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Joe Marino’s Guard Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on April 6, 2015

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Second Ground Grades

1. AJ Cann, South Carolina – A powerful drive blocker with good hand placement and body positioning, Cann can overwhelm opponents. Cann is an effective pass blocker with strong anchor and knee bend. While his foot speed can improve, I see Cann as a day one starter at guard in the NFL.

Third Round Grades

2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke – Tomlinson is a mauler who gets significant push and movement as a run blocker. His strong initial punch and leg drive can prove to overwhelm opponents and he moves well for a man of his size. When pass blocking, Tomlinson has a strong anchor and allows little penetration. Tomlinson has the potential to emerge as a day one starter in the NFL.

3. John Miller, Louisville – Fire hydrant on the interior and plays with natural leverage. Short yardage block winner who can generate movement in the (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Triston Wade DB Texas-San Antonio

Written by Justin Higdon on April 4, 2015

Triston Wade

Triston Wade School: Texas-San Antonio Position: DB Height: 5’10 7/8” Weight: 185 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Red (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 5/19/1993 Bench: 7 reps 40-yard: 4.52 Vertical: 35.5” Broad: 120” Three-cone: 7.29” Short Shuttle: 4.22


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: WR

Written by Luke Easterling on April 3, 2015

Amari Cooper

1. Amari Cooper | Alabama | 6’1″, 211 | Grade: Top 10

He may not be the big, physical target most people think of when they picture a No. 1 NFL receiver, but he’s big enough, and is easily the most polished pass-catcher in this class. Smooth routes, soft hands, and great technique all add up to my top receiver in this class.

2. Kevin White | West Virginia | 6’3″, 215 | Grade: Top 10

Not far behind Cooper, White is the more prototypical receiver with a size/speed combo that will make any NFL team drool. White announced his presence early in 2014 with a stellar game against Alabama, put together a strong season and wowed at the combine. If an NFL team is looking for a bigger, more physical target at the top of the draft, White could easily be the first receiver off the (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Joey Iosefa FB Hawaii

Written by Justin Higdon on April 2, 2015

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Joey Iosefa School: Hawaii Position: FB Height: 6’ Weight: 247 Arm: 31 3/4” Hand: 10 1/4” Production Tier: Orange (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Blue (see explanation here) Bench: 30 40-yard: 4.81 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 110” Three-cone: 7.24 Short Shuttle: 4.33


Jameis Packs the House on Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 31, 2015

ACC Championship - Duke v Florida State

With the Draft now less than a month away, Florida State hosted all 32 teams at Tuesday’s Pro Day.  The main attraction: QB Jameis Winston.  The 2013 Heisman winner threw the ball well from the pocket but struggled to throw accurately on the run.

DB’s Take: Regardless of how good or bad Winston performed, this workout shouldn’t have much impact on next month’s draft.  Winston is projected by most to be the Number 1 overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as GM Jason Licht continues to be impressed by the quarterback’s play.  Should the Buccaneers shock the NFL and pass on Winston, he shouldn’t fall further than Tennessee with the second pick.


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

Written by John Owning on March 30, 2015

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During the lead up to the NFL draft, certain traits or characteristics in the spectrum of evaluating college talent get prioritized. These characteristics dominate discussion, which leads to the player who possess those traits to receive a great deal of attention.

For example, anyone who pays attention to draft coverage can wax on about Vic Beasley’s insane get off and deep repertoire of pass-rush moves or they can discuss about how explosive Alvin “Bud” Dupree is.

While this is all fine and dandy, it leads to very good football players garnering little to no attention from the NFL media and fans alike. One player who has been on the unfortunate end of this paradigm this year is Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers.

Athletically, Flowers is nothing to write home about. Take a look at Flowers’ spider graph in comparison with other defensive end prospects since 1999 via MockDraftable.com:

He tested into the (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Ross Scheuerman WR Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon on March 30, 2015

Ross Scheuerman

Name:  Ross Scheuerman School: Lafayette Position: WR Height: 5’11 1/2” Weight: 204 Arm: 30” Hand: 8 3/4” Production Tier: Green (see explanation here) UPC Tier: Yellow (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 3/5/1993 Bench: 15 reps 40-yard: 4.40 Vertical: 33” Broad: 121” Three-cone: 7.08 Short Shuttle: 4.11


Joe Marino’s Linebacker Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 30, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Eric Kendricks, UCLA – With sideline-to-sideline range, Kendricks can make an impact anywhere on the field and his pursuit of the football is relentless. A balanced contributor against the run and the pass, Kendricks can play every down but is best suited to function in a 4-3 scheme. His awareness in pass coverage is outstanding and he competes at the catch point like a defensive back. His coverage instincts, fluidity, athleticism and change-of-direction skills are high-level. Kendricks is a secure, wrap-up tackler who attacks ballcarriers low and rarely misses opportunities to bring people down. He closes windows well and has great instincts while attacking the line of scrimmage downhill or pursuing plays laterally. He fights through blocks and plays physically and aggressive. The only concern is his lack of size.

Second Round Grades

2. Stephone Anthony, Clemson – Checks every box: size, athletic ability and outstanding (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: OT

Written by Luke Easterling on March 29, 2015

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1. Brandon Scherff | Iowa | 6’5″, 319 | Grade: Top 10

This year’s class doesn’t have the flashy “franchise LT” prospect that usually sets himself apart from the rest, but that doesn’t mean Scherff isn’t a stellar football player. Though he may be best used at guard at the next level, similar to Zack Martin and Joel Bitonio from last year’s draft, Scherff has plenty of successful experience at tackle and could very well stay there. He’s a mauler in the run game and will be a steal in the bottom of the top 10.

2. Jake Fisher | Oregon | 6’6′, 306 | Grade: 1st Round

Thought by many to be a mid-round projection at season’s end, Fisher is finally getting the credit he should have been receiving all along, with some putting him into the first-round conversation. At worst, Fisher is a plug-and-play starter at right (read more…)


DraftBreakdown.com Presents: GM Jr. Scouting Podcast

Written by Bryan Perez on March 27, 2015

Brandon Scherff

The GM Jr. Scouting crew breaks down the top offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft.  Be sure to follow Russ Lande, Scott Bischoff, Josh Liskiewitz and Jordan Plocher for their latest NFL Draft thoughts and analysis!


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