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Joe Marino’s Center Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 26, 2015

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Second Round Grades

1. Cameron Erving, Florida State – Found a home at center after an up and down stint at left tackle. Has unique length for the interior which he uses to his full advantage. Does a terrific job working his hips to seal off defenders and create holes. Will get his weight out over his  feet at times which leads to whiffs. His footwork is still developing playing inside. Erving is an exciting prospect now that he is a center and his upside is tremendous.

2. Andy Gallik, Boston College – Has the ability to dominate at the point of attack. Plays with terrific leverage, power and works to establish positioning throughout the down. Strong finisher of blocks with a powerful base to anchor against the run. He doesn’t dominate in space but displays efficiency. Plug and play center in a power scheme.

Third Round Grades

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Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Written by Bryan Perez on March 25, 2015

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Overview:

Phillip Dorsett, the senior wide receiver from the Miami Hurricanes, enters the 2015 NFL draft after an up-and-down career at “The U.”  In 2014, Dorsett managed 36 receptions for 871 yards and a career high 10 TDs.  His 24.2 YPC also marked a career best.  In 2013, Dorsett missed five games due to a partially torn MCL and totaled only 13 catches for 272 yards and 2 TDs.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had productive season with 58 catches, 848 yards and 4 TDs.  In total, Dorsett started 30 games as a member of the Hurricanes with 121 career receptions, 2,132 yards and 17 TDs.  He participated in the 2015 Senior Bowl.  Physically, Dorsett is a “small” receiver prospect, checking in at 5’10” and 185 lbs.  He doesn’t have the kind of build that will be able to hold up on the outside against physical, press coverage; (read more…)


Chip Kelly Says He Wanted Both Nick Foles and Sam Bradford

Written by Joe Wedra on March 25, 2015

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Oh, Chip Kelly is back making the headlines. Today at breakfast in Arizona, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach told reporters that his “goal” was to have both QBs Sam Bradford and Nick Foles on his roster. Instead, obviously, the team traded away the oft-mentioned Foles.

DB’s Take: Wouldn’t this be interesting? After all, Chip Kelly does like to mix things up. One would think that Philadelphia isn’t done quite yet. Bradford has a chance to make his mark with the Eagles, but has Chip Kelly had a master (Mariota) plan all along?


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Alec May EDGE Georgetown

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 24, 2015

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Alec May

School: Georgetown Position: EDGE Height: 6’3” Weight: 246 Production Tier: Green (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Yellow (see explanation here) Bench: 19 40-yard: 4.88 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 110” Three-cone: 7.31 Short Shuttle: 4.28


NFL announces 2015 NFL Draft compensatory picks

Written by Bryan Perez on March 24, 2015

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The NFL announced the complete list of compensatory picks for the 2015 NFL Draft, with the Chiefs, Patriots, and Bengals all receiving 3rd round selections.

DB’s Take:  A total of 14 teams received compensatory picks, with the Bengals receiving a 4th rounder in addition to the above-mentioned 3rd round selection.  The Ravens received three compensatory picks this year, raising their league-leading total to 44 since 1994.


Joe Marino’s EDGE Rankings and Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 23, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Bud Dupree, Kentucky – Dupree is a freak athlete with an outstanding frame. He is experienced doing everything that he will be asked to do in the NFL as 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. He is most impactful with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer and setting the edge. Displays explosive burst off the ball and closing quickness to the football. Kentucky had him dropping in coverage far more than I would like. That said, he is adept at doing so although it is far from a strength. There are times I wish Dupree would “sell out” more aggressively to finish plays but Kentucky asked him to be very disciplined within the scheme. Has “chase and see” tendencies and his instincts are still developing. Far from a finished product but he represents tremendous upside.

2. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA – What initially stands (read more…)


NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft “Pound the Table” Series: DT Bobby Richardson

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on March 21, 2015

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The following is the first of NDT Scouting’s “Pound the Table” Series, a look at mid-round NFL Draft prospects that can bring production and impact to their future homes during the 2015 NFL Draft and beyond.

Draft economics comes down to one simple task: maximize the value of each and every selection in accordance to your own board.  The talent acquisition process is much more well publicized in the early selections; frequently you’ll hear and read about the same 40-50 talents while the rest of the class is left drifting in the wind.  But late Day 2 and early Day 3 selections are where teams “win” the draft.  The ability to correctly identify positive traits and sync them with either a need on a roster or the fit within a system are the course by which “sleepers” and “steals” are born.  This year’s class has a number of talents I, as (read more…)


Paul Dawson to the Panthers Gaining Steam?

Written by Joe Wedra on March 21, 2015

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Christian

As Chase Goodbread of NFL.com’s college football coverage points out, controversial TCU LB Paul Dawson will, indeed be visiting the Carolina Panthers. Among four other teams, Dawson will have the chance to work out in Charlotte with the team. Carolina owns the 25th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

DB’s Take: Dawson’s talent is undeniable. Despite many rumors that his work ethic and commitment should be in question for NFL teams, Carolina is a squad that could take a chance. He’d be a very nice addition to a young, growing Panthers defensive unit.


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the center position as Matt Waldman is joined by GM Jr. Scouting Services’ Scott Bischoff.  In today’s episode, Matt and Scott view the tape of Cameron Erving, OC, Florida St.  Erving is one of the better all-around offensive linemen in the class who appears to be flying a bit under the national radar right now.  Remember:  Matt’s comprehensive NFL Draft Guide, The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, is available for purchase on April 1, 2015, and can be ordered HERE.


49ers LB Chris Borland shocks NFL, retires at 24

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015

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The San Francisco 49ers’ offseason went from bad to worse yesterday, as second-year linebacker Chris Borland announced that he is retiring from the NFL.  Citing concerns about the long-term effects of  head injuries, the Wisconsin product chose to walk away from a likely starting role following the retirement of fellow 49er Patrick Willis.

DB’s Take:  This came as a total shock to me, as I expected Borland to emerge as a potential star this year.  I was very high on him during the 2014 NFL Draft process and was pleased to see how well he performed when filling in for injuries during his rookie season.  He earned a +20.8 score from Pro Football Focus (from weeks 6 thru 15).  We wish Borland the best in all of his future endeavors.


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