Invite Only: National Scouting Combine

Letter From The Founder
 
National Scouting Combine: “The Next Best Thing To The NFL Scouting Combine”
Attention Class of 2018 NFL Draft prospects, the NFL Draft Bible is happy to announce the 2018 National Scouting Combine, in affiliation with Beyond Sports Network. Didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Combine? Want to be measured, tested and evaluated by pro scouts? Then the National Scouting Combine is where you want to be! This event will be held as a lead-in to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on February 26th through March 1st. Please note: The NFL has announced that there will be NO REGIONAL COMBINES THIS YEAR. The NFL Draft Bible is here to help fill that void, as we have partnered with Beyond Sports Network and have already begun extending invitations. Cost is $175. This is an invite only event! If you’re a draft eligible prospect and would like to submit a nomination to be invited, please visit this link here or email me direct: ric@nfldraftbible.com
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Confirmed: NFL Draft Bible On Location At The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
It’s official, the NFL Draft Bible will be making their first journey out to the Seventh Annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which has become a mainstay during the draft season, since its inception in 2012. We look forward to providing you in-depth coverage, exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Be sure to follow us @NFLDraftBible for the latest updates and stay tuned for our next stop on this year’s draft season tour!
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NFL Draft Bible Scout Plus Service Helps Players Get Noticed
The NFL Draft Bible Scout Plus service launched a little over two weeks ago and numerous players have taken advantage of our promotional package. Due to the overwhelming amount of players, parents and agents asking for help on the draft process, evaluations, scouting reports etc., we came u with a way to help prospects receive a professional, in-depth scouting report that reaches NFL scouts and provide them with an understanding of what their draft value is. We also feature each player on the NFL Draft Bible Player Spotlight Show and create a one-stop-shop profile page on our website to help make finding all your information easy with one click of a button. In addition, we blast out your report and interview to the masses on our social media multi-platform, which reaches over two million people per month. We’ve already helped a few players link up with agent representation. The NFL Draft Bible Scout Plus is just $99 and is a bargain deal that allows you to tap into the NFL Draft Bible Network. If you’re interested in this service, contact us: ric@nfldraftbible.com
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NFL Draft Watch: Under The Radar Edge Rush Prospects
One mantra echoed by every NFL organization is that, “You can never have enough pass-rushers!” It’s one of the most valuable assets of any successful franchise. While most draftniks are familiar with the top edge rushers from the Power Five conferences, here’s a look at some of the under the radar pass-rush prospects who don’t play at your traditional powerhouse football programs.
 
