Auburn’s Shon Coleman Declares for 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Bryan Perez on January 8, 2016


Auburn’s starting left tackle, Shon Coleman, has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

BP’s Take:  Coleman is a guy I’m going to root for not only in the draft, but throughout his career.  After being diagnosed with cancer in 2011, Coleman’s football future was very much in doubt.  He was deemed cancer-free and cleared to return to the field in 2012.  He saw action in 32 games starting all but one over the last two seasons.  It’s difficult to evaluate a player like Coleman because of the human variables involved.  Is he the perfect prospect?  No.  Far from it.  But he’s a guy I’d want on my team.  He fought for his life and won, something that will make winning on Sundays seem like no contest.  From a technical standpoint, I’m not quite sold that he’s a natural NFL tackle because of both (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 10

Written by Bryan Perez on January 7, 2016


The crew is back with a heavy discussion about this year’s Senior Bowl:

Potential Top-10 Pick Suffers Major Injury

Written by Bryan Perez on January 6, 2016


Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith, considered by many to be one of the elite talents in the 2016 NFL Draft, suffered a major knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl last Friday.  It was confirmed yesterday that he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and will undergo reconstructive surgery tomorrow.

BP’s Take:  The last time I can remember a top draft prospect suffering such a devastating blow to his overall value so late in the season was when Willis McGahee’s knee was destroyed in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.  Prior to that game, McGahee was considered the top running back in the 2003 NFL Draft.  Despite the injury, McGahee was still selected in the first round — No. 23 overall by Buffalo — and went on to have a very productive career most notably with the Bills and Baltimore Ravens.  As recently as last year’s (read more…)

10 Scouting Takeaways from Bowl Season

Written by Jeff Risdon on January 5, 2016


The college bowl season is mercifully done. There were some very entertaining affairs, but unfortunately few of them came in the marquee bowls over New Year’s Eve and Day.

While we wait for Clemson and Alabama to face off on Jan. 11, here are ten things which caught my eye during the two score of bowls over the last three weeks. And yes, I’ve watched all but three of them…

Evaluating Alabama LB Reggie Ragland’s NFL Potential

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 5, 2016

Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

After a 2015 season in which he was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year it is no surprise to see Reggie Ragland viewed as one of the top linebackers in the 2016 draft class.

So far this season Ragland has recorded a career-high 97 tackles with 6.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also has seven passes defensed and forced two fumbles. The signs look good for Ragland as a first-round prospect, but there are a couple of improvements he will need to make in order to be a success at the next level.

A Consensus All-American in 2015, Ragland immediately passes the eye test. Standing at 6’2″ and 252 pounds, Ragland is a tremendous athlete who has good speed for a man of his size and hits hard, providing an intimidating presence in the middle of the field.

Combining his physical attributes with strong instincts, Ragland (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 9

Written by Bryan Perez on January 5, 2016


Seth and Justin are back after some time away.  They talk CFB bowl games, underclassmen, and more!

Scouting the Senior Bowl: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State

Written by Bryan Perez on January 4, 2016


Aaron Burbridge had quite the senior season.  He enjoyed a true breakout year, more than tripling his previous career highs in receptions and yards.  Collegiate careers like Burbridge’s are the most dangerous and unpredictable for a scout to evaluate.  It’s almost impossible to determine why a player’s production increases so dramatically from one year to the next.  In some cases, it’s a product of player development and opportunity.  In other scenarios, it’s nothing more than a fluke.

For the 2016 NFL Draft, scouts will have to decide if Burbridge seized the moment this year and displayed his true next-level talent or if he was simply a good college football player who happened to be the No. 1 target for a highly touted quarterback.

The Senior Bowl is a great environment to scout receivers.  There are a lot of one-on-one battles with the top cornerbacks in the country; win in (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Order Taking Shape

Written by Bryan Perez on January 4, 2016


The 2015 NFL season has come to an end for 20 teams, which means their 2016 NFL Draft preparation can hit top speed. Below is the official order of the first 20 picks in this year’s draft according to ESPN.com.

Scouting the Senior Bowl: Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State

Written by Bryan Perez on January 3, 2016


Tyler Ervin, the senior running back from San Jose State, is a player who I hadn’t scouted all that closely until his name was added to the list of 2016 Senior Bowl participants.  He’s an interesting addition to the game in large part because I’m curious as to where the coaching staff will line him up during the week of practices.

Ervin is an all-purpose talent, accruing yardage as a runner, receiver and kick returner.  He had an impressive year as a rusher in 2015, totaling 294 carries for 1,601 yards and 13 TDs (5.4 YPC).  It was by far his best year as a running back, as his previous career high was 888 yards rushing in 2014.  He’s proven to be a valuable target in the receiving game with 45 catches for 334 yards and 2 TDs this season alone.  He’s caught 87 passes during his time as (read more…)

Scouting the Senior Bowl: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

Written by Bryan Perez on January 2, 2016


Kenyan Drake is probably best known for the gruesome leg injury he suffered five games into the 2014 season against Ole Miss.  It was about as bad of a broken leg as you’ll see in football, and it created serious doubt as to whether he’d be able to regain the impressive form that he displayed during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Drake accepted his invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl after a senior year that answered most of the injury-related questions.  While he wasn’t as explosive or confident of a runner this past season, he’s still an intriguing option at the running back position because of the likelihood that his best football will be played in 2016 and beyond.

Drake finished this past year (excluding Alabama’s National Championship game) with 76 carries for 407 yards and 1 TD.  He averaged 4.8 YPC, which is a far cry from his (read more…)

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