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Three and Out: Week 1

Written by Bryan Perez on September 11, 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 first week of the college football season is in the books and we’re one game into week two.  It’s (obviously) way too early to pass judgment on any of this year’s crop of likely prospects, but it’s certainly a worthy task to search for ‘concerns’ or ‘trends’ that could likely become part of the player’s final scouting report and grade.

First Down:  Myles Jack is a bad man.

And by bad, I mean good.  Of all the players that I watched this week, Jack was by far the most impressive.  It wasn’t about his position-specific performance, because to be honest, there were a few warts there.  But I couldn’t help but fall in love with the way he plays the game.  He’s mean.  He’s angry.  (read more…)

College Football Week One Review: Quarterbacks

Written by Ryan Dukarm on September 11, 2015


This is the first 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. For example, this week I put together notes on six quarterbacks from their 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)


Christian Hackenberg vs Temple

Has elite arm strength and velocity on his throws, can hit receivers out of their breaks going along the sidelines. One thing I like about his pocket movement is his first reaction when faced with pressure around the edge is to climb the pocket and keep eyes downfield. Does not have touch to effectively work crossing routes without perfect timing because (read more…)

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Hard Fought Win

Written by Matt LaPan on September 10, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic Department

The first full week of the college football season has come and gone. The weekend was filled with upsets, wild finishes and the obligatory early-season blowouts. Week 1 of the season for Zeek Bigger and the East Carolina Pirates did not feature any of those, however, as the Pirates fought to the end to get a season-opening 28-20 win over Towson. Despite some criticism, Bigger and the Pirates are focused on the victory.

“A win is a win,” Bigger said when asked about the game. “Wins are hard to get. We’re 1-0. We got 1-0 out of the way and now it’s time to get ready to play another game.”

The 1-0 was much more than just another game for the senior linebacker, though. The victory came in front of a near-capacity crowd at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, marking the final opening game for Bigger. “There was a lot of emotions, I (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Two Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 10, 2015

derrick henry

The college football season kicked off last Thursday with the battle of the Carolinas, and closed out with the defending-champion Ohio State Buckeyes cruising (in the second half, anyway) to a win over Virginia Tech. The opening week featured a number of eye-opening performances, but perhaps the most noteworthy was turned in by UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. In last Saturday’s win over Virginia, the 18-year true freshman passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns while completing a staggering 80% of his passes. Rosen is not draft-eligible until the conclusion of the 2018 season, but he’s already got people salivating over his potential. I was thrilled to see the young man exceed the lofty expectations he carried into his first start, by showing poise that belied his lack of experience, and pinpoint accuracy down the field. Rosen can’t be expected to perform to that level every week, and he’s sure to (read more…)

CFB Week 1 Watch Guide: Saturday

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 5, 2015

Reggie Ragland and Alabama are among the featured games

College football kicked off Thursday night with some entertaining tilts and great performances by the likes of Josh Doctson, Jake Butt and more. Now it’s time for the second half of the long football weekend, which extends through Monday night when the defending national champs look to avenge their one loss from 2014.

Here is who I’ll be watching for scouting purposes on Saturday and Sunday and what I want to see from these players. Always remember: players can have great games but still not impress in terms of NFL potential. The converse is true as well. Scouts are looking for translatable traits and football skills more than stats. Keep that in mind as you imbibe in our country’s greatest game.

Now grab your notepads, program your DVRs and let’s watch some football!

CFB Week 1 Watch Guide: Thursday/Friday

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 3, 2015


College football is back, baby! Real football games which actually mean something kick off Thursday night and carry through Saturday.

Each week, I’ll preview who to watch for scouting purposes in all the televised games. I’m not just talking quarterbacks and potential first-rounders, though we’ll cover those too. If there’s an FCS linebacker with a chance to convert to strong safety in the NFL, we’ll let you know where to watch him too.

It’s time to load up the DVR, grab the notepad and get down to business.

2016 NFL Draft Week One Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 3, 2015

JT Barrett

NFL Draft talk never really stops these days, but it certainly has a lull. As soon as one draft comes to a close, you can scroll through Twitter, and right alongside the always inflammatory “Draft Grades” articles, you’ll find a number of mock drafts for the next year. They usually begin with a sentence like, “With the 2016 draft 362 days away here’s my way too early look at the first round,” or something more candid like, “My editor is making me write this.” Either way, those mocks will keep a smattering of discussions going for another minute or two before draft talk is abandoned for all but the true diehards. I’ve heard that some draft fans actually have other interests during the summer months. Maybe they follow another sport or two, or perhaps they go outside. They might even hang around on social media and offer up horrible opinions (read more…)

2016 Draft Path: Zeek Bigger Preseason Breakdown

Written by Matt LaPan on September 2, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

The 2014 season was a breakout year for Zeek Bigger. As the East Carolina Pirates rose up the standings, his play elevated to new levels. He played and started in all 13 games. He finished with 140 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss. He defended four passes while setting a new career-high with two interceptions.

Bigger has played, and will continue to play inside linebacker in Ruffin McNeill and Rick Smith’s 3-4 system. Bigger is the signal caller, and quarterback of the defense. His leadership skills and high football IQ are often on display pre-snap when he is lining his fellow defenders up.

In the run of play, 2014 was a big improvement for Bigger. Even with his improvements, there is room for continued growth in 2015. The biggest asset for bigger on the field is his ability to play on all three downs. Bigger does not have imposing (read more…)

Two-Minute Drill With Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson

Written by Joe Marino on September 1, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Joe Marino will highlight a 2016 NFL Draft prospect’s strengths and/or weaknesses in less than two minutes of video clips. Up first, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson.

A’Shawn Robinson is a 6’4″, 312 lb junior defensive lineman from the University of Alabama.  His resume includes Consensus Freshman All-American honors in 2013 and 15 starts over the last two years.  He led the Crimson Tide in sacks in 2013 (5.5), but finished with no production in that category last season (0 sacks).  Despite his lacking sack numbers he finished 2014 with 49 tackles, 6.5 of them going for losses.

Robinson’s two-minute drill starts now…

Marquee Matchups: Week 1

Written by Luke Easterling on August 31, 2015


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.

UNC OT Jon Heck 6’7″, 300 | Redshirt Junior | #71

Heck returns for his third consecutive season as the starting right tackle for the Tar Heels, and is the son of former Notre Dame All-American tackle and 1st-round NFL draft pick Andy Heck. A better run blocker than pass protector, Heck likely projects to stay on the right side at the next level rather than having the potential to flip to left tackle, but shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on his draft projections. He’s got a solid frame that could even add a little more bulk, solid technique, and you can’t argue with the bloodlines.


South Carolina EDGE Darius English 6’6″, 225 | Redshirt Junior (read more…)

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