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Written by Bryan Perez on March 23, 2016

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Please click on a player to read their scouting report provided by The Scouting Academy:

ALLEN, Jack (OC, Michigan State) BLYTHE, Austin (OC, Iowa) BOOKER, Devontae (Utah) BOYD, Tyler (WR, Pittsburgh) BRISSETT, Jacoby (QB, NC State) CALHOUN, Shilique (EDGE, Michigan State) CARROO, Leonte (WR, Rutgers) CASH, Jeremy (S, Duke) CLARK, Le’Raven (OT, Texas Tech) DIXON, Kenneth (RB, La Tech) DOCTSON, Josh (WR, TCU) DRAKE, Kenyan (RB, Alabama) ELLIOTT, Ezekiel (RB, Ohio State) FULLER, Will (WR, Notre Dame) GARNETT, Josh (OG, Stanford) GREEN, Aaron (RB, TCU) HENRY, Derrick (RB, Alabama) HOGAN, Kevin (QB, Stanford) JONES, Deion (LB, LSU) MORRISON, Antonio (LB, Florida) MURPHY, Kyle (OT, Stanford) PERKINS, Paul (RB, UCLA) PROSISE, C.J. (RB, Notre Dame) SPRIGGS, Jason (OT, Indiana) (read more…)


The Frustrating Case of Ohio State LB Joshua Perry

Written by Nicholas McGee on March 22, 2016

Joshua Perry

If you look solely at his size and the results from pre-draft testing, Ohio State’s Joshua Perry appears to be the ideal linebacker prospect, but a study of the film reveals the former Buckeye to be a frustrating talent who is likely to divide opinion in draft rooms across the NFL.

An extremely well-built linebacker at 6’4″ and 245 pounds, Perry tested well at the NFL Scouting Combine and is more athletically blessed than he is given credit for. Perry ranks at No. 3 among off line of scrimmage linebackers in SPARQ score having run the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and recorded an impressive 124.0 inch broad jump.

The body type and the athleticism appears to be there, as does the production. Perry racked up 229 tackles with 16 for a loss and 6.5 sacks in his last two seasons and there is plenty he does on film (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Initial Top 5 Rankings at Every Position for the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 21, 2016

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I’ve kept these to myself long enough and it’s time to start releasing my rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft. In the coming weeks you can expect full positional rankings and grades with analysis on each player. For now, enjoy seeing who I initially rank in the top 5 at every position.

Quarterback

  • Jared Goff, Cal
  • Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
  • Connor Cook, Michigan State
  • Paxton Lynch, Memphis
  • Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
  • Wide Receiver

  • Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
  • Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
  • Josh Doctson, TCU
  • Michael Thomas, Ohio State
  • Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
  • Tight End

  • Hunter Henry, Arkansas
  • Nick Vannett, Ohio State
  • Austin Hooper, Stanford
  • Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky
  • Jerrell Adams, South Carolina
  • Running Back

  • Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
  • Derrick Henry, Alabama
  • Paul Perkins, UCLA
  • Jordan Howard, Indiana
  • Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
  • Offensive Tackle

  • Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
  • Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
  • Jason Spriggs, Indiana
  • Taylor Decker, Ohio State
  • Jack Conklin, Michigan (read more…)

  • Hanging Einstein NFL Draft Interview Series: Emory Hunt

    Written by Bryan Perez on March 21, 2016

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    From the producers of Hanging Einstein:

    In today’s episode, we discuss running backs with a former tailback, Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan).  Hunt is the founder of FootballGameplan.com which strives to call it how they see it, and not how you want to dictate it. They examine players independently from programs and conferences they play in, to really dissect who a prospect is regardless of what level they play on. Emory joins #HangingEinstein to share his journey of what led him to this point in his life, as well as some things to look for when analyzing Running Backs heading to the NFL.

    We are extremely pleased to be working with Draft Breakdown, to bring you an exclusive 12 part NFL Draft Special series. The guests will all be well respected NFL Draft analysts, getting into some details about their process. Things they look for, how they look for them, and how (read more…)


    2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: LB Myles Jack

    Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 19, 2016

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    This evening I finished my final Off Ball LB evaluation of the 2016 Draft Class.  To celebrate; tonight I’m going to be sharing my report on the player who has stood miles (pun intended) ahead of anyone else in the class since all the way back in October: UCLA Linebacker/Weapon of Mass Destruction Myles Jack.

