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Rookie Scouting Portfolio - The Curious Case of Montee Ball
Wisconsin has earned the moniker "Lineman U" during the decade for its excellence at the position. One of the unintended consequences with this unit’s excellence is the parade of productive college running backs that underwhelm in the NFL. Ron Dayne, Brian Calhoun, Anthony Davis, P.J. Hill, and John Clay are all examples of players that earned some degree of acclaim in college, but were exposed as average NFL athletes, at best.

Sporting News - Colts weight Manning-Luck options, but only one makes sense
The Indianapolis Colts will have a major quarterback decisions to make for the 2012 season. The first is inevitable: They will take Stanford's Andrew Luck with the NFL Draft's first overall pick. The second is more challenging—what to do with incumbent but disabled No. 1 QB Peyton Manning.

Buffalo Bills Draft - HBCU Bowl: West practice Day 2
On what was a warm December afternoon in Georgia the West squad took to the field to at Lakewood Stadium to show their stuff in front of scouts and make a name for themselves. Coach Paul Jones promised the scouts an upbeat and high intensity practice and that’s exactly what we got. There was some hitting this morning at the East practice but the West practice made it seem like they were playing two hand touch.

National Football post - HBCU Bowl practice report: Day 2
Shaw defensive lineman Charles Deas continues to impress. He showcased an good combination of size, length and power vs. both the run and pass game and has the talent to simply overwhelm inside. However, he’s not just a body, Deas also possesses a solid first step for his size, can bend, keep his back flat through contact and gain leverage.

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