Scouting Reports

Scouting the Senior Bowl: Cody Kessler, QB, USC

Written by Bryan Perez on December 22, 2015


Cody Kessler, the redshirt senior quarterback from the University of Southern California, has been selected to participate in the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl.  He’s making the right choice by participating in the game, as his stock as a NFL Draft prospect is far from set.  One thing’s for sure:  He needs to have an overwhelmingly good week in order to enter the “Day 2″  discussion.

Kessler enjoyed a productive final season as a Trojan throwing for 3,315 yards and 28 TDs (with 6 INTs).  He completed over 67% of his passes and added four TDs on the ground.  For his career, Kessler surpassed 10,000 yards passing with 87 TDs.  He had a better year in 2014 when he set school records for completion percentage (69.7%) and completions while tying the school record for TD passes (39).  His accolades include Pac-12 honorable mention after the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Physically, Kessler barely (read more…)

A Prospect To Get Familiar With: Indiana OT Jason Spriggs

Written by Joe Marino on December 10, 2015


Early indications point to Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley and Mississippi’s Laremy Tunsil being the top two offensive tackles in the 2016 class should they declare early. Per Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Stanley will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft and we are awaiting news regarding Tunsil’s intentions. These two prospects are regarded as high first round picks – as they should be.

Over the past eight NFL Drafts (2008-2015) an average of 4.5 offensive tackles have been selected in the first round with many quality starters drafted outside of the top two. Who is that “next” offensive tackle that should be selected after Tunsil and Stanley? If you ask 10 different NFL Draft Analysts you could get as many as five or six different responses. My answer? Let me introduce you to Indiana’s Jason Spriggs.

A four-year starter, Spriggs played his best football as a senior in (read more…)

MAC Championship Scouting Preview

Written by Jeff Risdon on December 4, 2015


Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 8 PM on ESPN2

Get your #MACtion on! I’ll be in the Ford Field press box to catch the MAC Championship, a game which features a few legit NFL prospects.

The featured performer is BGSU wideout Roger Lewis. He plays the role Corey Coleman does for Baylor in the Falcons’ offense under Dino Babers, who has implemented the Art Briles offense to wild success in Northwest Ohio. Lewis is just a redshirt sophomore but he’s already 22 and widely expected to leave school. His off-field flags need to be mentioned in terms of draft stock, but for this one night just watch the talented young receiver play. He’s a legit 6’2” and 200 pounds; I’ve stood next to him during BG’s game at Western Michigan, where he displayed NFL starter traits.

The long speed, the get-off at the line, the crisp feet, (read more…)

CFB Week 13 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 28, 2015

house divided


Rivalry Week. These are the games college football fans live for, the week where trash talking, face painting, and undaunted taunting rise to fever pitch. It reminds me of the first few bars of this Bullet For My Valentine bit of sonic heaven

Many of these games have significant conference title ramifications. Some will even decide who plays for the national title. Even in the matches where the teams aren’t nationally relevant, regional bragging rights are more than enough reason to tune in.

Ohio State at Michigan, 12 PM on ABC

When you walk in to the Risdon home, this is what you see:

Needless to say, this is a really big deal ‘round these parts. And it’s a pretty important game for several NFL prospects, notably a pair of Buckeyes who did not help themselves against Michigan State or the aftermath of that devastating, uninspiring (read more…)

CFB Week 12 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 21, 2015


We are getting to crunch time in college football. For many teams there are just two weeks left. For the draft-eligible prospects on these non-bowl teams, it’s the last chance to lay down positive game tape.

For those of us in the draft media, it means it’s about time to start writing scouting reports. We will have hundreds of them here at Draft Breakdown, and I can guarantee you they will be among the most thorough and well-researched you will find anywhere!

Memphis at Temple, 12 PM on ESPNU

The Tigers star has fallen a bit with two straight losses, but it’s still worth watching Paxton Lynch operate the offense against a pretty solid Temple defense. Lynch continues to impress with his development, promising a higher ceiling than any other draft-eligible QB. Having said that, the lingering warts are also showing up more often. I saw one of my (read more…)

CFB Week 11 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on November 14, 2015


Another strong Saturday slate on the scouting menu! We only have a precious few of these left, so carve out some couch time and soak in some of the future NFL players in action on this 11th Saturday of the 2015 college season.

Georgia at Auburn, 12 PM on CBS

If you’re like me, you haven’t watched Auburn in a few weeks. The last time I really checked the Tigers out was the lifeless loss to Mississippi State. In that late September game they did not have featured edge rusher Carl Lawson.

Lawson is back from a hip injury he suffered while bagging two TFLs in the opener against Louisville. This injury came on the heels of missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. It’s safe to say durability is an issue. We’ll get a good barometer of how well Lawson is doing as he challenges quality Georgia (read more…)

CFB Week 7 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 17, 2015

Christian Hackenberg

Can you believe the college football season is more than halfway complete? Time flies when you’re having fun, and also when you’re trying to evaluate hundreds of players. For those of us who will have to speak and write intelligibly on as many as 500, it’s starting to get to crunch time.

Be sure to use the video clips here on Draft Breakdown, but also take note of the scouting notes feature. It’s a great way to record your thoughts publicly. Who knows, maybe you’ll lay claim to the “I was first” title on a lesser-known prospect. Just try to avoid hyperbole unless you really know…

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 9, 2015

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide


After last week’s tumultuous outcomes, this college football season is proving to be one of the widest open in memory. The NFL Draft big board is also quite fluid and wildly undetermined at this point too.

We will learn more about several top prospects in big games this week. Also, look for several lower tier prospects to try and bolster their perception and elevate higher in the draft cognoscenti consciousness.

Jason Vander Laan: An Underdog Scouting Evaluation

Written by Jeff Risdon on September 21, 2015


Americans love the underdog. Nothing stokes the passion like rooting for the little guy, the unheralded cog, the Cinderella story. It’s why Rocky endures as a movie almost forty years later.

In the scouting world, many are predisposed to rooting for the small school guys. There are websites devoted to those playing outside the FBS, draftniks who only focus on the lower reaches of college football. And those lower levels provide the NFL with more than enough quality players to sustain the hope that the next great hope is playing in the likes of the Southern Conference, the ODAC or the GLIAC, acronymic leagues unfamiliar to those outside the limited geographic ranges of member schools.

Two-Minute Drill With Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson

Written by Joe Marino on September 1, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Joe Marino will highlight a 2016 NFL Draft prospect’s strengths and/or weaknesses in less than two minutes of video clips. Up first, Alabama DT A’Shawn Robinson.

A’Shawn Robinson is a 6’4″, 312 lb junior defensive lineman from the University of Alabama.  His resume includes Consensus Freshman All-American honors in 2013 and 15 starts over the last two years.  He led the Crimson Tide in sacks in 2013 (5.5), but finished with no production in that category last season (0 sacks).  Despite his lacking sack numbers he finished 2014 with 49 tackles, 6.5 of them going for losses.

Robinson’s two-minute drill starts now…

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