Written by Justin Higdon on July 21, 2016
Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 21, 2016
I don’t know if you know this, but it’s the third week of July. This is exciting for two reasons: first and foremost, we’re now just five weeks away from the release of the first edition of NDT Scouting’s Preseason Senior Outlook!
…Okay, so maybe that’s secondary to the open of the 2016 College Football season in 6 weeks. Probably. Definitely. We’re down to almost being able to count the weeks on one hand, which is progress from where we found ourselves in early May when the draft wrapped up. This summer I’ve been impressed with the movement of Draftbreakdown and some of our colleague sites to keep the low point of football in America to a minimum. We’ve seen tons of videos, articles, podcasts and more. So much so, I felt compelled to join the mix. Every week I’ll be collecting questions and each Thursday I’ll be answering (read more…)
Written by Justin Higdon on July 14, 2016
This week, Seth is joined by DraftBreakdown‘s esteemed co-owner, Bryan Perez. Bryan talks about creating FirstRoundGrade.com, his 2013 NFL Draft hits and misses, and his new role as managing editor of BearsWire.com. Bryan also discusses getting called out by Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long, and why that’s really not such a bad thing.
Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 12, 2016
1) Jake Butt – Michigan – (6’6” / 248)
A four-star recruit out of Pickerington North High School (OH), Butt appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, including five starts. He hauled in 20 passes for 235 yards and scored two touchdowns. He missed the Wolverines’ first two games in 2014 while he finished recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in conditioning drills the previous February. He was also suspended for the Indiana game for a violation of team rules. Playing in just ten games as a sophomore, Butt totaled 21 receptions for 211 yards and two scores. He earned first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-American honors in 2015, finishing second among Wolverines receivers with 51 catches, racking up 654 yards, and scoring three TDs.
Tight ends do not generally run precise routes or possess good separation quickness, forcing them to rely upon their (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on July 11, 2016
The Outland Trophy, which has been presented to the nation’s best interior lineman since 1946, announced its watch list last week that included intriguing senior draft prospect J.J. Dielman from Utah.
The 22-year-old native of Arizona enters the 2016 college football season with 27 starts on his resume, including all 13 games in each of the last two seasons at right tackle. At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Dielman has a lean and athletic build which makes him appear like a big tight end on the field.
He finished last season as an All-Pac-12 second-team selection and is looking to build off the success he had in 2015. In fact, Dielman was graded by Pro Football Focus as the eighth-best returning tackle in the nation. The analytics powerhouse described him as a mauler in the run game.
There’s no doubt that Dielman flashes quality traits for an offense’s rushing attack. He’s (read more…)
Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 8, 2016
1) Jovon Robinson – Auburn – (6’0” / 219)
A former five-star recruit and Auburn signee, Robinson sat out the 2012 season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA. He played the following two seasons at Georgia Military College, where he racked up 3198 yards and 43 touchdowns. The No. 1-ranked JUCO running back in the country, Robinson returned to Auburn for his junior season. He struggled to get on the field early but came on strong late in the season, rushing for 90 or more yards in five of the Tigers’ last six games. He finished with 639 yards on 116 carries (5.5 avg) and three TD runs, showing the promise that made him such a highly touted recruit, both out of high school and a few years later as a junior college transfer.
Robinson is a punishing runner who exhibits good patience, waiting for his blockers to (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on July 8, 2016
After a two-year run in Chicago, it appears the NFL draft is on the move once again. Reports have circulated that Philadelphia will be the league’s choice for 2017.
Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016
Tough and scrappy are two words that properly describe Pittsburgh’s senior OT Adam Bisnowaty, but taken alone, they’re not the kind of traits worthy of first-round consideration. Fortunately for the 22-year-old, his skill set is more well-rounded.
Bisnowaty is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds. He looks lighter on tape, which means he’s either being given a generous bump by 10 to 15 pounds or he simply carries his weight extremely well. He moves with above-average coordination and quickness, taking efficient and well-placed steps especially when sealing the edge.
Bisnowaty was named to the All-ACC’s first team in 2015 after starting 12 of Pitt’s 13 games. He missed one game due to an ankle injury, marking the second year in a row that he sat a game because of a nagging ankle. In 2014, he started 10 games and, in total, has 30 career starts heading into the 2016 season.
The (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016
The NFL is always searching for pass-blocking offensive tackles in the first round of the draft, and UCLA’s Conor McDermott possesses some appealing traits that will garner early-round, if not early-first round, attention come next April.
Unofficially listed at 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds, McDermott is a little light in the pants but has a good-looking frame from a length standpoint. He’s a lean and athletic looking guy which suggests he can bulk up even more once he gets into an NFL strength program. Whether he’ll be able to build his legs up is debatable, but overall his frame fits what the NFL is looking for.
His 2015 tape is a great display of his athletic ability as a pass protector. McDermott was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball during his senior year of high school, and it shows up on film. He has great feet.
McDermott consistently beats defensive lineman to (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on July 6, 2016