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2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Baylor Bears

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 8, 2015

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In the first year of the College Football Playoff era, the boys down in Waco looked poised to be one of the four teams with a shot at the title. Unfortunately for them, they fell just short as they were named the No. 5 team in the selection committee’s final rankings. All year, Art Briles offense put up video game numbers and they blew out the majority of teams on their schedule, only losing to West Virginia and Michigan State. As we head into the 2015 season, there is a bit of uncertainty as they must replace Bryce Petty at QB. If they can find a viable replacement, they look like they could be one of the top teams in the country yet again. Here is a list of the Baylor seniors that will make an impact this season and some of the Bears’ top junior prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft. (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Big-Time Backers, Kendell Beckwith (LSU)

Written by Mitch Militello, Analyst on June 4, 2015

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In the second installment of Big-Time Backers, I take a look at Kendell Beckwith, the impact Middle Linebacker from Louisiana State.

Kendell Beckwith

Junior LB #52

HT: 6020 WT: 245

Background

  • Originally from Clinton, Louisiana and East Feliciana High School. A Rivals 4 star player in the class of 2013. In his true freshman season at in Baton Rouge he served as a rotational linebacker playing in 12 games with no starts. In his second season in 2014, he earned a spot as the starting Mike Linebacker and had a productive season as one of the leaders of the LSU defense. In 2015, he looks to retain that starting spot and anchor the middle of Les Miles defense.

Physical

  • A superior physical specimen with ideal size and frame for the position. Built like a tank and combines a rocked-up upper body with a functionally (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft: Trait-Based Scouting Report of Kevin Hogan (QB, Stanford)

Written by Ryan Dukarm on June 4, 2015

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There are many ways to scout talent for the NFL draft, with numerical scales, athletic metrics, character evaluation, advanced statistics and film study all playing their part in the evaluation process. The way I go about scouting players, as well as many others in the business, is through trait-based evaluation. I am a disciple of the Scouting Academy, run by former NFL scout Dan Hatman, and this is where I learned of the trait-based evaluation system. I highly recommend his course to anyone looking to improve their ability to evaluate football players of any level.

Every position has a set of traits that are important to the success of the player in becoming a top competitor at any level. In my weekly series, I will publish a scouting report on a player at different positions and evaluate how their traits stack up to NFL standards. The strengths and weaknesses section does (read more…)


2015 Heisman Watch: Trevone Boykin QB TCU

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on June 3, 2015

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Russell Wilson was a steal in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Looking back, do you wonder how someone who will soon sign one of the most lucrative contracts in NFL history wasn’t drafted until the third round (75th pick)?  Is it even more unfathomable that NFL pundits chastised John Schneider and Pete Carroll for wasting a pick on a quarterback after Seattle had wooed free agent Matt Flynn and signed him to a three year, $26 million dollar deal?

If NFL GMs could borrow Doc’s Delorean and set the date for April 26, 2012, Russell Wilson would be the second pick off the board, right behind All-World Andrew Luck.  The only knock on Wilson, albeit a big one, was his height.  Would he be able to succeed at the next level taking snaps behind 6’6″ linemen when he stood 5’11″?  We know the answer to that question now.

Fast forward four years and let (read more…)


Troy Altbaum’s 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Vernon Hargreaves III

Written by Troy Altbaum, Analyst on June 3, 2015

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A highly touted recruit out of Wharton High School, Vernon Hargreaves III has quickly established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in all of college football. He stands 5’11” and weighs 198 lbs. Although having experience playing as a freshman, Hargreaves broke out in his Sophomore season at the University of Florida and notched 50 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, 3 interceptions, and earned all SEC 1st team honors. Hargreaves has very little weakness in his game and should be one of the top collegiate defensive players in 2015.

Positives

  • Pretty good size for the position
  • Exceptional acceleration, agility, and speed
  • Closes quickly on routes
  • Smooth hips, very fluid
  • Great instincts
  • High football IQ
  • Great character off the field
  • Outstanding read and react ability
  • Quick feet
  • Ultra athletic
  • Versatility
    • Can play zone or man at a high level
    • Can play press or off
    • Can play outside or (read more…)

2016 NFL Draft Quick Look: Small School QB’s Part 1 of 2

Written by Chad Dinkins on June 2, 2015

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One of my favorite things to do for the NFL Draft is to search the small-school players in an effort to find big-time talent. Throughout the summer, I will be listing players from small schools to keep your eye on.

