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CFB Week 1 Watch Guide: Saturday

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 5, 2015

Reggie Ragland and Alabama are among the featured games

College football kicked off Thursday night with some entertaining tilts and great performances by the likes of Josh Doctson, Jake Butt and more. Now it’s time for the second half of the long football weekend, which extends through Monday night when the defending national champs look to avenge their one loss from 2014.

Here is who I’ll be watching for scouting purposes on Saturday and Sunday and what I want to see from these players. Always remember: players can have great games but still not impress in terms of NFL potential. The converse is true as well. Scouts are looking for translatable traits and football skills more than stats. Keep that in mind as you imbibe in our country’s greatest game.

Now grab your notepads, program your DVRs and let’s watch some football!

CFB Week 1 Watch Guide: Thursday/Friday

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 3, 2015


College football is back, baby! Real football games which actually mean something kick off Thursday night and carry through Saturday.

Each week, I’ll preview who to watch for scouting purposes in all the televised games. I’m not just talking quarterbacks and potential first-rounders, though we’ll cover those too. If there’s an FCS linebacker with a chance to convert to strong safety in the NFL, we’ll let you know where to watch him too.

It’s time to load up the DVR, grab the notepad and get down to business.

2016 NFL Draft Week One Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on September 3, 2015

JT Barrett

NFL Draft talk never really stops these days, but it certainly has a lull. As soon as one draft comes to a close, you can scroll through Twitter, and right alongside the always inflammatory “Draft Grades” articles, you’ll find a number of mock drafts for the next year. They usually begin with a sentence like, “With the 2016 draft 362 days away here’s my way too early look at the first round,” or something more candid like, “My editor is making me write this.” Either way, those mocks will keep a smattering of discussions going for another minute or two before draft talk is abandoned for all but the true diehards. I’ve heard that some draft fans actually have other interests during the summer months. Maybe they follow another sport or two, or perhaps they go outside. They might even hang around on social media and offer up horrible opinions (read more…)

2016 Draft Path: Zeek Bigger Preseason Breakdown

Written by Matt LaPan on September 2, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

The 2014 season was a breakout year for Zeek Bigger. As the East Carolina Pirates rose up the standings, his play elevated to new levels. He played and started in all 13 games. He finished with 140 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss. He defended four passes while setting a new career-high with two interceptions.

Bigger has played, and will continue to play inside linebacker in Ruffin McNeill and Rick Smith’s 3-4 system. Bigger is the signal caller, and quarterback of the defense. His leadership skills and high football IQ are often on display pre-snap when he is lining his fellow defenders up.

In the run of play, 2014 was a big improvement for Bigger. Even with his improvements, there is room for continued growth in 2015. The biggest asset for bigger on the field is his ability to play on all three downs. Bigger does not have imposing (read more…)

Two-Minute Drill With Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson

Written by Joe Marino on September 1, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Joe Marino will highlight a 2016 NFL Draft prospect’s strengths and/or weaknesses in less than two minutes of video clips. Up first, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson.

A’Shawn Robinson is a 6’4″, 312 lb junior defensive lineman from the University of Alabama.  His resume includes Consensus Freshman All-American honors in 2013 and 15 starts over the last two years.  He led the Crimson Tide in sacks in 2013 (5.5), but finished with no production in that category last season (0 sacks).  Despite his lacking sack numbers he finished 2014 with 49 tackles, 6.5 of them going for losses.

Robinson’s two-minute drill starts now…

Marquee Matchups: Week 1

Written by Luke Easterling on August 31, 2015


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.

UNC OT Jon Heck 6’7″, 300 | Redshirt Junior | #71

Heck returns for his third consecutive season as the starting right tackle for the Tar Heels, and is the son of former Notre Dame All-American tackle and 1st-round NFL draft pick Andy Heck. A better run blocker than pass protector, Heck likely projects to stay on the right side at the next level rather than having the potential to flip to left tackle, but shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact on his draft projections. He’s got a solid frame that could even add a little more bulk, solid technique, and you can’t argue with the bloodlines.


South Carolina EDGE Darius English 6’6″, 225 | Redshirt Junior (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Alabama Crimson Tide

Written by Justin Higdon on August 28, 2015


From 2009-2012, Nick Saban’s Alabama teams won three out of four National Championships. Then, in 2013, the Tide was off to an 11-0 start before a stunning Iron Bowl loss to Auburn on the final play of the game. Last year, despite dropping a game to Ole Miss earlier in the year, Alabama was once again in title contention, having earned the top seed in the first ever College Football Playoff. Saban’s crew led Ohio State 21-6 at one point, but allowed the Buckeyes to close to within one at the half. OSU then took the lead in the third quarter, held off a late comeback attempt, and went on to face Oregon in the championship game. This year’s Tide should be back in race, but for the second year in a row they’ll be breaking in a new quarterback. As of this writing, the battle to start is undecided, (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Written by Justin Higdon on August 26, 2015


The 2014 season was Rutgers’ first as a member of the Big Ten, the team’s third conference in as many years. The Scarlet Knights finished with an 8-5 record, with all five defeats coming in conference play, but they ended things on a positive note with a bowl win over North Carolina. Head Coach Kyle Flood enters his fourth year at the helm with a respectable 23-16 career record, but he’ll have his work cut out this season with an uncertain quarterback situation and a schedule that features all of the Big Ten’s heavy hitters. Here’s a look at the top draft-eligible players taking the field for the Scarlet Knights this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

2016 NFL Draft Path: Zeek Bigger

Written by Matt LaPan on August 26, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

Each year thousands of young men look to impress NFL scouts with the hopes of hearing their name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the NFL Draft. From spring practices through preseason and bowl games – each player is looking to make a name for himself along the draft path. One of those young men is Zeek Bigger from East Carolina. The Pirates‘ inside linebacker’s draft will be followed throughout his senior campaign on Draft Breakdown.

The East Carolina Pirates have been known for a high-flying offensive attack throughout the tenure of head coach Ruffin McNeill. From Dominique Davis to Shane Carden and Justin Hardy, the Pirates have never struggled to score points in recent seasons.

As they prepare for 2015, their outlook is quite different for East Carolina. After losing Carden and Hardy to the NFL, along with receiver Cam Worthy and others, the (read more…)

2016 NFL Prospect Preview: LSU Tigers

Written by Justin Higdon on August 26, 2015

Tre'Davious White

Louisiana State’s 8-5 record in 2014 equalled 2008 for the worst showing in Les Miles’ ten seasons coaching the team. The Tigers lost four SEC games and ended the year with a December 30th loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl. Following the season, LSU – a program that’s been stacked with NFL prospects in recent years – saw just four of its players drafted. Despite these disappointments, the 2015 Bayou Bengals should be an improved squad. Quarterback Brandon Harris appears to have gained the confidence of the coaching staff, and fellow true sophomores Malachi Dupre and Leonard Fournette are ready for primetime. This highly-touted trio will be joined by a number of talented draft-eligible teammates, including a few who passed up opportunities to declare last year. Here’s a look at LSU’s top NFL hopefuls for the fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

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