Mike Daneshgar

Mike is a contributor to the DraftBreakdown team whose obsession with talent evaluation and teambuilding sprouted from the many failures of his beloved Cleveland Browns. His goal is to one day say that he gets paid to work in football. In between being a Master's student at the University of Florida and working with DraftBreakdown, Mike also writes pieces for the ProFootballFocus.com Dynasty staff.

Overrated/Underrated 2013 NFL Draft Prospects

May 25, 2012

Tyrann Mathieu


It’s very early in the process, but there are certain prospects being mentioned in 2013 NFL Draft discussions that make me wonder if we’re watching the same games. At the same time, there are other players who have rarely been mentioned at all. Time to set the record straight. Here are the most overrated and underrated prospects heading into the 2012 college football season.




QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

There isn’t a quarterback more overrated for the 2013 NFL Draft than Lance Jones. Many people thought that his returning to school was a good call and an opportunity to improve upon glaring weaknesses in his game. He has been working with quarterback guru George Whitfield, so maybe there is some hope but Jones was so bad to finish the season that I thought he should leave for the NFL Draft while he still has the chance (read more…)

Everyone Gets An F!

April 27, 2012



Enough with the high-fives! Enough with the butting of heads! Every single pick is not going to be a slam dunk. On the other end of the spectrum, even the slam dunks aren’t slam dunks. In fact, sometimes a slam dunk is a layup. Other times the layup is a 3 point shot, or a half court prayer with 1 second left was traveling. At some point in that metaphor it got out of control, but you get the point.


This was a really strange year though, in that every pick was terrible. Look away if you’re hoping for unicorns and lollipops in regards to how your team did in the 1st round. You all suck. Everyone fails. Here’s exactly why every pick so far in the NFL Draft will 100% without a doubt be a giant JaMarcus Russell belly-flop.



1. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: QB Andrew Luck, (read more…)

Mike Daneshgar’s Big Board Plus

April 25, 2012

David DeCastro

Mike D’s Big Board Plus Rank Player Confidence Upside 1 QB Andrew Luck, Stanford 9 9 2 RB Trent Richardson, Alabama 9 9 3 OG David DeCastro, Stanford 9 8 4 OT Matt Kalil, USC 8 8 5 DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama 9 7 6 QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor 7 9 7 CB Morris Claiborne, LSU 8 9 8 WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. 7 8 9 CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida 5 8 10 MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College 9 7 11 DE Quinton Coples, UNC 6 9 12 DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. 8 8 13 OT Riley Reiff, Iowa 8 7 14 CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 7 8 15 WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 7 8 16 WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina 6 9 17 CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina 8 7 18 DT Michael Brockers, LSU 6 9 19 OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia 7 7 20 (read more…)

Mike Daneshgar’s Mock Draft

April 25, 2012

1. Indianapolis Colts:  Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Matt Kalil – OT- USC

6. St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma St.

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly – LB – Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro – G – Stanford

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram – DE – South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron – S – Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers – DT – LSU

16. New York Jets: Michael Floyd (read more…)

The Myth of “BPA”

April 16, 2012


There’s something that I need to get off my chest, and it is the notion of BPA – best player available. It’s becoming a bit of a catch phrase in the discussion of the NFL Draft and seen as rationale for justifying selections which should really go beyond just 3 simple letters. After-all it’s the best player available, how can there be an argument against it? Any other player you’re selecting would be the not-best player available, and clearly you don’t want to build an organization aiming for 2nd or 3rd best. But if taking BPA is the “best” way to build a team, why are there even people in the war room? Just put a checkmark by the box that lets you autopick based on who the highest person available on your board and go hit some golf balls, right?

I’m going to do something crazy, so brace yourself: (read more…)

Trent Richardson at 4: Under the Microscope

April 3, 2012

Trent Richardson

Common sense tells us that the NFL Draft begins with the Cleveland Browns and the 4th overall pick. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will go one/two and unless the Minnesota Vikings want Christian Ponder to die, left tackle Matt Kalil will go 3rd. Ironically, Cleveland was sitting in a similar scenario last Spring’s draft – with the top 5 expected to be Cam Newton, Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, and Patrick Peterson and the Browns being the wildcard at 6. Once again, all eyes are on Holmgren and company.

The most popular choice for Cleveland right now is Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

Why wouldn’t he be?

Peyton Hillis left in free agency for Kansas City, Montario Hardesty can’t stay healthy, and former Packer Brandon Jackson hasn’t played in over a year with a turf toe injury. The Browns have a history of great running backs with (read more…)

Big Picture: 2012 and 2013 NFL Draft

March 8, 2012

Joseph Fauria

When looking at any draft, it is important to grasp the big picture. Not only should the positional depth of the current draft be looked at, but that of the next year’s draft as well. If there are 5 players of equal talent available at a position, why choose one when you can trade down, pick up additional draft choices, and end up with a player whom you would have taken at the earlier draft slot? Or, worst case scenario – pull a Minnesota and don’t turn in your card.


Every fan wants to fix their team in one offseason. As nice as that would be, it’s just not realistic. Two teams that have consistently won over the past decade are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles – and it’s no coincidence that they both are known to maneuver quite a bit on draft day to acquire (read more…)

Getting The Edge: 2012 Pass Rushing Prospects

February 18, 2012

Andre Branch

Quinton Coples, North Carolina

Height: 6056 Weight: 281

Best fit: 3-4 DE

Potential landing spot: Dallas Cowboys (14th overall)



It feels a bit weird mentioning Quinton Coples in an article about edge rushers when that’s not how he’ll be earning his money at the next level. Still, since many consider him into this conversation, it only makes sense to take a closer look at the Tar Heel.


If this were a list about the top edge re-establishers, Coples would be much more at home. He was out of position when lining up at the blindside his senior year at Chapel Hill and is just not a real sack terror – and that’s perfectly fine. His hips just aren’t made to get around the corner and at his size, it’s not a simple task getting small to slip under or around left tackles. If he couldn’t do (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 4

January 26, 2012


Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1


Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2


Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3



Today at the Senior Bowl can be described with 3 blurry pictures:





After a tornado warning and torrential downpour, practices went inside and essentially boiled down to walkthroughs. In other words, very little scouting.


Fortunately, I got onto the escalator at the same time as a man who as it turns out is the agent for the hot ticket of the week, Joe Adams. We struck up some good conversation and he altered my perspective on the “greed” of the sports agent industry. While he may be an expert at buttering people up as part of the job, he seemed to genuinely care about the well-being of Joe Adams – his one and only client this draft.


After hearing (read more…)

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3

January 25, 2012


Senior Bowl Diary: Day 1

Senior Bowl Diary: Day 2


Today at the senior bowl was quite an eventful day. Keeping with my trend of having no trend with my Senior Bowl reports, I’m going to break up my overall impressions by squads because today the experience in each was vastly different.




Maybe it was because it is the morning practice, but the North side’s Day 3 was a bit of a snoozer. Instead of spending time showcasing player talents, the Vikings coaching squad spent a majority of the time doing walk-through.


The signal callers were consistently sloppy, with the exception of Kirk Cousins. He had a very good day, arguably the best quarterbacking performance that I have seen this week. Cousins was especially adept at finding the spaces in the zone defenses. There was nice pace on his throws and he seemed (read more…)

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