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Chris Ross’ Way-Too-Early Top 5 2016 NFL Draft WR Rankings

Written by Chris Ross on August 8, 2015

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1. Tyler Boyd, Pitt*

A silky-smooth route runner with good deep speed and reliable hands, Tyler Boyd has more than enough talent to become an excellent professional receiver. Boyd contests 50-50 balls well, and while he will likely need to bulk up to hold up in the NFL, Boyd has a lot of the same qualities that I observed in Odell Beckham Jr. coming out of LSU. If he can put behind a DUI from earlier this offseason and again thrive this season, Boyd could very well be the first receiver off the board next year.

2. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss*

An exceptionally talented athlete, Laquon Treadwell was playing very well last season before an injury cut his campaign short. Like Boyd, Treadwell has a very polished skill set, running good routes and displaying great hands. The biggest concern with Treadwell is how he will return from the broken leg (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Written by Justin Higdon on August 8, 2015

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers finished this past regular season just one win shy of a berth in the Big Ten title game. Instead the team had to settle for a Citrus Bowl bid, were handled by Missouri, and dropped to 8-5 on the year. The Gophers’ record overall and in conference was still good enough to produce their best season under current Head Coach Jerry Kill, but the 2015 team has lost workhorse running back David Cobb, star tight end Maxx Williams, and the defense’s two leading tacklers, linebacker Damien Wilson and safety Cedric Thompson. Kill’s crew has a home date with a dangerous TCU team to kickoff the season, but follow with seven winnable games heading into an early November trip to Columbus to face Ohio State. The Gophers have a decent opportunity to top, or at least match last year’s record. Here’s a look at the draft-eligible players (read more…)


Scouting Notes: Kemoko Turay vs. UNC (2014)

Written by Bryan Perez on August 7, 2015

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2016 NFL Draft Trait Based Scouting: Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss)

Written by Ryan Dukarm on August 5, 2015

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The last two NFL Draft’s have seen an influx of young receiver talent into the NFL, as the new age of early contributors at wide receiver have seen players like Odell Beckham, Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, Amari Cooper, Kevin White and Davante Parker all drafted in the first round with the expectations of contributing early and often. The next in this highly talented group of young receivers is Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell. The only thing standing in the way of Treadwell being an early first round pick in 2016 is his health, as he suffered a gruesome leg injury in Ole Miss’ game against Auburn in 2014. Assuming he can return to full health in the 2015 season, Treadwell has a chance to be the top receiver selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Background: Two year starter at Ole Miss as a true freshman and sophomore. Suffered (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Arizona Wildcats

Written by Justin Higdon on July 31, 2015

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After stumbling badly during a three year coaching stint with the Michigan Wolverines, Rich Rodriguez landed on his feet at Arizona. After back-to-back 8-5 seasons, The 2014 Wildcats started on a 5-0 run that included a stunning upset on the road at then-second ranked Oregon. Arizona lost to USC the following week, and UCLA three weeks later, but Rich Rod’s team rattled off four straight victories down the stretch to earn a shot to face the Ducks for the Pac 12 title. The rematch ended in a disastrous 51-13 defeat for the ‘Cats, and perhaps demoralized, they fell behind early and ultimately lost the Fiesta Bowl to Boise State. On the surface, Arizona’s season ended in disappointment, but their 26 wins in three seasons under Rodriguez is the best three-year stretch in team history. Record-breaking quarterback Anu Solomon returns as the starter, fellow sophomore sensation Nick Wilson will handle (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

Written by Justin Higdon on July 30, 2015

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Under Head Coach Mark Hudspeth the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have rolled to four straight 9-4 seasons, and have ended each of those years with wins in the New Orleans Bowl. Despite all of the victories, the team has yet to win an outright Sun Belt championship, though their 7-1 conference record last season was the best in the program’s history. Hudspeth is bound to attract attention from a more illustrious university one of these years, but he’s back commanding the Cajuns for at least one more run. If this year’s squad is to equal or surpass the successes of previous versions, the coach will need to find capable replacements for departed starting quarterback Terrance Broadway, and star defensive linemen Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton. Luckily, Hudspeth has two electrifying playmakers returning on the offense. Here’s a look at the 2016 NFL Draft-eligible Cajuns, including the 2014 conference Player of the (read more…)


Laremy Tunsil: Room to Improve

Written by Jeff Risdon on July 30, 2015

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This is the second installment in the preseason evaluation series. The first was Tunsil’s Ole Miss teammate Robert Nkemdiche.

Tunsil mans the left tackle spot for the Rebels, with an emphasis on “man”. He’s a very high-end prospect, but even a Ferrari needs tuning up. There are a couple of areas where I would like to see Tunsil improve in his final season in the physical, demanding SEC West.

Rules of Engagement It’s not often an offensive lineman’s exceptional athleticism is a negative, but for the rising junior it creates an awkward critique. Tunsil is great at getting out into space as a run blocker, but he has some struggles engaging defenders once he’s out there.

Here’s an example from the LSU game.

Tunsil does a very good job in holding at the line on the initial action. Many tackles like to cheat a bit and (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Written by Justin Higdon on July 28, 2015

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In 2012, in Head Coach Brian Kelly’s third season with the team, and with redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson at the helm, Notre Dame completed an undefeated regular season and faced Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Though the Fighting Irish lost by a wide margin, Golson had three seasons of eligibility remaining, and there was reason to believe the team would be back in the title hunt soon. Then, the following spring, Golson was suspended from school for cheating on a test, and was ultimately forced to sit out all of 2013. Notre Dame turned to Tommy Rees, and managed to pull off a couple of big upset wins, but the entire team’s performance was uneven from week to week. The Irish finished the regular season 8-4 and fell from championship game berth to Pinstripe Bowl. Golson paid his dues and was allowed back last season. He reclaimed (read more…)


Robert Nkemdiche: Room to Improve

Written by Jeff Risdon on July 26, 2015

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One of the key attributes I look for when scouting a player is year-to-year development. Players should improve at one thing or another as they gain experience and mature as athletes.

Mississippi defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is one to watch closely in 2015. The former top recruit out of Georgia has two seasons under his belt for the Rebels, one at defensive end and one at tackle. Nkemdiche has flashed impressive skills at both positions, though his meager production (four career sacks) raises an eyebrow.

If Nkemdiche is going to live up to the hype as a potential Top-10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft–presuming he declares early–he has a lot of work to do on his game. Specifically, I found three areas of focus where I want to see the 6’4”, 296-pound preseason All-American develop as an NFL prospect.

Perpendicularity

One of the issues he faces (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s 2016 NFL Draft Watch List

Written by Luke Easterling on July 24, 2015

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With the start of the 2015 college football season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at some of the top talent across the country who could end up being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Every year, there are players who seem to come out of nowhere and vault themselves into the draft conversation. This list can be used as a starting point to try and identify who some of those players could be this year, in addition to some of the top names that are already being discussed at length.

Want to get a head start on your 2016 NFL Draft preparation? Here are 275 players to keep an eye on this fall.

Quarterback

Cardale Jones | Ohio State | 6-5, 250

Connor Cook | Michigan State | 6-4, 220

Jared Goff | California | 6-4, 210

Cody Kessler | USC | 6-1, 215

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