John Owning’s 2015 NFL Draft Breakdown: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Written by John Owning on April 23, 2015


When you watch cutups of certain players it can be obvious as to how well, or not so well, they project to the NFL. They have a very distinct skill set that leads to an easy projection to the pro ranks. However, there are a lot of player’s whose projection is a bit more obscure.

These players navigate in the gray areas in a profession that deals in black and white. They excel in areas that are easily translatable to the NFL, but they struggle in other facets, which will give evaluators pause. These players are the reasons why NFL scouts, scouting directors and general managers are employed by each of the 32 teams. They are the difficult evaluations and they are what separate the good organizations from the great ones.

Oregon’s Arik Armstead is another player whose evaluation is difficult and obscure.

Armstead was a highly touted offensive tackle prospect (read more…)

2015 NFL Draft: Final UPC Standings

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 23, 2015


The Unique Performance Calculation, or UPC, is the athletic metric I use in my draft evaluation process. The scores incorporate the results of each player’s bench press reps of 225 pounds; 40-yard dash, three-cone and 20-yard shuttle times; and vertical and broad jumps, and measure them in relation to the individual’s weight. In cases where a prospect has attempted a drill or drills at the scouting combine and his pro day, I have given him the benefit of the doubt and used the most favorable number. For those players who did not compete in every test, I used averages based on weight and position group in order to approximate the UPC score. A more in-depth explanation of the metric can be found here.

This year I accumulated results for over 600 prospects from the 2015 NFL Draft class. Quarterbacks are not included, as I don’t consider the UPC a (read more…)

2015 NFL Draft: The Undraftables

Written by Justin Higdon, Senior Draft Analyst on April 23, 2015


NFL Draft analysis is not generally a high-paying job. We can talk about exceptions to the rule (hold that thought), but for many of us, I dare say the most rewarding part of the process is being “right.” Separating the wheat from the chaff is the goal. Watching games, combing through numbers, and formulating the hottest of takes hoping everything works out for the best. For some reason, we seem content to treat this like high school baseball and accept that a batting average of .600 is about as good as we could ask for. A couple of times a year, I read something like, “even NFL teams miss on a high number of picks.” That’s fine. It’s understandable considering how many variables are at play. But I truly think some of these “misses” are avoidable.

The draft is a huge gamble, but plenty of gamblers make a handsome living. (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: OBLB

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 22, 2015


1. Eric Kendricks | UCLA | 6’0″, 232 | Grade: 1st Round

One of the best all-around players in this entire draft, Kendricks is a versatile inside backer who can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4. A playmaker with a nose for the ball, Kendricks is a sure tackler with great instincts who should easily be the first OBLB off the board. Team needs could drop him down into the lower half of the 1st round, where he’d be quite the steal.

2. Paul Dawson | TCU | 6’0″, 235 | Grade: 2nd Round

Dawson took plenty of grief for his poor measurables at the combine, but film is king, and that’s where Dawson shines. His drill times showed a lack of athleticism, but he overcomes that on tape with great instincts. He’s likely to drop on Day 2, but I’m confident in the player I see between (read more…)

NDT Scouting’s 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus: Available Now!

Written by Kyle Crabbs, Senior Draft Analyst on April 22, 2015


NDT Scouting’s annual draft publication returns for the 2015 NFL Draft; providing readers with a complete, comprehensive look at 300 prospects eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.  Available now ($10 USD) at NDT Scouting’s homepage, the 2015 Draft Prospectus is available in digital PDF form and will be distributed to pre-ordering customers on Monday, April 6th 2015.  *If purchasing after April 6th, please allow up to 12 hours for e-mail delivery to inbox; all copies of the Prospectus are mailed personally.*   With an order, readers will be placed onto NDT Scouting’s mailing list and receive their copy of the Prospectus shortly after.  The specific contents of the 2015 NFL Draft Prospectus are included below: 

– 300 individual scouting reports, measuring extensive film notes and grades against smaller weighted metrics for size, athleticism, experience and production to produce a single, comprehensive evaluation figure for each player.

