Ezekiel Elliott and the Twinkie

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 10, 2016

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) leaps over Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) on his way to a 54-yard run in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Thursday night, January 1, 2015. (The Columbus Dispatch / Eamon Queeney)

The Twinkie is one of the most glorious and delectable of all foods. From the soft, spongy cake to the creamy, succulent filling expertly injected in just the right dosage to blend into a dreamy taste explosion. The folks at Hostess created a timeless treat that has withstood generations of change. Urban legend says the Twinkie is one of the few things on earth that can survive an apocalypse. Whether nuclear war or a comet or the impending rise of our robot overlords, the Twinkie remains an unbreakable form of fluffy sustenance.

In the NFL, the running back position has seen a sort of apocalypse in terms of importance. Gone is the era where every team coveted the bell-cow rusher, a skilled player who could handily tote the rock 250-plus times a season. 1,000-yard rushers are going the way of the coelacanth, increasingly rare relics of a football time (read more…)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 20

Written by Justin Higdon on March 9, 2016

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 20

Matt Harmon of NFL.com and FootballGuys joined Seth and Justin to talk about the 2016 NFL Draft wide receiver class. Matt discusses his new Backyard Banter Podcast, his Reception Perception metric, and which receivers in this year’s draft are overrated, underrated, and properly rated.

Hanging Einstein NFL Draft Interview Series: Ian Wharton, Bleacher Report

Written by Bryan Perez on March 7, 2016

Hanging Einstein NFL Draft Interview Series:  Ian Wharton, Bleacher Report

From the producers of Hanging Einstein: 

Hanging Einstein is an interview show featuring some of the leading analysts and personalities in the Sports and Fantasy Sports world. Get to know the people you trust, and learn more about them to possibly help you connect in ways you never knew you did. Host Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) will routinely have the big names talk about everything that led them to where they are today.

We are extremely pleased to be working with Draft Breakdown, to bring you an exclusive 12 part NFL Draft Special series. The guests will all be well respected NFL Draft analysts, getting into some details about their process. Things they look for, how they look for them, and how they got involved in the first place. We not only hope you enjoy them, but are able to find them beneficial in your own scouting.

The series kicks off (read more…)

2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: Vernon Hargreaves

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 6, 2016


Following my report earlier this weekend for La Tech RB Kenneth Dixon, it only felt right to share a report for someone on the other side of the football. Fellow Draftbreakdown Senior Draft Analyst and my NDT Scouting compatriot recommended Florida’s “VH3”. So check the link to see my report for Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III straight out of the 2016 Prospectus!

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!

2016 NFL Draft: Post-Combine Top 100 Big Board and Positional Rankings

Written by Jonah Tuls on March 6, 2016

Karl Joseph

The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and we are one step closer to the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago on April 28. With that being said, I am ready to release my top 100 players in the draft on my big board as well as the top ten players at each position (next slide). So without further ado, you can now read and unequivocally disagree with my rankings.

1. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

– Has all the makings of a franchise left tackle that a team can rely on to be a cornerstone player for the next decade. He is the closest thing to a can’t miss prospect in this draft with his footwork, technique, strength, and overall talent at the offensive tackle spot.

2. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

– Some may say that this is too high for a running back, but honestly, (read more…)

What the Dallas Cowboys Should do with the 4th Pick and the Mistake They Cannot Make

Written by Joe Marino on March 5, 2016

Bosa Shrug

There seems to be quite the dilemma that is brewing regarding what the Dallas Cowboys should do with the fourth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. For me, it’s an incredibly easy situation to manage with an obvious no-no that I fear is being considered and the Cowboys fan base is starting to support. Join me as I elaborate on how simple this should be for Dallas.

In Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey and UCLA LB Myles Jack there are four blue-chip prospects in this Draft. These are can’t-miss prospects that a team should never pass on unless there is a quarterback prospect worthy of the pick. In this case, there are two quarterbacks, Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, that are worthy of consideration. Selecting fourth overall, the Cowboys are in the necessary position to pull (read more…)

Myles Jack and Draft Politics

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 4, 2016


UCLA defensive player Myles Jack is widely considered one of the elite players in the 2016 NFL Draft. His athleticism, versatility and explosive potential to make splash plays are all undeniable truths, and they’re all catnip for the fan.

Here’s an inconvenient truth on the 6’1”, 245-pound early entrant: Myles Jack is a lot better in the theoretical future than he has been in the actual past. You know, the part of the game which actually counts.

It reminds me of politicians trying to sell us on their grandiose vision of what they can do for us if we choose them. Only the best possible outcomes to decisions must be considered when lobbying for voting minds, and the ardent supporters often wear blinders to the very real negatives every candidate–from any side of the aisle–harbors.

Campaign promises often become hilariously sad tinder to the smoldering pile of disappointment that (read more…)

2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: RB Kenneth Dixon

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 3, 2016

Kenneth Dixon


I took to Twitter this afternoon (@NDTScouting) for some recommendations for the first of my formal, final reports to bring over to Draftbreakdown in an effort to share some peeks at my work this Draft season. The name that stood out the most to me was La Tech RB Kenneth Dixon (a Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Combine standout). So check the link to see NDT Scouting’s Kenneth Dixon Report.

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!

2016 Combine Athleticism Metric Results

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 3, 2016

scouting combine

The NFL Combine has come and gone; in the aftermath we’re left to sort through the endless data points and make heads or tails of player performance. One of the key components to my personal model of player evaluation is an athleticism metric based off of Combine data. It is one of the five major categories that dictate my final player evaluations (Film, Size, Experience, Production and Athleticism). For some positions (such as skill players), the Athleticism metric carries a larger weight than other positions (such as OL prospects).

The attached is a summary of the three best and worst performances from each position group according to my personal metric. (This metric utilizes a statistical analysis of the past 10 years of Combine data of players at the same position to quantify particular athletic tests and provide an end result score on the same 9.0 scale that all of my (read more…)

Pounding the Table: Draft Breakdown analysts debate trending NFL Draft topics

Written by Chris Nicolaou on March 3, 2016

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 05:  William Jackson III #3 of the Houston Cougars celebrates after a defensive stop against the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 24-13 to win the AAC Championship over the Temple Owls.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

In this collaboration, Draft Breakdown NFL Draft analysts Matt LaPan and Chris Nicolaou debate several trending NFL Draft topics.  

Does William Jackson lll deserve to be in the first round now?

Matt: No.

After a terrific week at the NFL Scouting Combine, many have elevated cornerback William Jackson III into the 1st round. He has good size (6-0) and long arms (31 3/4”) and showed terrific speed and agility. He ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 116 inches.

Jackson has shown throughout his time at Houston he has proved to be a smooth athlete with good footwork and very good ball skills. With all of that said, Jackson will not crack the top 31 in 2016.

The 2016 NFL Draft has a good amount of 1st-Round talent at cornerback. With Jalen Ramsey, Vernon Hargreaves III and Eli Apple all likely 1st Round picks, (read more…)

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