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Miami’s Anthony Chickillo impressing at Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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Miami Hurricane defensive end, Anthony Chickillo, is having quite the day at the 2015 Scouting Combine.  After already pumping out 27 reps of 225, he ran exceptionally well clocking a 4.77 and 4.87 in the 40 yd dash (1.59, 1.70 10 yd splits).  Chickillo’s fastest 10 yd split equalled Vic Beasley’s, who has been lauded for his burst and athleticism throughout the process.

DB’s Take:  Chickillo was one of the stars of the 2015 East West Shrine Game, but unfortunately did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl.  He was somewhat limited by the scheme at Miami, as he projects as a potentially better pro pass rusher than he was allowed to be as a Hurricane.  His numbers prove that he has the kind of initial burst and closing speed required to be a successful sack guy in the NFL.  He looks the part of a Day 3 pick (read more…)


Vic Beasley blazes second 40 attempt

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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Clemson EDGE defender, Vic Beasley, ran an unnofficial 4.53 40 (1.59 10 yd split) on his second 40 yard dash attempt at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

DB’s Take:  Beasley has made a very good impression so far, as he bulked up to 246 lbs and is proving that he hasn’t lost any speed or burst at the higher weight.  His frame is chiseled and packed with muscle, and his 35 reps of 225 is evidence of the hard work that he puts in at the weight room.


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…)

Dorsett, Nelson Can’t Break CJ2K’s 40-Time Record

Written by Joe Wedra on February 21, 2015

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Phillip Dorsett is likely the fastest on-field prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, but that isn’t going to be enough to take Chris Johnson off his throne as the king of the 40-yard dash. The former Miami standout ran an official 4.33 on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, as Matt Miller notes. The sleeper of the day, J.J. Nelson from UAB, ran a 4.28.

DB’s Take: It’s a shame that we have to make this “record” a massive production every year, but it must be done. 4.33 is a great time, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Dorsett has incredible speed that some NFL team is going to love. For Nelson — it’s safe to say he’s on sleeper alert.


Ali Marpet Shines at Combine, Runs Quickest 40-Yard Dash

Written by Joe Wedra on February 20, 2015

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When it came to the 40-yard dash, D-III Hobart’s OL Ali Marpet stole the show during the offensive linemen workouts. With his impressive individual drills, Marpet also ran a 4.98 official dash time that showed off a bit of his athleticism. Mike Huguenin wrote up a glowing review that includes quotes from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock and Charles Davis.

DB’s Take: Good for this kid. Marpet shined at the Senior Bowl and has shown that he’s willing to compete with the best in this class to prove he can be a viable starting option in the NFL. Look for a team on Day Three to take a shot on one of the Draft’s best stories.


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Offensive Line and Tight Ends

Written by Joe Marino on February 20, 2015

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  Day One of the NFL Scouting Combine featured the offensive line and tight ends 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 three most impressive offensive lineman in terms of fluidity and movement skills were LSU OT La’El Collins, Florida OT DJ Humphries and Oregon OT Jake Fisher. After originally thinking Collins’ best fit in the NFL would be at guard, I am going back to the tape to see if I am comfortable projecting him to tackle.
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Brandon Scherff Injured at NFL Combine, Forced to Sit

Written by Joe Wedra on February 20, 2015

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On NFL Network’s broadcast of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Brandon Scherff was shown pulling up after a drill, apparently suffering a lower body injury. Later, Kimberly Jones would report that the former Iowa lineman hurt his hamstring. He was forced to sit out the rest of the afternoon.

DB’s Take: Here’s an unfortunate situation, but it won’t hurt Scherff at all as we move forward in the scouting process. His tape speaks for itself, and injuries like this are usually freaky scenarios that can happen to anyone. No need to worry about Scherff’s health moving forward.


DeVante Parker Says It’d be “Good” to go to Vikings

Written by Joe Wedra on February 19, 2015

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WR DeVante Parker met with the media at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, and had a few things to say about the potential of going to the Minnesota Vikings to reunite with QB Teddy Bridgewater. Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune in Minnesota says that Parker said “it would be a good thing” to get back with his former college quarterback, among other things on the podium.

DB’s Take: Wouldn’t this be fun? This one makes a whole lot of sense in almost every way. Minnesota needs help at the receiver spot, and Teddy Bridgewater could use a weapon that has the skills that Parker possesses. It sure seems like it’d be the perfect fit if he’s available.


Chad Dinkins’ 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gem – Zack Wagenmann

Written by Chad Dinkins on February 19, 2015

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Name:  Zack Wagenmann College: University of Montana (Big Sky/FCS) Position: Defensive End/OLB Height:  6’3” Weight:  245

Accolades:  52 straight games. Career – 37.5 sacks/52 TFL’s  2014 – 17.5 sacks/22.5 TFL’s Games Watched: EWU, EWU (Playoff), Montana State Projected Round: 6 – UDFA

 

 

 

Pros:

Wagenmann has dominated the FCS level for the Grizzlies during his four year career. He has a strong core and upper body to go with great use of his hands to control and shed offensive linemen.  Wagenmann plays with unmatched tenacity on the field.  He is able to get around the edge with the explosion to chase down the quarterback or running back.

Cons:

Wagenmann isn’t a great athlete and appears stiff at times on the field.  He’s not a great bender around the edge and relies on power and leverage.  He will be asked to play in coverage and may be limited (read more…)


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