CFB Week 7 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 17, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

Can you believe the college football season is more than halfway complete? Time flies when you’re having fun, and also when you’re trying to evaluate hundreds of players. For those of us who will have to speak and write intelligibly on as many as 500, it’s starting to get to crunch time.

Be sure to use the video clips here on Draft Breakdown, but also take note of the scouting notes feature. It’s a great way to record your thoughts publicly. Who knows, maybe you’ll lay claim to the “I was first” title on a lesser-known prospect. Just try to avoid hyperbole unless you really know…

Zeek Bigger Draft Path: Conference Play Begins

Written by Matt LaPan on October 16, 2015

Photo By: Rob Goldberg Jr. Photos, ECU Athletic

The East Carolina Pirates are through the opening half of their 2015 schedule. Through six games the Pirates have a 3-3 record with a 1-1 record in the American Athletic Conference. Through these six games, Zeek Bigger has 45 tackles with one tackle for a loss. At his current pace, Bigger will finish with 90 tackles – which would be the second most in his career at East Carolina.

After playing a heavy non-conference schedule to begin the season, the Pirates’ remaining half of the schedule is full with conference opponents. This presents a big opportunity for Bigger and the Pirates, who are looking to be a part of the first American Athletic Conference Championship game this season.

“My mindset is always to go get it,” Bigger said when asked about the opportunity to finally play conference opponents. “Anything can happen any given day. So you’ve gotta go out there (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Seven Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 15, 2015

Goff vs Utah

We’re halfway through the 2015 regular season, and this week’s roundup focuses on five of college football’s top passers, a pair of talented Big Ten receivers, and two Boise State defensive backs. Plus, the usual dose of box score note. Let’s get to it…

1. Jared Goff QB Cal 

Goff faced his stiffest competition of the season last weekend against Utah, and the junior quarterback had a rough go of it. The Cal junior finished the day 25 for 47 (53.1%) for 340 yards, two touchdown passes, a career-worst five interceptions, and a late fumble.

While his first pick bounced through the hands of receiver Kenny Lawler, the other four can be credited to Goff. He missed wide on a slant that fluttered into the arms of the defensive back. On his third pick, Goff tried to squeeze one in down the field to his left, but the cornerback (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 3

Written by Bryan Perez on October 15, 2015


Justin, Justis and Seth are back!  In Episode 3, they discuss the Nick Chubb injury and the “three years removed from high school” rule.  The guys also discuss the 2016 NFL Draft prospects that shined over the weekend, the NFL Draft prospects who are struggling more than we thought, and the games that they’ll be watching this weekend. And of course, they review the Hot Takes from the week that was.

(Note:  There is a bit of an echo due to some technical difficulties with a mic. It was remedied about halfway through the show.)

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PODCAST: 365 Draft, Episode 2

Written by Bryan Perez on October 15, 2015


Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino are back in episode two of the 365 Draft Podcast. They discuss Karl Joseph, Connor Cook and Duke Williams in this thorough and comprehensive scouting discussion.

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Chasing the Dream: Joe Dahl’s 2016 NFL Draft Journey, 10/14

Written by Bryan Perez on October 14, 2015


Washington State rs-Senior offensive lineman Joe Dahl entered the 2015 college football season with 25 career starts in the Pac-12 Conference after transferring from Montana in 2012.  Initially lining up as a guard in 2013, Dahl is currently on a streak of 18 straight starts at left tackle.   He’s enjoyed success on the outside, earning third-team All Conference recognition last year.

Dahl isn’t a household name in the NFL Draft community just yet.  In fact, he’s rated as the 39th OG in the class by NFLDraftScout.com and is rarely mentioned among the better offensive linemen available in this year’s group.

After watching his tape, I’m confident that will change.

One of my favorite aspects of the scouting process is the quest to find players that are either underrated or completely unknown.  Dahl is terribly underrated right now, and I decided to reach out to him in an effort to track his journey to (read more…)

Marquee Matchups: Week 6

Written by Luke Easterling on October 10, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper 5’11”, 207 | Junior | #11

A 1st-team All-SEC pick in 2014 after hauling in 69 passes for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns, Cooper picked up right where he left off this season, tallying 322 yards and a pair of scores on 26 catches through five games. He’s topped 100 yards receiving in two of those games, while adding 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Cooper is an explosive playmaker who is dangerous after the catch, or in any situation where he gets the ball in space. He’s got a thick frame, which allows him to take hits and continue to be physical, and he’s solid at the catch point despite being under six (read more…)

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 9, 2015

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide


After last week’s tumultuous outcomes, this college football season is proving to be one of the widest open in memory. The NFL Draft big board is also quite fluid and wildly undetermined at this point too.

We will learn more about several top prospects in big games this week. Also, look for several lower tier prospects to try and bolster their perception and elevate higher in the draft cognoscenti consciousness.

Zeek Bigger 2016 NFL Draft Path: Embracing A New Role

Written by Matt LaPan on October 9, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

After a slow start to their season, the East Carolina Pirates have started to turn their season around. Following back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech and SMU, the Pirates have pulled back over .500 on the season.

Throughout that time, Zeek Bigger and the Pirates defense has played an integral role in finishing off their opponents. In both the Virginia Tech game and the SMU game the Pirates fell into early deficits and were forced to buckle down late in the game. In both games, Bigger was pressed into pass coverage duty while the Pirates brought pressure off the edge. In that Role, Bigger helped East Carolina hole their opponents to just 265 yards per game.

This is a role that Bigger may have struggled with in the past, but has been worked on throughout the past year. Bigger claims speed, strength and film work have been key to his improvement (read more…)

NFL Draft Prospect Review: Offensive Tackles

Written by Ryan Dukarm on October 9, 2015


Here’s the third edition of the NFL Draft Prospect Review. Rather than doing a series of full scouting reports in the middle of the season I wanted to look at one game from each player at a certain position each week. This is not at all meant to be a scouting report for the player; it’s simply an early look at what a prospect brings to the table for the 2016 NFL Draft. For example, this week I put together notes on four offensive tackles that had cut-ups available here at Draft Breakdown. If you ever have suggestions for what position or specific player you want to see,  hit me up on Twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)


Zach Banner (USC) vs Stanford 

Navigates well to the second level, got low and established his hands on the linebacker. Seemed to get hips around quickly to seal off lanes in the run game, got low and lined up (read more…)

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