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2015 NFL Draft: The Undraftables

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 23, 2015

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NFL Draft analysis is not generally a high-paying job. We can talk about exceptions to the rule (hold that thought), but for many of us, I dare say the most rewarding part of the process is being “right.” Separating the wheat from the chaff is the goal. Watching games, combing through numbers, and formulating the hottest of takes hoping everything works out for the best. For some reason, we seem content to treat this like high school baseball and accept that a batting average of .600 is about as good as we could ask for. A couple of times a year, I read something like, “even NFL teams miss on a high number of picks.” That’s fine. It’s understandable considering how many variables are at play. But I truly think some of these “misses” are avoidable.

The draft is a huge gamble, but plenty of gamblers make a handsome living. (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: OBLB

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 22, 2015

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1. Eric Kendricks | UCLA | 6’0″, 232 | Grade: 1st Round

One of the best all-around players in this entire draft, Kendricks is a versatile inside backer who can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4. A playmaker with a nose for the ball, Kendricks is a sure tackler with great instincts who should easily be the first OBLB off the board. Team needs could drop him down into the lower half of the 1st round, where he’d be quite the steal.

2. Paul Dawson | TCU | 6’0″, 235 | Grade: 2nd Round

Dawson took plenty of grief for his poor measurables at the combine, but film is king, and that’s where Dawson shines. His drill times showed a lack of athleticism, but he overcomes that on tape with great instincts. He’s likely to drop on Day 2, but I’m confident in the player I see between (read more…)


NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Available Now!

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 22, 2015

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NDT Scouting’s annual draft publication returns for the 2015 NFL Draft; providing readers with a complete, comprehensive look at 300 prospects eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.  Available now ($10 USD) at NDT Scouting’s homepage, the 2015 Draft Prospectus is available in digital PDF form and will be distributed to pre-ordering customers on Monday, April 6th 2015.  *If purchasing after April 6th, please allow up to 12 hours for e-mail delivery to inbox; all copies of the Prospectus are mailed personally.*   With an order, readers will be placed onto NDT Scouting’s mailing list and receive their copy of the Prospectus shortly after.  The specific contents of the 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus are included below: 

– 300 individual scouting reports, measuring extensive film notes and grades against smaller weighted metrics for size, athleticism, experience and production to produce a single, comprehensive evaluation figure for each player.

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The Case For Vic Beasley Being The Best Player In The Draft

Written by Robert Donaldson on April 20, 2015

Some years the draft’s best prospect is clear cut in the minds of both draft fans and evaluators during the build up to the NFL draft and other years there can be multiple prospects worthy of such honor, the 2015 NFL draft class is shaping up to be the latter.

The majority of draft evaluators and draft fans seem to have Florida State’s quarterback Jameis Winston as the top player in this year’s class and I completely understand why that is. A lot of the buzz for Winston being the top prospect stems around the position in which he plays as well the fact he’s a proven winner with the prototypical size to play in the NFL as well as talent, however for all the love Winston receives from draft pundits there are a lot of questions that are revolving around Winston both on and off the (read more…)


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft QBs: Jameis Winston, Florida St.

Written by Bryan Perez on April 20, 2015

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The following is a sample report from the FREE FRG Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Guide, available for Download by 4/26/15:

Overview:

Jameis Winston, the RS Sophomore quarterback from the Florida State Seminoles, enters the 2015 NFL Draft as one of the most successful passers in ACC history.  Winston led Florida State to the first ever BCS Playoffs in 2014, passing for 3,907 yards, 25 TDs and 18 INTs along the way (65.3% completion rate).  He was named first-team All-ACC.  His four 4th quarter comebacks in 2014 led the nation in that category.   It was a “down” year by his standards, as he was virtually unstoppable during the 2013 season.  He was the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in the award’s storied history after a season that included a National Championship victory over Auburn.   Winston was a consensus All-American selection and first-team All-ACC pick.  He totaled 4,057 yards, 40 TDs and (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on April 20, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the tight end position as Matt Waldman is joined by NDT Scouting’s Kyle Crabbs.  In today’s episode, Matt and Kyle view the tape of Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota.  Williams is considered the 2015 NFL Draft’s top tight end prospect.  Remember: Matt and Kyle have each authored fantastic NFL Draft guides, both of which are available now.  You can read more about each Draft Guide HERE.


Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: Interior DL

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 20, 2015

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1. Leonard Williams | USC | 6’5″, 302 | Grade: Top 5

My top overall player in the entire draft, Williams is a scheme-versatile monster who will wreak havoc no matter where he lines up. He’s extremely athletic for his size, and still hasn’t reached the ceiling of his potential. The top QBs may take the headlines, but Williams will be a steal for anyone who gets him lower than No. 1 overall.

2. Malcom Brown | Texas | 6’2″, 319 | Grade: 1st Round

One of the more underrated players in the entire draft, Brown is a disruptive force who will fit best as a 3-technique in a 4-3. He’s explosive off the ball, uses his hands well, and spends plenty of time in opposing backfields. He’s a top-15 player in this class for me, and will be a great value if he goes any later.

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Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: TE

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 19, 2015

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1. Maxx Williams | Minnesota | 6’4″, 249 | Grade: 2nd Round

In a much weaker class that 2014’s, Williams is the top prospect for teams looking for a move tight end who can make plays down the field. He doesn’t offer much as an in-line blocker, and his route-running needs work, but Williams has enough natural tools to develop into a play-maker at the next level.

2. Clive Walford | Miami (FL) | 6’4″, 251 | Grade: 3rd Round

A balanced player who can handle his business as a blocker as well as stretch the field in the passing game, Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week, turning heads with his ability to create consistent separation and make contested catches. He drops too many catchable balls on film, but he should entice an NFL team to make him the second tight end off the board.

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Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: C

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 18, 2015

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1. Cam Erving | Florida State | 6’5″, 313 | Grade: 1st Round

A former tackle, Erving was moved inside last season due to injuries, and it actually did wonders for his draft stock. It’s not often that going from tackle to center makes you more valuable, but while Erving was solid on the outside, he became a dominant center for the Seminoles.

2. Andy Gallik | Boston College | 6’2″, 306 | Grade: 3rd Round

He’s not the most athletic guy in this class, but Gallik is a solid technician who just finds a way to get the job done. He has the power and functional strength to be effective at the point of attack, and while he’s not likely to be the second center off the board, he could end up being one of the better values in the middle rounds.

3. Hroniss Grasu | Oregon | (read more…)


Play the Draft with Draft Breakdown

Written by Dan Hope on April 17, 2015

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