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Over-Under on fastest 40-yard dash at the Combine: 4.28 seconds

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Last year, then-Kent State tailback Dri Archer came within two-hundredths of a second within tying Chris Johnson’s recent Combine standard-setting time of 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Overall, Archer — later drafted by the Steelers — was just the fifth Combine participant to be clocked at less than 4.30 seconds in the 40 since 2006, per NFL data.

We mention this with the news that online sports book Bovada.lv has set the Over-Under on the fastest 40 at the 2015 Scouting Combine at 4.28 seconds. The Over and Under are set at the same odds.

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock told The MMQB this week that three wide receivers were especially fast in this draft class, including Phillip Dorsett of Miami (Fla.).

With this, we turn to you. Will any prospect run faster than 4.28 this year? Let us know via the poll and in the comments.

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Lovie Smith on Jameis Winston’s off-field issues: We’re OK with where he is

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The Buccaneers are expected to take a quarterback with the first pick in the draft, with Florida State’s Jameis Winston topping most lists when it comes to on-field readiness to start in the NFL.

There are off-field questions regarding Winston after a host of issues during his college career, including allegations of sexual assault. Winston was not charged by authorities and was cleared in a code of conduct hearing held by the school, two things that Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith cited Wednesday as reasons why the team would be comfortable making Winston the first pick of the draft and the face of their franchise.

“From what I know right now, yeah, we’re OK with where he is,” Smith said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s been accused of a crime. There’s an allegation. He went through our court system. I have faith in our court system. He went through the school justice system. He was cleared. He went through our court system and he was cleared. Exonerated. What else can you do?”

Smith said the team is still doing its homework on Winston and there are on-field workouts to come, so it’s premature to start making jerseys with anyone’s name on the back at this point. Character questions are the biggest red flag about Winston, though, and his chances of going No. 1 look a lot better if the Bucs continue to be OK with everything on that front.

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Jameis Winston drops in on Jim Harbaugh for a visit

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One of the reasons why the University of Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh as their head coach was the hope that he could get the school back in the business of developing quarterbacks for the NFL.

Harbaugh’s going to need some time to make that happen, but he has done some work this week with a quarterback who will be taken at or near the top of the draft. Florida State’s Jameis Winston has been in Ann Arbor for a few days along with his tutor George Whitfield (and Whitfield’s other pupil Bryce Petty of Baylor) and met with Harbaugh.

“It’s part of the process that will help him as he gets ready for the NFL,” Whitfield said, via USA Today. “We couldn’t ask for a better person for him to visit with right now than Jim Harbaugh. Who better to answer questions about what he’s about to face from teams and what he needs to know, than a man who only a few weeks ago was sitting across the desk asking those questions.”

Whitfield said the trip was also about acclimating Winston to the time zone and throwing indoors after recent workouts in the San Diego sunshine and “turning over every stone” while preparing for the draft.

[Photo credit: University of Michigan Football Twitter account]

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323 players invited to NFL scouting combine

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The NFL has released the list of the 323 players invited to take part in the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis that will be held from February 17-23.

All of the big names in this year’s draft class are on the list, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. You can check out the entire list right here.

There weren’t many notable seniors left off the list of invites, but two that jump out are Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and Michigan quarterback/wide receiver Devin Gardner. Cato threw 131 touchdown passes during his collegiate career, good for fourth in FBS history, and Gardner is trying to transition back to wideout after a disappointing career as a quarterback for the Wolverines.

Fourteen underclassmen who declared for the draft were also not invited. Wide receivers Zach D’Orazio (Akron); George Farmer (USC); Deontay Greenberry (Houston); Chris Harper (Cal); Nigel King (Kansas); Jaquel Pitts (Trinity International) and Tacoi Sumler (Appalachian State) make up the biggest group from any one position. Offensive tackle Patrick Miller (Auburn), guard Tyler Moore (Florida), defensive end Deion Barnes (Penn State), defensive tackle David Irving (Iowa State), linebacker Max Flores (Northern Colorado), linebacker Darien Rankin (North Carolina) and long snapper Easton Wahlstrom (Arizona State) round out the list.

