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2015 NFL Draft: First Round Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on April 30, 2015


The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, and while we won’t truly know whether a team “hit” or “missed” on their pick for a few seasons, it’s worth taking a look at how the round played out and whether there were any questionable decisions made.

The top of the round went as expected, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston (QB, FSU), followed by the Tennessee Titans picking Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  I’m more confident in Mariota’s likelihood for NFL success, largely because of his off-the-field character and decision making.  That said, you can’t question either team’s decision to go with the obvious top-two quarterbacks.  If they both pan out, it will be a long time before Tampa or Tennessee is picking this high again.

The Jacksonville Jaguars decided that Dante Fowler (EDGE, Florida) was their guy despite the best player in the class, (read more…)

2015 NFL Draft Preview Show

Written by Bryan Perez on April 28, 2015


The great team of Senior NFL Draft Analysts at joined me tonight in a roundtable discussion about the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft:

Bryan Perez’s 2015 Senior Bowl Recap: SOUTH practice, Day Three

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015


My focus during the South team’s afternoon session was again on the wide receivers and cornerbacks, and I was excited to take a long look at this group because it contained some of the week’s biggest “buzz” players.

Before getting into my notes, I wanted to give kudos to the Jaguars coaching staff.  They brought “the juice” this afternoon, making the experience fun and exciting for the players.  There was a noticeable difference in intensity level from the morning session, and the players were clearly competing harder.  Tight ends were “gronk-ing” the ball in the end zone after a score, secondary players were celebrating pass breakups, and the screams and hollers after a big hit echoed through the stands.  It was really fun to watch.


One of the week’s highest-profile players was Sammie Coates, the “looks the part” receiver from Auburn.  I watched Coates closely during the early portion (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s 2015 Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH practice, Day Three

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015


The final day of practices for the 2015 Senior Bowl provided one last chance for the crop of participating seniors to make an impression on the scouts and coaches in attendance.  A few players did just that today.

Today’s focus was on the wide receivers and cornerbacks.  I felt bad for this year’s crop of pass catchers, as the quarterback play has been downright atrocious.  In fact, none of the quarterbacks on either roster played like a draftable prospect.  The lone exception might be Bryce Petty (Baylor), but it’s only because he was able to sporadically spin an NFL throw.  Players like Shane Carden (ECU), Sean Manion (Oregon State), Blake Sims(Alabama), and Bryan Bennett (Southeast LA) failed to display any traits that suggested a rush to sign them after Mr. Irrelevant is announced.  They could (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s 2015 Senior Bowl Recap: SOUTH practice, Day Two

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2015


As I mentioned in my piece about today’s North practice, the weather continued to be perfect for the South team’s afternoon practice session.  The weather cooled down nicely about halfway through, as the condition’s were darn near ‘perfect.’

Also consistent with my approach toward the North team, I focused my attention on the South’s linebackers and running backs.  The results were underwhelming, with a few exceptions.  It should be noted that Denzel Perryman(Miami) sat out of practice with a hamstring injury.  His absence was obvious.

The standout in the running back group for me was Jalston Fowler (Alabama).  It started with special teams drills (kick coverage) where Fowler displayed better than expected straight-line speed when running downfield.  He was among the first coverage guys to the ball and added to his already increasing value.  He displayed (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s 2015 Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH Practice, Day Two

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2015


The second day of practices at the 2015 Senior Bowl are in the books.  It was a perfect day in Mobile, as the players and coaches were able to go to work under a clear blue sky.  The biggest “winner” this week might just be the weather.

Today was an important day for a lot of players, as the second practice tends to pivot their stock in one direction or the other.  Traditionally, guys who have a good first day can use the second practice to build on the positive momentum, whereas guys who struggled on day one have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

I decided to focus most of my attention on the running backs and linebackers for both squads, with a wandering eye back to the linemen who I spent a lot of my time on yesterday.  Tomorrow will be dedicated to the wide receivers and (read more…)

2015 Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2015


Bryan Perez’s 2015 Senior Bowl Recap: Day One

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2015


Day one of the Senior Bowl is in the books, and while it’s unfair to make blanket statements about a player after only one practice, I made  several notable observations that could shape the rest of the week for some of this year’s participants.

The morning started with the player weigh-ins.  Some analysts in attendance were surprised by some of the players’ height (i.e., they measured in shorter than expected), but it’s a common occurrence that team sites and media guides overstate the height (and sometimes the weight) of the respective players on their roster.  I wasn’t all that moved by the numbers.

I was, however, paying close attention to the prospects’ body composition in an effort to determine who works hard in the weight room as well as who possesses the innate, natural body-type for their specific position.  The most impressive player from a physical standpoint was Tyler Varga, (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know Chuckie Keeton

Written by Derrik Klassen on August 17, 2014

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In what’s shaping up to be a weak senior quarterback class, Chuckie Keeton stands out from the rest. Aside from prototypical size, the Utah State signal caller possesses all the tools that make a top-notch NFL quarterback.

It’s curious, then, that the Mountain West Preseason OPOY has never received the national recognition he deserves.

Then again, that very well may be a product of the ACL injury that Keeton suffered halfway through last season. The injury was a shame not only because it will be a concern moving forward, but also because he was on pace for a jaw-dropping statistical year before he went down.

2014 is both a new beginning and a final chance for Keeton. He will come back as a fresh player, but at the same time, it is his senior season and he has to prove his worth.

Without further ado, let’s get (read more…)

Five GIFs to Get to Know C.J. Johnson

Written by Aimal Arsalla on August 17, 2014

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Under the guidance of head coach Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss has transformed into a formidable program in the SEC. To his credit, Freeze was largely responsible for locking up defensive end stud Robert Nkemdiche on signing day in 2013. However, he also had the major benefit of inheriting another standout defensive end in C.J. Johnson.

Johnson stood out when I studied Ole Miss prospects last summer. He garnered some attention from the draft community at the time, but a season-ending ankle injury in October quieted the buzz.

Like Nkemdiche, C.J. Johnson was a five-star recruit. Freeze realizes his impact on the defensive line and made it clear that their defense took a step back when Johnson was lost for the season.

If Johnson can stay healthy and perform at a consistently high level, he has an opportunity to become a surprise first rounder in (read more…)

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