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Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Chance At Redemption

Written by Matt LaPan on September 25, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic

The start of the 2015 East Carolina Pirates season has not gone how many in Greenville hoped it would. Injuries and a tough opening slate of games have the Pirates sitting at 1-2 through their first three games with losses to Florida and Navy.

After dropping their opening American Athletic Conference matchup 45-21 to Navy, the Pirates are seeking redemption as they entertain another tough out of conference matchup this weekend when they welcome Virginia Tech into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

With the slow start and opportunity to pull even, Zeek Bigger knows his team still has a lot of football to play. When asked what the senior captain’s message has been to his teammates, Bigger said, “Keep striving. Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot of games to play. It’s only been three games, were just going on our fourth, and we’ve just gotta keep trying to be the best (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Four Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 24, 2015


Lots to cover heading into Week Four of the college football season, so let’s dive right into the latest roundup…

1. Cardale Jones QB Ohio State

After three rocky starts so far this season, Jones’ decision to return to Ohio State for his redshirt junior year is coming into question. One anonymous NFL executive is apparently telling people that Jones would have been a first round pick in 2015. This revisionist theory supposes that some pro franchise would have ignored the fact that the Buckeye QB had just three starts to his credit, and that one of those (Alabama) wasn’t particularly great. Sorry, I’m not buying this executive’s speculation, and of course, there’s no way to ever know if this statement is correct or not. This type of proclamation is so easy to make when there is no chance to disprove it, and it’s even more annoying when it comes (read more…)

Jason Vander Laan: An Underdog Scouting Evaluation

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 21, 2015


Americans love the underdog. Nothing stokes the passion like rooting for the little guy, the unheralded cog, the Cinderella story. It’s why Rocky endures as a movie almost forty years later.

In the scouting world, many are predisposed to rooting for the small school guys. There are websites devoted to those playing outside the FBS, draftniks who only focus on the lower reaches of college football. And those lower levels provide the NFL with more than enough quality players to sustain the hope that the next great hope is playing in the likes of the Southern Conference, the ODAC or the GLIAC, acronymic leagues unfamiliar to those outside the limited geographic ranges of member schools.

NFL Draft Prospect Review: Wide Receivers

Written by Ryan Dukarm on September 21, 2015

De'Runnya Wilson

This is the second in a weekly series I plan on doing this college football season. Rather than doing a series of full scouting reports in the middle of the season I wanted to look at one game from each player at a certain position each week. This is not at all meant to be a scouting report for the player; it’s an early look at what prospects bring to the table for the 2016 NFL Draft. For example, this week I put together notes on four wide receivers from their week two (or week one) games. If you ever have suggestions for what position or specific player you want to see let me know on Twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)


De’Runnya Wilson (Mississippi State) vs LSU

Very big receiver that doesn’t always maximize his size. Showed a good ability adjusting to pass thrown behind him. He showed multiple catches through contact, although he has (read more…)

CFB Week 3 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 19, 2015


This is another weekend where marquee matchups are few and far between. Fortunately there are a few tasty SEC conference offerings, but this is a weekend for major programs elsewhere to go stat-sheet stuffing.

You can still glean valuable things from scouting top players in mismatch games. Players considered stars should dominate their lesser foes, but should also accomplish this by showing more than mere superior athleticism. Highly-touted prospects playing these kind of games on cruise control raises questions about competitive nature, technical mastery or just plain love of the game. The intensity, the joie de vivre, the attention to detail should all remain evident on every snap.

Marquee Matchups: Week 3

Written by Luke Easterling on September 18, 2015

"Georgia vs. Tennessee"

Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

Notre Dame G Steve Elmer 6’5″, 315 | Junior | #79

The Irish have arguably the best offensive tackle in the country in Ronnie Stanley, but the matchup to watch in the trenches in this game is on the interior, where Elmer will face off against one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the country. A versatile blocker with starting experience at both right tackle and right guard, Elmer is probably a better fit inside at the next level, but his ability to play either spot will help his draft value.

If he’s going to stay at guard in the NFL, he’ll likely need to add a little more bulk, but he’s got a great blend of power and athleticism (read more…)

Three and Out: Quarterbacks

Written by Bryan Perez on September 18, 2015


Each week during the college football season, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Bryan Perez will be offering four thoughts about the evolving 2016 NFL Draft landscape. 

The quarterback position is always fun to scout.  It’s the hardest to get right and has the greatest consequences if a first rounder busts.  The inherent risk involved with grading a quarterback as a starting-quality prospect is itself a deterrent to doing good, honest work; it takes a strong-minded person to ignore the backlash and criticism of their potentially unpopular quarterback grades.

What I’ve seen happen over the last few drafts is the swell of group-think when it comes to quarterbacks.  The opinions are generally vanilla with very few analysts or experts stepping outside their comfort zone to bang the table for a guy who may not be considered “the” guy.  In part, that’s due to the lack of blue-chip prospects (before the Winston – Mariota draft).  But (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Three Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 17, 2015

Connor Cook 18

Last week, Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal published a report on the NFL’s perceived quarterback crisis. League executives and coaches are frustrated by the level of preparedness in prospects moving from college spread offenses to the pros. Many QBs graduate from upper echelon programs to the pros without taking snaps from under center, or ever truly learning how to read certain defenses. This left Browns GM Ray Farmer, among others, wondering if it’s possible to build a contending NFL team that minimizes the importance of the most important position in sports.

On the surface this quarterback drought may seem legitimate. 2012’s second overall pick, Robert Griffin III, is hanging by a thread after setting the world on fire as a rookie. The lone first rounder of the 2013 class is banished to the bench, and the heralded 2014 class is off to a rough start (yes, even (read more…)

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Growth Through Adversity

Written by Matt LaPan on September 17, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, East Carolina Athletic Department

Since early January, the East Carolina Pirates have had one Saturday circled on their calendars, September 12 at Florida. After falling 28-20 on a late interception from Florida in the Birmingham Bowl, the Pirates have had a built in date for a chance at redemption.

That bid at redemption fell short, however, as another game-ending turnover doomed East Carolina’s bid to upset their SEC foe in a 31-24 loss.

With the crushing defeat, Zeek Bigger and the Pirates were left with a sour taste in their mouths after missing an opportunity to defeat a “Power 5” opponent. With these losses has come an opportunity for growth and learning for Bigger.

“Some things didn’t go our way,” Bigger said when he addressed the media, postgame. “But we’re proud we fought our way to the end. I have to give props to Florida. We fell short, but we’ve still got more to (read more…)

CFB Week 2 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 11, 2015

Dak Prescott and MSU face a big test in LSU

Last weekend’s action got our feet wet with college football, also whetting our appetite for more. Initial impressions formed now are subject to validation or change.

It’s important to be malleable and open-minded about a prospect over the course of a season. Too many hidden factors could impact a performance in any given week. Repeated viewings take away some of those variables and provide a clearer picture of the prospect as a whole. Try and remember that as you watch a prospect coming off a polarizing game last week.

This week’s slate is surprisingly light, the weakest we’ll see all year in terms of power matchups. If you’re panicking about the end of summer, this is a great Saturday to put football on the back burner and enjoy one last weekend of fun in the progressively fading warm sun.

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