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Patrick Mahomes II is the Most Talented Quarterback in the 2017 Draft

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 5, 2017

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Patrick Mahomes II finally made up his mind on Tuesday, deciding to enter the 2017 NFL Draft and a quarterback class that significantly divides opinion.

The debate continues over who the top quarterback in the class is, with many believing North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky – if he declares – should be the first signal-caller taken.

But a study of film shows that it is Mahomes, who led the NCAA with 5,052 passing yards in 2016 and threw 41 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions, who has the best skill set of all of the quarterbacks in the draft.

There is no doubt that Mahomes is raw, having played exclusively out of the shotgun in Texas Tech’s air raid offense, however, he has the physical tools to succeed as an NFL quarterback and – even at the tender age of 21 – has displayed tendencies that suggest his transition from college to (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/5/2017 – Draft Headlines Fact or Fiction

Written by Joe Marino on January 5, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs go in depth to investigate some of the featured headlines throughout the past week regarding Draft prospects, weighing in with their two cents.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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2017 NFL Draft: Early preview of the cornerback class

Written by Jonah Tuls on January 4, 2017

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One of my favorite position groups to study when evaluating draft prospects is at cornerback. It is easily one of the hardest positional transitions from college to the NFL. In this article, I will give a preview of the top cornerback prospects in the 2017 NFL draft, dividing them into different categories. Feel free to send your feedback to my Twitter. Whether it is love or hatred toward my analysis, it is all welcome for discussion. Without further ado, here is my analysis of the top cornerbacks in the upcoming 2017 NFL draft, starting with the top tier.

TOP TIER 

 

Quincy Wilson, Florida 

The top cornerback on my draft board, Florida’s Quincy Wilson, looks the part of a shutdown cornerback at the next level. In Press, he is as suffocating as any cornerback in the draft, yet his physicality at the LOS is under control. Most press (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/4/2017 – Film Study Notes

Written by Joe Marino on January 4, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss their notes on 2017 prospects such as Patrick Mahomes, Demarcus Walker and more. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 1/3/2017 – BPA vs. Team Need and Draft Philosophies

Written by Joe Marino on January 3, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs are joined by Roger Dixon to discuss philosophies of Draft board production and how to target prospects.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Should Wyoming QB Josh Allen declare for the 2017 NFL draft?

Written by Bryan Perez on January 3, 2017

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One of the potential quarterback prospects for the 2017 NFL draft, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, has been receiving some buzz on Twitter after Tony Pauline of the Draft Analyst recently reported that the redshirt sophomore passer was strongly considering declaring for the draft.

The news has been met with a variety of opinions, many of which suggest he’d be best served returning to school for his junior season in an effort to become a more consistent passer.

I disagree.

Allen isn’t a finished product.  Far from it, actually.  But of all the quarterbacks who could potentially be in this year’s class, Allen possesses the highest upside with the best combination of NFL traits.  Simply put, he checks all the boxes.  He’s big, athletic and has the most gifted arm of any passer that’s eligible to turn pro.

Allen has a cannon of an arm. In fact, I’d call his natural (read more…)


The Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock as the 2017 NFL draft order begins taking shape

Written by Bryan Perez on January 2, 2017

Jan 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns free safety Ed Reynolds (39) misses an interception attempt on a deflection during the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the 2016 NFL season is officially in the books, draft season has begun for the 20 teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs.  The first 20 picks have been established, and barring a trade, here’s what the first round of the 2017 NFL draft looks like so far:

  •  Cleveland Browns
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Tennessee Titans (from the L.A. Rams)
  • New York Jets
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Buffalo Bills
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Philadelphia Eagles (from the Minnesota Vikings)
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Washington Redskins
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos
  • The 14th and 15th picks will be decided by a coin flip, so the Colts and Eagles could end up flip-flopping before draft weekend.  Even if Philadelphia drops to the 15th pick, it’s pretty amazing that they were able to trade up (read more…)


    Locked On NFL Draft – 1/2/2017 – Underclassmen Declaration Reaction

    Written by Joe Marino on January 2, 2017

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    Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss some of the recent declarations for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

    Be sure to follow the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast on Audio Boom and iTunes.


    As expected, Florida State RB Dalvin Cook declares for 2017 NFL draft

    Written by Bryan Perez on January 1, 2017

    Dec 30, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA;  Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

    After rumbling for 145 yards on 20 carries in Florida State’s 33-32 victory over Michigan in the 2016 Orange Bowl, running back Dalvin Cook announced what many expected all year:  he’s entering the 2017 NFL draft.

    Dalvin Cook has announced that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. (via nole__4/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/MKafKQ8dtF

    — ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2016

    Cook’s official entry into the draft will make for one of the most exciting storylines to follow as he battles LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the first running back picked this April.  Both prospects are virtual locks to be selected in the top-20 and despite Fournette’s reign as college football’s premier runner over the last three seasons, Cook may end up the more appealing NFL target.

    Cook, who’s unofficially listed at 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds, ran for 1,765 yards and (read more…)


    Deshaun Watson has chance to reclaim status as top QB in 2017 NFL draft

    Written by Bryan Perez on December 31, 2016

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    A strange thing has happened to Deshaun Watson’s NFL draft status in the last 12 months.  Despite posting an almost identical season as a passer and leading Clemson back to the College Football Playoff, Watson has seen his stock drop to the point where some are pondering whether he’ll end up a first-round pick when it’s all said and done.

    Watson’s experience isn’t a new phenomenon.  High-profile players, who have been high-profile for a couple of seasons, tend to see their stock take a dip at the end of their collegiate career because the draft media, quite frankly, gets bored.  Offering the same praise over and over gets old.  Naturally, the only thing left to do is find reasons to critique a player who, despite the critic’s best efforts, has a lot more good tape than bad.

    Watson entered the 2016 season as the consensus top quarterback in the country.  He’s (read more…)


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