Mock Drafts

2016 NFL Draft: Big Time Backers, Philip (Scooby) Wright III

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on May 25, 2015

Scooby Wright III

This is the first installment of a new series I’ll be authoring called Big-Time Backers or “BTB.”  Personally,  I find that the linebacker position is one of the most fascinating spots on the football field. Great linebackers have to have a combination of instincts, effort, toughness, and pure will-power. My goal is to do a weekly look at a different impact linebacker. I hope you enjoy.

Philip (Scooby) Wright III

Junior LB #33

HT:  6010  WT:  245

Background

  • Originally from Windsor, California and Cardinal Newman High School. A lightly recruited (2 Star) player in the class of 2013. In his first season at Arizona he earned a starting spot at outside linebacker and started 12 of 13 games at that position. In his true sophomore season in 2014 he broke out and put up one of the most productive (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Alonzo Russell, WR, Toledo

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on May 25, 2015

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For this installment of the “Small School, Big Potential” series I will be looking at Toledo WR Alonzo Russell. Russell is listed at 6’4″ and 205 pounds. He has amassed 2,451 yards and 19 TDs over the past three seasons after redshirting his first year on campus. While his receiving yards have gone down since his redshirt freshman campaign, his touchdown numbers have steadily climbed; Toledo has taken advantage of his height in the red zone. 

Pros: Russell does a great job of using his height to his advantage. He regularly does a good job of high pointing the ball and bringing down tough catches over the opposing defensive back.

Russell doesn’t mind helping with the dirty work when it comes to blocking in the run game.  He displays strong hands and great concentration when he works in traffic or over the middle of the field.  After the catch, he is pretty slippery and produces some YAC. He (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft First Look: Dadi Nicolas (EDGE, Virginia Tech)

Written by Charles McDonald, Analyst on May 25, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft was a banner year for edge-rushing prospects. The talent at the top was plentiful with solid depth to be found in the middle and late rounds of the draft. Rushing the passer is increasingly important as the rules have become tougher on defensive backs in recent years. At first glance, the 2016 NFL Draft class doesn’t have the premier edge rushing talent like this season, but there a number of intriguing players to evaluate. Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas was recommended to me for my “watch list” and he didn’t disappoint.

This past season, Nicolas registered 9 sacks with 18.5 tackles for loss. As a 6’4″ 235-240lb edge player, one would expect for most of his damage to come off the edge against offensive tackles. However, in Virginia Tech’s hybrid front, Nicolas spends a good portion of his time playing from the inside and does a lot (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 25, 2015

Does your favorite NFL team need a quarterback? If you are reading this article about a college quarterback in May, 3 months before the start of the college football season and almost a year before the 2016 NFL Draft, that is probably the case.

You’re in luck; Connor Cook is a good one and is building the type of resume that NFL decisions makers are hoping for when they are  evaluating quarterback prospects. Entering his third season as the Spartans starting quarterback, Cook has some impressive achievements including:

  • Lead his team to 3 consecutive Bowl game wins.
  • 2013 and 2014 Second-Team All-Big Ten Selection.
  • Lead his team to an impressive Big Ten Championship game victory over Ohio State in 2013 and was named MVP of that game.
  • Lead his team to a Rose Bowl victory in 2014 and was named the games offensive MVP.
  • Orchestrated a 20-point fourth quarter comeback (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 23, 2015

We have seen many players attempt to fill big shoes and ultimately never even come close to measuring up. Prior to Ronnie Stanley taking over as Notre Dame’s starting left tackle at the start of the 2014 season, Zack Martin started every game at that spot since October 16, 2010.  Martin started a school record 51 consecutive games and played at an extremely high level. After being voted as the Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year for 3 consecutive seasons, Martin was a 1st round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. He went on to start all 16 games and was a First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection as a rookie.

