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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Written by Justin Higdon on August 28, 2015


From 2009-2012, Nick Saban’s Alabama teams won three out of four National Championships. Then, in 2013, the Tide was off to an 11-0 start before a stunning Iron Bowl loss to Auburn on the final play of the game. Last year, despite dropping a game to Ole Miss earlier in the year, Alabama was once again in title contention, having earned the top seed in the first ever College Football Playoff. Saban’s crew led Ohio State 21-6 at one point, but allowed the Buckeyes to close to within one at the half. OSU then took the lead in the third quarter, held off a late comeback attempt, and went on to face Oregon in the championship game. This year’s Tide should be back in race, but for the second year in a row they’ll be breaking in a new quarterback. As of this writing, the battle to start is undecided, (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Written by Justin Higdon on August 26, 2015


The 2014 season was Rutgers’ first as a member of the Big Ten, the team’s third conference in as many years. The Scarlet Knights finished with an 8-5 record, with all five defeats coming in conference play, but they ended things on a positive note with a bowl win over North Carolina. Head Coach Kyle Flood enters his fourth year at the helm with a respectable 23-16 career record, but he’ll have his work cut out this season with an uncertain quarterback situation and a schedule that features all of the Big Ten’s heavy hitters. Here’s a look at the top draft-eligible players taking the field for the Scarlet Knights this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

2016 NFL Draft Path: Zeek Bigger

Written by Matt LaPan on August 26, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

Each year thousands of young men look to impress NFL scouts with the hopes of hearing their name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the NFL Draft. From spring practices through preseason and bowl games – each player is looking to make a name for himself along the draft path. One of those young men is Zeek Bigger from East Carolina. The Pirates‘ inside linebacker’s draft will be followed throughout his senior campaign on Draft Breakdown.

The East Carolina Pirates have been known for a high-flying offensive attack throughout the tenure of head coach Ruffin McNeill. From Dominique Davis to Shane Carden and Justin Hardy, the Pirates have never struggled to score points in recent seasons.

As they prepare for 2015, their outlook is quite different for East Carolina. After losing Carden and Hardy to the NFL, along with receiver Cam Worthy and others, the (read more…)

2016 NFL Prospect Preview: LSU Tigers

Written by Justin Higdon on August 26, 2015

Tre'Davious White

Louisiana State’s 8-5 record in 2014 equalled 2008 for the worst showing in Les Miles’ ten seasons coaching the team. The Tigers lost four SEC games and ended the year with a December 30th loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Following the season, LSU – a program that’s been stacked with NFL prospects in recent years – saw just four of its players drafted. Despite these disappointments, the 2015 Bayou Bengals should be an improved squad. Quarterback Brandon Harris appears to have gained the confidence of the coaching staff, and fellow true sophomores Malachi Dupre and Leonard Fournette are ready for primetime. This highly-touted trio will be joined by a number of talented draft-eligible teammates, including a few who passed up opportunities to declare last year. Here’s a look at LSU’s top NFL hopefuls for the fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

Chris Nicolaou’s All-American Predictions

Written by Chris Nicolaou on August 24, 2015

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  Get to know the first-team offense:

Trevone Boykin, TCU (6’2”, 205 lbs, RS Senior)

  • Passing: 301/492 (61.2%), 3901 yards, 33 Touchdowns, 10 INTs. 145.9 QBR.

  • Rushing: 152 attempts for 707 yards (4.7 YPR), 8 TD.

Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (6’0, 225 lbs, Junior)

  • Rushing: 273 attempts for 1878 yards (6.9 YPR), 18 TDs

  • Receiving: 28 receptions for 220 yards (7.9 avg)

Nick Chubb, Georgia (5’10”, 238 lbs, Sophomore)

  • Rushing: 219 attempts for 1547 yards (7.1 YPR), 14 TDs

  • Receiving – 18 receptions for 213 yards (11.8 avg), 2 TDs

Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss (6’2”, 210 lbs, Junior)

  • 48 receptions for 632 yards (13.2 avg), 5 TD *Treadwell broke his tibia in Week 10 of 2014*

Tyler Boyd, Pitt (6’2”, 190 lbs, Junior)

  • 78 receptions for 1261 yards (16.2 avg), 8 TDs *Suspended for 2015 season opener after DUI arrest*

Rashard Higgins, Colorado State (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Oregon Ducks

Written by Justin Higdon on August 21, 2015

Nov 29, 2014; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) stands on the field before an extra point attempt by Oregon Ducks place kicker Matt Wogan (49) against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

In 2014, Oregon began the season ranked third overall in the Associated Press poll and were favorites to reach the first ever College Football Playoff. In Week Two the Ducks handled seventh-ranked Michigan State at home, and through September they stood 4-0. But on October 2nd, in a home game against Arizona, the Ducks stumbled early. Behind a patchwork offensive line, quarterback Marcus Mariota faced frequent pressure and struggled through one of his worst games of the season. The Wildcats went on to complete the upset, and Oregon’s playoff hopes took a hit. But the Ducks rebounded with a big win over UCLA the following week, and cruised through the rest of their regular season schedule. Oregon demolished Arizona in the Pac 12 title game, and waltzed into the playoffs where they obliterated a Florida State team that hadn’t lost in two seasons. The Ducks headed into the National Championship (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Small School Watch List – Offense

Written by Justin Higdon on August 20, 2015

john robertson

As promised, today’s 2016 NFL Draft prospect preview is a look at some of the top FCS, Division II, and Division III talents from the offensive side of the ball. If you missed yesterday’s defensive prospect watch list, you can find those players right here. As always, asterisks denote underclassmen.

Jaylon Smith: Room to Improve

Written by Jeff Risdon on August 13, 2015


One of the purposes of summer scouting is to develop a baseline for a player’s current skills. This helps frame the upcoming season performance. Did the player improve? Are his prior weak points dulled? Has he shown more NFL skills?

Under that backdrop I evaluated Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith. The rising true junior from Fort Wayne has created many waves in South Bend with his strong athletic ability and speed. No. 9 on the defense has proven his versatility, lining up at Mike backer, rush OLB, weakside nickel backer and even as a pseudo slot corner.

Both Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network and Matt Miller from Bleacher Report have gone on record this summer to call Smith their top defensive prospects entering the season. Many in the online draft community have followed suit, praising Smith’s playing speed, range and power. Listed at 6’2” and 235 pounds, (read more…)

Scouting Rewind: ’97 Peyton Manning vs Florida Gators

Written by Charles McDonald on August 13, 2015


We’re always looking to the future in the draft process. We analyze and evaluate prospects with the goal of accurately projecting their ability to play in NFL.

It got me thinking:  Why not ‘look back’ for once? I thought it would be a fun exercise to cut up a game from established superstars and look at the traits they exhibited in college and assess their development (or lack thereof) in the pros.

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Small School Watch List – Defense

Written by Justin Higdon on August 11, 2015

Noah Spence

Taking a break from the team-by-team previews, here’s a look at some of the 2016 NFL Draft-eligible prospects from the FCS, Division II and Division III ranks. I’ve compiled quite a few names here, so I’ve broken them up into two separate posts. We’ll kick things off today with the defense, but check back tomorrow for the offensive side of the ball. As always, asterisks denote underclassmen.

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