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Rob Donaldson’s 2016 NFL Draft Preview: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Written by Rob Donaldson, Analyst on June 21, 2015

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You think it and Myles Jack does it. He’s athletic, instinctual, charismatic, and highly productive all while offering an extremely rare aspect of positional versatility. A former 4-star outside linebacker recruit (per Rivals) from Bellevue, Washington, Jack recorded 87 tackles last season as well as 121 yards from scrimmage and showed flashes at numerous offensive and defensive positions.

Jack is poised to have a major breakout season; with Eric Kendricks no longer in the mix, Jack will assume a much larger role on defense.

Defensive Production

2014:  87 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 0 sacks

2013:  76 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sacks

Offensive Production

2014:  113 yards, 4 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns

2013:  267 yards, 7 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns

Strengths

  • Plays with excellent closing speed/acceleration; I project him based on tape as a 4.45 type of player.
  • Offers great positional (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Temple Owls

Written by Derek Rizzuto, Analyst on June 21, 2015

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After an abysmal two-win 2013 campaign, Temple’s football team took huge strides to improve to 6-6 last year. The Owls look to continue growing in 2015, Matt Rhule’s third season as head coach. This year’s squad returns the entire starting defense, which last season ranked fourth nationally in points allowed per game. With that stingy defense, Temple looks to be a darkhorse in the AAC this season, but they are in desperate need of playmakers to compliment junior QB P.J. Walker on the offensive side of the ball. Here is a look at some possible draftees from this year’s group. (Asterisks denote underclassmen)

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• Two-star recruit out of Mechanicsburg, PA • 33 career starts heading into senior season • Honors include multiple All-Academic Team nods & All-conference selections

Friend, who is going into his senior season as a three-year starter, is a durable player who has never (read more…)


Colorado DL Tupou will not play for Buffs – Josh Tupou | COL

Written by News Team on June 21, 2015

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Colorado senior DL Josh Tupou will not play for the Buffaloes in 2015. …read more


Top Tackles To Watch In 2015

Written by Matt LaPan, Analyst on June 19, 2015

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Offensive tackle is known as one of the most important positions on a NFL roster. The tackle position has become a “money position”, with the top 10 tackles in the NFL averaging a base salary of over $7.8-million. To place the franchise tag on an offensive lineman in the NFL will cost a team $12.943-million.

This has not been lost in the NFL Draft. Since 2011, 22 offensive tackles have been selected in the 1st round of the NFL Draft – an average of over four tackles selected per year. This includes five in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, and 24 tackles selected overall.

That means there is a lot of money to be made, or lost, by the top tackle prospects as they approach the 2015 NCAA football season and begin their draft journeys. Some of the top tackles in the class include Ronnie Stanley from (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Missouri Tigers

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on June 19, 2015

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Gary Pinkel has to be on the short list of most underrated coaches in college football.  All he has done in his 15 seasons at Missouri is compile 113 victories, ten bowl games, two Big 12 North Championships, and two SEC East Championships on his way to becoming the winningest coach in Missouri Tiger history.

While the Tiger’s turnaround started over a decade ago, it took some time for Pinkel to land recruits worthy enough to emerge as high draft picks in the NFL.  The cultivation of notably talented recruits is commonplace now.  Mizzou has had four 1st round picks in the last six years, and has had ten players selected in the first three rounds since 2009.  They have become a haven for NFL talent, developing names like: Jeremy Maclin, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, and Sheldon Richardson, just to name a few.

Pinkel’s expectations are lofty after two straight SEC East Championships and Mizzou (read more…)


Tigers QB Anthony Jennings arrested Thursday – Anthony Jennings | LSU

Written by News Team on June 19, 2015

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LSU junior QB Anthony Jennings was arrested and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and has been indefinitely suspended. …read more


UGA LB Bellamy’s legal charges are dropped – Davin Bellamy | UGA

Written by News Team on June 18, 2015

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Georgia redshirt sophomore LB Davin Bellamy driving charges were dropped by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. …read more


QB Adams has class to finish before enrolling – Vernon Adams | OR

Written by News Team on June 18, 2015

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Oregon senior QB Vernon Adams is one class short of enrolling at his new school. …read more


Staples: Cook front-runner to be 2016’s QB1 – Connor Cook | MSU

Written by News Team on June 18, 2015

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Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is “the front-runner to be the first quarterback taken in the 2016 draft,” according to the MMQB’s Andy Staples. …read more


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Michigan State Spartans

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on June 18, 2015

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Michigan State and Head Coach Mark Dantonio were riding high after following the 2013 regular season with Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl victories, but the Spartans were humbled early last year in a 19-point loss to Oregon on the road. Dantonio and his crew rattled off six wins in a row, but then took a second loss on the chin at home against Ohio State. Sparty can take some solace in the fact that his only defeats came at the hands of the National Championship Game participants, and that State also managed to squeak out a bowl win against Big 12 co-champion Baylor. So, despite the losses of Jeremy Langford, Tony Lippett and Trae Waynes to the NFL, the returning Spartans should once again compete for a conference title and a top ten national ranking. Here’s a look at Michigan State’s top draft-eligible talent for the coming season.


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