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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 1

Written by Bryan Perez on September 29, 2015


The official Draft Breakdown Podcast hits the ground running in the first episode of the year, as Seth, Justin and Justis discuss quarterbacks, positions of strength for the 2016 NFL Draft and more!  

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Three and Out: Boykin, Fournette and the Chicago Bears

Written by Bryan Perez on September 28, 2015


Week four of the college football season is finished and we’re nearly done with three weeks of NFL play.  There’s a ton of pigskin left to be played, but some NFL Draft narratives are beginning to to slowly take shape.

The NFL Draft community was spoiled in 2015.  We had two marquee quarterbacks, a slew of pass rushers, first-round running backs and some blue-chip wide receivers.  In short, it was a really good draft.  The 2016 class is going to be unfairly compared to last year’s group, as is always the case.  We’re roughly one-third of the way through the college football calendar, and the early returns on the ’16 class is that it will be a solid yet unspectacular group.

First Down:  Trevone Boykin’s big day.

Boykin’s performance was a dream come true for scouts that believe he has the arm talent to play quarterback in the NFL.  His 485 yards and (read more…)

CFB Week 4 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 25, 2015

LeRaven Clark is one of the featured prospects for the fourth weekend of the 2015 CFB season

Summer has turned into autumn, and the cooler air brings about the last weekend of widespread non-conference play. The most appealing games on the scouting docket are conference battles in the Big 12 and Pac 12, a boon for the late-night crowd.

There’s also a good battle between Florida and Tennessee in the SEC, one worthy of your DVR. I didn’t highlight that game here because nothing has changed since my prior write-ups of both schools. Read as: I haven’t seen their games the last two weeks yet and don’t want to be repetitive or disingenuous. One of the best lessons I’ve learned as a draft writer is to always be up front about your exposure to players. If you fake it, people will know. Remember that when you read pieces still trumpeting Wayne Lyons or Kevin Hogan as draftable prospects.

Marquee Matchups: Week 4

Written by Luke Easterling on September 25, 2015

Gators vs Tennessee.  September 21, 2013

Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

Western Michigan WR Corey Davis 6’3″, 205 | Junior | #84

One of the most productive receivers in all of college football last season, Davis racked up 1,408 yards on 78 catches on his way to 1st-team All-MAC honors, tying for third in the FBS with 15 touchdown receptions. He’s already picked up where he left off this year, hauling in 18 passes for 309 yards and three scores, averaging over 17 yards per catch. Top competition hasn’t phased him either, as Davis caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown last week against No. 2 Michigan State.

Just a two-star recruit coming out of high school, Davis has the size and skill set to generate plenty of interest within (read more…)

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Chance At Redemption

Written by Matt LaPan on September 25, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic

The start of the 2015 East Carolina Pirates season has not gone how many in Greenville hoped it would. Injuries and a tough opening slate of games have the Pirates sitting at 1-2 through their first three games with losses to Florida and Navy.

After dropping their opening American Athletic Conference matchup 45-21 to Navy, the Pirates are seeking redemption as they entertain another tough out of conference matchup this weekend when they welcome Virginia Tech into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

With the slow start and opportunity to pull even, Zeek Bigger knows his team still has a lot of football to play. When asked what the senior captain’s message has been to his teammates, Bigger said, “Keep striving. Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot of games to play. It’s only been three games, were just going on our fourth, and we’ve just gotta keep trying to be the best (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Four Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 24, 2015


Lots to cover heading into Week Four of the college football season, so let’s dive right into the latest roundup…

1. Cardale Jones QB Ohio State

After three rocky starts so far this season, Jones’ decision to return to Ohio State for his redshirt junior year is coming into question. One anonymous NFL executive is apparently telling people that Jones would have been a first round pick in 2015. This revisionist theory supposes that some pro franchise would have ignored the fact that the Buckeye QB had just three starts to his credit, and that one of those (Alabama) wasn’t particularly great. Sorry, I’m not buying this executive’s speculation, and of course, there’s no way to ever know if this statement is correct or not. This type of proclamation is so easy to make when there is no chance to disprove it, and it’s even more annoying when it comes (read more…)

Jason Vander Laan: An Underdog Scouting Evaluation

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 21, 2015


Americans love the underdog. Nothing stokes the passion like rooting for the little guy, the unheralded cog, the Cinderella story. It’s why Rocky endures as a movie almost forty years later.

In the scouting world, many are predisposed to rooting for the small school guys. There are websites devoted to those playing outside the FBS, draftniks who only focus on the lower reaches of college football. And those lower levels provide the NFL with more than enough quality players to sustain the hope that the next great hope is playing in the likes of the Southern Conference, the ODAC or the GLIAC, acronymic leagues unfamiliar to those outside the limited geographic ranges of member schools.

NFL Draft Prospect Review: Wide Receivers

Written by Ryan Dukarm on September 21, 2015

De'Runnya Wilson

This is the second in a weekly series I plan on doing this college football season. Rather than doing a series of full scouting reports in the middle of the season I wanted to look at one game from each player at a certain position each week. This is not at all meant to be a scouting report for the player; it’s an early look at what prospects bring to the table for the 2016 NFL Draft. For example, this week I put together notes on four wide receivers from their week two (or week one) games. If you ever have suggestions for what position or specific player you want to see let me know on Twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)


De’Runnya Wilson (Mississippi State) vs LSU

Very big receiver that doesn’t always maximize his size. Showed a good ability adjusting to pass thrown behind him. He showed multiple catches through contact, although he has (read more…)

CFB Week 3 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 19, 2015


This is another weekend where marquee matchups are few and far between. Fortunately there are a few tasty SEC conference offerings, but this is a weekend for major programs elsewhere to go stat-sheet stuffing.

You can still glean valuable things from scouting top players in mismatch games. Players considered stars should dominate their lesser foes, but should also accomplish this by showing more than mere superior athleticism. Highly-touted prospects playing these kind of games on cruise control raises questions about competitive nature, technical mastery or just plain love of the game. The intensity, the joie de vivre, the attention to detail should all remain evident on every snap.

Marquee Matchups: Week 3

Written by Luke Easterling on September 18, 2015

"Georgia vs. Tennessee"

Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

Notre Dame G Steve Elmer 6’5″, 315 | Junior | #79

The Irish have arguably the best offensive tackle in the country in Ronnie Stanley, but the matchup to watch in the trenches in this game is on the interior, where Elmer will face off against one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the country. A versatile blocker with starting experience at both right tackle and right guard, Elmer is probably a better fit inside at the next level, but his ability to play either spot will help his draft value.

If he’s going to stay at guard in the NFL, he’ll likely need to add a little more bulk, but he’s got a great blend of power and athleticism (read more…)

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