Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Elkino Watson DL South Florida

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 5, 2015

Elkino Watson

Name:  Elkino Watson School: South Florida Position: DL Height: 6’2” Weight: 289 pounds

T.J. Clemmings Continuing to Help Himself, Shines at Pro Day

Written by Joe Wedra on March 4, 2015

TJ Clemmings

According to NFL Media reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, Pitt OL T.J. Clemmings helped himself in a big way at his Pro Day this week. Kinkhabwala says that Clemmings worked “mostly right tackle sets” and worked through a rather lengthy workout.

DB’s Take: Clemmings has done everything he can do to improve his 2015 NFL Draft stock. His tape looks legitimately good enough for a first round selection, and it sounds as though his Pro Day just helped him move forward. Don’t be surprised to hear his name called early once the Draft rolls around.

Corey Grant Steals Show at Auburn Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 3, 2015

With the headlines in Auburn featuring WR Sammie Coates and QB/CB Nick Marshall, it was backup running back Corey Grant who grabbed the attention of scouts and media alike at Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday.  The 5-11 205 lb running back ran a 4.25 and 4.27u 40 yard dash- faster than anyone at this year’s NFL Combine.  With New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick in attendance, Marshall participated in both QB and CB drills, while Sammie Coats improved his route running and catching ability.

DB’s Take: Grant’s performance was too good to go unnoticed, but Tuesday’s performance shouldn’t send him shooting up anyone’s draft board.  The reality is that the senior running back only saw 60 touches in 2014, and should remain a potential late round steal.   In any other class, Coates could be one of the top receivers available.  Due to the talent at receiver this year, he should (read more…)

Jameis Winston meeting with Buccaneers today

Written by Bryan Perez on March 3, 2015


ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

DB’s Take:  Wow.  That didn’t take long.  Winston seemed to take the lead in the race to the No. 1 overall pick after his performance at the 2015 NFL Combine, and today’s visit will only strengthen that projection.  Winston quieted many of  his critics during his time in Indy, as all reports have suggested that he “wowed” in the individual meetings, displaying a high football intelligence and contagious personality.  While I think there’s still a chance that Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) could make a late push, the news of today’s meeting suggests that he’s in a distant second place right now.

Virginia EDGE defender, Eli Harold, impresses at Pro Day

Written by Bryan Perez on March 2, 2015

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Virginia

Eli Harold went through his Pro Day at the University of Virginia on Monday, matching his speed and explosion times and upping his bench press by one rep (24).  All 32 teams were on hand to watch Harold in his attempt to elevate his stock to first-round status.

DB’s Take:  I’m a bit more pessimistic about Harold’s NFL Draft projection, as he looks more like a project who needs time to develop his frame a bit.  He has a limited pass rush arsenal and simply doesn’t make a consistent enough impact in the backfield to suggest a top-50 talent.  He currently has a fourth-round grade from me, and his pro day isn’t likely to change that too much.  Pass rushers will always have appeal, though, so I fully expect Harold to be overdrafted come April.

Attention on TE Maxx Williams at Minnesota Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 2, 2015

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20 NFL teams sent representatives to Minneapolis for the University of Minnesota’s Pro Day on Monday. With running back David Cobb sitting out due to a quad strain, all eyes were on tight end Maxx Williams. After a solid 2015 NFL Combine performance, Williams chose only to participate in positional drills at his Pro Day. In a post-workout interview, Williams said his main focus was proving he can get open and catch the ball well.

DB’s Take: Williams is the only real standout in this year’s tight end class. While his Combine performance was pretty average compared to the other TE’s, his size and proven athleticism makes him a potential first round pick. Teams with later picks like the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos (should they not re-sign Julius Thomas) are all possible landing spots.

2015 NFL Draft: The Unique Performance Calculation

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 2, 2015

Chris Conley

Compiling player rankings for an NFL Draft class is like trying to put together hundreds of small jigsaw puzzles. Several years ago I thought it was all about the tape. Watch three games or more of each prospect then make a call. For 200 players that was at least a 600 piece puzzle. But each year I’m finding more pieces under the couch and in the garage. I wanted to consider known injuries and off-the-field issues like arrests and suspensions. Those are pretty self-explanatory. Some importance should be placed on measurables – height, weight, arm length and hand size. Then I wanted to find a way to factor production into the equation. That led to the “box score scouting” tiers I’ve written about previously. And of course, I could never forget about all of those wonderful bits of data gathered from the athletic testing at the scouting combine and (read more…)

Fly Eagles Fly…up the Board for Mariota?

Written by Bryan Perez on February 28, 2015


The rumors connecting Chip Kelly and the Eagles with a move into the top 10 to draft Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) continue to circulate through the puffery phase of the NFL Draft season.  A recent report from NJ.com suggests that there’s fire behind the smoke, with growing evidence that the ‘Birds will make an aggressive play to get Kelly’s guy.

DB’s Take:  It’s hard to tell which rumors are ‘fact’ and which rumors are ‘fiction’ during this stretch of the NFL Draft season, but the obvious link between Kelly and Mariota, combined with the fact that the Eagles are without a true, franchise quarterback on their roster, tends to lend some credibility to the reports.  It would be a match made in football heaven, as Mariota would walk into a system that he’s mastered; all he’d have to do is adjust to the speed of the NFL game. (read more…)

Reliable Hands: Wide Receiver considered one of the safest positions in 2015 NFL Draft class

Written by Bryan Perez on February 28, 2015


On NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft,” Daniel Jeremiah stated that the 2015 NFL Draft class of wide receivers is one of the safest prospect groups of the year, a break from the traditional opinion that tends to apply to the pass catchers.

DB’s Take:  The evolution of the NFL passing game is making it a little easier for receiver prospects to come into the League and contribute right away.  While you’re likely to see the position group make a quicker impact than most, the true measure of their success will be how long they can sustain a high level of production.  We’re not used to seeing so many rookie receivers top 1,000 yards and emerge as their team’s go-to-guy.  As that becomes the norm, the “shock” value of the productive rookie pass catcher will wear off, and as such, the definition of a “safe” receiver will evolve and become tougher (read more…)

Hundley Calls Playing for the Cardinals a “Dream”

Written by Joe Wedra on February 28, 2015

Brett Hundley

On Friday’s edition of the Rich Eisen Show, a podcast turned radio show just this year, former UCLA QB Brett Hundley said he’d love to play for the Arizona Cardinals. As Dan Parr of NFL.com writes, Hundley notes that the potential future move would be a “dream come true”.

DB’s Take: This one might not be too far-fetched! What’s the future in Arizona if they don’t go after a rookie this year? Logan Thomas is an option, but it’s safe to say the fans in Arizona aren’t too thrilled over the prospect of that. Keep this one in the back of your head for the future.

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