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Bears trade Brandon Marshall to Jets for 5th round pick

Written by Bryan Perez on March 6, 2015

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Chicago Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets.  While the terms of the deal have yet to be made clear, the Bears are reportedly receiving a 5th round pick as compensation.

DB’s Take:  When healthy, Marshall is one of the top receivers in the game.  He battled through numerous injuries in 2014 and had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, but he still has plenty of gas in the tank and should quickly emerge as the No. 1 receiver in New York.  The Bears are now suddenly in play for a receiver at the No. 7 pick, as both Kevin White (WVU) and Amari Cooper (Ala) are graded as top-10 talents in this class.  I still expect Chicago to address the defensive line, EDGE rusher or offensive tackle at that spot, but (read more…)


John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Written by John Owning on March 6, 2015

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Bigger is better, especially in the NFL; however, there are exceptions to every rule.Throw on the Nebraska’s tape it’s evident Ameer Abdullah is a thrilling and remarkable NFL prospect.

Elite talent, especially at the running back position, can come in many different sizes with contrasting athletic profiles. Some elite talents, like Todd Gurley, have prototypical size at 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, while others have a more diminutive stature. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah is a part of the latter; however, that doesn’t mean that he can’t be just as good, if not better than members of the former.

At 5-foot-8 and 205 pounds, Abdullah isn’t going to win any beauty pageants among running backs; however, he demonstrates the requisite skill set to thrive in spite of his small stature.

The first way that Abdullah makes up for his lack of size is with exceptional athleticism.

The biggest mistake that members of the media and draftniks makes (read more…)


Grayson ahead of Hundley, Petty as ‘next’ QB off the Board?

Written by Bryan Perez on March 5, 2015

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In today’s “Countdown to Draft Day,” Phil Savage was quoted saying that several scouts have told him that Garrett Grayson is rated higher than Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty in the 2015 NFL Draft’s crop of quarterbacks.

DB’s Take:  Grayson has seen a steady uptick in his NFL Draft stock since the 2015 Senior Bowl after he had the best showing of all the quarterbacks in Mobile.  That’s not saying much, however, as the quarterback play was downright atrocious.  While Grayson appears to be the most NFL ready, his ceiling is limited.  Hundley offers the most upside as an all-around prospect, while Petty possesses the best arm of the group.  Grayson projects as a really nice backup/spot-starter on the next level and will present good value on Day 3.  That said, I think teams that are looking for potential (read more…)


Justin Higdon’s 2015 NFL Draft Hidden Gems – Elkino Watson DL South Florida

Written by Justin Higdon on March 5, 2015

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Name:  Elkino Watson School: South Florida Position: DL Height: 6’2” Weight: 289 pounds


T.J. Clemmings Continuing to Help Himself, Shines at Pro Day

Written by Joe Wedra on March 4, 2015

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According to NFL Media reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala, Pitt OL T.J. Clemmings helped himself in a big way at his Pro Day this week. Kinkhabwala says that Clemmings worked “mostly right tackle sets” and worked through a rather lengthy workout.

DB’s Take: Clemmings has done everything he can do to improve his 2015 NFL Draft stock. His tape looks legitimately good enough for a first round selection, and it sounds as though his Pro Day just helped him move forward. Don’t be surprised to hear his name called early once the Draft rolls around.


Corey Grant Steals Show at Auburn Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 3, 2015

With the headlines in Auburn featuring WR Sammie Coates and QB/CB Nick Marshall, it was backup running back Corey Grant who grabbed the attention of scouts and media alike at Auburn’s Pro Day on Tuesday.  The 5-11 205 lb running back ran a 4.25 and 4.27u 40 yard dash- faster than anyone at this year’s NFL Combine.  With New England Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick in attendance, Marshall participated in both QB and CB drills, while Sammie Coats improved his route running and catching ability.

DB’s Take: Grant’s performance was too good to go unnoticed, but Tuesday’s performance shouldn’t send him shooting up anyone’s draft board.  The reality is that the senior running back only saw 60 touches in 2014, and should remain a potential late round steal.   In any other class, Coates could be one of the top receivers available.  Due to the talent at receiver this year, he should (read more…)


Jameis Winston meeting with Buccaneers today

Written by Bryan Perez on March 3, 2015

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston, is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

DB’s Take:  Wow.  That didn’t take long.  Winston seemed to take the lead in the race to the No. 1 overall pick after his performance at the 2015 NFL Combine, and today’s visit will only strengthen that projection.  Winston quieted many of  his critics during his time in Indy, as all reports have suggested that he “wowed” in the individual meetings, displaying a high football intelligence and contagious personality.  While I think there’s still a chance that Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) could make a late push, the news of today’s meeting suggests that he’s in a distant second place right now.


Virginia EDGE defender, Eli Harold, impresses at Pro Day

Written by Bryan Perez on March 2, 2015

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Eli Harold went through his Pro Day at the University of Virginia on Monday, matching his speed and explosion times and upping his bench press by one rep (24).  All 32 teams were on hand to watch Harold in his attempt to elevate his stock to first-round status.

DB’s Take:  I’m a bit more pessimistic about Harold’s NFL Draft projection, as he looks more like a project who needs time to develop his frame a bit.  He has a limited pass rush arsenal and simply doesn’t make a consistent enough impact in the backfield to suggest a top-50 talent.  He currently has a fourth-round grade from me, and his pro day isn’t likely to change that too much.  Pass rushers will always have appeal, though, so I fully expect Harold to be overdrafted come April.


Attention on TE Maxx Williams at Minnesota Pro Day

Written by Matt Horn on March 2, 2015

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20 NFL teams sent representatives to Minneapolis for the University of Minnesota’s Pro Day on Monday. With running back David Cobb sitting out due to a quad strain, all eyes were on tight end Maxx Williams. After a solid 2015 NFL Combine performance, Williams chose only to participate in positional drills at his Pro Day. In a post-workout interview, Williams said his main focus was proving he can get open and catch the ball well.

DB’s Take: Williams is the only real standout in this year’s tight end class. While his Combine performance was pretty average compared to the other TE’s, his size and proven athleticism makes him a potential first round pick. Teams with later picks like the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, and Denver Broncos (should they not re-sign Julius Thomas) are all possible landing spots.


2015 NFL Draft: The Unique Performance Calculation

Written by Justin Higdon on March 2, 2015

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Compiling player rankings for an NFL Draft class is like trying to put together hundreds of small jigsaw puzzles. Several years ago I thought it was all about the tape. Watch three games or more of each prospect then make a call. For 200 players that was at least a 600 piece puzzle. But each year I’m finding more pieces under the couch and in the garage. I wanted to consider known injuries and off-the-field issues like arrests and suspensions. Those are pretty self-explanatory. Some importance should be placed on measurables – height, weight, arm length and hand size. Then I wanted to find a way to factor production into the equation. That led to the “box score scouting” tiers I’ve written about previously. And of course, I could never forget about all of those wonderful bits of data gathered from the athletic testing at the scouting combine and (read more…)


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