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2016 NFL Draft Force Players Watch List: Initial Grades

Written by Justis Mosqueda on November 5, 2015


It’s early November and I’m comfortable throwing out my grades on 22 EDGE prospects who are eligible for the 2016 draft. Enjoy.

Detroit Lions Sit Atop the 2016 NFL Draft at Midseason

Written by Bryan Perez on November 5, 2015


With a little more than one-third of the NFL’s teams playing eight games of their 2015 season, it’s time to take a look at how the 2016 NFL Draft order is shaping up.

There are a few surprises at the top of the draft order, especially at the No. 1 overall pick.  The Detroit Lions were not supposed to be this bad.  We’re likely to see wholesale changes in the Motor City and it will be interesting to watch how the narrative surrounding Matt Stafford evolves over the next two months.

East-West Shrine Game announces early acceptances

Written by Bryan Perez on November 4, 2015


The annual East West Shrine Game announced its first batch of player acceptances on their website recently, which included Washington State offensive linemen Joe Dahl.  Dahl is being featured here on Draft Breakdown for the 2016 NFL Draft; we’ll be chronicling his journey from prospect to professional.

You can find the complete list of the Shrine Game’s roster here.

College Football Playoff Rankings Released

Written by Bryan Perez on November 3, 2015

CFB Playoff

The first installment of the 2015 College Football Playoff rankings were released today.  They will be updated each Tuesday throughout the rest of the college football season.  The top four teams will qualify for a two round playoff for the 2015 National Championship.

The complete top-25 can be found HERE.  Below is the current top four teams and their 2016 NFL Draft prospects (with seniors listed first).

CFB Week 9 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 31, 2015


This week’s entry is unfortunately not as expansive with games as most weeks, as it is Halloween time and also the start of youth basketball for my kids. In light of my time constraints, I encourage you to read the back issues of this series, as well as a piece I wrote for RealGM this week.

2016 NFL Draft Week Nine Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 30, 2015


This week’s roundup features everyone’s new favorite quarterback prospect, a pair of talented receivers, an unheralded name from the Big Ten, and notes upon notes from last week’s box scores. Without further ado…

1. Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

After another successful start last week against Tulsa, Lynch has emerged as a flavor of the month in the draft media. This isn’t to suggest that nobody knew about Lynch before Memphis upset Ole Miss two weeks ago. I distinctly recall Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton and Draft Breakdown’s own Jeff Risdon speaking highly of Lynch the better part of a year ago, and we discussed this with Risdon on The Draft Breakdown Podcast last week. But I had to raise an eyebrow at a report from about Lynch’s draft outlook. Wednesday’s article from writers Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel states, “A college coach tells The Inside Read that five (read more…)

Chasing the Dream: Joe Dahl’s 2016 NFL Draft Journey (10/28)

Written by Bryan Perez on October 28, 2015

Joe Dahl

The Washington State Cougars have rebounded from their ominous start to the 2015 college football season with impressive victories against Oregon and Arizona in two of the last three weeks.  This Saturday, the stage is set for one of the biggest games in early Pac-12 Conference play as Stanford (6-1) comes to town.

I spoke with Joe Dahl about the team’s morale, the big game versus Stanford, and more…

DB:  Great win versus Arizona last week.  What’s the team’s morale like right now?

DAHL: The same as always.  Nothing’s changed for us.  We take things one game at a time, a week-to-week approach. It’s one game a week.  We don’t get too high or too low regardless of what’s happened the week before.  I don’t think anything has really changed at this point.

DB:  What are you most focused on accomplishing, personally, against Stanford this week?

DAHL:  In terms (read more…)

Matt Waldman’s Boiler Room: Aaron Green, RB, TCU

Written by Bryan Perez on October 26, 2015


We’re pleased to welcome back Matt Waldman and his film room analysis to Draft Breakdown’s 2016 NFL Draft coverage.

His Boiler Room series evaluates a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in quick-hitting fashion from the perspective of one of the industry’s most talented scouting minds.  We previously posted his installment on Josh Doctson here.  Now it’s time to take a look at the running back position and Doctson’s teammate, Aaron Green:

CFB Week 8 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 24, 2015



Another wonderful fall weekend, another strong slate of NFL scouting potential. It kicks off Friday night with a matchup worth watching between Tulsa and Memphis.

I’ve written quite a bit about Paxton Lynch, and in light of last week’s upset over Ole Miss, the tall junior QB is now the apple of the nation’s eye. The Memphis QB gets a chance to pad his stats and show his quicker trigger and improved field awareness against a Golden Hurricanes team which allows 63.8% completions and is terrible in the red zone.

NFL Draft Quick Hitter: Paxton Lynch

Written by Bryan Perez on October 23, 2015

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers throws a pass during their game against the Mississippi Rebels on September 27, 2014 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. The Mississippi Rebels defeated the Memphis Tigers 24-3. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

One of the hottest names in the NFL Draft community right now is the starting quarterback for the Memphis Tigers, Paxton Lynch.  The redshirt junior passer is having a remarkable season, completing 142 of 199 passes for 1,919 yards, 13 TDs and only 1 INT.  He’s added 199 yards and a TD on the ground.

Standing an estimated 6’7″ tall and a well-armored 245 lbs, there’s no denying Lynch’s prototype size for the position.  Draft Breakdown’s Luke Easterling recently mocked Lynch to the Houston Texans at No. 12 overall, causing me to pay closer attention to the big-bodied passer’s games.

I watched all of Lynch’s cut-ups here on DB and came away a bit surprised that there is so much excitement around his tape.  Don’t get me wrong, he does make some impressive throws and is a very good athlete for a guy as big as he is.  His 31 (and (read more…)

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