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Gabe Burns’ 2016 NFL Draft Big Board: The Top Ten

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 28, 2015

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The 2016 NFL Draft is a long way down the road, but early indications are that this is a very promising class. As of now, the talent at the top appears better than 2015 and the overall depth looks similar to the 2014 draft. In fact, the top group of prospects in this class may be the best of the last handful of years. This is a very early look at my top ten prospects. The upper-tier is dominated by defense, including a few elite talents on that side of the ball.

1. Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Robert Nkemdiche vs. Joey Bosa debate is going to be a lot of fun for draft nerds. Nkemdiche may be the most gifted football player in this class. His athleticism is rare for his position and he is still learning to maximize it. Nkemdiche is very explosive with a (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: An Overview of Joey Bosa

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 28, 2015

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In recent years the NFL has seen an influx of pass rushing talent come via the draft. The best NFL defenses are built around a strong defensive line, so lacking in that area is a recipe for disaster. The incoming 2015 edge rushing class may not be as deep as 2014’s, but it’s still another talented group. Recent draftees Jadeveon Clowney, Dante Fowler and Vic Beasley are well-recognized names, and it’s time to add Ohio State’s Joey Bosa to that list. Bosa is the top player on many early boards and is expected to impress once again in 2015.

Who Is Joey Bosa?

Attending St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale (Florida), arguably the most recognizable high school in America to football fans, Joey Bosa was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. In his senior year, he led St. Thomas Aquinas to a 13-2 record and (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: An Overview of Vernon Hargreaves III

Written by Gabe Burns, Analyst on May 27, 2015

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The modern day NFL has become more pass-heavy than any other time in its existence. This increases the value of pass rushers and ball-hawking defenders. While the best defenses are built from the front to the back, there are a few special secondary players, such as Earl Thomas III or Darrelle Revis, who can completely alter the makeup of a defense. University of Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III might just fall into that category.

Who Is Vernon Hargreaves III?

High praise is nothing new to Vernon Hargreaves. In high school, he was a two sport star in both football and track before committing to Florida as a five star recruit. The Tampa, Florida native made a quick impact in head coach Will Muschamp’s defense, making First Team All-SEC, Third Team All-American and National Defensive Freshman of the Year. He followed that up with an even better sophomore campaign, (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Player Profile – Adolphus Washington

Written by Brandon Thorn, Analyst on May 27, 2015

Adolphus Washington

Adolphus Washington DE #92 – Ohio State

Games Viewed

2013:  Penn State  2014:  Navy,  Maryland, Michigan State,  Alabama

Strong Points

Huge frame with broad shoulders, a big bubble, and plenty of sand. Rare skill-set that enables him to excel at both a 1,3, and 5 technique. Excellent athlete for his size with the balance to recover and stay on his feet through contact. Light feet and agility to cross face, penetrating the opposite gap. Possesses necessary strength to reestablish the LOS at will. Very quick get off for his size with the ability to attack an OL’s shoulder and generate penetration. Has very consistent hand placement on the breast plate that he often uses to bend an OL back or keep them square on attempted reach blocks. Shows ability to knife double teams and alter the RB’s route. Quick reactor in the screen game. Snap to whistle player who will chase backside (read more…)


Aaron Mannicci’s Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Wide Receivers

Written by Aaron Mannicci, Analyst on May 26, 2015

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Although analyzing 2016 NFL Draft prospects prior to the 2015-2016 college football season even beginning seems a bit premature on the surface, the draft community truly knows no offseason. While scouts across the country are kicking off the 2016 draft season by breaking down hours upon hours of film and evaluating a vast group of NFL hopefuls, here at DraftBreakdown we’re aiming to do the same.

