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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 14

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2016

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Seth and Justin are joined by Senior Draft Analyst Jeff Risdon to talk about who helped themselves at the 2016 Shrine Game, the emphasis placed on a prospect’s height and weight, and a preview of this year’s Senior Bowl (including a chat about PFF’s role in the yearly all-star game).


Ranking the 2016 Senior Bowl Wide Receivers

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl took a shot to the gut this week with the announcement that TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson was withdrawing from the game due to injury-related issues.  Doctson was one of the big-ticket players I was looking forward to watching, but he’s making the right choice by sitting out of the game if he is not yet 100 percent healthy.  He was replaced by a very interesting name and another receiver in the long line of Clemson playmakers, Charone Peake.  Keep an eye on him.  I have a hunch he’s a guy that ranks a bit higher within NFL circles than the ‘big media’ coverage would suggest.

More than any other position, the wide receivers in the Senior Bowl are limited by the level of quarterback play during the week of practices.  Last year’s pass catchers were really hamstrung by the awful crop of passers, but (read more…)


2016 Senior Bowl Rosters Announced

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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The 2016 Senior Bowl rosters were officially announced today and in what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition, a few of the game’s higher profile players have withdrawn from the week’s events.  Most notably, TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson, Michigan State EDGE defender Shilique Calhoun and Ohio State OT Taylor Decker are no longer listed as participants.

Our spreadsheet will be updated over the next few days, as it’s still possible for names to be added or removed from the rosters.  The heights and weights (and other measureables) will be added on Tuesday morning in a separate weigh-in story to be posted here on Draft Breakdown.


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 13

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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Seth and Justin are joined by Kyle Posey and Blake Murphy, who discusses what he learned during his time as a scouting intern for the Arizona Rattlers. The crew discusses some overrated and underrated 2016 NFL Draft prospects and they finish up with — of course — some hot takes.


2016 Senior Bowl Study Hall

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2016

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This post will be updated regularly as the 2016 Senior Bowl invitations and acceptances continue to trickle in.  It’s time to start studying the game’s potential participants!  Check back regularly for newly added names as well as newly added NFL Draft scouting cut-ups.


Ranking the 2016 Senior Bowl Running Backs

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2016

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I recently ranked the 2016 Senior Bowl quarterbacks in an effort to tier the passers before the week of practices gets underway.  It goes without saying that rankings are fluid, especially at this stage of the #process, but it’s worth putting a preliminary hierarchy on paper in order to shuffle the deck — if needed — when the week concludes.

The list of running backs for this year’s game offers some appeal.  It will be tough to match last year’s group; the 2015 Senior Bowl included David Johnson (Cardinals) and Jeremy Langford (Bears).  Both rookie runners made immediate NFL impacts, with Johnson surging toward superstar status with every post-season carry.

The headliner this year is Kenneth Dixon (Louisiana Tech).  I wrote a piece about him here, and I think he has a chance to challenge Derrick Henry (Alabama) as the second running back off the (read more…)


Why Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence is Worth Early-Round Risk

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 19, 2016

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When the NFL Draft comes around in April, personnel executives will have a tough decision to make over Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, who goes into the process with first-round talent but also a personal history that could greatly affect where he ends up being selected.

Spence – Urban Meyer’s first five-star recruit as Ohio State head coach – enjoyed an excellent sophomore season with the Buckeyes,  finishing with 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks and earning All-Big Ten honors.

However, after testing positive for a banned substance at the Big Ten title game, he was banned for the Orange Bowl and the opening two games of the 2014 campaign.

He then claimed his failed test was as a result of something being put into his drink. But a second positive test for ecstasy in September 2014 led to Spence being permanently suspended from the Big Ten.

Spence (read more…)


2016 Shrine Game First Impressions

Written by Jeff Risdon on January 18, 2016

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The 91st annual East-West Shrine Game practices kicked off on Monday in St. Petersburg. After weigh-ins, which were closed to the media, the East and West practiced in their usual locales, Shorecrest Prep Academy for the East and St. Pete High for the West.

This is my fifth time covering the Shrine Game in person, and the first impression of the rosters is that this is one of the better skill position and defensive back groups but thin on the lines. My attention was squarely on the wideouts, defensive backs, quarterbacks and tight ends as the linemen were only wearing shoulder pads and helmets.


2016 East West Shrine Game Week Begins

Written by Bryan Perez on January 18, 2016

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Most major media outlets and NFL Draft analysts focus their time and all-star game coverage on the Senior Bowl, as many of the nation’s top senior prospects commit to the week of practices and interviews in Mobile, Alabama in an effort to enhance their already lofty draft stock.  But those who cover the draft closely know that the real kickoff to the draft season is the East West Shrine Game, where many next-tier seniors put their skills on display in front of the same number of “NFL people” as that which will show up at the Senior Bowl.  The biggest difference between the two games is the lack of media presence in Tampa versus the wave of humanity that makes the trip to Mobile.

We’re fortunate to have one of our Senior Draft Analysts, Jeff Risdon, on the ground in Tampa.  He’ll be posting some pieces here on Draft Breakdown throughout (read more…)


365 Draft, Episode 5

Written by Bryan Perez on January 18, 2016

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Kyle and Joe are back for Ep. 5 of the 365 Draft Podcast.  In this episode, the Senior NFL Draft Analysts discuss the evolution of NDT Scouting, the 2015 National Championship (note:  this episode was recorded prior to the game, so it’s a bit of a preview), Jake Coker’s NFL projection, a preview of the 2016 Senior Bowl and an in-depth evaluation of Jordan Jenkins (Georgia).


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