Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: C

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


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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Joe Marino’s Safety Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 13, 2015


First Round Grades

1.Landon Collins, Alabama – Collins flies all over the football field and is consistently around the ball. He has no issues coming into the box to defend the run and is an excellent tackler. He is aggressive when pursuing the ball and has great instincts as a run defender. He sees plays in front of him and naturally reacts while positioning himself to make plays. When playing the pass, Collins is best when he is able to roam the field and read the quarterback’s eyes. He can cover ground, break on the football and has good ball skills. Athletically, Smith shows good strength and quickness. His burst in pursuit is excellent. Collins has been exposed in man coverage on a few occasions.

Second Round Grades

2. Damarious Randall, Arizona State – Great break on the ball with excellent zone coverage instincts. Fluid athlete with smooth  movement skills and (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s 2015 Mock Draft 3.0 – Four Rounds

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 12, 2015


As we draw closer to the 2015 NFL Draft, I’m changing gears on the nature of my mock draft. This four-round projection is more of a “what I think will happen” mock, rather than a “what I would do” version.

With a little more than two weeks to go before draft day, here’s my latest take on how things could shake out.


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – The closer we get to the draft, the more this seems like a certainty. The Bucs haven’t hidden their love for Winston, and I fully expect him to be the pick.

2. Tennessee Titans – Leonard Williams, DL, USC – I’m not buying the Mariota rumors at this pick unless it’s another team trading up. Williams is the best overall player in this draft and will be a disruptive force regardless of where he (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: OG

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 8, 2015


1. Laken Tomlinson | Duke | 6’3″, 323 | Grade: 2nd Round

My favorite guard in this class dating back to before the 2014 season, Tomlinson cemented his place atop my rankings with a fantastic senior campaign, capping it off with an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. With a great combination of power, balance and athleticism, Tomlinson should be a plug-and-play starter from Day 1.

2. A.J. Cann | South Carolina | 6’3″, 313 | Grade: 2nd Round

Considered by many to be the best guard in this class, Cann comes in a close second on my list, but he’s a great player in his own right. A four-year starter for the Gamecocks, Cann is a powerful run blocker who should start immediately at the next level, though he could use a little work in pass protection and effectively getting to the second level.

3. Tre’ Jackson | (read more…)

Joe Marino’s Tight End Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 8, 2015


Second Round Grades

1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota – Tremendous ball skills that can win as a receiver at all levels and areas of the field. Shows the ability to pick up yards after the catch. High-effort blocker although he is usually ineffective. Ran a limited route tree in college so he will need development and refinement in that area. Should be a redzone nightmare for opposing defenses.

2. Clive Walford, Miami – Balanced skillset and underrated as a blocker. Excellent frame with long arms and big hands with solid explosive measurables. Does a good job utilizing his frame to shield off defenders and make contested catches. His route-running needs improvement and doesn’t run crisp routes. Has struggled with drops. A versatile player, Walford has lined up in multiple spots. Walford has starter upside in the middle of day two.

Fifth Round Grades

3. Jeff Heurerman, Ohio State – Very good (read more…)

Featured NFL Draft Guide: Matt Waldman’s 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio

Written by Bryan Perez on April 8, 2015

mariotawinston will be choosing a select few NFL Draft Guides to feature on the site for the next month or so.  Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio is widely considered the “must-have” Draft Guide every year, focusing on the offensive skill players available for the upcoming Draft.  Please read the below breakdown for more information about the RSP.

NOTE:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  We are promoting Matt’s work because of how good it is, plain and simple.  Take the time to check it out, download it, and most of all…learn from it.


The 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is ready for download.

“You won’t find a better resource. Matt Waldman delivers. Period. Cannot recommend more highly.” – Bob Harris, FSTA Hall of Famer

The 2015 RSP Tale of the Tape

Standing at 1414 pages and covering 147 skill prospects, the 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is now available for download at Because (read more…)

Dan Matney’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: QB

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on April 7, 2015

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State

1. Jameis Winston | Florida State | 6’4”, 231 | Grade: Top Five


Looking at Winston, it is clear right away why he is the consensus number one overall pick. He has the prototypical build for an NFL quarterback.  He didn’t test well at the combine, but he has good play speed and the ability to escape when the pocket collapses. Winston has very good arm strength and anticipation on his passes, and he can make throws at all levels of the field. Winston also has experience in a pro-style offense. He also shows the ability to take over late in close games (see Notre Dame and Louisville).


Winston’s mechanics need a little work. He drops his elbow and has an awkward delivery. In addition to some off-field concerns, his decision-making is a bit concerning on the field. Winston trusts his arm too much at times, throwing into (read more…)

NDT Scouting Presents: A Beginner’s Guide To OL Hand Technique

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 7, 2015

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Frequently talent evaluators reference “hand technique” when evaluating prospects along the line of scrimmage (LOS).  It is undoubtedly an integral part of a blocker’s talent skill set, as it becomes infinitely more difficult to block defenders without the ability to consistently place hands on them.  But what all comprises of hand technique?  There are a number of variables that factor into this single all-encompassing phrase to describe a singular skill.  Some of the aspects of hand technique that are frequently noted for myself at NDT Scouting include:

– Hand power – Hand placement/precision – Hand quickness – Hand timing – Sustainability of initial punch – Inside arm leverage – Activity to re-establish leverage and grip

I’ll take a moment to speak briefly to specifics of each component of “hand technique” and things to look for; starting with hand power:

Hand power can most easily be identified on an initial (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Le’Vander Liggins CB Louisiana Tech

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 6, 2015

Le’Vander Liggins School: Louisiana Tech Position: CB Height: 5’9 5/8” Weight: 191 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) 40-yard: 4.50 Date of Birth: 7/7/1992

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