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To Run or Not To Run: The Question Facing Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell

Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2016

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Bleacher Report’s NFL Insider Jason Cole is reporting that Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell is considering skipping the 40-yard dash at the 2016 Scouting Combine despite many in the scouting community questioning whether he has the top-end speed required from a go-to target in the NFL.  Cole’s report suggests that Treadwell is debating skipping the drill because of a switch in trainers and the inability to be 100% ready by the Combine.

BP’s Take:  Much like we saw with Michigan State QB Connor Cook’s decision to pass on the 2016 Senior Bowl, a decision not to run by Treadwell will only hurt his overall draft stock.  Many are projecting Treadwell to run an average to potentially below average time in the 40, so unless he is brutally slow, choosing to run can only enhance his evaluation.  Let’s say Treadwell runs a 4.65 in Indy; would that (read more…)


Pro Football Focus Grades Christian Hackenberg as UDFA

Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2016

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Pro Football Focus has been unveiling their 2016 NFL Draft rankings, with an intriguing name appearing among the UFDA’s in this year’s class of quarterbacks:  Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg.  Hackenberg isn’t the only surprising name that PFF lists as an UDFA, as other notable passers without a draftable grade include NC State’s Jacoby Brissett and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott.

BP’s Take:  Christian Hackenberg looked every bit the part of a future franchise NFL quarterback during his freshman season in Happy Valley.  That seems like an eternity ago.  Over the last two years, Hackenberg has looked more like a long-term project than a potential building block. That said, I still believe has enough raw talent to justify a Day-3 pick.  In fact, it’s likely that he’ll be selected in the fourth round after teams have a chance to reshuffle their board between days two and three.  The other two players (read more…)


NFL Draft Analysts Participate in #TeamBuilderMock

Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2016

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Several of the NFL Draft community’s analysts and writers have come together to participate in a 22-round “Team-Builder Mock Draft” initiated by Bleacher Report’s Luke Easterling. The participants include three of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts (myself, Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs) along with USA Today’s Jon Ledyard and Jonah Tuls (who also contributes here), Inside the Pylon’s Shane Alexander, Steeler’s Wire’s Curt “Da Bearded Geek” Popejoy, and bloggers/writers Joe Wedra and Robert Ortiz.  The purpose of this Mock Draft is to construct a team — 22 starters — from this year’s crop of prospects.  It is not a prediction of how the NFL Draft will unfold in April.  Rather, it’s insight into each analyst’s team building methodology.

UPDATE:  The #TeamBuilderMock is complete!  Take a look at the rosters and let (read more…)


Pre-Combine Three-Round Mock Draft

Written by Matt LaPan on February 18, 2016

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1) Tennessee Titans: 2015 Record – 3-13

Laremy Tunsil – OT – Mississippi

The Titans are in a great spot to get their franchise left tackle with Tunsil. Protecting their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota should be top priority, and this pick proves that the team is doing just that.

2) Cleveland Browns: 2015 Record – 3-13

Jared Goff – QB – California

The Browns have so many needs to fill that it is hard to know where to start. Getting the quarterback of the future is a good start. Goff can make all the throws needed in the NFL, and should give a solid foundation to the rebuilding Browns.

3) San Diego Chargers: 2015 Record – 4-12

Joey Bosa – EDGE – Ohio State

Bosa is arguably the best player in the draft, and is too good for the Chargers to pass on. He brings a (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 18

Written by Justin Higdon on February 17, 2016

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Ep. 18

This week, Justin and Seth discuss the top NFL Draft prospects who were left out of this year’s Scouting Combine, including a Draft Twitter darling, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and perhaps the best fullback in the class. Plus, of course, a couple of sizzling hot takes.


The Conundrum of Inconsistency

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 15, 2016

"Why am I so inconsistent?"

In the exceptional series of scouting reports at Football Gameplan, my good friend Emory Hunt said something in his Jacoby Brissett video which really resonated with me.

“Can you be consistent in the good things you do?”

This is one of the fundamental tenets of my evaluation process. Exceptional performances are great, but if they’re just fleeting moments along the timeline of a college career can we really expect them to be frequent occurrences at the next level?

Consistency of performance is something I try and focus upon, and it stems in part from my own personal failings as an athlete. While I didn’t play football beyond middle school, I did play highly competitive volleyball for over 20 years, including the semi-pro beach circuit. And if you ask anyone who ever played with (or against) me, they’ll tell you I was a very good player…at times. Other (read more…)


14 Things I Love About the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on February 13, 2016

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Football is my Valentine and the NFL Draft is the fuel for my football love. While you might be thinking of the perfect way to express your love for that someone special in your life, I am going to declare my love for 14 things I love about the 2016 NFL Draft. In no particular order:

1.  Cal QB Jared Goff to the Cleveland Browns:  This decision could not be any easier for the Browns. They need a quarterback and Goff gives them a legitimate chance to fill that void. Goff is accurate, has great mechanics, terrific pocket presence and an altogether excellent, translatable skillset that gives you all the tools necessary to be the face of your franchise. Turn in the card and don’t think twice.

2.  Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd Is the Most Dynamic Offensive Player in this Draft:  Yea, I said it. I’ve been beating this drum (read more…)


Combine Snubs and Corrective Measures

Written by Jeff Risdon on February 12, 2016

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The NFL released the official list of participants in the 2016 Scouting Combine on Thursday. As is the annual custom, uproar quickly ensued.

Every year there are players who belong in the Underwear (or should I say Under Armour?) Olympics in Indianapolis at the end of February who are glaring omissions. This year, more than most, there are invitees who appear ponderous choices as well.

It’s time to put those hands together and fix this Combine! And I say that as one of the few draftniks who has actually operated a real combine from my days growing up on a farm in Northeast Ohio.

Here are the top five snubs, and the guys who I would kick out to include them in the Lucas Oil Field festivities later this month.

In: Michael Thomas, WR, Southern Miss. Thomas came from out of nowhere to turn in a commanding performance for (read more…)


2016 Scouting Combine Participants Announced

Written by Bryan Perez on February 11, 2016

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The NFL finally released the official list of the 2016 Scouting Combine’s participants today, with 332 of college football’s top prospects named and expected to attend.  Over one-third of the players will come from the offensive and defensive lines (59 DL, 53 OL), providing insight for where the strength of this year’s draft class resides.

Some notable snubs include:  Jacob Coker (QB, Alabama), Aaron Green (RB, TCU), Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio State), Paul McRoberts (WR, SE Missouri).

The complete list of participants for the 2016 Scouting Combine can be found HERE.


Scouting the 2016 NFL Draft: Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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During the week of Senior Bowl practices, fellow Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst and founder of NDT Scouting, Kyle Crabbs, made it clear to me that I had to sit down and watch the tape of Maryland’s EDGE defender Yannick Ngakoue.  I was familiar with the junior defensive lineman’s name, but I had not yet viewed any of his film.

I decided to change that yesterday.  I  watched three of his games here on Draft Breakdown (Ohio State, USF, Michigan).  Now, you might be wondering how I watched three games when his profile page only has two listed.  Pro tip:  Search “Maryland” in the prospect search bar and his game versus Michigan is listed in the results.

First, let’s take a look at his background.  He had a huge year this past season, starting 11 of 12 games and finishing with 13.5 sacks, 15 TFL (read more…)


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