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Dueling 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Reports: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on February 17, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft cornerback class is an interesting group. Talented prospects like Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, Senquez Golson of Ole Miss, and TCU’s Kevin White are either thinner or shorter (or both) than NFL teams would prefer. Miami Ohio’s Quinten Rollins is gaining momentum, but he has only one season of college football experience, and some analysts question his downfield speed. The one corner who’s on-field game is fairly clean is Washington’s Marcus Peters, but after being booted from the team midway through his junior season, he’ll spend the next couple of months trying to ditch his off-field baggage. In the latest installment of our dueling scouting report series, Chad Dinkins and I went to the tape for a closer look at the top cornerback prospect in the draft.


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft LBs: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Written by Bryan Perez on February 14, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft has several position groups that are on the “weaker” side, and inside linebacker appears to be one of them.  While many of the prospects look more like late-Day 2, Day 3-types, Eric Kendricks (UCLA) has a chance to go much higher.  His production and athleticism jump off the tape and he’s one of the more promising defensive prospects in the class.  Below is my analysis of his game.

Overview:

Eric Kendricks, the redshirt senior linebacker from the UCLA Bruins, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after one of the most prolific careers in UCLA football history. Kendricks started 42 games during his time as a Bruin, registering a school-record 481 tackles. In addition to the record-setting tackle numbers, he tallied 8 career sacks to go along with 5 INTs. In 2014, Kendricks was named First Team All-American by several national outlets (read more…)


Dueling 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Reports: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on February 13, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft Quarterback group is roundly thought of as a three-man class. Some pundits may even consider Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s James Winston as the only two with long-term starting potential at the NFL level. DraftBreakdown’s own Kyle Crabbs disagrees. He’s already given UCLA’s Brett Hundley a first round grade in his report. And since early this past college football season, I’ve also maintained that the divide between Mariota, Winston and Hundley is not the gaping chasm others have painted. Still, knowing that the former Bruin is going to be one of the more divisive players in the class this year, Chad Dinkins and I decided that Hundley would be the perfect subject for our next round of dueling scouting reports. Here’s a look.


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Draft Pre-Combine First Round Grades

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on February 11, 2015

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The consensus feeling among the NFL Draft community is that the 2015 class is weak, especially at the top. I agree and that is bad news for teams selecting in the top ten. With that said, there are plenty of players that are worthy of a first round selection. As it stands, I have 28 players graded in the first round although only one of those prospects carries a top ten grade and just another nine prospects have earned top 20 grades from me at this point in the process. With 18 players graded in the late first round area, that is the sweet spot of Day One.

Top 10 Grades

Leonard Williams, Southern Cal, DT – The best football player in this class, Williams has an incredible ability to disengage from blocks and make plays. With exceptional hand usage and functional strength, Williams (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft: Jon Dove’s Pre-Combine Mock Draft

Written by Jon Dove on February 11, 2015

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I always like putting out a mock draft prior to the NFL Combine because it represents my evaluation based on game tape. The combine is useful to a point but it’s important to stay true to your evaluations. Some players may move a few spots on my rankings after the combine but that’s because it forces me to go back and look at the film differently.

1.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Winston comes with question marks but his on-field talent is undeniable. The Buccaneers need to do their homework on Winston’s off-field issues because this pick will impact the next several years of the franchise.

2.  Tennessee Titans- Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida

Fowler is a unique prospect in that he plays bigger than his measurables suggest. This is a nasty player capable of setting the edge versus the run, delivering big hits and (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on February 11, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the running back position as Matt Waldman is joined by none other than Emory Hunt, the founder of FootballGamePlan.com.  In today’s episode, Matt and Emory view the tape of David Cobb, RB, Minnesota.  Cobb is one of the 2015 NFL Draft’s top running back prospects.  Remember:  Matt’s comprehensive NFL Draft Guide, The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, is available for purchase on April 1, 2015, and can be ordered HERE.


NDT Scouting Report: Boise State RB Jay Ajayi

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on February 10, 2015

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*The following is an excerpt from NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus. To learn more about NDT Scouting and the availability of the NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus (available for pre-order NOW; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!  NDT Scouting aims to collaborate both a comprehensive film evaluation grade (omitted below) with weighted peripheral metrics of size, experience, athleticism and production (also omitted below) to provide readers with a complete look at the prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft.* Jay Ajayi, Running Back (#27) RS Junior, Boise State University Broncos Date of Birth: N/A Size:

  • Measurement Source: Boise State Biography Page
  •  Height: 6000 (Listed)
  •  Weight: 216 (Listed)
  •  Hand Measurement: N/A
  •  Arm Length: N/A

Experience:

  • Career Starts: 26

Scouting the CBs: Marcus Peters, Washington

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft will offer teams some promising players at the cornerback position, but the class lacks any truly elite prospect worthy of an early first-round pick. Marcus Peters (Washington) has received the most attention in the class, and is considered by many to be this year’s top cover man.  While I like his potential as a physical player on the next level, I’m not quite as sold after studying him on tape.  Below is my analysis of his game.

Overview:

Marcus Peters, the junior cornerback from the Washington Huskies, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a tumultuous end to his collegiate career. Peters was dismissed from the Huskies program after alleged incidents involving members of the team’s coaching staff. Peters played in a total of 8 games last year, after starting 12 of 13 games in 2013. He also started (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Rasheed Bailey WR Delaware Valley College

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on February 9, 2015

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Rasheed Bailey School: Delaware Valley College Position: WR Height: 6’2” Weight: 205

Experience: Three year starter for the Aggies. Led the team with 51 catches for 977 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 2013. Caught 80 passes for 1707 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and 19 TDs in 11 games as a senior and set single-season school records in every category.

Accolades: 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Football Offensive Player of the Year, Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference, D3football.com First Team All-American, American Football Coaches Association’s (AFCA) Division III Coaches’ All-America Team, AP First Team Little All-America Squad, Maxwell Football Club Tri-State Player of the Year

Games Watched: Lebanon Valley, Stevenson University, Albright, 2014 season highlights

Projected Round: 6th-UDFA

Pros: Big bodied WR who’s able to shield the ball from defenders and (read more…)


Scouting the DT’s: Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2015

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The talent pool for the 2015 NFL Draft is starting to take shape, and the early returns are less than thrilling.  That’s not to say that the class lacks top-tier talent, as there are some very good prospects at positions like EDGE rusher, wide receiver and running back.  Add in the top two quarterbacks, and the intrigue at the top of the first round will be pretty high.

One of the stronger positions in the class is defensive tackle.  There are several guys who could go in the first round, with many others likely to hear their name called at some point during Day Two.  Jordan Phillips (Oklahoma) is a prospect that some have valued as a first rounder, and his natural size and overall potential could land him there.  However, after my tape study, I have a slightly different opinion.  Below is my (read more…)


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