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John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Edge-Rusher Rankings

Written by John Owning on February 27, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com contributor, John Owning, offers his 2015 NFL Draft EDGE rankings:

1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska – First Round

He is an excellent edge-rusher prospect who has rare physical traits and athletic ability. His weight is an issue, but he could step in right away and make an impact as a Leo or 3-4 outside linebacker. Gregory can also be a fantastic nickel rusher initially as he adds weight to his frame for a 4-3 team.  He is nowhere near his ceiling yet and is still an excellent player who makes a significant impact in every game. He has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

2. Bud Dupree, Kentucky – First Round

He is a rare talent who was used incorrectly at Kentucky. He has shown consistent improvement from year to year and should continue that trend when he gets to the NFL. Dupree is (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: QB

Written by Luke Easterling on February 27, 2015

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1. Jameis Winston | Florida State | 6’4″, 231 | Grade: Top 5

In a draft full of players with great potential but plenty of caveats, Winston is the poster-child. While much ado has been made about Winston’s off-field issues (and understandably so), he also has enough on-field concerns to give NFL front offices pause. His mechanics and on-field decision-making aren’t consistent, but his arm talent, football intelligence and leadership ability are rare traits that can’t be taught. He’s the most pro-ready passer in this draft, and should be the top overall pick.

2. Marcus Mariota | Oregon | 6’4″, 222 | Grade: Top 5

Winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy, Mariota suffers from the “system QB’ argument thanks to his many predecessors who have racked up gaudy stats in spread offenses but flopped at the next level. Mariota’s skills as (read more…)


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft WRs: Nelson Agholor, USC

Written by Bryan Perez on February 25, 2015

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With a little more than two months remaining before the 2015 NFL Draft, prospect overviews are being added to DraftBreakdown.com’s player pages every night.  I recently added my take on Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), which can be found below.

Overview:

Nelson Agholor, the junior wide receiver from the USC Trojans, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a prolific 2014 season and a productive all-around collegiate career. A starter in each of the last two years, Agholor totaled 103 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 TDs in ’14. He finished the season as a First Team All-Pac12 performer and Third Team All-American. In 2013, he managed 56 receptions for 918 yards and 6 TDs. He finished that year as a Second Team All-American and First Team All-Conference player. For his career, Agholor totaled 179 catches, 2,571 yards and 20 TDs. He offers added value on special teams, (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Written by John Owning on February 24, 2015

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No matter what anyone tells you, the NFL Scouting Combine matters, as it is relevant and important to evaluating the talent of prospective NFL players. Every year there is a huge debate among the draft community about the importance of metrics and analytics to the process of analyzing talent. Some believe that film is all that should matter, some feel the analytics are more important and others believe in various amounts of both.

The fact of the matter is that metrics have their place in scouting and are a valuable tool to utilize as you project and rank prospects. Metrics and analytics are great ways to find trends and establish thresholds or baselines that players should meet to become a functional player in the NFL. They also do a great job of establishing athletic profiles that produce the best results in the NFL.

Film may be king, but analytics are at least (read more…)


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Combine Performance Summary

Written by Kyle Crabbs on February 24, 2015

*The following includes excerpts from NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus. To learn more about NDT Scouting and the availability of the NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus (available for pre-order starting January 15, 2015; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!  NDT Scouting aims to collaborate both a comprehensive film evaluation grade (not included) with weighted peripheral metrics of size, experience, athleticism and production (also not included) to provide readers with a complete look at the prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft.*

With the Combine having passed us by, the difficult task of sifting through the loads of information available to draft analysts, writers and fans alike now looms.  What you choose do do with this information is ultimately up to you as an individual and there is no right or wrong way to interpret the data.  Ultimately there is no direct correlation between specific data (read more…)


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 23, 2015

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Monday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the defensive backs participating in on-field drills. Here at Draft Breakdown, we are making the results of the workouts and weigh-ins easy to track with our 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker.

Beyond the measurable aspects of the Combine, there were on-field drills that allow evaluators to examine the movement skills and athletic ability of the prospects. Below are some of my notes and takeaways from the day’s events.

  • Human beings should not be able to jump like Connecticut DB Byron Jones did today. Seeming to never stop elevating, Jones leaped an insane 12’3’’ in the broad jump to go along with a 44.5” vertical jump. Only a few weeks removed from labrum surgery, Jones did not run a 40-yard dash but with that type of lower body explosion, an excellent time is anticipated (read more…)


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft DTs: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine winding down, the DraftBreakdown.com player rankings are starting to take shape.  Our full list of positional rankings and the 2015 DB Big Board will be posted within the next few weeks (likely by mid-March), but until then, be sure to check our expanding player overviews by clicking the scouting report tab on the player pages.

Here’s my take on Michael Bennett, the talented defensive tackle from Ohio State.

Overview:

Michael Bennett, the senior defensive lineman for the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a productive career as a starter in each of the last two seasons. In 2014, Bennett was named Second Team All-Conference after totaling 41 tackles, 14 TFLs, and 7 sacks. It was Bennett’s second time being named as an All-Conference player, as he was honored as (read more…)


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Line and Linebackers

Written by Joe Marino on February 22, 2015

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Sunday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the defensive lineman and linebackers backs participating in on-field drills. Here at Draft Breakdown, we are making the results of the workouts and weigh-ins easy to track with our 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker. Beyond the measurable aspects of the Combine, there were on-field drills that allow evaluators to examine the movement skills and athletic ability of the prospects. Below are some of my notes and takeaways from the day’s events. The defensive line is widely considered to be the strength of the 2015 NFL Draft Class and today further strengthened that argument.

  • The best prospect that nobody is talking about is Washington State DL Xavier Cooper. Cooper had one of the best all-around days as he posted impressive workout numbers while looking explosive and light on his feet in drills. He displayed (read more…)


2015 Scouting Combine Results Tracker

Written by Joe Marino on February 22, 2015

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Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 21, 2015

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Saturday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the wide receivers, quarterbacks and running backs participating in on-field drills. Here at Draft Breakdown, we are making the results of the workouts and weigh-ins easy to track with our 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker.

Beyond the measurable aspects of the Combine, there were on-field drills that allow evaluators to examine the movement skills and athletic ability of the prospects. Below are some of my notes and takeaways from the day’s events.

  • Alabama WR Amari Cooper, West Virginia WR Kevin White and Louisville WR DeVante Parker are who we thought they were; legitimate first round talents with number one receiver upside. They solidified that with their work today.
  • USC WR Nelson Agholor had an impressive day. He displayed quick change of direction skills, secure hands and fluidity as an athlete. He is (read more…)

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