    I jumped the gun when news Jack was out for year, conducted full film eval already…he scored the highest film eval I’ve given in 3 years.

    — Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) October 6, 2015

    Click here to view my report on Myles Jack straight from my 2016 NFL Draft Prospectus.

    This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested (read more…)


    Reggie Ragland and the Decline of Hair Metal

    Written by Jeff Risdon on March 16, 2016

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    Most people form their musical preferences during their high school years. My mother is a child of the British Invasion, growing up in the 1960s. My uncles were largely children of the 70s, and their tastes leaned towards vintage ZZ Top, Queen and Aerosmith. My older cousins were impacted by the pop/country and Southern rock of the early 80s.

    I was in high school in the late 1980s and my music was hair metal in all its resplendent ridiculousness. Songs about fast cars, faster women and living life with everything turned up to 11 was the overriding message from my musical heroes. C.C. Deville’s hair couldn’t be teased enough, Tommy Lee couldn’t act raunchy enough, Mark Slaughter couldn’t screech high enough. Sexual double entendres were thinly veiled in the lyrics and celebrated in the ubiquitous videos on MTV, back when that station still embraced the “music” part of its (read more…)


    Hanging Einstein NFL Draft Interview: Kyle Crabbs, NDT Scouting

    Written by Bryan Perez on March 14, 2016

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    From the producers of Hanging Einstein:

    Our series continues with Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting), who is the founder and owner of NDT Scouting. Learn the background of Kyle’s famously growing NFL Draft guide, and how you can get your own copy. Subscribers to the channel can potentially win a FREE copy. Get to know his story of where he comes from, and what got him into scouting in the first place. Also learn some tips and tricks that he utilizes, as part of his process in evaluating players. Enjoy the show, and be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a new episode!

    We are extremely pleased to be working with Draft Breakdown, to bring you an exclusive 12 part NFL Draft Special series. The guests will all be well respected NFL Draft analysts, getting into some details about their process. Things they look for, how they look for them, and (read more…)


    2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: DeForest Buckner

    Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 12, 2016

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    Another week has come and gone and thus we are another week closer to the release of my annual NFL Draft Prospectus. As I continue to work through evaluations it continues to become more and more apparent that the majority of highly gifted prospects this year lies on the defensive side of the football. As such; I’ve elected to share with you one of the best: Oregon Interior DL DeForest Buckner. Click the hyperlink to see my final report!

    This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!


    Ezekiel Elliott and the Twinkie

    Written by Jeff Risdon on March 10, 2016

    Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) leaps over Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) on his way to a 54-yard run in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Thursday night, January 1, 2015. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)

    The Twinkie is one of the most glorious and delectable of all foods. From the soft, spongy cake to the creamy, succulent filling expertly injected in just the right dosage to blend into a dreamy taste explosion. The folks at Hostess created a timeless treat that has withstood generations of change. Urban legend says the Twinkie is one of the few things on earth that can survive an apocalypse. Whether nuclear war or a comet or the impending rise of our robot overlords, the Twinkie remains an unbreakable form of fluffy sustenance.

    In the NFL, the running back position has seen a sort of apocalypse in terms of importance. Gone is the era where every team coveted the bell-cow rusher, a skilled player who could handily tote the rock 250-plus times a season. 1,000-yard rushers are going the way of the coelacanth, increasingly rare relics of a football time (read more…)


    Hanging Einstein NFL Draft Interview Series: Ian Wharton, Bleacher Report

    Written by Bryan Perez on March 7, 2016

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    From the producers of Hanging Einstein: 

    Hanging Einstein is an interview show featuring some of the leading analysts and personalities in the Sports and Fantasy Sports world. Get to know the people you trust, and learn more about them to possibly help you connect in ways you never knew you did. Host Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) will routinely have the big names talk about everything that led them to where they are today.

    We are extremely pleased to be working with Draft Breakdown, to bring you an exclusive 12 part NFL Draft Special series. The guests will all be well respected NFL Draft analysts, getting into some details about their process. Things they look for, how they look for them, and how they got involved in the first place. We not only hope you enjoy them, but are able to find them beneficial in your own scouting.

    The series kicks off (read more…)


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