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The Linc: Taylor Hart moved to offensive tackle

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What Happened To 'Defense Wins' In NFL? -

A fifth-round draft pick in 2014 from Oregon, Taylor Hart has not distinguished himself much at all in three NFL seasons as a defensive tackle, playing in a total of 15 games, 14 of them in 2015, with the Eagles and San Francisco. When Hart comes back to the NovaCare Complex in the spring, he will try to make a name for himself as - an offensive tackle. The Eagles gave Hart some work late in the season on the scout team at offensive tackle and liked what they saw, enough that they're going to see what he's got in 2017 on that side of the football. Hart has length at 6-6, he's a very good athlete and he's got long arms. He was a first-team all-state offensive tackle in high school. Add Hart to the "project" department that includes Dillon Gordon, a converted tight end from LSU, working with line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Ex-NFL players say new recruiting landscape has stripped Big 33 of talent, prestige - Penn Live

The Big 33 Scholarship Foundation closed last week, citing declining contributions and debt. A statewide coaches association says it will aim to keep the annual game afloat, but the Classic has lost revenue in recent years, according to tax filings, and Pennsylvania-bred stars have noticed the downturn in buzz.

"Big 33 used to have absolutely the best talent around, but now, lots of the top recruits choose not to play for fear of injury or they already enrolled and are with their college programs," said Tucker, a former NFL lineman and host of the Ross Tucker Podcast. "Unfortunately, the level of talent isn't there anymore. That's why the game isn't as big of a deal."

Ritchie, a radio host on WIP94.1 in Philly, led Cumberland Valley to a state title in 1992 and rushed for two touchdowns in the 1993 Big 33 game before heading to Michigan. He played in the Big Ten for the Wolverines and the Pac 10 for Stanford before enjoying an NFL career as a bruising fullback.

He counted the Big 33 as a career highlight.

The game earned national acclaim, and the Big 33 has placed alumni in all 50 Super Bowls, according to its website. Back in his high school days, Ritchie said, the best recruits in the country were on the rosters.

Adoree' Jackson says he's going to make his own NFL mock draft. Will it include him? - Los Angeles Times

I don't know what a mock draft looks like,” Jackson said. “Like what is — I don't know.”

It’s where they project where you'd be drafted.

“Yeah, I don't really care about that. That probably doesn’t play a factor in my opinion,” Jackson said. “Hey, who comes up with the mock draft?”

Everybody. Whoever wants to.

“Who's everybody?” Jackson said. “So I can make one?”


“All right,” Jackson said. “I'm gonna make one tonight.”

He did not say where he’d rank himself. Nor whether it would be high enough to entice him to the NFL.

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