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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.
  • South (read more…)

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…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Stephan Dickens CB Colorado State-Pueblo

Written by Justin Higdon on February 19, 2015

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Name:   Stephan Dickens School: Colorado State-Pueblo Position: CB Height: 5’8” Weight: 173

Experience: Three-year starter for the Thunderwolves with 17 interceptions and 30 pass breakups in 39 games. Career-high seven interceptions and 5.5 tackles for loss in 2014. Was the team’s primary punt return man last season, with 33 returns for 644 yards (19.5 average) and two touchdowns.

Accolades: Key contributor on the 2014 Division II Championship team, 2014 Honorable Mention All-American (d2football.com)

Games Watched: 2013 season highlights, 2014 season highlights, Sam Houston State, West Texas A&M, Minnesota State-Mankato

Projected Round: 6th-UDFA


Clive Walford Compares Himself to Gronkowski

Written by Joe Wedra on February 19, 2015

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At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine this week, TE Clive Walford had an interesting comparison for himself when asked for one by reporters. He says he watched every postseason play that the New England Patriots ran, and thinks he can be compared to Rob Gronkowski.

DB’s Take: Nothing like a little confidence to start off a prospect’s week in Indianapolis! Walford is a talented player that should get Day Two looks. However, teams probably won’t think “Gronkwoski” when they debate turning in Walford’s name on the draft card. At best, the former Miami Hurricane should be looked at as a guy who may develop into a starter in a few short seasons. He’ll have to earn that lofty comparison.


Welcome to the New and Improved DraftBreakdown.com

Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2015

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After much work and anticipation, the new and improved DraftBreakdown.com is finally here!  Thanks to the work of Will Spencer, DB has undergone a facelift that we hope will provide you with a more interactive and complete NFL Draft experience.

First things first, though:  The model here at DB won’t change.  We will still work tirelessly at providing you with the best NFL Draft educational resources around.  Our educational prospect cut-ups will be expanding to include more All-22 footage, and we invite players and agents who would like their film showcased on DB to contact us right away.

So, what’s new here at DB?

1.  Sign up, Log in, Interact…FOR FREE!

One of the exciting new features for the 2015 NFL Draft is the expansion of the user experience here at DraftBreakdown.com.  You’ll notice in our new navigation menu (which I’ll touch on later) has a user image all the way to (read more…)


Lovie Smith, Buccaneers “Comfortable” with Jameis Winston

Written by Joe Wedra on February 18, 2015

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During today’s press conferences in Indianapolis at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he would be “comfortable” making Jameis Winston his franchise quarterback. As NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer notes, the team has not met with the former Florida State quarterback, but intend to this week. 

DB’s Take: It’s certainly a move that many are anticipating, but Tampa Bay taking Winston with the first overall selection comes with risks. On the field, it can be argued that he’s in a better spot to lead an NFL offense than Marcus Mariota. Off it, too many question marks still loom.


2015 NFL Draft: Dove’s NFL Scouting Combine Storylines

Written by Jon Dove on February 18, 2015

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The NFL Scouting Combine has become one of the more interesting events during the NFL draft process. It gives each team an opportunity to get accurate measurements, have a face-to-face interview and compare workout numbers. The problem is that some teams put too much stock into the workouts, allowing the numbers to overshadow the game tape.

However, there are plenty of positive things to take from this event. Below are five things that I’ll be watching closely throughout the combine process.

1.  Devin Funchess’ workout numbers

Michigan’s Devin Funchess is one of the most interesting prospects in this draft because of his rare combination of size and athleticism. This has also made it tough to find the best position for him at the next level.

He entered the season labeled as a tight end, but he rarely lined up on the line of scrimmage, playing more of a wide (read more…)


NDT Scouting Report: Iowa Defensive Tackle Carl Davis

Written by Kyle Crabbs on February 18, 2015

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*The following is an excerpt from NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus. To learn more about NDT Scouting and the availability of the NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus (available for pre-order NOW; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!*

Carl Davis, DT/NT (#71)

RS Senior, University of Iowa Hawkeyes Date of Birth: 03/19/1992

Size:

  • Measurement Source: Senior Bowl
  • Height: 6’4 5/8“
  • Weight: 321
  • Hand Measurement: 11.00″
  • Arm Length: 34.50″

Experience:

  • Career Starts: 26
  • Started Team Wins: 15
  • Career Winning Percentage: 0.577
  • Represented Team as Captain: No
  • Total Game Appearances: 43

Athleticism:

  • Athletic Testing Source: NFLDraftScout.com
  • 40 YD Dash: 5.12 (Estimate)
  • DT Combine Avg. (’03-’14): 5.07

Production:

  • Career Statistics: 94 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 14.5 Tackles for Loss
  • Per Game Averages:
    • Total Tackles/Game: 2.19
    • Total Sacks/Game: 0.08
    • Total TFL/Game: 0.34

Film Evaluation:

Games watched: Minnesota (2014), Northern Iowa (2014), (read more…)


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