Scouting Reports

CFB Week One Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on August 31, 2016

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Back by popular demand, it’s the weekly college football scouting guide! Each week we’ll go over what players to watch in several of the televised games with an eye for the NFL Draft. Production and outcomes matter, but this focuses more on the scouting aspects of the draft-eligible players.

Some of the things I’m looking for, especially early in the season:

  • Proper positional technique
  • Football IQ or lack thereof
  • Improvement from prior season(s)
  • Dynamic athletic traits

In this first week it’s primarily about getting a strong 2016 first impression about players on watch lists and players who stood out last year. Normally I’ll watch scores of college games over the summer to help prep my scouting eyes, but this year I didn’t get that deep. As a result, I have fewer preconceptions about more players.

I’m fascinated to see how this plays out. Sometimes those lingering impressions (read more…)


Danzel McDaniel and the Journey

Written by Jeff Risdon on April 18, 2016

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One of the great phenomenon in the draft media is the willingness to pick and choose which prospects get favored status and which ones fade to relative oblivion in draft season.

It’s not that different from the odd cultural phenomena that emerge at college stadiums every Saturday in the fall. From The Wave to the “jump around” to the ubiquitous Seven Nation Army on repeat twice a quarter from every marching band in the country, they are instantly ingrained in the cultural fabric of college football.

The last couple of autumns brought forth a new stadium sensation. Somehow, some way, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ emerged as a raucous, full-throated sing-a-long at college football games. “Born and Raised in South Detroit” broke decibel meters in nearby Ann Arbor with over 100,000 Michigan fans screaming along. I went to 9 different college football venues last fall and heard the 1981 pop/rock (read more…)


Kalan Reed and the Lost Socks

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 24, 2016

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One of the tradeoffs my family has made with me working from home while my wife toils elsewhere is that I get to do the laundry. And let me tell you, a family of four active folks generates a lot of laundry!

While I’m pretty adept at the laundry thing, I’m continually battling the war of the missing socks. Twelve pairs of socks enter the washer, yet when I’m done folding the clothes from the dryer there are invariably at least two solo socks without a match.

It would be one thing if this happened occasionally, but it’s every freaking load. Even when I just do my own clothes, at least one perfect sock couple gets divorced in the process of completing the load. It’s a truly maddening phenomenon.

I can’t stand seeing those rogue individual socks. In my quest to impose human qualities on pretty much everything, I (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report Hub

Written by Bryan Perez on March 23, 2016

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Please click on a player to read their scouting report provided by The Scouting Academy:

ALLEN, Jack (OC, Michigan State) BLYTHE, Austin (OC, Iowa) BOOKER, Devontae (Utah) BOYD, Tyler (WR, Pittsburgh) BRISSETT, Jacoby (QB, NC State) CALHOUN, Shilique (EDGE, Michigan State) CARROO, Leonte (WR, Rutgers) CASH, Jeremy (S, Duke) CLARK, Le’Raven (OT, Texas Tech) DIXON, Kenneth (RB, La Tech) DOCTSON, Josh (WR, TCU) DRAKE, Kenyan (RB, Alabama) ELLIOTT, Ezekiel (RB, Ohio State) FULLER, Will (WR, Notre Dame) GARNETT, Josh (OG, Stanford) GREEN, Aaron (RB, TCU) HENRY, Derrick (RB, Alabama) HOGAN, Kevin (QB, Stanford) JONES, Deion (LB, LSU) MORRISON, Antonio (LB, Florida) MURPHY, Kyle (OT, Stanford) PERKINS, Paul (RB, UCLA) PROSISE, C.J. (RB, Notre Dame) SPRIGGS, Jason (OT, Indiana) (read more…)


2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: LB Myles Jack

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 19, 2016

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This evening I finished my final Off Ball LB evaluation of the 2016 Draft Class.  To celebrate; tonight I’m going to be sharing my report on the player who has stood miles (pun intended) ahead of anyone else in the class since all the way back in October: UCLA Linebacker/Weapon of Mass Destruction Myles Jack.

I jumped the gun when news Jack was out for year, conducted full film eval already…he scored the highest film eval I’ve given in 3 years.

— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) October 6, 2015

Click here to view my report on Myles Jack straight from my 2016 NFL Draft Prospectus.

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested (read more…)


Reggie Ragland and the Decline of Hair Metal

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 16, 2016

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Most people form their musical preferences during their high school years. My mother is a child of the British Invasion, growing up in the 1960s. My uncles were largely children of the 70s, and their tastes leaned towards vintage ZZ Top, Queen and Aerosmith. My older cousins were impacted by the pop/country and Southern rock of the early 80s.

I was in high school in the late 1980s and my music was hair metal in all its resplendent ridiculousness. Songs about fast cars, faster women and living life with everything turned up to 11 was the overriding message from my musical heroes. C.C. Deville’s hair couldn’t be teased enough, Tommy Lee couldn’t act raunchy enough, Mark Slaughter couldn’t screech high enough. Sexual double entendres were thinly veiled in the lyrics and celebrated in the ubiquitous videos on MTV, back when that station still embraced the “music” part of its (read more…)


2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: DeForest Buckner

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 12, 2016

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Another week has come and gone and thus we are another week closer to the release of my annual NFL Draft Prospectus. As I continue to work through evaluations it continues to become more and more apparent that the majority of highly gifted prospects this year lies on the defensive side of the football. As such; I’ve elected to share with you one of the best: Oregon Interior DL DeForest Buckner. Click the hyperlink to see my final report!

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!


2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: Vernon Hargreaves

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 6, 2016

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Following my report earlier this weekend for La Tech RB Kenneth Dixon, it only felt right to share a report for someone on the other side of the football. Fellow Draftbreakdown Senior Draft Analyst and my NDT Scouting compatriot recommended Florida’s “VH3”. So check the link to see my report for Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III straight out of the 2016 Prospectus!

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!


Myles Jack and Draft Politics

Written by Jeff Risdon on March 4, 2016

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UCLA defensive player Myles Jack is widely considered one of the elite players in the 2016 NFL Draft. His athleticism, versatility and explosive potential to make splash plays are all undeniable truths, and they’re all catnip for the fan.

Here’s an inconvenient truth on the 6’1”, 245-pound early entrant: Myles Jack is a lot better in the theoretical future than he has been in the actual past. You know, the part of the game which actually counts.

It reminds me of politicians trying to sell us on their grandiose vision of what they can do for us if we choose them. Only the best possible outcomes to decisions must be considered when lobbying for voting minds, and the ardent supporters often wear blinders to the very real negatives every candidate–from any side of the aisle–harbors.

Campaign promises often become hilariously sad tinder to the smoldering pile of disappointment that (read more…)


2016 Draft Prospectus Preview: RB Kenneth Dixon

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 3, 2016

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I took to Twitter this afternoon (@NDTScouting) for some recommendations for the first of my formal, final reports to bring over to Draftbreakdown in an effort to share some peeks at my work this Draft season. The name that stood out the most to me was La Tech RB Kenneth Dixon (a Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Combine standout). So check the link to see NDT Scouting’s Kenneth Dixon Report.

This report is the first of several to be shared here at Draftbreakdown from my annual Draft Prospectus. If you are not familiar, my Draft Prospectus is a 300 scouting report document released on April 1st. If you’re interested in pre-ordering a digital PDF copy of the Prospectus for $10; please visit www.ndtscouting.com!


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