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Exclusive: Interview with Alabama’s Tim Williams

Written by Justin Melo on April 24, 2017

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A potential first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Alabama EDGE rusher Tim Williams took time out of his busy predraft schedule to speak with us exclusively here at Draft Breakdown. Williams leaves Alabama for the NFL with two National Championship appearances and 20.0 sacks to his name. In our interview, Williams talks about his failed drug tests and why he decided to be transparent with teams on the topic, why he’s glad he wasn’t labeled a combine workout warrior, the art of pass rushing, playing for coach Saban and more.

Thanks for joining me today Tim.

Williams: Thanks for having me.

You decided to return to Alabama despite posting double digit sacks in 2015. You were definitely ready to enter the draft last season. Why did you return in 2016?

Williams: I decided to return because I wanted to win another championship. I wasn’t interested (read more…)


Nicholas McGee’s Running Back Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 24, 2017

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It’s an excellent year to need a running back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

There are day-three prospects who can be legitimate difference-makers at the pro level, and here I ranked the top 20 tailbacks in the class.


Nicholas McGee’s Quarterback Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 24, 2017

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As we enter draft week, nobody really knows who the first quarterback off the board will be.

Here I give my opinion on what order the quarterbacks should be taken by ranking the top 20 quarterbacks in the class.


2017 NFL Draft: Jonah Tuls’ Top 300 Big Board

Written by Jonah Tuls on April 22, 2017

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The wait is almost over. With the 2017 NFL draft only five days away, it is time to release my overall rankings for the draft with my final top 300 big board. The board will be separated by players with a first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth/seventh or priority free agent round grade. If you are not familiar with a big board, this is a vertical, overall ranking of the top prospects in the class according to my evaluations; however, they are not where I think they will go in a mock draft necessarily. Feel free to contact me on Twitter (@JonahTulsNFL) if you have any feedback, and without further ado, here is my final big board for the 2017 NFL draft:

First Round Grades: 24

  • Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
  • – Myles Garrett has unanimously been the top player in the draft since the beginning of the process, (read more…)


    Exclusive Interview with Auburn DB Rudy Ford

    Written by Justin Melo on April 20, 2017

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    Auburn DB Rudy Ford took time out of his busy predraft schedule to speak with us exclusively here at Draft Breakdown. After running a 4.3 at his pro day, teams across the league are taking a closer look at Ford and the versatility he can bring to their defense. Ford has made predraft visits to the Cardinals, Raiders and Rams. In this exclusive sit down, we discuss a strange occurrence with the medical team at the combine that held him out from participating in the agility drills, his experiences at the Senior Bowl and much more. Some video analysis is also included. Enjoy.

    Thanks for speaking with me today Rudy.

    Ford: It’s my pleasure, thanks for having me.

    You arrive at Auburn after playing running back in high school and they immediately convert you to a defensive back. What was that (read more…)


    The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 81 – Matt Harmon On The NFL Draft And Reception Perception

    Written by Justin Higdon on April 20, 2017

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    NFL.com’s Matt Harmon joins the guys to discuss his Reception Reception process for wide receivers, what he has learned so far, and how to apply data like his to NFL Draft prospect evaluations


    Jeremy Hyde – 2017 NFL Draft – Top 50 Board (final)

    Written by Jeremy Hyde on April 18, 2017

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    Exclusive Interview with Youngstown State EDGE Derek Rivers

    Written by Justin Melo on April 17, 2017

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    I had the opportunity to sit down with Youngstown State EDGE rusher Derek Rivers. In today’s pass-happy NFL, teams are constantly looking for edge rushers who can affect the passing game. Look no further than Rivers, who accounted for an astounding 37.5 sacks in four seasons.

    In this exclusive interview, we thoroughly discussed the art of pass rushing, how Rivers uses his time in the film room to gain the upper hand, and what tactics he uses to get his opponents off-balance. We also discussed what turned out to be an excellent combine for Rivers, his experiences at the Senior Bowl, how many teams he’s met with and more.

    I left my conversation with Rivers convinced that he was born to pass rush, and that a team would be wise to invest a first round pick into this extremely impressive young man. I’ve also included some (read more…)


    NFL announces list of 22 players who will attend the 2017 draft

    Written by Bryan Perez on April 13, 2017

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    The NFL announced the list of 22 players who will attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 27, headlined by three quarterbacks who aren’t considered locks to all be first-round picks.

    The 22 prospects scheduled to attend NFL Draft in Philadelphia, via @RLiuNFL. pic.twitter.com/Td5emsbq73

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 13, 2017

    While it’s a pretty safe bet that at least two of the three passers — Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer — will hear their name called in the first 32 picks, the NFL loves drama and there’s no position with more of it than quarterback on draft night.

    I’d expect one of these three to be hanging around until the second round, much like was the case with Geno Smith a few years ago.


    Exclusive Interview with UTEP RB Aaron Jones

    Written by Justin Melo on April 13, 2017

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    When it came time to decide his future after high school, UTEP RB Aaron Jones was searching for an opportunity to play alongside his twin brother Alvin. Offers were hard to come by, but the pair ultimately found a situation in UTEP that made sense for the both of them. Fast forward to today and UTEP certainly doesn’t regret that decision as Aaron leaves the program for the NFL after racking up more than 4,000 rush yards. In this exclusive interview with Draft Breakdown, Aaron details his versatile skill-set (which I’ve included some video analysis of) and two very, very strange questions he was faced with at the combine. Enjoy.

    Thanks for joining me today Aaron.

    Jones: Thank you for having me.

    You decided to attend UTEP because they were willing to take your twin brother Alvin as well. 4,000 rush yards later, how do you look (read more…)


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