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Cognitive Awareness in Scouting: A Mental Checklist to Deeper Context

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 20, 2015

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Think about the last time you watched “film”.  Whether it was a television broadcast, a video cut up, a skycam view or coaches’ film; various amounts of information on a snap to snap basis.  Did you pull up your link, press play and digest?  If so, odds are you’re missing the “game within the game”.  The players move and each play can be recognized as move/counter move…think of it as checkers.  Offensive players move, defensive players react.  But football is a much deeper game than move/counter move.  One of the items I prioritized for myself at this time last year was to develop further my ability to watch, process and gather information from the tape.  Asking questions and formulating a mental checklist prior to each and every snap became a cumbersome (but ultimately worthwhile) task.  So if you find yourself processing the game by pressing play and watching the pieces (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Written by Justin Higdon on July 19, 2015

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Fresh off a humiliating 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, Wisconsin Head Coach Gary Anderson abruptly left the team to take the reins at Oregon State. Faced with a surprise job opening, the Badgers played in the Outback Bowl under Athletic Director and former coach Barry Alvarez, and defeated the Auburn Tigers. Wisconsin’s new head coach is a familiar face in Paul Chryst, who previously served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2005-2011 before taking the head job at Pitt. Chryst went just 19-19 in his two years with the Panthers, but his knowledge of the Wisconsin program made him a comfortable choice for Alvarez. Chryst inherits a roster that lacks an inspiring quarterback candidate, and the team’s All-World running back Melvin Gordon left school early to become a first round draft choice. Still, the Badgers have a favorable schedule, and could very well find (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes

Written by Justin Higdon on July 16, 2015

Iowa vs Iowa State on Sept. 14, 2013 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Hawkeyes defeated the Cyclones 27-21 and took home the Cy-Hawk Trophy.

The Iowa Hawkeyes won 11 games – including the Orange Bowl – back in 2009, but the program has been stale under Head Coach-for-life Kirk Ferentz since then. The Hawkeyes are 34-30 overall and 19-21 in the Big Ten over the past five seasons, but there’s opportunity for improvement on the horizon. Iowa has a cushy non-conference slate leading into a Big Ten schedule in which the toughest road games are against Wisconsin and Nebraska teams adjusting to new coaching staffs. Unfortunately, the Hawkeyes have lost their starting left tackle and both starters on the interior D-line to the NFL, and quarterback Jake Rudock has transferred to Michigan. Four incredibly important positions are major unknowns heading into 2015, and the remaining veteran talent is thin. Here’s a look at the 2016 draft-eligible prospects Ferentz will be working with this fall.


Evolution of Evaluation: 5 Things I’ve Learned Since 2014

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 16, 2015

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The true mark of quality draft evaluators is not necessarily their “hit rate”.  The general success of draft projections in itself is an inexact science; each and every person who looks at players does so through their own unique scope of valued traits and without the context of a system/philosophical structure that can be found in NFL front offices. To boot, player evaluation done prior to the draft does not take into context the landing spot of players, which can drastically change their projection when factoring in what it is they will be asked to do throughout the life of their rookie contract and potentially beyond. When these factors are all wrapped together with the fact that the outside world is lacking in a number of notable factors (medicals, player personality/background, etc.) and expecting external draft evaluators to hit on a very high percentage of their evaluations is a difficult (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

Written by Justin Higdon on July 15, 2015

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Despite facing a four-year bowl ban in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State was headed in the right direction under Bill O’Brien. The Nittany Lions had combined to go 15-9 in 2012 and 2013, when the head coach bolted to take the reins of the NFL’s Houston Texans. O’Brien was replaced last season by James Franklin, who had gone 24-15 in three years at the helm of Vanderbilt’s football program, and the transition was rockier than expected. Penn State took a step back with a 6-6 regular season record, and was an unsettling 2-6 in conference play. The NCAA lifted the postseason sanctions, and allowed the Nittany Lions to compete in the Pinstripe Bowl, where the team defeated Boston College and salvaged a winning season. Franklin’s grace period is probably over, so the coach will need to coax better play out of his offensive line, and he (read more…)


NDT Scouting’s 2016 NFL Draft Quarterback Starter Kit

Written by Kyle Crabbs on July 15, 2015

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For your consideration entering the 2015 college football season, NDT Scouting has compiled stats, bios and starter profiles for approximately 250 2016 NFL Draft prospects. Over the course of the next several weeks, “Starter kits” will be shared to provide you with all of your 2016 NFL Draft pre-season prep work!

