Marquee Matchups: Week 6

Written by Luke Easterling on October 10, 2015


Each week, Senior NFL Draft Analyst Luke Easterling will take a look at some of the best 1-on-1 matchups in college football featuring potential 2016 NFL Draft prospects.

South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper 5’11”, 207 | Junior | #11

A 1st-team All-SEC pick in 2014 after hauling in 69 passes for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns, Cooper picked up right where he left off this season, tallying 322 yards and a pair of scores on 26 catches through five games. He’s topped 100 yards receiving in two of those games, while adding 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Cooper is an explosive playmaker who is dangerous after the catch, or in any situation where he gets the ball in space. He’s got a thick frame, which allows him to take hits and continue to be physical, and he’s solid at the catch point despite being under six (read more…)

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 9, 2015

CFB Week 6 Scouting Watch Guide


After last week’s tumultuous outcomes, this college football season is proving to be one of the widest open in memory. The NFL Draft big board is also quite fluid and wildly undetermined at this point too.

We will learn more about several top prospects in big games this week. Also, look for several lower tier prospects to try and bolster their perception and elevate higher in the draft cognoscenti consciousness.

Zeek Bigger 2016 NFL Draft Path: Embracing A New Role

Written by Matt LaPan on October 9, 2015

Photo By: East Carolina Athletic Department

After a slow start to their season, the East Carolina Pirates have started to turn their season around. Following back-to-back wins over Virginia Tech and SMU, the Pirates have pulled back over .500 on the season.

Throughout that time, Zeek Bigger and the Pirates defense has played an integral role in finishing off their opponents. In both the Virginia Tech game and the SMU game the Pirates fell into early deficits and were forced to buckle down late in the game. In both games, Bigger was pressed into pass coverage duty while the Pirates brought pressure off the edge. In that Role, Bigger helped East Carolina hole their opponents to just 265 yards per game.

This is a role that Bigger may have struggled with in the past, but has been worked on throughout the past year. Bigger claims speed, strength and film work have been key to his improvement (read more…)

NFL Draft Prospect Review: Offensive Tackles

Written by Ryan Dukarm on October 9, 2015


Here’s the third edition of the NFL Draft Prospect Review. Rather than doing a series of full scouting reports in the middle of the season I wanted to look at one game from each player at a certain position each week. This is not at all meant to be a scouting report for the player; it’s simply an early look at what a prospect brings to the table for the 2016 NFL Draft. For example, this week I put together notes on four offensive tackles that had cut-ups available here at Draft Breakdown. If you ever have suggestions for what position or specific player you want to see,  hit me up on Twitter! (@DBRyan_Dukarm)


Zach Banner (USC) vs Stanford 

Navigates well to the second level, got low and established his hands on the linebacker. Seemed to get hips around quickly to seal off lanes in the run game, got low and lined up (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Week Six Roundup

Written by Justin Higdon on October 9, 2015


This week in the roundup, a preseason Heisman favorite has the breakthrough performance everyone was waiting for. After two weeks of teasers, I finally elaborate on Cal quarterback Jared Goff. And, we’re excited about some great new podcasts we’ll be posting on a weekly basis. Plus, notes from the box scores. Let’s go…

1. Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State

Earlier this season, Elliott had a relatively sluggish couple of weeks against Hawaii and Northern Illinois, and I started to hear rumblings that he didn’t look as fast, that his vision had left him, or something else to that effect. The junior running back looked more crisp against Western Michigan, but his longest run of that game was still a modest (for him) 26 yarder. He had that one long TD against Virginia Tech in the opener, but everyone was still waiting for Elliott to have his breakout game. That day (read more…)

365 Draft Podcast, Episode 1

Written by Bryan Perez on October 8, 2015


Draft Breakdown’s Senior NFL Draft Analysts Kyle Crabbs and Joe Marino discuss Myles Jack, James Conner, Kendall Fuller, and Ed Davis in the first episode of the 365 Draft Podcast.

The 365 Draft Podcast is part of NDT Scouting’s portfolio of NFL Draft coverage.  NDT Scouting was founded by Kyle Crabbs and publishes one of the industry’s most comprehensive NFL Draft guides.

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Matt Waldman’s Boiler Room: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Written by Bryan Perez on October 8, 2015


We’re pleased to welcome back Matt Waldman and his film room analysis to Draft Breakdown’s 2016 NFL Draft coverage.

His new Boiler Room series evaluates a prospect’s strengths and weaknesses in quick-hitting fashion from the perspective of one of the industry’s most talented scouting minds.  First up, Josh Doctson:

Three & Out Podcast, Episode 1

Written by Bryan Perez on October 7, 2015


Senior NFL Draft Analyst and Draft Breakdown co-owner Bryan Perez discusses Leonard Fournette, Jared Goff and the 2016 QB class, Myles Jack and the daily fantasy sports marketing assault.  You can watch or listen! Remember to subscribe to Three & Out on iTunes!  (Note:  this episode was recorded on 10.6.15)

The Draft Breakdown Podcast, Episode 2

Written by Bryan Perez on October 6, 2015



Seth, Justin and Justis are back to talk the 2016 NFL Draft.   The guys discuss Cardale Jones, Jared Goff and Trevone Boykin along with the prospect who shined in week five of the college football season.  And be ready for the latest Hot Takes in Ep. 2 of the Draft Breakdown Podcast!

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CFB Week 5 Scouting Watch Guide

Written by Jeff Risdon on October 3, 2015

Jacoby Brissett gets a chance to prove his draft worth

Conference schedules have begun in full force. This week’s top games feature several Big 12 and SEC clashes. The ACC makes a couple of appearances here too. As some have accused me of being too Big 10-centric, I’m ignoring that conference this week as none of the matchups are very inspiring. The Pac 12 has a few byes this week, and most games are one-sided in terms of NFL talent.

Sit back, relax, and fire up the DVR. Be responsible in your snacking!

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