Mock Drafts

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…)


2016 NFL Draft First Look: Jared Goff (QB, Cal)

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on May 19, 2015

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The 2016 Quarterback class looks to be much deeper than the 2015 class, but there still aren’t any sure-fire, can’t miss prospects.  What the 2016 class does is have a handful of QBs that could turn into Pro Bowlers at the next level, something the 2015 class lacked.

Jared Goff is one of those quarterbacks.

As the only true freshman QB in Cal history to start a season opener, Goff had his ups and downs.  He showed the ability to learn from his mistakes and that he has a short term memory, as he overcame a mid-game benching against Oregon.  He persevered through the season and ended up throwing for over 3500 yards with a 2:1 TD/INT ratio, setting many single-game passing records along the way.

As a sophomore, Goff built on his 2013 season by throwing for over 3900 yards with 35 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions, while leading the Bears to four more victories (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Kenneth Dixon, RB, LaTech

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on May 19, 2015

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Let me kick things off by introducing what this series will be all about. I will be looking at players that are not from your “power 5″ conferences (SEC, ACC, PAC 12, BIG 10, BIG 12) that could potentially become household names by the time the 2016 NFL Draft rolls around.

For the first installment, I will be analyzing running back Kenneth Dixon out of Louisiana Tech. Dixon is listed at 5’10 and 212 pounds.  He loves to play with a downhill, no-nonsense demeanor. Dixon has run for 1,000+ yards in two of his three seasons at Louisiana Tech with the lone exception being his sophomore year when he missed multiple games with a foot injury. During his junior campaign he amassed 1,684 yards from scrimmage (1,299 rushing and 385 receiving) using a impressive blend of pass catching ability and hard-nosed running. Going into his senior season he has already accounted for 61 total touchdowns (read more…)


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

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on May 18, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

1. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State*

Playing in a new offensive scheme with below-average receivers and an offensive line that couldn’t block anything, Christian Hackenberg’s production fell off in a big way last season, going from 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a freshman to 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions last season. That said, Hackenberg has the skills to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s got plus arm strength, and he goes through his progressions consistently. If he can improve his decision-making under pressure and stop forcing ill-advised throws, Hackenberg could very well be a top-five pick in the 2016 draft.

2. Connor Cook, Michigan State

Had he entered the 2015 draft, Connor Cook likely would have been a top-10 selection due to the dearth of talent at the position.  Luckily for him, however, Cook still has a good chance at (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 16, 2015

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Rated as a five-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, Christian Hackenberg’s arrival at Penn State was met with lofty expectations. After earning the starting quarterback job as a true freshman, Hackenberg was set to fill those expectations. Hackenberg’s natural talent coupled with a NFL-caliber offensive mind and quarterback developer Bill O’Brien as his head coach made Hackenberg’s future bright as can be.

After Hackenberg’s freshman season where he showed flashes of brilliance, Bill O’Brien left Penn State to become the head coach of the Houston Texans. This was a major blow to Hackenberg’s development. While the numbers do not tell the whole story, a positive leap forward in production certainly did not happen in his sophomore season.

2013:  58.9 completion percentage, 7.5 yards per attempt, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions

2014:  55.8 completion percentage, 6.2 yards per attempt, 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions

If Penn State did qualify for a (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Content Coming Soon!

Written by Bryan Perez on May 15, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft is in the books and the team at DraftBreakdown.com would like to extend a “Thank You!” to everyone who has visited, shared and enjoyed our work.

It goes without saying that the the most valuable players on the DB roster is our group of talented and dedicated video editors, each of whom can be followed on Twitter here.  Their commitment and contribution to the NFL Draft community is vital for the growth and expansion of educated scouts and analysts, arming them with the resources needed to engage in informed discussions and debates about the prospects.

It is our goal to offer our video editors more exposure in the coming months and future drafts.  It starts with you, the fan of DB, expressing your appreciation for their work by following them on social media, sharing their educational prospect cut-ups and letting them know your thoughts.   Everyone enjoys (read more…)


Dante Fowler, Jr. tears ACL in first Jaguars practice

Written by Bryan Perez on May 8, 2015

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Dante Fowler, Jr., the Jaguars first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 3 overall), tore his ACL in his first NFL practice today.

DB’s Take:  This is just heartbreaking news for both Fowler and the Jaguars fan base.  There were big expectations for the EDGE rusher from Florida, as Jacksonville selected him ahead of both Leonard Williams (USC) and Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama).  Both Williams and Cooper were considered viable options at the third pick.  Fowler is likely to miss the entire 2015 season as he rehabs his knee toward a full recovery for the 2016 season.  We wish him the best.


La’El Collins signs UDFA deal with Dallas Cowboys

Written by Bryan Perez on May 7, 2015

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According to multiple reports, La’El Collins (OL, LSU) has agreed to terms on an UDFA contract with the Dallas Cowboys:

The #Cowboys deal for #LSU OL La’El Collins is for 3 years, fully guaranteed, per source. (@NFLCharean had it first)

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2015

DB’s Take:  Wow.  Just, wow.  Collins was ranked No. 14 overall on my Big Board and will likely go down as the best prospect to hit the UDFA market in the modern-draft era.  He joins a Dallas Cowboy team that was already considered to have one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in football.  We’ll see where he lines up in training camp, but Tony Romo and Darren McFadden are certainly pleased.


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