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Joe Marino’s Defensive Tackle Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 11, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Leonard Williams, USC – Elite shedder of blocks and is the best football player in this draft. Athletic, physical and stout. Can rush the passer with a variety of moves and stack against the run. Limitless player who has a bright future ahead of him. Terrific hand technique and there is a ton of power to his punch. Finishes plays and has outstanding burst. Effort is relentless. 

2. Danny Shelton, Washington – Big-bodied interior player who eats up blockers and powerfully sheds them. Has a surprising amount of range and relentlessly pursues the football. Can handle double teams and his instincts are outstanding. Has upside as a two-gapper.

3. Malcom Brown, Texas – Stout, physical player who can penetrate and disrupt. Cannot be moved off his spot without double teaming him. That said, he struggles to hold up and defeat double teams. Pass rush upside (read more…)


Saints deal Jimmy Graham to Seahawks

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to trade TE Jimmy Graham and their 4th round pick to the Seahawks for Max Unger and the 31st pick overall, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

DB’s Take:  WOW.  I didn’t see this trade coming. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense just added one of the NFL’s truly elite weapons.  The Saints have been in a widely known salary cap nightmare, so this move will surely help them there.  New Orleans is now armed with the 13th and 31st overall picks that they can package together to move up in round one or hold onto to replenish a roster that has suffered some talent casualties in the last 48 hours.  This trade is yet another example of how silly it can be to spend a lot of time on mock drafts before the free agency period begins.


Eric Kendricks won’t run 40 at pro day

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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NFL.com is reporting that Eric Kendricks (LB, UCLA) has chosen to rest on his 2015 NFL Combine 40-yard dash time rather than risk further injury to his hamstring at UCLA’s pro day today.  He will participate in the positional drills in an attempt to showcase his athletic ability.

DB’s Take:  I’m not all that concerned about Kendricks’ hamstring, especially since he ran pretty well at the Combine.  His tape is some of the best at the linebacker position this year, flashing the kind of instincts and burst needed to make plays all over the field.  His 4.61 is plenty fast enough, and he’s being smart to get himself as healthy as possible as he enters the final lap of the NFL Draft process.


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: RB

Written by Luke Easterling on March 10, 2015

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1. Todd Gurley | Georgia | 6’1″, 222 | Grade: Top 10

It’s rare to grade a running back in the top 10 these days, especially one coming off a torn ACL. That should tell you everything you need to know about Gurley’s level of talent. The former Bulldog was one of the most dominant players in college football before the injury ended his 2014 season, but he put enough on film to show a rare combination of size, quickness, balance and explosion. The injury is definitely a concern, but his talent is worth the risk.

2. Melvin Gordon | Wisconsin | 6’1″, 215 | Grade: 1st Round

With a fantastic combination of vision, patience and explosiveness, Gordon destroyed nearly every defense he faced last season. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he’s fast enough to take it to the house when given the chance. Some may (read more…)


2015 NFL free agency frenzy about to get started

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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The 2015 NFL free agency period feels like it has already kicked off, but the reality is that players haven’t been able to put pen to paper just yet (see Frank Gore.)  At 4:00 today, that will change.  The complete list of free agent signings can be tracked here.

DB’s Take:  Free agency is a critical piece to the NFL Draft process, as team needs will become crystal clear after the shopping spree concludes (or at least slows down).  Now’s the time to pay closer attention to the mock drafts, as analysts and fans alike  will be in a much better position to project the likely pool of players being targeted by a particular team.   Prior to free agency, mock drafts were best used as a resource to familiarize yourself with the likely first-round talent.


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Domonique Hayden RB Thomas More College

Written by Justin Higdon on March 9, 2015

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Domonique Hayden School: Thomas More College Position: RB Height: 5’8” Weight: 212 Date of Birth: 2/14/1992


WR Jeremy Maclin to Reunite with Reid in KC

Written by Matt Horn on March 9, 2015

WR Jeremy Maclin to Reunite with Reid in KC

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday night that Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after six years in Philadelphia.

DB’s Take: By now everyone knows the Chiefs are in desperate need of a receiver (last in the NFL in yards, receptions, and touchdowns by a WR).  Maclin is coming off a season with career highs in all three of those categories.

The move makes sense.  Kansas City wanted to alleviate themselves of Dwayne Bowe, who hasn’t shown improvement since 2011, and Maclin gets to play for the man who drafted him- Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.  Still look for the Chiefs to go for a receiver in the first or second round.  Maclin coupled with a reliable rookie like Jaelan Strong or Sammie Coates could make a dynamic addition to an offense powered by the run.


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Featured Excerpt

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 7, 2015

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For those unfamiliar with NDT Scouting and our history, 2015 marks our second annual retail publication.  The 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus is a 328 page PDF document available for purchase ($10 USD) at www.ndtscouting.com and features a comprehensive look into player evaluations by factoring central film grades with “peripheral metrics” factoring in categories such as size, experience, production and athleticism.  The NDT Scouting method is meant to serve as a means of quantifying each of the traits and qualities used to evaluate players and do so in a way that is simplified into a numerical scale.

I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Draftbreakdown’s owners, Aaron and Bryan, to utilize this platform to share my work with each and every one of you.  NDT Scouting’s 2014 publication was very well received and this year’s product is meant to take things to the next level.  But don’t (read more…)


Joe Marino’s Wide Receiver Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 7, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Kevin White, West Virginia – Outstanding release, route running, body control and ball skills. Can win on all levels of the field.  Extremely competitive at the catch point with all the athletic ability and size desired for the position. Has a chance to be one of the better players in the league at his position.

2. Amari Cooper, Alabama – Crisp route runner with quick feet. Knows how to find space and separate from defensive backs. Excellent athlete with secure hands. Doesn’t offer as much in jump ball situations.

3. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Eats up ground with his long stride and burst. Really good after the catch and has terrific concentration at the catch point to make difficult catches. Excellent frame and athletic ability. Good hands.

4. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State – Terrific ability to come down with contested catches and jump balls. Strong (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft Composite Big Board

Written by Daniel Papp on March 7, 2015

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Author’s notes:

This is a composite big board that has been assembled from various NFL Draft analysts’ big boards (preferably ones with 200+ prospects listed) that were available on the internet.

*Prospects who were listed on at least 8 big boards out of 12 were included in this ranking. As boards do not have the same players listed, especially on the tail end, simply averaging positional rankings would hurt a prospect if they ranked around 600th on one of the boards. Ranking was done by the average of the “Best 7″ appearance on the different boards – by the best opinions on the prospects.

Boards used were nfldraftscout.com (cbsspports.com), nfl.com, Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), ESPN, rotoworld.com, drafttek.com, draftgeek.com, buffalobillsdraft.com, drafttv.com, fanspeak.com, optimumscouting.com, and Scott Carasik (Bleacher Report) – the latter five were obtained through fanspeak.com/ontheclock.


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