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Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft DTs: Michael Bennett, Ohio State

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine winding down, the DraftBreakdown.com player rankings are starting to take shape.  Our full list of positional rankings and the 2015 DB Big Board will be posted within the next few weeks (likely by mid-March), but until then, be sure to check our expanding player overviews by clicking the scouting report tab on the player pages.

Here’s my take on Michael Bennett, the talented defensive tackle from Ohio State.

Overview:

Michael Bennett, the senior defensive lineman for the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after a productive career as a starter in each of the last two seasons. In 2014, Bennett was named Second Team All-Conference after totaling 41 tackles, 14 TFLs, and 7 sacks. It was Bennett’s second time being named as an All-Conference player, as he was honored as (read more…)


TCU LB Paul Dawson Disappoints in 40-Yard Dash

Written by Joe Wedra on February 22, 2015

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TCU LB Paul Dawson has been under a significant amount of scrutiny during the pre-draft process with reports of issues in college, and his 40-yard dash time didn’t exactly help his cause on Sunday morning in Indianapolis. He ran an official 4.93, a number that was among the worst in his position group.

DB’s Take: Dawson really needed a good time here. He couldn’t get it, something that should end first round talks. He isn’t perfect on the field, and problems off it will leave many to question how far he’ll really fall once the 2015 NFL Draft rolls around.


Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Line and Linebackers

Written by Joe Marino on February 22, 2015

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Sunday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the defensive lineman and linebackers backs participating in on-field drills. Here at Draft Breakdown, we are making the results of the workouts and weigh-ins easy to track with our 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker. Beyond the measurable aspects of the Combine, there were on-field drills that allow evaluators to examine the movement skills and athletic ability of the prospects. Below are some of my notes and takeaways from the day’s events. The defensive line is widely considered to be the strength of the 2015 NFL Draft Class and today further strengthened that argument.

  • The best prospect that nobody is talking about is Washington State DL Xavier Cooper. Cooper had one of the best all-around days as he posted impressive workout numbers while looking explosive and light on his feet in drills. He displayed (read more…)


Washington DT Danny Shelton runs 5.66 40-yd dash

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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Danny Shelton, the massive defensive tackle prospect from the Washington Huskies, ran a ‘slow’ 5.66 40 (1.88 10 yd split.)

DB’s Take:  This is a classic example of “watch the tape” in order to understand the real value of Danny Shelton. First, the 40 time for a guy with Shelton’s skill set is far less important than for guys like Vic Beasley, et. al.  Shelton wins with brute power and strength at the POA while also possessing light feet and the ability to penetrate from time to time.  He’s a top-10 prospect who won’t be impacted (negatively) for his lacking straight-line speed.


Miami’s Anthony Chickillo impressing at Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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Miami Hurricane defensive end, Anthony Chickillo, is having quite the day at the 2015 Scouting Combine.  After already pumping out 27 reps of 225, he ran exceptionally well clocking a 4.77 and 4.87 in the 40 yd dash (1.59, 1.70 10 yd splits).  Chickillo’s fastest 10 yd split equalled Vic Beasley’s, who has been lauded for his burst and athleticism throughout the process.

DB’s Take:  Chickillo was one of the stars of the 2015 East West Shrine Game, but unfortunately did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl.  He was somewhat limited by the scheme at Miami, as he projects as a potentially better pro pass rusher than he was allowed to be as a Hurricane.  His numbers prove that he has the kind of initial burst and closing speed required to be a successful sack guy in the NFL.  He looks the part of a Day 3 pick (read more…)


Vic Beasley blazes second 40 attempt

Written by Bryan Perez on February 22, 2015

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Clemson EDGE defender, Vic Beasley, ran an unnofficial 4.53 40 (1.59 10 yd split) on his second 40 yard dash attempt at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

DB’s Take:  Beasley has made a very good impression so far, as he bulked up to 246 lbs and is proving that he hasn’t lost any speed or burst at the higher weight.  His frame is chiseled and packed with muscle, and his 35 reps of 225 is evidence of the hard work that he puts in at the weight room.


2015 Scouting Combine Results Tracker

Written by Joe Marino on February 22, 2015

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Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Notes: Receivers, Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Written by Joe Marino on February 21, 2015

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Saturday’s NFL Scouting Combine events featured the wide receivers, quarterbacks and running backs participating in on-field drills. Here at Draft Breakdown, we are making the results of the workouts and weigh-ins easy to track with our 2015 NFL Scouting Combine Results Tracker.

Beyond the measurable aspects of the Combine, there were on-field drills that allow evaluators to examine the movement skills and athletic ability of the prospects. Below are some of my notes and takeaways from the day’s events.

  • Alabama WR Amari Cooper, West Virginia WR Kevin White and Louisville WR DeVante Parker are who we thought they were; legitimate first round talents with number one receiver upside. They solidified that with their work today.
  • USC WR Nelson Agholor had an impressive day. He displayed quick change of direction skills, secure hands and fluidity as an athlete. He is (read more…)

Dorsett, Nelson Can’t Break CJ2K’s 40-Time Record

Written by Joe Wedra on February 21, 2015

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Phillip Dorsett is likely the fastest on-field prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, but that isn’t going to be enough to take Chris Johnson off his throne as the king of the 40-yard dash. The former Miami standout ran an official 4.33 on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, as Matt Miller notes. The sleeper of the day, J.J. Nelson from UAB, ran a 4.28.

DB’s Take: It’s a shame that we have to make this “record” a massive production every year, but it must be done. 4.33 is a great time, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Dorsett has incredible speed that some NFL team is going to love. For Nelson — it’s safe to say he’s on sleeper alert.


Ali Marpet Shines at Combine, Runs Quickest 40-Yard Dash

Written by Joe Wedra on February 20, 2015

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When it came to the 40-yard dash, D-III Hobart’s OL Ali Marpet stole the show during the offensive linemen workouts. With his impressive individual drills, Marpet also ran a 4.98 official dash time that showed off a bit of his athleticism. Mike Huguenin wrote up a glowing review that includes quotes from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock and Charles Davis.

DB’s Take: Good for this kid. Marpet shined at the Senior Bowl and has shown that he’s willing to compete with the best in this class to prove he can be a viable starting option in the NFL. Look for a team on Day Three to take a shot on one of the Draft’s best stories.


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