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Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: EDGE

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 22, 2015


1. Dante’ Fowler, Jr. | Florida | 6’3″, 261 | Grade: Top 10

It’s a close race at the top of this class, but Fowler edges out the field for my top spot. He’s got a non-stop motor, is quick enough to bend the edge as a pass-rusher, but is just as effective against the run, quickly diagnosing plays and making stops in the backfield on a regular basis. Don’t be surprised if he’s the first edge-rusher off the board.

2. Vic Beasley | Clemson | 6’3″, 246 | Grade: Top 10

An athletic freak who tore up the combine with his ridiculous natural skills, Beasley’s physical traits translate onto the field in a big way. He was constantly blowing up plays in the backfield for the Tigers, and though he’s too small to put his hand in the dirt as a full-time 4-3 end, he’ll wreak havoc as (read more…)

Scouting the 2015 NFL Draft QBs: Jameis Winston, Florida St.

Written by Bryan Perez on April 20, 2015


The following is a sample report from the FREE FRG Scouting 2015 NFL Draft Guide, available for Download by 4/26/15:


Jameis Winston, the RS Sophomore quarterback from the Florida State Seminoles, enters the 2015 NFL Draft as one of the most successful passers in ACC history.  Winston led Florida State to the first ever BCS Playoffs in 2014, passing for 3,907 yards, 25 TDs and 18 INTs along the way (65.3% completion rate).  He was named first-team All-ACC.  His four 4th quarter comebacks in 2014 led the nation in that category.   It was a “down” year by his standards, as he was virtually unstoppable during the 2013 season.  He was the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in the award’s storied history after a season that included a National Championship victory over Auburn.   Winston was a consensus All-American selection and first-team All-ACC pick.  He totaled 4,057 yards, 40 TDs and (read more…) Presents: The RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman

Written by Bryan Perez on April 20, 2015

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The RSP Film room is back again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial about the tight end position as Matt Waldman is joined by NDT Scouting’s Kyle Crabbs.  In today’s episode, Matt and Kyle view the tape of Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota.  Williams is considered the 2015 NFL Draft’s top tight end prospect.  Remember: Matt and Kyle have each authored fantastic NFL Draft guides, both of which are available now.  You can read more about each Draft Guide HERE.

Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: Interior DL

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 20, 2015


1. Leonard Williams | USC | 6’5″, 302 | Grade: Top 5

My top overall player in the entire draft, Williams is a scheme-versatile monster who will wreak havoc no matter where he lines up. He’s extremely athletic for his size, and still hasn’t reached the ceiling of his potential. The top QBs may take the headlines, but Williams will be a steal for anyone who gets him lower than No. 1 overall.

2. Malcom Brown | Texas | 6’2″, 319 | Grade: 1st Round

One of the more underrated players in the entire draft, Brown is a disruptive force who will fit best as a 3-technique in a 4-3. He’s explosive off the ball, uses his hands well, and spends plenty of time in opposing backfields. He’s a top-15 player in this class for me, and will be a great value if he goes any later.

3. Arik (read more…)

Luke Easterling’s Positional Rankings: TE

Written by Luke Easterling, Senior Draft Analyst on April 19, 2015


1. Maxx Williams | Minnesota | 6’4″, 249 | Grade: 2nd Round

In a much weaker class that 2014’s, Williams is the top prospect for teams looking for a move tight end who can make plays down the field. He doesn’t offer much as an in-line blocker, and his route-running needs work, but Williams has enough natural tools to develop into a play-maker at the next level.

2. Clive Walford | Miami (FL) | 6’4″, 251 | Grade: 3rd Round

A balanced player who can handle his business as a blocker as well as stretch the field in the passing game, Walford was one of the stars of Senior Bowl week, turning heads with his ability to create consistent separation and make contested catches. He drops too many catchable balls on film, but he should entice an NFL team to make him the second tight end off the board.

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