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CFB Week 8 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 24, 2015



Another wonderful fall weekend, another strong slate of NFL scouting potential. It kicks off Friday night with a matchup worth watching between Tulsa and Memphis.

I’ve written quite a bit about Paxton Lynch, and in light of last week’s upset over Ole Miss, the tall junior QB is now the apple of the nation’s eye. The Memphis QB gets a chance to pad his stats and show his quicker trigger and improved field awareness against a Golden Hurricanes team which allows 63.8% completions and is terrible in the red zone.

NFL Draft Quick Hitter: Paxton Lynch

Written by Bryan Perez on October 23, 2015

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers throws a pass during their game against the Mississippi Rebels on September 27, 2014 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. The Mississippi Rebels defeated the Memphis Tigers 24-3. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

One of the hottest names in the NFL Draft community right now is the starting quarterback for the Memphis Tigers, Paxton Lynch.  The redshirt junior passer is having a remarkable season, completing 142 of 199 passes for 1,919 yards, 13 TDs and only 1 INT.  He’s added 199 yards and a TD on the ground.

Standing an estimated 6’7″ tall and a well-armored 245 lbs, there’s no denying Lynch’s prototype size for the position.  Draft Breakdown’s Luke Easterling recently mocked Lynch to the Houston Texans at No. 12 overall, causing me to pay closer attention to the big-bodied passer’s games.

I watched all of Lynch’s cut-ups here on DB and came away a bit surprised that there is so much excitement around his tape.  Don’t get me wrong, he does make some impressive throws and is a very good athlete for a guy as big as he is.  His 31 (and (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Eight Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 23, 2015

corey coleman

Matt Soltes of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania is in the midst of a terrific statistical season. He leads all divisions with 32 passing touchdowns, and has thrown 31 of those in just the last five games. During that stretch he tossed nine TDs in an five-overtime loss, seven in a regulation win, and at least five in each of the six games. After focusing so much attention on some of the better-known prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft class, I wanted to spend some time last week on a real under-the-radar guy, and Soltes topped my list. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track down a single 2015 ESU Warriors in time for this article. For the hardcore, like myself, who enjoy digging even deeper than our extensive Draft Breakdown video library, never fear. Soltes and the Warriors have upcoming games against Bloomsburg and West Chester on ESPN3 on Halloween (read more…)

CFB Week 7 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 17, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

Can you believe the college football season is more than halfway complete? Time flies when you’re having fun, and also when you’re trying to evaluate hundreds of players. For those of us who will have to speak and write intelligibly on as many as 500, it’s starting to get to crunch time.

Be sure to use the video clips here on Draft Breakdown, but also take note of the scouting notes feature. It’s a great way to record your thoughts publicly. Who knows, maybe you’ll lay claim to the “I was first” title on a lesser-known prospect. Just try to avoid hyperbole unless you really know…

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Conference Play Begins

Written by Matt LaPan on October 16, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic

The East Carolina Pirates are through the opening half of their 2015 schedule. Through six games the Pirates have a 3-3 record with a 1-1 record in the American Athletic Conference. Through these six games, Zeek Bigger has 45 tackles with one tackle for a loss. At his current pace, Bigger will finish with 90 tackles – which would be the second most in his career at East Carolina.

After playing a heavy non-conference schedule to begin the season, the Pirates’ remaining half of the schedule is full with conference opponents. This presents a big opportunity for Bigger and the Pirates, who are looking to be a part of the first American Athletic Conference Championship game this season.

“My mindset is always to go get it,” Bigger said when asked about the opportunity to finally play conference opponents. “Anything can happen any given day. So you’ve gotta go out there (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Seven Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 15, 2015

Goff vs Utah

We’re halfway through the 2015 regular season, and this week’s roundup focuses on five of college football’s top passers, a pair of talented Big Ten receivers, and two Boise State defensive backs. Plus, the usual dose of box score note. Let’s get to it…

1. Jared Goff QB Cal 

Goff faced his stiffest competition of the season last weekend against Utah, and the junior quarterback had a rough go of it. The Cal junior finished the day 25 for 47 (53.1%) for 340 yards, two touchdown passes, a career-worst five interceptions, and a late fumble.

While his first pick bounced through the hands of receiver Kenny Lawler, the other four can be credited to Goff. He missed wide on a slant that fluttered into the arms of the defensive back. On his third pick, Goff tried to squeeze one in down the field to his left, but the cornerback (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 3

Written by Bryan Perez on October 15, 2015


Justin, Justis and Seth are back!  In Episode 3, they discuss the Nick Chubb injury and the “three years removed from high school” rule.  The guys also discuss the 2016 NFL Draft prospects that shined over the weekend, the NFL Draft prospects who are struggling more than we thought, and the games that they’ll be watching this weekend. And of course, they review the Hot Takes from the week that was.

(Note:  There is a bit of an echo due to some technical difficulties with a mic. It was remedied about halfway through the show.)

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PODCAST: 365 Draft, Episode 2

Written by Bryan Perez on October 15, 2015


Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are back in episode two of the 365 Draft Podcast. They discuss Karl Joseph, Connor Cook and Duke Williams in this thorough and comprehensive scouting discussion.

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Chasing the Dream: Joe Dahl’s 2016 NFL Draft Journey, 10/14

Written by Bryan Perez on October 14, 2015


Washington State rs-Senior offensive lineman Joe Dahl entered the 2015 college football season with 25 career starts in the Pac-12 Conference after transferring from Montana in 2012.  Initially lining up as a guard in 2013, Dahl is currently on a streak of 18 straight starts at left tackle.   He’s enjoyed success on the outside, earning third-team All Conference recognition last year.

Dahl isn’t a household name in the NFL Draft community just yet.  In fact, he’s rated as the 39th OG in the class by and is rarely mentioned among the better offensive linemen available in this year’s group.

After watching his tape, I’m confident that will change.

One of my favorite aspects of the scouting process is the quest to find players that are either underrated or completely unknown.  Dahl is terribly underrated right now, and I decided to reach out to him in an effort to track his journey to (read more…)

Marquee Matchups: Week 6

Written by Luke Easterling on October 10, 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.

South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper 5’11”, 207 | Junior | #11

A 1st-team All-SEC pick in 2014 after hauling in 69 passes for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns, Cooper picked up right where he left off this season, tallying 322 yards and a pair of scores on 26 catches through five games. He’s topped 100 yards receiving in two of those games, while adding 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Cooper is an explosive playmaker who is dangerous after the catch, or in any situation where he gets the ball in space. He’s got a thick frame, which allows him to take hits and continue to be physical, and he’s solid at the catch point despite being under six (read more…)

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