Outland Trophy watch list includes Utah OT J.J. Dielman

Written by Bryan Perez on July 11, 2016


The Outland Trophy, which has been presented to the nation’s best interior lineman since 1946, announced its watch list last week that included intriguing senior draft prospect J.J. Dielman from Utah.

The 22-year-old native of Arizona enters the 2016 college football season with 27 starts on his resume, including all 13 games in each of the last two seasons at right tackle.  At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Dielman has a lean and athletic build which makes him appear like a big tight end on the field.

He finished last season as an All-Pac-12 second-team selection and is looking to build off the success he had in 2015.  In fact, Dielman was graded by Pro Football Focus as the eighth-best returning tackle in the nation.  The analytics powerhouse described him as a mauler in the run game.

There’s no doubt that Dielman flashes quality traits for an offense’s rushing attack.  He’s (read more…)

Senior Tour 2016 – Running Back Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on July 8, 2016

Jovon Robinson (29). 
Idaho vs Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. 
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1)  Jovon Robinson  –  Auburn  –  (6’0” / 219)

A former five-star recruit and Auburn signee, Robinson sat out the 2012 season after being declared ineligible by the NCAA. He played the following two seasons at Georgia Military College, where he racked up 3198 yards and 43 touchdowns. The No. 1-ranked JUCO running back in the country, Robinson returned to Auburn for his junior season. He struggled to get on the field early but came on strong late in the season, rushing for 90 or more yards in five of the Tigers’ last six games. He finished with 639 yards on 116 carries (5.5 avg) and three TD runs, showing the promise that made him such a highly touted recruit, both out of high school and a few years later as a junior college transfer.

Robinson is a punishing runner who exhibits good patience, waiting for his blockers to (read more…)

REPORT: Philadelphia to host 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on July 8, 2016


After a two-year run in Chicago, it appears the NFL draft is on the move once again.  Reports have circulated that Philadelphia will be the league’s choice for 2017.

Pitt OT Adam Bisnowaty is a tough, physical prospect

Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016


Tough and scrappy are two words that properly describe Pittsburgh’s senior OT Adam Bisnowaty, but taken alone, they’re not the kind of traits worthy of first-round consideration.  Fortunately for the 22-year-old, his skill set is more well-rounded.

Bisnowaty is listed at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds.  He looks lighter on tape, which means he’s either being given a generous bump by 10 to 15 pounds or he simply carries his weight extremely well.  He moves with above-average coordination and quickness, taking efficient and well-placed steps especially when sealing the edge.

Bisnowaty was named to the All-ACC’s first team in 2015 after starting 12 of Pitt’s 13 games.  He missed one game due to an ankle injury, marking the second year in a row that he sat a game because of a nagging ankle.  In 2014, he started 10 games and, in total, has 30 career starts heading into the 2016 season.

The (read more…)

UCLA’s Conor McDermott has first-round traits

Written by Bryan Perez on July 7, 2016


The NFL is always searching for pass-blocking offensive tackles in the first round of the draft, and UCLA’s Conor McDermott possesses some appealing traits that will garner early-round, if not early-first round, attention come next April.

Unofficially listed at 6-foot-9 and 310 pounds, McDermott is a little light in the pants but has a good-looking frame from a length standpoint.  He’s a lean and athletic looking guy which suggests he can bulk up even more once he gets into an NFL strength program.  Whether he’ll be able to build his legs up is debatable, but overall his frame fits what the NFL is looking for.

His 2015 tape is a great display of his athletic ability as a pass protector.  McDermott was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball during his senior year of high school, and it shows up on film.  He has great feet.

McDermott consistently beats defensive lineman to (read more…)

USC’s Zach Banner is one of CFB’s top offensive tackle prospects

Written by Bryan Perez on July 6, 2016


Is Chad Kelly the next Jay Cutler?

Written by Bryan Perez on July 5, 2016

Jan 1, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly (10) looks to throw a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the second quarter of the 2016 Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey, Myles Garrett lead PFF’s list of 101 best college football players

Written by Bryan Perez on June 30, 2016


The 2016 college football season is less than two months away, and the anticipation is building for what should be a fun year highlighted by very talented draft-eligible players.

Pro Football Focus published their list of the nation’s top 101 players, and while they conditioned the ranking as not being an NFL draft projection, the names that appear at the top of the list are some of the 2017 NFL draft’s top prospects.

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey earned PFF’s top billing and is their favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.  It’s not all that shocking considering the astonishing performances he put on display almost every week in 2015.  McCaffrey isn’t the top running back prospect for the NFL draft at this point in early stages of draft season, but that could change with another astronomical season and strong scouting combine performance.

Myles Garrett, Texas A&M’s freakishly talented (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 36 – Eric Stoner and the 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Justin Higdon on June 28, 2016

Dion Jordan

Once upon a time, Eric Stoner was a rising star at DraftBreakdown.com. Now semi-retired from the draft game, Eric isn’t shy about revisiting his takes from the 2013 NFL Draft. He joins Seth and Justin for an extended episode, to talk about the good, the bad, and how one of the most challenging drafts in recent memory helped him evolve and improve as a football analyst.

Senior Tour 2016 – Wide Receiver Watch List

Written by Jeremy Hyde on June 28, 2016


1)  Corey Davis  –  Western Michigan  –  (6’3” / 213)

The active FBS leader in both career receiving yards (3785) and touchdowns (33), Davis has been a standout performer in each of his three seasons at WMU. He was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2013 after catching 67 passes for 941 yards and six TDs, and named first-team All-MAC Conference following both his sophomore (78 catches for 1408 yards and 15 TDs) and junior (90 catches for 1436 yards and 12 TDs) seasons. He should be a legitimate contender for the 2016 Biletnikoff Trophy, awarded to college football’s most outstanding receiver, in his final year at Western.

Davis possesses ideal size and speed for the position. He accelerates quickly, both off the line of scrimmage and after the catch, and has a second gear to separate at the top of deep routes. A fluid athlete with excellent (read more…)

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