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2017 NFL draft: RB watchlist

Written by Bryan Perez on May 25, 2016

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The 2017 NFL draft may be just under one year away, but it’s never too early to start looking at the next crop of likely prospects jockeying for early-round consideration.

Let’s take a look at some (not all) running backs worth keeping an eye on throughout the summer.  The 2017 running back class is considered a strength of next year’s draft, and it may be the strongest crop to come out in many years.

Keep in mind this is not a ranking; rather, it’s meant to serve as a guide as you begin to scout next year’s class.

Georgia RB Nick Chubb does not appear on this list.  He is one of the top running back prospects in the country, assuming he can return to form following his devastating knee injury last year.  As his tape becomes available, he will be added to our ever-growing library.


WATCH: Is Deshaun Watson an early first-round pick?

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016

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The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 32 – Jeff Risdon on the 2013 NFL Draft and the All-Star Circuit

Written by Justin Higdon on May 24, 2016

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Jeff Risdon of RealGM.com and DraftBreakdown.com joins the show to talk about his 2013 NFL Draft hits and misses, and the impact of the All Star Game circuit on draft analysis.


Pittsburgh RB James Conner is cancer-free

Written by Bryan Perez on May 24, 2016

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One of the top running backs for the 2017 NFL draft, Pitt’s James Conner, announced via his Twitter account that he’s been officially declared cancer-free:

God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!

— James Conner ️ (@JamesConner_) May 23, 2016

Conner’s clean bill of health is fantastic news for him and his family as he can now turn his attention back to football and his status as one of the country’s top offensive skill players.

Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma six months ago.  He completed his 12th and final round of chemotherapy on May 10.

“What I want to do next is carry the ball again. I can’t wait for the season to start. The goal [to play in the NFL] is still the (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 31 – 2013 NFL Draft Review with Emory Hunt

Written by Justin Higdon on May 17, 2016

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Friend of the show Emory Hunt, of FootballGameplan.com, returns to talk about the evolution of his scouting process, and hits and misses from the 2013 NFL Draft. Plus, the guys dig up a hot take from the not-so-distant past.


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 30 – Reviewing the 2013 NFL Draft

Written by Justin Higdon on May 13, 2016

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Now three years in, it’s time to evaluate the 2013 NFL Draft class. Seth and Justin talk about their hits, and mostly their misses from the not-so-distant past.


The Best of the Rest: NFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 11, 2016

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The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selections. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed — it’s time to dig into the NFC additions

CHICAGO BEARS

Ben Braunecker — TE— Harvard: He was the go-to guy in his senior year. Braunecker is a tough player and a very good route-runner who can also block.

Taveze Calhoun — CB — Mississippi State: A very smart player on & off the field, Calhoun is more suited to play zone than man due to his athletic limitations.

DETROIT LIONS

Chase Farris — OG — Ohio State: Only a one-year starter, Farris is a raw prospect who struggled playing right tackle in 2015. However, he moved to guard during East-West Shrine Week and looked much (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Late-Round QB Review

Written by Ryan Dukarm on May 8, 2016

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This draft season, as part of the partnership between Draft Breakdown and The Scouting Academy, I was one of the multiple students assigned to write the “official scouting reports” for players in the 2016 NFL Draft on their Draft Breakdown player page. As one of the QB page members, I was tasked with evaluating multiple late-round quarterbacks, namely: Jacoby Brissett, Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, Kevin Hogan,  Jake Rudock and Brandon Allen.

Now that the draft is over, I wanted to share my final scouting reports, along with thoughts on value, scheme fit and overall evaluation for each player. Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@DBRyan_Dukarm) with your thoughts.

Name: Jacoby Brissett

College: North Carolina State

Draft Position: 29th pick of the 3rd round, 91st overall

Draft Team: New England Patriots

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Post Draft Thoughts: I evaluated Brissett as a backup quarterback with developmental upside, and in that sense I (read more…)


Kyle Crabbs’ 2016 NFL Draft Review

Written by Kyle Crabbs on May 7, 2016

2016 NFL Draft Review

Another year in the books! *Thumbs up emoji* First and foremost, thanks to all who have continued to help Draftbreakdown grow and thrive in the past year. Having the opportunity to be part of a collective team of such hard working individuals has been a blessing and watching the site, led by Aaron and Bryan, break through obstacles that would have torn down many other sites and come out the other end of another draft ready to grow further has been great.

But a pat on the back is not why we’re here. We’re here to talk about the 2016 NFL Draft and the teams. Specifically, how I think your teams did. Good news is, I didn’t hate all of your drafts. In fact, in the grand scheme I probably liked 2/3rds of them to varying degrees. If you’ve followed my work this year or any other, you’re well aware (read more…)


The Best of the Rest: AFC UDFAs

Written by Emanuele Addondi on May 3, 2016

Victor Ochi

The 2016 NFL draft is now in the books, with its seven rounds and 253 selection. However, the process is still ongoing with all the undrafted free agent signings.

Let’s take a look where the best players left on the board landed, starting with the most notable AFC additions.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Victor Ochi — EDGE — Stony Brook: A small school defensive end who can see time in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme as a pass rush specialist

Matt Skura — C — Duke: A three-year starter and top center in the ACC, Skura is a quality offensive lineman worthy of a roster spot.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Matt Johnson — QB — Bowling Green: Johnson set a MAC-record with almost 5,000 passing yards in 2015. He’s an interesting QB to develop as a long-term backup.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Dominique Alexander (read more…)


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