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Exclusive Interview with Auburn DB Rudy Ford

Written by Justin Melo on April 20, 2017

Johnathan Ford (23).
LSU vs Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
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Auburn DB Rudy Ford took time out of his busy predraft schedule to speak with us exclusively here at Draft Breakdown. After running a 4.3 at his pro day, teams across the league are taking a closer look at Ford and the versatility he can bring to their defense. Ford has made predraft visits to the Cardinals, Raiders and Rams. In this exclusive sit down, we discuss a strange occurrence with the medical team at the combine that held him out from participating in the agility drills, his experiences at the Senior Bowl and much more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for speaking with me today Rudy.

Ford: It’s my pleasure, thanks for having me.

You arrive at Auburn after playing running back in high school and they immediately convert you to a defensive back. What was that (read more…)

Jeremy Hyde – 2017 NFL Draft – Top 50 Board (final)

Written by Jeremy Hyde on April 18, 2017



Exclusive Interview with Youngstown State EDGE Derek Rivers

Written by Justin Melo on April 17, 2017


I had the opportunity to sit down with Youngstown State EDGE rusher Derek Rivers. In today’s pass-happy NFL, teams are constantly looking for edge rushers who can affect the passing game. Look no further than Rivers, who accounted for an astounding 37.5 sacks in four seasons.

In this exclusive interview, we thoroughly discussed the art of pass rushing, how Rivers uses his time in the film room to gain the upper hand, and what tactics he uses to get his opponents off-balance. We also discussed what turned out to be an excellent combine for Rivers, his experiences at the Senior Bowl, how many teams he’s met with and more.

I left my conversation with Rivers convinced that he was born to pass rush, and that a team would be wise to invest a first round pick into this extremely impressive young man. I’ve also included some (read more…)

NFL announces list of 22 players who will attend the 2017 draft

Written by Bryan Perez on April 13, 2017


The NFL announced the list of 22 players who will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 27, headlined by three quarterbacks who aren’t considered locks to all be first-round picks.

The 22 prospects scheduled to attend NFL Draft in Philadelphia, via @RLiuNFL.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 13, 2017

While it’s a pretty safe bet that at least two of the three passers — Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer — will hear their name called in the first 32 picks, the NFL loves drama and there’s no position with more of it than quarterback on draft night.

I’d expect one of these three to be hanging around until the second round, much like was the case with Geno Smith a few years ago.

Exclusive Interview with UTEP RB Aaron Jones

Written by Justin Melo on April 13, 2017


When it came time to decide his future after high school, UTEP RB Aaron Jones was searching for an opportunity to play alongside his twin brother Alvin. Offers were hard to come by, but the pair ultimately found a situation in UTEP that made sense for the both of them. Fast forward to today and UTEP certainly doesn’t regret that decision as Aaron leaves the program for the NFL after racking up more than 4,000 rush yards. In this exclusive interview with Draft Breakdown, Aaron details his versatile skill-set (which I’ve included some video analysis of) and two very, very strange questions he was faced with at the combine. Enjoy.

Thanks for joining me today Aaron.

Jones: Thank you for having me.

You decided to attend UTEP because they were willing to take your twin brother Alvin as well. 4,000 rush yards later, how do you look (read more…)

Exclusive Interview with Florida CB Quincy Wilson

Written by Justin Melo on April 10, 2017

NFL teams are always looking for big, physical cornerbacks who possess the length to disrupt the catch point in today’s pass-happy game. Look no further than Florida CB Quincy Wilson, who measured in at 6-0, 211-pounds with 32-inch arms at the NFL scouting combine. Despite his busy schedule which includes a number of predraft visits and private workouts in the coming weeks, Wilson took the time to sit down me for an exclusive interview. In our conversation, Wilson details why he feels he’s the best corner in the draft, which collegiate receiver is the best he’s ever lined up against, and oh, one particular math problem that left him stumped at the combine. Some video analysis of Wilson’s abilities are also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me today Quincy.

Wilson: No problem man.

Now that you’ve had some time to reflect on (read more…)

2017 NFL Draft: Bold Opinions and Top 10 Positional Rankings

Written by Jonah Tuls on April 8, 2017


With the 2017 NFL draft only three weeks away, hot takes are flying all over the place it seems like. I just released my latest two-round mock draft, which is an exercise of where I think the players will land on draft day. On the other hand, the next exercise I am doing on this site is where I think those players should go with my latest positional rankings. In addition, I’ll also write up a bold opinion I have on a prospect at each position. If you don’t remember, I did a 2016 version of this last year on The Draft Wire. As always, feel free to reach out with your feedback on Twitter!

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Two-Round Projection

Written by Jonah Tuls on April 7, 2017

Sep 17, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA;  Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) attempts to throw the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the first quarter of a game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NFL draft is only three weeks away, and the anticipation is building higher than ever before this draft season. This is in large part due to the wide range of draft rumors that are put out by multiple media outlets, anonymous scouts, and even some NCAA head coaches. I’m looking at you Brian Kelly. Anyways, with draft coverage intensifying in the final weeks leading up to April 26, here is the first edition of my two-round 2017 NFL mock draft. Feel free to reach out with your feedback on Twitter, where you can find my handle: @JonahTulsNFL.


First Round


1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M

– This is an easy decision. Myles Garrett is the undisputed top prospect in this year’s draft class, and he would be an instant difference maker as a pass rusher for the Cleveland Browns.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, (read more…)

Exclusive Interview with Alabama DL Dalvin Tomlinson

Written by Justin Melo on April 5, 2017


2017 NFL draft prospect Dalvin Tomlinson could have gone to Harvard based on his academics. Ultimately, he choose Alabama and football. Now looking like a lock to be a top 90 pick at the end of this month, Tomlinson made the right decision, but that doesn’t mean school isn’t important to him. In this exclusive interview, the 310-pound Georgia native offers some wise words of advice for his peers regarding their career outlook. Don’t worry, we also talked a whole lot of football. Loaded with defensive talent all around him, I asked Dalvin if he feels like he’s being slept on a little bit, what the culture is like around Nick Saban and that perennial winning locker room, and much, much more. Some video analysis of Tomlinson’s skill-set is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for joining us today Dalvin. During your time at Alabama, you were surrounded by (read more…)

Exclusive Interview with Purdue WR DeAngelo Yancey

Written by Justin Melo on April 3, 2017


Purdue WR DeAngelo Yancey may not be on your radar, but he has upcoming predraft visits with the Packers, Seahawks, Chargers, Titans, Bengals, Texans and Ravens. One look at Yancey’s game and it’s obvious why so many organizations are interested in getting a closer look at the Atlanta, Georgia native who finished with 951 yards & ten touchdowns in 2016, good for second among all Big Ten receivers during the regular season. To go along with this exclusive interview, I’ve included some video breakdown of Yancey’s game. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us DeAngelo.

Yancey: No problem guys, thanks for having me.

While taking a look into your time at Purdue, the first thing that jumped out at me was 951 yards & 10 touchdowns in 2016. Do you feel like you’re being slept on a little bit?

Yancey: I wouldn’t say slept (read more…)

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