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2015 NFL Supplemental Draft: An Overview of Clemson’s Isaiah Battle

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on June 30, 2015

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This year’s NFL Supplemental Draft is projected to be held in the first half of July. In case you are unaware of the rules of the event, a team can select an eligible player with a pick in whatever round they choose. If a team drafts a player, they will lose that round’s pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The last time a player was selected in the supplemental draft was in 2012 when the Cleveland Brown selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round.

For this year’s Supplemental Draft, one intriguing name is Isaiah Battle, a 22-year-old tackle from Clemson. Although there is speculation as to why he declared, Battle is an interesting prospect that will more than likely be chosen at some point in July. Let’s take a look at Battle’s skill set as he aims to be on a NFL roster for the 2015 NFL season.

Strengths

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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Utah St Aggies

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 28, 2015

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The Utah State Aggies labored through a devastating amount of injuries in 2014 but were still able to tally 10 wins and earn a spot in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against UTEP. The team lost nine starters altogether due to injury (most among FBS schools), and played four different starting QBs during the course of the season. With the loss of key players the team came together and had a strong season, led by a defense that ended the regular season ranked 21st nationally in points per game allowed with 20.8. With many key players returning from injuries, this year’s squad has high expectations and hopes to challenge for a Mountain West Conference crown at the end of the season. Here is a look at some of the draft eligible players suiting up for the Aggies this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

Chuckie Keeton QB 6’2″ 210

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2016 NFL Draft: Big-Time Backers, Kentrell Brothers (Missouri)

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 26, 2015

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For the latest installment of my “Big-Time Backers” series, I decided to take a look at Kentrell Brothers, the impact Linebacker from the University of Missouri.

Kentrell Brothers

RS Senior #10

HT: 6010 WT: 235

Background

  • Originally from Guthrie, Oklahoma and Guthrie High School where he was a 3 year starter at LB and WR. A highly recruited player (3 star), he chose Missouri over a number of other offers. Was slated to be a backup linebacker as a freshman but sustained a season-ending leg injury just weeks before the start of the season. In his next season in 2012, he served as a backup and saw some decent playing time as well as some good special teams action. As a redshirt sophomore he earned a starting spot and never looked back. He was the only linebacker to start all 14 games for Mizzou’s breakout team. (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Stanford Cardinal

Written by Ryan Dukarm on June 26, 2015

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The Stanford Cardinal are coming off their first ever single digit win season in the David Shaw era, going 8-5 in 2014 but finishing the season on a three game win streak including a 45-21 rout of Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl. They have 15 projected starters entering the year as draft eligible so the 2016 Draft could see a large contingent of Stanford players declaring.  They return their starting QB and all but one of their starting offensive lineman from last season on the offensive side of the ball, as well as major contributors at the skill positions. The biggest losses in the 2015 Draft for Stanford came on the defensive side of the ball by losing players like Henry Anderson, Alex Carter, Jordan Richards and AJ Tarpley to the NFL level. Listed below are the 2016 NFL Draft eligble Stanford Cardinals. (Asterisks denotes underclassmen)

Devon Cajuste WR 6’4” (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Miami Hurricanes

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on June 25, 2015

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Once one of the most powerful programs in the nation, times have changed for the University of Miami. The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-7 season, which was their first losing record since 2007. Despite the poor record, The Canes had seven players selected in the 2015 draft, leading many to question how the program has failed to be nationally relevant over the last several years. Head coach Al Golden (28-22) enters his fifth year with the Hurricanes and needs to produce before Miami decides to make a change.

A quick turnaround will be no easy task after the recent exodus of NFL-caliber players, but Miami does have enough talent, led by 2017 quarterback prospect Brad Kaaya, that it should aim to rebound with a winning 2015 campaign. The school doesn’t have any standout prospects for this year’s draft, but does appear loaded with potential for 2017’s draft. (read more…)


Aaron Mannicci’s Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Tight End Class

Written by Aaron Mannicci, Analyst on June 25, 2015

Nick Vannett, Ohio State

The 2015 NFL Draft’s shallow tight end class left much to be desired. Unlike many drafts before it, no tight end was selected in the first round, and opinions varied on who the top tight end of the class was. However, with the 2015-2016 college football season approaching ever so quickly, the draft community has plenty to be excited about regarding 2016’s tight end class; it is a diverse, deep group of draft-eligible players.

