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Dante Fowler, Jr. tears ACL in first Jaguars practice

Written by Bryan Perez on May 8, 2015

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Dante Fowler, Jr., the Jaguars first-round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 3 overall), tore his ACL in his first NFL practice today.

DB’s Take:  This is just heartbreaking news for both Fowler and the Jaguars fan base.  There were big expectations for the EDGE rusher from Florida, as Jacksonville selected him ahead of both Leonard Williams (USC) and Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama).  Both Williams and Cooper were considered viable options at the third pick.  Fowler is likely to miss the entire 2015 season as he rehabs his knee toward a full recovery for the 2016 season.  We wish him the best.


La’El Collins signs UDFA deal with Dallas Cowboys

Written by Bryan Perez on May 7, 2015

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According to multiple reports, La’El Collins (OL, LSU) has agreed to terms on an UDFA contract with the Dallas Cowboys:

The #Cowboys deal for #LSU OL La’El Collins is for 3 years, fully guaranteed, per source. (@NFLCharean had it first)

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2015

DB’s Take:  Wow.  Just, wow.  Collins was ranked No. 14 overall on my Big Board and will likely go down as the best prospect to hit the UDFA market in the modern-draft era.  He joins a Dallas Cowboy team that was already considered to have one of the best, if not the best, offensive lines in football.  We’ll see where he lines up in training camp, but Tony Romo and Darren McFadden are certainly pleased.


Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft Best Available: Day Three

Written by Bryan Perez on May 2, 2015

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After two days of the 2015 NFL Draft, 99 names have come off the Board, 72 of which were in my top-100.  There are a lot of good players still available today, and as many of you already know, the third day of the NFL Draft tends to be the true franchise-building rounds.  Here’s my list of the top-25 players still available (note:  players with an 8.0 grade or better are considered first-round prospects.  7.5 – 7.9 is a second-round grade.  7.0 – 7.4 is a third-round grade.  6.5 – 6.9 is a fourth-round grade.)

 

1.  La’El Collins, OT, LSU (Grade:  8.0)

2.  T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt (Grade: 7.9)

3.  Grady Jarrett, DL, Clemson (Grade:  7.8)

4.  Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina (Grade:  7.7)

5.  Reese Dismukes, OC, Auburn (Grade:  7.6)

6.  Tre’ Jackson, OG, Florida St. (Grade:  7.5)

7.  Darryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma (Grade:  7.5)

8.  Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan (read more…)


Luke Easterling’s Day 2 Mock Draft

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on May 1, 2015

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SECOND ROUND

33. Tennessee Titans – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

35. Oakland Raiders – Eli Harold, EDGE, Virginia

36. Jacksonville Jaguars – Eric Rowe, DB, Utah

37. New York Jets – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State

38. Washington Redskins – Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska

39. Chicago Bears – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

40. New York Giants – Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

41. St. Louis Rams – Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State

42. Atlanta Falcons – Ali Marpet, G, Hobart

43. Cleveland Browns – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

44. New Orleans Saints – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, EDGE, UCLA

45. Minnesota Vikings – Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma

46. San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami (FL)

47. Miami Dolphins – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

48. San Diego Chargers – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

49. Kansas City Chiefs – Donovan Smith, (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft First-Round Observations

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015

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The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, and while we won’t truly know whether a team “hit” or “missed” on their pick for a few seasons, it’s worth taking a look at how the round played out and whether there were any questionable decisions made.

The top of the round went as expected, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Jameis Winston (QB, FSU), followed by the Tennessee Titans picking Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  I’m more confident in Mariota’s likelihood for NFL success, largely because of his off-the-field character and decision making.  That said, you can’t question either team’s decision to go with the obvious top-two quarterbacks.  If they both pan out, it will be a long time before Tampa or Tennessee is picking this high again.

The Jacksonville Jaguars decided that Dante Fowler (EDGE, Florida) was their guy despite the best player in the class, (read more…)


Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Draft Best Available: Day Two

Written by Bryan Perez on May 1, 2015

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The first round of the 2015 NFL Draft didn’t have quite as much drama as we had hoped, with only two trades and the Titans staying put at No. 2 overall for Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon).  The first half of the first round went as many had expected with a few minor exceptions, but things started to shift a bit after the Chargers traded up to the No. 15 pick for Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin).

Players like Nelson Agholor (WR, USC), Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, TAMU), Shaq Thompson (LB, Wash) and Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson) were all selected between picks 20-32 resulting in a lot of talented players with first-round grades to slip into Day 2.

The following list is the best available players as we start the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Remember:  A grade of 8.0 or higher represents a first-round grade on my scale.

 

1.  Owa (read more…)


Dan Matney 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on April 30, 2015

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The grade scale being used is on a seven-point scale. The grades go as follows:

7- Generational Talent

6.0-6.9- Perennial All-Pro

5.5-5.9- Potential All-Pro/Pro Bowler

5.0-5.4- Well Above Average Starter

4.5-4.9- Above Average Starter

4.0-4.4- Average Starter

3.5-3.9- Potential Starter/Solid Role Player

3.0-3.4- Backup

2.9- Below- Bubble Player

*Note: Due to time constraints, I was unable to fully evaluate each draft eligible player and give them a grade.


DraftBreakdown.com’s 2015 NFL Draft-Hub

Written by Bryan Perez on April 30, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here, and DraftBreakdown.com is your home for all your Draft Day needs.  Watch the player cut-ups, read some of the content, and keep an eye on the “Best Available” Board.  Most importantly, enjoy the Draft!

PLAYER VIDEOS

QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C

EDGE | DL | LB | CB | S

MOCK DRAFTS

Bryan Perez’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

Luke Easterling’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

Joe Marino’s 2015 FINAL MOCK

PLAYER RANKINGS

Luke Easterling’s Big Board

Joe Marino’s Big Board

Justin Higdon’s Big Board

DAY TWO COVERAGE

Bryan Perez’s Best Available 

Bryan Perez’s First-Round Observations

Luke Easterling’s Mock Draft: Day Two

DAY THREE COVERAGE

Bryan Perez’s Best Available

BEST AVAILABLE BIG BOARD (based on (read more…)


2015 NFL Draft: The Target Board Experiment

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 30, 2015

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Almost every NFL Draft analyst has a Big Board, positional rankings or both. I’ve posted both already. My position by position rankings are at DraftBrowns, and my tiered draft board has been housed here at draftbreakdown since early Monday. These boards are great for us all to look back on, to see which prospects we got right, which ones we screwed up, and how we can improve the process of predicting successful transitions from college to the pro level. But as I alluded to in my “Undraftables” post recently, these boards and rankings give us a lot of wiggle room.


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Justin Hamilton DT Louisiana-Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 29, 2015

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Justin Hamilton School: Louisiana-Lafayette Position: NT Height: 6’1 1/8” Weight: 311 Production Tier: Orange (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Blue (See UPC standings here) Date of Birth: 7/27/1993 Bench: 28 reps 40-yard: 5.21 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 96” Three-cone: 7.59 Short Shuttle: 4.62


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