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2017 NFL draft: RB watchlist

Written by Bryan Perez on May 25, 2016

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The 2017 NFL draft may be just under one year away, but it’s never too early to start looking at the next crop of likely prospects jockeying for early-round consideration.

Let’s take a look at some (not all) running backs worth keeping an eye on throughout the summer.  The 2017 running back class is considered a strength of next year’s draft, and it may be the strongest crop to come out in many years.

Keep in mind this is not a ranking; rather, it’s meant to serve as a guide as you begin to scout next year’s class.

Georgia RB Nick Chubb does not appear on this list.  He is one of the top running back prospects in the country, assuming he can return to form following his devastating knee injury last year.  As his tape becomes available, he will be added to our ever-growing library.

WATCH: Is Deshaun Watson an early first-round pick?

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016


Pittsburgh RB James Conner is cancer-free

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016


One of the top running backs for the 2017 NFL draft, Pitt’s James Conner, announced via his Twitter account that he’s been officially declared cancer-free:

God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!

— James Conner ️ (@JamesConner_) May 23, 2016

Conner’s clean bill of health is fantastic news for him and his family as he can now turn his attention back to football and his status as one of the country’s top offensive skill players.

Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma six months ago.  He completed his 12th and final round of chemotherapy on May 10.

“What I want to do next is carry (read more…)

The Best of the Rest: NFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 11, 2016

Jeremy Cash

The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selections. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed — it’s time to dig into the NFC additions


Ben Braunecker — TE— Harvard: He was the go-to guy in his senior year. Braunecker is a tough player and a very good route-runner who can also block.

Taveze Calhoun — CB — Mississippi State: A very smart player on & off the field, Calhoun is more suited to play zone than man due to his athletic limitations.


Chase Farris — OG — Ohio State: Only a one-year starter, Farris is a raw prospect who struggled playing right tackle in 2015. However, he moved to guard during East-West Shrine Week and looked much (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Late-Round QB Review

Written by Ryan Dukarm on May 8, 2016


This draft season, as part of the partnership between Draft Breakdown and The Scouting Academy, I was one of the multiple students assigned to write the “official scouting reports” for players in the 2016 NFL Draft on their Draft Breakdown player page. As one of the QB page members, I was tasked with evaluating multiple late-round quarterbacks, namely: Jacoby Brissett, Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, Kevin Hogan,  Jake Rudock and Brandon Allen.

Now that the draft is over, I wanted to share my final scouting reports, along with thoughts on value, scheme fit and overall evaluation for each player. Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@DBRyan_Dukarm) with your thoughts.

Name: Jacoby Brissett

College: North Carolina State

Draft Position: 29th pick of the 3rd round, 91st overall

Draft Team: New England Patriots



Post Draft Thoughts: I evaluated Brissett as a backup quarterback with developmental upside, and in that sense I (read more…)

Kyle Crabbs’ 2016 NFL Draft Review

Written by Kyle Crabbs on May 7, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Review

Another year in the books! *Thumbs up emoji* First and foremost, thanks to all who have continued to help Draftbreakdown grow and thrive in the past year. Having the opportunity to be part of a collective team of such hard working individuals has been a blessing and watching the site, led by Aaron and Bryan, break through obstacles that would have torn down many other sites and come out the other end of another draft ready to grow further has been great.

But a pat on the back is not why we’re here. We’re here to talk about the 2016 NFL Draft and the teams. Specifically, how I think your teams did. Good news is, I didn’t hate all of your drafts. In fact, in the grand scheme I probably liked 2/3rds of them to varying degrees. If you’ve followed my work this year or any other, you’re well aware (read more…)

The Best of the Rest: AFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 3, 2016

Victor Ochi

The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selection. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed, starting with the most notable AFC additions.


Victor Ochi — EDGE — Stony Brook: A small school defensive end who can see time in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme as a pass rush specialist

Matt Skura — C — Duke: A three-year starter and top center in the ACC, Skura is a quality offensive lineman worthy of a roster spot.


Matt Johnson — QB — Bowling Green: Johnson set a MAC-record with almost 5,000 passing yards in 2015. He’s an interesting QB to develop as a long-term backup.


Dominique Alexander (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 29 – NFL “Draft” Grades

Written by Justin Higdon on May 3, 2016


At the risk of boring their wonderful and understanding wives to tears, Seth and Justin watched almost the entire 2016 NFL draft together last weekend. Today they bring you their “draft” grades for every NFL team.

Joe Marino’s Final 2016 NFL Draft Board

Written by Joe Marino on April 28, 2016


Rank Grade Name College Position 1 1 Laremy Tunsil Ole Miss OT 2 1 Joey Bosa Ohio State EP 3 1 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 4 1 Jared Goff Cal QB 5 1 Shaq Lawson Clemson EP 6 1 Myles Jack UCLA LB 7 1 DeForest Buckner Oregon DL 8 1 Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame OT 9 1 Vernon Hargreaves III Florida CB 10 1 Jason Spriggs Indiana OT 11 1 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DL 12 1 Jonathan Bullard Florida DL 13 1 Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State RB 14 1 Carson Wentz North Dakota St QB 15 1 Kevin Dodd Clemson EP 16 1 Taylor Decker Ohio State OT 17 1 Shilique Calhoun Michigan State EP 18 1 Darron Lee Ohio State LB 19 1 Chris Jones Mississippi State DL 20 1 Mackensie Alexander Clemson CB 21 1 Laquon Treadwell Mississippi WR 22 1 Ryan Kelly Alabama C 23 (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Isaac Seumalo, OL Oregon State

Written by Pete Smith on April 28, 2016

Isaac Seumalo


Isaac Seumalo opted to declare for the NFL Draft after spending 4 years and playing 37 games at Oregon State. Seumalo has played tackle guard and center, but he’s spent the most time playing the pivot for the Beavers.

Although a foot injury hampered him during parts of his career, Seumalo has always been a finisher that plays with a nasty streak. Healthy now and coming off of a productive offseason including a good performance at the combine, the best may be ahead of Seumalo as he prepares to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Pete Smith: How disappointed was your dad when you came home and told him you were gonna be an offensive lineman, being that he’s a defensive line coach?

Isaac Seumalo: Naw, he wasn’t disappointed. He knew that was probably the best spot. He was just happy that I got to be around (read more…)

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