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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…)


2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Offense

Written by Kole Philip on March 7, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Offense

It’s that time of year where the NFL off-season is all over any viable sporting news source. From free agency signings to draft rumors and tweets by Adam Schefter the world is abuzz with hype and excitement around the league. While free-agency signings can be monumental in helping a team and impacting a franchise’s bank account the draft is where dynasty’s are made. For instance, the Seattle Seahawks built their team in-house. Enough of my meaningless words, let’s get to my prospect rankings. For the sake of equality i’m going to keep it to the top 10 at each position. Also, in this edition i’ll be highlighting the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

The 2015 Quarterback class is extremely weak in my opinion. If i’m in the front office and looking for quarterback help i’m pretty depressed. Between the free-agent class and the draft there isn’t anyone who i’m (read more…)


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Featured Excerpt

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 7, 2015

Marcus Mariota

For those unfamiliar with NDT Scouting and our history, 2015 marks our second annual retail publication.  The 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus is a 328 page PDF document available for purchase ($10 USD) at www.ndtscouting.com and features a comprehensive look into player evaluations by factoring central film grades with “peripheral metrics” factoring in categories such as size, experience, production and athleticism.  The NDT Scouting method is meant to serve as a means of quantifying each of the traits and qualities used to evaluate players and do so in a way that is simplified into a numerical scale.

I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Draftbreakdown’s owners, Aaron and Bryan, to utilize this platform to share my work with each and every one of you.  NDT Scouting’s 2014 publication was very well received and this year’s product is meant to take things to the next level.  But don’t (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Wide Receiver Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 7, 2015

Kevin White

First Round Grades

1. Kevin White, West Virginia – Outstanding release, route running, body control and ball skills. Can win on all levels of the field.  Extremely competitive at the catch point with all the athletic ability and size desired for the position. Has a chance to be one of the better players in the league at his position.

2. Amari Cooper, Alabama – Crisp route runner with quick feet. Knows how to find space and separate from defensive backs. Excellent athlete with secure hands. Doesn’t offer as much in jump ball situations.

3. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Eats up ground with his long stride and burst. Really good after the catch and has terrific concentration at the catch point to make difficult catches. Excellent frame and athletic ability. Good hands.

4. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State – Terrific ability to come down with contested catches and jump balls. Strong (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft Composite Big Board

Written by Daniel Papp on March 7, 2015

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Author’s notes:

This is a composite big board that has been assembled from various NFL Draft analysts’ big boards (preferably ones with 200+ prospects listed) that were available on the internet.

*Prospects who were listed on at least 8 big boards out of 12 were included in this ranking. As boards do not have the same players listed, especially on the tail end, simply averaging positional rankings would hurt a prospect if they ranked around 600th on one of the boards. Ranking was done by the average of the “Best 7″ appearance on the different boards – by the best opinions on the prospects.

Boards used were nfldraftscout.com (cbsspports.com), nfl.com, Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), ESPN, rotoworld.com, drafttek.com, draftgeek.com, buffalobillsdraft.com, drafttv.com, fanspeak.com, optimumscouting.com, and Scott Carasik (Bleacher Report) – the latter five were obtained through fanspeak.com/ontheclock.


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Written by John Owning on March 6, 2015

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Bigger is better, especially in the NFL; however, there are exceptions to every rule.Throw on the Nebraska’s tape it’s evident Ameer Abdullah is a thrilling and remarkable NFL prospect.

Elite talent, especially at the running back position, can come in many different sizes with contrasting athletic profiles. Some elite talents, like Todd Gurley, have prototypical size at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, while others have a more diminutive stature. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah is a part of the latter; however, that doesn’t mean that he can’t be just as good, if not better than members of the former.

At 5-foot-8 and 205 pounds, Abdullah isn’t going to win any beauty pageants among running backs; however, he demonstrates the requisite skill set to thrive in spite of his small stature.

The first way that Abdullah makes up for his lack of size is with exceptional athleticism.

The biggest mistake that members of the media and draftniks makes (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Elkino Watson DL South Florida

Written by Justin Higdon on March 5, 2015

Elkino Watson

Name:  Elkino Watson School: South Florida Position: DL Height: 6’2” Weight: 289 pounds


2015 NFL Draft: The Unique Performance Calculation

Written by Justin Higdon on March 2, 2015

Chris Conley

Compiling player rankings for an NFL Draft class is like trying to put together hundreds of small jigsaw puzzles. Several years ago I thought it was all about the tape. Watch three games or more of each prospect then make a call. For 200 players that was at least a 600 piece puzzle. But each year I’m finding more pieces under the couch and in the garage. I wanted to consider known injuries and off-the-field issues like arrests and suspensions. Those are pretty self-explanatory. Some importance should be placed on measurables – height, weight, arm length and hand size. Then I wanted to find a way to factor production into the equation. That led to the “box score scouting” tiers I’ve written about previously. And of course, I could never forget about all of those wonderful bits of data gathered from the athletic testing at the scouting combine and (read more…)


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

Written by Bryan Perez on February 28, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the running back position as Matt Waldman is joined by Chad Spann, former Northern Illinois and NFL running back.  In today’s episode, Matt and Chad view the tape of Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska.  Abdullah had one of the more impressive 2015 NFL Combine performances, so I thought it would be fun to take a pre-combine look at the Cornhusker’s tape.  Remember:  Matt’s comprehensive NFL Draft Guide, The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, is available for purchase on April 1, 2015, and can be ordered HERE.


The Cleveland Browns Draft Implications of the Josh McCown Signing

Written by Dan Matney on February 27, 2015

Photo courtesy of NFL.com

Add another potential starting quarterback to a mix that includes 13 different starters since the 2008 season.

The Cleveland Browns inked veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal Friday. The financial terms were not disclosed in a report from NFL.com.

The Browns were under the impression they found their franchise signal-caller last May when they selected Johnny Manziel with 22nd selection in the 2014 NFL draft. After a disastrous season that included two underwhelming starts, both losses, and a trip to rehab, the Browns chose to seek more stability in the quarterback position in signing McCown until they have a firm grasp on who will be their quarterback of the future.

McCown, a 12-year vet, had a subpar year in comparison to his 2013 with the Chicago Bears, a season in which he boasted a 13-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio while filling in for Jay Cutler.

During (read more…)


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