Mock Drafts

Cognitive Awareness in Film Study: A Mental Checklist to Deeper Context

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on June 22, 2015

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Think about the last time you watched “film”.  Whether it was a television broadcast, a video cut up, a skycam view or coaches’ film; various amounts of information on a snap to snap basis.  Did you pull up your link, press play and digest?  If so, odds are you’re missing the “game within the game”.  The players move and each play can be recognized as move/counter move…think of it as checkers.  Offensive players move, defensive players react.  But football is a much deeper game than move/counter move.  One of the items I prioritized for myself at this time last year was to develop further my ability to watch, process and gather information from the tape.  Asking questions and formulating a mental checklist prior to each and every snap became a cumbersome (but ultimately worthwhile) task.  So if you find yourself processing the game by pressing play and (read more…)


Colin Beaury’s Top 5 Draft Eligible Offensive Tackles Entering the 2015 Season

Written by Colin Beaury, Analyst on June 22, 2015

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The 2015 draft class was one devoid of a consensus, can’t-miss left tackle, and the group as a whole often generated more questions than answers from evaluators. In taking an early look at the 2016 draft-eligible tackles I saw a talented group, and a few players who could emerge as the franchise cornerstone that every team covets. As the 2015 college football season nears, here are my top-five offensive tackles:

 

1) Ronnie Stanley, RS Junior, Notre Dame, 6’5 ½”, 315 lbs

Coming off his first season as the starting left tackle for the Fighting Irish, Ronnie Stanley elected to return to South Bend for his redshirt junior season. He was a likely high first round pick had he entered the ’15 draft, and very possibly the first offensive lineman off the board. Stanley will instead anchor the O-line for a loaded 2015 ‘Irish team with national title (read more…)


Missouri DL Brantley in serious condition – Harold Brantley | MO

Written by News Team on June 22, 2015

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Missouri junior DL Harold Brantley is in serious condition following a car crash, but his injuries are not life threatening. …read more


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 22, 2015

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By their second season in the Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers had earned a berth in the conference championship game. Head Coach Bo Pelini’s 2012 team was blown out by Wisconsin that night, and the Huskers dropped a number of key conference matchups over the next two seasons. Pelini has been fired and replaced by longtime Oregon State head man Mike Riley. Riley’s hiring came as a surprise for a couple of reasons. For one, he seemed like a lifer with the Beavers; and for two, while Riley’s teams had gone 85-66 since he returned from a brief stint in the NFL, he was just 6-12 in Pac 12 play over the past two seasons. Still, the veteran coach maintained a competitive program where a perennial doormat had resided in the past, and the general feeling is that he will attract a higher quality of recruits at his new (read more…)


WR Carroo draws comps from scouts to Tate – Leonte Carroo | RUT

Written by News Team on June 21, 2015

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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that Rutgers senior WR Leonte Carroo “reminds scouts of Golden Tate with his running back-type body.” …read more


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Michigan Wolverines

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 21, 2015

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Michigan began the Brady Hoke era with an 11-2 record that included a victory over Ohio State, and a Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech. But over the next three seasons, the Wolverines managed to go just 20-18, dropped three games to the Buckeyes, lost both bowl appearances, and even failed to muster the six wins needed for postseason eligibility last season. Enter Jim Harbaugh, a true “Michigan Man,” who’s motivational stylings figure to play better in the college ranks than they did in the NFL. For Harbaugh, a former Michigan quarterback, this gig is the “dream job” in the same way Ohio State was for Urban Meyer. Harbaugh will be counted on to improve the team’s disappointing quarterback play, revive the stagnant player development, and put the Wolverines back in contention for Big Ten titles and college football playoff berths. Here’s a look at the draft-eligible talent he’ll have (read more…)


Early 2016 NFL Draft All-Big Ten Offensive Prospect Team

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 21, 2015

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The Big Ten might not put out as many NFL-caliber players on a yearly basis as the SEC but make no mistake, the conference boasts plenty of talent at a few key positions. A few players that figure to be among the best at their respective positions in the 2016 NFL Draft will come from the Big Ten, and many of these players should be very fun to watch during the 2015 season. The players on this list may or may not be held in high regard by the time the draft actually rolls around, but this list should provide a good idea of which players in the conference have legitimate NFL ability. Without further ado, here is an early All-Big Ten 2016 NFL Draft prospect team.

QB: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

This one was a toss-up as the Big Ten could have as many as three signal-callers go in (read more…)


Rob Donaldson’s 2016 NFL Draft Preview: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Written by Rob Donaldson, Analyst on June 21, 2015

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You think it and Myles Jack does it. He’s athletic, instinctual, charismatic, and highly productive all while offering an extremely rare aspect of positional versatility. A former 4-star outside linebacker recruit (per Rivals) from Bellevue, Washington, Jack recorded 87 tackles last season as well as 121 yards from scrimmage and showed flashes at numerous offensive and defensive positions.

Jack is poised to have a major breakout season; with Eric Kendricks no longer in the mix, Jack will assume a much larger role on defense.

Defensive Production

2014:  87 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 0 sacks

2013:  76 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sacks

Offensive Production

2014:  113 yards, 4 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns

2013:  267 yards, 7 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns

Strengths

  • Plays with excellent closing speed/acceleration; I project him based on tape as a 4.45 type of player.
  • Offers great positional (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Temple Owls

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 21, 2015

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After an abysmal two-win 2013 campaign, Temple’s football team took huge strides to improve to 6-6 last year. The Owls look to continue growing in 2015, Matt Rhule’s third season as head coach. This year’s squad returns the entire starting defense, which last season ranked fourth nationally in points allowed per game. With that stingy defense, Temple looks to be a darkhorse in the AAC this season, but they are in desperate need of playmakers to compliment junior QB P.J. Walker on the offensive side of the ball. Here is a look at some possible draftees from this year’s group. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

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• Two-star recruit out of Mechanicsburg, PA • 33 career starts heading into senior season • Honors include multiple All-Academic Team nods & All-conference selections

Friend, who is going into his senior season as a three-year starter, is a durable player who has never (read more…)


Colorado DL Tupou will not play for Buffs – Josh Tupou | COL

Written by News Team on June 21, 2015

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Colorado senior DL Josh Tupou will not play for the Buffaloes in 2015. …read more


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