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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Maryland Terrapins

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on July 2, 2015

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Maryland is just 20-30 under Head Coach Randy Edsall, but their third place showing in the Big Ten East in 2014 (7-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play) was their best performance in his four seasons at the helm. The Terrapins enter their second season in the Big Ten minus star receiver Stefon Diggs, and disruptive defensive lineman Andre Monroe, but they return a number of intriguing talents. Unfortunately for the Terps, they’ll be hard-pressed to even duplicate last year’s efforts in an increasingly competitive division. Here’s a look at their top, draft-eligible talent heading into the fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


Top Guards To Watch In 2015

Written by Matt LaPan, Analyst on July 1, 2015

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The guard position is generally not one that receives a ton of hype during the NFL Draft. Most years, the 1st round of the draft will conclude with only one or two guards selected.

From Mike Iupati to Kyle Long to Zach Martin, teams that are in need of a starter that brings toughness to their offensive line have had success taking a guard at the top of the draft. The 2016 NFL Draft has a wealth of interior linemen, including Vadal Alexander from LSU, Cody Whitehair from Kansas State and Landon Turner from North Carolina.

Tale of the Tape:

All three prospects have the size to transition to the NFL. Whitehair is the smallest of the group, but he is still 6-4 and 309 pounds. Alexander is the largest of the group – a towering 6-6 and 320 pounds. He has the size of most tackle (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Trait Based Scouting: Christian Hackenberg (QB, Penn State)

Written by Ryan Dukarm on July 1, 2015

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The third scouting report in my series of trait-based evaluations takes a look at Christian Hackenberg. After starting for Penn State as a true freshman in 2013 in head coach Bill O’Brien’s pro style scheme, many analysts had Hackenberg pegged as a future No. 1 overall pick. However, O’Brien left for the Houston Texans head coaching gig and former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin took over. After a down year statistically in Franklin’s spread offense, Hackenberg now looks to rebound in the 2015-16 season, his first as a draft eligible prospect.

Name: Christian Hackenberg

Number: 14

College: Penn State

Pro Position: QB

Height: 6’4’’

Weight: 236 pounds

Age: 20

DOB: 2/14/1995

 

Statistics:

Strengths: Mental Processing, Arm Strength, Decision Making, Extend Plays, Toughness

Weaknesses: Touch, Footwork, Deep Accuracy

Projection: NFL Starter in a pro style/bootleg based offense that maximizes his mental processing, arm strength and decision making. (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on July 1, 2015

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For the first time in three seasons under Head Coach Tim Beckman, the Fighting Illini of Illinois achieved bowl eligibility in 2014. The team managed six regular season wins despite enduring an injury to starting quarterback Wes Lunt, and a stretch in which they dropped five of six games. Late November wins over Penn State and Northwestern got the Illini into the Heart of Dallas Bowl where they lost 35-18 to Louisiana Tech. Things didn’t get easier for Beckman after the season, as a number of former players from both Illinois, and his previous post at Toledo, accused the coach of rushing athletes back from injury, harassment, and threats to take away scholarships. Beckman has weathered the storm for now, but his 12-25 record in Champaign warmed up his seat even before the unflattering picture of his character emerged. The Illini have some decent talent on the roster, but (read more…)


2015 NFL Supplemental Draft: An Overview of Clemson’s Isaiah Battle

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on June 30, 2015

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This year’s NFL Supplemental Draft is projected to be held in the first half of July. In case you are unaware of the rules of the event, a team can select an eligible player with a pick in whatever round they choose. If a team drafts a player, they will lose that round’s pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The last time a player was selected in the supplemental draft was in 2012 when the Cleveland Brown selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round.

For this year’s Supplemental Draft, one intriguing name is Isaiah Battle, a 22-year-old tackle from Clemson. Although there is speculation as to why he declared, Battle is an interesting prospect that will more than likely be chosen at some point in July. Let’s take a look at Battle’s skill set as he aims to be on a NFL roster for the 2015 NFL season.

Strengths

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Pauline: MSU DT Heath is ‘very underrated’ – Joel Heath | MSU

Written by News Team on June 29, 2015

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TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline calls Michigan State redshirt senior DT Joel Heath “very underrated.” …read more


Lealaimatafao booted off LSU following arrest – Trey Lealaimatafao | LSU

Written by News Team on June 29, 2015

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LSU coach Les Miles dismissed redshirt freshman DT Trey Lealaimatafao due to his recent arrest. …read more


Utah St dismisses top Returner/WR JoJo Natson – JoJo Natson | UTS

Written by News Team on June 29, 2015

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Utah State senior WR and returner JoJo Natson has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. …read more


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Utah St Aggies

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 28, 2015

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The Utah State Aggies labored through a devastating amount of injuries in 2014 but were still able to tally 10 wins and earn a spot in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl against UTEP. The team lost nine starters altogether due to injury (most among FBS schools), and played four different starting QBs during the course of the season. With the loss of key players the team came together and had a strong season, led by a defense that ended the regular season ranked 21st nationally in points per game allowed with 20.8. With many key players returning from injuries, this year’s squad has high expectations and hopes to challenge for a Mountain West Conference crown at the end of the season. Here is a look at some of the draft eligible players suiting up for the Aggies this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

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Haeg to be the next small school top-100 OL – Joe Haeg | NDS

Written by News Team on June 27, 2015

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North Dakota State senior T Joe Haeg “possesses the requisite size and length, as well as very good mobility and a growing frame that teams will project to become NFL-caliber in short order,” according to NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter. …read more


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