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Joe Marino’s Wide Receiver Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on March 7, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Kevin White, West Virginia – Outstanding release, route running, body control and ball skills. Can win on all levels of the field.  Extremely competitive at the catch point with all the athletic ability and size desired for the position. Has a chance to be one of the better players in the league at his position.

2. Amari Cooper, Alabama – Crisp route runner with quick feet. Knows how to find space and separate from defensive backs. Excellent athlete with secure hands. Doesn’t offer as much in jump ball situations.

3. DeVante Parker, Louisville – Eats up ground with his long stride and burst. Really good after the catch and has terrific concentration at the catch point to make difficult catches. Excellent frame and athletic ability. Good hands.

4. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State – Terrific ability to come down with contested catches and jump balls. Strong (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft Composite Big Board

Written by Daniel Papp on March 7, 2015

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Author’s notes:

This is a composite big board that has been assembled from various NFL Draft analysts’ big boards (preferably ones with 200+ prospects listed) that were available on the internet.

*Prospects who were listed on at least 8 big boards out of 12 were included in this ranking. As boards do not have the same players listed, especially on the tail end, simply averaging positional rankings would hurt a prospect if they ranked around 600th on one of the boards. Ranking was done by the average of the “Best 7″ appearance on the different boards – by the best opinions on the prospects.

Boards used were nfldraftscout.com (cbsspports.com), nfl.com, Matt Miller (Bleacher Report), ESPN, rotoworld.com, drafttek.com, draftgeek.com, buffalobillsdraft.com, drafttv.com, fanspeak.com, optimumscouting.com, and Scott Carasik (Bleacher Report) – the latter five were obtained through fanspeak.com/ontheclock.


LaRon Landry Suspended, NFL Draft Outlook for Colts

Written by Joe Wedra on March 6, 2015

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According to an ESPN report on Friday afternoon, former Indianapolis Colts, free agent safety LaRon Landry was suspended for PED use. The veteran defensive back will miss the first 10 games of the 2015 season, according to Field Yates.

DB’s Take: We all knew Landry wouldn’t be back in Indianapolis in 2015, but this does solidify, reinforce, and quite frankly remind us that the Colts are desperate for safety help. Landry wasn’t ever going to be the guy next season, leaving Indy in a spot to potentially spend an early draft pick on a guy in the defensive backfield. Don’t be surprised if the team decides to spend a Day Two pick on a player they can rely on.

 


Bears trade Brandon Marshall to Jets for 5th round pick

Written by Bryan Perez on March 6, 2015

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Chicago Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets.  While the terms of the deal have yet to be made clear, the Bears are reportedly receiving a 5th round pick as compensation.

DB’s Take:  When healthy, Marshall is one of the top receivers in the game.  He battled through numerous injuries in 2014 and had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, but he still has plenty of gas in the tank and should quickly emerge as the No. 1 receiver in New York.  The Bears are now suddenly in play for a receiver at the No. 7 pick, as both Kevin White (WVU) and Amari Cooper (Ala) are graded as top-10 talents in this class.  I still expect Chicago to address the defensive line, EDGE rusher or offensive tackle at that spot, but (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Written by John Owning on March 6, 2015

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Bigger is better, especially in the NFL; however, there are exceptions to every rule.Throw on the Nebraska’s tape it’s evident Ameer Abdullah is a thrilling and remarkable NFL prospect.

Elite talent, especially at the running back position, can come in many different sizes with contrasting athletic profiles. Some elite talents, like Todd Gurley, have prototypical size at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, while others have a more diminutive stature. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah is a part of the latter; however, that doesn’t mean that he can’t be just as good, if not better than members of the former.

At 5-foot-8 and 205 pounds, Abdullah isn’t going to win any beauty pageants among running backs; however, he demonstrates the requisite skill set to thrive in spite of his small stature.

The first way that Abdullah makes up for his lack of size is with exceptional athleticism.

The biggest mistake that members of the media and draftniks makes (read more…)


Grayson ahead of Hundley, Petty as ‘next’ QB off the Board?

Written by Bryan Perez on March 5, 2015

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In today’s “Countdown to Draft Day,” Phil Savage was quoted saying that several scouts have told him that Garrett Grayson is rated higher than Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty in the 2015 NFL Draft’s crop of quarterbacks.

DB’s Take:  Grayson has seen a steady uptick in his NFL Draft stock since the 2015 Senior Bowl after he had the best showing of all the quarterbacks in Mobile.  That’s not saying much, however, as the quarterback play was downright atrocious.  While Grayson appears to be the most NFL ready, his ceiling is limited.  Hundley offers the most upside as an all-around prospect, while Petty possesses the best arm of the group.  Grayson projects as a really nice backup/spot-starter on the next level and will present good value on Day 3.  That said, I think teams that are looking for potential (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Elkino Watson DL South Florida

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on March 5, 2015

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Name:  Elkino Watson School: South Florida Position: DL Height: 6’2” Weight: 289 pounds


T.J. Clemmings Continuing to Help Himself, Shines at Pro Day

Written by Joe Wedra on March 4, 2015

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According to NFL Media reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, Pitt OL T.J. Clemmings helped himself in a big way at his Pro Day this week. Kinkhabwala says that Clemmings worked “mostly right tackle sets” and worked through a rather lengthy workout.

DB’s Take: Clemmings has done everything he can do to improve his 2015 NFL Draft stock. His tape looks legitimately good enough for a first round selection, and it sounds as though his Pro Day just helped him move forward. Don’t be surprised to hear his name called early once the Draft rolls around.


Corey Grant Steals Show at Auburn Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 3, 2015

With the headlines in Auburn featuring WR Sammie Coates and QB/CB Nick Marshall, it was backup running back Corey Grant who grabbed the attention of scouts and media alike at Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday.  The 5-11 205 lb running back ran a 4.25 and 4.27u 40 yard dash- faster than anyone at this year’s NFL Combine.  With New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick in attendance, Marshall participated in both QB and CB drills, while Sammie Coats improved his route running and catching ability.

DB’s Take: Grant’s performance was too good to go unnoticed, but Tuesday’s performance shouldn’t send him shooting up anyone’s draft board.  The reality is that the senior running back only saw 60 touches in 2014, and should remain a potential late round steal.   In any other class, Coates could be one of the top receivers available.  Due to the talent at receiver this year, he should (read more…)


Jameis Winston meeting with Buccaneers today

Written by Bryan Perez on March 3, 2015

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

DB’s Take:  Wow.  That didn’t take long.  Winston seemed to take the lead in the race to the No. 1 overall pick after his performance at the 2015 NFL Combine, and today’s visit will only strengthen that projection.  Winston quieted many of  his critics during his time in Indy, as all reports have suggested that he “wowed” in the individual meetings, displaying a high football intelligence and contagious personality.  While I think there’s still a chance that Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) could make a late push, the news of today’s meeting suggests that he’s in a distant second place right now.


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