Eric Stoner

Eric has been writing for Draft Breakdown for two years now, contributing by writing scouting reports, cutting video, and blogging about college football and the NFL. He was raised by a football coach and, as such, was forced to cut tape and chart personnel at an age that violates California labor law. A legal assistant by day, Eric also writes for Rotoworld NFL Draft and the SB Nation Jaguars Blog, Big Cat Country.


Geno Smith vs Texas Tech (2012)

October 23, 2012

The Human Genome

October 11, 2012

Baylor v West Virginia

It’s up over at Rotoworld NFL Draft

The System There’s nothing that I can write about the Air Raid offense that Chris Brown of SmartFootball.com hasn’t already covered in a more thorough and insightful fashion than I could ever hope to.  I’ll link to his work on the WVU offense at the end of the article, but I found this passage to be particularly illuminating regarding quarterbacks and offensive systems:

“An unfair but unsurprising label for Smith, given Holgorsen’s history, is that he’s a ‘system quarterback.’ … The most common concern about system quarterbacks is that college productivity doesn’t translate to pro success, but for Smith, the plays he’s running, albeit in a spread offense, are essentially NFL ones. The running game is based on the inside and outside zone, the passing plays are found in every NFL team’s playbook in one form or another, (read more…)

Jarvis Jones vs South Carolina (2012)

October 11, 2012

Zac Dysert vs Boise State (2012)

October 7, 2012

Ryan Nassib vs USC (2012)

October 7, 2012

Datone Jones vs Oregon State (2012)

October 6, 2012

Under Pressure

October 5, 2012

Dion Jordan1

It’s up, over at Rotoworld.

The 2012 draft class had some solid, intriguing pass rush prospects, but overall it was considered a weak year – especially compared to a 2011 class that featured Von Miller, Aldon Smith, and Ryan Kerrigan.  This year is a different story, however.  We’re looking at two of my personal favorites this week, but I can’t stress how much edge rushing talent this draft class will likely end up having.  If your favorite team misses out on one of these two guys it’ll hurt, don’t stress too much….unless they go to a division rival.  Then you should worry.

Link to the rest of the article.

EJ Manuel vs Clemson (2012)

October 2, 2012

Matt Barkley vs Stanford (2012)

October 2, 2012

Manuel or Automatic

September 26, 2012

Wake Forest v Florida State

It’s up, over at Rotoworld Draft:

E.J. Manuel‘s career up to this point has been marked with inconsistency – a guy whose size, athleticism, and arm make you drool over the possibilities, but possessed too many holes in his game to overlook or bet on him at Party Casino. His biggest flaw (holding the ball too long) has been a notable career killer for many an NFL quarterback. Holding the ball too long can be a symptom of many factors, but the root of the problem almost always goes back to the quarterback being unsure and uncomfortable with the defensive coverage and how it affects his progressions. Further, Manuel would exacerbate this problem by “shrinking” in the pocket (squaring up to the line of scrimmage and crouching, entering a running stance) and trying to improvise – often leading to self-induced pressures and sacks. Even (read more…)

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