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Senior Tour 2016 – Int. Defensive Linemen Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on August 10, 2016

Jonathan Allen

1)  Jonathan Allen  –  Alabama  –  (6’3” / 294)

A first-team Parade All-American and five-star recruit out of Stone Bridge High School (VA), Allen turned down offers from multiple top college football programs to play for Alabama. He quickly became part of the defensive line rotation as a freshman, collecting 15 tackles (3.0 for loss) and forcing one fumble in 12 games, before landing a starting role on the Crimson Tide defense in his second season. His 32 total stops (11.0 for loss), 5.0 sacks, one pass breakup, and one blocked kick in 2014 were enough to earn him first-team AP All-SEC honors as a sophomore. Allen was even more dominant in 2015, finishing with 36 total tackles, leading the team with 14.5 stops for lost yardage and 12.0 sacks, adding four pass breakups, and forcing two fumbles. He was named first-team All-SEC for the second straight season, but (read more…)


Draftbreakdown Weekly Mailbag: 7/28/2016

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 28, 2016

Jan 1, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) looks to throw a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second quarter of the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, afternoon or evening; wherever you may be! The mailbag is back but before we dig in, how about a little love for our video team? The amount of videos produced for 2017’s Draft (coming to my town of Philadelphia, by the way…so get ready for a house party!) climbs daily. We’re lucky to have them, so take advantage of their work and watch!  Every week I’ll be collecting questions and each Thursday I’ll be answering those questions here on a regular basis. Question submissions can be submitted through social media with the hashtag #AskNDTonDB.

This week’s mailbag is a fun blend of questions, a little bit of starting your own scouting efforts, a little bit of 2017 class and more.

@NDTScouting @draftbreakdown favorite player that you consider underrated in this draft class so far? #AskNDTonDB

— Riley Auman (@junioraumanac) July 28, 2016

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Senior Tour 2016 – Edge Defender Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 28, 2016

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1)  Dawuane Smoot  –  Illinois  –  (6’3” / 265)

A three-star recruit out of Groveport Madison High (OH), Smoot was named his team’s Defensive MVP in both his junior and senior seasons.  He also earned three varsity letters and competed at the national level in track (discus, hurdles, and shot put). He played in just seven games as a true freshman at Illinois in 2013, posting a modest eight tackles and one sack. He saw action in every game in 2014, collecting 33 tackles (7.5 for loss), including 2.5 sacks, and batting down two passes. Smoot racked up 40 total tackles and broke up two passes as a junior. His 15.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, and three forced fumbles were all tops among Fighting Illini defenders, helping him earn All-Big Ten honorable mention honors in his first season as a full-time starter.   

Smoot has an exceptionally quick (read more…)


Draftbreakdown Weekly Mailbag

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 21, 2016

NFLDraftReports

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s the third week of July. This is exciting for two reasons: first and foremost, we’re now just five weeks away from the release of the first edition of NDT Scouting’s Preseason Senior Outlook!

 

…Okay, so maybe that’s secondary to the open of the 2016 College Football season in 6 weeks. Probably. Definitely. We’re down to almost being able to count the weeks on one hand, which is progress from where we found ourselves in early May when the draft wrapped up. This summer I’ve been impressed with the movement of Draftbreakdown and some of our colleague sites to keep the low point of football in America to a minimum. We’ve seen tons of videos, articles, podcasts and more. So much so, I felt compelled to join the mix. Every week I’ll be collecting questions and each Thursday I’ll be answering (read more…)


Senior Tour 2016 – Tight End Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 12, 2016

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1)  Jake Butt  –  Michigan  –  (6’6” / 248)

A four-star recruit out of Pickerington North High School (OH), Butt appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, including five starts. He hauled in 20 passes for 235 yards and scored two touchdowns. He missed the Wolverines’ first two games in 2014 while he finished recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in conditioning drills the previous February. He was also suspended for the Indiana game for a violation of team rules. Playing in just ten games as a sophomore, Butt totaled 21 receptions for 211 yards and two scores. He earned first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American honors in 2015, finishing second among Wolverines receivers with 51 catches, racking up 654 yards, and scoring three TDs.   

