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Dueling Scouting Reports: T.J. Clemmings

Written by Justin Higdon on January 25, 2015

TJ Clemmings

Pittsburgh right tackle T.J. Clemmings has been among the hottest names in draft talk recently, and he was on of the main draws for scouts and analysts at Senior Bowl practices this past week. The big offensive lineman passed the weigh-ins with flying colors, but played to mixed reviews on the field. Continuing our dueling scouting report series, Chad Dinkins and I dug into the game tape to get a closer look at Clemmings.

2015 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: LSU OL La’el Collins

Written by Joe Marino on January 24, 2015

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La’el Collins is one of the most improved prospects in the nation when comparing where he was in 2013 against what he displayed on the field last year. A three-year starter at LSU, Collins originally played guard as a sophomore before switching to left tackle as a junior where he remained for the rest of his collegiate career. Collins capped off his Tiger career by being named a First Team All-SEC selection by the conferences coaches and an AP All-American Second Team selection.

Where Collins Wins

Collins has an obvious ability to move people off the line of scrimmage and create running lanes. A powerful and aggressive run blocker, Collins has a mean streak combined with the raw strength to dominate at the point of attack to generate movement. He utilizes good hand placement and leg drive.

In space, Collins is consistent at securing blocks at the second (read more…)

DraftBreakdown.com Presents: The RSP Film room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on January 23, 2015

Brandon Scherff

DraftBreakdown.com is privileged to showcase the work of some of the most talented NFL Draft analysts in the industry.  The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman is one of the best resources for the aspiring scout to subscribe to in an effort to learn how to evaluate tape.  In this episode, Matt is joined by Lance Zierlein of The Sideline View as they discuss one of the top OL prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft, Brandon Scherff (Iowa).

If you’re interested in learning more about Matt’s work, including his annual Rookie Scouting Portfolio, visit his site here.  His annual RSP is among the most thorough and educational resources available, focusing on the skill players available for the NFL Draft.  Be sure to subscribe to Matt’s youtube channel as well so that you receive updates on new episodes.

Dueling Scouting Reports: Randy Gregory

Written by Justin Higdon on January 23, 2015

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This draft season, my Draft Breakdown colleague Chad Dinkins and I will occasionally choose a player that we haven’t previously discussed with each other, and write up dueling scouting reports. The intent here is to show how two different sets of eyes can view the same prospect after breaking down the game tape. Our first subject is Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory. We each watched four of Gregory’s games prior to formulating our reports, though we did not discuss which ones beforehand. As a result, in this case we both saw Gregory’s performances against Michigan State and USC, but I also watched Miami and Rutgers, while Chad broke down the Wisconsin and Minnesota matchups. Here are the results.

NDT Scouting Report: Pittsburgh OT TJ Clemmings

Written by Kyle Crabbs on January 23, 2015

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 *The following is an excerpt from NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus. To learn more about NDT Scouting and the availability of the NDT Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus (available for pre-order NOW; $10.00 USD/April 15, 2015 release date) visit www.ndtscouting.com!  NDT Scouting aims to collaborate both a comprehensive film evaluation grade (omitted below) with weighted peripheral metrics of size, experience, athleticism and production (also omitted below) to provide readers with a complete look at the prospects of the 2015 NFL Draft.* TJ Clemmings, Offensive Tackle (#68) RS Senior, University of Pittsburgh Panthers Date of Birth: 11/18/1991 Size:

  • Measurement Source: University of Pittsburgh Biography Page
  •  Height: 6060 (Listed)
  •  Weight: 315 (Listed)
  •  Hand Measurement: N/A
  •  Arm Length: N/A

Experience:

  • Career Starts: 26

Justin Higdon presents: Box Score Scouting the Quarterbacks

Written by Justin Higdon on January 23, 2015

Brett Hundley

Recently, I explained my intent to use a form of “box score scouting” in my NFL Draft analysis this year. As I mentioned in the intro article, I’ve tailored this production metric to fit each positional group. Quarterbacks proved especially challenging because of the variance of college football offenses. I couldn’t really use passing yardage or completion statistics considering that some schools have very ordinary quarterbacks throwing the ball 50 to 60 times per game. But there are stats that I think can tell a story when pieced together. Completion percentage does not equal accuracy, but when examined with yards per attempt and yards per completion, we can get a clearer idea of what types of throws a passer is being asked to make. Touchdowns are always important in football, and in the context of TD to interception ratio, I think we can get at least a snapshot (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: SOUTH practice, Day 3

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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My focus during the South team’s afternoon session was again on the wide receivers and cornerbacks, and I was excited to take a long look at this group because it contained some of the week’s biggest “buzz” players.

Before getting into my notes, I wanted to give kudos to the Jaguars coaching staff.  They brought “the juice” this afternoon, making the experience fun and exciting for the players.  There was a noticeable difference in intensity level from the morning session, and the players were clearly competing harder.  Tight ends were “gronk-ing” the ball in the end zone after a score, secondary players were celebrating pass breakups, and the screams and hollers after a big hit echoed through the stands.  It was really fun to watch.

SOUTH TEAM

One of the week’s highest-profile players was Sammie Coates, the “looks the part” receiver from Auburn.  I watched Coates closely during the (read more…)

Bryan Perez’s Senior Bowl Recap: NORTH practice, Day 3

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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The final day of practices for the 2015 Senior Bowl provided one last chance for the crop of participating seniors to make an impression on the scouts and coaches in attendance.  A few players did just that today.

Today’s focus was on the wide receivers and cornerbacks.  I felt bad for this year’s crop of pass catchers, as the quarterback play has been downright atrocious.  In fact, none of the quarterbacks on either roster played like a draftable prospect.  The lone exception might be Bryce Petty (Baylor), but it’s only because he was able to sporadically spin an NFL throw.  Players like Shane Carden (ECU), Sean Manion (Oregon State), Blake Sims (Alabama), and Bryan Bennett (Southeast LA) failed to display any traits that suggested a rush to sign them after Mr. Irrelevant is (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s Senior Bowl Notebook: Day 3

Written by Luke Easterling on January 22, 2015

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Day 3 of Senior Bowl week saw the final full-pad practices for both the North and South squads, as players on both sides had their final opportunity to show their stuff at full speed before Saturday’s game.

One thing that stood out to me on Thursday was the difference in intensity between the two practices. The North team’s morning practice seemed more subdued and laid back compared to the day before, while the South team was very vocal, the tempo was noticeably faster, and the vibe of their afternoon session was noticeably more upbeat.

Here are the players who stood out to me from both squads today.

NORTH

At linebacker, Texas’ Jordan Hicks and USC’s Hayes Pullard flashed early and often.  Hicks showed great instincts and discipline in coverage, snatching an interception during 1-on-1 drills, while Pullard continues to prove himself as a balanced player who is athletic (read more…)

DraftBreakdown.com presents: GM Jr. Scouting Senior Bowl Podcast

Written by Bryan Perez on January 22, 2015

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The fellas at GM Jr. Scouting share their thoughts from the first two days of Senior Bowl practices, as Day 3 is set to get underway this morning.  

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