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14 Things I Love About the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on February 13, 2016

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Football is my Valentine and the NFL Draft is the fuel for my football love. While you might be thinking of the perfect way to express your love for that someone special in your life, I am going to declare my love for 14 things I love about the 2016 NFL Draft. In no particular order:

1.  Cal QB Jared Goff to the Cleveland Browns:  This decision could not be any easier for the Browns. They need a quarterback and Goff gives them a legitimate chance to fill that void. Goff is accurate, has great mechanics, terrific pocket presence and an altogether excellent, translatable skillset that gives you all the tools necessary to be the face of your franchise. Turn in the card and don’t think twice.

2.  Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd Is the Most Dynamic Offensive Player in this Draft:  Yea, I said it. I’ve been beating this drum (read more…)


Combine Snubs and Corrective Measures

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 12, 2016

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The NFL released the official list of participants in the 2016 Scouting Combine on Thursday. As is the annual custom, uproar quickly ensued.

Every year there are players who belong in the Underwear (or should I say Under Armour?) Olympics in Indianapolis at the end of February who are glaring omissions. This year, more than most, there are invitees who appear ponderous choices as well.

It’s time to put those hands together and fix this Combine! And I say that as one of the few draftniks who has actually operated a real combine from my days growing up on a farm in Northeast Ohio.

Here are the top five snubs, and the guys who I would kick out to include them in the Lucas Oil Field festivities later this month.

In: Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss. Thomas came from out of nowhere to turn in a commanding performance for (read more…)


2016 Scouting Combine Participants Announced

Written by Bryan Perez on February 11, 2016

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The NFL finally released the official list of the 2016 Scouting Combine’s participants today, with 332 of college football’s top prospects named and expected to attend.  Over one-third of the players will come from the offensive and defensive lines (59 DL, 53 OL), providing insight for where the strength of this year’s draft class resides.

Some notable snubs include:  Jacob Coker (QB, Alabama), Aaron Green (RB, TCU), Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio State), Paul McRoberts (WR, SE Missouri).

The complete list of participants for the 2016 Scouting Combine can be found HERE.


Scouting the 2016 NFL Draft: Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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During the week of Senior Bowl practices, fellow Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst and founder of NDT Scouting, Kyle Crabbs, made it clear to me that I had to sit down and watch the tape of Maryland’s EDGE defender Yannick Ngakoue.  I was familiar with the junior defensive lineman’s name, but I had not yet viewed any of his film.

I decided to change that yesterday.  I  watched three of his games here on Draft Breakdown (Ohio State, USF, Michigan).  Now, you might be wondering how I watched three games when his profile page only has two listed.  Pro tip:  Search “Maryland” in the prospect search bar and his game versus Michigan is listed in the results.

First, let’s take a look at his background.  He had a huge year this past season, starting 11 of 12 games and finishing with 13.5 sacks, 15 TFL (read more…)


NFL to Ban Players with Domestic Abuse Convictions from Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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The NFL has decided to bar any NFL Draft prospect who has been convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or sexual assault from attending league-related activities and events, according to a report by the USA Today.  The policy change will prevent prospects who have a misdemeanor or felony conviction from attending the Scouting Combine, and, if they’re a first or second-day prospect, they will also be barred from attending the NFL Draft in person.

BP’s Take:  This is a good move by the NFL for several reasons.  First, any time you are in the position to take action against crimes of violence, you should do it.  The NFL is doing that by using their stature to hopefully curb the decision making of some of the next generation of professionals.  Second, I’m glad the NFL has made sure to use the term “conviction” versus “allegation.”  Every man, woman and child (read more…)


Matt Waldman’s Boiler Room Series: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was one of the stars of the 2016 Senior Bowl, with many suggesting that his stock could rise all the way into the first round of the NFL Draft.  He was recently placed under the microscope by  Matt Waldman in his Boiler Room series.  The Boiler Room evaluates a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in quick-hitting fashion from the perspective of one of the industry’s most talented scouting minds.

Remember:  You can pre-order Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio, one of the most in-depth skill position draft guides available.  It’s worth every penny.


Jeff Risdon’s Post Super Bowl Mock Draft

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 8, 2016

Where do Joey Bosa and the other top prospects wind up?
Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Mock drafts at this point in the process are more about projecting players to slot ranges than trying to accurately predict what the teams are going to actually do come draft weekend. Here’s a tip: the teams don’t know what they’re going to do yet either.

So this mock is about expanding the realm of possibility, changing the thought horizon. These selections do not mesh with my personal choices, but reflect one way things might unfold. Remember, your favorite NFL team seldom does exactly what you want them to do or think they should do. Trust me on this, I’m a Lions fan from Cleveland. Free your mind and the rest will follow…

  • Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
  • This seems to be the popular choice at the top, and it is for good reason. Tunsil will be the highest-rated offensive lineman I’ve scouted since Joe Thomas. (read more…)


    Draft Breakdown Adds noHuddle Remote to Users’ Viewing Experience

    Written by Press Release on February 8, 2016

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    Draft Breakdown adds noHuddle Remote to enhance user experience.

    (February 8, 2016) – DraftBreakdown.com has taken steps to enhance its users’ film study experience by incorporating a “clicker” thanks to the developers at noHuddle Remote.

    The new feature will allow NFL Draft analysts to convert their smartphone into a coaches clicker after a few simple steps as explained in the video tutorial below.  “It is our goal to continue improving the quality of our users’ experience by offering a comprehensive library of scouting tape, quality written content from NFL Draft experts, and member tools for the unaffiliated writer to post their mock drafts, scouting notes, and NFL Draft articles.  By incorporating the noHuddle remote, our users can now free themselves from their keyboard and truly simulate the scouting experience,” said Draft Breakdown co-owner  Bryan Perez.

    There is no fee for the remote.  “We want our users to enjoy the NFL Draft (read more…)


    Comparing Top Offensive Tackles: Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil vs Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley

    Written by Joe Marino on February 6, 2016

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    Over the past eight NFL Drafts (2008-2015) an average of 4.5 offensive tackles have been selected in the first round. Over the past nine NFL Drafts (2007-2015) there has been 15 top-10 picks that were offensive tackles, a whopping 16.6% of all top-10 selections. Whether it’s because they are “safe” picks or protecting your franchise quarterback is that important to NFL teams, it’s clear that teams like taking offensive tackles high in the draft.

    The 2016 NFL Draft class features two, top-10 caliber prospects in Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil. Which one is the better prospect? The information will make that decision as I examine them in five key areas.

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    Born on March 18, 1994, Stanley was a 4-star recruit in 2012 as rated by 247 Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings. He was ranked 127th best recruit in the nation and 13th best (read more…)


    Comparing Corners: Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III vs. Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander

    Written by Joe Marino on February 3, 2016

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    Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey is the top secondary player available in the 2016 NFL Draft. Whether you prefer Ramsey at safety or corner, he is a blue chip prospect and clear-cut best DB available.

    With that out of the way, the new question is: Who is the second best cornerback in the 2016 class? To answer that, we turn our attention to Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III and Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander. By comparing them in key areas, the information will decide who the better prospect is between them. First, some background information on the standout corners.

    Both Hargreaves and Alexander were highly regarded recruits in the 2013 class as ESPN had them ranked third and fourth overall respectively and rated as five-star recruits. They were destined to be compared to each other and oddly enough, Jalen Ramsey was the 14th rated (read more…)


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