Written by Joe Marino on February 20, 2016
Written by Bryan Perez on February 19, 2016
Several of the NFL Draft community’s analysts and writers have come together to participate in a 22-round “Team-Builder Mock Draft” initiated by Bleacher Report’s Luke Easterling. The participants include three of Draft Breakdown’s Senior Analysts (myself, Joe Marino and Kyle Crabbs) along with USA Today’s Jon Ledyard and Jonah Tuls (who also contributes here), Inside the Pylon’s Shane Alexander, Steeler’s Wire’s Curt “Da Bearded Geek” Popejoy, and bloggers/writers Joe Wedra and Robert Ortiz. The purpose of this Mock Draft is to construct a team — 22 starters — from this year’s crop of prospects. It is not a prediction of how the NFL Draft will unfold in April. Rather, it’s insight into each analyst’s team building methodology.
UPDATE: The #TeamBuilderMock is complete! Take a look at the rosters and let (read more…)
Written by Matt LaPan on February 18, 2016
1) Tennessee Titans: 2015 Record – 3-13
The Titans are in a great spot to get their franchise left tackle with Tunsil. Protecting their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota should be top priority, and this pick proves that the team is doing just that.
2) Cleveland Browns: 2015 Record – 3-13
The Browns have so many needs to fill that it is hard to know where to start. Getting the quarterback of the future is a good start. Goff can make all the throws needed in the NFL, and should give a solid foundation to the rebuilding Browns.
3) San Diego Chargers: 2015 Record – 4-12
Bosa is arguably the best player in the draft, and is too good for the Chargers to pass on. He brings a (read more…)
Written by Matt LaPan on February 15, 2016
The Senior Bowl has come and gone with tremendous results. Players have both risen and fallen from their time in Mobile. As the calendar moves quickly towards the February 23 NFL Scouting Combine, players are in full preparation for their big moment in front of scouts and coaches. With many questions still to be answered, teams are starting to make draft decisions. Which players are on the rise? Who has fallen the furthest?
Written by Nicholas McGee on February 12, 2016
With the Super Bowl now done and dusted, draft season is in full swing, and NFL teams will be looking towards finalizing their boards.
Much can change between now and April, however, and – with the combine around the corner – expect rankings and mock drafts to alter in the coming weeks.
Still, there is enough information out there to have a good idea of the positions teams will try to address in the draft, so here’s my first look at how things could unfold in the first round in Chicago.
Written by Jeff Risdon on February 8, 2016
Mock drafts at this point in the process are more about projecting players to slot ranges than trying to accurately predict what the teams are going to actually do come draft weekend. Here’s a tip: the teams don’t know what they’re going to do yet either.
So this mock is about expanding the realm of possibility, changing the thought horizon. These selections do not mesh with my personal choices, but reflect one way things might unfold. Remember, your favorite NFL team seldom does exactly what you want them to do or think they should do. Trust me on this, I’m a Lions fan from Cleveland. Free your mind and the rest will follow…
This seems to be the popular choice at the top, and it is for good reason. Tunsil will be the highest-rated offensive lineman I’ve scouted since Joe Thomas. (read more…)
Written by Bryan Perez on February 1, 2016
Now that the Senior Bowl is in the books, the next event on the 2016 NFL Draft calendar is February’s Scouting Combine. It will be the first time that the juniors and redshirt sophomores join this year’s draft party, and the event’s results will have long-reaching effects on the draft’s first round and beyond.
The Senior Bowl proved that this year’s draft is a strong one along the defensive line. Teams in need of a beefy run stuffer or quick-twitch pass rusher should find what they’re looking for in the first round. The Senior Bowl also strengthened the claim that North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz is a franchise quarterback who is worthy of early first-round consideration.
Despite the narratives that were advanced in Mobile, Alabama, the No. 1 pick is still likely to be an underclassman with Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil and Ohio State EDGE Joey Bosa leading the (read more…)
Written by Chris Nicolaou on January 25, 2016
The 2016 Super Bowl participants are now determined and the Senior Bowl is coming up, so now I thought it would be a good time to squeeze in my first Mock Draft of 2016. There are some surprises and will be disappointments for many, but remember: Eric Kendricks and Landon Collins didn’t get chosen in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft, but Cameron Erving and Phillip Dorsett did. Lets have some fun, shall we?
Written by Matt LaPan on January 13, 2016
After a wild week of Wild Card playoff games, teams are in full preparation for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. For most teams, the season is over and draft preparation is in full swing. With the Senior Bowl fast approaching, the draft order is sure to be turned on its head after players perform well for scouts in Mobile, Alabama. Before then, let’s take a look at who teams could be looking at.
Written by Matt LaPan on December 27, 2015
As 2015 comes to an end and college football’s bowl season rolls on, many are starting to attach names to their team for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft.
Teams are starting to fit into their draft positions, but each week there is a ton of movement in the middle of the 1st round. With the Tennessee Titans still holding the top spot in the upcoming draft, how will they build on last year’s first rounder Marcus Mariota? Can the Dallas Cowboys get the impact player they need to help them bounce back in 2016?
With my final mock of 2015, allow the comments, both positive and negative, to flow before 2016 hits either here or on Twitter.