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2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Zeek Bigger, ILB, ECU

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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This week’s installment of the “Small School, Big Potential” series will be featuring Zeek Bigger from East Carolina. Bigger is listed at 6’2″ and around the 220 lbs range. He has displayed improvement every year since joining ECU and en route to being one of the leading tacklers in the country. Bigger put on a tackling clinic this past season, putting up an impressive total of 140 tackles (including an average of just over 12 tackles per contest vs “power 5″ opponents).

Pros: Bigger is a sure tackler. He does a great job of wrapping up and driving through his target. Some linebackers will get a little over aggressive but Bigger does a great job of staying patient, scraping down the line of scrimmage and finishing the play. He shows plus movement skills in space and can stay with running backs and tight ends in coverage. As I said before, he has very good stats against top-notch competition including his 17 (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Scouting Profile: RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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In the 2015 NFL Draft, the running back position returned to the first round with the selections of Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon and No. 10 and No. 15 overall respectively. In 2016, we could see another couple of running backs go in the draft’s opening round as next year’s class has a few potentially special talents at the position. James Conner, a bruising out of Pitt is one of the running backs that could go in the first round next year. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Conner such a special prospect heading into the 2015-16 season.

The thing that stands out most about Conner’s game is his power. He’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and run through opposing defenders. Conner has great size at 6’2″, 250 pounds and he uses that size to his advantage against smaller defenders. Not to mention, Conner (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Alert: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Written by Colin Beaury, Analyst on June 1, 2015

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The Clemson Tigers have become a wide receiver factory in recent years with DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant all making an immediate contribution for the their respective teams in the NFL. Mike Williams looks every bit the part of the next high-caliber Clemson receiver prospect.

Williams was a MaxPreps 19th ranked wide receiver and a Rivals.com four-star prospect out of Lake Marion high school in Vance, SC. He served in mostly a backup role as a freshman in 2013, where he finished with 20 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Coming off a sophomore season with 57 receptions, 1030 yards, and six touchdowns, Williams is poised to become the next Clemson wide receiver to make an early impact in the NFL. With a solid junior campaign, Williams could also stamp himself as a highly drafted prospect in 2016– another class that looks to be rich with receiver (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 1, 2015

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After losing their starting quarterback to an injury, and dropping an early-season home game to Virginia Tech, Ohio State seemed destined for a minor rebuild in 2014. Instead, the switches turned on for redshirt freshman QB J.T. Barrett and a number of young defensive starters, and the Buckeyes rattled off 13 straight victories en route to a National Championship. Now 38-3 in four seasons as head coach, Urban Meyer may have his most talented squad to date. He and his athletes enter 2015 with targets on their backs, but a breezy confidence in their skill and depth. Back in 2004, 14 Buckeyes were selected in a single draft. Another College Football Playoff run, and this group will challenge that record. Here’s a look at the stacked group of draft-eligibles suiting up in Columbus this fall. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 30, 2015

You name it and DeForest Buckner has it. He’s big, strong, and athletic with the ability to play the run and rush the passer while offering position versatility. A Hawaii native, Buckner was the team’s leading tackler among defensive lineman last season as he racked up 80 tackles and is a very active player when studying his tape.

Primed for a highly productive senior season, Buckner has increased his production each year as a Duck. Primarily playing 5-technique, Bucker has put together some impressive numbers.

2014:  80 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks

2013:  39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks

2012:  29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Oregon’s defense lost a host of talented defenders to the NFL and Buckner will be relied upon heavily to anchor the unit. Gone is Arik Armstead, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Erick Dargan, Troy Hill, Tony Washington and Derrick (read more…)


Gabe Burns’ 2016 NFL Draft Big Board: The Top Ten

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 28, 2015

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The 2016 NFL Draft is a long way down the road, but early indications are that this is a very promising class. As of now, the talent at the top appears better than 2015 and the overall depth looks similar to the 2014 draft. In fact, the top group of prospects in this class may be the best of the last handful of years. This is a very early look at my top ten prospects. The upper-tier is dominated by defense, including a few elite talents on that side of the ball.

1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Robert Nkemdiche vs. Joey Bosa debate is going to be a lot of fun for draft nerds. Nkemdiche may be the most gifted football player in this class. His athleticism is rare for his position and he is still learning to maximize it. Nkemdiche is very explosive with a (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: An Overview of Joey Bosa

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 28, 2015

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In recent years the NFL has seen an influx of pass rushing talent come via the draft. The best NFL defenses are built around a strong defensive line, so lacking in that area is a recipe for disaster. The incoming 2015 edge rushing class may not be as deep as 2014’s, but it’s still another talented group. Recent draftees Jadeveon Clowney, Dante Fowler and Vic Beasley are well-recognized names, and it’s time to add Ohio State’s Joey Bosa to that list. Bosa is the top player on many early boards and is expected to impress once again in 2015.

Who Is Joey Bosa?

Attending St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale (Florida), arguably the most recognizable high school in America to football fans, Joey Bosa was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. In his senior year, he led St. Thomas Aquinas to a 13-2 record and (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: An Overview of Vernon Hargreaves III

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 27, 2015

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The modern day NFL has become more pass-heavy than any other time in its existence. This increases the value of pass rushers and ball-hawking defenders. While the best defenses are built from the front to the back, there are a few special secondary players, such as Earl Thomas III or Darrelle Revis, who can completely alter the makeup of a defense. University of Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III might just fall into that category.

Who Is Vernon Hargreaves III?

High praise is nothing new to Vernon Hargreaves. In high school, he was a two sport star in both football and track before committing to Florida as a five star recruit. The Tampa, Florida native made a quick impact in head coach Will Muschamp’s defense, making First Team All-SEC, Third Team All-American and National Defensive Freshman of the Year. He followed that up with an even better sophomore campaign, (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Player Profile – Adolphus Washington

Written by Brandon Thorn, Analyst on May 27, 2015

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Adolphus Washington DE #92 – Ohio State

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2013:  Penn State  2014:  Navy,  Maryland, Michigan State,  Alabama

Strong Points

Huge frame with broad shoulders, a big bubble, and plenty of sand. Rare skill-set that enables him to excel at both a 1,3, and 5 technique. Excellent athlete for his size with the balance to recover and stay on his feet through contact. Light feet and agility to cross face, penetrating the opposite gap. Possesses necessary strength to reestablish the LOS at will. Very quick get off for his size with the ability to attack an OL’s shoulder and generate penetration. Has very consistent hand placement on the breast plate that he often uses to bend an OL back or keep them square on attempted reach blocks. Shows ability to knife double teams and alter the RB’s route. Quick reactor in the screen game. Snap to whistle player who will chase backside (read more…)


Aaron Mannicci’s Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Wide Receivers

Written by Aaron Mannicci, Analyst on May 26, 2015

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Although analyzing 2016 NFL Draft prospects prior to the 2015-2016 college football season even beginning seems a bit premature on the surface, the draft community truly knows no offseason. While scouts across the country are kicking off the 2016 draft season by breaking down hours upon hours of film and evaluating a vast group of NFL hopefuls, here at DraftBreakdown we’re aiming to do the same.

The two most recent NFL draft classes have been loaded with potential star power at the wide receiver position, providing this upcoming class with awfully big shoes to fill. The Odell Beckham Jr’s and Mike Evans’ of the world have set the bar pretty high, however 2016’s talent pool seemingly has a lot to offer. Many things will change between now and next year’s draft day, but from a raw talent and potential standpoint, there are some things to get excited about regarding this (read more…)


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