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2015 NFL scouting combine invitees

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The NFL has released the names of the draft-eligible players invited to this year’s scouting combine in Indianapolis, which takes place February 17-23.

Quarterbacks
Anthony Boone, Duke
Brandon Bridge, South Alabama
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
Connor Halliday, Washington State
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Sean Mannion, Oregon State
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Nick Marshall, Auburn
Bryce Petty, Baylor
Blake Sims, Alabama
Jameis Winston, Florida State
Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana *
Shane Carden, East Carolina *
Jerry Lovelocke, Prairie View A&M *

Running backs
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Jay Ajayi, Boise State
Javorius Allen, USC
Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn
Dominique Brown, Louisville
Malcolm Brown, Texas
Michael Burton (FB), Rutgers
B.J. Catalon, TCU
David Cobb, Minnesota
Tevin Coleman, Indiana
John Crockett, North Dakota State
Mike Davis, South Carolina
Michael Dyer, Louisville
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
Jalston Fowler (FB), Alabama
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Todd Gurley, Georgia
Dee Hart, Colorado State
Braylon Heard, Kentucky
Kenny Hilliard, LSU
Joey Iosefa, Hawaii
David Johnson, Northern Iowa
Duke Johnson, Miami (Fla.)
Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin
Matt Jones, Florida
Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
Terrence Magee, LSU
Marcus Murphy, Missouri
Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan
Josh Robinson, Mississippi State
Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette
Tyler Varga, Yale
Karlos Williams, Florida State
Trey Williams, Texas A&M
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Zach Zenner, South Dakota State

Wide receivers
Nelson Agholor, USC
Mario Alford, West Virginia
Dres Anderson, Utah
Kenny Bell, Nebraska
Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois
Kaelin Clay, Utah
Sammie Coates, Auburn
Chris Conley, Georgia
Amari Cooper, Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Duke
Davaris Daniels, Notre Dame
Devante Davis, UNLV
Geremy Davis, Connecticut
Titus Davis, Central Michigan
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Fla.)
Devin Funchess, Michigan
Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
Rashad Greene, Florida State
Rannell Hall, Central Florida
Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Josh Harper, Fresno State
Christion Jones, Alabama
Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas
Tony Lippett, Michigan State
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Deon Long, Maryland
Donatella Luckett, Harding
Vince Mayle, Washington State
Tre McBride, William & Mary
Ty Montgomery, Stanford
Keith Mumphery, Michigan State
J.J. Nelson, Alabama-Birmingham
DeVante Parker, Louisville
Breshad Perriman, Cental Florida
Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State
DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech
Devin Smith, Ohio State
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
Darren Waller, Georgia Tech
DeAndrew White, Alabama
Kevin White, West Virginia
Cam Worthy, East Carolina

Tight ends
Blake Bell, Oklahoma
E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
Nick Boyle, Delaware
Gerald Christian, Louisville
Cameron Clear, Texas A&M
A.J. Derby, Arkansas
Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
Jesse James, Penn State
Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
Tyler Kroft, Rutgers
Nick O’Leary, Florida State
MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
Wes Saxton, South Alabama
Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts
Randall Telfer, USC
Eric Tomlinson, UTEP
Clive Walford, Miami (Fla.)
Maxx Williams, Minnesota

