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49ers LB Chris Borland shocks NFL, retires at 24

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015

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The San Francisco 49ers’ offseason went from bad to worse yesterday, as second-year linebacker Chris Borland announced that he is retiring from the NFL.  Citing concerns about the long-term effects of  head injuries, the Wisconsin product chose to walk away from a likely starting role following the retirement of fellow 49er Patrick Willis.

DB’s Take:  This came as a total shock to me, as I expected Borland to emerge as a potential star this year.  I was very high on him during the 2014 NFL Draft process and was pleased to see how well he performed when filling in for injuries during his rookie season.  He earned a +20.8 score from Pro Football Focus (from weeks 6 thru 15).  We wish Borland the best in all of his future endeavors.


Joe Marino’s Running Back Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 15, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia – Gurley has a rare blend of size, speed and power. With excellent field vision, upfield burst and physicality, Gurley excels at both picking up chunks of yards on big plays and grinding out carries for tough yards. The physical style that Gurley runs with demands a host of defenders to bring him down, which easily wears down opposing defensive personnel. He runs behind his pads, falls forward and maximizes his carries by getting every yard available, even after contact. Combining these traits with his patience to utilize his blockers, Gurley is difficult to tackle. Gurley has really developed as a blocker and receiver. He can be relied on to catch passes out of the backfield and is a true every-down back.


2015 NFL Mock Draft: The Scales of Justis

Written by Bryan Perez on March 14, 2015

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DraftBreakdown.com contributor Justis Mosqueda recently submitted his grades for a 2015 NFL Mock Draft that was conducted by a group of NFL Draft fans on Reddit.com (link here.)  Enjoy!

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State [B]

The Winston declaration was interesting. We saw a late wave of people stating that he wasn’t a lock to enter the draft, but then Winston suddenly threw his hat into the ring. It almost played out like someone bent his ear and let him know he was going to be a top selection. By combine time, he was pretty much a lock. I like Marcus Mariota more than Winston, but I understand why a team would like the more pro-style guy, even if to me it’s shortsighted.

2. Tennessee Titans-Leonard Williams, DL, USC [D]

This makes sense overall. Williams is going to be a top-5 pick no matter how (read more…)


WVU WR Alford Says He Ran a 4.28 at Pro Day

Written by Joe Wedra on March 13, 2015

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West Virginia WR Kevin white might be the most polarizing Mountaineer receiver prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, but his former teammate Mario Alford apparently turned some heads when he announced to the media that he ran a 4.28 at his Pro Day. As Bryan Fischer writes, the impressive day that the sleeper posted should turn heads.

DB’s Take: Well, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. When you turn on Alford’s tape, it’s evident that he’s one of the quickest WR prospects in this class. No matter what his “official 40 time” is, teams will rely on the tape to show them that this kid has all the upside in the world.


Joe Marino’s Quarterback Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 13, 2015

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1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, First Round Grade – Winston wins from the feet up. His footwork is quick and allows him to rapidly create solid platforms to deliver the football whether it’s in rhythm through his progression or under pressure. He processes information quickly and sees the entire football field extremely well, which translates into solid decision-making with great instincts.

Winston has plenty of arm strength and the ability to make any throw. He is accurate and his ball placement is generally excellent. He can fit the ball in tight windows with no hesitation and does not need to see open targets as he is adept at throwing with anticipation. 

Lacking no confidence, Winston has a gunslinger’s mentality but is also a patient passer who allows plays to develop down the field. Winston can identify leverage advantages with his targets and those covering them to create easy completions (read more…)


RBs Murray, Matthews Sign with Eagles

Written by Matt Horn on March 12, 2015

RBs Murray, Matthews Sign with Eagles

DeMarco Murray is a Cowboy no more. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year has officially signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after visiting on Thursday morning.

DB’s Take: The Cowboys saw a glimpse of hope earlier this week when the Eagles announced the addition of RB Ryan Matthews from San Diego.  Apparently Philadelphia wanted more.  With a confusing quarterback situation paired with the losses of  WR Jeremy Maclin and RB LeSean McCoy, the Eagles need as many playmakers as they can get. Matthews was signed today as well and will split carries with Murray in the backfield.  Dallas has begun calling free agent running backs.  CJ Spiller, Stevan Ridley, and Reggie are among the top available backs in the free agency, but don’t be surprised if Cowboys’ GM Jerry Jones goes after Georgia RB Todd Gurley with the 27th pick in the draft.


Kelly: Eagles have had no trade talks

Written by Matt Horn on March 12, 2015

Philadephia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was firm on his stance on trading up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in a press conference this week. “I think that stuff’s crazy.” Kelly said. “You guys have been going with that stuff all along. I think Marcus is the best quarterback in the draft. We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to get somebody like that, because we have too many other holes we have to take care of.”

DB’s Take: The “holes” Kelly is referring to are large in part to a series of bizarre off-season moves the Eagles have made.  The most baffling of them all came on Tuesday when the Eagles sent QB Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth round pick, and a 2016 second round to the St. Louis Rams for QB Sam Bradford and a 2015 fifth round pick.  Foles had (read more…)


Chicago Bears add veteran safety Antrel Rolle

Written by Bryan Perez on March 11, 2015

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The Chicago Bears signed veteran safety Antrel Rolle to a 3-year contract on Wednesday.  Rolle played the last five seasons with the New York Giants after being drafted No. 8 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

DB’s Take:  The signing of Rolle will impact the 2015 NFL draft, as it all but eliminates the Bears as a player for Landon Collins (Alabama).  Reports suggest that the Bears will be hosting Ron Parker (S, Chiefs) tomorrow as well.  If Chicago adds Parker to the mix, they will have revamped the backend of their secondary through free agency allowing them to turn their attention to EDGE rusher, defensive tackle or wide receiver at the No. 7 pick.  There is a chance that they will be in play for an offensive tackle as well.


Joe Marino’s Defensive Tackle Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 11, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Leonard Williams, USC – Elite shedder of blocks and is the best football player in this draft. Athletic, physical and stout. Can rush the passer with a variety of moves and stack against the run. Limitless player who has a bright future ahead of him. Terrific hand technique and there is a ton of power to his punch. Finishes plays and has outstanding burst. Effort is relentless. 

2. Danny Shelton, Washington – Big-bodied interior player who eats up blockers and powerfully sheds them. Has a surprising amount of range and relentlessly pursues the football. Can handle double teams and his instincts are outstanding. Has upside as a two-gapper.

3. Malcom Brown, Texas – Stout, physical player who can penetrate and disrupt. Cannot be moved off his spot without double teaming him. That said, he struggles to hold up and defeat double teams. Pass rush upside (read more…)


Saints deal Jimmy Graham to Seahawks

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to trade TE Jimmy Graham and their 4th round pick to the Seahawks for Max Unger and the 31st pick overall, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

DB’s Take:  WOW.  I didn’t see this trade coming. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense just added one of the NFL’s truly elite weapons.  The Saints have been in a widely known salary cap nightmare, so this move will surely help them there.  New Orleans is now armed with the 13th and 31st overall picks that they can package together to move up in round one or hold onto to replenish a roster that has suffered some talent casualties in the last 48 hours.  This trade is yet another example of how silly it can be to spend a lot of time on mock drafts before the free agency period begins.


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