Clemson coach calls DeShaun Watson a unicorn

Written by Bryan Perez on June 26, 2016


No charges filed against Alabama OT Cam Robinson

Written by Bryan Perez on June 22, 2016

Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) and linebacker Reuben Foster (10) celebrate after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We recently touched on the legal troubles facing Alabama OT Cam Robinson and head coach Nick Saban’s decision to wait for the legal process to play out before offering an opinion on the subject.  His patience paid off, as District Attorney Jerry Jones announced on June 20 that charges will not be filed against the high-end 2017 NFL draft prospect.

“I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years working and sweating, while we were all at home in the air conditioning,” Jones told KNOE News.

This is true. Important news for Alabama football and eventually the NFL. https://t.co/Ssv8OrRTAf

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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 35 – Darren Page on Stepping Back from the NFL Draft

Written by Justin Higdon on June 21, 2016

Jarvis Landry

Seth and Justin are joined this week by Darren Page to talk about the 2013 NFL Draft. Darren also discusses his history of in-depth quarterback analysis, and how player evaluations and the draft process in general eventually steered him away from scouting

Mel Kiper thinks Dalvin Cook can move to the top of the RB class for the 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on June 18, 2016


The summer months are challenging for even the most passionate NFL draft fan, but news and noteworthy nuggets of information can be found in overlooked one-liners and first-look player assessments.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his early list of top offensive draft prospects last month, and his discussion of the running back class was interesting, to say the least.

The talent at the junior level is significant, but mileage and injury concerns are obvious. Fournette had 300 carries last season, and Chubb will be coming back from a knee injury. Cook can move to the top; he’s a major talent.

Kiper currently has Florida State’s Dalvin Cook rated as the fourth-best junior in the class, behind the likes of Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb and Jalen Hurd.  With questions surrounding the tread left on Fournette’s tires and the status of Chubb’s devastating knee injury, the door is open (read more…)

Daniel Jeremiah says Jonathan Allen can be a ‘very disruptive defensive tackle’ at the next level

Written by Bryan Perez on June 17, 2016

Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is pressured by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) in the first quarter in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide football program has had so much talent in their locker room in recent seasons that they could have been the 33rd team in the NFL.  Coach Nick Saban has seen 39 of his former player drafted in the last five years, including 11 first-round picks.

Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen appears next in the long line of powerful and well-coached defensive linemen to hear his name called in round one.  NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently put him under the microscope in his First Look series and had some impressive scouting notes on the 6-foot-3, 294-pound prospect.

Allen has an outstanding combination of hand quickness, awareness and strength. He is a model technician when it comes to the hand battle against blockers. Against the run, he (read more…)

Notre Dame WR Corey Robinson is giving up football

Written by Bryan Perez on June 16, 2016


Notre Dame senior wide receiver Corey Robinson has retired from football due to concerns over concussions.  After suffering three head injuries in the last year — the most recent of which occurred during the team’s spring practice — the talented NFL draft prospect decided it was time to walk away from the game.

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 34 – Ben Natan on the NFL Draft and Learning from Mistakes

Written by Justin Higdon on June 15, 2016

E.J. Manuel

This week, Ben Natan from BleedingGreenNation.com joins Seth and Justin to discuss learning from past scouting mistakes. The guys discuss Ben’s hits and misses from the 2013 NFL Draft, and how he has applied certain lessons to his current analysis.

Notre Dame just made watching tape a lot more challenging

Written by Bryan Perez on June 15, 2016

Apr 16, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly greets fans before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. The Blue team defeated the Gold team 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced a change to how they will issue jersey numbers in 2016, making the life of the scout and NFL Draft fan a bit more challenging.

Wayne Gallman among top running back prospects for 2017 NFL draft

Written by Bryan Perez on June 14, 2016


Check out Dane Brugler’s complete breakdown of Wayne Gallman here.

Luke Falk is college football’s most accurate passer, according to NFL.com

Written by Bryan Perez on June 13, 2016

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In anticipation of the 2016 college football season, NFL.com has been running a series titled “16 for 16” in which they rank 16 players who possess a specific trait or skill set discussed in the article.  They recently rated the top-16 most accurate passers heading into next season, with Washington State’s Luke Falk checking in at the top spot.

Falk was second only to Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty in completion percentage among FBS QBs last season (69.5), and he led the nation with 380.5 passing yards per game in Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. Falk threw for 38 touchdowns (a school single-season record) and just eight8 interceptions. Like Mayfield, Falk is a former walk-on, and college coaches will be kicking themselves for failing to see performances like this one (six TDs in the first half) in Falk’s future.

Falk’s backstory is a good one, having started his (read more…)

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