After starting 13 games as Notre Dame’s right tackle in 2013, Stanley kicked over to the left side and started all 13 games in 2014. He replaced Martin admirably and was named the Notre Dame Offensive Lineman (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Quick Look – Quarterbacks

Written by Chad Dinkins on May 22, 2015

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With the 2015 NFL Draft in our rear-view mirror and a season with little writing behind me, it is now time to get a jump start and dive into the 2016 NFL Draft.  Over the last four years, I have studied draft-eligible players with notes and grades but simply haven’t had the time to publish my work.  I am fortunate to be given that platform through DraftBreakdown.com and am looking forward to publishing a lot more content this year.

The highlight of each and every draft is the quarterback position.  I am a firm believer that the NFL will always be a league won from the pocket and this draft showed more of that line of thinking with the players selected.  We only saw seven quarterbacks drafted and five were considered pocket-type passers.  The major question mark on Marcus Mariota was his ability to play from the pocket with NFL concepts.  Until (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Alert: Jalen Ramsey, Safety, Florida State

Written by Colin Beaury, Analyst on May 22, 2015

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When Jalen Ramsey arrived at Florida State as a Rivals and Scout.com five-star recruit, he was accompanied with high expectations. He was a day one starter in 2013 and was the first cornerback to start a game for FSU in his true freshman season since Deion Sanders. A football and track star from Brentwood, TN, Ramsey punctuated his first season as an undefeated National Champion.

Ramsey spent much of his sophomore campaign in a safety/slot corner role, a credit to his athleticism and versatility.  He logged 79 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 12 passes broken up, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2014 earning him 2nd team All-America honors. He was the ultimate chess piece for a one loss Seminoles team that saw four defensive players taken in the first three rounds of the 2015 draft.

This past week, Ramsey added an ACC long jump championship to his resume:

(read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Can Cardale Jones Improve on his Impressive 3-Game Run?

Written by Rob Donaldson, Analyst on May 22, 2015

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At the conclusion of last college football season, I along with millions of other football fanatics marveled at what the Ohio State football team was able to accomplish after having lost not just one, but two starting quarterbacks in a single season.

The player who undoubtedly benefitted the most from Ohio State’s championship run, at least in regard to draft status, has to be the 6-5 250 pound redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones. Despite the fact that Jones has only started a mere three games in his collegiate football career, before the 2015 NFL draft declaration deadline many evaluators, fans, and media types were left on the edge of their seats awaiting his announcement on whether or not he would choose to turn pro. Once he gave his announcement that he would be returning to school, it inevitably set in motion a narrative that is sure (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Is Tyler Boyd (Pitt) the next great receiver prospect?

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on May 21, 2015

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The NFL has been pretty spoiled in the last half decade when it comes to rookie receivers.  The old rule of thumb was that it took three full seasons for a receiver to learn the offense and become a major contributor to the team.

That hasn’t been the case in the last few drafts.  Dez Bryant, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, and Odell Beckham Jr. have all been drafted in the first round and become superstars as rookies.  They have been voted to nine Pro Bowls combined.

If you’re a college football fan, you weren’t surprised to see these players jump out of the gate.  They dominated in college and were household names before they played their final season.  Will the 2016 class keep the streak alive and produce a sensational receiver that excels in the NFL day one?  One candidate to watch going forward is Pitt (read more…)


Chris Ross’ Way-Too-Early 2016 NFL Draft Top 5 RB Rankings

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on May 20, 2015

Ezekiel Elliott

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State*

Ohio State’s workhorse running back down the stretch last season, Ezekiel Elliott has the potential to be a first round selection next year provided he remains effective this season. Elliott certainly has the size, vision and power you want to see in a running back, and with over 1800 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, including a 220 yard, two touchdown performance in the National Championship game, Elliott proved he could be productive against top competition. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Elliott go early in the first round of the 2016 draft if he is able to replicate his production from this past season.

2. James Conner, Pittsburgh*

A classic power back, James Conner has the look of a workhorse back at the next level. He will need to show more in the way of receiving this season, but with his (read more…)


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