman finalist, should be off the board early in the first round after catching 124 passes and 16 touchdowns this season. He has a good chance to be the first wideout off the board as he’s shown all the skills that teams are looking for at the position.

Cooper will have company on the trip from Tuscaloosa to the NFL. Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports that safety Landon Collins has also decided to play for pay in 2015. Collins projects as another first-round pick and could join Cooper as the first player off the board at his position after a stellar career for the Crimson Tide.

Low also reports that running back T.J. Yeldon will make the leap to the next level. Yeldon ran for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014, completing a three-year run that should have him following Eddie Lacy, Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram to a prominent role. He probably won’t be a first-round pick given the current climate for running backs, but it would be a surprise if Yeldon was hanging around too deep into the draft’s second day.

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Jim Mora: Brett Hundley to declare for 2015 NFL Draft

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A well-regarded quarterback prospect is set to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

UCLA’s Brett Hundley will end his collegiate career in the Alamo Bowl, coach Jim Mora said Thursday, according to multiple media outlets.

“This will be his last game as a UCLA Bruin. I don’t know that he’s announced it yet, but we all know that’s the case,” Mora said, according to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register. “I’d like him to go out with a successful game.”

The 21-year-old Hundley has completed 259-of-368 passes for 3,019 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hundley (6-3, 226) has also rushed for 548 yards and eight TDs on 148 carries.

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Week 11 skill-position injury report — final

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Here are the skill-position players listed on the final Week 11 injury report. Key starters are bolded. Inactives are announced 90 minutes before kickoff. All injury information is furnished by the NFL.

Byes: Ravens, Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets.

OUT

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hip).

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot).

Broncos TE Jordan Cameron (concussion).

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle).

Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder).

Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin).

Eagles QB Nick Foles (collarbone).

Giants RB Peyton Hillis (concussion).

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (hip).

Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot).

Saints RB Edwin Baker (concussion).

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm).

Saints RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder).

Texans RB Arian Foster (groin).

DOUBTFUL

Broncos TE Virgil Green (knee).

Rams WR Damian Williams (hamstring).

QUESTIONABLE

49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle).

Bears WR Josh Morgan (shoulder).

Buccaneers TE Luke Stocker (hip).

Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (knee).

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle).

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot).

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle).

Panthers TE Brandon Williams (foot).

Saints WR Robert Meachem (ankle).

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (calf).

Seahawks TE Luke Willson (ankle).

Titans RB Dexter McCluster (knee).

Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion).

Washington TE Logan Paulsen (foot, hamstring).

PROBABLE

Bears TE Martellus Bennett (ribs).

Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle).

Bengals RB Cedric Peerman (knee).

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham (thigh).

Broncos RB Juwan Thompson (knee).

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin).

Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee).

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (back).

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot, hip).

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor (calf).

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee).

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (shoulder, elbow).

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs).

Colts WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related).

Eagles TE Brent Celek (ankle).

Eagles WR Jeff Maehl (foot).

49ers RB Frank Gore (hip).

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee).

Giants TE Daniel Fells (neck).

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot).

Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring).

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle).

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (foot).

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle).

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring).

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle).

Patriots WR Matt Slater (shoulder).

Raiders RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder, hamstring).

Saints RB Mark Ingram (shoulder).

Seahawks TE Cooper Helfet (knee).

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back).

Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot).

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin).

Washington QB Robert Griffin (ankle).

Washington RB Silas Redd (back).

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Jameis Winston suits up pregame, sent to change, still sidelined

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Though suspended for Saturday’s game vs. Clemson, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston appeared in uniform in pregame warmups, per multiple reports.

However, after a talk with coach Jimbo Fisher, Winston went back inside and returned to the field without shoulder pads, according to a video clip of the incident posted by ESPN.

Winston’s collegiate career has been marked by stellar play and doses of off-field controversy. A redshirt sophomore, Winston can declare for the 2015 NFL Draft if he so chooses. He is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as college football’s most outstanding player.

Sophomore Sean McGuire has started in place of Winston for No. 1 Florida State, which has won 18 consecutive games entering Saturday night. Winston is wearing his uniform top and a baseball cap and is present on the sidelines.

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Roger Goodell: NFL to hold 2015 draft in Los Angeles or Chicago

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In a break from tradition, the NFL won’t hold the draft in New York next year.

Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Thursday the league will choose between Los Angeles or Chicago as a host site for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

“We’re focusing solely on Los Angeles and Chicago now,” Goodell said, the Times reported.

According to the Times, Goodell said a decision on a host site was slated for “late summer,” but he noted the league could take more time if needed. The commissioner said that New York’s Radio City Music Hall was not available for the event in the times needed next spring, thus taking the United States’ most populous city out of the mix, per the Times.

Goodell also said the league was weighing ways to “strengthen the last day” of the draft, with the commissioner noting the idea of clubs perhaps even announcing last-day picks at their headquarters was among those on the table, according to the Times.

Goodell reportedly made his remarks at an event for CBS, which will air “Thursday Night Football” in 2014.

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Eleven NFL teams attend Monday workout for supplemental draft entrant

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Eleven NFL clubs attended a Monday workout for a defensive lineman eligible for the 2014 supplemental draft.

The Bears, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Patriots, Raiders, Rams and Texans watched former Virginia University of Lynchburg defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross go through drills, agent Glen Lansky told PFT on Monday night.

Multiple other media outlets first reported word of Ross’ Virginia workout, including WVEC-TV, NFLDraftDiamonds.com and National Football Post.

According to Lansky, Ross measured in at 6-foot-4 and 366 pounds on Monday. He is only 21 years old, Lansky told PFT.

Ross played just the 2012 season of college football at Virginia-Lynchburg before being ruled ineligible for 2013, his agent told PFT. He was slated to begin his collegiate career at Morgan State in 2011, but he never played for the school, according to Lansky.

The supplemental draft will be held this month.

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