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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.


Eric Kendricks won’t run 40 at pro day

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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NFL.com is reporting that Eric Kendricks (LB, UCLA) has chosen to rest on his 2015 NFL Combine 40-yard dash time rather than risk further injury to his hamstring at UCLA’s pro day today.  He will participate in the positional drills in an attempt to showcase his athletic ability.

DB’s Take:  I’m not all that concerned about Kendricks’ hamstring, especially since he ran pretty well at the Combine.  His tape is some of the best at the linebacker position this year, flashing the kind of instincts and burst needed to make plays all over the field.  His 4.61 is plenty fast enough, and he’s being smart to get himself as healthy as possible as he enters the final lap of the NFL Draft process.


Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: RB

Written by Luke Easterling on March 10, 2015

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1. Todd Gurley | Georgia | 6’1″, 222 | Grade: Top 10

It’s rare to grade a running back in the top 10 these days, especially one coming off a torn ACL. That should tell you everything you need to know about Gurley’s level of talent. The former Bulldog was one of the most dominant players in college football before the injury ended his 2014 season, but he put enough on film to show a rare combination of size, quickness, balance and explosion. The injury is definitely a concern, but his talent is worth the risk.

2. Melvin Gordon | Wisconsin | 6’1″, 215 | Grade: 1st Round

With a fantastic combination of vision, patience and explosiveness, Gordon destroyed nearly every defense he faced last season. He may not have elite top-end speed, but he’s fast enough to take it to the house when given the chance. Some may (read more…)


2015 NFL free agency frenzy about to get started

Written by Bryan Perez on March 10, 2015

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The 2015 NFL free agency period feels like it has already kicked off, but the reality is that players haven’t been able to put pen to paper just yet (see Frank Gore.)  At 4:00 today, that will change.  The complete list of free agent signings can be tracked here.

DB’s Take:  Free agency is a critical piece to the NFL Draft process, as team needs will become crystal clear after the shopping spree concludes (or at least slows down).  Now’s the time to pay closer attention to the mock drafts, as analysts and fans alike  will be in a much better position to project the likely pool of players being targeted by a particular team.   Prior to free agency, mock drafts were best used as a resource to familiarize yourself with the likely first-round talent.


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Domonique Hayden RB Thomas More College

Written by Justin Higdon on March 9, 2015

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Domonique Hayden School: Thomas More College Position: RB Height: 5’8” Weight: 212 Date of Birth: 2/14/1992


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