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.

Eric Stoner’s Final Mock Draft of 2012

April 25, 2012

2007 NFL Draft

1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

4. Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Buccaneers: Matt Kalil, LT, Southern Cal

6. Rams: Fletcher Cox, DT, Miss. St.

7. Chiefs via Jaguars: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

8. Broncos via Dolphins: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

9. Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE/DT, North Carolina

10. Bills: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

11. Jaguars via Chiefs: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

13. Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

14. Cowboys: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

15. Eagles: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

16. Jets: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

17. Bengals via Raiders: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

18. Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia

19. Bears: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

20. Titans: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

21. Bengals: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

22. Browns: Reuben Randle, WR, LSU

23. Lions: (read more…)

Two Round Mock

April 25, 2012

Trying out some different trade ideas with this one.  I understand that come of these trades will not match up with the value chart – assume it’s something close.

First Round

1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins – Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

4. Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland

5. Eagles f/Buccaneers (Cardinals 2012 2nd rd pick, Asante Samuel, 2013 1st+3rd rd picks)  – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

6. Rams – Matt Kalil, LT, Southern Cal

7. Chiefs f/Jaguars (2012 3rd+5th, 2013 2nd) – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

8. Titans f/Dolphins (2012 2nd+3rd, 2013 1st+3rd) – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

9. Panthers – Quinton Couples, DT/DE, North Carolina

10. Bills – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

11. Jaguars f/Chiefs  – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

12. Jets f/Seahawks (2012 3rd+4th) – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Cardinals (read more…)

First Mock Draft of 2012 by Eric Stoner

April 16, 2012

2007 NFL Draft

Playing around with the re-designed site and figured it’d be a good time to do my first mock of the year:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

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

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – LT – Southern Cal

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU

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

7. New York Jets (via Jacksonville Jaguars): Melvin Ingram – DE/LB – South Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples – DE/DT – North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Reilly Reiff – OT – Iowa

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M

12. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State

13. Arizona Cardinals: Dre Kirkpatrick – (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Weeden

March 11, 2012


Brandon Weeden


Position: QB School: Oklahoma State Height: 6’3 3/4" Weight: 221 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.95 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Mid 1st/Early 2nd Round




A big pocket passer who owns virtually every Oklahoma State passing record (both career and single season). Drafted out of high school as a pitcher, and returned to college football in 2007 after shoulder injuries ended his baseball career. Teamed up with wide receiver Justin Blackmon to form the most prolific quaterback/wide receiver duo in the country over the last two seasons. Has more work to do mechanically than you’d like for a quarterback his age (28 year-old Redshirt Senior), but the mechanical inconsistencies also indicate the potential for untapped upside in terms of arm talent and accuracy. He projects to go from the middle of round one to early round two.

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Scouting Report: Ryan Tannehill

February 17, 2012


Ryan Tannehill


Position: QB School: Texas A&M Height: 6’4″ Weight: 222 lbs Class: RS-Senior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: First Round




Tannehill is a unique prospect in that he’s a redshirt senior with only 20 games of starting experience at quarterback – due to playing wide receiver at the beginning of his collegiate career (and playing receiver at high level, no less). Moved to quarterback midway through his junior season. Overall, a fundamentally sound quarterback who needs to clean just a few things up mechanically. Rhythm passer who displays a power arm when attacking intermediate portions of the field. He projects to go in the first round.




Quick, compact ¾ delivery. Offensive system has pro-style influences – designed around isolation routes to attack the intermediate areas of the field off 5-step drops from under center (read more…)

Scouting Report: Robert Griffin III

January 13, 2012


Robert Griffin III


Position: QB School: Baylor Height: 6’2″ Weight: 220 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: Top Five Pick




Griffin is a redshirt junior quarterback. He has started for Baylor since his true freshman season (winning the Big-12 Conference Freshman of the Year Award), and accrued his redshirt after tearing an ACL early in his sophomore campaign. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner is accredited with bringing the Baylor program into the national spotlight, culminating in a 10-3 record this season. Griffin is a dangerous quarterback – capable of blowing the top of the defense with uncanny deep ball accuracy. He’s a fantastic athlete with a slight frame that has not been completely filled out. Has taken huge steps forward each year in his development, even when recovering from injury. He projects to be a top (read more…)

Scouting Report: Andrew Luck

December 11, 2011


Andrew Luck


Position: QB School: Stanford Height: 6’4″ Weight: 235 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: N/A All-Star Game: No Team Captain: Yes Draft Projection: First Overall




Luck is a redshirt junior and has been the starting quarterback for Stanford since his redshirt freshman season. One of the highest touted quarterback prospects in recent years, he would likely have gone #1 overall had he declared after last season and is a virtual lock to be the first off the board this year. A true field general, he has full command of his offense and has been praised by his head coach as essentially being an offensive coordinator on the field. A big, rugged, powerful player with nimble feet and elite instincts for the position. Has the potential to be the foundation of a team’s offense in the NFL.




Luck has a compact, (read more…)

Trojan Draft Stock Watch

September 29, 2011


Which USC Trojans have seen their stocks surge or precipitously slide during the last couple weeks? Eric Stoner takes a look in his Trojan Draft Stock Watch.


Have thoughts or questions about Eric’s breakdown? Make sure to share them in the comments section below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 4 In-Depth Breakdown

September 9, 2011


Now that David Garrard’s been released, it seems more likely that Blaine Gabbert will see the field this year. But is he ready?


In his final video breakdown, Eric Stoner tracks the progress the rookie quarterback’s made this preseason. Gabbert’s marked improvement is encouraging, both in terms of his ability to play this year and the odds that he’ll live up to his lofty draft status.


First Drive







– 21 personnel, (2×2), both TE’s flexed.


– Rams in Cover 3 pre-snap. CBs playing off, turned and facing the QB. One safety down in box, other safety playing centerfield.


– Both TEs run stops, WRs run quick outs (mirror concept). Very simple read – with curl/flat defenders forced to stay with TEs and the CBs with deep coverage responsibility, there is nobody to cover the quick outs. (read more…)

Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 3 In-Depth Breakdown

August 31, 2011


Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s third game in a Jaguars uniform. Be sure to check out the breakdowns of Game One and Game Two as well.


The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.


First Drive





– 11 personnel, (2×2)


– Bills in Cover 1/Man Free pre-snap. Safeties at staggered depth. LCB and Nickel playing press-man, RCB playing off-man.


– 7 step drop. Gets good depth on first five steps, gathers himself with the last two.


– Feels pressure and tries to step up instead of bailing out laterally. LDE reacts by spinning inside. RT doesn’t power step to (read more…)

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