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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 16

Written by Justin Higdon on February 3, 2016

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 16

Seth and Justin talk to Charles McDonald of PlaymakerMentality.com about his trip to Mobile, Alabama for Senior Bowl week. Which 2016 NFL Draft hopefuls stood out most, which players didn’t match the hype, and Chuck’s general experience as a first time visitor to the event.


2016 NFL Draft: Jonah Tuls’ Initial Top 30 Big Board

Written by Jonah Tuls on February 3, 2016

Nov 29, 2014; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive lineman DeForest Buckner (44) stands on the field before an extra point attempt by Oregon Ducks place kicker Matt Wogan (49) against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The first installment of my Top 30 big board is here and we are just about to hit our stride into “draft season” so read and enjoy, or yell at it if that is your kind of thing.

1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

To me, this is a no brainer and I believe that Tunsil is actually one of the most complete prospects regardless of position to come out of college in a long time. He has the look and feel of a future Pro Bowl left tackle in this league with his size, athleticism, and technique.

2. Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Some may think he is a cornerback, some may think he is a safety, but I like to call him a pure defensive back who can do it all. As one of the best defensive playmakers I have ever scouted, (read more…)


Revisiting Cam Newton as an NFL Draft Prospect

Written by Bryan Perez on February 3, 2016

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Super Bowl 50 is only five days away and will feature two quarterbacks who are about as different on the field as you can get.  Denver’s Peyton Manning is the statuesque pocket passer.  Carolina’s Cam Newton is the freakish fusion of size and athletic ability.  Off the field, they’re both great ambassadors for the NFL; they play the game the right way and have the character traits that make parents proud to buy their jerseys for their children.

They also share the same NFL Draft experience, as both players entered the league as the No. 1 pick overall.  It’s shocking now to think that neither quarterback was a no-brainer pick at the time.  Manning was jockeying with Washington State’s Ryan Leaf while Newton was compared and contrasted to Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.  There were plenty of evaluators who criticized their game during the draft process, but time has proven the Colts and (read more…)


Six of the Best 2016 NFL Draft Prospects Under 5’10”

Written by Bryan Perez on February 2, 2016

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The NFL is one of the most violent and aggressive professional sports leagues in the world.  As a result, it’s crucial that prospects who hope to play in the league possess the necessary measureables to hold up against the weekly beating that is inherently part of the game.

Simply put, size matters.

The 2016 Scouting Combine is less than one month away.  Much like at the Senior Bowl’s National Scouting Weigh-In, participating prospects will have their height and weight ‘officially’ recorded for all 32 teams to inspect.  There will be several players who fail to reach their position’s generally accepted minimums, resulting in questions and concerns about their pro football potential.

Despite the fact that the NFL is hyper-focused on a player’s size and strength, there are several prospects every year who enter the league undersized and end up having really solid careers.  This article will identify six players who are unofficially listed (read more…)


Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL Mock Draft

Written by Bryan Perez on February 1, 2016

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Now that the Senior Bowl is in the books, the next event on the 2016 NFL Draft calendar is February’s Scouting Combine.  It will be the first time that the juniors and redshirt sophomores join this year’s draft party, and the event’s results will have long-reaching effects on the draft’s first round and beyond.

The Senior Bowl proved that this year’s draft is a strong one along the defensive line.  Teams in need of a beefy run stuffer or quick-twitch pass rusher should find what they’re looking for in the first round.  The Senior Bowl also strengthened the claim that North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz is a franchise quarterback who is worthy of early first-round consideration.

Despite the narratives that were advanced in Mobile, Alabama, the No. 1 pick is still likely to be an underclassman with Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil and Ohio State EDGE Joey Bosa leading the (read more…)


What to Watch in the 2016 Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on January 30, 2016

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The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl is set to kickoff today at 2:30 p.m. EST, and after a week of practices, rumors and hot takes, the following list is what I think you should be focusing on during the game.  Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive.  There are a lot of talented seniors participating in today’s game, many of which do not appear below.  Take a look at our complete Senior Bowl coverage to get familiar with some of the other players who stood out this week and have a lot to gain today.

 

Will Carson Wentz deliver?

The North Dakota State quarterback was all the buzz in Mobile, looking every bit the part of a young franchise quarterback.  From his size, arm, and overall presence on the field, Wentz made believers out of all those in attendance. He needs to put a ribbon on (read more…)


Illinois WR Geronimo Allison has Sleeper Potential in 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 30, 2016

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While all the focus this week has been on the Senior Bowl, there were plenty of draft prospects who caught the eye and boosted their hopes of a future in the NFL at last week’s East-West Shrine Game.

Vernon Adams and the West offense stole the show in a 29-9 win but, although the dual-threat Oregon quarterback took most of the plaudits for his performance, Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison – who was later called up to the Senior Bowl as a replacement – also likely made himself some money by finishing off a strong week of practice with an impressive showing.

Allison finished with six catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns and, if he continues to impress in the pre-draft process, should attract at least some mid-round consideration given his size and his skill set.

Having not played high school football as a sophomore or a junior , (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 15

Written by Justin Higdon on January 30, 2016

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 15

Seth and Justin discuss the rumblings coming out of Mobile, Alabama this week, and the hottest of the hot takes. Plus, will injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith be ready for the start of the 2016 NFL season?


2016 Senior Bowl: Day Three Practice Recap

Written by Bryan Perez on January 28, 2016

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The final day of practices for the 2016 Senior Bowl were met with slightly warmer and much less windy conditions, making the evaluation process a bit more enjoyable than the near frozen tundra conditions yesterday.

I focused most of my attention today on the running backs and linebackers, but I made sure to get a some looks at the tight ends as well.

Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon started his week with a great weigh-in (5’10”, 215 lbs) and finished with an impressive third day of practices.  He ran with an aggressive and decisive style of play and displayed the kind of quick feet needed to navigate to and through the hole.  Dixon caught the ball well and was just about impossible for the linebackers to cover in the one-on-one drills.  If he runs in the 4.4’s at the Scouting Combine, he’ll have a legitimate chance to leapfrog Derrick (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Day Three 2016 Senior Bowl Notes and Lunch

Written by Joe Marino on January 28, 2016

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The final day of Senior Bowl practices got underway in much warmer temperatures here in Mobile, much to the delight of all attendees. In case you missed any of my previous practice notes, links are below.

Day One Practice Notes

Day Two Practice Notes

North Practice Notes

-LA Tech DT Vernon Butler showed up just under 6’4”, 325 pounds and is a true dancing bear. He has show good movement skills and power.

-LA Tech RB Kenneth Dixon was the clear-cut best running back here all week and is making his case to be a day two selection. Dixon has a very translatable skill set with tremendous burst and is an excellent pass blocker.

-To continue my thoughts on LA Tech players, QB Jeff Driskell has the strongest arm of any QB here not named Carson Wentz. He is a developmental prospect but also very “toolsy”.

(read more…)


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