Offensive linemen
Al Bond (OT), Memphis
Brett Boyko (OT), UNLV
Jamon Brown (OT), Louisville
Trenton Brown (OG), Florida
A.J. Cann (OG), South Carolina
T.J. Clemmings (OT), Pittsburgh
Takoby Cofield (OT), Duke
La’el Collins (OT), LSU
Rob Crisp (OT), North Carolina State
Reese Dismukes (C), Auburn
Andrew Donnal (OT), Iowa
Jamil Douglas (OT), Arizona State
Cameron Erving (OT), Florida State
Tayo Fabuluje (OT), TCU
Jon Feliciano (OG), Florida
B.J. Finney (C), Kansas State
Jake Fisher (OT), Oregon
Ereck Flowers (OT), Miami (Fla.)
Andy Gallik (C), Boston College
Max Garcia (C), Florida
Laurence Gibson (OT), Virginia Tech
Mark Glowinski (OG), West Virginia
Hroniss Grasu (C), Oregon
Chaz Green (OT), Florida
Chad Hamilton (OT), Coastal Carolina
Jarvis Harrison (OG), Texas A&M
Bobby Hart (OT), Florida State
Rob Havenstein (OT), Wisconsin
Sean Hickey (OT), Syracuse
D.J. Humphries (OT), Florida
Tre Jackson (OG), Florida State
Arie Kouandjio (OG), Alabama
Greg Mancz (C), Toledo
Ali Marpet (OT), Hobart
Josue Matias (OG), Florida State
Darrian Miller (OT), Kentucky
John Miller (OG), Louisville
Mitch Morse (OT), Missouri
Robert Myers (OG), Tennessee State
Cedric Ogbuehi (OT), Texas A&M
Andrus Peat (OT), Stanford
Terry Poole (OT), San Diego State
Jeremiah Poutasi (OT), Utah
Corey Robinson (OT), South Carolina
Ty Sambrailo (OT), Colorado State
Brandon Scherff (OT), Iowa
Adam Shead (OG), Oklahoma
Austin Shepherd (OT), Alabama
Donovan Smith (OT), Penn State
Tyrus Thompson (OT), Oklahoma
Laken Tomlinson (OG), Duke
Daryl Williams (OT), Oklahoma

Defensive line
Henry Anderson (DE), Stanford
Arik Armstead (DE), Oregon
Tavaris Barnes (DE), Clemson
Vic Beasley (DE), Clemson
Michael Bennett (DT), Ohio State
Angelo Blackson (DT), Auburn
Malcom Brown (DT), Texas
Anthony Chickillo (DE), Miami (Fla.)
Frank Clark (DE), Michigan
Xavier Coooper (DT), Washington State
Christian Covington (DT), Rice
Corey Crawford (DE), Clemson
Carl Davis (DT), Iowa
Tyeler Davison (DE), Fresno State
Ryan Delaire (DE), Towson
B.J. Dubose (DE), Louisville
Mario Edwards (DE), Florida State
Kyle Emanuel (DE), North Dakota State
Trey Flowers (DE), Arkansas
Dante Fowler (DE), Florida
Markus Golden (DE), Missouri
Eddie Goldman (DT), Florida State
Randy Gregory (DE), Nebraska
Marcus Hardison (DE), Arizona State
Eli Harold (DE), Virginia
Zach Hodges (DE), Harvard
Danielle Hunter (DE), LSU
Martin Ifedi (DE), Memphis
Grady Jarrett (DT), Clemson
Derrick Lott (DT), Tennessee-Chattanooga
Joey Mbu (DT), Houston
Ellis McCarthy (DT), UCLA
Rakeem Nunez-Roches (DT), Southern Mississippi
Owamagbe Odighizuwa (DE), UCLA
Nate Orchard (DE), Utah
Leon Orr (DT), Florida
David Parry (NT), Stanford
Jordan Phillips (DT), Oklahoma
Darius Philon (DT), Arkansas
Shane Ray (DE), Missouri
Cedric Reed (DE), Texas
Bobby Richardson (DT), Indiana
Ryan Russell (DE), Purdue
Danny Shelton (NT), Washington
Deon Simon (NT), Northwestern State
Preston Smith (DE), Mississippi State
Za’Darius Smith (DE), Kentucky
J.T. Surratt (DT), South Carolina
Lynden Trail (DE), Norfolk State
Louis Trinca-Pasat (DT), Iowa
Davis Tull (DE), Tennessee-Chattanooga
Zack Wagenmann (DE), Montana
Leterrius Walton (DT), Central Michigan
Leonard Williams (DT), USC
Gabe Wright (DT), Auburn