MID-MAJOR
  • Marcus Davenport (6060/245), DE, UTSA, Sr. – When NFL scouts close their eyes at night and envision their ideal pass-rushing bookend, images of Davenport begin to appear. Blessed with rare size, length and strength, this is a rare athlete who carries a pre-snap presence before the snap which makes quarterbacks take notice. He can win with speed or explosiveness, in addition to being able to generate tremendous push—he possesses very active hands. Davenport has proven to be a defensive playmaker during his Roadrunners career and generated three forced fumbles, recovered another and had four pass deflections this past season. He likes to start from a two-point stance but he could be used effectively in a variety of ways at the next level and there are some shades of Mario Williams to his game, which puts him in the mix for first round consideration. Look for his name to ascend up mock drafts as we inch closer to April. Next: Senior Bowl, Jan. 27, 2:30pm ET, NFLN.
  • Joe Ostman (6030/255), DE, Central Michigan, Sr. – Noted for his leadership and workout warrior mentality, Ostman has been a highly productive college player, registering 31 tackles for loss, including 19 sacks over the past two seasons, primarily utilizing his strength to win in the trenches. However, he has gone nearly most of an entire game without attempting a single legitimate pass rush move—he possesses poor hand combat and tries to win with power on every play. Occasionally he’ll split through the line and he’ll accumulate some big plays but otherwise, his has hand repertoire is limited, which could hinder his ability to play defensive end at the next level. The intangibles department and lunch bucket work ethic is where Ostman is going to win evaluators over, who was also named a team captain. In terms of moving to outside backer, he doesn’t appear to have the speed to make a smooth transition and has limited experience dropping back in pass coverage. He had one scholarship offer coming out of high school, so he has made the most of his opportunity—he has also spent five seasons playing for the Chippewas, making him a bit of an older prospect. His best position at the next level might be at fullback. Next: East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 20, NFLN, 3:07pm ET.
INDEPENDENT
  • Da’Sean Downey (6036/235), OLB, UMass, Sr. – A lengthy, athletic, hybrid pass-rusher, Downey possesses a lean frame, which is reminiscent of Dion Jordan, to go along with the quickness and instincts to play multiple positions. He has lined up at both defensive end and linebacker, while roaming both sides of the field and keeping opposing offenses guessing prior to the snap. He takes good angles in pursuit, has done an adequate job of shedding blocks and demonstrated strong wrap-up tackling fundamentals. Nearly every NFL team has passed through Amherst to get a look-see at Downey—surprisingly, he has not yet been invited to any postseason all-star events that we know of. Next: TBD
  • Te’von Coney (6000/240), OLB, Notre Dame, Jr. – One of the most improved players in college football from a year ago, Coney has been featured in a linebacker rotation, which has seen him line up at three different backer positions—MIKE, WILL and BUCK. He has reinvented himself with refined flexibility, demonstrating the ability to bend around the edge and dip underneath, making him a more lethal pass-rusher this year, while demonstrating the sideline-to-sideline ability to track down ball carriers. Coney has also handled his pass coverage assignments and has been a standout on special teams for the Fighting Irish. He was named defensive team MVP this season with 99 tackles, 11 for a loss and three sacks and while he has started just a dozen games in his career, Coney has applied for feedback from the NFL Advisory Board. Next: vs LSU, Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1, ABC, 1:00pm ET (Will not play; knee/finger).
FCS
  • Jonathan Petersen (6004/240), DE, San Diego, Sr. – Nobody has been more productive over the past four years than Petersen, who finished with a FCS record 43.5 career sacks. After starting the past four seasons at defensive end, he’ll be making the transition to linebacker at the next level due to his lack of height. For a player who relies on his brute strength and hand combat to win the leverage battle, it could be a difficult adjustment, as he’ll be asked to rely more upon his speed and instincts. However, his high motor and leadership (team captain) are the type of x-factor intangibles that coaches love. Petersen currently projects as a day three prospect. Next: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Jan. 20, FS1, 4:15pm ET.
  • Darius Jackson (6020/240), DE, Jacksonville State, Sr. – An undersized, thick-framed player who possesses an explosive first step and is in the backfield so frequently, he ought to be paying rent. Jackson utilizes his quickness and strong hand jab to work around opposing tackles. He demonstrates the ability to handle the chip blocks and his hand combat continues to improve. Jackson is used to starting from a two-point stance and does drop back in coverage on occasion, so if he is asked to convert to outside linebacker at the next level it won’t be foreign to him. He finished his Gamecocks career with 283 career tackles, including 40 tackles for loss and 27.5 sacks and could have had eve more if he didn’t get too anxious to make the sack. Jackson let a few easy sacks slip through his hands due to, too much momentum. He needs to get a better grasp for his body control but this is also a product of having a high motor, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The two-time OVC Defensive Player of The Year is a fiery player who is constantly hyping up teammates and the fact that he is a distant relative to Bo Jackson can only bode well for his draft stock. You can expect to hear Jackson’s name called early on day three of the NFL Draft. Next: NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Jan. 20, FS1, 4:15pm ET

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NFL Draft Watch: Names You Need To Know
The NFL Draft Bible has been, “Bringing You The Names You Need To Know First, Since 2002,” with an emphasis on player who do not receive the mainstream media recognition, it’s what we do! Check out some of the players from across the country that are popping up on the NFL radar.
  • Hope College running back Brandan Campbell (5110/215) is a patient runner who shows power and vision on his way to racking up over 1,300 rushing yards in each of the past two seasons, including 31 touchdowns. Scouting Report
  • Central Arkansas linebacker James Graves is a player to keep an eye on at this year’s Tropic Bowl. Scouting Report
  • Check out Jamal Robinson of Albany, the overachieving cornerback who finished his Great Danes career as a four-year starter. Scouting Report
  • Monmouth University special teams MVP Matt White has proven to be a triple threat standout with his punting, kicking and kickoff abilities. Scouting Report

