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Dak Prescott Has Chance to Cement Status as No. 4 QB at Combine

Written by Nicholas McGee on February 25, 2016

Dak Prescott

Heading into the NFL Scouting Combine, the consensus about who are the top three quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class has not changed. Most have either California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz as the best signal-caller in the draft, with Memphis’ Paxton Lynch seen as a player with significant upside at No. 3 behind that duo.

Below that triumvirate, though, the picture is somewhat muddled. However, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott is a player who seems to be on the rise going into the Combine. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller recently reported Prescott is “flying up draft boards”, saying scouts are impressed with his football IQ and see him as this year’s Russell Wilson.

Prescott will have another chance to impress league personnel in Indianapolis in the on-field drills and the interview room and, if he can catch the eye like he did in the four seasons he (read more…)

Tunsil to the Titans at No. 1 Overall Gaining Momentum

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016


Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil has been considered a contender for the No. 1 overall pick since the start of the 2015 college football season, and now the Titans are hinting that he will be their man come April 28th.  According to’s Chase Goodbread, Titans GM John Robinson said:

“The quarterback is the most important position on the team, and it’s imperative that you keep him upright.”

“He’s (Tunsil) played a lot of football in the SEC. He’s a good athlete, he’s done a nice job, and he’s blocked a lot of good football players”

BP’s Take:  No shocker here.  The future of the franchise rests squarely on the right shoulder of Marcus Mariota, and while Taylor Lewan is a good-looking young player, the Titans can’t go wrong by adding another bookend to the mix.  Tunsil is jockeying with Ohio State EDGE (read more…)

Another Top Wide Receiver to Skip 40-yard Dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016

corey coleman

Baylor WR Corey Coleman will not participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.  Coleman’s rehab from a December sports hernia surgery has him less than 100% ready to run in front of scouts.

#Baylor WR Corey Coleman won’t run the 40 at the combine. Only been running full speed the last couple weeks. Should be 100% by his Pro Day.

— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 23, 2016

BP’s Take:  This is just as disappointing as the news that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell was going to pass on a chance to run in Indianapolis.  Unlike Treadwell, Coleman doesn’t have questions about his top-end speed so I don’t think it will hurt his value all that much.  However, for the NFL Draft analyst and fan, it would have been fun to watch the potential (read more…)

2016 Scouting Combine Nuggets: Jared Goff Has Small Hands

Written by Bryan Perez on February 24, 2016


USA Today’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that there are early rumblings about California QB Jared Goff’s hand size:

One point of curiosity for coaches/scouts entering combine week: how does Jared Goff measure? Smallest of top QBs, hands supposedly tiny.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 24, 2016


BP’s Take:  Oh, what a great time of the year!  If you’ve paid attention to the NFL Draft over the last few years, you know that the nitpicking over hand size and knee mass will hit an all-time high this week.  Yes, I do think it’s worth noting when a quarterback’s hands check-in smaller than the position’s minimum requirements, but I don’t think it’s worth labeling as a red flag just yet.  Quarterbacks with small hands have a harder time holding onto the ball during contact situations; their diminutive digits cause them to enter the league with turnover concerns.  Goff did (read more…)

Contribute to the Video Team Tip Jar

Written by Bryan Perez on February 23, 2016


The NFL Draft has evolved into an event that is much bigger than anything I could have ever imagined.  I remember the first time I started paying attention to the draft — in 1991 — when my cousin, an All-American defensive lineman from Penn State, was preparing for his draft experience.  There were twelve rounds back then, and he was fortunate enough to be selected in the tenth round by the Indianapolis Colts.

More than twenty-five years later, my passion for the process is as strong as ever.

One of the biggest variables in the growth of NFL Draft analysis has been the explosion of player cut-ups online.  I stumbled across Draft Breakdown many years ago and instantly fell in love with the product; most importantly, I developed an appreciation and sense of gratitude for the guys cutting the tape.

We do our best to let our team of video editors (read more…)

A Guide to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 23, 2016


The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin in just a couple of days.  The event will be covered from all angles by many different outlets, with player performances recorded, shared and discussed ad nauseam.  It’s truly one of the great parts of Draft season.

In order to really appreciate how a player’s performance can impact his narrative moving forward, you need to understand what teams are hoping to see.

Below is a breakdown of each drill and what an NFL prospect should be targeting as a minimum result.  Each position carries its own set of “minimums.” It’s not an exact science, but it certainly helps give the evaluator a tangible number to work with.  By using this breakdown of “minimums,” you’ll be able to gauge how well a player did by how much they exceeded (or were faster than) the minimum time.  It’s also good practice to compare a (read more…)

Complete Transcript of Mike Mayock’s 2016 NFL Draft Conference Call

Written by Bryan Perez on February 23, 2016

NFL Combine Football

NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock held a nearly two-hour conference call with various members of the media today.  He answered questions about the No. 1 overall pick, the quarterback position, the depth of talent among the defensive line group, and much more.  The complete transcript of the call appears below.

Mike Mayock Suggests Hunter Henry is a First-Round Pick

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2016


NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock suggested that Arkansas TE Hunter Henry has a chance to go in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft during a Q&A session held on Twitter on Monday:

Think hunter Henry has a chance to go in 1st…

— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) February 23, 2016

Mayock answered questions from NFL Draft fans and offered several interesting nuggets, including a list of quaterbacks who he referenced as Kirk Cousins (Redskins) hopefuls:


Deep group of Kirk cousin hopefuls- mid round guys – hogan; Prescott; Allen ; brissett ; Kessler ; Driscoll

— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) February 23, 2016

BP’s Take:  Hunter Henry is the clear No. 1 tight end in an otherwise weak class this year.  Not only is he an above-average athlete, but he’s a competent blocker in the run game as (read more…)

Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell NOT Running in the 40-Yard Dash at the Scouting Combine

Written by Joe Marino on February 22, 2016


Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell announced today that he will not be participating in the 40-yard dash this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Marino’s Take:  Speed was already the question mark surrounding Treadwell as a prospect and his choice to not run in Indy is a strong indication that he would not have run a good time. Treadwell did not state that injury was the reason but rather:

“I’ve only had a week and a half here (in Miami) and want to wait ’til I’m at our facilities,” he said.

I simply do not understand. The Scouting Combine has ALWAYS been on the calendar. Shame on Treadwell for just recently starting to train his speed. The Ole Miss football season concluded on January 1, 2016 and Treadwell’s immediate focus needed to be on getting himself in optimum physical condition to perform at his highest level (read more…)

Laquon Treadwell and the Chipotle Paradox

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 22, 2016

The line at Chipotle or on the Laquon Treadwell bandwagon?


Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell is widely regarded as the top prospect at his position for the 2016 NFL Draft. Most every national pundit and draftnik rates Treadwell as WR1 in a class where WR2-10 are eminently debatable.

As an evaluator, I pride myself on forging my own opinion. I trust my own eyes and what I’ve learned in covering every draft since 2004. I’ve sat with scouts watching games and picked their brains as to what they were looking at, not just the “what” but the “why”. Former players have helped me greatly in scouting specific positions, too.

Yet I’m not immune to the groupthink, nor do I try to be. If many evaluators I trust and respect are all seeing the same things in a player, I feel like I should probably see it too. It might take a different viewing lens to find it, perhaps watching (read more…)

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