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Justin Higdon presents: Box Score Scouting the Quarterbacks

Written by Justin Higdon on January 23, 2015

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Recently, I explained my intent to use a form of “box score scouting” in my NFL Draft analysis this year. As I mentioned in the intro article, I’ve tailored this production metric to fit each positional group. Quarterbacks proved especially challenging because of the variance of college football offenses. I couldn’t really use passing yardage or completion statistics considering that some schools have very ordinary quarterbacks throwing the ball 50 to 60 times per game. But there are stats that I think can tell a story when pieced together. Completion percentage does not equal accuracy, but when examined with yards per attempt and yards per completion, we can get a clearer idea of what types of throws a passer is being asked to make. Touchdowns are always important in football, and in the context of TD to interception ratio, I think we can get at least a snapshot (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: SOUTH practice, Day 3

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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My focus during the South team’s afternoon session was again on the wide receivers and cornerbacks, and I was excited to take a long look at this group because it contained some of the week’s biggest “buzz” players.

Before getting into my notes, I wanted to give kudos to the Jaguars coaching staff.  They brought “the juice” this afternoon, making the experience fun and exciting for the players.  There was a noticeable difference in intensity level from the morning session, and the players were clearly competing harder.  Tight ends were “gronk-ing” the ball in the end zone after a score, secondary players were celebrating pass breakups, and the screams and hollers after a big hit echoed through the stands.  It was really fun to watch.

SOUTH TEAM

One of the week’s highest-profile players was Sammie Coates, the “looks the part” receiver from Auburn.  I watched Coates closely during the (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH practice, Day 3

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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The final day of practices for the 2015 Senior Bowl provided one last chance for the crop of participating seniors to make an impression on the scouts and coaches in attendance.  A few players did just that today.

Today’s focus was on the wide receivers and cornerbacks.  I felt bad for this year’s crop of pass catchers, as the quarterback play has been downright atrocious.  In fact, none of the quarterbacks on either roster played like a draftable prospect.  The lone exception might be Bryce Petty (Baylor), but it’s only because he was able to sporadically spin an NFL throw.  Players like Shane Carden (ECU), Sean Manion (Oregon State), Blake Sims (Alabama), and Bryan Bennett (Southeast LA) failed to display any traits that suggested a rush to sign them after Mr. Irrelevant is (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Senior Bowl Notebook: Day 3

Written by Luke Easterling on January 22, 2015

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Day 3 of Senior Bowl week saw the final full-pad practices for both the North and South squads, as players on both sides had their final opportunity to show their stuff at full speed before Saturday’s game.

One thing that stood out to me on Thursday was the difference in intensity between the two practices. The North team’s morning practice seemed more subdued and laid back compared to the day before, while the South team was very vocal, the tempo was noticeably faster, and the vibe of their afternoon session was noticeably more upbeat.

Here are the players who stood out to me from both squads today.

NORTH

At linebacker, Texas’ Jordan Hicks and USC’s Hayes Pullard flashed early and often.  Hicks showed great instincts and discipline in coverage, snatching an interception during 1-on-1 drills, while Pullard continues to prove himself as a balanced player who is athletic (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com presents: GM Jr. Scouting Senior Bowl Podcast

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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The fellas at GM Jr. Scouting share their thoughts from the first two days of Senior Bowl practices, as Day 3 is set to get underway this morning.  


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: SOUTH practice, Day 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2015

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As I mentioned in my piece about today’s North practice, the weather continued to be perfect for the South team’s afternoon practice session.  The weather cooled down nicely about halfway through, as the condition’s were darn near ‘perfect.’

Also consistent with my approach toward the North team, I focused my attention on the South’s linebackers and running backs.  The results were underwhelming, with a few exceptions.  It should be noted that Denzel Perryman (Miami) sat out of practice with a hamstring injury.  His absence was obvious.

The standout in the running back group for me was Jalston Fowler (Alabama).  It started with special teams drills (kick coverage) where Fowler displayed better than expected straight-line speed when running downfield.  He was among the first coverage guys to the ball and added to his already increasing (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Senior Bowl Notebook: Day 2

Written by Luke Easterling on January 21, 2015

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As expected, there was an increased level of intensity on Day 2 here in Mobile, as both squads took part in their first full-pad practices of the week.  Today gave us a more complete picture of the prospects, as full-contact drills and team periods allowed for players’ complete skill sets to show.

Here are some players who stood out to me on either side, both good and bad.

NORTH

The first player from the North team to jump out at me today was Duke WR Jamison Crowder.  Crowder’s size will likely limit him to a slot role at the next level, but he showed an impressive speed/quickness/hands combination, as well as great leaping ability and ball skills. Throw in his experience as a return man, and Crowder could end up being a very valuable weapon in the NFL, possibly creeping into the late-Day 2 conversation.

Staying with the (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH Practice, Day 2

Written by Bryan Perez on January 21, 2015

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The second day of practices at the 2015 Senior Bowl are in the books.  It was a perfect day in Mobile, as the players and coaches were able to go to work under a clear blue sky.  The biggest “winner” this week might just be the weather.

Today was an important day for a lot of players, as the second practice tends to pivot their stock in one direction or the other.  Traditionally, guys who have a good first day can use the second practice to build on the positive momentum, whereas guys who struggled on day one have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.

I decided to focus most of my attention on the running backs and linebackers for both squads, with a wandering eye back to the linemen who I spent a lot of my time on yesterday.  Tomorrow will be dedicated to the wide (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: Day 1

Written by Bryan Perez on January 20, 2015

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Day one of the Senior Bowl is in the books, and while it’s unfair to make blanket statements about a player after only one practice, I made  several notable observations that could shape the rest of the week for some of this year’s participants.

The morning started with the player weigh-ins.  Some analysts in attendance were surprised by some of the players’ height (i.e., they measured in shorter than expected), but it’s a common occurrence that team sites and media guides overstate the height (and sometimes the weight) of the respective players on their roster.  I wasn’t all that moved by the numbers.

I was, however, paying close attention to the prospects’ body composition in an effort to determine who works hard in the weight room as well as who possesses the innate, natural body-type for their specific position.  The most impressive player from a physical standpoint was (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Senior Bowl Notebook: Day 1

Written by Luke Easterling on January 20, 2015

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The first day of practices here in Mobile are in the books, and while the full pads haven’t been strapped on yet, there was still plenty of action to dive into.  Despite the lack of full contact, today’s helmet-and-shoulder-pads practices still gave an especially solid look at the skill-position players, while upper-body strength and hand usage among the lineman was noticeable, as well.

The weather was perfect for both practices, and while the schedule and location of the sessions didn’t permit me to catch all of both squads, I was still able to come away with some early impressions.

NORTH

Oregon State CB Steven Nelson was the first player to jump out at me during warm-ups, thanks to his tight movements and attention to detail in even the simplest drills.  He continued to impress throughout the rest of the practice, showing quick feet and change-of-direction skills during DB (read more…)


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