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College Football Review: Tight Ends

Written by Ryan Dukarm on November 20, 2015

Evan Engram

My fourth in a series of position breakdowns during the college football season, I take my first look at a few tight ends. These are not meant to be scouting reports on any player, they are simply meant to provide an extended version of the scouting notes feature on the site. For this week’s piece I looked at three juniors who could be among the first tight ends drafted if they declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. Thoughts or suggestions for future content? Let me know on twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)

OJ Howard (Alabama) vs Ole Miss

Pros: Showed good hands catching ability, early look appeared to show that he had fairly soft hands. Showed very impressive leg drive on early run blocks, plays above his size in run game after establishing hands. Good run blocker when he gets up to running speed, speaks to plus athleticism but limited play strength in close areas. (read more…)

An Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Running Backs

Written by Bryan Perez on November 19, 2015


Recent NFL Draft history suggests that the best time to select a running back is sometime during day two.  Last year’s draft was the first since 2012 that produced a first-round running back, with Todd Gurley going tenth overall to the Rams.  No-one will dispute the value that Gurley has brought to the NFL.  But what about five picks later, where the Chargers ultimately selected Melvin Gordon?  While I’m a firm believer in Gordon’s overall ability, it doesn’t appear as if San Diego maximized the value of their first round selection.

Take a quick look at the NFL’s rushing leaders through ten weeks of the 2015 season and it’s easy to see why the running back valuation is what it is.  Sure, three of the top four yardage leaders are former first-round picks, including the afore-mentioned Gurley.  But there are also four top-10 runners this year who were drafted on day three…if at (read more…)

CFB Week 11 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 14, 2015


Another strong Saturday slate on the scouting menu! We only have a precious few of these left, so carve out some couch time and soak in some of the future NFL players in action on this 11th Saturday of the 2015 college season.

Georgia at Auburn, 12 PM on CBS

If you’re like me, you haven’t watched Auburn in a few weeks. The last time I really checked the Tigers out was the lifeless loss to Mississippi State. In that late September game they did not have featured edge rusher Carl Lawson.

Lawson is back from a hip injury he suffered while bagging two TFLs in the opener against Louisville. This injury came on the heels of missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. It’s safe to say durability is an issue. We’ll get a good barometer of how well Lawson is doing as he challenges quality Georgia (read more…)

Three & Out: An Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Quarterbacks

Written by Bryan Perez on November 12, 2015

Jacoby brissett

The 2016 NFL Draft is a little less than six months away, making it way too early to have a definitive opinion on the college prospects and their likely draft grade.  That said, it’s not too early to start organizing your thoughts into tiers; write in pencil what you think a player’s current valuation is.  Obviously, more film study is required to issue a final grade and ranking, but some of the Draft’s narrative is starting to take shape and it’s important for any scout or draft analyst to stay ahead of the curve.

This installment of Three and Out will break the quarterback class into three tiers:  Day One, Day Two, and Day Three.


2016 NFL Draft: Early Grades of the Cornerback Class

Written by Jonah Tuls on November 10, 2015


Scouting prospects for the NFL Draft is a continuous process that never stops for some, and today, I’m going to break down the analysis of each cornerback that I have given initial grades to. WARNING: Hot takes may cause burns.

Elite Prospects

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (#3 on Big Board)

– To me, I think Vernon Hargreaves III is the best pure cover corner that the NFL has seen coming out of college since Patrick Peterson. Many people will knock him down their draft board because of his 5’10 size, but don’t be fooled, Hargreaves is one of the more physical, “in your face” cornerbacks in the draft. With that being said, he is the best Off-Man cornerback I have graded since I started scouting prospects three years ago. Why is that? His ability to read and react are unparalleled in this class, as he doesn’t take any (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Rutgers vs. Michigan Scouting Notes

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 9, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 07:  Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines gets past the tackle of Sebastian Joseph #51 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and runs for a second quarter touchdown on November 7, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rutgers visited the Big House in Ann Arbor, and I was fortunate enough to shiver along in the stands, in the cheap (if $65 base price is cheap) seats of Section 38. It’s a different perspective than the press box, as I was situated in the end zone and afforded more of an All-22 viewpoint. That’s my preferred angle.

Michigan handily dominated the Scarlet Knights 49-16 in a game that did not feel even that close. The crowd of close to 110,000 dwindled to MAC attendance levels after halftime, an effect of both the unexpected cold (wind chill was in the low 30s) and the noncompetitive game action.

Here’s what I saw on a blustery November afternoon…

CFB Week 10 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 7, 2015

Your intrepid author will catch the UM/Rutgers game in person

Has it really been ten weeks already?! We have entered the final month of the regular season, if you can believe it. This week is already in full force with the return of #MACtion every night, a real joy for this MAC grad even though it meant seeing my alma mater, Ohio University, get pasted by Bowling Green on national television. Hopefully you caught some of Falcons WR Roger Lewis, a not-so-poor man’s Corey Coleman who could go as high as the third round if his rather significant off-field flag is satisfactorily lowered.

2016 NFL Draft Force Players Watch List: Initial Grades

Written by Justis Mosqueda on November 5, 2015


It’s early November and I’m comfortable throwing out my grades on 22 EDGE prospects who are eligible for the 2016 draft. Enjoy.

Detroit Lions Sit Atop the 2016 NFL Draft at Midseason

Written by Bryan Perez on November 5, 2015


With a little more than one-third of the NFL’s teams playing eight games of their 2015 season, it’s time to take a look at how the 2016 NFL Draft order is shaping up.

There are a few surprises at the top of the draft order, especially at the No. 1 overall pick.  The Detroit Lions were not supposed to be this bad.  We’re likely to see wholesale changes in the Motor City and it will be interesting to watch how the narrative surrounding Matt Stafford evolves over the next two months.

East-West Shrine Game announces early acceptances

Written by Bryan Perez on November 4, 2015


The annual East West Shrine Game announced its first batch of player acceptances on their website recently, which included Washington State offensive linemen Joe Dahl.  Dahl is being featured here on Draft Breakdown for the 2016 NFL Draft; we’ll be chronicling his journey from prospect to professional.

You can find the complete list of the Shrine Game’s roster here.

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