The two most recent NFL draft classes have been loaded with potential star power at the wide receiver position, providing this upcoming class with awfully big shoes to fill. The Odell Beckham Jr’s and Mike Evans’ of the world have set the bar pretty high, however 2016’s talent pool seemingly has a lot to offer. Many things will change between now and next year’s draft day, but from a raw talent and potential standpoint, there are some things to get excited about regarding this (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Big Time Backers, Philip (Scooby) Wright III

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on May 25, 2015

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This is the first installment of a new series I’ll be authoring called Big-Time Backers or “BTB.” Personally, I find that the linebacker position is one of the most fascinating spots on the football field. Great linebackers have to have a combination of instincts, effort, toughness, and pure will-power. My goal is to do a weekly look at a different impact linebacker. I hope you enjoy.

Philip (Scooby) Wright III

Junior LB #33

HT:  6010  WT:  245

Background

  • Originally from Windsor, California and Cardinal Newman High School. A lightly recruited (2 Star) player in the class of 2013. In his first season at Arizona he earned a starting spot at outside linebacker and started 12 of 13 games at that position. In his true sophomore season in 2014 he broke out and put up one of the most productive seasons (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Small School, Big Potential: Alonzo Russell, WR, Toledo

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on May 25, 2015

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For this installment of the “Small School, Big Potential” series, I will be looking at Toledo WR Alonzo Russell. Russell is listed at 6’4″ and 205 pounds. He has amassed 2,451 yards and 19 TDs over the past three seasons after redshirting his first year on campus. While his receiving yards have gone down since his redshirt freshman campaign, his touchdown numbers have steadily climbed; Toledo has taken advantage of his height in the red zone. 

Pros: Russell does a great job of using his height to his advantage. He regularly does a good job of high-pointing the ball and bringing down tough catches over the opposing defensive back.

Russell doesn’t mind helping with the dirty work when it comes to blocking in the run game. He displays strong hands and great concentration when he works in traffic or over the middle of the field. After the catch, he is pretty slippery and produces some YAC. He has (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft First Look: Dadi Nicolas (EDGE, Virginia Tech)

Written by Charles McDonald, Analyst on May 25, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft was a banner year for edge-rushing prospects. The talent at the top was plentiful with solid depth to be found in the middle and late rounds of the draft. Rushing the passer is increasingly important, as the rules have become tougher on defensive backs in recent years. At first glance, the 2016 NFL Draft class doesn’t have the premier edge rushing talent like this season, but there a number of intriguing players to evaluate. Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas was recommended to me for my “watch list” and he didn’t disappoint.

This past season, Nicolas registered 9 sacks with 18.5 tackles for loss. As a 6’4″ 235-240lb edge player, one would expect for most of his damage to come off the edge against offensive tackles. However, in Virginia Tech’s hybrid front, Nicolas spends a good portion of his time playing from the inside and does a lot (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 25, 2015

Does your favorite NFL team need a quarterback? If you are reading this article about a college quarterback in May, 3 months before the start of the college football season and almost a year before the 2016 NFL Draft, that is probably the case.

You’re in luck; Connor Cook is a good one and is building the type of resume that NFL decisions makers are hoping for when they are  evaluating quarterback prospects. Entering his third season as the Spartans starting quarterback, Cook has some impressive achievements including:

  • Lead his team to 3 consecutive Bowl game wins.
  • 2013 and 2014 Second-Team All-Big Ten Selection.
  • Lead his team to an impressive Big Ten Championship game victory over Ohio State in 2013 and was named MVP of that game.
  • Lead his team to a Rose Bowl victory in 2014 and was named the games offensive MVP.
  • Orchestrated a 20-point fourth quarter comeback (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on May 23, 2015

We have seen many players attempt to fill big shoes and ultimately never even come close to measuring up. Prior to Ronnie Stanley taking over as Notre Dame’s starting left tackle at the start of the 2014 season, Zack Martin started every game at that spot since October 16, 2010.  Martin started a school record 51 consecutive games and played at an extremely high level. After being voted as the Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year for 3 consecutive seasons, Martin was a 1st round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. He went on to start all 16 games and was a First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection as a rookie.

After starting 13 games as Notre Dame’s right tackle in 2013, Stanley kicked over to the left side and started all 13 games in 2014. He replaced Martin admirably and was named the Notre Dame Offensive Lineman (read more…)


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