Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Christian Ringo DL Louisiana-Lafayette

Written by Justin Higdon on February 18, 2015


Christian Ringo School: Louisiana-Lafayette Position: DL Height: 6’ 3/4” Weight: 298

Experience: Key, four-year contributor along the defensive line, with 21 sacks among 35.5 tackles for loss in 45 career games. Career-high 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss in 2014.

Accolades: Finished sixth in the FBS in tackles for loss per game, and 12th in sacks per game as a senior last season. Third-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2012. First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

Games Watched: Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Nevada

Projected Round: 6th-UDFA

Report: Mariota, Winston to throw at Combine

Written by Joe Wedra on February 18, 2015


NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will participate in NFL Scouting Combine throwing drills this weekend in Indianapolis. UCLA QB Brett Hundley made the same decision earlier in the process, now Mariota and Winston are following the same route

DB’s Take: Here are two decisions that NFL teams will love. If you can compete, teams are going to listen. Little is truly on the line with these drills, however. It’s more likely that the individual interviews will be the factors — if any — that decide draft stock here. Either way, good move for both of these prospects.



Nick Marshall to work with CBs, QBs at Combine

Written by Joe Wedra on February 17, 2015

auburn-nick-marshall-120513’s Path to the Draft is reporting that Auburn standout Nick Marshall will be headed to the NFL Scouting Combine as not just a CB, but he’ll throw passes as well. Spotlighted during his workouts will undoubtedly be his 40-yard dash times, but he’ll now get a chance to go through the drills as a gunslinger. 

DB’s Take: Probably a smart move here. Marshall is going to have a tough time working with the CBs and winning over NFL teams with skill at the corner position. If he wants to keep his options open and give himself the best chance to make a roster, it’s in his best interest to work with both groups.’s Guide to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine

Written by Bryan Perez on February 17, 2015


The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is set to begin in just a couple of days, as the NFL converges upon Indianapolis in an attempt to learn more about the prospects eligible for the NFL Draft.

There will be a monsoon of media covering the event between now and its conclusion, with talking heads telling you who did well and who hurt their stock. It’s truly one of the great parts of Draft season. But do you really understand, or know, what a “good” performance for any of the drills is?

Below is a breakdown of each drill and what an NFL prospect should be targeting as a minimum result. Each position carries its own set of “minimums” that have been created to mirror the on-field requirements of that particular spot. It’s not an exact science, but it certainly helps give the evaluator a tangible number to work with. By using (read more…)

John Owning’s NFL Draft Breakdown: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Written by John Owning on February 17, 2015

Eric Kendricks

Some players are inherently more enjoyable to watch and evaluate than others. At times, watching video after video can get monotonous and downright boring at times. “Grinding through tape” can be an extremely tedious task, but it has to be done.

That’s why it is always beneficial to watch and evaluate a player who can break up that minutiae and really reinvigorate the process.

There may not be a player who personifies that idea more than UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. As the little brother to Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, Eric has high expectation thrust upon him because of his brother’s success in his short, but ongoing career.

At UCLA, Kendricks was one of the most productive linebackers in college football as he compiled over 470 tackles in his four years of playing time with 145 of those coming his senior year. Couple that with 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and (read more…)

Dueling 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Reports: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Written by Justin Higdon on February 17, 2015

Marcus Peters

The 2015 NFL Draft cornerback class is an interesting group. Talented prospects like Michigan State’s Trae Waynes, Senquez Golson of Ole Miss, and TCU’s Kevin White are either thinner or shorter (or both) than NFL teams would prefer. Miami Ohio’s Quinten Rollins is gaining momentum, but he has only one season of college football experience, and some analysts question his downfield speed. The one corner who’s on-field game is fairly clean is Washington’s Marcus Peters, but after being booted from the team midway through his junior season, he’ll spend the next couple of months trying to ditch his off-field baggage. In the latest installment of our dueling scouting report series, Chad Dinkins and I went to the tape for a closer look at the top cornerback prospect in the draft.

Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft LBs: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Written by Bryan Perez on February 14, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft has several position groups that are on the “weaker” side, and inside linebacker appears to be one of them.  While many of the prospects look more like late-Day 2, Day 3-types, Eric Kendricks (UCLA) has a chance to go much higher.  His production and athleticism jump off the tape and he’s one of the more promising defensive prospects in the class.  Below is my analysis of his game.


Eric Kendricks, the redshirt senior linebacker from the UCLA Bruins, enters the 2015 NFL Draft after one of the most prolific careers in UCLA football history. Kendricks started 42 games during his time as a Bruin, registering a school-record 481 tackles. In addition to the record-setting tackle numbers, he tallied 8 career sacks to go along with 5 INTs. In 2014, Kendricks was named First Team All-American by several national outlets (read more…)

Dueling 2015 NFL Draft Scouting Reports: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Written by Justin Higdon on February 13, 2015

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The 2015 NFL Draft Quarterback group is roundly thought of as a three-man class. Some pundits may even consider Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s James Winston as the only two with long-term starting potential at the NFL level. DraftBreakdown’s own Kyle Crabbs disagrees. He’s already given UCLA’s Brett Hundley a first round grade in his report. And since early this past college football season, I’ve also maintained that the divide between Mariota, Winston and Hundley is not the gaping chasm others have painted. Still, knowing that the former Bruin is going to be one of the more divisive players in the class this year, Chad Dinkins and I decided that Hundley would be the perfect subject for our next round of dueling scouting reports. Here’s a look.

#MockingIsMocking: Twitter Mock Draft Results

Written by Luke Easterling on February 13, 2015

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State

Last draft season, my good friend Justin Pawlowski (Publisher, Bucs Blitz) and I did a series of live Twitter mock drafts, taking turns making picks and responding to fan feedback with our analysis. It was a ton of fun, and easily one of my favorite parts of the pre-draft process.

Well, it’s that time of year again, and the first #MockingIsMocking draft was held last night. For this year’s versions, Justin and I decided to ask a different guest expert to join us for each draft, and SI NFL writer Chris Burke was kind enough to join us last night.

In case you missed it, here are the results.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Justin) – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

2. Tennessee Titans (Chris) – Leonard Williams, DL, USC

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Luke) – Dante Fowler, EDGE, Florida

4. Oakland Raiders (Justin) – Kevin White, WR, West (read more…)

Joe Marino’s 2015 NFL Draft Pre-Combine First Round Grades

Written by Joe Marino on February 11, 2015

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The consensus feeling among the NFL Draft community is that the 2015 class is weak, especially at the top. I agree and that is bad news for teams selecting in the top ten. With that said, there are plenty of players that are worthy of a first round selection. As it stands, I have 28 players graded in the first round although only one of those prospects carries a top ten grade and just another nine prospects have earned top 20 grades from me at this point in the process. With 18 players graded in the late first round area, that is the sweet spot of Day One.

Top 10 Grades

Leonard Williams, Southern Cal, DT – The best football player in this class, Williams has an incredible ability to disengage from blocks and make plays. With exceptional hand usage and functional strength, Williams (read more…)

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