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Exclusive: Interview with Washington DL Elijah Qualls

Written by Justin Melo on April 27, 2017

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Washington DL Elijah Qualls took time out of his busy predraft schedule to speak with us exclusively here at Draft Breakdown.

Surprisingly athletic for his size, the 313 pound California native showed off his brute strength with a whopping 33 bench press reps at the combine. Qualls turned in a solid final season with 38 tackles, five for loss and three sacks and helped the Huskies earn a playoff birth.

In our interview, Elijah and I discussed how playing running back and multiple different sports helped turn him into the athlete he is today, how he ultimately decided on playing defensive line, the close bond he’s developed with Sidney Jones and more. Some video analysis is also included.

Thanks for joining me today Elijah.

Qualls: It’s my pleasure. Thank you for having me.

You weighed in at 313 pounds at the combine, yet you were a FB (read more…)


Nicholas McGee’s Safety Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 27, 2017

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There could be two safeties go in the top five of this year’s draft but, beyond the top two, there are plenty of players at the position in this class who could be difference-makers.

Here I rank my top 10 safeties.


Jonah Tuls’ Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft and Bold Predictions

Written by Jonah Tuls on April 27, 2017

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Today is the day where dreams become a reality. Of course, this is the opening night and first round of the 2017 NFL draft, which will air on NFL Network and ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. This also means it is time to release my final mock draft and bold predictions for the first round. Feel free to reach out with your feedback, love or hate of my final piece of the pre-draft process on Twitter!

Mock Draft Bold Predictions

1. Joe Mixon gets drafted in the first round; Dalvin Cook does not.

– This may sound crazy, but some teams are more comfortable drafting Joe Mixon than Dalvin Cook. Both have alarming red flags off of the field, but on the field, they are the two most talented running backs in this class. I would look at Indianapolis (trade down) and Green Bay as options for Mixon (read more…)


The Draft Breakdown Podcast, EP 83 – Welcome To The 2017 NFL Draft

Written by Justin Higdon on April 26, 2017

Nov 12, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes the ball during the first half against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

After months of analysis, rumors, mock drafts and hot takes we have finally made it to the 2017 NFL Draft. One last time before the picks are in, Seth and Justin run through Mike Mayock’s mock, discuss the latest rumblings, and give a few predictions that are guaranteed to be right (this is not a guarantee)


Nicholas McGee’s Cornerback Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 26, 2017

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Along with edge rusher, cornerback is the most important defensive position in football.

There is a plethora of talented corners in this class, whether your team is looking for a starter on the outside or a slot guy, they should be able to find one who can hold up in the pros.

Here I rank my top 20 corners.


Nicholas McGee’s Off-Ball Linebacker Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 26, 2017

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Off-ball linebacker may not have the same value as a position as edge rusher and cornerback, but a great one can have a transformative impact for a team.

There are a few such linebackers near the top of this class, and here I rank my top 10 players at the position.


Nicholas McGee’s EDGE rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 25, 2017

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You can never have enough edge rushers in the NFL.

Generating a pass rush is pivotal to NFL success and there is an abundance of players adept at getting after the quarterback in this year’s draft.

Here I rank my top 20 edge rushers.

 


Interview with Mississippi State LB Richie Brown

Written by Justin Melo on April 25, 2017

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Draft boards are altered every year by good and bad pro day results. Some guys are deemed winners and climb up the rankings, while others falter and slip down the board. Mississippi State’s Richie Brown definitely won. According to this NFL.Com article, Brown posted a 37-inch vertical and a 6.75 three-cone time with at least 30 NFL teams on hand. Richie joined us here at Draft Breakdown to discuss that pro day, how he can help his defense win a play before the ball is even snapped, the toughest offensive players he’s ever lined up against and more.

Thanks for joining me today Richie.

Brown: No problem at all.

You weren’t invited to the combine. Did that tick you off?

Brown: At first yeah, it was a little upsetting. Collectively, we didn’t have a great season as a team. There wasn’t a lot of (read more…)


Nicholas McGee’s Defensive Line Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 25, 2017

Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) reacts during the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The edge defenders have stolen the spotlight from the interior defensive linemen this year, but there are still a good number of guys in the middle who have the potential to positively impact NFL teams.

Players such as Malik Jackson and Kawann Short have shown in recent times how valuable high-caliber interior players can be, and here I rank my top 10 in this class.


Nicholas McGee’s Offensive Line Rankings

Written by Nicholas McGee on April 25, 2017

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The consensus is that this is not a great offensive line class, particularly at the tackle spot.

But teams always need help in the trenches and it’s not that a bad of a year for franchises in need of versatile linemen who can play multiple spots.

Here I rank my top 10 offensive linemen.


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