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Laremy Tunsil: Room to Improve

Written by Jeff Risdon on July 30, 2015


This is the second installment in the preseason evaluation series. The first was Tunsil’s Ole Miss teammate Robert Nkemdiche.

Tunsil mans the left tackle spot for the Rebels, with an emphasis on “man”. He’s a very high-end prospect, but even a Ferrari needs tuning up. There are a couple of areas where I would like to see Tunsil improve in his final season in the physical, demanding SEC West.

Rules of Engagement It’s not often an offensive lineman’s exceptional athleticism is a negative, but for the rising junior it creates an awkward critique. Tunsil is great at getting out into space as a run blocker, but he has some struggles engaging defenders once he’s out there.

Here’s an example from the LSU game.

Tunsil does a very good job in holding at the line on the initial action. Many tackles like to cheat a bit and (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Written by Justin Higdon on July 28, 2015


In 2012, in Head Coach Brian Kelly’s third season with the team, and with redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson at the helm, Notre Dame completed an undefeated regular season and faced Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Though the Fighting Irish lost by a wide margin, Golson had three seasons of eligibility remaining, and there was reason to believe the team would be back in the title hunt soon. Then, the following spring, Golson was suspended from school for cheating on a test, and was ultimately forced to sit out all of 2013. Notre Dame turned to Tommy Rees, and managed to pull off a couple of big upset wins, but the entire team’s performance was uneven from week to week. The Irish finished the regular season 8-4 and fell from championship game berth to Pinstripe Bowl. Golson paid his dues and was allowed back last season. He reclaimed (read more…)

Robert Nkemdiche: Room to Improve

Written by Jeff Risdon on July 26, 2015


One of the key attributes I look for when scouting a player is year-to-year development. Players should improve at one thing or another as they gain experience and mature as athletes.

Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is one to watch closely in 2015. The former top recruit out of Georgia has two seasons under his belt for the Rebels, one at defensive end and one at tackle. Nkemdiche has flashed impressive skills at both positions, though his meager production (four career sacks) raises an eyebrow.

If Nkemdiche is going to live up to the hype as a potential Top-10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft–presuming he declares early–he has a lot of work to do on his game. Specifically, I found three areas of focus where I want to see the 6’4”, 296-pound preseason All-American develop as an NFL prospect.


One of the issues he faces (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s 2016 NFL Draft Watch List

Written by Luke Easterling on July 24, 2015


With the start of the 2015 college football season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at some of the top talent across the country who could end up being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Every year, there are players who seem to come out of nowhere and vault themselves into the draft conversation. This list can be used as a starting point to try and identify who some of those players could be this year, in addition to some of the top names that are already being discussed at length.

Want to get a head start on your 2016 NFL Draft preparation? Here are 275 players to keep an eye on this fall.


Cardale Jones | Ohio State | 6-5, 250

Connor Cook | Michigan State | 6-4, 220

Jared Goff | California | 6-4, 210

Cody Kessler | USC | 6-1, 215

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NDT Scouting’s 2016 NFL Draft Running Back Starter Kit

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 22, 2015

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 28:  Running back D.J. Foster #8 of the Arizona State Sun Devils runs with the football on a 74 yard touchdown reception past safety Dion Bailey #18 of the USC Trojans during the third quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For your consideration entering the 2015 college football season, NDT Scouting has compiled stats, bios and starter profiles for approximately 250 2016 NFL Draft prospects. Over the course of the next several weeks, “Starter kits” will be shared to provide you with all of your 2016 NFL Draft pre-season prep work!

(Note: There are a number of underclassmen who are viable NFL Draft prospects but not included in these starter kits.  It is not meant to reflect their caliber as players but rather be as efficient as possible in coverage of 2016 prospects.)


