Written by Bryan Perez on July 5, 2016
Written by Alex Sibo on July 4, 2016
With the 2016 NFL Draft well in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming season of college football and the new class of prospects likely to emerge from the pack.
The following project is my effort to create a pre-season guide to the 2017 NFL draft by personally creating one new video for every potentially draftable prospect over the summer. As the map below indicates, I’ve conceptualized this project as a “road trip,” posting videos on a school-by-school basis in geographical order.
The pages below are organized by region with the most recent videos on the front page; graduate transfers are denoted with an asterisk (*) and listed under their former team, with the new school in parentheses. Check back frequently – page will be updated daily!
East Great Lakes Region
Written by Bryan Perez on June 30, 2016
The 2016 college football season is less than two months away, and the anticipation is building for what should be a fun year highlighted by very talented draft-eligible players.
Pro Football Focus published their list of the nation’s top 101 players, and while they conditioned the ranking as not being an NFL draft projection, the names that appear at the top of the list are some of the 2017 NFL draft’s top prospects.
Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey earned PFF’s top billing and is their favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. It’s not all that shocking considering the astonishing performances he put on display almost every week in 2015. McCaffrey isn’t the top running back prospect for the NFL draft at this point in early stages of draft season, but that could change with another astronomical season and strong scouting combine performance.
Written by Justin Higdon on June 28, 2016
Once upon a time, Eric Stoner was a rising star at DraftBreakdown.com. Now semi-retired from the draft game, Eric isn’t shy about revisiting his takes from the 2013 NFL Draft. He joins Seth and Justin for an extended episode, to talk about the good, the bad, and how one of the most challenging drafts in recent memory helped him evolve and improve as a football analyst.
Written by Jeremy Hyde on June 28, 2016
1) Corey Davis – Western Michigan – (6’3” / 213)
The active FBS leader in both career receiving yards (3785) and touchdowns (33), Davis has been a standout performer in each of his three seasons at WMU. He was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2013 after catching 67 passes for 941 yards and six TDs, and named first-team All-MAC Conference following both his sophomore (78 catches for 1408 yards and 15 TDs) and junior (90 catches for 1436 yards and 12 TDs) seasons. He should be a legitimate contender for the 2016 Biletnikoff Trophy, awarded to college football’s most outstanding receiver, in his final year at Western.
Davis possesses ideal size and speed for the position. He accelerates quickly, both off the line of scrimmage and after the catch, and has a second gear to separate at the top of deep routes. A fluid athlete with excellent (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on June 26, 2016
Written by Bryan Perez on June 22, 2016
We recently touched on the legal troubles facing Alabama OT Cam Robinson and head coach Nick Saban’s decision to wait for the legal process to play out before offering an opinion on the subject. His patience paid off, as District Attorney Jerry Jones announced on June 20 that charges will not be filed against the high-end 2017 NFL draft prospect.
“I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating, while we were all at home in the air conditioning,” Jones told KNOE News.
This is true. Important news for Alabama football and eventually the NFL. https://t.co/Ssv8OrRTAf
Written by Justin Higdon on June 21, 2016
Seth and Justin are joined this week by Darren Page to talk about the 2013 NFL Draft. Darren also discusses his history of in-depth quarterback analysis, and how player evaluations and the draft process in general eventually steered him away from scouting
Written by Bryan Perez on June 18, 2016
The summer months are challenging for even the most passionate NFL draft fan, but news and noteworthy nuggets of information can be found in overlooked one-liners and first-look player assessments.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his early list of top offensive draft prospects last month, and his discussion of the running back class was interesting, to say the least.
The talent at the junior level is significant, but mileage and injury concerns are obvious. Fournette had 300 carries last season, and Chubb will be coming back from a knee injury. Cook can move to the top; he’s a major talent.
Kiper currently has Florida State’s Dalvin Cook rated as the fourth-best junior in the class, behind the likes of Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb and Jalen Hurd. With questions surrounding the tread left on Fournette’s tires and the status of Chubb’s devastating knee injury, the door is open (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on June 17, 2016
The Alabama Crimson Tide football program has had so much talent in their locker room in recent seasons that they could have been the 33rd team in the NFL. Coach Nick Saban has seen 39 of his former player drafted in the last five years, including 11 first-round picks.
Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen appears next in the long line of powerful and well-coached defensive linemen to hear his name called in round one. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently put him under the microscope in his First Look series and had some impressive scouting notes on the 6-foot-3, 294-pound prospect.
Allen has an outstanding combination of hand quickness, awareness and strength. He is a model technician when it comes to the hand battle against blockers. Against the run, he (read more…)