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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on December 22, 2015

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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Akron vs. Utah State, 3:30 PM on ESPN

What better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon that getting your #MACtion on with the smurf turf in Boise?

Okay, it’s not a very compelling matchup. And there really isn’t a lot of future NFL talent on the field, though each team has a linebacker you need to know.

The most prominent is Utah State’s Kyler Fackrell, who rebounded nicely in 2015 after missing all but one half of one game in ’14 with a torn ACL. He is a well-built SAM backer with quick hands and decent power. The Aggies use him as a jack-of-all trades, from blitzing and even playing edge rusher to cover backer. The Senior Bowler might not have the juice to rush the passer at the next level but he’s smart and plays under control. Watch him when he has to (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Holiday Shopping Guide – Defense

Written by Matt LaPan on December 21, 2015

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It is nearly Christmas time and the college football bowl season has officially started. This is the perfect time to hope your favorite team is looking for the same players that you are. Will your team get you the player you want come draft season, or will it be more like coal in your stocking?

 


CFB Scouting Watch Guide: The First Bowls

Written by Jeff Risdon on December 18, 2015

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It’s finally Bowl season! The collegiate postseason kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 19th with five games. While they might be lower-rung in appeal, it’s still real football and every game has at least a couple of draft-worthy watches.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Arizona vs. New Mexico, 2 PM on ESPN

This is always one of my favorite bowls, in no small part because it’s always the first one to kick off. It’s usually a pretty strong matchup too. A couple of years ago my official draft crush on Weston Richburg was cemented in Colorado State’s win.

I don’t see my draft crush anywhere near this game this year, but it’s still got a couple of players I want to see a lot more of. Arizona tackle Lene Maiava earned a Shrine Game berth, though he’s strictly a guard at the next level. He’s played all over the line (read more…)


‘Tis the Season To Be Mocking: Perez’s 2016 NFL Mock Draft, 1.0

Written by Bryan Perez on December 17, 2015

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It’s that time of year.  Holiday shopping, Christmas music, snow (or in the case of the east coast, unseasonably warm and rainy weather), and of course mock drafts.

Writing a mock draft can be more frustrating than fighting for a parking spot at the mall a few days before Christmas.  It’s irritating.  It brings on stress, anger, even rage.  Why do we do it?  Why do we put ourselves through the guaranteed frustration that comes from reading the comments section of our work?  Those comments hurt like an ACL after a hard jab step on AstroTurf.

Is there still AstroTurf?

I know why I write mock drafts:  I do it because I love it.  I love trying to create structure around an inherently chaotic and impossible-to-predict process.  I know that my mock draft is unlikely to be the most accurate (well, except for 2014 when I did win the Huddle Report’s mock draft (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah, Prospect Breakdown

Written by Jonah Tuls on December 16, 2015

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When you play Madden, do you like your running back with elite quickness? Some excellent field vision? Or maybe even a load of power? From a veteran Madden player, I can easily say that all three traits own a special place in my heart, but when evaluating draft prospects, football can become a fresh dose of reality. Some of these running back prospects won’t even hold a single trait that I mentioned above; however, the redshirt senior out of Utah, Devontae Booker, is that special kind of freak that possesses all three. When watching his tape, I can only imagine the other team screaming “CHEAT CODES!” when he patiently waits for the play to develop, makes a couple defenders miss, and then finishes the play falling forward. Throughout this article, I will dive deep into the game of 23 year old Devontae Booker and show you why the difficulty playing against (read more…)


Evaluating Penn State DE Carl Nassib’s NFL Upside

Written by Joe Marino on December 12, 2015

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What if I told you there was a senior defensive end in the Big Ten Conference that was 6’7’’, 272 pounds and lead the nation in sacks, forced fumbles and was second in the nation in tackles for loss and he did so in just 10 games? Let’s say he was a former walk on that earned a scholarship prior to his sophomore season, was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten athlete and is scheduled to graduate with a biology degree in only 3.5 years. Furthermore, he was an All-American and All-Big Ten player who won the Ted Hendricks Award (given to the nation’s best defensive end), Lombardi Award (given to the nation’s best defensive front seven player) and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

You would probably think that was the resume of a sure-fire top-ten NFL Draft pick. In all actuality, it is exactly the accomplishments (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Small School Special: FCS and National Bowl Game Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on December 11, 2015

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While several FBS conferences staged championship football games last weekend, Florida International University’s home field played host to two under-the-radar college all-star games, featuring a number of players from the FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA ranks. The National and FCS Bowls took place back to back on FIU’s Ocean Bank Field beginning last Sunday morning, and four full rosters worth of pro football hopefuls suited up in front of scouts from the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League.

For young men who dream of playing football for a living, exposure to professional talent evaluators is never a bad thing. But these games are different than larger scale all-star events like the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl in that they are pay-to-play showcases. Players are invited to the National and FCS Bowls, but must pay a registration fee in addition to providing their own transportation, lodging and equipment. This (read more…)


A Prospect To Get Familiar With: Indiana OT Jason Spriggs

Written by Joe Marino on December 10, 2015

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Early indications point to Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil being the top two offensive tackles in the 2016 class should they declare early. Per Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Stanley will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft and we are awaiting news regarding Tunsil’s intentions. These two prospects are regarded as high first round picks – as they should be.

Over the past eight NFL Drafts (2008-2015) an average of 4.5 offensive tackles have been selected in the first round with many quality starters drafted outside of the top two. Who is that “next” offensive tackle that should be selected after Tunsil and Stanley? If you ask 10 different NFL Draft Analysts you could get as many as five or six different responses. My answer? Let me introduce you to Indiana’s Jason Spriggs.

A four-year starter, Spriggs played his best football as a senior in (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Su’a Cravens, LB, USC, In-Depth Breakdown

Written by Jonah Tuls on December 8, 2015

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The 2015 NFL regular season is winding down and the time to start evaluating collegiate prospects for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft is right around the corner. In the next few weeks or so, we will start to get more and more prospects give out their declaration status for the 2016 NFL Draft and one of the guys I fully expect to come out early is the hybrid linebacker in Su’a Cravens out of USC.

Before the season started, many believed that the 6’1 225 lb. athlete out of USC would be a safety at the next level, but as USC experimented him more and more at weak-side linebacker during the season, it became evident that Cravens could be an absolute stud outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. Having racked up 76 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions this season, Cravens sent scouts a message that he is going (read more…)


The Cleveland Browns 2015 Season is Over, 2016 Draft Season Up Next

Written by Bryan Perez on December 7, 2015

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The first team officially eliminated from the 2015 NFL Playoff race is the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The #Browns were the first team officially eliminated from the playoffs, per our researchers. Some change feels inevitable for 2016.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2015

At 2-10 and losers of the last seven straight games, the future of the Browns organization is unstable at best.  I’d be shocked if Mike Pettine is still patrolling the sidelines next year.  As a result, a new staff and new team management philosophy is likely to create a longer rebuild process than even the most pessimistic fan is expecting right now.


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