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NFL Draft Watch: New Years Day Prospect Primer Podcast
The scouting department at the NFL Draft Bible has launched a new show on our podcast channel. NFL Draft Bible Radio counts you down to the 2018 NFL Draft with weekly episodes, featuring the latest NFL Draft buzz! In our first episode, we discussed college football bowl game risers and sliders, underclassmen good decisions/bad decisions, plus a playoff preview of the New Years Day college football prospects you need to know! >CLICK HERE TO LISTEN<
*Upcoming: On the next episode of NFL Draft Bible Radio, hosts Ric Serritella, Joe Everett & Justen Gammel, continue to explore the underclassmen decisions, overvalued/undervalued prospects, plus our bowl season wrap-up report: >LISTEN LIVE THURSDAY, JAN. 4TH @ NOON ET HERE<
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Parabolic Performance 2018 NFL Draft Prep Program: Only A Few Spots Remaining
Entering their fourth season of NFL Combine training, staff at Parabolic Performance & Rehab has quickly established themselves as one of the premier training destinations in the world for elite athletes. From Olympic athletes, to world champions, Parabolic Performance helps to maximize your potential and achieve next level status. They have helped dozens of players reach the NFL such as Trevor Siemian, Tyrell Williams and Seth DeValve. In addition to enhancing your test results and boosting your overall performance, the positional work each player receives is second to none. Coaches such as Devon Kennard and Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants, along with Florida State Hall of Fame Inductee and New York Jets first round pick in 1994 Marvin Jones, is part of what makes training at Parabolic Performance the ultimate experience. Now located in Manalapan, New Jersey at the largest indoor training facility on the east coast, inside Sportika Sports! NFL Draft Bible will be providing full in-depth scouting reports and ‘Path To The Draft’ videos between now and the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas. Here is the confirmed list of prospects who will be training at Parabolic, for scouts seeking more information on players, please contact Ric Serritella.
Parabolic Roster
  • Wyoming bulldozer fullback and team captain Drew VanMaanen.
  • Pittsburgh center Alex Officer, who will be participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
  • Youngstown State four-year starter at offensive tackle Justin Spencer.
  • Defensive linemen Jamar McGloster of Syracuse, who is headed to the East-West Shrine Game.
  • Athletic 300-pound defensive tackle Kingsly Opara of Maryland.
*More players to be announced. For more info visit: www.GoParabolic.com/nfl-prep
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Premier Athlete Advisors Makes A Splash With 2018 Draft Class
We would like to congratulate the Premier Athlete Advisors sports agency on their 2018 signing class thus far. These are definitely some prospects that NFL teams will want to get more familiar with, so we’ve provided our official scouting reports filed on each player.
  • Western Carolina powerful, compact running back Detrez Newsome, who will be participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Scouting Report
  • Electrifying playmaker Vyncint Smith of Limestone College who stands in at nearly 6-4 and is expected to time in the 4.4-range. Scouting Report
  • ECU defensive lineman Gaelin Elmore, a graduate transfer from Minnesota who is generating interest at both defensive tackle and end. Scouting Report
  • Lengthy 6-1 cornerback Tre Herndon of Vanderbilt, who has served as a staple for the Commodores defense with 36 games started. Scouting Report

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NFL Draft Bible Resource Directory

One of the new features we are in the process of revving up for the NFL Draft season is the NFL Draft Bible Resource Directory, dedicated to helping make it easier for prospects to find trusted, certified NFLPA agents, established combine training facilities and other industry-related affiliations to help guide players through the process. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about having your company profiled in our NFL Draft Resource Directory. The NFL Draft Bible just finished up its biggest month of the year and traffic is only going to continue to boom leading up to the draft. This is a great way to help establish your brand identity with potential new clients!

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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