With the college football season commencing in nearly two months and the first stage of the 2016 draft season in full swing, I ranked the top five tight ends of the upcoming class:

1. Nick Vannett, Ohio State

Nick Vannett enters his fifth season in Columbus as one of the Buckeyes’ many returning contributors on offense, and is primed for a breakout year after solidifying his role in Ohio State’s offense as a prime red-zone target and (read more…)


Mel Kiper ranks the top draft-eligible quarterbacks

Written by Bryan Perez on June 23, 2015

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his preseason ranking of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks as we inch toward the start of the 2015 college football season.  Trevone Boykin, one of Draft Twitter’s early favorites, is rated as the No. 4 senior signal caller by Kiper, behind Connor Cook (1), Cody Kessler (2), Carson Wentz (3) and one spot ahead of Dak Prescott (5).

For the underclassmen, Kiper sees the pecking order as Jared Goff (1), Christian Hackenberg (2), Cardale Jones (3), Gunner Kiel (4), and Patrick Towles (5).

I’m a little surprised that Jacoby Brisset, the RS Senior from NC State, was left off the list.  The Florida transfer is a big, strong-armed quarterback with enough athletic ability to buy time in the pocket and make the occasional play with his legs.  He’s a much better prospect than Dak Prescott and should’ve (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Bowling Green Falcons

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 23, 2015

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The Bowling Green Falcons lost one of their top receiving targets just over a month before the 2014 season kicked off, then lost their starting quarterback one game into the year. The team still rebounded to win eight games and earn a spot in the MAC Championship Game, and while they were blown out in a rematch against Northern Illinois, the Falcons pulled off a victory over South Alabama in the Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green gets its QB back for 2015, and has some other intriguing talent returning as well. Here’s a look at the draft-eligibles suiting up for BG this season. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


Troy Altbaum’s 2016 Scouting Report: D’haquille Willams (WR Auburn)

Written by Troy Altbaum, Analyst on June 23, 2015

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D’haquille “Duke” Williams finished the 2014 season with 45 receptions for 730 yards and 5 touchdowns in 10 games played. Williams should have shown more dominance in his junior season due to his size and athletic ability; he was too inconsistent throughout stretches of the season. In 2015, Duke will have to put together a more consistent and productive body of tape in order to become the high first round pick that some suggest he can be.

Positives

  • Great size for a receiver at 6’2, 225 lbs and plays even bigger
  • Extremely athletic
  • Versatility to line up on the outside and in the slot
  • Catches the ball with his hands
  • Excellent when running slants and curls, uses his body to shield off defenders
  • Strong against off coverage
  • Shows pretty good release off the line of scrimmage against press
  • Understands how to beat zone coverage
  • Strong hands and body
  • Ability to make spectacular catches, (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Kansas Jayhawks

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 23, 2015

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A struggling program as of late, the Kansas Jayhawks have not made a bowl game appearance since 2008 and have not had a first-round draft pick since Aqib Talib, that same year. Unfortunately for KU fans, it doesn’t look like much will change in 2015. Just this off-season they have lost three key contributors on offense with the injury to projected starter Michael Cummings and indefinite suspensions of Corey Avery and Rodriguez Coleman. On defense things aren’t much better with the losses of Ben Heeney, JaCory Shepherd, and Dexter McDonald, all to the draft. For the Jayhawks to see any success this season, they are going to have to rely on good coaching from first year head coach David Beaty, as well as major contributions from underclassmen. Here is a look at some of the draft-eligible players to watch going into the 2015 season. (Asterisk denotes underclassmen)

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