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Juju Smith-Schuster vs. Press Coverage: Why USC Star Will Make it in NFL

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 20, 2017

Juju Smith-Schuster vs. Press Coverage: Why USC Star Will Make it in NFL

Juju Smith-Schuster is considered one of the better receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he is not thought of in the same regard as Clemson’s Mike Williams or Western Michigan’s Corey Davis – seen by many as the top two wideouts in the class.

Despite racking up 3,092 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons at USC, Smith-Schuster is considered at best a late first-round and most likely second-round pick.

The main knock on him is that Smith-Schuster does not have the downfield speed to create true separation.

It is a fair criticism, but there is a trait he does possess that makes Smith-Schuster a good bet to succeed at the pro level, his ability to defeat press coverage.

Many players do not face a lot of press coverage in college, but Smith-Schuster saw plenty of it while with the Trojans and dealt with it consistently well, whether (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/20/17 – Senior Bowl South Squad Preview

Written by Joe Marino on January 20, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs overview the South Roster for next week’s Senior Bowl. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 1/19/2017 – Senior Bowl North Squad Preview

Written by Joe Marino on January 19, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs overview the North Roster for next week’s Senior Bowl. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 60 – Shrine Game Report And Hot Takes With Jeff Risdon And Emory Hunt

Written by Justin Higdon on January 18, 2017

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Seth and Justin talk to Jeff Risdon of RealGM.com, and Emory Hunt of FootballGameplan.com, for the latest East-West Shrine Game updates. Plus, Senior Bowl declines, steaming hot takes, and an important programming update


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/18/2017 – Shrine Game Update With Jeff Risdon

Written by Joe Marino on January 18, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs are joined by Jeff Risdon of Real GM who is on site this week for the East/West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, FL.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 1/17/2017 – Trait Oriented Scouting Philosophies

Written by Joe Marino on January 17, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs discuss the traits they must have at each position while conducting player assessments. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 1/16/2017 – Underclassmen Declaration Overview

Written by Joe Marino on January 16, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss some of the recent declarations for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Zach Cunningham – The best Vanderbilt prospect since Jay Cutler

Written by Justin Melo on January 13, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Dedrick Mills #26 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets eludes the tackle attempt by Zach Cunningham #41 of the Vanderbilt Commodores to score a touchdown at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The 2016 NFL Draft was not a source of pride for the Commodores. Vanderbilt had one player selected, Stephen Weatherly, an OLB the Minnesota Vikings made the 227th pick in the 7th round. Believe it or not, this was actually a step up from the 2015 NFL Draft when Vanderbilt didn’t have a single player drafted. However, the 2017 NFL Draft should be different for the Commodores, and one man is at the center of it all – LB Zach Cunningham.

Since Jay Cutler went 11th overall in 2006, the Commodores have only had one player drafted in the first round, and that was OT Chris Williams who the Chicago Bears selected 14th overall in 2008. Williams went on to play for three different teams in just six years, and his NFL career ended after a failed physical with the Bills in 2014. Now that’s not to say Vanderbilt (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 1/13/2017 – Film Study

Written by Joe Marino on January 13, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs overview six of the prospects they’ve evaluated this past week, including Taco Charlton, Malik Hooker, Teez Tabor, Jonathan Allen, Derek Barnett and Jamal Adams. The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 1/12/2017 – Fact or Fiction

Written by Joe Marino on January 12, 2017

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs go in depth to investigate some of the featured headlines throughout the past week regarding Draft prospects, weighing in with their two cents.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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