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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

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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

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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

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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…)


Exclusive Interview with TCU EDGE rusher Josh Carraway

Written by Justin Melo on March 31, 2017

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I had the opportunity to sit down with TCU EDGE rusher Josh Carraway. Going to the combine was a dream come true for the Flower Mound native, and he now hopes to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. Pass rushing is an art, and in this exclusive interview, Carraway goes into thorough detail regarding his pass rush arsenal (which garnered him nine sacks in 2016). We also discussed his choice of mind games with his opponent pre-snap, and much more. Some video analysis of Carraway’s game is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Josh. Now that you’ve had some time to really think about the combine, how would you summarize your overall experience?

Carraway: It was definitely a dream come true. It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It’s a process that all of the (read more…)


2017 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Blair Brown, LB Ohio

Written by Pete Smith on March 30, 2017

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Blair Brown is one of the most interesting, least talked about linebackers in the 2017 NFL Draft. Brown was not really on many draft radars at all until he went to the combine and forced people to take notice. Now, teams and fans alike have been forced to go back and figure out just how good Brown is and how he can potentially help their team.

I had the chance to talk to Brown and ask him about the draft process and be reminded exactly what he did in his college career, which hit close to home.

Pete Smith: I have a bone to pick with you. During your career, you played my alma mater, the University of Akron four times. You did not let them win once.

Blair Brown: (Laughs) I’m sorry.

PS: How would you describe your style of play?

BB: I’m a downhill, attacking kind of (read more…)


Exclusive Interview with Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie

Written by Justin Melo on March 28, 2017

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Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie turned a lot of heads with his 4.43 forty yard dash at the combine and overall looked like a potential first round pick. For those of which who were already familiar with Awuzie, his stellar combine came as no surprise. In this exclusive sit down between myself and Awuzie, we discuss the differences between the combine and his pro day (including where he improved), how his alma mater has prepared him for the next level, and much, much more. As a bonus, some video analysis of Awuzie’s time at Colorado is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for sitting down with me today Chidobe.

Awuzie: No problem man, I appreciate you guys having me.

The pleasure is all mine. As I analyzed some of the combine results for the defensive backs group, I felt like you ran a really good 40 yard dash, a (read more…)


Exclusive Interview with Ohio EDGE rusher Tarell Basham

Written by Justin Melo on March 23, 2017

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I had the opportunity to sit down with Ohio’s Tarell Basham. In this exclusive interview, Basham thoroughly discusses his combine experiences, why the Senior Bowl is so important for a player coming from a smaller conference, his pass rush arsenal and more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Tarell. I imagine the combine was an event that you looked forward to for months, if not years. Now that it’s over with, how would you grade your overall performance?

Basham: I would give myself an A-. There were some areas where I felt like I should have done better. It is what it is. It was a very taxing week. I had a lot of interviews with different teams and stuff of that nature. I really enjoyed the experience, and I loved meeting with the teams. I felt (read more…)


Exclusive Interview with Temple OT Dion Dawkins

Written by Justin Melo on March 20, 2017

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Despite starting 40 games for Temple as a left tackle, most draft analysts see Dion Dawkins as a guard at the next level. I decided to ask him which position he sees himself playing in the NFL, including if he’s comfortable playing a position he’s never played before, the differences in his technique depending on the pass rush situation, and more. Enjoy.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Dion. You started 40 games at LT for Temple. However, it seems that a lot of draft “experts” are of the opinion that you’re a better fit at guard. What position do you see yourself at in the NFL?

Dawkins: It doesn’t matter to me personally. At the end of the day, I’m a football player. I have to know how to play both tackle and guard, and I’ll eventually have to learn how to play (read more…)


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