NFL announces 2015 NFL Draft compensatory picks

Written by Bryan Perez on March 24, 2015

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The NFL announced the complete list of compensatory picks for the 2015 NFL Draft, with the Chiefs, Patriots, and Bengals all receiving 3rd round selections.

DB’s Take:  A total of 14 teams received compensatory picks, with the Bengals receiving a 4th rounder in addition to the above-mentioned 3rd round selection.  The Ravens received three compensatory picks this year, raising their league-leading total to 44 since 1994.

Joe Marino’s EDGE Rankings and Grades for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 23, 2015


First Round Grades

1. Bud Dupree, Kentucky – Dupree is a freak athlete with an outstanding frame. He is experienced doing everything that he will be asked to do in the NFL as 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker. He is most impactful with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer and setting the edge. Displays explosive burst off the ball and closing quickness to the football. Kentucky had him dropping in coverage far more than I would like. That said, he is adept at doing so although it is far from a strength. There are times I wish Dupree would “sell out” more aggressively to finish plays but Kentucky asked him to be very disciplined within the scheme. Has “chase and see” tendencies and his instincts are still developing. Far from a finished product but he represents tremendous upside.

2. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA – What initially stands (read more…)

NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft “Pound the Table” Series: DT Bobby Richardson

Written by Kyle Crabbs on March 21, 2015

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The following is the first of NDT Scouting’s “Pound the Table” Series, a look at mid-round NFL Draft prospects that can bring production and impact to their future homes during the 2015 NFL Draft and beyond.

Draft economics comes down to one simple task: maximize the value of each and every selection in accordance to your own board.  The talent acquisition process is much more well publicized in the early selections; frequently you’ll hear and read about the same 40-50 talents while the rest of the class is left drifting in the wind.  But late Day 2 and early Day 3 selections are where teams “win” the draft.  The ability to correctly identify positive traits and sync them with either a need on a roster or the fit within a system are the course by which “sleepers” and “steals” are born.  This year’s class has a number of talents I, as (read more…)

Paul Dawson to the Panthers Gaining Steam?

Written by Joe Wedra on March 21, 2015

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Christian

As Chase Goodbread of’s college football coverage points out, controversial TCU LB Paul Dawson will, indeed be visiting the Carolina Panthers. Among four other teams, Dawson will have the chance to work out in Charlotte with the team. Carolina owns the 25th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

DB’s Take: Dawson’s talent is undeniable. Despite many rumors that his work ethic and commitment should be in question for NFL teams, Carolina is a squad that could take a chance. He’d be a very nice addition to a young, growing Panthers defensive unit. Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015


The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the center position as Matt Waldman is joined by GM Jr. Scouting Services’ Scott Bischoff.  In today’s episode, Matt and Scott view the tape of Cameron Erving, OC, Florida St.  Erving is one of the better all-around offensive linemen in the class who appears to be flying a bit under the national radar right now.  Remember:  Matt’s comprehensive NFL Draft Guide, The Rookie Scouting Portfolio, is available for purchase on April 1, 2015, and can be ordered HERE.

49ers LB Chris Borland shocks NFL, retires at 24

Written by Bryan Perez on March 17, 2015


The San Francisco 49ers’ offseason went from bad to worse yesterday, as second-year linebacker Chris Borland announced that he is retiring from the NFL.  Citing concerns about the long-term effects of  head injuries, the Wisconsin product chose to walk away from a likely starting role following the retirement of fellow 49er Patrick Willis.

DB’s Take:  This came as a total shock to me, as I expected Borland to emerge as a potential star this year.  I was very high on him during the 2014 NFL Draft process and was pleased to see how well he performed when filling in for injuries during his rookie season.  He earned a +20.8 score from Pro Football Focus (from weeks 6 thru 15).  We wish Borland the best in all of his future endeavors.

Joe Marino’s Running Back Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 15, 2015

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First Round Grades

1. Todd Gurley, Georgia – Gurley has a rare blend of size, speed and power. With excellent field vision, upfield burst and physicality, Gurley excels at both picking up chunks of yards on big plays and grinding out carries for tough yards. The physical style that Gurley runs with demands a host of defenders to bring him down, which easily wears down opposing defensive personnel. He runs behind his pads, falls forward and maximizes his carries by getting every yard available, even after contact. Combining these traits with his patience to utilize his blockers, Gurley is difficult to tackle. Gurley has really developed as a blocker and receiver. He can be relied on to catch passes out of the backfield and is a true every-down back.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: The Scales of Justis

Written by Bryan Perez on March 14, 2015

Scales contributor Justis Mosqueda recently submitted his grades for a 2015 NFL Mock Draft that was conducted by a group of NFL Draft fans on (link here.)  Enjoy!

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State [B]

The Winston declaration was interesting. We saw a late wave of people stating that he wasn’t a lock to enter the draft, but then Winston suddenly threw his hat into the ring. It almost played out like someone bent his ear and let him know he was going to be a top selection. By combine time, he was pretty much a lock. I like Marcus Mariota more than Winston, but I understand why a team would like the more pro-style guy, even if to me it’s shortsighted.

2. Tennessee Titans-Leonard Williams, DL, USC [D]

This makes sense overall. Williams is going to be a top-5 pick no matter how (read more…)

WVU WR Alford Says He Ran a 4.28 at Pro Day

Written by Joe Wedra on March 13, 2015


West Virginia WR Kevin white might be the most polarizing Mountaineer receiver prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, but his former teammate Mario Alford apparently turned some heads when he announced to the media that he ran a 4.28 at his Pro Day. As Bryan Fischer writes, the impressive day that the sleeper posted should turn heads.

DB’s Take: Well, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. When you turn on Alford’s tape, it’s evident that he’s one of the quickest WR prospects in this class. No matter what his “official 40 time” is, teams will rely on the tape to show them that this kid has all the upside in the world.

Joe Marino’s Quarterback Rankings for the 2015 NFL Draft

Written by Joe Marino on March 13, 2015


1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, First Round Grade – Winston wins from the feet up. His footwork is quick and allows him to rapidly create solid platforms to deliver the football whether it’s in rhythm through his progression or under pressure. He processes information quickly and sees the entire football field extremely well, which translates into solid decision-making with great instincts.

Winston has plenty of arm strength and the ability to make any throw. He is accurate and his ball placement is generally excellent. He can fit the ball in tight windows with no hesitation and does not need to see open targets as he is adept at throwing with anticipation. 

Lacking no confidence, Winston has a gunslinger’s mentality but is also a patient passer who allows plays to develop down the field. Winston can identify leverage advantages with his targets and those covering them to create easy completions (read more…)

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