Linebackers
Kwon Alexander (OLB), LSU
Stephone Anthony (ILB), Clemson
Neiron Ball (OLB), Florida
Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (OLB), Maryland
Aaron Davis (ILB), Colorado State
Paul Dawson (ILB), TCU
Trey DePriest (ILB), Alabama
Xzavier Dickson (OLB), Alabama
Bud Dupree (OLB), Kentucky
Alani Fua (OLB), BYU
Geneo Grissom (OLB), Oklahoma
Obum Gwacham (DE), Oregon State
Bryce Hager (ILB), Baylor
Ben Heeney (ILB), Kansas
Amarlo Herrera (ILB), Georgia
Jordan Hicks (ILB), Texas
Mike Hull (ILB), Penn State
A.J. Johnson (ILB), Tennessee
Taiwan Jones (ILB), Michigan State
Eric Kendricks (ILB), UCLA
Hau’oli Kikaha (OLB), Washington
Lorenzo Mauldin (OLB), Louisville
Benardrick McKinney (ILB), Mississippi State
Mark Nzeocha (OLB), Wyoming
Denzel Perryman (ILB), Miami (Fla.)
Hayes Pullard (ILB), USC
Edmond Robinson (OLB), Newberry
Jake Ryan (OLB), Michigan
Martrell Spaight (OLB), Arkansas
J.R. Tavai (OLB), USC
Shaq Thompson (OLB), Washington
Max Valles (OLB), Virginia
Tony Washington (OLB), Oregon
Damien Wilson (ILB), Minnesota
Ramik Wilson (ILB), Georgia

Defensive backs
Adrian Amos (SS), Penn State
Detrick Bonner (FS), Virginia Tech
Ibraheim Campbell (SS), Northwestern
Alex Carter (CB), Stanford
D.C. Celiscar (CB), Western Michigan
Justin Coleman (CB), Tennessee
Jalen Collins (CB), LSU
Landon Collins (FS), Alabama
Justin Cox (FS), Mississippi State
Ronald Darby (CB), Florida State
Quandre Diggs (CB), Texas
Lorenzo Doss (CB), Tulane
Kurtis Drummond (FS), Michigan State
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB), Oregon
Durell Eskridge (FS), Syracuse
Charles Gaines (CB), Louisville
Clayton Geathers (SS), Central Florida
Jacoby Glenn (CB), Central Florida
Senquez Golson (CB), Ole Miss
Doran Grant (CB), Ohio State
Ladarius Gunter (CB), Miami (Fla.)
Chris Hackett (FS), TCU
Anthony Harris (FS), Virginia
Troy Hill (CB), Oregon
Gerod Holliman (FS), Louisville
Kyshoen Jarrett (SS), Virginia Tech
A.J. Jefferson (CB), UCLA
Kevin Johnson (CB), Wake Forest
Byron Jones (CB), Connecticut
Craig Mager (CB), Texas State
Dean Marlowe (FS), James Madison
Bobby McCain (CB), Memphis
Tevin McDonald (SS), Eastern Washington
Steven Nelson (CB), Oregon State
Garry Peters (CB), Clemson
Marcus Peters (CB), Washington
Cody Prewitt (SS), Ole Miss
Damarious Randall (FS), Arizona State
Jordan Richards (SS) Stanford
Quinten Rollins (CB), Miami (Ohio)
Eric Rowe (CB), Utah
James Sample (SS), Louisville
Josh Shaw (CB), USC
Jacorey Shepherd (CB), Kansas
D’Joun Smith (CB), Florida Atlantic
Derron Smith (FS), Fresno State
Tye Smith (CB), Towson
Damian Swann (CB), Georgia
Jaquiski Tartt (FS), Samford
Trae Waynes (CB), Michigan State
Kevin White (CB), West Virginia
Jermaine Whitehead (FS), Auburn
P.J. Williams (CB), Florida State
Julian Wilson (CB), Oklahoma

Specialists
Will Bauman (P), North Carolina State
Kyle Brindza (K), Notre Dame
Joe Cardona (LS), Navy
Kyle Christy (P), Florida
Sam Ficken (K), Penn State
Will Johnson (P), Texas State
Josh Lambo (K), Texas A&M
Kyle Loomis (P), Portland State
Justin Manton (K), Louisiana-Monroe
Trevor Pardula (P), Kansas
Jared Roberts (K), Colorado State
Spencer Roth (P), Baylor

* – Bennett, Carden and Lovelocke were invited as “throwing quarterbacks” to help with drills for other position players in Indianapolis. They will do quarterback drills as well.

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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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