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Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Stephan Dickens CB Colorado State-Pueblo

Written by Justin Higdon on February 19, 2015

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Name:   Stephan Dickens School: Colorado State-Pueblo Position: CB Height: 5’8” Weight: 173

Experience: Three-year starter for the Thunderwolves with 17 interceptions and 30 pass breakups in 39 games. Career-high seven interceptions and 5.5 tackles for loss in 2014. Was the team’s primary punt return man last season, with 33 returns for 644 yards (19.5 average) and two touchdowns.

Accolades: Key contributor on the 2014 Division II Championship team, 2014 Honorable Mention All-American (d2football.com)

Games Watched: 2013 season highlights, 2014 season highlights, Sam Houston State, West Texas A&M, Minnesota State-Mankato

Projected Round: 6th-UDFA


Clive Walford Compares Himself to Gronkowski

Written by Joe Wedra on February 19, 2015

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At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine this week, TE Clive Walford had an interesting comparison for himself when asked for one by reporters. He says he watched every postseason play that the New England Patriots ran, and thinks he can be compared to Rob Gronkowski.

DB’s Take: Nothing like a little confidence to start off a prospect’s week in Indianapolis! Walford is a talented player that should get Day Two looks. However, teams probably won’t think “Gronkwoski” when they debate turning in Walford’s name on the draft card. At best, the former Miami Hurricane should be looked at as a guy who may develop into a starter in a few short seasons. He’ll have to earn that lofty comparison.


Welcome to the New and Improved DraftBreakdown.com

Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2015

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After much work and anticipation, the new and improved DraftBreakdown.com is finally here!  Thanks to the work of Will Spencer, DB has undergone a facelift that we hope will provide you with a more interactive and complete NFL Draft experience.

First things first, though:  The model here at DB won’t change.  We will still work tirelessly at providing you with the best NFL Draft educational resources around.  Our educational prospect cut-ups will be expanding to include more All-22 footage, and we invite players and agents who would like their film showcased on DB to contact us right away.

So, what’s new here at DB?

1.  Sign up, Log in, Interact…FOR FREE!

One of the exciting new features for the 2015 NFL Draft is the expansion of the user experience here at DraftBreakdown.com.  You’ll notice in our new navigation menu (which I’ll touch on later) has a user image all the way to (read more…)


Lovie Smith, Buccaneers “Comfortable” with Jameis Winston

Written by Joe Wedra on February 18, 2015

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During today’s press conferences in Indianapolis at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith told reporters that he would be “comfortable” making Jameis Winston his franchise quarterback. As NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer notes, the team has not met with the former Florida State quarterback, but intend to this week. 

DB’s Take: It’s certainly a move that many are anticipating, but Tampa Bay taking Winston with the first overall selection comes with risks. On the field, it can be argued that he’s in a better spot to lead an NFL offense than Marcus Mariota. Off it, too many question marks still loom.


2015 NFL Draft: Dove’s NFL Scouting Combine Storylines

Written by Jon Dove on February 18, 2015

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The NFL Scouting Combine has become one of the more interesting events during the NFL draft process. It gives each team an opportunity to get accurate measurements, have a face-to-face interview and compare workout numbers. The problem is that some teams put too much stock into the workouts, allowing the numbers to overshadow the game tape.

However, there are plenty of positive things to take from this event. Below are five things that I’ll be watching closely throughout the combine process.

1.  Devin Funchess’ workout numbers

Michigan’s Devin Funchess is one of the most interesting prospects in this draft because of his rare combination of size and athleticism. This has also made it tough to find the best position for him at the next level.

He entered the season labeled as a tight end, but he rarely lined up on the line of scrimmage, playing more of a wide (read more…)


NDT Scouting Report: Iowa Defensive Tackle Carl Davis

Written by Kyle Crabbs on February 18, 2015

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*The following is an excerpt from NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus. To learn more about NDT Scouting and the availability of the NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus (available for pre-order NOW; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!*

Carl Davis, DT/NT (#71)

RS Senior, University of Iowa Hawkeyes Date of Birth: 03/19/1992

Size:

  • Measurement Source: Senior Bowl
  • Height: 6’4 5/8“
  • Weight: 321
  • Hand Measurement: 11.00″
  • Arm Length: 34.50″

Experience:

  • Career Starts: 26
  • Started Team Wins: 15
  • Career Winning Percentage: 0.577
  • Represented Team as Captain: No
  • Total Game Appearances: 43

Athleticism:

  • Athletic Testing Source: NFLDraftScout.com
  • 40 YD Dash: 5.12 (Estimate)
  • DT Combine Avg. (’03-’14): 5.07

Production:

  • Career Statistics: 94 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 14.5 Tackles for Loss
  • Per Game Averages:
    • Total Tackles/Game: 2.19
    • Total Sacks/Game: 0.08
    • Total TFL/Game: 0.34

Film Evaluation:

Games watched: Minnesota (2014), Northern Iowa (2014), (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Christian Ringo DL Louisiana-Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon on February 18, 2015

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Christian Ringo School: Louisiana-Lafayette Position: DL Height: 6’ 3/4” Weight: 298

Experience: Key, four-year contributor along the defensive line, with 21 sacks among 35.5 tackles for loss in 45 career games. Career-high 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2014.

Accolades: Finished sixth in the FBS in tackles for loss per game, and 12th in sacks per game as a senior last season. Third-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2012. First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

Games Watched: Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada

Projected Round: 6th-UDFA


Report: Mariota, Winston to throw at Combine

Written by Joe Wedra on February 18, 2015

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NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will participate in NFL Scouting Combine throwing drills this weekend in Indianapolis. UCLA QB Brett Hundley made the same decision earlier in the process, now Mariota and Winston are following the same route

DB’s Take: Here are two decisions that NFL teams will love. If you can compete, teams are going to listen. Little is truly on the line with these drills, however. It’s more likely that the individual interviews will be the factors — if any — that decide draft stock here. Either way, good move for both of these prospects.

 

 


Nick Marshall to work with CBs, QBs at Combine

Written by Joe Wedra on February 17, 2015

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NFL.com’s Path to the Draft is reporting that Auburn standout Nick Marshall will be headed to the NFL Scouting Combine as not just a CB, but he’ll throw passes as well. Spotlighted during his workouts will undoubtedly be his 40-yard dash times, but he’ll now get a chance to go through the drills as a gunslinger. 

DB’s Take: Probably a smart move here. Marshall is going to have a tough time working with the CBs and winning over NFL teams with skill at the corner position. If he wants to keep his options open and give himself the best chance to make a roster, it’s in his best interest to work with both groups.


DraftBreakdown.com’s Guide to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 17, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin in just a couple of days, as the NFL converges upon Indianapolis in an attempt to learn more about the prospects eligible for the NFL Draft.

There will be a monsoon of media covering the event between now and its conclusion, with talking heads telling you who did well and who hurt their stock. It’s truly one of the great parts of Draft season. But do you really understand, or know, what a “good” performance for any of the drills is?

Below is a breakdown of each drill and what an NFL prospect should be targeting as a minimum result. Each position carries its own set of “minimums” that have been created to mirror the on-field requirements of that particular spot. It’s not an exact science, but it certainly helps give the evaluator a tangible number to work with. By using (read more…)


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