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The Best of the Rest: AFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 3, 2016

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The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selection. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed, starting with the most notable AFC additions.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Victor Ochi — EDGE — Stony Brook: A small school defensive end who can see time in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme as a pass rush specialist

Matt Skura — C — Duke: A three-year starter and top center in the ACC, Skura is a quality offensive lineman worthy of a roster spot.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Matt Johnson — QB — Bowling Green: Johnson set a MAC-record with almost 5,000 passing yards in 2015. He’s an interesting QB to develop as a long-term backup.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Dominique Alexander (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 29 – NFL “Draft” Grades

Written by Justin Higdon on May 3, 2016

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At the risk of boring their wonderful and understanding wives to tears, Seth and Justin watched almost the entire 2016 NFL draft together last weekend. Today they bring you their “draft” grades for every NFL team.


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 28 – 2016 NFL Draft Day 1 Recap

Written by Justin Higdon on April 29, 2016

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Seth and Justin are here to recap the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft – who won, who lost, and who tumbled out of Day 1 altogether.


Joe Marino’s Final 2016 NFL Draft Board

Written by Joe Marino on April 28, 2016

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Rank Grade Name College Position 1 1 Laremy Tunsil Ole Miss OT 2 1 Joey Bosa Ohio State EP 3 1 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 4 1 Jared Goff Cal QB 5 1 Shaq Lawson Clemson EP 6 1 Myles Jack UCLA LB 7 1 DeForest Buckner Oregon DL 8 1 Ronnie Stanley Notre Dame OT 9 1 Vernon Hargreaves III Florida CB 10 1 Jason Spriggs Indiana OT 11 1 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DL 12 1 Jonathan Bullard Florida DL 13 1 Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State RB 14 1 Carson Wentz North Dakota St QB 15 1 Kevin Dodd Clemson EP 16 1 Taylor Decker Ohio State OT 17 1 Shilique Calhoun Michigan State EP 18 1 Darron Lee Ohio State LB 19 1 Chris Jones Mississippi State DL 20 1 Mackensie Alexander Clemson CB 21 1 Laquon Treadwell Mississippi WR 22 1 Ryan Kelly Alabama C 23 (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Isaac Seumalo, OL Oregon State

Written by Pete Smith on April 28, 2016

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Isaac Seumalo opted to declare for the NFL Draft after spending 4 years and playing 37 games at Oregon State. Seumalo has played tackle guard and center, but he’s spent the most time playing the pivot for the Beavers.

Although a foot injury hampered him during parts of his career, Seumalo has always been a finisher that plays with a nasty streak. Healthy now and coming off of a productive offseason including a good performance at the combine, the best may be ahead of Seumalo as he prepares to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Pete Smith: How disappointed was your dad when you came home and told him you were gonna be an offensive lineman, being that he’s a defensive line coach?

Isaac Seumalo: Naw, he wasn’t disappointed. He knew that was probably the best spot. He was just happy that I got to be around (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Justin’s “Target 100” Board

Written by Justin Higdon on April 27, 2016

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I decided a while back that I was done doing traditional NFL Draft rankings. Prior to each of the last five drafts, I’d get into the first couple of weeks of April and start to agonize over a two-to-three hundred player list. By then I’d know where I wanted to slot certain players – Day One, Day Two, early Day Three – but I’d go back and forth trying to decide whether Quarterback X should go before or after Guard Y. Or worse, did I even really like Quarterback X? If push came to shove would I draft him, or was I just ranking him and all the other players I didn’t really believe in or have strong feelings about just for the sake of saying “so-and-so was my 135th rated prospect in 2014”? I told myself after last year’s draft that I wasn’t going to do (read more…)


Five Undervalued Players of the 2016 NFL Draft Class

Written by Chris Nicolaou on April 26, 2016

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There are always players in the NFL Draft who slip through the cracks and fall further than they should. Similarly, there are always a few that you are higher on than others: guys like Trey Flowers, T.J. Clemmings, Devonta Freeman, E.J. Gaines all fell to later rounds than anticipated.

I have five players that I think are undervalued and should be drafted higher than they’re currently projected. If not, they could prove to be some of the greatest value picks in this year’s draft class.


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kelsey Young, RB Boise State

Written by Pete Smith on April 26, 2016

Kelsey Young

Kelsey Young began his career at Stanford as a highly recruited running back, but part of a very deep group. Although he contributed and even had his own package, he was never truly a featured option in the offense.

After graduating, Young opted to take a post grad year at Boise State focusing on his MBA while playing a final season in college for the Broncos. In this final year, he got to be a much bigger contributor for the offense and be a bigger prospect for the NFL Draft.

Now, Young is trying to take his game to the next level and combined with an impressive Pro Day performance, he is a versatile option that can help a team as a back or receiving threat in addition to being a returner.

Pete Smith: How do you go from one of the most beautiful campuses on the planet in Stanford (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 27

Written by Justin Higdon on April 26, 2016

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 27

Seth, Justis and Justin close out the 2016 NFL Draft season with news updates, mock draft reviews, and hot take recaps to lead you into this week’s main event.


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Carson Wentz, QB North Dakota State

Written by Pete Smith on April 25, 2016

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Carson Wentz led the North Dakota State Bison to back to back FCS National Championships and was part of the team that has won 5 straight. It wasn’t really until his 2nd FCS Title game that most fans were exposed to Wentz and even then, for most people it was the Senior Bowl.

From the Senior Bowl to the NFL Scouting Combine to his Pro Day, Wentz has continued to check boxes for a number of NFL teams while being a divisive topic between fans and media. Now, it appears as though Wentz is going to be one of the top 2 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft with a team willing to use a ton of resources to make sure they could land the Bison Signal Caller.

I was fortunate to be able to ask 11 questions of North Dakota State’s No. 11.

Pete Smith: What’s the feeling knowing a (read more…)


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