2016 NFL Draft: Early Grades of the Cornerback Class

Written by Jonah Tuls on November 10, 2015


Scouting prospects for the NFL Draft is a continuous process that never stops for some, and today, I’m going to break down the analysis of each cornerback that I have given initial grades to. WARNING: Hot takes may cause burns.

Elite Prospects

Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (#3 on Big Board)

– To me, I think Vernon Hargreaves III is the best pure cover corner that the NFL has seen coming out of college since Patrick Peterson. Many people will knock him down their draft board because of his 5’10 size, but don’t be fooled, Hargreaves is one of the more physical, “in your face” cornerbacks in the draft. With that being said, he is the best Off-Man cornerback I have graded since I started scouting prospects three years ago. Why is that? His ability to read and react are unparalleled in this class, as he doesn’t take any (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Rutgers vs. Michigan Scouting Notes

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 9, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 07:  Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines gets past the tackle of Sebastian Joseph #51 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and runs for a second quarter touchdown on November 7, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Rutgers visited the Big House in Ann Arbor, and I was fortunate enough to shiver along in the stands, in the cheap (if $65 base price is cheap) seats of Section 38. It’s a different perspective than the press box, as I was situated in the end zone and afforded more of an All-22 viewpoint. That’s my preferred angle.

Michigan handily dominated the Scarlet Knights 49-16 in a game that did not feel even that close. The crowd of close to 110,000 dwindled to MAC attendance levels after halftime, an effect of both the unexpected cold (wind chill was in the low 30s) and the noncompetitive game action.

Here’s what I saw on a blustery November afternoon…

PODCAST: 365 Draft, Episode 4

Written by Bryan Perez on November 9, 2015


Draft Breakdown Senior NFL Draft Analysts Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are back for episode 4 of 365 Draft, this time to discuss Rashard Higgins, Shaq Lawson and other underrated NFL Draft prospects.

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CFB Week 10 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 7, 2015

Your intrepid author will catch the UM/Rutgers game in person

Has it really been ten weeks already?! We have entered the final month of the regular season, if you can believe it. This week is already in full force with the return of #MACtion every night, a real joy for this MAC grad even though it meant seeing my alma mater, Ohio University, get pasted by Bowling Green on national television. Hopefully you caught some of Falcons WR Roger Lewis, a not-so-poor man’s Corey Coleman who could go as high as the third round if his rather significant off-field flag is satisfactorily lowered.

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 6

Written by Bryan Perez on November 6, 2015


Seth and Justin are back, this time to discuss the best fits for some 2016 NFL Draft prospects and all the happenings and hot takes from within the draft community.

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2016 NFL Draft Force Players Watch List: Initial Grades

Written by Justis Mosqueda on November 5, 2015


It’s early November and I’m comfortable throwing out my grades on 22 EDGE prospects who are eligible for the 2016 draft. Enjoy.

Detroit Lions Sit Atop the 2016 NFL Draft at Midseason

Written by Bryan Perez on November 5, 2015


With a little more than one-third of the NFL’s teams playing eight games of their 2015 season, it’s time to take a look at how the 2016 NFL Draft order is shaping up.

There are a few surprises at the top of the draft order, especially at the No. 1 overall pick.  The Detroit Lions were not supposed to be this bad.  We’re likely to see wholesale changes in the Motor City and it will be interesting to watch how the narrative surrounding Matt Stafford evolves over the next two months.

East-West Shrine Game announces early acceptances

Written by Bryan Perez on November 4, 2015


The annual East West Shrine Game announced its first batch of player acceptances on their website recently, which included Washington State offensive linemen Joe Dahl.  Dahl is being featured here on Draft Breakdown for the 2016 NFL Draft; we’ll be chronicling his journey from prospect to professional.

You can find the complete list of the Shrine Game’s roster here.

College Football Playoff Rankings Released

Written by Bryan Perez on November 3, 2015

CFB Playoff

The first installment of the 2015 College Football Playoff rankings were released today.  They will be updated each Tuesday throughout the rest of the college football season.  The top four teams will qualify for a two round playoff for the 2015 National Championship.

The complete top-25 can be found HERE.  Below is the current top four teams and their 2016 NFL Draft prospects (with seniors listed first).

CFB Week 9 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 31, 2015


This week’s entry is unfortunately not as expansive with games as most weeks, as it is Halloween time and also the start of youth basketball for my kids. In light of my time constraints, I encourage you to read the back issues of this series, as well as a piece I wrote for RealGM this week.

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