DraftBreakdown.com 2015 NFL Draft Preview Show

Written by Bryan Perez on April 28, 2015


Some of the DraftBreakdown.com Senior NFL Draft Analysts had a 90 minute roundtable discussion about the 2015 NFL Draft.  Enjoy!

Bryan Perez’s 2015 NFL Mock Draft: FINAL EDITION!

Written by Bryan Perez on April 28, 2015


For the last 12 months, I’ve enjoyed my reign as champion of the Huddle Report’s annual Mock Draft competition.  But like all good things, this too must come to an end.

For now.

Like any quality champion, I won’t give up my title without a fight.  This Mock Draft is my official, title-defense submission, and while it’s hard to have an extreme level of confidence in a project that is inherently based on guessing, I feel pretty good about this one.  Remember a key and critical rule when reading this Mock:  This is what I think WILL happen, not what I think SHOULD happen.  They are two very different things.  My more thorough and personal analysis of this year’s class, including 150 evaluations, player rankings and a top-100 Big Board, can be found here.

As always, feel free to tear up this Mock Draft.  Let me know your thoughts on Twitter (@FirstRoundGrade). (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Aaron Wilmer QB Delaware Valley

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 27, 2015

Aaron Wilmer

Aaron Wilmer School: Delaware Valley Position: QB Height: 5’ 9 7/8” Weight: 210 Production Tier: Green (see explanation here) 40-yard: 4.72 Vertical: 31” Broad: 106” Three-cone: 7.39 Short Shuttle: 4.58

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Big Board

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 27, 2015


From August 29, 2014, when Ole Miss defeated Boise State, to last Sunday night when I watched one last video here at draftbreakdown.com, I have viewed an embarrassing amount of college football. A nerdy amount. I also traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida in January for East-West Shrine Game practices. Then I box score scouted, and crunched the numbers on over 600 scouting combine and pro day performances. The goal this year was to implement a three-pronged evaluation process for the 2015 NFL Draft class. One that combined “tape,” player production, and athletic testing, in hopes of scaling back on some of the subjectivity involved, and better predicting success at the NFL level. Time will tell how well this recipe tastes, but at least I’ve enjoyed all of the cooking that resulted in 247 draftable grades, many more undrafted free agents, several “Undraftables,” and sadly, a number (read more…)

Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Draft Board

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 27, 2015


*All times/measurements were taken from the NFL Scouting Combine if they were a participant. Other times are from Pro Days as reported by nfldraftscout.com

*For notes on all draftable players, please see my positional rankings here:  Positional Rankings

Rank NAME College Pos Pos Rank Grade Round HT WT ARM HND 40 225 VT BJ 3-CN 20YD-S 1 Leonard Williams Southern Cal DL 1 9.49 1 6050 302 34 5/8 10 5/8 4.97 29.5 106 7.59 4.53 2 Kevin White West Virginia WR 1 9.1 1 6030 215 32 5/8 9 1/4 4.35 23 36.5 123 6.92 4.18 3 Jameis Winston Florida State QB 1 9 1 6036 231 32 9 3/8 4.97 28.5 103 7.16 4.36 4 Alvin Dupree Kentucky EP 1 8.95 1 6040 269 32 5/8 9 3/4 4.56 42 138 7.49 4.47 5 Amari Cooper Alabama WR 2 8.85 (read more…)

Joe Marino’s Final Side-By-Side Mock Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 26, 2015



Written by Bryan Perez on April 25, 2015


The FRG 2015 NFL Draft Guide is now available for FREE via the link below.  I have made the Guide a free download as an expression of my gratitude to all the members of the NFL Draft community for the support you’ve given to DraftBreakdown.com over the years, and especially since I became a co-owner in January.

The Guide contains 150 player overviews, my top-100 Big Board (based only on the players I’ve evaluated), and positional rankings.  I did not include a Mock Draft; My final Mock will be posted here on Monday (and submitted in defense of my Huddle Report title).

Again, thank you!  Remember:  This Guide is intended to be a supplement to the already great works that have been published by the likes of Matt Waldman, Kyle Crabbs, Dane Brugler and many others.  Take your hard-earned money and purchase their products.  You won’t be disappointed!

NOTE:  Make (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s 2015 Overall Draft Board

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 25, 2015


1st Round Grades

1. Leonard Williams | DL | USC

2. Jameis Winston | QB | Florida State

3. Marcus Mariota | QB | Oregon

4. Todd Gurley | RB | Georgia

5. Amari Cooper | WR | Alabama

6. Dante Fowler, Jr. | EDGE | Florida

7. Kevin White | WR | West Virginia

8. Vic Beasley | EDGE | Clemson

9. Brandon Scherff | OL | Iowa

10. Marcus Peters | CB | Washington

11. Bud Dupree | EDGE | Kentucky

12. DeVante Parker | WR | Louisville

13. Malcom Brown | DT | Texas

14. Arik Armstead | DL | Oregon

15. Kevin Johnson | CB | Wake Forest

16. Eric Kendricks | LB | UCLA

17. Cam Erving | OL | Florida State

18. Owamagbe Odighizuwa | EDGE | UCLA

19. Jake Fisher | OT | Oregon

20. Melvin Gordon | RB | Wisconsin

21. (read more…)

Evolution of Evaluation: 5 things I’ve learned Since 2014

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 24, 2015

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The true mark of quality draft evaluators is not necessarily their “hit rate”.  The general success of draft projections in itself is an inexact science; each and every person who looks at players does so through their own unique scope of valued traits and without the context of a system/philosophical structure that can be found in NFL front offices. To boot, player evaluation done prior to the draft does not take into context the landing spot of players, which can drastically change their projection when factoring in what it is they will be asked to do throughout the life of their rookie contract and potentially beyond. When these factors are all wrapped together with the fact that the outside world is lacking in a number of notable factors (medicals, player personality/background, etc.) and expecting external draft evaluators to hit on a very high percentage of their evaluations is a difficult (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: S

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 24, 2015

Damarious Randall

1. Landon Collins | Alabama | 6’0″, 228 | Grade: 1st Round

Once considered to be a potential top-10 pick, Collins more likely to go in the latter part of the first round, and with good reason. As a box safety, Collins delivers all the tools and skills NFL teams are looking for. He struggles in coverage and would be a terrible fit as a single-high center-fielder, but with the right team and right scheme, he could be a Pro Bowler.

2. Eric Rowe | Utah | 6’1″, 205 | Grade: 1st Round

Listed as a corner by most, I project Rowe to be a better fit at safety in the NFL. He’s still raw and stiff in man coverage, but he has the size, instincts and tackling ability to thrive on the back end. He’s got plenty of developing to do, but he’s worthy of a 1st-round pick.

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