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John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Edge-Rusher Rankings

Written by John Owning on February 27, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com contributor, John Owning, offers his 2015 NFL Draft EDGE rankings:

1. Randy Gregory, Nebraska – First Round

He is an excellent edge-rusher prospect who has rare physical traits and athletic ability. His weight is an issue, but he could step in right away and make an impact as a Leo or 3-4 outside linebacker. Gregory can also be a fantastic nickel rusher initially as he adds weight to his frame for a 4-3 team.  He is nowhere near his ceiling yet and is still an excellent player who makes a significant impact in every game. He has the potential to be a perennial Pro Bowler.

2. Bud Dupree, Kentucky – First Round

He is a rare talent who was used incorrectly at Kentucky. He has shown consistent improvement from year to year and should continue that trend when he gets to the NFL. Dupree is (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: QB

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on February 27, 2015

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1. Jameis Winston | Florida State | 6’4″, 231 | Grade: Top 5

In a draft full of players with great potential but plenty of caveats, Winston is the poster-child. While much ado has been made about Winston’s off-field issues (and understandably so), he also has enough on-field concerns to give NFL front offices pause. His mechanics and on-field decision-making aren’t consistent, but his arm talent, football intelligence and leadership ability are rare traits that can’t be taught. He’s the most pro-ready passer in this draft, and should be the top overall pick.

2. Marcus Mariota | Oregon | 6’4″, 222 | Grade: Top 5

Winner of this year’s Heisman Trophy, Mariota suffers from the “system QB’ argument thanks to his many predecessors who have racked up gaudy stats in spread offenses but flopped at the next level. Mariota’s skills as (read more…)


Gurley’s Knee Uncertainty Continues

Written by Matt Horn on February 26, 2015

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Questions about Georgia running back Todd Gurley’s surgically repaired knee continue with the draft now two months away. After tearing his ACL in November, Gurley declined to have his knee inspected at the combine and will not participate at Georgia’s Pro Day. Bryan Fischer of NFL.com says that Gurley has been doing light jogging, but he is taking the recovery process slowly.

DB’s Take: Teams expect and even encourage this kind of behavior when dealing with such a serious injury. While Melvin Gordon III has made a strong case for being the first running back off the board, it is highly unlikely Gurley falls out of the first round. Even if he isn’t ready for a Week 1 start, teams understand how much potential the bulldozing running back has once he is fully healed.


Adrian Peterson ban lifted; impact on NFL Draft?

Written by Bryan Perez on February 26, 2015

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Adrian Peterson’s ban (that was set to expire on April 15th) has been overturned and he will soon be re-instated by the NFL.

DB’s Take:  The Peterson news could have an impact on the 2015 NFL Draft, as the Vikings will have to decide what direction they’re going to take with their Hall of Fame running back.  Peterson’s future with Minnesota was already in doubt, but things could get interesting  now that the team has two full months before the NFL Draft to make a decision on his status.  Running back-needy teams may elect to ring the Vikings for a trade rather than take a stab at a rookie from this year’s pool of talent.  It will be a drama worth watching.


Ali Marpet Says He Wants to be Drafted by New York Giants

Written by Joe Wedra on February 25, 2015

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Today on NFL AM, 2015 NFL Draft prospect Ali Marpet noted that if he had to choose a team, he’d want to go to the New York Giants. On NFL.com, Mike Huguenin writes that Marpet, a D-III prospect out of Hobart, compared his game to Jason Kelce.

DB’s Take: At-least this kid knows what he wants! Marpet is a solid prospect that many believe will turn heads once he gets to the NFL. As for a role on the New York Giants, don’t be surprised if it happens. The current depth on the Giants’ offensive line is paper thin; maybe Marpet could help out as added insurance.


Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft WRs: Nelson Agholor, USC

Written by Bryan Perez on February 25, 2015

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With a little more than two months remaining before the 2015 NFL Draft, prospect overviews are being added to DraftBreakdown.com’s player pages every night.  I recently added my take on Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), which can be found below.

Overview:

Nelson Agholor, the junior wide receiver from the USC Trojans, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a prolific 2014 season and a productive all-around collegiate career. A starter in each of the last two years, Agholor totaled 103 catches for 1,313 yards and 12 TDs in ’14. He finished the season as a First Team All-Pac12 performer and Third Team All-American. In 2013, he managed 56 receptions for 918 yards and 6 TDs. He finished that year as a Second Team All-American and First Team All-Conference player. For his career, Agholor totaled 179 catches, 2,571 yards and 20 TDs. He offers added value on special teams, (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU

Written by John Owning on February 24, 2015

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No matter what anyone tells you, the NFL Scouting Combine matters, as it is relevant and important to evaluating the talent of prospective NFL players. Every year there is a huge debate among the draft community about the importance of metrics and analytics to the process of analyzing talent. Some believe that film is all that should matter, some feel the analytics are more important and others believe in various amounts of both.

The fact of the matter is that metrics have their place in scouting and are a valuable tool to utilize as you project and rank prospects. Metrics and analytics are great ways to find trends and establish thresholds or baselines that players should meet to become a functional player in the NFL. They also do a great job of establishing athletic profiles that produce the best results in the NFL.

Film may be king, but analytics are at least (read more…)


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Combine Performance Summary

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on February 24, 2015

*The following includes excerpts 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 starting January 15, 2015; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!  NDT Scouting aims to collaborate both a comprehensive film evaluation grade (not included) with weighted peripheral metrics of size, experience, athleticism and production (also not included) to provide readers with a complete look at the prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft.*

With the Combine having passed us by, the difficult task of sifting through the loads of information available to draft analysts, writers and fans alike now looms.  What you choose do do with this information is ultimately up to you as an individual and there is no right or wrong way to interpret the data.  Ultimately there is no direct correlation between specific data (read more…)


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Backs

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on February 23, 2015

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Monday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the defensive backs 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.

  • Human beings should not be able to jump like Connecticut DB Byron Jones did today. Seeming to never stop elevating, Jones leaped an insane 12’3’’ in the broad jump to go along with a 44.5” vertical jump. Only a few weeks removed from labrum surgery, Jones did not run a 40-yard dash but with that type of lower body explosion, an excellent time is anticipated (read more…)


UConn CB Byron Jones Records Insane Broad Jump, Vertical

Written by Joe Wedra on February 23, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine featured its fair share of physical specimens this week — perhaps none better than UConn CB Byron Jones. The little-known corner recorded a 44.5″ vertical, and a 12’3″ broad jump on Monday morning in Indianapolis.

DB’s Take: Yeah, those numbers are pretty good. Whether or not they transfer over to the tape, it’s safe to say scouts are going to be turning on Jones’ film in the next few weeks. He certainly opened a lot of eyes.


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