Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis.


Brooks Reed: Not A Household Name…Yet

February 17, 2011

Every year around February or March, a player rises from virtual anonymity and works his way into the first round mix of the NFL Draft. It becomes clear that fans at home were sleeping on an NFL caliber talent early in the process. In 2009 it was Clay Matthews that started an ascension up the boards after the season, in 2010 it was California’s Tyson Alualu. Who in the 2011 class will shock fans and draftniks by going higher than projected? I introduce to you: Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed.

 

In college, Reed functioned as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He enjoyed success throughout his career at Arizona as a speed rusher off the right side; however, at 6’2 ½ 257, he lacks the size necessary to hold down a starting end spot at the next level. For many players, the size and speed jump in the NFL (read more…)

Carolina’s Dilemma: Picking First In A Weak Draft

February 2, 2011

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This year the first pick in the NFL Draft belongs to the Carolina Panthers. The team formally announced that they wanted Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck with this top selection, but when he went back to school someone made a lot of money. The John Fox era is over in Carolina, enter former Chargers Defensive Coordinator Ron Rivera. With a laundry list of needs, the Panthers could use an upgrade at almost every position. It’s up to Rivera to decide what he’s got in young Jimmy Clausen and where the first overall pick would be used. Like the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft, there’s no obvious #1 and no prospect in this class screams “can’t miss.”

 

There are many comparisons to be drawn between Carolina’s situation this season and the decision that Miami faced just three years ago. That 2008 Draft lacked a sure-fire top (read more…)

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