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Notre Dame just made watching tape a lot more challenging

Written by Bryan Perez on June 15, 2016

Apr 16, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly greets fans before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. The Blue team defeated the Gold team 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced a change to how they will issue jersey numbers in 2016, making the life of the scout and NFL Draft fan a bit more challenging.

Wayne Gallman among top running back prospects for 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on June 14, 2016


Check out Dane Brugler’s complete breakdown of Wayne Gallman here.

Luke Falk is college football’s most accurate passer, according to

Written by Bryan Perez on June 13, 2016

<> on November 21, 2015 in Pullman, Washington.

In anticipation of the 2016 college football season, has been running a series titled “16 for 16” in which they rank 16 players who possess a specific trait or skill set discussed in the article.  They recently rated the top-16 most accurate passers heading into next season, with Washington State’s Luke Falk checking in at the top spot.

Falk was second only to Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty in completion percentage among FBS QBs last season (69.5), and he led the nation with 380.5 passing yards per game in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. Falk threw for 38 touchdowns (a school single-season record) and just eight8 interceptions. Like Mayfield, Falk is a former walk-on, and college coaches will be kicking themselves for failing to see performances like this one (six TDs in the first half) in Falk’s future.

Falk’s backstory is a good one, having started his (read more…)

Mock drafts matter…just ask the Green Bay Packers

Written by Bryan Perez on June 12, 2016

Feb 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Draft analyst Mike Mayock speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

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…)

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