I have scoured the nation for small-school quarterbacks with NFL talent and found ten prospects who caught my eye with their game tape.  They will be featured in a two-part series.  These players aren’t likely to be top draft picks, but they are guys to keep an eye out for in the late rounds and undrafted free agency. I’ll continue to circle back to this list throughout the season with updates – both good and bad – as well as new prospects as the year progresses.

Jason Vander Laan

2014 Stats: 235 rushes/1,466 yards/20 TD’s; 183 of 275/2,381 yards/30 TD’s/7 INT’s

Vander Laan is coming off a season at Ferris State that ended with him winning the (read more…)


5 Way-Too-Early Contenders To Go No. 1 Overall In the 2016 NFL Draft

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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Even though the 2016 NFL Draft is still quite some time from now, it’s never too early to look ahead and guess at who the top prospects will be. Early signs point toward the 2016 class being loaded with several top-notch players, and while we won’t know for quite some time who the No. 1 overall pick will be in next year’s draft, these five players could very well cement themselves as the top players in the 2016 draft class. Without further ado, here are five early contenders to go No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss*

A rare athlete at the defensive tackle position, Robert Nkemdiche has the size, quickness, and strength to become a truly special player in the NFL. Nkemdiche is a monster for opposing linemen to block as his raw power and quickness allow him to shed blocks with (read more…)


Chris Ross’ Way-Too-Early 2016 NFL Draft WR Rankings

Written by Chris Ross, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss*

Had it not been for a broken leg that ended his last season prematurely, Laquon Treadwell likely would have been in the discussion for the title of best receiver in college football last season. When healthy, Treadwell has the speed and physicality to be a dynamic playmaker. He needs work as a route-runner, but in terms of pure receiving talent, Treadwell is something special.

2. Tyler Boyd, Pitt*

The best Pitt receiver since Larry Fitzgerald, Tyler Boyd has made a name for himself as one of the best receivers in the country. He is an above-average route-runner, and although he lacks bulk, Boyd has the physicality and ball skills I like to see. With another strong season, Boyd could garner top ten consideration.

3. Travin Dural, LSU*

Stepping up last season as LSU’s unquestioned No. 1 receiver, Travin Dural proved he has NFL-caliber (read more…)


2016 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Ole Miss

Written by Ryan Coon, Analyst on June 2, 2015

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College football fans in the state of Mississippi are rejoicing as the Rebels are once again relevant in the Magnolia State.  Head coach Hugh Freeze has shown he is much more than Michael Oher’s quirky coach portrayed in the “Blindside” as he has recruited a stockpile of talent at Ole Miss.  The talent was on full display last season as the Rebels jumped out of the gate winning their first seven contests, rising as high as third in the AP polls.  This included impressive victories over then #1 ranked Alabama and #4 ranked Mississippi St., before falling back down to earth over the second half of the season.  They lost four of their last six contests and were trounced by TCU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Despite the loss, 2014 was one of the most successful in Ole Miss history.  The Rebels are poised to make a run at the (read more…)


A farewell from the Godfather and founder of Draft Breakdown

Written by Will Spencer on June 1, 2015

A farewell from the Godfather and founder of Draft Breakdown

Back in 2007, Rob Engle and I set out to create our own draft website in what was already a crowded community. At the time, the biggest draft sites out there were Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown and NFL Draft Bible. We never really expected we’d get to that level (and beyond) but it was a labor of love.

*cue the Green Day “Time of your Life” music now….*

I built the Draft Breakdown site from scratch and it’s been through several iterations over the years…hopefully getting a little better each time. I did everything from design the logo to code the site. Needless to say, it’s been an extensive project that cost me a lot of time and money. It took quite a while to get the site to a point where it was “profitable” but DB is running stronger than ever. Even the down months are better than (read more…)


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