The Cleveland Browns 2015 Season is Over, 2016 Draft Season Up Next

Written by Bryan Perez on December 7, 2015


The first team officially eliminated from the 2015 NFL Playoff race is the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The #Browns were the first team officially eliminated from the playoffs, per our researchers. Some change feels inevitable for 2016.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 7, 2015

At 2-10 and losers of the last seven straight games, the future of the Browns organization is unstable at best.  I’d be shocked if Mike Pettine is still patrolling the sidelines next year.  As a result, a new staff and new team management philosophy is likely to create a longer rebuild process than even the most pessimistic fan is expecting right now.

Championship Week Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on December 5, 2015

Carson Wentz 2014 SDSU Looks Downfield


If your college football team is playing a meaningful game this weekend, congratulations! It means a highly successful season. Any time a team can play for a conference title, it’s a good year.

This is the last college football before the bowls begin. Let that sink in for a minute. Get yourself in front of a television this Saturday, perhaps with a cold beverage and some combination of meat, cheese and crudité. That’s where I’ll be on Saturday, notepad in hand, and here’s what I’ll be watching…

MAC Championship Scouting Preview

Written by Jeff Risdon on December 4, 2015


Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 8 PM on ESPN2

Get your #MACtion on! I’ll be in the Ford Field press box to catch the MAC Championship, a game which features a few legit NFL prospects.

The featured performer is BGSU wideout Roger Lewis. He plays the role Corey Coleman does for Baylor in the Falcons’ offense under Dino Babers, who has implemented the Art Briles offense to wild success in Northwest Ohio. Lewis is just a redshirt sophomore but he’s already 22 and widely expected to leave school. His off-field flags need to be mentioned in terms of draft stock, but for this one night just watch the talented young receiver play. He’s a legit 6’2” and 200 pounds; I’ve stood next to him during BG’s game at Western Michigan, where he displayed NFL starter traits.

The long speed, the get-off at the line, the crisp feet, (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 8 (LIVE!)

Written by Bryan Perez on December 3, 2015


Episode 8 of the Draft Breakdown Podcast featuring NFL.com’s Matt Harmon is LIVE! Click PLAY below!

2016 NFL Draft Holiday Shopping Guide – Offense

Written by Matt LaPan on December 2, 2015


The grind of the regular season is over as teams approach their conference championship games, bowl games or head into the offseason. It is also holiday shopping season, and a lot of NFL fans are already looking at what gifts the NFL Draft can bring them next year.

Much like shopping for the newest technology trends, or other top gifts – it is best to do a good, better, best comparison on NFL Draft prospects that your team might be looking at in the 2016 draft.

Matt Waldman’s Boiler Room: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Written by Bryan Perez on December 2, 2015


We’re pleased to welcome back Matt Waldman and his film room analysis to Draft Breakdown’s 2016 NFL Draft coverage.

His Boiler Room series evaluates a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in quick-hitting fashion from the perspective of one of the industry’s most talented scouting minds.  In this new episode, Matt discusses the seemingly simple yet complex slant route, using the skill set of Michael Thomas as his case study.

Sports Illustrated puts Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts “On the Clock”

Written by Bryan Perez on November 30, 2015


Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft podcast, “On the Clock,” has interviewed many of the industry’s top analysts and writers. Three of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts have been interviewed by host Chris Burke, and the links to their appearances can be found below. I appeared on the most recent episode, in which I fielded several true/false questions from Chris.

Episode with Senior Analyst Kyle Crabbs:

Episode with Senior Analyst Jeff Risdon:

CFB Week 13 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 28, 2015

house divided


Rivalry Week. These are the games college football fans live for, the week where trash talking, face painting, and undaunted taunting rise to fever pitch. It reminds me of the first few bars of this Bullet For My Valentine bit of sonic heaven

Many of these games have significant conference title ramifications. Some will even decide who plays for the national title. Even in the matches where the teams aren’t nationally relevant, regional bragging rights are more than enough reason to tune in.

Ohio State at Michigan, 12 PM on ABC

When you walk in to the Risdon home, this is what you see:

Needless to say, this is a really big deal ‘round these parts. And it’s a pretty important game for several NFL prospects, notably a pair of Buckeyes who did not help themselves against Michigan State or the aftermath of that devastating, uninspiring (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 7

Written by Bryan Perez on November 25, 2015


Seth, Justin and Justis are back to discuss the trending 2016 NFL Draft topics, including Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

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CFB Week 12 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 21, 2015


We are getting to crunch time in college football. For many teams there are just two weeks left. For the draft-eligible prospects on these non-bowl teams, it’s the last chance to lay down positive game tape.

For those of us in the draft media, it means it’s about time to start writing scouting reports. We will have hundreds of them here at Draft Breakdown, and I can guarantee you they will be among the most thorough and well-researched you will find anywhere!

Memphis at Temple, 12 PM on ESPNU

The Tigers star has fallen a bit with two straight losses, but it’s still worth watching Paxton Lynch operate the offense against a pretty solid Temple defense. Lynch continues to impress with his development, promising a higher ceiling than any other draft-eligible QB. Having said that, the lingering warts are also showing up more often. I saw one of my (read more…)

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