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Defensive backs shine across the board at the Senior Bowl

Defensive backs shine across the board at the Senior Bowl

JP Finlay went to Mobile, Ala., to cover the Senior Bowl for CSN. Below is an edited list of notes, observations, and conversations with scouts and coaches from Day 1 watching some of the country's best college seniors work out for NFL coaches and scouts. 

  • Rasul Douglas - WVU CB - Big, physical corner. Impressive in person but tough to get a great read with bad quarterback play. A scout told me he overcame tough circumstances as a kid. He is maybe my favorite prospect.

 

  • Desmond King - Iowa CB - made two nice picks in 7v7 goal line drills but, again, quarterback play was super suspect. He's a small corner, needs to rely on positioning.

 

  • Obi Melifonwu - UConn Safety - Big guy with good range. Had a scout say they love his size and potential but he's a "different dude."

 

  • Terrell Basham - Ohio DE - Top-level straight ahead speed but lacks moves, polish.

 

  • Isaac Rochell - Notre Dame DL - impressed in 1v1s, but got lost in the shuffle in 11v11.

 

  • Dalvin Tomlinson - Alabama DL - Fan favorite in Mobile who was gracious with a shocking amount of autograph requests and folks asking for pictures. Tough guy that could handle double teams. Best term I heard for him was "nose plus" which meant he could play the nose, occupy blocks, and pressure QBs in certain spots.

 

  • Jonnu Smith - Florida International TE - Good size and good hands, but the tight end group is deep.

 

  • Kyle Kalis - Michigan G - Good size for a guard but struggled big time in 11v11s.

 

  • Kareem Hunt - Toledo RB - Fast and a playmaker. Could make a good 3rd down back.

 

  • De'Veon Smith - Michigan RB - Multiple scouts worried about size, and more specifically, small hands.

 

  • Montravius Adams - Auburn DL - Big space eater that wants to rush the passer. Good size.

 

  • Ben Boulware - Clemson LB - Doesn't stand out in drills but seems to find the ball in live action.

 

  • Justin Evans - Texas A&M S - Nose for the ball and brings the wood against the run. Plays downfield, which is his strength, but play action could be trouble with his aggression.

 

  • Tre'Davious White - LSU CB - Best player in Mobile. Likely gone before Skins pick at 17.

 

  • Donnel Pumphrey - San Diego State RB - Record setter in college is really small. Not sure how he projects in pro game. Needs to add significant bulk to his frame.

 

  • Haason Reddick - Temple LB - This guy is flying up Draft boards. Multiple scouts asked me not to write about him because he was their "sleeper." The secret is out. Can get to QB and drop in coverage.

 

  • Tanoh Kpassagnon - Villanova DE - Crazy size, athleticism, and range at 6'7. Explosive off the snap but lacks polish. One coach said good NFL tackles will just push him right past the pocket, using his speed against him, until he learns moves.

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Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

The Super Bowl always brings obscure prop bets that raise eyebrows. Outside of the annual wagers on the color of Gatorade poured on the coach or the duration of the national anthem, each Super Bowl brings unique bets fans can make.

This year, one prop bet revolves around San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and what happened the last time he was on the sidelines for a Super Bowl. That was, of course, the infamous 2017 Super Bowl, when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

His team had a commanding 28-3 lead with 8:31 to play in the third quarter. But as the Patriots went on their run to cut the deficit, the Falcons couldn’t muster a score of their own to put the game away. Further, Shanahan’s play-calling faced scrutiny for his fourth-quarter decisions not to run the ball to expend the clock.

As Shanahan gets set for a chance at Super Bowl redemption, the sportsbook PointsBet is offering 100-1 odds that his team will blow another 28-3 lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

Some may be hesitant to take those odds, chalking up the 2017 Super Bowl as a one-off. But a deeper dive into his time with the Redskins from 2010-2013 shows that Shanahan’s offenses were susceptible to reeling off dynamic starts before lowly second halves.

In just his second game manning the Redskins offense, Washington took a 27-10 lead over the Houston Texans with under four minutes to go in the third quarter. The Texans then scored 20 unanswered points to win 30-27 in overtime.

Two years later, also in Week 2, Shanahan and company raced out to a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter and looked prime to improve to 2-0 with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the offensive productivity fizzled out, and the Rams came back to win 31-28.

Shanahan’s most significant blown lead in Washington came in the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the Redskins’ first playoff home game since 1999, the team staked a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but failed to score again thereafter en route to a 24-14 loss.

During the 2013 season, his last in Washington, Shanahan saw his offense falter after building two-score leads in three games.

Against the eventual Super Bowl runner-up Broncos, the Redskins held a 21-7 lead in the third quarter before Denver rallied to win decisively, 45-21. Two weeks later, the offense led the team to a 24-14 first half against the Vikings, but managed just one field goal in the second half in a 34-27 loss. And in a Week 13 home game against the Giants, Washington led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but eventually lost 24-17.

None of Shanahan’s blown leads in Washington were as high as 25 points, nor were they on one of the biggest stages in sports. But when you’re considering the 28-3 prop bet this year, just know that there are other results beyond the 2017 Super Bowl to base your decision on.

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Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was seen on his $250 million yacht in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV. 

Jones' boat, the Bravo Eugenia, is 357-feet-long, three short of a regulation football field.

He will be reportedly hosting the "biggest and baddest of all of the Super Bowl Week parties."

The Cowboys had Super Bowl aspirations ahead of the 2019 season but could not live up to the hype.

The Cowboys finished the season at 8-8 and have a lot of questions ahead of them during the upcoming off-season.

Regardless of whether his squad would be competing in Miami for the Lombardi Trophy, Jones would be at Super Bowl LIV, and after bringing in Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, Jones has taken his talents to South Beach for the big game.

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