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2015 NFL Mock Draft: The Scales of Justis

Written by Bryan Perez on March 14, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com contributor Justis Mosqueda recently submitted his grades for a 2015 NFL Mock Draft that was conducted by a group of NFL Draft fans on Reddit.com (link here.)  Enjoy!

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State [B]

The Winston declaration was interesting. We saw a late wave of people stating that he wasn’t a lock to enter the draft, but then Winston suddenly threw his hat into the ring. It almost played out like someone bent his ear and let him know he was going to be a top selection. By combine time, he was pretty much a lock. I like Marcus Mariota more than Winston, but I understand why a team would like the more pro-style guy, even if to me it’s shortsighted.

2. Tennessee Titans-Leonard Williams, DL, USC [D]

This makes sense overall. Williams is going to be a top-5 pick no matter how (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Quarterback Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

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

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1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, First Round Grade – Winston wins from the feet up. His footwork is quick and allows him to rapidly create solid platforms to deliver the football whether it’s in rhythm through his progression or under pressure. He processes information quickly and sees the entire football field extremely well, which translates into solid decision-making with great instincts.

Winston has plenty of arm strength and the ability to make any throw. He is accurate and his ball placement is generally excellent. He can fit the ball in tight windows with no hesitation and does not need to see open targets as he is adept at throwing with anticipation. 

Lacking no confidence, Winston has a gunslinger’s mentality but is also a patient passer who allows plays to develop down the field. Winston can identify leverage advantages with his targets and those covering them to create easy completions (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Defensive Tackle Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 11, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Leonard Williams, USC – Elite shedder of blocks and is the best football player in this draft. Athletic, physical and stout. Can rush the passer with a variety of moves and stack against the run. Limitless player who has a bright future ahead of him. Terrific hand technique and there is a ton of power to his punch. Finishes plays and has outstanding burst. Effort is relentless. 

2. Danny Shelton, Washington – Big-bodied interior player who eats up blockers and powerfully sheds them. Has a surprising amount of range and relentlessly pursues the football. Can handle double teams and his instincts are outstanding. Has upside as a two-gapper.

3. Malcom Brown, Texas – Stout, physical player who can penetrate and disrupt. Cannot be moved off his spot without double teaming him. That said, he struggles to hold up and defeat double teams. Pass rush upside (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: RB

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on March 10, 2015

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1. Todd Gurley | Georgia | 6’1″, 222 | Grade: Top 10

It’s rare to grade a running back in the top 10 these days, especially one coming off a torn ACL. That should tell you everything you need to know about Gurley’s level of talent. The former Bulldog was one of the most dominant players in college football before the injury ended his 2014 season, but he put enough on film to show a rare combination of size, quickness, balance and explosion. The injury is definitely a concern, but his talent is worth the risk.

2. Melvin Gordon | Wisconsin | 6’1″, 215 | Grade: 1st Round

With a fantastic combination of vision, patience and explosiveness, Gordon destroyed nearly every defense he faced last season. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he’s fast enough to take it to the house when given the chance. Some may (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Domonique Hayden RB Thomas More College

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 9, 2015

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Domonique Hayden School: Thomas More College Position: RB Height: 5’8” Weight: 212 Date of Birth: 2/14/1992


2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Defense

Written by Kole Philip on March 8, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Defense

Yes, the much anticipated defensive positional rankings have arrived and i’ve made your day. Okay, maybe that is a little bit of an overstatement. This article is probably neither anticipated nor going to make your day… but, in the event it does i’m glad.

You may have seen my offensive positional rankings article. No, not the insulting rankings but rather the rankings for those prospects who play offense. I guess it could have been offensive to some players who were either left off or not ranked as high as they would have expected. While that’s aside the point I thought it may be important to disclose.

Without further ado I present my 2015 Defensive Positional rankings. I have to add, this defensive line class is ridiculously talented. There are some late round guys who are going to contribute day one. For the sake of simplicity i’m using the EDGE category (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Offense

Written by Kole Philip on March 7, 2015

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings – Offense

It’s that time of year where the NFL off-season is all over any viable sporting news source. From free agency signings to draft rumors and tweets by Adam Schefter the world is abuzz with hype and excitement around the league. While free-agency signings can be monumental in helping a team and impacting a franchise’s bank account the draft is where dynasty’s are made. For instance, the Seattle Seahawks built their team in-house. Enough of my meaningless words, let’s get to my prospect rankings. For the sake of equality i’m going to keep it to the top 10 at each position. Also, in this edition i’ll be highlighting the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

The 2015 Quarterback class is extremely weak in my opinion. If i’m in the front office and looking for quarterback help i’m pretty depressed. Between the free-agent class and the draft there isn’t anyone who i’m (read more…)


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Featured Excerpt

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

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For those unfamiliar with NDT Scouting and our history, 2015 marks our second annual retail publication.  The 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus is a 328 page PDF document available for purchase ($10 USD) at www.ndtscouting.com and features a comprehensive look into player evaluations by factoring central film grades with “peripheral metrics” factoring in categories such as size, experience, production and athleticism.  The NDT Scouting method is meant to serve as a means of quantifying each of the traits and qualities used to evaluate players and do so in a way that is simplified into a numerical scale.

I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Draftbreakdown’s owners, Aaron and Bryan, to utilize this platform to share my work with each and every one of you.  NDT Scouting’s 2014 publication was very well received and this year’s product is meant to take things to the next level.  But don’t (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Wide Receiver Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 7, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Kevin White, West Virginia – Outstanding release, route running, body control and ball skills. Can win on all levels of the field.  Extremely competitive at the catch point with all the athletic ability and size desired for the position. Has a chance to be one of the better players in the league at his position.

2. Amari Cooper, Alabama – Crisp route runner with quick feet. Knows how to find space and separate from defensive backs. Excellent athlete with secure hands. Doesn’t offer as much in jump ball situations.

3. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Eats up ground with his long stride and burst. Really good after the catch and has terrific concentration at the catch point to make difficult catches. Excellent frame and athletic ability. Good hands.

4. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State – Terrific ability to come down with contested catches and jump balls. Strong (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft Composite Big Board

Written by Daniel Papp on March 7, 2015

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Author’s notes:

This is a composite big board that has been assembled from various NFL Draft analysts’ big boards (preferably ones with 200+ prospects listed) that were available on the internet.

*Prospects who were listed on at least 8 big boards out of 12 were included in this ranking. As boards do not have the same players listed, especially on the tail end, simply averaging positional rankings would hurt a prospect if they ranked around 600th on one of the boards. Ranking was done by the average of the “Best 7″ appearance on the different boards – by the best opinions on the prospects.

Boards used were nfldraftscout.com (cbsspports.com), nfl.com, Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), ESPN, rotoworld.com, drafttek.com, draftgeek.com, buffalobillsdraft.com, drafttv.com, fanspeak.com, optimumscouting.com, and Scott Carasik (Bleacher Report) – the latter five were obtained through fanspeak.com/ontheclock.


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