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Scouting Reports

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!


Scouting the 2016 NFL Draft: Yannick Ngakoue, EDGE, Maryland

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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During the week of Senior Bowl practices, fellow Draft Breakdown Senior Analyst and founder of NDT Scouting, Kyle Crabbs, made it clear to me that I had to sit down and watch the tape of Maryland’s EDGE defender Yannick Ngakoue.  I was familiar with the junior defensive lineman’s name, but I had not yet viewed any of his film.

I decided to change that yesterday.  I  watched three of his games here on Draft Breakdown (Ohio State, USF, Michigan).  Now, you might be wondering how I watched three games when his profile page only has two listed.  Pro tip:  Search “Maryland” in the prospect search bar and his game versus Michigan is listed in the results.

First, let’s take a look at his background.  He had a huge year this past season, starting 11 of 12 games and finishing with 13.5 sacks, 15 TFL (read more…)


Matt Waldman’s Boiler Room Series: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

Written by Bryan Perez on February 9, 2016

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Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was one of the stars of the 2016 Senior Bowl, with many suggesting that his stock could rise all the way into the first round of the NFL Draft.  He was recently placed under the microscope by  Matt Waldman in his Boiler Room series.  The Boiler Room evaluates a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in quick-hitting fashion from the perspective of one of the industry’s most talented scouting minds.

Remember:  You can pre-order Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio, one of the most in-depth skill position draft guides available.  It’s worth every penny.


NFL Draft Scouting Report: Myles Jack (LB, UCLA)

Written by Troy Altbaum on February 2, 2016

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UCLA linebacker Myles Jack stands 6’1 and weighs around 230 lbs. Last season, the Junior standout suffered a season-ending knee injury, before declaring for the 2016 NFL draft. Despite his injury, Jack remains a potential top 10 NFL selection and the consensus top linebacker in this year’s class.

Jack’s strengths lie in his speed, quickness, instincts, and ball skills. He is outstanding in coverage against tight ends, running backs, and even slot receivers. He plays with quick feet, smooth hips, and excellent transition skills. Although Jack’s value lies in his coverage ability, he is more than capable against the run. Jack consistently displays the ability to read and react, as well as the instincts to anticipate plays. Overall, he is a sound tackler and takes good angles to the ball carrier. When the ball is thrown his way, Jack is always a threat to make a play on it. His hands are (read more…)


Evaluating Alabama LB Reggie Ragland’s NFL Potential

Written by Nicholas McGee on January 5, 2016

Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland

After a 2015 season in which he was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year it is no surprise to see Reggie Ragland viewed as one of the top linebackers in the 2016 draft class.

So far this season Ragland has recorded a career-high 97 tackles with 6.5 for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He also has seven passes defensed and forced two fumbles. The signs look good for Ragland as a first-round prospect, but there are a couple of improvements he will need to make in order to be a success at the next level.

A Consensus All-American in 2015, Ragland immediately passes the eye test. Standing at 6’2″ and 252 pounds, Ragland is a tremendous athlete who has good speed for a man of his size and hits hard, providing an intimidating presence in the middle of the field.

Combining his physical attributes with strong instincts, Ragland (read more…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State

Written by Bryan Perez on January 4, 2016

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Aaron Burbridge had quite the senior season.  He enjoyed a true breakout year, more than tripling his previous career highs in receptions and yards.  Collegiate careers like Burbridge’s are the most dangerous and unpredictable for a scout to evaluate.  It’s almost impossible to determine why a player’s production increases so dramatically from one year to the next.  In some cases, it’s a product of player development and opportunity.  In other scenarios, it’s nothing more than a fluke.

For the 2016 NFL Draft, scouts will have to decide if Burbridge seized the moment this year and displayed his true next-level talent or if he was simply a good college football player who happened to be the No. 1 target for a highly touted quarterback.

The Senior Bowl is a great environment to scout receivers.  There are a lot of one-on-one battles with the top cornerbacks in the country; win in (read more…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State

Written by Bryan Perez on January 3, 2016

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Tyler Ervin, the senior running back from San Jose State, is a player who I hadn’t scouted all that closely until his name was added to the list of 2016 Senior Bowl participants.  He’s an interesting addition to the game in large part because I’m curious as to where the coaching staff will line him up during the week of practices.

Ervin is an all-purpose talent, accruing yardage as a runner, receiver and kick returner.  He had an impressive year as a rusher in 2015, totaling 294 carries for 1,601 yards and 13 TDs (5.4 YPC).  It was by far his best year as a running back, as his previous career high was 888 yards rushing in 2014.  He’s proven to be a valuable target in the receiving game with 45 catches for 334 yards and 2 TDs this season alone.  He’s caught 87 passes during his time as (read more…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

Written by Bryan Perez on January 2, 2016

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Kenyan Drake is probably best known for the gruesome leg injury he suffered five games into the 2014 season against Ole Miss.  It was about as bad of a broken leg as you’ll see in football, and it created serious doubt as to whether he’d be able to regain the impressive form that he displayed during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Drake accepted his invitation to the 2016 Senior Bowl after a senior year that answered most of the injury-related questions.  While he wasn’t as explosive or confident of a runner this past season, he’s still an intriguing option at the running back position because of the likelihood that his best football will be played in 2016 and beyond.

Drake finished this past year (excluding Alabama’s National Championship game) with 76 carries for 407 yards and 1 TD.  He averaged 4.8 YPC, which is a far cry from his (read more…)


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