(Note: There are a number of underclassmen who are viable NFL Draft prospects but not included in these starter kits.  It is not meant to reflect their caliber as players but rather be as efficient as possible in coverage of 2016 prospects.)

 

Quarterbacks Starter Kit:  QBs # NAME SCHOOL DOB YEAR NOTES LISTED  MEASURES GAMES  PLAYED GAMES  STARTED  CAPTAIN? (YES/NO) CAREER  PRODUCTION EARLY NDT Scouting   THOUGHTS QB 2 Trevone Boykin Texas Christian 8/22/1993 RS Senior 6010, 208 37 28 Yes 573/960, 59.7%, 7153 yards, 55 TDs, 27 INTs + 384 carries, 1437 yards, 18 TDs Boykin took (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Maryland Terrapins

Written by Justin Higdon on July 14, 2015

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Maryland is just 20-30 under Head Coach Randy Edsall, but their third place showing in the Big Ten East in 2014 (7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play) was their best performance in his four seasons at the helm. The Terrapins enter their second season in the Big Ten minus star receiver Stefon Diggs, and disruptive defensive lineman Andre Monroe, but they return a number of intriguing talents. Unfortunately for the Terps, they’ll be hard-pressed to even duplicate last year’s efforts in an increasingly competitive division. Here’s a look at their top, draft-eligible talent heading into the fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Written by Justin Higdon on July 14, 2015

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By their second season in the Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers had earned a berth in the conference championship game. Head Coach Bo Pelini’s 2012 team was blown out by Wisconsin that night, and the Huskers dropped a number of key conference matchups over the next two seasons. Pelini has been fired and replaced by longtime Oregon State head man Mike Riley. Riley’s hiring came as a surprise for a couple of reasons. For one, he seemed like a lifer with the Beavers; and for two, while Riley’s teams had gone 85-66 since he returned from a brief stint in the NFL, he was just 6-12 in Pac 12 play over the past two seasons. Still, the veteran coach maintained a competitive program where a perennial doormat had resided in the past, and the general feeling is that he will attract a higher quality of recruits at his new post. (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Northwestern Wildcats

Written by Justin Higdon on July 14, 2015

Northwestern defensive back Nick VanHoose (23) breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) during the fourth quarter an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Penn State won 39-28. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pat Fitzgerald is entering his tenth year as head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats, and for the first time in his career, his team is coming off of back-to-back losing seasons. The former Northwestern linebacker has led the Wildcats to a 60-53 record during the course of his coaching stint, but a deeper look reveals that his teams are a harrowing 7-27 against Big Ten heavyweights Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Prior to 2013, Northwestern had been to five straight bowl games under Fitzgerald, but came away with just one win. While nobody is expecting national championship trophies in Evanston, Fitzgerald may not survive another losing season, and he’s likely to be relying on freshmen starters at quarterback, running back and left tackle to help rescue him. Here’s a look at the draft-eligible Wildcats returning for the 2015 season. (Asterisks denote underclassmen) 


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Bowling Green Falcons

Written by Justin Higdon on July 14, 2015

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The Bowling Green Falcons lost one of their top receiving targets just over a month before the 2014 season kicked off, then lost their starting quarterback one game into the year. The team still rebounded to win eight games and earn a spot in the MAC Championship Game, and while they were blown out in a rematch against Northern Illinois, the Falcons pulled off a victory over South Alabama in the Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green gets its QB back for 2015, and has some other intriguing talent returning as well. Here’s a look at the draft-eligibles suiting up for BG this season. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


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