Tight ends do not generally run precise routes or possess good separation quickness, forcing them to rely upon their (read more…)


Outland Trophy watch list includes Utah OT J.J. Dielman

Written by Bryan Perez on July 11, 2016

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The Outland Trophy, which has been presented to the nation’s best interior lineman since 1946, announced its watch list last week that included intriguing senior draft prospect J.J. Dielman from Utah.

The 22-year-old native of Arizona enters the 2016 college football season with 27 starts on his resume, including all 13 games in each of the last two seasons at right tackle.  At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Dielman has a lean and athletic build which makes him appear like a big tight end on the field.

He finished last season as an All-Pac-12 second-team selection and is looking to build off the success he had in 2015.  In fact, Dielman was graded by Pro Football Focus as the eighth-best returning tackle in the nation.  The analytics powerhouse described him as a mauler in the run game.

There’s no doubt that Dielman flashes quality traits for an offense’s rushing attack.  He’s (read more…)


Senior Tour 2016 – Running Back Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 8, 2016

Jovon Robinson (29). 
Idaho vs Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. 
Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics

1)  Jovon Robinson  –  Auburn  –  (6’0” / 219)

A former five-star recruit and Auburn signee, Robinson sat out the 2012 season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA. He played the following two seasons at Georgia Military College, where he racked up 3198 yards and 43 touchdowns. The No. 1-ranked JUCO running back in the country, Robinson returned to Auburn for his junior season. He struggled to get on the field early but came on strong late in the season, rushing for 90 or more yards in five of the Tigers’ last six games. He finished with 639 yards on 116 carries (5.5 avg) and three TD runs, showing the promise that made him such a highly touted recruit, both out of high school and a few years later as a junior college transfer.

Robinson is a punishing runner who exhibits good patience, waiting for his blockers to (read more…)


REPORT: Philadelphia to host 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on July 8, 2016

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After a two-year run in Chicago, it appears the NFL draft is on the move once again.  Reports have circulated that Philadelphia will be the league’s choice for 2017.


Pitt OT Adam Bisnowaty is a tough, physical prospect

Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016

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Tough and scrappy are two words that properly describe Pittsburgh’s senior OT Adam Bisnowaty, but taken alone, they’re not the kind of traits worthy of first-round consideration.  Fortunately for the 22-year-old, his skill set is more well-rounded.

Bisnowaty is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds.  He looks lighter on tape, which means he’s either being given a generous bump by 10 to 15 pounds or he simply carries his weight extremely well.  He moves with above-average coordination and quickness, taking efficient and well-placed steps especially when sealing the edge.

Bisnowaty was named to the All-ACC’s first team in 2015 after starting 12 of Pitt’s 13 games.  He missed one game due to an ankle injury, marking the second year in a row that he sat a game because of a nagging ankle.  In 2014, he started 10 games and, in total, has 30 career starts heading into the 2016 season.

The (read more…)


UCLA’s Conor McDermott has first-round traits

Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016

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The NFL is always searching for pass-blocking offensive tackles in the first round of the draft, and UCLA’s Conor McDermott possesses some appealing traits that will garner early-round, if not early-first round, attention come next April.

Unofficially listed at 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds, McDermott is a little light in the pants but has a good-looking frame from a length standpoint.  He’s a lean and athletic looking guy which suggests he can bulk up even more once he gets into an NFL strength program.  Whether he’ll be able to build his legs up is debatable, but overall his frame fits what the NFL is looking for.

His 2015 tape is a great display of his athletic ability as a pass protector.  McDermott was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball during his senior year of high school, and it shows up on film.  He has great feet.

McDermott consistently beats defensive lineman to (read more…)


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