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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 56 – Early Bowl Games, Dede Westbrook, DeShone Kizer And More

Written by Justin Higdon on December 15, 2016

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) looks to pass as Pittsburgh defensive lineman Ejuan Price (5) rushes in the second quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

This week, Seth and Justin preview some of the early bowl game action. But first, the Senior Bowl has invited some interesting quarterbacks. And, a Heisman trophy finalist has some skeletons in the closet. Plus, the guys close out the show with spicy hot takes


Locked On NFL Draft – 12/14/2016 – Senior Bowl Acceptances

Written by Joe Marino on December 14, 2016

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss the Senior Bowl additions of the past week.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 12/13/2016 – Draft Headlines Fact or Fiction

Written by Joe Marino on December 13, 2016

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs are joined by Roger Dixon and go in depth to investigate some of the featured headlines throughout the past week regarding Draft prospects, weighing in with their two cents.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Browns reportedly have an “astronomical grade” on Garrett – And they should.

Written by Justin Melo on December 13, 2016

Sep 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) in action against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With the Cleveland Browns’ loss this weekend to the Cincinnati Bengals, they’re currently sitting at 0-13 and inching closer to clinching the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. For any organization as starved for a franchise QB as the Browns have been for what seems like an eternity now, it’s naturally tempting to consider using that pick on a QB. The Browns will likely eye a number of QB prospects over the next several months, including Mitch Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Deshaun Watson.

But ultimately, their decision should be an easy one — it starts and ends with Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett.

Garrett is the best defensive prospect I’ve seen in years — as a matter of fact, it’s hard to remember the last time we saw an edge rusher of Garrett’s caliber, and as the scouting process continues, Garrett will likely earn the “generational talent” tag. (read more…)


DeShone Kizer adds intrigue to first round of 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on December 12, 2016

Sep 17, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA;  Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) attempts to throw the ball against the Michigan State Spartans during the first quarter of a game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The decision by Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer to declare for the 2017 NFL draft has added intrigue to what appears to be shaping up as an unsettled first round of this year’s selection weekend.  The 6-foot-4 junior from Toledo, Ohio will be heavily scrutinized over the next several months, but he has the tools to warrant consideration at the top of the draft, especially for his hometown Cleveland Browns.

Just this week, reports surfaced about the Browns having an astronomical grade on Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett.  According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cleveland has zeroed in on Garrett with the top pick — assuming they maintain hold of it — in this year’s draft.  After today’s news of Kizer’s decision to turn pro, there’s a chance they could be reconsidering.

Kizer is far from a perfect prospect, but he’s also far from a finished product.  There’s no denying he (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 12/12/2016 – Film Study Observations

Written by Joe Marino on December 12, 2016

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss some of the players that have stood out in their past week of film studies.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Pitt RB James Conner declares for 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on December 10, 2016

Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  Pittsburgh Panthers running back James Conner (24) leaves the field after defeating the Syracuse Orange at Heinz Field. PITT won 76-61. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The class of running backs in the 2017 NFL draft just got a whole lot tougher with the decision by Pitt underclassman James Conner to forego his final season of eligibility and turn pro.

Forever Grateful. pic.twitter.com/B8wXA9ABZz

— James Conner (@JamesConner_) December 10, 2016

Conner’s physical between-the-tackles style will make him an appealing prospect for teams looking to bring some ground and pound to their running game.  In addition to his on-field physicality, Conner’s greatest strength might be his mental toughness and all-around character after winning his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  He revealed he was battling the form of cancer almost exactly one year ago.

Pat Narduzzi, Conner’s coach the last two years at Pitt, took to Twitter to express his feelings about the 21-year-old running back:

“I don’t know if mere words can adequately express how I feel about James Conner.  His (read more…)


Locked On NFL Draft – 12/9/2016 – Tea Lizard Edition

Written by Joe Marino on December 9, 2016

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Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs  pay homage to the Kermit the Frog/Lipton meme and say “I told you so” on NFL Draft takes.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Locked On NFL Draft – 12/8/2016 – Senior Bowl Additions

Written by Joe Marino on December 8, 2016

Listen to the latest episode of the Locked on NFL Draft Podcast where hosts Joe Marino and  Kyle Crabbs discuss the Senior Bowl additions of the past week.  The Locked on NFL Draft Podcast is powered by Draft Breakdown.

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Dede Westbrook leads pack of mid-tier WRs headed to 2017 Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on December 7, 2016

Oct 1, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) scores a touchdown during the first half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 Senior Bowl is less than two months away, and as the list of accepted invites continues to be revealed, the crop of wide receivers who will be participating in the three days of practices is looking like a group of mostly second and third-day prospects.

The position group is led, so far, by Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook, who after a phenomenal 2016 season has earned himself a trip to New York City as one of the five Heisman Trophy finalists.  At 6-feet tall and 175-pounds, Westbrook is far from an opposing physical presence at wide receiver, but his 1,465 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns are indicative of the slippery playmaker that he is in the open field.  He’s a quick-twitched route-runner who freezes corners in their tracks with his well-timed footwork and upper-body fakes, not to mention his natural speed that already has defenders on their heels.  But (read more…)


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