Scouting Reports

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…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Jeff Driskel, QB, La Tech

Written by Bryan Perez on December 29, 2015

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Jeff Driskel has experienced one of the more interesting journeys to the Senior Bowl.  Once considered an elite quarterback recruit and the future of the position for the Florida Gators, Driskel’s time in Gainesville was defined by unmet expectations and inconsistent play.  A season-ending leg fracture in 2013 was a large factor in what went wrong for him, as he started 11 games as a sophomore for the Gators.  He came back in 2014 to start only 6 games and eventually decided to transfer for his final season of eligibility.  He chose Louisiana Tech, a decision that has salvaged his draft stock.

Prior to La Tech, Driskel looked like an average (at best) collegiate quarterback.  He totaled 3,411 yards, 23 TDs and 20 INTs between the 2012 to 2014 seasons with 20 total starts.  In 2012, he ran for more than 400 yards and 4 TDs which was consistent (read more…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississppi State

Written by Bryan Perez on December 28, 2015

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Dak Prescott started his senior season as a player with a lot to prove.  His value for the NFL Draft was a true unknown, as many analysts began the year assuming that Prescott would become the next athletic quarterback likely to be forced into a position change to maximize his NFL opportunities.

The trending narrative around Prescott seems to be that he’s done enough during his 2015 campaign to be evaluated as a true quarterback prospect.  He finished his career at Mississippi State owning 38 school records, including: total TDs (107); pass attempts (1,085); completions (678); completion percentage (63%); passing TDs (64); passing yards (8,742); rushing yards by a quarterback (2,411); and 100 yard rushing games by a quarterback (9).  Needless to say, he was Mississippi State football during his tenure ‘under’ center.

In terms of his 2015 season as a quarterback, he threw for 3,313 yards, 25 (read more…)


Scouting the Senior Bowl: Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State

Written by Bryan Perez on December 24, 2015

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The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl has been announcing the names of accepted prospect invites over the last several weeks.  It’s an exciting time for NFL Draft media, as we can finally start preparing for who we are likely to scout for the week in Mobile, Alabama.

One of the notable differences between this year’s game and last year’s  — on paper, at least– is the list of quarterbacks who have agreed to participate.  Last year’s crop was woefully bad.  It looks like this year’s will be fun to watch.

I’ve already touched on one of those quarterbacks, Cody Kessler, here.  This piece will focus on the senior passer from NC State.

Jacoby Brissett was one of the more exciting quarterbacks that I studied during the summer months leading up to the 2015 season.  He met my expectations this year, although he didn’t take that massive jump into first-round consideration.

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