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Dominique Franks to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on January 5, 2010

Dominique Franks to enter NFL Draft

Dominique Franks

CB – Oklahoma Junior 6’0″ 192 lbs

ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks is entering the NFL Draft. Franks initially said that he would return for the 2010 season, but has changed his mind. Franks is a very solid corner and could possibly be the second cornerback taken after Florida’s Joe Haden. Due to the talent along the defensive line this season, the 2nd corner taken in the draft might not be until the end of round one, or possibly round two. We’ll have a full scouting report of Franks up soon.

Thaddeus Gibson to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on January 5, 2010

Thaddeus Gibson to enter NFL Draft

Thaddeus Gibson

DE – Ohio State Junior 6’2″ 240 lbs

ESPN is reporting that Ohio State defensive end Thaddeus Gibson is declaring for the NFL Draft. Gibson has played both outside linebacker and most recently, defensive end for the Buckeyes. His size is better suited for a 3-4 OLB in the NFL or possibly a 4-3 OLB. Given his recent play as a pass rusher, expect Gibson to be worked out as a 3-4 OLB in drills.

Traded draft picks

Written by Will Spencer on January 5, 2010

Traded draft picks

If you’re making your own mock draft, you should know what teams have extra draft picks from previous trades. Listed below are the traded picks that will affect the 2010 NFL Draft.

Round 1

Broncos have Bears Round 1 selection (Jay Cutler) Seahawks have Broncos’ Round 1 selection (2009 draft day trade) 49ers have Panthers’ Round 1 selection (2009 draft day trade)

Round 2

Chiefs have Falcons’ Round 2 selection (Tony Gonzalez) Patriots have Jaguars’ Round 2 selection (2009 draft day trade) Patriots have Titans’ Round 2 selection (2009 draft day trade) Bucs have Bears’ Round 2 selection (Gaines Adams)

Round 3

Eagles have Seahawks’ Round 3 selection (2009 draft day trade) Redskins has no Round 3 selection after taking Jeremy Jarmon in 2009 supplemental draft Raiders have Patriots’ Round 3 selection (Derrick Burgess) Browns have a conditional Round 3 selection from Jets (Braylon Edwards – could (read more…)

Reshad Jones to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on January 4, 2010

Reshad Jones to enter NFL Draft

Reshad Jones

SS – Georgia Junior 6’2″ 215 lbs

ESPN is reporting that Georgia safety Reshad Jones will declare for the NFL Draft tomorrow in a teleconference. Jones, a 6’2″ 215 lb junior has incredible size for a safety and has decent to speed to match. Jones stated that his teleconference will also include Georgia OLB Rennie Curran and that he believes he will also declare for the draft. Jones is a possible 2nd round selection at this point.

Jimmy Clausen to have surgery

Written by Will Spencer on January 4, 2010

Jimmy Clausen to have surgery

Jimmy Clausen

QB – Notre Dame Junior 6’3″ 223 lbs

Former Notre Dame quarterback and perhaps the top rated QB in the 2010 NFL Draft, Jimmy Clausen will undergo surgery to fix torn ligaments in his right big toe this week. The injury reportedly occurred sometime in Septemeber, which means Clausen played almost the entire season with the injury. According to reports, Clausen will be unable to workout for 2-3 months, but will throw for scouts in April. This means Clausen will miss the NFL Scouting Combine and will be relying on private workouts for NFL teams. We’ll monitor this situation to see if it will have any effect on Clausen’s draft stock. Lucky for Clausen, the other top rated QB available, Sam Bradford, is also coming off a surgery that has kept him from working out.

Navorro Bowman to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on January 4, 2010

Navorro Bowman to enter NFL Draft

Navorro Bowman

LB – Penn State Junior 6’1″ 231 lbs

According to multiple sources, Penn State outside linebacker Navorro Bowman is declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft. Bowman is possibly the best 4-3 outside linebacker prospect in the draft and a sure-fire first round pick. While he’s had some off-field issues, it won’t be enough to make him drop on draft day.

Explanation of Player Grading System

Written by Will Spencer on January 4, 2010

Explanation of Player Grading System

We at Draft Breakdown have come up with our own unique scoring system to rank draft prospects. Each player is evaluated using the below listed categories in order to determine overall rank and value. All players are evaluated with basic categories and then evaluated with position specific categories. Each category is assigned a numerical value, some of which are worth more than others to show importance. It is also important to note that scores are only for those particular positions. For example, an offensive tackle may get a rating of 7.5 for speed, but that does not mean that he is faster than running backs with a score of 6.5. Scores are totally subjective to the individual position of the player. Once the scores are averaged, here is how we determine what round the player grades:

7.8 – 8.0 Perennial Pro-Bowl type player 7.5 – 7.79 Top 10 pick (read more…)

Joe Haden to enter NFL Draft

Written by Will Spencer on January 3, 2010

Joe Haden to enter NFL Draft

Joe Haden

CB – Florida Junior 5’11” 191 lbs

Florida CB Joe Haden announced today that he’ll pass up his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL Draft. Haden is the top cornerback prospect of this class and a probable top 10-15 pick. With a good blend of size and speed, Haden is expected to out-perform every other cornerback prospect at the NFL Combine. There are even reports that Haden has run a sub 4.3 40 yard dash and completed over 25 repetitions of 225 lbs on the bench press.

Jahvid Best to go pro

Written by Will Spencer on January 2, 2010

Jahvid Best to go pro

Jahvid Best

RB – California Junior 5’9″ 198 lbs

Add another hot name to the declared underclassmen list. Cal running back Jahvid Best has decided to enter the NFL Draft. Best is an exciting back to watch and a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. Best was hampered this year with a back/head injury that looked worse than it probably was. However, we expect Best to be a late first round pick, depending on team needs at the end of the round.

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

Written by Will Spencer on January 1, 2010

Scouting Report: CJ Spiller

C.J. Spiller

Position: RB School: Clemson Height: 5’10 5/8" Weight: 196 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.37 Overall Grade: 7.11 Draft Projection: 1st round

– Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4.5 Speed 8 8 Quickness/Agility 10 9.5 Strength/Explosion 10 8 Athletic Ability 8 8 Durability 8 8 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 6 Toughness 8 7 Potential 10 9

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 5 Outside the tackles 8 7.5 Receiving 6 5.5 Ball carrying 8 7.5 Vision 10 10 Elusiveness 8 8 Pass Blocking 8 6 Leg Drive 8 5.5 Break Tackle 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

An unusually shifty and quick running back. Spiller can hit the outside against most defenders and uses his quickness to (read more…)

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