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2015 NFL Draft Penn State Prospect Review

Written by Page on March 18, 2015

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Way back in the preseason, I wrote a preview for Penn State’s 2015 Prospects and what I expected out of them. Now that the season and combine have come to a close, it’s time to revisit these previews, and also look to see how the players have improved. Some helped their stock, some stayed neutral, and some saw their stock go down some. Without more small talk, let’s see what the 2015 Penn State Class has to offer:

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What I Said Then: N/A. Mike Hull was not included on the Preseason Penn State Prospect Breakdown. I didn’t really think of him as much of a draftable prospect entering the season, but that obviously since changed.

Preseason: In 2013 he started at Outside Linebacker in John Butler’s defense producing 78 total tackles to go along with 4.5 TFL and ½ a sack. Following the graduation of Senior (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the center position as Matt Waldman is joined by GM Jr. Scouting Services’ Scott Bischoff.  In today’s episode, Matt and Scott view the tape of Cameron Erving, OC, Florida St.  Erving is one of the better all-around offensive linemen in the class who appears to be flying a bit under the national radar right now.  Remember:  Matt’s comprehensive NFL Draft Guide, The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, is available for purchase on April 1, 2015, and can be ordered HERE.


Joe Marino’s Running Back Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 15, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia – Gurley has a rare blend of size, speed and power. With excellent field vision, upfield burst and physicality, Gurley excels at both picking up chunks of yards on big plays and grinding out carries for tough yards. The physical style that Gurley runs with demands a host of defenders to bring him down, which easily wears down opposing defensive personnel. He runs behind his pads, falls forward and maximizes his carries by getting every yard available, even after contact. Combining these traits with his patience to utilize his blockers, Gurley is difficult to tackle. Gurley has really developed as a blocker and receiver. He can be relied on to catch passes out of the backfield and is a true every-down back.


2015 NFL Draft: The Trouble with Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Written by John Rector on March 15, 2015

This year is not the year to need a quarterback.

Many consider this year’s crop of quarterbacks (in both free agency and the draft) to be devoid of a legitimate starter, an opinion only affirmed by the fact that this year’s top free agent quarterback acquisition was Brian Hoyer.

This year’s draft appears to be the same way. There are a definite top two prospects that are head and shoulders above the rest, but there are significant concerns about even them.

But despite the firmly established dominance of Winston and Mariota, if you ask evaluators who the most intriguing quarterback prospect is, I guarantee you will get several repeated responses of “Brett Hundley.”

No quarterback this year is quite like Hundley. He presents an interesting phenomenon that is leaving scouts divided, conflicted, and downright confused. For some people, he is seen as a late first rounder while others could see (read more…)


2015 NFL Mock Draft: The Scales of Justis

Written by Bryan Perez on March 14, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com contributor Justis Mosqueda recently submitted his grades for a 2015 NFL Mock Draft that was conducted by a group of NFL Draft fans on Reddit.com (link here.)  Enjoy!

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State [B]

The Winston declaration was interesting. We saw a late wave of people stating that he wasn’t a lock to enter the draft, but then Winston suddenly threw his hat into the ring. It almost played out like someone bent his ear and let him know he was going to be a top selection. By combine time, he was pretty much a lock. I like Marcus Mariota more than Winston, but I understand why a team would like the more pro-style guy, even if to me it’s shortsighted.

2. Tennessee Titans-Leonard Williams, DL, USC [D]

This makes sense overall. Williams is going to be a top-5 pick no matter how (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Quarterback Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 13, 2015

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1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, First Round Grade – Winston wins from the feet up. His footwork is quick and allows him to rapidly create solid platforms to deliver the football whether it’s in rhythm through his progression or under pressure. He processes information quickly and sees the entire football field extremely well, which translates into solid decision-making with great instincts.

Winston has plenty of arm strength and the ability to make any throw. He is accurate and his ball placement is generally excellent. He can fit the ball in tight windows with no hesitation and does not need to see open targets as he is adept at throwing with anticipation. 

Lacking no confidence, Winston has a gunslinger’s mentality but is also a patient passer who allows plays to develop down the field. Winston can identify leverage advantages with his targets and those covering them to create easy completions (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Defensive Tackle Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 11, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Leonard Williams, USC – Elite shedder of blocks and is the best football player in this draft. Athletic, physical and stout. Can rush the passer with a variety of moves and stack against the run. Limitless player who has a bright future ahead of him. Terrific hand technique and there is a ton of power to his punch. Finishes plays and has outstanding burst. Effort is relentless. 

2. Danny Shelton, Washington – Big-bodied interior player who eats up blockers and powerfully sheds them. Has a surprising amount of range and relentlessly pursues the football. Can handle double teams and his instincts are outstanding. Has upside as a two-gapper.

3. Malcom Brown, Texas – Stout, physical player who can penetrate and disrupt. Cannot be moved off his spot without double teaming him. That said, he struggles to hold up and defeat double teams. Pass rush upside (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: RB

Written by Luke Easterling on March 10, 2015

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1. Todd Gurley | Georgia | 6’1″, 222 | Grade: Top 10

It’s rare to grade a running back in the top 10 these days, especially one coming off a torn ACL. That should tell you everything you need to know about Gurley’s level of talent. The former Bulldog was one of the most dominant players in college football before the injury ended his 2014 season, but he put enough on film to show a rare combination of size, quickness, balance and explosion. The injury is definitely a concern, but his talent is worth the risk.

2. Melvin Gordon | Wisconsin | 6’1″, 215 | Grade: 1st Round

With a fantastic combination of vision, patience and explosiveness, Gordon destroyed nearly every defense he faced last season. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he’s fast enough to take it to the house when given the chance. Some may (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Domonique Hayden RB Thomas More College

Written by Justin Higdon on March 9, 2015

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Domonique Hayden School: Thomas More College Position: RB Height: 5’8” Weight: 212 Date of Birth: 2/14/1992


2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Defense

Written by Kole Philip on March 8, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Defense

Yes, the much anticipated defensive positional rankings have arrived and i’ve made your day. Okay, maybe that is a little bit of an overstatement. This article is probably neither anticipated nor going to make your day… but, in the event it does i’m glad.

You may have seen my offensive positional rankings article. No, not the insulting rankings but rather the rankings for those prospects who play offense. I guess it could have been offensive to some players who were either left off or not ranked as high as they would have expected. While that’s aside the point I thought it may be important to disclose.

Without further ado I present my 2015 Defensive Positional rankings. I have to add, this defensive line class is ridiculously talented. There are some late round guys who are going to contribute day one. For the sake of simplicity i’m using the EDGE category (read more…)


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