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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nelson Spruce, WR Colorado

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

Nov 1, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Nelson Spruce (22) runs a route in the second quarter against the Washington Huskies at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Spruce has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the country during his career at Colorado, including an outstanding junior year where he caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns. Spruce has set a school records at Colorado, but the mark that stands out most is the PAC-12 record for receptions in a career (267).

After a prolific college career, Spruce is excited for the opportunity to once again prove himself, this time n the NFL.

Peter Smith: Watching your tape, I thought there wasn’t a program that could’ve utilized you better than Coach MacIntyre did at Colorado.

Nelson Spruce: Yea, I would agree with that. I’d say our offense is more styled for short, underneath routes, which I feel like is my strength.

PS: What’s the white wide receiver cliché comparison you get the most?

NS: (Laughs) I’d say that any comparison I (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joe Dahl, OT Washington State

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

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Joe Dahl started out his career at Montana before transferring home to play for the team he grew up rooting for in Washington State. Starting at left guard before taking over the left tackle spot in the team’s bowl game as a sophomore, Dahl hasn’t looked back the past 2 years.

Now, Dahl is showing teams that he’s a versatile offensive lineman that can play up and down the line, even taking reps at center at pro day. He played guard at the Senior Bowl where he had a good week in addition to a nice performance at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Pete Smith: In terms of showing teams who you hope to be at the next level and making a statement, how important was your experience at the Senior Bowl?

Joe Dahl: Oh, it was huge. The first thing I got to show was that I was (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Nick Vannett, TE Ohio State

Written by Pete Smith on April 11, 2016

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Ohio State tight end Nick Vannett has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the NFL Draft process. From the catching passes from Carson Wentz at the Senior Bowl  to working out at the NFL Scouting Combine to Pro Day, Vannett has been able to showcase himself as opposed to being largely a facilitator for other people’s success within the Ohio State offense.

After being part of a historic team at Ohio State that won a total of 51 games, an undefeated season and a National Championship, Vannett has shifted his focus to making the case that he is the best and most complete tight end in this year’s draft class.

Pete Smith: People know you from playing at Ohio State, but in my experience, a lot of them aren’t clear on what you actually did in your role as a tight end. How would you define your role while (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Preview: AFC North

Written by Chris Nicolaou on April 9, 2016

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The 2016 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away! It’s time to take a look at a certain division that has had its share of success and failures in recent years: the AFC North.

As we all know, the division consists of the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most of the division’s success has come from the Steelers and Ravens, who have secured a combined eight Lombardi Trophies over the years and made it to six Super Bowls since 2000.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been a strong contender recently, winning the division two of the last three seasons. The AFC North continues to be one of the toughest divisions in the National Football League — this is why the NFL Draft is so vital to each team’s success moving forward.

This article will focus on each team, their offseason, needs and potential targets (read more…)


Why Duke’s Jeremy Cash is the Ideal Box Safety

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 8, 2016

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Safeties who can dominate in the box have become key in today’s NFL. Kam Chancellor serves as the heart and soul of a superb Seattle Seahawks defense as an enforcer over the middle and Deone Bucannon has transitioned excellently to linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals having operated at safety during his collegiate career at Washington State.

Players with that combination of versatility and physicality can be tough to find, however, there is one in the 2016 class in the form of Duke safety Jeremy Cash.

A transfer from Ohio State, Cash was very productive in his time with the Blue Devils, posting 332 tackles with 38 for a loss and eight sacks. In addition, he registered five interceptions, 14 pass deflections and nine forced fumbles.

Cash’s success should be no surprise, he has a strong frame for the position at 6’0″ and 212 pounds and benefits from long 32 3/8″ (read more…)


NDT Scouting NFL Draft Prospectus Outline

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 28, 2016

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So you’re looking for a draft guide. Maybe you’re looking for some light reading material, looking for some kind of perspective of who your team selects in April, or maybe you’re just new to the NFL Draft guide scene. Don’t worry; so am I. This year marks the third consecutive season I’ve complied a NFL Draft Guide; my third annual NFL Draft Prospectus releases on Friday; April 1st.

What is the Prospectus? How do I evaluate players? That’s what I’m here to answer now.

 

 

Q. What is the Prospectus?

A. The Prospectus is a collection of 300 scouting reports, each one on an individual player in this year’s NFL Draft class. The Prospectus is a .PDF document available for purchase at www.ndtscouting.com for $10.00. The fine folks here at Draftbreakdown have been very gracious to offer me this platform to share some of my reports, (read more…)


Kalan Reed and the Lost Socks

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 24, 2016

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One of the tradeoffs my family has made with me working from home while my wife toils elsewhere is that I get to do the laundry. And let me tell you, a family of four active folks generates a lot of laundry!

While I’m pretty adept at the laundry thing, I’m continually battling the war of the missing socks. Twelve pairs of socks enter the washer, yet when I’m done folding the clothes from the dryer there are invariably at least two solo socks without a match.

It would be one thing if this happened occasionally, but it’s every freaking load. Even when I just do my own clothes, at least one perfect sock couple gets divorced in the process of completing the load. It’s a truly maddening phenomenon.

I can’t stand seeing those rogue individual socks. In my quest to impose human qualities on pretty much everything, I (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report Hub

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

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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…)

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