Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 12

Written by Bryan Perez on January 15, 2016


Seth Cox, Justin Higdon and Jeff Risdon discuss the East West Shrine Game and all the comings and goings of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Divisional Playoffs Two-Round Mock Draft

Written by Matt LaPan on January 13, 2016


After a wild week of Wild Card playoff games, teams are in full preparation for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. For most teams, the season is over and draft preparation is in full swing. With the Senior Bowl fast approaching, the draft order is sure to be turned on its head after players perform well for scouts in Mobile, Alabama.  Before then, let’s take a look at who teams could be looking at.

Shaq Lawson Heading to the NFL, Declares for Draft

Written by Bryan Perez on January 13, 2016


Clemson’s star EDGE defender Shaq Lawson has decided to turn pro, according to multiple reports.  Lawson is one of 90 underclassmen who have declared for April’s NFL Draft.

BP’s Take:  This one isn’t surprising at all.  Lawson had a phenomenal season for Clemson and was one of the main reasons why the Tigers made it to the National Championship.  He had an impressive 12.5 sacks and 25.5 TFL, displaying an appealing fusion of pass rush and run stuffing skills.  At and estimated 6’3″ and 270 lbs, Lawson is a scheme-diverse talent who fits as a DE in both a 43 and 34 front; he’s certain to be on just about every NFL team’s wishlist.  He’s a lock to go in the first round, with the top-10 being within reach.  He’d be an appealing option for the Chicago Bears at the No. 11 pick overall.

Andrew Billings Declares for 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Bryan Perez on January 12, 2016


Baylor’s Andrew Billings, the Big 12 Conference’s co-defensive player of the year, declared for the 2016 NFL Draft today according to NFL.com.

BP’s Take:  We were waiting for this one.  Billings was riding the fence on whether he’d turn pro this year, with a report earlier in the season suggesting that he was going to return for his senior year.  Today’s announcement is a pleasant surprise for the NFL Draft community, as another potential first rounder has been added to the mix.  Billings is a short and stocky interior defensive lineman and I think his best fit is probably as a 3Tech in a 43 front.  His biggest issue will be his length; the Scouting Combine will be critical for him mostly because we’ll get an accurate height and arm length measurement.  That said, I’m not all that concerned if he comes in a little shorter (read more…)

O.J. Howard to Meet with Nick Saban About Turning Pro

Written by Bryan Perez on January 12, 2016


According to NFL.com, O.J. Howard is expected to meet with Nick Saban before deciding whether to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.  The meeting is expected to take place tomorrow.

BP’s Take:  We’ve been waiting for Howard to put his immense talent on display for the last couple of years, and he chose the biggest stage to finally breakout last night in Alabama’s National Championship victory over Clemson.  His five catches went for 208 yards and 2 TDs, including a long gain of 63 yards that all but sealed the victory for the Crimson Tide.  At times, Howard looked more like a play-making wide receiver than he did a tight end and with the value of the pass-catching tight end at an all-time high, Howard’s skill set will garner a lot of first-round interest.  In fact, from a purely athletic and physical make-up standpoint, Howard looks the (read more…)

Draft Breakdown Podcacst, Episode 11

Written by Bryan Perez on January 12, 2016

Draft Breakdown Podcacst, Episode 11

Connor Cook Declines Invitation to Senior Bowl

Written by Bryan Perez on January 10, 2016

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According to multiple reports, Michigan State QB Connor Cook has declined his invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl.

BP’s Take:  While disappointing, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Top senior prospects turn down the draft season’s biggest all-star game every year, with guys like Kevin White (Bears) and Bud Dupree (Steelers) backing out of the week’s festivities last year. Both players went on to be first-round picks. For Cook, turning the game down will raise a ton of questions about his arm and his desire to compete, but he’ll have a chance to answer them all by throwing at the Scouting Combine.  If he chooses to skip the workouts in Indy, too, then he can all but kiss his first-round hopes goodbye.

Evaluating Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo

Written by Joe Marino on January 9, 2016

The NFL produced only seven running backs that topped 1,000 rushing yards in 2016, the lowest total since 1991. On the contrary, 26 wide receivers eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark. The value of having receivers that can create offensive production is at an all-time high in the NFL.

NFL teams in search of finding a young, talented receiver to add to its arsenal of offensive weapons must have Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo on its radar. Selected as the team MVP and offensive MVP as a senior, Carroo put together an outstanding college career that demonstrated consistent growth as a player throughout. That steady progress included a yards per game average that rose from 47.8 in 2013, to 83.5 in 2014 and 101.1 as a senior this past season. Carroo caught 29 touchdown passes over his final three seasons with 10 each in his junior and senior years.

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Matt LaPan’s Big Board 1.0

Written by Matt LaPan on January 9, 2016


The 2016 NFL Draft board is starting to take form. As players decide whether to stay in school or make the jump to the NFL, teams and draft analysts start to set their big board.

This big board does not reflect where a player might be drafted, but rather where he stacks up compared to the rest of the 2016 NFL Draft class. Starting with the top-50 players, let’s take a look at how I view this class so far.

1) Laremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi

A mountain of a man, Tunsil checks off nearly every box for a future left tackle. He has the size, quickness off the snap and strength to be successful in the NFL. His strong punch and great balance only add to his attacking style. Any team in need of their franchise left tackle needs to look no further.

2) Joey Bosa (read more…)

Carson Wentz to Start for North Dakota State in Championship Game

Written by Bryan Perez on January 8, 2016

Carson Wentz 2014 SDSU Looks Downfield

Carson Wentz is considered by many to be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft.  His draft stock hit a speed bump in mid-October when he suffered a broken wrist that many expected would end his senior season.  Despite the injury, Wentz has maintained an early round grade, with some analysts opining that he could sneak into the first round.

The scouting world received some good news today, as there will be another game from Wentz’s senior year to evaluate.  He is expected to start the FCS Championship game against Jacksonville State this Saturday:

Official: QB Carson Wentz will start tomorrow for NDSU in FCS Title Game.

— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 8, 2016

BP’s Take:  This is great for Wentz’s overall stock, proving he’s a hard worker in the training room and a guy motivated to get back (read more…)

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