The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 2

Written by Bryan Perez on October 6, 2015



Seth, Justin and Justis are back to talk the 2016 NFL Draft.   The guys discuss Cardale Jones, Jared Goff and Trevone Boykin along with the prospect who shined in week five of the college football season.  And be ready for the latest Hot Takes in Ep. 2 of the Draft Breakdown Podcast!

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CFB Week 5 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 3, 2015

Jacoby Brissett gets a chance to prove his draft worth

Conference schedules have begun in full force. This week’s top games feature several Big 12 and SEC clashes. The ACC makes a couple of appearances here too. As some have accused me of being too Big 10-centric, I’m ignoring that conference this week as none of the matchups are very inspiring. The Pac 12 has a few byes this week, and most games are one-sided in terms of NFL talent.

Sit back, relax, and fire up the DVR. Be responsible in your snacking!

Marquee Matchups: Week 5

Written by Luke Easterling on October 2, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

Notre Dame WR Will Fuller 6’0″, 184 | Junior | #7

A preseason favorite as one of the top receivers in the nation, Fuller has delivered on the high expectations he set last year with a fast start to 2015. The Philadelphia native racked up 1,094 yards on 76 catches in 2014, hauling in 15 touchdowns and averaging a score every five catches. So far this year, he’s topped 100 yards in three of his first four games and caught at least one touchdown in every game, including multiple scores in each of his last two games. So far in 2015, Fuller is sitting on 22 catches, 454 yards (20.6 average) and six touchdowns.

Fuller has adequate size for a potential (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Five Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 2, 2015

Jeremy Cash

On Wednesday, Greg Gabriel, a former NFL personnel man and current draft analyst for National Football Post, published an early evaluation of Cal quarterback Jared Goff. Gabriel raised the dander of the NFL Draft community when he led his article off with criticism of unnamed “draftniks,” (Mostly unnamed. He did mention ESPN’s Todd McShay) mainly for flip-flopping on prospect opinions and not being accountable for errors in judgment. I’ve interacted with Mr. Gabriel in the past, and was introduced to him a couple of years ago before a Senior Bowl practice session. While I haven’t spoken with him often, he has always been gracious enough to respond to my questions, and, given his 30 years of NFL scouting experience, I’ve always respected his opinions on draft prospects. I know that others have had different experiences, so I understand why the intro to his Goff piece ruffled a few feathers. I’m (read more…)

NFL Draft analysis and accountability

Written by Bryan Perez on September 30, 2015


Twitter is ablaze today.

The NFL Draft community has united against a claim suggesting that the ‘draftnik‘ does not have to worry about accountability when publishing his or her evaluations or when sharing their draft opinions on social media.


To me, this topic turns on the definition of accountability.  If the claimant is suggesting that the only accountability that matters is whether you keep or lose a job?  Then, yes, he’s probably right.  But is that really all that matters?

Most of us ‘draftniks’ do what we do because of our passion for the industry.  No, we’re not filing scouting reports with NFL or CFL teams, but we are filing scouting reports.  Instead of submitting our evaluations to front offices, we’re submitting them to the general public.  I’d argue that the reader of our reports — the football fan — is as tough to please as a general manager or director (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 1

Written by Bryan Perez on September 29, 2015


The official Draft Breakdown Podcast hits the ground running in the first episode of the year, as Seth, Justin and Justis discuss quarterbacks, positions of strength for the 2016 NFL Draft and more!  Remember to subscribe to the Draft Breakdown podcast on iTunes (coming soon)!

Three and Out: Boykin, Fournette and the Chicago Bears

Written by Bryan Perez on September 28, 2015


Week four of the college football season is finished and we’re nearly done with three weeks of NFL play.  There’s a ton of pigskin left to be played, but some NFL Draft narratives are beginning to to slowly take shape.

The NFL Draft community was spoiled in 2015.  We had two marquee quarterbacks, a slew of pass rushers, first-round running backs and some blue-chip wide receivers.  In short, it was a really good draft.  The 2016 class is going to be unfairly compared to last year’s group, as is always the case.  We’re roughly one-third of the way through the college football calendar, and the early returns on the ’16 class is that it will be a solid yet unspectacular group.

First Down:  Trevone Boykin’s big day.

Boykin’s performance was a dream come true for scouts that believe he has the arm talent to play quarterback in the NFL.  His 485 yards and (read more…)

CFB Week 4 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 25, 2015

LeRaven Clark is one of the featured prospects for the fourth weekend of the 2015 CFB season

Summer has turned into autumn, and the cooler air brings about the last weekend of widespread non-conference play. The most appealing games on the scouting docket are conference battles in the Big 12 and Pac 12, a boon for the late-night crowd.

There’s also a good battle between Florida and Tennessee in the SEC, one worthy of your DVR. I didn’t highlight that game here because nothing has changed since my prior write-ups of both schools. Read as: I haven’t seen their games the last two weeks yet and don’t want to be repetitive or disingenuous. One of the best lessons I’ve learned as a draft writer is to always be up front about your exposure to players. If you fake it, people will know. Remember that when you read pieces still trumpeting Wayne Lyons or Kevin Hogan as draftable prospects.

Marquee Matchups: Week 4

Written by Luke Easterling on September 25, 2015

Gators vs Tennessee.  September 21, 2013

Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

Western Michigan WR Corey Davis 6’3″, 205 | Junior | #84

One of the most productive receivers in all of college football last season, Davis racked up 1,408 yards on 78 catches on his way to 1st-team All-MAC honors, tying for third in the FBS with 15 touchdown receptions. He’s already picked up where he left off this year, hauling in 18 passes for 309 yards and three scores, averaging over 17 yards per catch. Top competition hasn’t phased him either, as Davis caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown last week against No. 2 Michigan State.

Just a two-star recruit coming out of high school, Davis has the size and skill set to generate plenty of interest within (read more…)

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Chance At Redemption

Written by Matt LaPan on September 25, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic

The start of the 2015 East Carolina Pirates season has not gone how many in Greenville hoped it would. Injuries and a tough opening slate of games have the Pirates sitting at 1-2 through their first three games with losses to Florida and Navy.

After dropping their opening American Athletic Conference matchup 45-21 to Navy, the Pirates are seeking redemption as they entertain another tough out of conference matchup this weekend when they welcome Virginia Tech into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

With the slow start and opportunity to pull even, Zeek Bigger knows his team still has a lot of football to play. When asked what the senior captain’s message has been to his teammates, Bigger said, “Keep striving. Keep your head up. We’ve got a lot of games to play. It’s only been three games, were just going on our fourth, and we’ve just gotta keep trying to be the best (read more…)

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