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Michigan LB Jabrill Peppers is a player on the rise

Written by Bryan Perez on June 11, 2016

Apr 1, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines saftey Jabrill Peppers (5) smiles during warm ups before the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jabrill Peppers is no stranger to the spotlight.  He’s been one of the most talked about football players in the country dating all the way back to his high school career.  Initially recruited to play cornerback, Peppers adjusted — maybe evolved — to playing safety last season.  He’s on the move again in 2016, this time lining up closer to the ball at outside linebacker.  The hype around Peppers has swelled to the point where he is in the conversation as a Heisman Trophy contender and a potentially elite NFL draft prospect.

“It’s not really a new position,” Peppers told the Detroit Free Press this spring. “Just in his (defensive coordinator Don Brown) defense the nickel plays more kind of like a linebacker. But I’m definitely in the box a lot more and I’m definitely blitzing a lot more. I guess he’s just trying to get me (read more…)

The 2017 NFL draft will mark the return of the running back

Written by Bryan Perez on June 9, 2016

Dec 6, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 37-35. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Is Myles Garrett the next Julius Peppers?

Written by Bryan Perez on June 9, 2016

Sep 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) in action against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top, if not the top, players-to-watch for the 2016 college football season is Texas A&M’s edge defender Myles Garrett.  The artfully skilled pass rusher was as dominant as any defender in the country last season, and entering his junior season, Garrett is eligible to declare for the 2017 NFL draft.’s Daniel Jeremiah continued his First Look series, this time focusing on Garrett.  He had high praise for the Aggie defender who registered 12.5 sacks in 2015:

Garrett is a prototype player. He has everything you’d want in a defensive end. He isn’t quite as twitched up as Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, but he is very polished as a pass rusher and he has the ability to dominate on all three downs. (read more…)

Status of potential first-round pick Cam Robinson still unknown

Written by Bryan Perez on June 8, 2016

Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Nick Saban-led Alabama Crimson Tide have become a factory of NFL talent in recent years, flooding the pro ranks with first-rounder after first-rounder.  The 2017 NFL draft is expected to be no different, with several talented Alabama players likely to be targeted early by NFL general managers.

One such player is left tackle Cam Robinson, considered by many to be one of the most talented offensive linemen in the country.  Despite his talent on the field, his off-the-field issues may derail what is a promising future for the junior prospect.

According to, Saban still hasn’t decided how to handle Robinson following his arrest in May for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics. Robinson also faces (read more…)

Is Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds the next Josh Doctson?

Written by Bryan Perez on June 8, 2016

Sep 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies receiver Josh Reynolds (11) runs after a reception in the fourth quarter against Arkansas Razorbacks safety Santos Gaines (9) at AT&T Stadium. Texas A&M won 28-21 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year, when NFL draft analysts search high and low for a breakout candidate or two.  NDT Scouting owner and Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst Kyle Crabbs believes he may have found one.

Crabbs has been grinding tape of next year’s class since the conclusion of the 2016 draft and recently tweeted high praise for Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds.

I think there's a legit possibility Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds experiences a Josh Doctson like bump his senior year. Skill set is there.

— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) June 5, 2016

The TAMU team website has Reynolds listed at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, which is slightly taller and leaner than Doctson, who was chosen by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.  Reynolds had 51 catches for 907 yards and five touchdowns last year after scoring (read more…)

Daniel Jeremiah compares Leonard Fournette to Frank Gore, Todd Gurley

Written by Bryan Perez on June 7, 2016

Nov 14, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) kneels to pray before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s early — very early — in the 2017 NFL Draft process, but there’s one player who won’t require much of a time investment from scouts and draft analysts this year.

LSU’s Leonard Fournette.

The junior running back has been under the scouting spotlight since his freshman season, with many (including myself) suggesting he should have been allowed to enter the 2016 NFL draft rather than risk injury by being forced to return for another year of college football.  Simply put, Fournette is ready for the NFL, and the NFL is ready for Fournette.’s Daniel Jeremiah put Fournette under the microscope as part of his ‘First Look’ series and rendered an interesting opinion when comparing the 6-foot-1, 230-pound man-child to current pro backs.

Fournette is a unique talent. In an era of backfield by committee, he’s the type of back that can carry a heavy workload. (read more…)

2017 NFL draft: RB watchlist

Written by Bryan Perez on May 25, 2016

corey clement

The 2017 NFL draft may be just under one year away, but it’s never too early to start looking at the next crop of likely prospects jockeying for early-round consideration.

Let’s take a look at some (not all) running backs worth keeping an eye on throughout the summer.  The 2017 running back class is considered a strength of next year’s draft, and it may be the strongest crop to come out in many years.

Keep in mind this is not a ranking; rather, it’s meant to serve as a guide as you begin to scout next year’s class.

Georgia RB Nick Chubb does not appear on this list.  He is one of the top running back prospects in the country, assuming he can return to form following his devastating knee injury last year.  As his tape becomes available, he will be added to our ever-growing library.

WATCH: Is Deshaun Watson an early first-round pick?

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016


Pittsburgh RB James Conner is cancer-free

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016


One of the top running backs for the 2017 NFL draft, Pitt’s James Conner, announced via his Twitter account that he’s been officially declared cancer-free:

God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!

— James Conner ️ (@JamesConner_) May 23, 2016

Conner’s clean bill of health is fantastic news for him and his family as he can now turn his attention back to football and his status as one of the country’s top offensive skill players.

Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma six months ago.  He completed his 12th and final round of chemotherapy on May 10.

“What I want to do next is carry (read more…)

The Best of the Rest: NFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 11, 2016

Jeremy Cash

The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selections. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed — it’s time to dig into the NFC additions


Ben Braunecker — TE— Harvard: He was the go-to guy in his senior year. Braunecker is a tough player and a very good route-runner who can also block.

Taveze Calhoun — CB — Mississippi State: A very smart player on & off the field, Calhoun is more suited to play zone than man due to his athletic limitations.


Chase Farris — OG — Ohio State: Only a one-year starter, Farris is a raw prospect who struggled playing right tackle in 2015. However, he moved to guard during East-West Shrine Week and looked much (read more…)

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