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Sports Illustrated puts Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts “On the Clock”

Written by Bryan Perez on November 30, 2015


Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft podcast, “On the Clock,” has interviewed many of the industry’s top analysts and writers. Three of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts have been interviewed by host Chris Burke, and the links to their appearances can be found below. I appeared on the most recent episode, in which I fielded several true/false questions from Chris.

Episode with Senior Analyst Kyle Crabbs:

Episode with Senior Analyst Jeff Risdon:

CFB Week 13 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 28, 2015

house divided


Rivalry Week. These are the games college football fans live for, the week where trash talking, face painting, and undaunted taunting rise to fever pitch. It reminds me of the first few bars of this Bullet For My Valentine bit of sonic heaven

Many of these games have significant conference title ramifications. Some will even decide who plays for the national title. Even in the matches where the teams aren’t nationally relevant, regional bragging rights are more than enough reason to tune in.

Ohio State at Michigan, 12 PM on ABC

When you walk in to the Risdon home, this is what you see:

Needless to say, this is a really big deal ‘round these parts. And it’s a pretty important game for several NFL prospects, notably a pair of Buckeyes who did not help themselves against Michigan State or the aftermath of that devastating, uninspiring (read more…)

2016 Senior Bowl Study Hall

Written by Bryan Perez on November 24, 2015


This post will be updated regularly as the 2016 Senior Bowl invitations and acceptances continue to trickle in.  It’s time to start studying the game’s potential participants!  Check back regularly for newly added names as well as newly added NFL Draft scouting cut-ups.

CFB Week 12 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 21, 2015


We are getting to crunch time in college football. For many teams there are just two weeks left. For the draft-eligible prospects on these non-bowl teams, it’s the last chance to lay down positive game tape.

For those of us in the draft media, it means it’s about time to start writing scouting reports. We will have hundreds of them here at Draft Breakdown, and I can guarantee you they will be among the most thorough and well-researched you will find anywhere!

Memphis at Temple, 12 PM on ESPNU

The Tigers star has fallen a bit with two straight losses, but it’s still worth watching Paxton Lynch operate the offense against a pretty solid Temple defense. Lynch continues to impress with his development, promising a higher ceiling than any other draft-eligible QB. Having said that, the lingering warts are also showing up more often. I saw one of my (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Early Grades of the Wide Receiver Class

Written by Jonah Tuls on November 20, 2015


My initial grades for the wide receiver class of the 2016 NFL Draft is now released, and I hope you enjoy my bold takes and analysis on these skilled prospects!


First Round Grades


LaQuon Treadwell, Ole Miss (#7 on Big Board)

– Many draft pundits out there believe that there isn’t a true top ten receiver in what is a relatively good draft class at wide receiver; however, I believe a prospect named LaQuon Treadwell disputes that narrative. Standing at 6’3, 220 pounds, Treadwell possesses outstanding size for the position, and with that being said, he uses this size to his advantage to out-muscle smaller, less physical corners. The way that Treadwell attacks the ball with natural hands at its highest point is what draws comparisons to Alshon Jeffery, as he is nearly unstoppable in one on one jump ball situations. However, his best trait, in my opinion, (read more…)

College Football Review: Tight Ends

Written by Ryan Dukarm on November 20, 2015

Evan Engram

My fourth in a series of position breakdowns during the college football season, I take my first look at a few tight ends. These are not meant to be scouting reports on any player, they are simply meant to provide an extended version of the scouting notes feature on the site. For this week’s piece I looked at three juniors who could be among the first tight ends drafted if they declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Thoughts or suggestions for future content? Let me know on twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)

OJ Howard (Alabama) vs Ole Miss

Pros: Showed good hands catching ability, early look appeared to show that he had fairly soft hands. Showed very impressive leg drive on early run blocks, plays above his size in run game after establishing hands. Good run blocker when he gets up to running speed, speaks to plus athleticism but limited play strength in close areas. (read more…)

An Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Running Backs

Written by Bryan Perez on November 19, 2015


Recent NFL Draft history suggests that the best time to select a running back is sometime during day two.  Last year’s draft was the first since 2012 that produced a first-round running back, with Todd Gurley going tenth overall to the Rams.  No-one will dispute the value that Gurley has brought to the NFL.  But what about five picks later, where the Chargers ultimately selected Melvin Gordon?  While I’m a firm believer in Gordon’s overall ability, it doesn’t appear as if San Diego maximized the value of their first round selection.

Take a quick look at the NFL’s rushing leaders through ten weeks of the 2015 season and it’s easy to see why the running back valuation is what it is.  Sure, three of the top four yardage leaders are former first-round picks, including the afore-mentioned Gurley.  But there are also four top-10 runners this year who were drafted on day three…if at (read more…)

CFB Week 11 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 14, 2015


Another strong Saturday slate on the scouting menu! We only have a precious few of these left, so carve out some couch time and soak in some of the future NFL players in action on this 11th Saturday of the 2015 college season.

Georgia at Auburn, 12 PM on CBS

If you’re like me, you haven’t watched Auburn in a few weeks. The last time I really checked the Tigers out was the lifeless loss to Mississippi State. In that late September game they did not have featured edge rusher Carl Lawson.

Lawson is back from a hip injury he suffered while bagging two TFLs in the opener against Louisville. This injury came on the heels of missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. It’s safe to say durability is an issue. We’ll get a good barometer of how well Lawson is doing as he challenges quality Georgia (read more…)

Three & Out: An Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Quarterbacks

Written by Bryan Perez on November 12, 2015

Jacoby brissett

The 2016 NFL Draft is a little less than six months away, making it way too early to have a definitive opinion on the college prospects and their likely draft grade.  That said, it’s not too early to start organizing your thoughts into tiers; write in pencil what you think a player’s current valuation is.  Obviously, more film study is required to issue a final grade and ranking, but some of the Draft’s narrative is starting to take shape and it’s important for any scout or draft analyst to stay ahead of the curve.

This installment of Three and Out will break the quarterback class into three tiers:  Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.


2016 NFL Draft: Early Grades of the Cornerback Class

Written by Jonah Tuls on November 10, 2015


Scouting prospects for the NFL Draft is a continuous process that never stops for some, and today, I’m going to break down the analysis of each cornerback that I have given initial grades to. WARNING: Hot takes may cause burns.

Elite Prospects

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (#3 on Big Board)

– To me, I think Vernon Hargreaves III is the best pure cover corner that the NFL has seen coming out of college since Patrick Peterson. Many people will knock him down their draft board because of his 5’10 size, but don’t be fooled, Hargreaves is one of the more physical, “in your face” cornerbacks in the draft. With that being said, he is the best Off-Man cornerback I have graded since I started scouting prospects three years ago. Why is that? His ability to read and react are unparalleled in this class, as he doesn’t take any (read more…)

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