Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: OG

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 8, 2015


1. Laken Tomlinson | Duke | 6’3″, 323 | Grade: 2nd Round

My favorite guard in this class dating back to before the 2014 season, Tomlinson cemented his place atop my rankings with a fantastic senior campaign, capping it off with an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. With a great combination of power, balance and athleticism, Tomlinson should be a plug-and-play starter from Day 1.

2. A.J. Cann | South Carolina | 6’3″, 313 | Grade: 2nd Round

Considered by many to be the best guard in this class, Cann comes in a close second on my list, but he’s a great player in his own right. A four-year starter for the Gamecocks, Cann is a powerful run blocker who should start immediately at the next level, though he could use a little work in pass protection and effectively getting to the second level.

3. Tre’ Jackson | (read more…)

Joe Marino’s Tight End Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 8, 2015


Second Round Grades

1. Maxx Williams, Minnesota – Tremendous ball skills that can win as a receiver at all levels and areas of the field. Shows the ability to pick up yards after the catch. High-effort blocker although he is usually ineffective. Ran a limited route tree in college so he will need development and refinement in that area. Should be a redzone nightmare for opposing defenses.

2. Clive Walford, Miami – Balanced skillset and underrated as a blocker. Excellent frame with long arms and big hands with solid explosive measurables. Does a good job utilizing his frame to shield off defenders and make contested catches. His route-running needs improvement and doesn’t run crisp routes. Has struggled with drops. A versatile player, Walford has lined up in multiple spots. Walford has starter upside in the middle of day two.

Fifth Round Grades

3. Jeff Heurerman, Ohio State – Very good (read more…)

Featured NFL Draft Guide: Matt Waldman’s 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio

Written by Bryan Perez on April 8, 2015

mariotawinston will be choosing a select few NFL Draft Guides to feature on the site for the next month or so.  Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio is widely considered the “must-have” Draft Guide every year, focusing on the offensive skill players available for the upcoming Draft.  Please read the below breakdown for more information about the RSP.

NOTE:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  We are promoting Matt’s work because of how good it is, plain and simple.  Take the time to check it out, download it, and most of all…learn from it.


The 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is ready for download.

“You won’t find a better resource. Matt Waldman delivers. Period. Cannot recommend more highly.” – Bob Harris, FSTA Hall of Famer

The 2015 RSP Tale of the Tape

Standing at 1414 pages and covering 147 skill prospects, the 2015 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is now available for download at Because (read more…)

Dan Matney’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: QB

Written by Dan Matney, Analyst on April 7, 2015

NCAA Football: Florida at Florida State

1. Jameis Winston | Florida State | 6’4”, 231 | Grade: Top Five


Looking at Winston, it is clear right away why he is the consensus number one overall pick. He has the prototypical build for an NFL quarterback.  He didn’t test well at the combine, but he has good play speed and the ability to escape when the pocket collapses. Winston has very good arm strength and anticipation on his passes, and he can make throws at all levels of the field. Winston also has experience in a pro-style offense. He also shows the ability to take over late in close games (see Notre Dame and Louisville).


Winston’s mechanics need a little work. He drops his elbow and has an awkward delivery. In addition to some off-field concerns, his decision-making is a bit concerning on the field. Winston trusts his arm too much at times, throwing into (read more…)

NDT Scouting Presents: A Beginner’s Guide To OL Hand Technique

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 7, 2015

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Frequently talent evaluators reference “hand technique” when evaluating prospects along the line of scrimmage (LOS).  It is undoubtedly an integral part of a blocker’s talent skill set, as it becomes infinitely more difficult to block defenders without the ability to consistently place hands on them.  But what all comprises of hand technique?  There are a number of variables that factor into this single all-encompassing phrase to describe a singular skill.  Some of the aspects of hand technique that are frequently noted for myself at NDT Scouting include:

– Hand power – Hand placement/precision – Hand quickness – Hand timing – Sustainability of initial punch – Inside arm leverage – Activity to re-establish leverage and grip

I’ll take a moment to speak briefly to specifics of each component of “hand technique” and things to look for; starting with hand power:

Hand power can most easily be identified on an initial (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Le’Vander Liggins CB Louisiana Tech

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 6, 2015

Le’Vander Liggins School: Louisiana Tech Position: CB Height: 5’9 5/8” Weight: 191 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) 40-yard: 4.50 Date of Birth: 7/7/1992

Joe Marino’s Guard Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino, Senior NFL Draft Analyst on April 6, 2015

Laken Tomlinson

Second Ground Grades

1. AJ Cann, South Carolina – A powerful drive blocker with good hand placement and body positioning, Cann can overwhelm opponents. Cann is an effective pass blocker with strong anchor and knee bend. While his foot speed can improve, I see Cann as a day one starter at guard in the NFL.

Third Round Grades

2. Laken Tomlinson, Duke – Tomlinson is a mauler who gets significant push and movement as a run blocker. His strong initial punch and leg drive can prove to overwhelm opponents and he moves well for a man of his size. When pass blocking, Tomlinson has a strong anchor and allows little penetration. Tomlinson has the potential to emerge as a day one starter in the NFL.

3. John Miller, Louisville – Fire hydrant on the interior and plays with natural leverage. Short yardage block winner who can generate movement in the (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Triston Wade DB Texas-San Antonio

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 4, 2015

Triston Wade

Triston Wade School: Texas-San Antonio Position: DB Height: 5’10 7/8” Weight: 185 Production Tier: Blue (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Red (see explanation here) Date of Birth: 5/19/1993 Bench: 7 reps 40-yard: 4.52 Vertical: 35.5” Broad: 120” Three-cone: 7.29” Short Shuttle: 4.22

Luke Easterling’s 2015 NFL Draft Positional Rankings: WR

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 3, 2015

Amari Cooper

1. Amari Cooper | Alabama | 6’1″, 211 | Grade: Top 10

He may not be the big, physical target most people think of when they picture a No. 1 NFL receiver, but he’s big enough, and is easily the most polished pass-catcher in this class. Smooth routes, soft hands, and great technique all add up to my top receiver in this class.

2. Kevin White | West Virginia | 6’3″, 215 | Grade: Top 10

Not far behind Cooper, White is the more prototypical receiver with a size/speed combo that will make any NFL team drool. White announced his presence early in 2014 with a stellar game against Alabama, put together a strong season and wowed at the combine. If an NFL team is looking for a bigger, more physical target at the top of the draft, White could easily be the first receiver off the (read more…)

Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Joey Iosefa FB Hawaii

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 2, 2015

Joey Iosefa

Joey Iosefa School: Hawaii Position: FB Height: 6’ Weight: 247 Arm: 31 3/4” Hand: 10 1/4” Production Tier: Orange (see explanation here and example here) UPC Tier: Blue (see explanation here) Bench: 30 40-yard: 4.81 Vertical: 31.5” Broad: 110” Three-cone: 7.24 Short Shuttle: 4.33

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