2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Kenneth Dixon, RB, LaTech

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on May 19, 2015

Kenneth Dixon

Let me kick things off by introducing what this series will be all about. I will be looking at players that are not from your “power 5″ conferences (SEC, ACC, PAC 12, BIG 10, BIG 12) that could potentially become household names by the time the 2016 NFL Draft rolls around.

For the first installment, I will be analyzing running back Kenneth Dixon out of Louisiana Tech. Dixon is listed at 5’10” and 212 pounds. He loves to play with a downhill, no-nonsense demeanor. Dixon has run for 1,000+ yards in two of his three seasons at Louisiana Tech with the lone exception being his sophomore year when he missed multiple games with a foot injury. During his junior campaign he amassed 1,684 yards from scrimmage (1,299 rushing and 385 receiving) using a impressive blend of pass catching ability and hard-nosed running. Going into his senior season he has already accounted for 61 (read more…)

Chris Ross’ Way-Too-Early 2016 NFL Draft Top 5 QB Rankings

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on May 18, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

1. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State*

Playing in a new offensive scheme with below-average receivers and an offensive line that couldn’t block anything, Christian Hackenberg’s production fell off in a big way last season, going from 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a freshman to 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season. That said, Hackenberg has the skills to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s got plus arm strength, and he goes through his progressions consistently. If he can improve his decision-making under pressure and stop forcing ill-advised throws, Hackenberg could very well be a top-five pick in the 2016 draft.

2. Connor Cook, Michigan State

Had he entered the 2015 draft, Connor Cook likely would have been a top-10 selection due to the dearth of talent at the position.  Luckily for him, however, Cook still has a good chance at (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 16, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

Rated as a five-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, Christian Hackenberg’s arrival at Penn State was met with lofty expectations. After earning the starting quarterback job as a true freshman, Hackenberg was set to fill those expectations. Hackenberg’s natural talent coupled with a NFL-caliber offensive mind and quarterback developer Bill O’Brien as his head coach made Hackenberg’s future bright as can be.

After Hackenberg’s freshman season where he showed flashes of brilliance, Bill O’Brien left Penn State to become the head coach of the Houston Texans. This was a major blow to Hackenberg’s development. While the numbers do not tell the whole story, a positive leap forward in production certainly did not happen in his sophomore season.

2013:  58.9 completion percentage, 7.5 yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions

2014:  55.8 completion percentage, 6.2 yards per attempt, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions

If Penn State did qualify (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Content Coming Soon!

Written by Bryan Perez on May 15, 2015


The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books and the team at DraftBreakdown.com would like to extend a “Thank You!” to everyone who has visited, shared and enjoyed our work.

It goes without saying that the the most valuable players on the DB roster is our group of talented and dedicated video editors, each of whom can be followed on Twitter here.  Their commitment and contribution to the NFL Draft community is vital for the growth and expansion of educated scouts and analysts, arming them with the resources needed to engage in informed discussions and debates about the prospects.

It is our goal to offer our video editors more exposure in the coming months and future drafts.  It starts with you, the fan of DB, expressing your appreciation for their work by following them on social media, sharing their educational prospect cut-ups and letting them know your thoughts.   Everyone enjoys (read more…)

Dante Fowler, Jr. tears ACL in first Jaguars practice

Written by Bryan Perez on May 8, 2015


Dante Fowler, Jr., the Jaguars first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 3 overall), tore his ACL in his first NFL practice today.

DB’s Take:  This is just heartbreaking news for both Fowler and the Jaguars fan base.  There were big expectations for the EDGE rusher from Florida, as Jacksonville selected him ahead of both Leonard Williams (USC) and Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama).  Both Williams and Cooper were considered viable options at the third pick.  Fowler is likely to miss the entire 2015 season as he rehabs his knee toward a full recovery for the 2016 season.  We wish him the best.

La’El Collins signs UDFA deal with Dallas Cowboys

Written by Bryan Perez on May 7, 2015

LSU Florida Football

According to multiple reports, La’El Collins (OL, LSU) has agreed to terms on an UDFA contract with the Dallas Cowboys:

The #Cowboys deal for #LSU OL La’El Collins is for 3 years, fully guaranteed, per source. (@NFLCharean had it first)

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2015

DB’s Take:  Wow.  Just, wow.  Collins was ranked No. 14 overall on my Big Board and will likely go down as the best prospect to hit the UDFA market in the modern-draft era.  He joins a Dallas Cowboy team that was already considered to have one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in football.  We’ll see where he lines up in training camp, but Tony Romo and Darren McFadden are certainly pleased.

Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft Best Available: Day Three

Written by Bryan Perez on May 2, 2015

La'el Collins

After two days of the 2015 NFL Draft, 99 names have come off the Board, 72 of which were in my top-100.  There are a lot of good players still available today, and as many of you already know, the third day of the NFL Draft tends to be the true franchise-building rounds.  Here’s my list of the top-25 players still available (note:  players with an 8.0 grade or better are considered first-round prospects.  7.5 – 7.9 is a second-round grade.  7.0 – 7.4 is a third-round grade.  6.5 – 6.9 is a fourth-round grade.)


1.  La’El Collins, OT, LSU (Grade:  8.0)

2.  T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt (Grade: 7.9)

3.  Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson (Grade:  7.8)

4.  Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina (Grade:  7.7)

5.  Reese Dismukes, OC, Auburn (Grade:  7.6)

6.  Tre’ Jackson, OG, Florida St. (Grade:  7.5)

7.  Darryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma (Grade:  7.5)

8.  Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s Day 2 Mock Draft

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on May 1, 2015



33. Tennessee Titans – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

35. Oakland Raiders – Eli Harold, EDGE, Virginia

36. Jacksonville Jaguars – Eric Rowe, DB, Utah

37. New York Jets – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

38. Washington Redskins – Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska

39. Chicago Bears – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

40. New York Giants – Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

41. St. Louis Rams – Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

42. Atlanta Falcons – Ali Marpet, G, Hobart

43. Cleveland Browns – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

44. New Orleans Saints – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, EDGE, UCLA

45. Minnesota Vikings – Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma

46. San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami (FL)

47. Miami Dolphins – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

48. San Diego Chargers – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

49. Kansas City Chiefs – Donovan Smith, (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft First-Round Observations

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015

Leonard Williams - Featured

The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, and while we won’t truly know whether a team “hit” or “missed” on their pick for a few seasons, it’s worth taking a look at how the round played out and whether there were any questionable decisions made.

The top of the round went as expected, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston (QB, FSU), followed by the Tennessee Titans picking Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  I’m more confident in Mariota’s likelihood for NFL success, largely because of his off-the-field character and decision making.  That said, you can’t question either team’s decision to go with the obvious top-two quarterbacks.  If they both pan out, it will be a long time before Tampa or Tennessee is picking this high again.

The Jacksonville Jaguars decided that Dante Fowler (EDGE, Florida) was their guy despite the best player in the class, (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft Best Available: Day Two

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015


The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft didn’t have quite as much drama as we had hoped, with only two trades and the Titans staying put at No. 2 overall for Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  The first half of the first round went as many had expected with a few minor exceptions, but things started to shift a bit after the Chargers traded up to the No. 15 pick for Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin).

Players like Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, TAMU), Shaq Thompson (LB, Wash) and Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson) were all selected between picks 20-32 resulting in a lot of talented players with first-round grades to slip into Day 2.

The following list is the best available players as we start the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Remember:  A grade of 8.0 or higher represents a first-round grade on my scale.


1.  Owa (read more…)

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