Snyder compares QB Delton to a young Roberson – Alex Delton | KSU

Written by News Team on June 14, 2015


Kansas State HC Bill Snyder compared true freshman QB Alex Delton to a young Ell Roberson this spring. …read more

2016 NFL Draft: Big-Time Backers, Reggie Ragland (Alabama)

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 13, 2015


This week for Big-Time Backers, I take a look at Reggie Ragland, the impact Linebacker from the University of Alabama.

Reggie Ragland

Senior LB #19

HT: 6020 WT: 252


  • Originally from Madison, Alabama and Bob Jones High School where he put together a highly productive career as an Inside Linebacker. A very highly ranked recruit (4 star), he chose Alabama over multiple offers including Auburn and Florida. In his freshman and sophomore seasons (2012, 2013) he served as a backup and was also a special teams’ stud. Last season (2014) he took over as their starting Mike Linebacker where he proved that he was one of the nations top college backers, finishing with All-SEC First Team honors and as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.


  • Large, big-bodied Middle Linebacker. Pretty athletic guy with smooth movement ability but average speed. Needs to add more (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Quick Look: Small School QB’s, Part 2

Written by Chad Dinkins on June 11, 2015


While I was looking at small school quarterbacks, it was difficult to only pick five that I liked so I decided to turn it into a two part series. There is plenty of talent in the lower collegiate levels with a lot of good football being played.  One thing that I noticed was how many schools have multiple-year starters who have had success since they got onto campus. These check marks are important when looking for that late round prospect. You don’t want to waste a pick.

These five quarterbacks are not below the quarterbacks in part one, as there was no order set.  After looking at over thirty quarterbacks, these ten stood out the most and I am certain I didn’t find all of them yet.

Alex Ross

2014 Stats: 154 rushes/691 yards/9 TDs; 271 of 422/3389 yards/20 TDs/7 INTs

Ross is coming off another efficient season in (read more…)

Aaron Mannicci’s Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Running Back Class

Written by Aaron Mannicci, Analyst on June 9, 2015

Credit: Tim Heitman (USA TODAY Sports)

1. Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State* 

Ezekiel Elliot became a household name during Ohio State’s championship run last season, and is primed for an even bigger junior campaign as the Buckeyes look to repeat with another loaded roster on campus in Columbus. The six-foot, 225 pounder possesses a rare combination of size, speed and quickness between the tackles to go along with vision that is among the best in the nation. Elliot finds openings and reads defenses as well as any ball-carrier in this class, and it really isn’t all that close. The Missouri native is a shifty, slippery back, and consistently makes poor tacklers pay the price.

Elliot possesses all of the traits that NFL teams covet at the running back position, and his production down the stretch in 2014 speaks for itself. Topping last season’s 1,878 yard and 18 touchdowns won’t be easy, however a very productive junior (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 9, 2015


(By Derek Rizzuto and Justin Higdon)

After getting off to a slow start in 2014, Cincinnati, led by Head Coach Tommy Tuberville, stormed back to claim a share of the AAC title. The Bearcats started the year 2-3, but thanks in part to the strong play of quarterback Gunner Kiel, the team reeled off seven straight wins to finish the season 9-3. The Bearcats lost several key starters from the defensive side of the ball and the the offensive line, but with an experienced receiving corps that features five seniors, Kiel and company look to take another AAC crown. Here’s a look at some possible draftees from this year’s squad. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

2016 NFL Draft: An Overview of Leonard Floyd

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on June 8, 2015

Leonard Floyd

In my previous two player overviews, I looked at a couple of impact defenders in Vernon Hargreaves III and Joey Bosa. In keeping with the defensive theme, my latest player overview analyzes another defender with big potential. While he isn’t the top-ten lock like Hargreaves and Bosa, Georgia EDGE defender Leonard Floyd is a very intriguing prospect.

Who is Leonard Floyd?

Leonard Floyd attended Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia. Aside from playing linebacker and tight end on the football team, Floyd was also a track athlete. He was rated as a four-star recruit and top-ten linebacker in the country. Floyd committed to the University of Georgia before enrolling in Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Chatham, Virginia where he would retain his four-star status and commitment to UGA.

Floyd came to Athens carrying high hopes that he managed to live up to in 2013. Playing in (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Preseason Scouting Report: Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU

Written by Joe Ferraiola, Analyst on June 8, 2015

Trevone Boykin

The 2016 QB class looks to be one without a premier player at the position. The position is filled with a bunch of average-to-solid quarterbacks that are separated by the smallest of margins. There doesn’t seem to be an Andrew Luck-caliber quarterback in this draft class and unless a prospect has developed at a rapid pace in the spring and summer months, it looks to stay that way.

That said, there are many interesting quarterback prospects to evaluate this draft season.  One such player is TCU’s Trevone Boykin.

College Texas Christian University

Height 6’1”

Weight 208

Year Senior

Hometown Dallas, Texas


Season 2012-2013:   12 games, 292 Att, 167 Comp, 57.2 Cmp%, 2054 yards, 7.03 YPA, 15-10 TD-INT, 24 sack, 126.4 Rating

Season 2013-2014:   12 games, 176 Att, 105 Comp, 59.6 Cmp%, 1198 yards, 6.80 YPA, 7-7 TD-INT, 15 sack, 122.0 Rating

Season 2014-2015:   13 games, (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Baylor Bears

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 8, 2015


In the first year of the College Football Playoff era, the boys down in Waco looked poised to be one of the four teams with a shot at the title. Unfortunately for them, they fell just short as they were named the No. 5 team in the selection committee’s final rankings. All year, Art Briles offense put up video game numbers and they blew out the majority of teams on their schedule, only losing to West Virginia and Michigan State. As we head into the 2015 season, there is a bit of uncertainty as they must replace Bryce Petty at QB. If they can find a viable replacement, they look like they could be one of the top teams in the country yet again. Here is a list of the Baylor seniors that will make an impact this season and some of the Bears’ top junior prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft. (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Big-Time Backers, Kendell Beckwith (LSU)

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 4, 2015

Beckwith 1

In the second installment of Big-Time Backers, I take a look at Kendell Beckwith, the impact Middle Linebacker from Louisiana State.

Kendell Beckwith

Junior LB #52

HT: 6020 WT: 245


  • Originally from Clinton, Louisiana and East Feliciana High School. A Rivals 4 star player in the class of 2013. In his true freshman season at in Baton Rouge he served as a rotational linebacker playing in 12 games with no starts. In his second season in 2014, he earned a spot as the starting Mike Linebacker and had a productive season as one of the leaders of the LSU defense. In 2015, he looks to retain that starting spot and anchor the middle of Les Miles defense.


  • A superior physical specimen with ideal size and frame for the position. Built like a tank and combines a rocked-up upper body with a functionally (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft: Trait-Based Scouting Report of Kevin Hogan (QB, Stanford)

Written by Ryan Dukarm on June 4, 2015


There are many ways to scout talent for the NFL draft, with numerical scales, athletic metrics, character evaluation, advanced statistics and film study all playing their part in the evaluation process. The way I go about scouting players, as well as many others in the business, is through trait-based evaluation. I am a disciple of the Scouting Academy, run by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and this is where I learned of the trait-based evaluation system. I highly recommend his course to anyone looking to improve their ability to evaluate football players of any level.

Every position has a set of traits that are important to the success of the player in becoming a top competitor at any level. In my weekly series, I will publish a scouting report on a player at different positions and evaluate how their traits stack up to NFL standards. The strengths and weaknesses section does (read more…)

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