Running Backs Starter Kit: POSITION # NAME SCHOOL DOB YEAR NOTES LISTED MEASURES GAMES PLAYED GAMES STARTED CAPTAIN? (YES/NO) CAREER PRODUCTION NDT Scouting Early Thoughts RB  23 Devontae Booker Utah 5/27/1992  Senior JUCO 5110, 212 13 10 No 292 carries, 1512 yds, 10 TDs + 43 rec, 306 rec yds, 2 rec TDs Possesses an impressive blend (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Arizona State Sun Devils

Written by Justin Higdon on July 22, 2015

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 28:  Running back D.J. Foster #8 of the Arizona State Sun Devils runs with the football on a 74 yard touchdown reception past safety Dion Bailey #18 of the USC Trojans during the third quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By November 11th 2014, fresh off a 55-31 thrashing of then-tenth ranked Notre Dame, Arizona State had improved to 8-1 on the season, and climbed three spots to number six overall in the College Football Playoff standings. The following Saturday in Corvallis, linebacker Michael Doctor picked off a Taylor Kelly pass, and ran it in for a touchdown with just over a minute and a half left in the game, giving Pac 12 also-ran Oregon State a surprise win over the Sun Devils. Two weeks later, with CFP hopes all but dashed, ASU lost another Pac 12 road game – this time to in-state rival Arizona – and fell quietly into a December 27th Sun Bowl date with Duke. The Sun Devils saddled up and left disappointment in the rearview mirror. They held on tight for a five-point bowl victory, and secured back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Trait Based Scouting: Carson Wentz (QB, NDSU)

Written by Ryan Dukarm on July 21, 2015

carson wentz

A prospect who is has been creating a lot of buzz  on “Draft Twitter” recently  is North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz, and the appeal is obvious.  He’s a big kid with a live arm and sound decision making.  He’s coming off his first year as a starter in which he led the Bison to their fourth consecutive FCS championship (the first quarterback from the state of North Dakota to do so.) Wentz possesses prototypical height for an NFL QB, although he could stand to add some bulk throughout the next year if he wants to hold up at the next level. 

Name: Carson Wentz

College: North Dakota State University

Number: 11

Pro Position: QB

Height: 6’6’’

Weight: 231 pounds

Age: 22

Date of Birth: 12/30/1992

Background: Wentz enters his RS (read more…)

Early 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Christian Hackenberg

Written by Chris Ross on July 20, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

Coming off of a historically poor 2015 quarterback draft class, it would be hard for the 2016 draft to be any worse at the position. Indeed, next year’s draft appears to be much stronger than this year’s class when it comes to quarterbacks with guys like Connor Cook, Jared Goff, and Christian Hackenberg all looking like potentially special prospects, and several others behind those top three guys looking like solid professional players in the making. If you really want to know which guys you should follow going into the 2015 college football season, I highly recommend checking out Luke Easterling‘s 2016 NFL Draft watch list. With that said, Hackenberg, in particular, has caught my eye, and actually ranks as my top-rated quarterback going into the season. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes Hackenberg such an intriguing prospect.

There’s almost no (read more…)

Cognitive Awareness in Scouting: A Mental Checklist to Deeper Context

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 20, 2015


Think about the last time you watched “film”.  Whether it was a television broadcast, a video cut up, a skycam view or coaches’ film; various amounts of information on a snap to snap basis.  Did you pull up your link, press play and digest?  If so, odds are you’re missing the “game within the game”.  The players move and each play can be recognized as move/counter move…think of it as checkers.  Offensive players move, defensive players react.  But football is a much deeper game than move/counter move.  One of the items I prioritized for myself at this time last year was to develop further my ability to watch, process and gather information from the tape.  Asking questions and formulating a mental checklist prior to each and every snap became a cumbersome (but ultimately worthwhile) task.  So if you find yourself processing the game by pressing play and watching the pieces (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Written by Justin Higdon on July 19, 2015

corey clement

Fresh off a humiliating 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, Wisconsin Head Coach Gary Anderson abruptly left the team to take the reins at Oregon State. Faced with a surprise job opening, the Badgers played in the Outback Bowl under Athletic Director and former coach Barry Alvarez, and defeated the Auburn Tigers. Wisconsin’s new head coach is a familiar face in Paul Chryst, who previously served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2005-2011 before taking the head job at Pitt. Chryst went just 19-19 in his two years with the Panthers, but his knowledge of the Wisconsin program made him a comfortable choice for Alvarez. Chryst inherits a roster that lacks an inspiring quarterback candidate, and the team’s All-World running back Melvin Gordon left school early to become a first round draft choice. Still, the Badgers have a favorable schedule, and could very well find (read more…)

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