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Troy Altbaum’s 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vernon Hargreaves III

Written by Troy Altbaum, Analyst on June 3, 2015

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A highly touted recruit out of Wharton High School, Vernon Hargreaves III has quickly established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in all of college football. He stands 5’11” and weighs 198 lbs. Although having experience playing as a freshman, Hargreaves broke out in his Sophomore season at the University of Florida and notched 50 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, 3 interceptions, and earned all SEC 1st team honors. Hargreaves has very little weakness in his game and should be one of the top collegiate defensive players in 2015.

Positives

  • Pretty good size for the position
  • Exceptional acceleration, agility, and speed
  • Closes quickly on routes
  • Smooth hips, very fluid
  • Great instincts
  • High football IQ
  • Great character off the field
  • Outstanding read and react ability
  • Quick feet
  • Ultra athletic
  • Versatility
    • Can play zone or man at a high level
    • Can play press or off
    • Can play outside or (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Quick Look: Small School QB’s Part 1 of 2

Written by Chad Dinkins on June 2, 2015

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One of my favorite things to do for the NFL Draft is to search the small-school players in an effort to find big-time talent. Throughout the summer, I will be listing players from small schools to keep your eye on.

I have scoured the nation for small-school quarterbacks with NFL talent and found ten prospects who caught my eye with their game tape.  They will be featured in a two-part series.  These players aren’t likely to be top draft picks, but they are guys to keep an eye out for in the late rounds and undrafted free agency. I’ll continue to circle back to this list throughout the season with updates – both good and bad – as well as new prospects as the year progresses.

Jason Vander Laan

2014 Stats: 235 rushes/1,466 yards/20 TD’s; 183 of 275/2,381 yards/30 TD’s/7 INT’s

Vander Laan is coming off a season at Ferris State that ended with him winning the (read more…)


5 Way-Too-Early Contenders To Go No. 1 Overall In the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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Even though the 2016 NFL Draft is still quite some time from now, it’s never too early to look ahead and guess at who the top prospects will be. Early signs point toward the 2016 class being loaded with several top-notch players, and while we won’t know for quite some time who the No. 1 overall pick will be in next year’s draft, these five players could very well cement themselves as the top players in the 2016 draft class. Without further ado, here are five early contenders to go No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss*

A rare athlete at the defensive tackle position, Robert Nkemdiche has the size, quickness, and strength to become a truly special player in the NFL. Nkemdiche is a monster for opposing linemen to block as his raw power and quickness allow him to shed blocks with (read more…)


Chris Ross’ Way-Too-Early 2016 NFL Draft WR Rankings

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss*

Had it not been for a broken leg that ended his last season prematurely, Laquon Treadwell likely would have been in the discussion for the title of best receiver in college football last season. When healthy, Treadwell has the speed and physicality to be a dynamic playmaker. He needs work as a route-runner, but in terms of pure receiving talent, Treadwell is something special.

2. Tyler Boyd, Pitt*

The best Pitt receiver since Larry Fitzgerald, Tyler Boyd has made a name for himself as one of the best receivers in the country. He is an above-average route-runner, and although he lacks bulk, Boyd has the physicality and ball skills I like to see. With another strong season, Boyd could garner top ten consideration.

3. Travin Dural, LSU*

Stepping up last season as LSU’s unquestioned No. 1 receiver, Travin Dural proved he has NFL-caliber (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Ole Miss

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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College football fans in the state of Mississippi are rejoicing as the Rebels are once again relevant in the Magnolia State.  Head coach Hugh Freeze has shown he is much more than Michael Oher’s quirky coach portrayed in the “Blindside” as he has recruited a stockpile of talent at Ole Miss.  The talent was on full display last season as the Rebels jumped out of the gate winning their first seven contests, rising as high as third in the AP polls.  This included impressive victories over then #1 ranked Alabama and #4 ranked Mississippi St., before falling back down to earth over the second half of the season.  They lost four of their last six contests and were trounced by TCU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Despite the loss, 2014 was one of the most successful in Ole Miss history.  The Rebels are poised to make a run at the (read more…)


A farewell from the Godfather and founder of Draft Breakdown

Written by Will Spencer on June 1, 2015

A farewell from the Godfather and founder of Draft Breakdown

Back in 2007, Rob Engle and I set out to create our own draft website in what was already a crowded community. At the time, the biggest draft sites out there were Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown and NFL Draft Bible. We never really expected we’d get to that level (and beyond) but it was a labor of love.

*cue the Green Day “Time of your Life” music now….*

I built the Draft Breakdown site from scratch and it’s been through several iterations over the years…hopefully getting a little better each time. I did everything from design the logo to code the site. Needless to say, it’s been an extensive project that cost me a lot of time and money. It took quite a while to get the site to a point where it was “profitable” but DB is running stronger than ever. Even the down months are better than (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Zeek Bigger, ILB, ECU

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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This week’s installment of the “Small School, Big Potential” series will be featuring Zeek Bigger from East Carolina. Bigger is listed at 6’2″ and around the 220 lbs range. He has displayed improvement every year since joining ECU and en route to being one of the leading tacklers in the country. Bigger put on a tackling clinic this past season, putting up an impressive total of 140 tackles (including an average of just over 12 tackles per contest vs “power 5″ opponents).

Pros: Bigger is a sure tackler. He does a great job of wrapping up and driving through his target. Some linebackers will get a little over aggressive but Bigger does a great job of staying patient, scraping down the line of scrimmage and finishing the play. He shows plus movement skills in space and can stay with running backs and tight ends in coverage. As I said before, he has very good stats against top-notch competition including his 17 (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Scouting Profile: RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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In the 2015 NFL Draft, the running back position returned to the first round with the selections of Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon and No. 10 and No. 15 overall respectively. In 2016, we could see another couple of running backs go in the draft’s opening round as next year’s class has a few potentially special talents at the position. James Conner, a bruising out of Pitt is one of the running backs that could go in the first round next year. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Conner such a special prospect heading into the 2015-16 season.

The thing that stands out most about Conner’s game is his power. He’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and run through opposing defenders. Conner has great size at 6’2″, 250 pounds and he uses that size to his advantage against smaller defenders. Not to mention, Conner (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Alert: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Written by Colin Beaury, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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The Clemson Tigers have become a wide receiver factory in recent years with DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant all making an immediate contribution for the their respective teams in the NFL. Mike Williams looks every bit the part of the next high-caliber Clemson receiver prospect.

Williams was a MaxPreps 19th ranked wide receiver and a Rivals.com four-star prospect out of Lake Marion high school in Vance, SC. He served in mostly a backup role as a freshman in 2013, where he finished with 20 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Coming off a sophomore season with 57 receptions, 1030 yards, and six touchdowns, Williams is poised to become the next Clemson wide receiver to make an early impact in the NFL. With a solid junior campaign, Williams could also stamp himself as a highly drafted prospect in 2016– another class that looks to be rich with receiver (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 1, 2015

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After losing their starting quarterback to an injury, and dropping an early-season home game to Virginia Tech, Ohio State seemed destined for a minor rebuild in 2014. Instead, the switches turned on for redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett and a number of young defensive starters, and the Buckeyes rattled off 13 straight victories en route to a National Championship. Now 38-3 in four seasons as head coach, Urban Meyer may have his most talented squad to date. He and his athletes enter 2015 with targets on their backs, but a breezy confidence in their skill and depth. Back in 2004, 14 Buckeyes were selected in a single draft. Another College Football Playoff run, and this group will challenge that record. Here’s a look at the stacked group of draft-eligibles suiting up in Columbus this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


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