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Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft First-Round Observations

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015

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The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, and while we won’t truly know whether a team “hit” or “missed” on their pick for a few seasons, it’s worth taking a look at how the round played out and whether there were any questionable decisions made.

The top of the round went as expected, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston (QB, FSU), followed by the Tennessee Titans picking Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  I’m more confident in Mariota’s likelihood for NFL success, largely because of his off-the-field character and decision making.  That said, you can’t question either team’s decision to go with the obvious top-two quarterbacks.  If they both pan out, it will be a long time before Tampa or Tennessee is picking this high again.

The Jacksonville Jaguars decided that Dante Fowler (EDGE, Florida) was their guy despite the best player in the class, (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft Best Available: Day Two

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015

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The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft didn’t have quite as much drama as we had hoped, with only two trades and the Titans staying put at No. 2 overall for Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  The first half of the first round went as many had expected with a few minor exceptions, but things started to shift a bit after the Chargers traded up to the No. 15 pick for Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin).

Players like Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, TAMU), Shaq Thompson (LB, Wash) and Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson) were all selected between picks 20-32 resulting in a lot of talented players with first-round grades to slip into Day 2.

The following list is the best available players as we start the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Remember:  A grade of 8.0 or higher represents a first-round grade on my scale.

 

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Dan Matney 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on April 30, 2015

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The grade scale being used is on a seven-point scale. The grades go as follows:

7- Generational Talent

6.0-6.9- Perennial All-Pro

5.5-5.9- Potential All-Pro/Pro Bowler

5.0-5.4- Well Above Average Starter

4.5-4.9- Above Average Starter

4.0-4.4- Average Starter

3.5-3.9- Potential Starter/Solid Role Player

3.0-3.4- Backup

2.9- Below- Bubble Player

*Note: Due to time constraints, I was unable to fully evaluate each draft eligible player and give them a grade.


DraftBreakdown.com’s 2015 NFL Draft-Hub

Written by Bryan Perez on April 30, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here, and DraftBreakdown.com is your home for all your Draft Day needs.  Watch the player cut-ups, read some of the content, and keep an eye on the “Best Available” Board.  Most importantly, enjoy the Draft!

PLAYER VIDEOS

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C

EDGE | DL | LB | CB | S

MOCK DRAFTS

Bryan Perez’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

Luke Easterling’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

Joe Marino’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

PLAYER RANKINGS

Luke Easterling’s Big Board

Joe Marino’s Big Board

Justin Higdon’s Big Board

DAY TWO COVERAGE

Bryan Perez’s Best Available 

Bryan Perez’s First-Round Observations

Luke Easterling’s Mock Draft: Day Two

DAY THREE COVERAGE

Bryan Perez’s Best Available

BEST AVAILABLE BIG BOARD (based on (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft: The Target Board Experiment

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 30, 2015

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Almost every NFL Draft analyst has a Big Board, positional rankings or both. I’ve posted both already. My position by position rankings are at DraftBrowns, and my tiered draft board has been housed here at draftbreakdown since early Monday. These boards are great for us all to look back on, to see which prospects we got right, which ones we screwed up, and how we can improve the process of predicting successful transitions from college to the pro level. But as I alluded to in my “Undraftables” post recently, these boards and rankings give us a lot of wiggle room.


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Justin Hamilton DT Louisiana-Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 29, 2015

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Justin Hamilton School: Louisiana-Lafayette Position: NT Height: 6’1 1/8” Weight: 311 Production Tier: Orange (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Blue (See UPC standings here) Date of Birth: 7/27/1993 Bench: 28 reps 40-yard: 5.21 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 96” Three-cone: 7.59 Short Shuttle: 4.62


2015 NFL Draft: Jon Dove’s Final Mock Draft

Written by Jon Dove on April 29, 2015

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The waiting is over and it’s time for everyone to submit their final mock draft. I’ve done too many to count so I’m very anxious for Thursday night so we can finally see the actual results. This mock draft goes against some of the traditional “rules” in that I included a few trades.

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

This is a pretty easy choice for the Buccaneers as it immediately solves their quarterback situation. Winston comes with his share of question marks but he’s NFL ready and possesses tremendous upside.

2. *Trade* New York Jets (via Tenn) – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

The Jets need to settle the long-term future of the quarterback positions. I still believe in Geno Smith but he’ll need a fresh start elsewhere to succeed. Trade details- Tennessee gets #6, #37 and 2016 2nd Round pick. Cleveland gets #2.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 All-Value Team

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 29, 2015

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OFFENSE

QB – Chris Bonner, Colorado State-Pueblo

This year’s quarterback class is extremely thin after the top two, but if you’re looking for a late-round sleeper who has the physical tools to eventually carve out an NFL career, Bonner’s your man. At 6’7″, 225 pounds, he’s got the size and arm strength to succeed at the next level, and though he needs plenty of refinement as a passer, he’s worth stashing on your roster and could easily outplay his draft position in the right situation.

RB – David Cobb, Minnesota

He may not have the flash of some of the more highly-ranked backs in this class, but Cobb is one of the most complete players in this group. He’s got the bulk to handle a full load of carries, if effective on 3rd downs thanks to his reliable hands and pass-blocking ability, and what he lacks in explosiveness he (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com 2015 NFL Draft Preview Show

Written by Bryan Perez on April 28, 2015

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Some of the DraftBreakdown.com Senior NFL Draft Analysts had a 90 minute roundtable discussion about the 2015 NFL Draft.  Enjoy!


Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft: FINAL EDITION!

Written by Bryan Perez on April 28, 2015

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For the last 12 months, I’ve enjoyed my reign as champion of the Huddle Report’s annual Mock Draft competition.  But like all good things, this too must come to an end.

For now.

Like any quality champion, I won’t give up my title without a fight.  This Mock Draft is my official, title-defense submission, and while it’s hard to have an extreme level of confidence in a project that is inherently based on guessing, I feel pretty good about this one.  Remember a key and critical rule when reading this Mock:  This is what I think WILL happen, not what I think SHOULD happen.  They are two very different things.  My more thorough and personal analysis of this year’s class, including 150 evaluations, player rankings and a top-100 Big Board, can be found here.

As always, feel free to tear up this Mock Draft.  Let me know your thoughts on Twitter (@FirstRoundGrade). (read more…)


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