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SEC's DLs, LBs strong at combine

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Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis, and other predraft camps. Today: Defensive linemen and linebackers.

Texas A&M Aggies


Texas A&M's defense was a question mark coming into the 2012 season, but those questions were answered definitively as the Aggies became a solid defensive squad, thanks in large part to three players who will be participating in the combine:
  • DE Damontre Moore (Position rank: No. 4)
    Strengths: Explosiveness and production. Moore was a handful for opposing offensive tackles this year because of his quickness and explosiveness as a pass-rusher. He has good speed for his size and position; that could be seen against Mississippi State when he chased down receiver Chris Smith from behind on a 42-yard completion. He was near the top nationally in sacks and tackles for loss.
    Weaknesses: He can be too aggressive in his pursuit occasionally, although he has good instincts. A year ago, inconsistency might have been a concern and there also might have been character questions because of an arrest for marijuana possession before his sophomore season, but neither appear to be issues now. He seems to have matured and has become a consistent, day-in and day-out player under Kevin Sumlin.
    Comparison: Todd McShay compared Moore to Atlanta defensive end John Abraham. They have similar frames (both are 6-4, Abraham is about 15 pounds heavier than Moore's 248), and both are quick and fit well as 4-3 defensive ends.
  • OLB Sean Porter (Position rank: No. 12)
    Strengths: He's durable, reliable and became a leader for the Aggies. Showed good speed when serving as a pass-rusher in 2011. He is quick and can close quickly. Good instincts, versatile talent.
    Weaknesses: Doesn't excel in coverage, though he has showed improvement in that area. Could be a more physical player and more consistent overall.
    Comparison: Lance Briggs. About the same height as Porter, though a little bigger in weight, Briggs has good range and is a playmaker. It might be too much to say Porter will be at the level of Briggs (seven-time Pro Bowl player), but he should fit in nicely as a versatile starting weakside linebacker for someone.
  • LB Jonathan Stewart (Position rank: No. 16)
    Strengths: Smart player with good size for his position. Shows good instincts as he's often around the ball. Was one of the leaders on A&M's defense this year.
    Weaknesses: Not a dominant playmaking presence. Has speed but not tremendously explosive.
    Comparison: Kirk Morrison. Stewart should be a solid, though not flashy, linebacker in a 4-3 scheme which is what Morrison has been throughout his career with Oakland and Buffalo. Both are of similar size and frame.
-- Sam Khan Jr., GigEmNation

Florida Gators


The heart of the Gators’ 2012 defense will participate in the combine today. DT Sharrif Floyd, whose stock is rising rapidly as he is projected to be taken as high as No. 3, had a fantastic season and anchored UF’s front. He dominated Florida State’s front, and his mixture of size, strength and quickness has scouts drooling. ILB Jon Bostic started every game the past two seasons and was UF’s leader on defense. Nobody was more dependable than Bostic. OLB Jelani Jenkins was limited in 2012 because of a broken finger, a strained hamstring and a broken foot, but when healthy he’s a solid player. OLB Lerentee McCray was forced into action at the buck position (hybrid end/linebacker) because of the injury to Ronald Powell. He didn’t produce big numbers but was a high-effort, high-motor guy.

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OLs from SEC could thrive at combine

February, 20, 2013
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 Luke JoeckelMatthew Visinsky/Icon SMILuke Joeckel could be the top offensive lineman selected in the NFL draft -- or first overall.

Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis, and other predraft camps. Today: Offensive linemen.

Texas A&M Aggies


Texas A&M could have sent two tackles into the draft and both would have probably ended up as first-round picks. Luke Joeckel chose to declare, but Jake Matthews chose to return to Aggieland for another year. Joeckel, the Outland Trophy winner this year, will be rewarded as a possible top-five selection -- and possibly No.1 overall.

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SEC sends several RBs to NFL combine

February, 19, 2013
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Christine Michael Brett Davis/US PresswireChristine Michael enters the NFL combine ranked No. 9 among running back prospects.
Several of RecruitingNation's SEC sites will look this week at the players headed to the NFL combine, which begins Friday in Indianapolis. Today: Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Texas A&M Aggies


Texas A&M's best draft-eligible talent wasn't at the offensive skill positions, but the Aggies offer some nice players who will hear their names called at some point during the NFL draft. Perhaps the Aggies' two best offensive players were redshirt freshmen in quarterback Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans, both of whom appear to have NFL futures in the long run. Meanwhile, these two players who produced impressively during their careers at Texas A&M, are worth keeping an eye on:

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Five storylines: Florida Gators 

September, 6, 2012
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GatorNation takes a look at five issues facing Florida as it travels to College Station, Texas, for the SEC debut of Texas A&M:

1. Jeff Driskel’s the guy: Driskel beat out Jacoby Brissett to be the Gators’ starting quarterback and he’ll make his first career start against the Aggies. He played solidly last week against Bowling Green, completing 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown, but he did badly miss a couple throws. He also finished as UF’s second-leading rusher in the game, and his mobility and running ability is an added element to the offense. He’s going into a hostile environment -- it’s the first SEC game for Texas A&M -- so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles himself.

2. No more handcuffs: The offense is supposedly going to open up this week. UF coach Will Muschamp said he told offensive coordinator Brent Pease he wanted to run the ball a lot against Bowling Green so the Gators could establish their identity as a tough, physical team. He pledged to let Pease open the offense up more this week, and having one QB taking all the first-team snaps in practice should help with that. The Gators aren’t going to throw it around like Steve Spurrier used to, but the run-pass balance will be more equal than the 75 percent run, 25 percent pass the Gators were against the Falcons.

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SportsNation: Can SEC newcomers win?

September, 3, 2012
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Get in on SportsNation's College Football Final Verdict and make your vote count for, among other things, which SEC newcomer might have a shot at winning in its SEC debut this Saturday: Missouri over Georgia, or Texas A&M over Florida.
TAMPA. Fla. -- With quarterback Pete DiNovo (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) already in the fold, the UCF Knights were well represented at John Kaleo’s QB/WR Skills Camp on Friday.

Benjamin was often heard screaming "U-C-F" during the camp and has openly lobbied for his fellow Tampa-area prospects to join him at the Orlando university.

The big target that Benjamin was working on Friday was ESPN 150 wide receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). And if you ask the ESPN 300 senior, he thinks it’s in the bag.

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