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Aaron Mannicci’s Early Look at the 2016 NFL Draft’s Tight End Class

Written by Aaron Mannicci, Analyst on June 25, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft’s shallow tight end class left much to be desired. Unlike many drafts before it, no tight end was selected in the first round, and opinions varied on who the top tight end of the class was. However, with the 2015-2016 college football season approaching ever so quickly, the draft community has plenty to be excited about regarding 2016’s tight end class; it is a diverse, deep group of draft-eligible players.

With the college football season commencing in nearly two months and the first stage of the 2016 draft season in full swing, I ranked the top five tight ends of the upcoming class:

1. Nick Vannett, Ohio State

Nick Vannett enters his fifth season in Columbus as one of the Buckeyes’ many returning contributors on offense, and is primed for a breakout year after solidifying his role in Ohio State’s offense as a prime red-zone target and (read more…)


Clemson T Isaiah Battle will enter Supp Draft – Isaiah Battle | CLE

Written by News Team on June 25, 2015

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Clemson senior T Isaiah Battle will enter the Supplemental Draft. …read more


McShay: WR Treadwell already a crafty veteran – Laquon Treadwell | MS

Written by News Team on June 24, 2015

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Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay believes Ole Miss junior WR Laquon Treadwell exhibits skills beyond his years. …read more


NFL scouts grade Kessler as No. 1 senior QB – Cody Kessler | USC

Written by News Team on June 23, 2015

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TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts “by a pretty big margin” rank USC redshirt senior QB Cody Kessler as the No. 1 senior QB prospect. …read more


Anonymous Big Ten OL coach hypes up Bosa – Joey Bosa | OSU

Written by News Team on June 23, 2015

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Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman spoke with one anonymous Big Ten OL coach who extensively praised Ohio State junior edge rusher Joey Bosa. …read more


Mel Kiper ranks the top draft-eligible quarterbacks

Written by Bryan Perez on June 23, 2015

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his preseason ranking of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks as we inch toward the start of the 2015 college football season.  Trevone Boykin, one of Draft Twitter’s early favorites, is rated as the No. 4 senior signal caller by Kiper, behind Connor Cook (1), Cody Kessler (2), Carson Wentz (3) and one spot ahead of Dak Prescott (5).

For the underclassmen, Kiper sees the pecking order as Jared Goff (1), Christian Hackenberg (2), Cardale Jones (3), Gunner Kiel (4), and Patrick Towles (5).

I’m a little surprised that Jacoby Brisset, the RS Senior from NC State, was left off the list.  The Florida transfer is a big, strong-armed quarterback with enough athletic ability to buy time in the pocket and make the occasional play with his legs.  He’s a much better prospect than Dak Prescott and should’ve (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Bowling Green Falcons

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 23, 2015

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The Bowling Green Falcons lost one of their top receiving targets just over a month before the 2014 season kicked off, then lost their starting quarterback one game into the year. The team still rebounded to win eight games and earn a spot in the MAC Championship Game, and while they were blown out in a rematch against Northern Illinois, the Falcons pulled off a victory over South Alabama in the Camellia Bowl. Bowling Green gets its QB back for 2015, and has some other intriguing talent returning as well. Here’s a look at the draft-eligibles suiting up for BG this season. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)


Troy Altbaum’s 2016 Scouting Report: D’haquille Willams (WR Auburn)

Written by Troy Altbaum, Analyst on June 23, 2015

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D’haquille “Duke” Williams finished the 2014 season with 45 receptions for 730 yards and 5 touchdowns in 10 games played. Williams should have shown more dominance in his junior season due to his size and athletic ability; he was too inconsistent throughout stretches of the season. In 2015, Duke will have to put together a more consistent and productive body of tape in order to become the high first round pick that some suggest he can be.

Positives

  • Great size for a receiver at 6’2, 225 lbs and plays even bigger
  • Extremely athletic
  • Versatility to line up on the outside and in the slot
  • Catches the ball with his hands
  • Excellent when running slants and curls, uses his body to shield off defenders
  • Strong against off coverage
  • Shows pretty good release off the line of scrimmage against press
  • Understands how to beat zone coverage
  • Strong hands and body
  • Ability to make spectacular catches, (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Kansas Jayhawks

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 23, 2015

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A struggling program as of late, the Kansas Jayhawks have not made a bowl game appearance since 2008 and have not had a first-round draft pick since Aqib Talib, that same year. Unfortunately for KU fans, it doesn’t look like much will change in 2015. Just this off-season they have lost three key contributors on offense with the injury to projected starter Michael Cummings and indefinite suspensions of Corey Avery and Rodriguez Coleman. On defense things aren’t much better with the losses of Ben Heeney, JaCory Shepherd, and Dexter McDonald, all to the draft. For the Jayhawks to see any success this season, they are going to have to rely on good coaching from first year head coach David Beaty, as well as major contributions from underclassmen. Here is a look at some of the draft-eligible players to watch going into the 2015 season. (Asterisk denotes underclassmen)

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400+ lb. TE McGowan can do 37 bench reps – LaQuan McGowan | BAY

Written by News Team on June 22, 2015

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Baylor redshirt senior TE LaQuan McGowan’s 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press would have tied for the best showing at his position group at the combine in February. …read more


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