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Featured NFL Draft Guide: Matt Waldman’s 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio

Written by Bryan Perez on April 1, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com will be choosing a select few NFL Draft Guides to feature on the site for the next month or so.  Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio is widely considered the “must-have” Draft Guide every year, focusing on the offensive skill players available for the upcoming Draft.  Please read the below breakdown for more information about the RSP.

NOTE:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  We are promoting Matt’s work because of how good it is, plain and simple.  Take the time to check it out, download it, and most of all…learn from it.

 

The 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is ready for download.

“You won’t find a better resource. Matt Waldman delivers. Period. Cannot recommend more highly.” – Bob Harris, FSTA Hall of Famer

The 2015 RSP Tale of the Tape

Standing at 1414 pages and covering 147 skill prospects, the 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is now available for download at http://www.mattwaldman.com. Because (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

Written by John Owning on March 30, 2015

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During the lead up to the NFL draft, certain traits or characteristics in the spectrum of evaluating college talent get prioritized. These characteristics dominate discussion, which leads to the player who possess those traits to receive a great deal of attention.

For example, anyone who pays attention to draft coverage can wax on about Vic Beasley’s insane get off and deep repertoire of pass-rush moves or they can discuss about how explosive Alvin “Bud” Dupree is.

While this is all fine and dandy, it leads to very good football players garnering little to no attention from the NFL media and fans alike. One player who has been on the unfortunate end of this paradigm this year is Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers.

Athletically, Flowers is nothing to write home about. Take a look at Flowers’ spider graph in comparison with other defensive end prospects since 1999 via MockDraftable.com:

He tested into the (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Ross Scheuerman WR Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon on March 30, 2015

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Name:  Ross Scheuerman School: Lafayette Position: WR Height: 5’11 1/2” Weight: 204 Arm: 30” Hand: 8 3/4” Production Tier: Green (see explanation here) UPC Tier: Yellow (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 3/5/1993 Bench: 15 reps 40-yard: 4.40 Vertical: 33” Broad: 121” Three-cone: 7.08 Short Shuttle: 4.11


Joe Marino’s Linebacker Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 30, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Eric Kendricks, UCLA – With sideline-to-sideline range, Kendricks can make an impact anywhere on the field and his pursuit of the football is relentless. A balanced contributor against the run and the pass, Kendricks can play every down but is best suited to function in a 4-3 scheme. His awareness in pass coverage is outstanding and he competes at the catch point like a defensive back. His coverage instincts, fluidity, athleticism and change-of-direction skills are high-level. Kendricks is a secure, wrap-up tackler who attacks ballcarriers low and rarely misses opportunities to bring people down. He closes windows well and has great instincts while attacking the line of scrimmage downhill or pursuing plays laterally. He fights through blocks and plays physically and aggressive. The only concern is his lack of size.

Second Round Grades

2. Stephone Anthony, Clemson – Checks every box: size, athletic ability and outstanding (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: OT

Written by Luke Easterling on March 29, 2015

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1. Brandon Scherff | Iowa | 6’5″, 319 | Grade: Top 10

This year’s class doesn’t have the flashy “franchise LT” prospect that usually sets himself apart from the rest, but that doesn’t mean Scherff isn’t a stellar football player. Though he may be best used at guard at the next level, similar to Zack Martin and Joel Bitonio from last year’s draft, Scherff has plenty of successful experience at tackle and could very well stay there. He’s a mauler in the run game and will be a steal in the bottom of the top 10.

2. Jake Fisher | Oregon | 6’6′, 306 | Grade: 1st Round

Thought by many to be a mid-round projection at season’s end, Fisher is finally getting the credit he should have been receiving all along, with some putting him into the first-round conversation. At worst, Fisher is a plug-and-play starter at right (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: GM Jr. Scouting Podcast

Written by Bryan Perez on March 27, 2015

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The GM Jr. Scouting crew breaks down the top offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Be sure to follow Russ Lande, Scott Bischoff, Josh Liskiewitz and Jordan Plocher for their latest NFL Draft thoughts and analysis!


Joe Marino’s Center Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 26, 2015

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Second Round Grades

1. Cameron Erving, Florida State – Found a home at center after an up and down stint at left tackle. Has unique length for the interior which he uses to his full advantage. Does a terrific job working his hips to seal off defenders and create holes. Will get his weight out over his  feet at times which leads to whiffs. His footwork is still developing playing inside. Erving is an exciting prospect now that he is a center and his upside is tremendous.

2. Andy Gallik, Boston College – Has the ability to dominate at the point of attack. Plays with terrific leverage, power and works to establish positioning throughout the down. Strong finisher of blocks with a powerful base to anchor against the run. He doesn’t dominate in space but displays efficiency. Plug and play center in a power scheme.

Third Round Grades

3. Hroniss (read more…)


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Written by Bryan Perez on March 25, 2015

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Overview:

Phillip Dorsett, the senior wide receiver from the Miami Hurricanes, enters the 2015 NFL draft after an up-and-down career at “The U.”  In 2014, Dorsett managed 36 receptions for 871 yards and a career high 10 TDs.  His 24.2 YPC also marked a career best.  In 2013, Dorsett missed five games due to a partially torn MCL and totaled only 13 catches for 272 yards and 2 TDs.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had productive season with 58 catches, 848 yards and 4 TDs.  In total, Dorsett started 30 games as a member of the Hurricanes with 121 career receptions, 2,132 yards and 17 TDs.  He participated in the 2015 Senior Bowl.  Physically, Dorsett is a “small” receiver prospect, checking in at 5’10” and 185 lbs.  He doesn’t have the kind of build that will be able to hold up on the outside against physical, press coverage; (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Alec May EDGE Georgetown

Written by Justin Higdon on March 24, 2015

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Alec May

School: Georgetown Position: EDGE Height: 6’3” Weight: 246 Production Tier: Green (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Yellow (see explanation here) Bench: 19 40-yard: 4.88 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 110” Three-cone: 7.31 Short Shuttle: 4.28


Joe Marino’s EDGE Rankings and Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 23, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Bud Dupree, Kentucky – Dupree is a freak athlete with an outstanding frame. He is experienced doing everything that he will be asked to do in the NFL as 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. He is most impactful with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer and setting the edge. Displays explosive burst off the ball and closing quickness to the football. Kentucky had him dropping in coverage far more than I would like. That said, he is adept at doing so although it is far from a strength. There are times I wish Dupree would “sell out” more aggressively to finish plays but Kentucky asked him to be very disciplined within the scheme. Has “chase and see” tendencies and his instincts are still developing. Far from a finished product but he represents tremendous upside.

2. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA – What initially stands (read more…)


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