Mock Drafts

Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: RB

Written by Luke Easterling on March 10, 2015

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1. Todd Gurley | Georgia | 6’1″, 222 | Grade: Top 10

It’s rare to grade a running back in the top 10 these days, especially one coming off a torn ACL. That should tell you everything you need to know about Gurley’s level of talent. The former Bulldog was one of the most dominant players in college football before the injury ended his 2014 season, but he put enough on film to show a rare combination of size, quickness, balance and explosion. The injury is definitely a concern, but his talent is worth the risk.

2. Melvin Gordon | Wisconsin | 6’1″, 215 | Grade: 1st Round

With a fantastic combination of vision, patience and explosiveness, Gordon destroyed nearly every defense he faced last season. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he’s fast enough to take it to the house when given the chance. Some may (read more…)


2015 NFL free agency frenzy about to get started

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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The 2015 NFL free agency period feels like it has already kicked off, but the reality is that players haven’t been able to put pen to paper just yet (see Frank Gore.)  At 4:00 today, that will change.  The complete list of free agent signings can be tracked here.

DB’s Take:  Free agency is a critical piece to the NFL Draft process, as team needs will become crystal clear after the shopping spree concludes (or at least slows down).  Now’s the time to pay closer attention to the mock drafts, as analysts and fans alike  will be in a much better position to project the likely pool of players being targeted by a particular team.   Prior to free agency, mock drafts were best used as a resource to familiarize yourself with the likely first-round talent.


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Domonique Hayden RB Thomas More College

Written by Justin Higdon on March 9, 2015

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Domonique Hayden School: Thomas More College Position: RB Height: 5’8” Weight: 212 Date of Birth: 2/14/1992


WR Jeremy Maclin to Reunite with Reid in KC

Written by Matt Horn on March 9, 2015

WR Jeremy Maclin to Reunite with Reid in KC

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday night that Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs after six years in Philadelphia.

DB’s Take: By now everyone knows the Chiefs are in desperate need of a receiver (last in the NFL in yards, receptions, and touchdowns by a WR).  Maclin is coming off a season with career highs in all three of those categories.

The move makes sense.  Kansas City wanted to alleviate themselves of Dwayne Bowe, who hasn’t shown improvement since 2011, and Maclin gets to play for the man who drafted him- Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.  Still look for the Chiefs to go for a receiver in the first or second round.  Maclin coupled with a reliable rookie like Jaelan Strong or Sammie Coates could make a dynamic addition to an offense powered by the run.


NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Featured Excerpt

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 7, 2015

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For those unfamiliar with NDT Scouting and our history, 2015 marks our second annual retail publication.  The 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus is a 328 page PDF document available for purchase ($10 USD) at www.ndtscouting.com and features a comprehensive look into player evaluations by factoring central film grades with “peripheral metrics” factoring in categories such as size, experience, production and athleticism.  The NDT Scouting method is meant to serve as a means of quantifying each of the traits and qualities used to evaluate players and do so in a way that is simplified into a numerical scale.

I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Draftbreakdown’s owners, Aaron and Bryan, to utilize this platform to share my work with each and every one of you.  NDT Scouting’s 2014 publication was very well received and this year’s product is meant to take things to the next level.  But don’t (read more…)


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

Written by Joe Marino 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…)


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